In 1994, Mr. Stephen DeVillez, in conjunction with the newly renovated Merrillville High School media center, started a broadcast journalism class that would become the foundation for PNN. As the years went on, Mr. DeVillez would develop the initial PNN program, adding a monthly news magazine show that was shown throughout MHS in a closed circuit capacity. The show also aired on local public access. The "PNN Show" covered news and sports and featured various entertainment segments, produced and edited by Merrillville High School students. In addition to the PNN broadcast, students also helped produce live telecasts of sporting events, concerts and plays. Following DeVillez's departure in late 1997, radio veteran Chris Locken took over PNN, turning it from a monthly broadcast to a weekly show. After Locken's departure, Hammond cable's Tom Spitzer took the reins, working with local companies such as Royal Brush to better acclimate students to a real-life media experience. In addition, PNN began airing a "Morning Announcements" live broadcast, using real-time equipment and studio jobs to bring the daily MHS happenings to teachers and students.