Lafayette, Indiana
Branding WLFI 18 (general)
NewsChannel 18 (newscasts)
Slogan News From Where You Live
Channels Analog: 18 (UHF)

Digital: 11 (VHF)

Affiliations CBS
Owner LIN TV Corporation
Licensee Primeland Television, Inc.
First air date June 15, 1953
Call letters' meaning LaFayette, Indiana
Former callsigns WFAM-TV (1953-1960s)
Former channel number(s) 59 (1953-1957)
Transmitter Power 1480 kW (analog)
30 kW (DT)
Height 238 m (analog)
214 m (DT)
Facility ID 73204
Website NewsChannel 18's Website

WLFI-TV NewsChannel 18 is the CBS TV affiliate in Lafayette, Indiana. It operates on analog ch. 18. It's transmitter is located in Rossville, Indiana. It's owned by LIN TV, who also owns WISH-TV in Indianapolis & WANE-TV in Fort Wayne.

History Edit

WLFI began broadcasting on June 15, 1953 on ch. 59, as WFAM-TV. It was owned by Sarkes Tarzian, a radio manufacturer in Bloomington & was a sister station to WTTV in Indianapolis & WPTA in Fort Wayne. It moved to Ch. 18 in 1957 & changed it's call letters to WLFI-TV around 1967. Formerly, the news division of WLFI was known as "News Service 18" & then for many years as "Lafayette Live TV-18." Jeff Smith, Chris Morisse, Larry Clisby & Steve Scherer have been associated with the station for more than 20 years.

The station was owned by Block Communications from the mid-1990s until 2000, when current owner LIN TV acquired WLFI in exchange for 67% of then-ABC (now NBC) affiliate WAND in Decatur, Illinois. LIN TV has since sold off the remainder of WAND to Block Communications.

On May 18 2007, LIN TV announced that it was exploring strategic alternatives that could result in the sale of the company.



  • Seth Conley - Morning Anchor
  • Alyssa Rossomme - Morning Anchor
  • Sue Scott - Noon, 5 PM Anchor & executive producer
  • Jeff Smith - Noon, 5, 6 PM Anchor & assistant news director
  • Mike Prangley - 5, 6 & 11 PM Meteorologist
  • Niccole Caan - 6 & 11 PM Anchor
  • Laura Kirtley - Weekend Anchor & Reporter
  • Julie Krizen - Reporter & Producer
  • Mike Cleff - Sports Director
  • Matt Wettersten - Sports Reporter
  • Tiffany Dismore - Sports Reporter
  • Renetta DuBose - Reporter
  • Kristin Crowley- Reporter
  • Steve Scherer - Weather Anchor

Notable WLFI AlumniEdit

  • Dan Ablan, Author, 3D Animator & Photographer; now @ AGA Digital Studios, Inc. in Chicago, IL
  • Joel Allen, News Anchor, now @ WPDE-TV in Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Jill Bauer, host of QVC's At Home With Jill
  • Angela Buchman, Meteorologist, now @ WISH-TV in Indianapolis
  • Kelly Crull, Sports Reporter, now @ KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City
  • Kevin Gregory, Chief Meteorologist, now @ WRTV in Indianapolis
  • Jane King, now a CNN New York correspondent
  • Paul Poteet, Meteorologist, now @ WRTV in Indianapolis
  • Gina Quatrocchi, News Anchor 1999-2008

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