WCTY - Channel 16 has been providing government access programming to cable television subscribers in Indianapolis and Marion County since 1984. For the last 12 years, the staff members of Channel 16 have been frequently recognized for the quality of their work winning numerous awards and citations. A sample of that includes CABLEACE & EMMY Nominations, numerous PHILO Awards and Hometown USA Video Festival Awards from the Alliance for Community Media. Channel 16 has received the inaugural and latest Impact Award from NATOA, (National Association of Telecommunications Officers & Advisors) and first place awards from that organization for programming in history and cultural affairs. Additionally, Channel 16 has received a first place Telly Award, the Jewell - Ryan White Award for Cultural Diversity by the Alliance for Community Media in 1996 and the Citation Award from the Indiana Film Society in their film and video competition from 1993.
Over the years, Channel 16 has evolved and provided the community with more local-based programming than any other television station. Exclusively on WCTY, one can observe local government in action from the comfort of a living room as LIVE and tape-delayed gavel-to-gavel coverage is presented. It is through Channel 16 that the proceedings of local government have been made more accessible to the public.