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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

WNIN Channel 9 PBS

Title: WNIN Channel 9 PBS Graphs from top #1 to bottom #8 (no #3 channel)
Date: May 17-18, 2008
Researchers: Southern Indiana Paranormal Investigators and MESA
By Timothy M. Harte, MA, LCPC

WNIN PBS Radio and Telplex is located at 405 Carpenter St, Evansville. IN. Visitors
And employees have reported paranormal events there for many years. These experiences
include footsteps, babies crying unknown odors, erratic functioning of equipment, shadows and apparitions. The Southern Indiana Paranormal Investigators (SIPI) and the
Multifrequency-Energy Sensor Array (MESA) team joined to investigate the site and
record haunt phenomena. Several members experienced subjective experiences, and anomalous visible light, vibration, and magnetic fields were recorded.

The Willard Carpenter Home, located at 405 Carpenter Street, houses the offices and studios of WNIN TV and WNIN

88.3 FM.
The Willard Carpenter mansion is one of the two landmarks that are recognized as memorials to one of the city's most aggressive and influential pioneers, philanthropist Willard Carpenter. The other is Willard Library which he built, endowed and gave to the people of the area.
Construction began in 1848 on the Carpenter home and was completed in 1849. The home is one of the finest examples of pure Georgian architecture in this area. Built of brick and stone, it features a balanced facade and a classic facade over the entrance door. Its cellar walls are massive stone blocks. The outer walls of this home are solid brick. Originally, there were long, wide, two-storied porches on either side of the mansion behind the drawing rooms and filling the space of the rear portion of the house which is narrower than the front. Lawns and gardens were spacious as they were surrounded by acres of open space. Large stables and carriage houses were at the rear of the estate, with quarters for grooms and gardeners.
Indiana limestone was cut by hand to resemble stone. All materials except the bricks were brought in from Lawrenceburg, IN. The rooms have exceptionally massive baseboards of molded woodwork, and interior shutters, divided like Dutch doors, were at each window. Together with massive brick and stone exterior walls, they kept the rooms surprisingly cool during the hot Evansville summers. The wide central hall led to a cross hall behind what were a spacious drawing room and library. There were two main stairways, ascending to the second story, one in each end of the cross hall. Four large bedrooms were on the second floor. A single stairway led to the third story. Italian marble was purchased for the fireplaces which were kept burning constantly during the cold months as the house had no central heating. All furnishings for the home were purchased in Europe of New York City.
The hard times of the Depression years were to see the fine old home pass from Carpenter hands. The property was purchased by Funkhouser American Legion Post for a reputed amount of $3500-00. In 1956, they sold the property to WTVW/TV7. The TV station occupied the gymnasium (built by the American Legion) but had no use for the mansion. Owners, with reluctance, announced their plan to have it demolished. However, fate was again kind to the aged but sturdy stricture. Upon purchasing the mansion in 1974, Medco announced plans to restore the home to as close to its original condition as possible.
WTVW moved to its strikingly modern quarters on the site of the Carpenter School for which Mr. Carpenter had contributed both the land and the money. The gymnasium came down to provide off street parking. The old home was, indeed, restored. Medco stayed in the home until 1985 when it was purchased by WNIN. The Carpenter House is listed among the National Register of Historic Places. It is a large, Georgian mansion which now houses the PBS radio and television stations, studios, and offices. In 1986, WNIN purchased Evansville’s oldest building, the Willard Carpenter home, for $260,000. A $900,000 capital campaign enabled the purchase of new equipment and then the retirement of the mortgage three years later.

Two additional TV channels were added in 1991 when WNIN signed an agreement with EVSC to operate WNIN-ETV on cable channels 12 and 13. The channels were initially used as a demand system to provide video material to teachers in the classroom. The City of Evansville also provided important on-going funding to support after school and community programming.

The 1990’s also brought the addition of Descriptive Video Service, the Sesame Street Pre-School Educational Outreach Program (RTL), and the development of one of the first local community computer networks in the country. It was in 1993 that WNIN changed its corporate name to Tri-State Public Teleplex, Inc.

In 2001, the State of Indiana granted its public TV stations $20 million to assist compliance with a federal mandate for digital conversion. With its 3.5-million-dollar share, WNIN purchase 20 acres of land in Boonville for a new ‘1000 tower and transmission site to add a high definition channel, datacasting and multichannel capabilities, 5.1 digital surround audio, and Internet streaming capabilities by 2006. WNIN raised nearly $2 million in a local capital campaign to complete the conversion.

In 2005, WNIN-TV joint in a partnership with the Vanderburgh County Commission to begin live coverage of government meetings. The County purchased the necessary equipment that is operated through fiber optic lines from WNIN’s Carpenter Home headquarters and pays for each ½ hour of coverage. In 2007, the City of Evansville, joined in a similar arrangement.

