Starting in the autumn of 1957 and continuing for over five decades, WTTV (aka the former TTV4) was the hoops channel for Central Indiana fans.
Not only did the independent channel cover Indiana and Purdue sports under the old Raycom Sports banner, they also covered like a blanket Central Indiana high school basketball and especially the old Indiana State Finals when they were in a single-class format up until 1997.
I know this because my school was involved in the last decade of the Indiana high school Final Four. As memorable as that time was for me and my friends, you cannot deny the simple fact how huge basketball is in Indiana.
Sophomore Jinx, you ask? Never heard of it.
Several years ago, I was able to acquire through a friend in college these Hoop Guides. They were distributed by Marsh Supermarkets, a local grocery store chain in and around the Midwest.
These books were meant to be an extra piece of information that Garry Donna does every October with his basketball bible, the esteemed Hoosier Basketball Magazine (past copies are available frequently on eBay).
These Hoop Guides were free 224 page softcover books which contained a wealth of information: brief capsules on the past Indiana high school season for boys and girls along with preseason polls, two pages devoted to each men’s college conference, and schedules. A full index of all NCAA schools is on the last page.
Switch with WISH TV and full-time CBS programming
A brief network affiliation with the former WB and later the CW would soon follow. Former local weatherman David Letterman began the switch (fittingly on tape from the Ed Sullivan Theater) on January 1, 2015 when the former CBS affiliate of Channel 8 became an independent station.
Billed simply these days as “Indiana’s Very Own”, the huge reason for CBS4 going forward is that they are the full-time home of the Indianapolis Colts in the NFL.
But today, Channel 4 brings you another chapter of Indiana college hoops history:
The first ever NCAA Tournament games inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Final Four announcing crew of Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, Grant Hill, and Tracy Wolfson will be on hand from opening tip to final buzzer on this the second day of The Real Fun.
I hope this post provided a bit of clarity on what TTV4 used to be and what it is today.
I will chime in when I can if and when any upsets occur. Enjoy the games, everybody.