WISH-TV canceling Ahern talk show after 2-year run

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

A 30-minute talk show hosted by retired WISH-TV Channel 8 anchor Mike Ahern is coming to an end, about 2-½ years after it was launched.

“Mike Ahern: One on One” adopted a format akin to "Larry King Live," with Ahern interviewing newsmakers such as racing legend Bobby Unser, astronaut David Wolf and Gov. Mike Pence.

It typically aired Sunday mornings on WISH and followed the 10 p.m. newscast Thursdays on sister station WNDY-TV Channel 23. Its last airing is scheduled for Sept. 5.

“We determined that long-form programming just doesn’t work as it once did,” WISH/WNDY spokesman Scott Hainey said of the decision to cancel the show.

Ahern’s show replaced "Access Hollywood," which will return to the 10:30 slot on Thursdays. 

WISH will continue to look for opportunities to feature Ahern, he added.

Although Ahern’s show is ending, WISH is committed to locally produced programming in addition to newscasts, Hainey said. WISH produces the city’s only lifestyle TV show, "Indy Style." Running weekday mornings, "Indy Style" is hosted by Andi Hauser and Tracy Forner.

WISH/WNDY also has a full platter of high school sports games, Butler basketball and coverage of events such as the 500 Festival Parade and the Mini Marathon.

Locally produced shows can be cheaper than buying syndicated programming, although the trick is to generate sufficient local advertising.

Ahern, now in his early 70s, retired from WISH in 2004 after working 37 years at the CBS affiliate. Often likened to the Walter Cronkite of Indianapolis TV, Ahern co-anchored the station’s evening newscast with Debby Knox, who continues to work at the station.



  • dearth
    The problem is a lack of local guests that people would be interested in to interview.
  • Thank Goodness!
    Less news, more garbage!
  • Mike Ahern
    Show was good at start with great guest but now it helps me fall asleep at night. Still thing Mike and Howard were the best news people Indy has ever produced.
  • Too Bad
    This is too bad. I mildly enjoyed catching this program when I could. I did think Mike's questions were too softball, which lead to some bland tv. It was similar to how meet the press has become. Prior, Russert would ask respectful but piercing questions critical a viewers ability to develop a full opinion. Now, Gregory seems to have platform full of talking points (no different than a press release). Best of Luck to Mike in his next effort. If he enjoyed this work, he should continue on the internet.

Post a comment to this story

We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. Can your dog sign a marriage license or personally state that he wishes to join you in a legal union? If not then no, you cannot marry him. When you teach him to read, write, and speak a discernible language, then maybe you'll have a reasonable argument. Thanks for playing!

  2. Look no further than Mike Rowe, the former host of dirty jobs, who was also a classically trained singer.

  3. Current law states income taxes are paid to the county of residence not county of income source. The most likely scenario would be some alteration of the income tax distribution formula so money earned in Marion co. would go to Marion Co by residents of other counties would partially be distributed to Marion co. as opposed to now where the entirety is held by the resident's county.

  4. This is more same-old, same-old from a new generation of non-progressive 'progressives and fear mongers. One only needs to look at the economic havoc being experienced in California to understand the effect of drought on economies and people's lives. The same mindset in California turned a blind eye to the growth of population and water needs in California, defeating proposal after proposal to build reservoirs, improve water storage and delivery infrastructure...and the price now being paid for putting the demands of a raucous minority ahead of the needs of many. Some people never, never learn..

  5. I wonder if I can marry him too? Considering we are both males, wouldn't that be a same sex marriage as well? If they don't honor it, I'll scream discrimination just like all these people have....