WNIN FM 88.3 took a big step into radio’s digital age in 2006 with the construction of a new radio control room made possible through federal grant funds. In 2008 our name changed to WNIN Tri-State Public Media, Inc.
WNIN-TV is presently completing construction of its next generation all-digital facility that will provide the launching pad for an exciting new era of service to the Tri-State (
Previous investigations have yielded a variety of experiences. These experiences included apparitions, sensed presences, erratic functioning of equipment, and anomalous data with MESA. Previous investigations revealed cold spots, cooking food smells, footsteps, sounds of doors slamming, orbs of light on digital and film cameras, flickering lights and luminosities, electronic voice phenomena, disembodied voices, and object movement.
Method: The researchers set up MESA, infrared and low light video cameras, and 2 PZM microphones in several places on the first floor. The MESA system was set up for a 2-hour sampling period in the first floor conference room. MESA was also complemented with a 2-digital camera system connected to a magnetometer, and other equipment supplied by the Southern Indiana Paranormal Investigators, which included Vernier sensors and software ( digital still cameras, low light 8mm video cameras, and digital audio recorders.
Apparatus: The MESA computer system has been described elsewhere (Harte, Black, Hollinshead, 1999; Harte, Black, Hollinshead, & Mitchell, 2001) and this investigation will focus on anomalous results of the investigation. The researchers are primarily looking for a 7 mG change in the graphs, or other anomalous information. A sampling rate of 40 times per second was programmed, as this is the usual rate. Sound and video systems were utilized at this site. An infrared camera (Clover Electronics, and PZM (pressure zone microphone, Radio Shack) were connected to a video cassette recorder. Other low light cameras were positioned in the conference room, and at other sites within the mansion.

Site 1: Conference room (wnin1). Ch 1: Infrared light sensor: No anomalous IR light was recorded during the sampling period.

Ch2: Visible light sensor: About 100 footcandles during the sampling period. There are 3 negative spikes at 50, 58, and 73 minutes in the sampling period. These spikes are unusual for this site.

Ch 3: No sensor connected.

Ch 4: TriField Meter: 0.3 mG to 1 mG changes caused by the wiring in the room. Not unusual.

Ch 5: Vibration: 8 or more unusual events. The unusual events begin at 12 minutes into the sampling period. The other unusual events are at 16, 18, 24, 50, 72, 76, 85, and 100 minutes.

Ch 6: Static magnetic field sensor pointed WEST: 4.5 mG to 8.7 mG changes. This could cause sensed presences.

Ch 7: Static magnetic sensor pointed UP: 2.6 mG up to 7.3 mG changes. This could cause sensed presences.

Ch 8: Static magnetic sensor pointed NORTH: 4 mG up to above 12 mG changes. The first anomalous change is at 12 minutes (see Ch 5 Vibration) with other events of interest at 15, 25, 42, 50, 70, 76, 85, and 100 minutes. These types of changes signify that haunt activity is possible in this site.
Photographs: Hundreds of photographs of the teleplex were taken this evening. Several photographs reveal orbs, and shadows that seem to move to different parts of doors and hallways. This evidence must be interpreted cautiously to be anomalous, or unusual.
Video: 8mm night shot cameras, digital video cameras, and video revealed some pinlight orbs moving during the investigation. Some of these may have been caused by other equipment the researchers were utilizing at the time. Some of these were not caused by other equipment, as well.
Audio: Several researchers recorded EVPs, a few of these are very clear, and will be posted at other sites for perusal.
Subjective results: The teams experienced some sensed presences, unusual orbs on film (?), anomalous baby powder odors, sounds, and shadows moving and disappearing on several floors of the building.

The MESA Camera System: The MESA two camera system that works on a magnetometer had only one
Camera that worked the left camera took 24 photos and right camera that also went off had no photos on it
The camera was tested and is working all we can say is that it was erratic functioning of equipment.

Discussion: The results on magnetic fields, infrared light, and vibration are anomalous for this sampling period. There are also several EVPs and some video that cannot be explained. Both objective data and subjective phenomena that occurred during this investigation points to this site having haunt activity. More study needs to be done. We would especially like to Billy Miller for help and logistics during this investigation. We also want to thank Vicki and Gayla, our gracious hosts, for allowing us to conduct an investigation of the teleplex.
Harte, T.M., Black, D.L., & Hollinshead, M.T. (1999). MESA: A new configuration for measuring electromagnetic field fluctuations. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments & Computers, 31 (4), 680-683
Harte, T.M., Black, D.L., Hollinshead, M.T., & Mitchell, D.E. (2001). MESA in a haunt versus a non-haunt site. Proceedings of the 44th Annual Parapsychological Association Convention. New York, NY: Parapsychological Association.

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