Why Work at Television Park in Fort Wayne, Indiana?
Television Park houses two award-winning television stations, WPTA ABC 21 and Fort Wayne’s NBC, serving viewers in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio. Both are on the forefront of technology and have strong reputations as industry leaders in news, sales, and marketing.
In addition to the ABC- and NBC-affiliate stations, we provide local viewers with a variety of other entertainment networks, including Fort Wayne’s The CW (WISE-TV), My TV Fort Wayne, True Crime Network, Grit, CourtTV, StartTV, MeTV, and Dabl.
We’re constantly innovating and evolving to serve the communities that we call home.
When you join ABC 21 or Fort Wayne’s NBC, you’ll work in state-of-the-art newsroom and studio operations, thanks to a recent $6 million capital investment.
We’re committed to our employees. So, whether you’re joining one of our newsroom, management, or sales teams or you’re filling an essential support role, you’ll work in a modern, efficient space and be equipped with the latest technology and opportunities to learn, grow, and succeed.
Our Approach to Journalism
ABC 21 and Fort Wayne’s NBC have a long tradition of award-winning news excellence. The two stations work independently and bring our audiences two distinctive voices – but the common thread is the belief that local news matters.
We serve our communities with an impressive 48 hours of local news, weather, and sports coverage every week. Our journalists dig deeper to bring Fort Wayne area residents the stories that they care about – stories that provide vital information to help people make informed decisions, stories that enrich and entertain, and stories that keep our communities safe.
Our dedication to quality journalism has earned both stations numerous awards in the broadcast industry, including recognition from the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Associated Press. We’ve been honored with regional Emmys and prestigious Edward R. Murrow awards.
WPTA first signed on the air on Sept. 28, 1957, and was founded by Sarkes Tarzian, an Indianapolis engineer whose company owned Bloomington’s WTTV and several other Indiana stations. In addition to ABC programming, it originally aired 7 ½ hours of live local programming each week. On April 4, 1973, Tarzian sold the station to Combined Communications, which in 1979 merged with the Gannett Company. WPTA was sold to Pulitzer Publishing on May 12, 1983, and then to Granite Broadcasting on Sept. 25, 1989. Quincy Media took the reins of WPTA in fall 2015 and rebranded it as ABC 21 a year later. In August 2016, the NBC and MyNetworkTV programming previously seen on WISE moved to subchannels of WPTA – Fort Wayne’s NBC and Fort Wayne’s CW, respectively. Announced in January 2021, Quincy Media has been acquired by Gray Television, with the close of the sale expected later in 2021.
Why Live in Fort Wayne, Indiana?
The Fort Wayne, IN, area is a great place to live, work and play – home to a thriving downtown, plenty of outdoor activities, and variety of restaurants to meet your tastes.
Root for the Home Team
Sports fans will find plenty to root for in the Fort Wayne area. From football to roller derby, there are plenty of pro sports teams to follow. The Indianapolis Colts are only about two hours away, a perfect distance for a trip to catch the game and avoid expensive hotel costs.
You can also root for pro-sports teams closer to home. Go to the Memorial Coliseum to see basketball, ice hockey and roller derby. Watch the Komets hit the ice, Mad Ants shoot some hoops, and the Fort Wayne Derby Girls skate around the track. More of a baseball fan? Head downtown to Parkview Field to watch the TinCaps, a High-A minor league club affiliated with the San Diego Padres.
If you prefer collegiate sports, check out Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne. The IPFW participates in 14 men’s and women’s sports. It is known for the Fort Wayne Mastodons Men’s Basketball team, which competes in Division 1 of the NCAA. The university also competes in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association for men’s volleyball.
You can’t talk about Indiana sports without mentioning high school sports. From the home court to underneath the Friday night lights, Fort Wayne is home to several stellar high school sports programs.
The Fort Wayne area is home to eateries to satisfy any taste. Restaurants run the gamut from classic diners and food trucks to upscale dining. For the home cook, the Fort Wayne Farmers Market is just one of many great places for locally sourced food.
Fun in the Sun
From concerts to county fairs to historic festivals. Your summer weekends will be jam packed with fun. Check out the Middle Waves music festival for local, regional, and national acts, or stop by the Allen County Fair for popular nightly acts in late July.
If you prefer snow to sun, the Fort Wayne area has you covered. Hit the slopes at local parks. check out the famous Toboggan Run at the Angola area park and hit the ice at Headwaters Park to skate your day away.
The Johnny Appleseed Festival in September celebrates the life and times of John Chapman, also known as Johnny Appleseed. You can also check out the Old Fort for military re-enactments.
Active and Healthy Living
Active lifestyles fit right into living in Fort Wayne. With 48 miles of trails, you can get your run in or check out the three golf courses in the area.
Fort Wayne’s award-winning parks system offers dozens of options for free outdoor fun, with 86 parks and 56 playgrounds to explore. Discover trails, biking, tennis, pools, spraygrounds, golfing, mountain biking, fishing, and so much more.
Fort Wayne is a great place to start a road trip! Fill up your tank and enjoy a day trip or weekend getaway. Here are just a few options.
Indianapolis– 2 hours
South Bend – 2 hours
Toledo – 2 hours
Cincinnati – 3 hours
Ann Arbor – 2 ½ hours
Detroit – less than 3 hours
Holland – 3 hours
Chicago – 3 ½ hours