WLME-TV, virtual and VHF channel 10, is a Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Liquine, Indiana, United States. Owned by the Tribune Broadcasting subsidiary of Tribune Media, the station's callsign refers to the "Liquine Museum of Education," its former owner.
As an NET stationEdit
The station began broadcasting on May 9, 1963, as a member of the National Educational Television programming service. Like most other NET members in the United States, the station aired non-commercial programming, and was operated by the Liquine Museum of Education.
As a PBS member stationEdit
On October 5, 1970, WLME-TV became a member of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) at the time of the non-commercial programming service's establishment. Like no other public television station at the time, it developed its own programming for PBS to distribute, but also syndicated off-network television series for some time in the 1980s, except for commercial breaks, which were preempted by pledge service announcements.
New World Communications ownershipEdit
On May 5, 1994, the Liquine Museum of Education agreed to sell WLME-TV to New World Communications, as with other big three-affiliated television stations in the United States. Meanwhile, Michael Eisner, who had been searching for a station to switch to the Disney Network, had a hard time finding one in the Liquinian television market. As a result, New World would have to run WLME-TV as a PBS member for some time now.
WLME-TV ended its 25-year membership with PBS on April 1, 1995, in a three-way affiliation swap between WLFO-TV, the station itself, and WDNL, thus becoming a Fox affiliate; the PBS membership concurrently moved to former Disney Network affiliate WDNL. WLME-TV was the only New World-owned station known to have switched to Fox from PBS. Although the station had very little impact on news programming at the time, WLME-TV was finally ready to broadcast its own local newscasts, thanks to the affiliation swap.
- 1985-90 - TV Worth Watching, WLME (localized version of PBS's former slogan of the 1980s)
- 1989-90 - TV Worth Watching, WLME, PBS (localized version of PBS's 1989-90 slogan)
- 1990-91 - WLME, Just Watch Us Now, PBS (localized version of PBS's 1990-91 slogan)
- 1995-96 - Fox 10. Cool, Cool Like Us! (localized version of FOX's 1995-96 slogan)