Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame
Perhaps the most famous wink in Twin Cities broadcasting
history belonged to television pioneer Bill Ingram, who
anchored the nation's first regularly scheduled nightly
10:00 p.m. newscast at KSTP TV Minneapolis/Saint Paul.
A native of Omaha, Nebraska, he grew up in Chicago, and
served in the US Army in the Philippines during World War
II, receiving a Purple Heart. While recuperating in an Army
hospital in New Guinea, he began broadcasting with Armed
Forces Radio, and after the war worked at radio stations
in Wisconsin before moving to KSTP TV in 1948. In 1949,
he anchored the station's pioneering news program. His skills
in reporting, editing, and narrating, and his blend of dignity
and warmth helped set trends that were adopted by television
stations and news teams throughout the country.
KSTP in 1959, and moved to KROC TV Rochester, then WMAQ
TV Chicago, and then WDSM TV Duluth. He retired to Albuquerque,
New Mexico, in 1975. Viewers loved his sign-off: "That's
it ... that's the news. Thanks for your company," accompanied
by a wink.
Bill Ingram passed away, at the age of 69, on December 28, 1989.