December 13, 1977 will be a day many in Evansville will never forget.  It was the night the University of Evansville Purple Aces basketball team perished in a tragic plane crash. 

President Brad Kimmel of WNIN said in a press release:

"WNIN wants to help Joe (Atkinson, director) remember and honor the memory of those who lost their lives on that tragic night.  That's why we thought it was important to air the documentary on December 13, exactly 40 years from the night they perished."

WNIN television will run the premiere broadcast of director Joe Atkinson's documentary, From the Ashes:  the University of Evansville Purple Aces on Wednesday, December 13 at 8pm Central, 9pm Eastern.

(Townsquare Media)

Following the broadcast, an extended conversation with Director Joe Atkinson will be showcased.  Viewers will have an opportunity to make a pledge to the station and receive a DVD copy of From the Ashes:  The University of Evansville Purple Aces as a thank you gift.

WNIN 9.1 will re-broadcast From the Ashes on these dates:

  • December 13 - 8pm
  • December 15 - 9pm
  • December 17 - 5pm
  • December 28 - 7pm
  • December 30 - 9pm