Terra Brantley to host ‘In the Spotlight’ on ABC21
Weekly reports to highlight local arts, culture scene
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - ABC21 announced that longtime local broadcaster Terra Brantley will appear on the television station and its digital properties as a regular contributor and as host of a weekly segment focused on local culture and entertainment. “In the Spotlight” expands the partnership between ABC21 and 89.1 WBOI - Northeast Indiana Public Radio, where Brantley is president and general manager.
The reports will explore the people, places and events that comprise a vibrant fine and performing arts community. Brantley’s interviews and stories will premiere each Friday during “ABC21 News at 7 p.m.” and will air again on Saturday mornings, between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m., on “ABC21 Weekend Morning News.”
The first broadcast is scheduled for Friday, June 17. It will be available online at WPTA21.com and at WBOI.org.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for WBOI to partner with WPTA and expand its community outreach,” said Brantley. “I am also delighted to return in a limited capacity to television -- a medium that has helped define my life and dedication to northeast Indiana. I’m looking forward to sharing fun and informative stories.”
ABC21 news director Jonathan Shelley said the station is excited to add Brantley to a team that is recognized for its commitment to original local reporting.
“Terra knows northeast Indiana well, and northeast Indiana knows her. It’s a great match – one that will help us extend our partnership in a way that provides valuable information and insight to our viewers and to WBOI’s listeners.”
Brantley brings to ABC21 and to 89.1 WBOI more than 35 years of broadcast experience – most of them serving Fort Wayne and the surrounding community. For 28 years, she anchored the news for WANE TV. Her accolades include induction into the Indiana Associated Press Hall of Fame and numerous honors for her work as a broadcast journalist. Brantley joined Northeast Indiana Public Radio in her current capacity in January.
ABC21 launched its 7 p.m. newscast in February, with a commitment to “Digging Deeper” into the big stories of the day and to providing in-depth reporting that goes beyond the headlines – on hard news matters as well as happenings in our community.
WPTA is part of Gray Television, the largest owner of top-rated local television stations and digital assets in the United States. Gray also owns video program production, marketing, and digital businesses including Raycom Sports, Tupelo Honey, and RTM Studios, the producer of PowerNation programs and content. Gray is also the majority owner of Swirl Films.
Northeast Indiana Public Radio, which operates WBOI, is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization with a mission “to strengthen the cultural, civic, and social fabric of the communities we serve, and to engage audiences with content that enriches the human experience.” WBOI is available on the radio at 89.1FM, via HD radio at 89.1-1 (Channel 1), streaming online at WBOI.org, and in the WBOI App for iPhone and Android.
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