Forner out as co-host of WISH’s ‘Indy Style’


Tracy Forner, who has co-hosted “Indy Style” since its inception on WISH-TV Channel 8 in 2010, is no longer with the station.

WISH-TV owner DuJuan McCoy confirmed to IBJ on Tuesday that Forner’s departure will coincide with changes to “IndyStyle,” which runs weekdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on WISH, with a rerun at 1 p.m. on sister station WNDY-TV Channel 23.

“It was our decision to not renew his contract,” McCoy said about Forner in an email. “We are in the process of revamping Indy Style. … Tracy was an original host beginning back in March of [2010]. We are thankful for his service.”

Forner has been replaced by Annessa Chumbley, a contributor and substitute co-host for “Indy Style” since 2010.

Amber Hankins, who has been co-hosting with Forner since May 2015, remains in her role.

Forner was an anchor and reporter at WXIN-TV Channel 59 from 2001 to 2006 before working as an anchor at WXMI-TV Channel 17 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from 2006 to 2009.

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8 thoughts on “Forner out as co-host of WISH’s ‘Indy Style’

  1. That might be show business, but having worked with Tracy and the show’s producers on segments for “Indy Style” over the years, his departure is disappointing. My son and I had the pleasure of working with him on a fundraising event for the Autism Society of Indiana. He’s a real pro and was always very welcoming to us and our clients, who appeared as guests on the show. I’ll be interested to see what the “revamping” looks like, but, to be sure, not having Tracy on the show is something I’ll miss and I’m sure that’s true with a lot of others as well.

  2. That is very disappointing . Tracy on TV, was easy to watch and by the end of the show, you realized you’ve enjoyed it. They were spinning gold out of straw. I’m sure it was difficult to have to come up with the ideas for an hour long show 5 times a week. He carried that show without showing us the pressure he must have experienced. For several years, I’ve seen him on national networks doing individual segments. My other points are I really wanted to ask WISH to bring back the Yule log burning. I’d also like to see a local station bring back Mr. P. E. McCalister’s show that ran on the community channel for more than 100 episodes. It was informative, addressed some difficult topics, and even though he was 100 when he passed away; he was a natural on television. He was a very smart man, paid for and produced his own show for a long time. He let his constant guest commentators speak over him constantly. He would wait, and with a measured rebuttal, would deliver his input. Touche! I miss him. Steven Pettinga

  3. When I read this release it dawned on me that I had completely forgotten WISH and WNDY even existed. My cable has not carried it for quite some time

  4. As soon as I saw where Tracey was out,I stopped watching I have watched Indy Style since the get go,When it was Tracey and Andy hosting,,Noting against Annessa but I am over women talk shows!Tracey was always very funny and brought a lot of energy to the show. And his inter action with Scott and Especially Randy priceless. Please bring Tracey back. I have been very disappointed in WISH FOR THE LAST FEW YEARS. MANAGEMENT NEEDS TO CHECK THEIR EGOS. TRACEY WORKED!

  5. If Tracy is still available Please ask him to come back.
    Randy is a beloved Icon and Amber is darling, but Tracy really made the show. He could carry it alone and did so through much of the pandemic. Not renewing his contract was a serious mistake, in my opinion.

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