central Illinois radio and television broadcaster for
43 years. He's
the Taylorville, Springfield, Decatur, Danville and Champaign-Urbana
markets throughout his entire career.
was co-anchor and chief weather Anchor at WICD-TV, and is currently co-anchor
and weather anchor on Fox-Champaign, WCCU-TV in Urbana.
He is the longest tenured weather-caster in central Illinois.
He was awarded the Silver Circle Award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences of Mid-America in 2013.
site is dedicated to preserving central Illinois Broadcast
History. It's being constantly updated with additions
and maybe even a few revisions. Check back
is an ideal page for those who want to "cut the cable" and are not sure
on what is available on over-the-air television
This is a
list of the mid-Illinois television stations and each of their digital
sub-channels which are not available for satellite subscribers and may
or may not be for cable subscribers.
You can also click on the Yahoo link which will show you a program grid
of the current schedule of "over-the-air" channels in your
This is also the page which shows you how to receive the "over-the-air"
sub-channel stations plus the local channels which may not be available
with your satellite subscriptions such as WICD,
Dish® has added WCCU to the local station lineup across mid Illinois at Channel 27.
Television Stations Are Changing Transmitting Channels
history of Central Illinois Television Stations the personalities, the
local and network programs and so much
about the experiences of central Illinois television pioneers as they
found their way though the early years of broadcasting.
Many pictures, videos and TV Guide ads help tell the story of each
station, especially through the early years....plus the addition of
color television and the eventual conversion to digital television.
The histories are constantly being updated and new pictures, screen
grabs and details are being added. These pages continue to be
work in progress....so keep checking back!
listening to many of the FM stations in medium to large markets you may
have been listening to stations that programmed any one of
or other sample automated radio formats. Remember "Stereo
"Solid Gold," "Hit Parade," or even "Great American Country" you'll
enjoy learning about the background
of these classic automated radio formats.
and Antenna TV I designed a "virtual" TV Channel called Classic Tube
Television. It included many classics which ultimately was
to the lineups of the current day MeTV and Antenna TV.
I arranged the schedule around themes and is color coded for genres,
kids TV and other groupings.
Many of you have "fantasy" football....I have a "fantasy" TV
channel. Just for fun, I invite you to check out Classic Tube
Thanks to You Tube many of the television treasures of the
past are available. We also thank those who recognize the
value of these priceless videos from the past in sharing them with the
world. I also scold those who refuse to share by using
copyright claims or the possibility of profiting from them at some time
in the future.
(above): "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" first aired as a special in
September of 1967 and was such a hit that the format and cast was
reassembled for a series which began the following January of 1968. The
cast was huge and propelled many to stardom in the coming years, such
as Goldie Hawn, Eileen Brennan, Lily Tomlin and Richard Dawson. It
would air on Monday nights at 7pm-8pm through May 14, 1973. This
edition aired during the first season and included Tim Conway and Cher.
"Laugh-In' was seen in mid Illinois on the following NBC stations:
WICS, WICD, WEEK-TV, WWTO, WGEM-TV and KSD-TV.
(above): "Pete and Gladys" was CBS spin-off of "December Bride" in
which Pete (played by Harry Morgan) played the next door neighbor to
Spring Byington's character from 1954 to 1960. He would talk about his wife, but
she was never seen. In the spin-off, Gladys was played by Cara
Williams. So here is a complete episode with commercials as it aired on
CBS May 21, 1961.
"Pete and Gladys" would have been seen on stations WCIA, WMBD-TV,
WTHI-TV, KHQA-TV and KMOX-TV.
from an outside source and may be discontinued
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25, 2016)-New digital sub-channels were added to the signals of WCIA
and WCIX. Nexstar made an agreement early this Summer to add
following networks to the digital subchannels of many of their
stations. Those networks include Grit, Escape, Laff and
TV. Check out the links to each of their websites for a
description of each as well as program schedules. Note: Grit
also seen on the digital subchannels of WICD and WICS!
Don't look for that continue to too long! Click on Mid-Illinois
TV Today for details.
6, 2016)- Finished the long time project of making all pages "mobile
friendly" to those viewers of this site on cell phones and tablets.
I also updated several pages to match the format of all of
(October 11, 2016-Finished updating Part 2 and 3 of the WICD
there are still some additions coming soon. Other pages will
updated soon as well.
(October 30, 2016) Check out the new design with the History of WICD-Page
1-4. Page 5 is currently being re-designed and may be posted
the next couple of days. My goal is to bring it up to date
its demise in April of 2015.
(Nov 20, 2016) Added You Tube videos from 1998, 2000 and 2001 which
will be placed on this site soon.
(Nov 23, 2016) Added priceless pictures of WBLN studios taken after the
station when dark in 1958. Also added picture and commentary
Ann Hill, a program host at WBLN in Bloomington. Go there now
(Dec 2, 2016) The History of WICD is now "complete" taking it to its
last day of its brand as "NewsChannel 15" in 2015. Check out the many
professionals who graced your screen from 2005 to 2015. I'm
missing some....and if you are one who has been omitted from the page
PLEASE send me a screen shot or two of your work at WICD...along with
the years you were there. I'll include it with revisions
will occur often). Here's a quick link to Page 6 of
The History of WICD.
(Dec 23, 2016) The
History of WICSis
nearing completion, with the updating of pages 2-4.
covers the years of 1967-2005.
(Dec 26, 2016) Added many newspaper ads for programming on WTVP in 1958
and 1959. Also updated and corrected some program schedules
(January 1, 2017) Added pages for St. Louis TV history with the history
of WTVI(later KTVI) and KWK-TV(later KMOX-TV and KMOV).
(February 18, 2017) Updated Mid Illinois TV Today
to show ION now being broadcast on WAND 17.3 channel in standard
def. It's also available on DISH® and DirectTV®.
appears that the OTA Digital Dongle used to receive local TV channels
through the Hopper® home satellite systems is no longer available
through the provider. See updated section within the page, Mid
(March 3, 2017) Updated Mid Illinois TV Today to
reflect changes in the sub-channel lineup of WICS/WICD. The
addition of TBD and Charge! are shown and links to each networks
website and schedule are included.
(March 13, 2017) Updated and completed Mid Illinois TV Today to include
all stations from the Quincy market to Terre Haute, IN market....along
with Bloomington and Peoria.
(April 14, 2017)Updated the Mid Illinois TV Today page to show changes
to the DISH® Local Channel Lineup. WICD will be dropped from the
lineup on Tuesday, April 18, while the signal of WCCU will be added on
Wednesday, April 19.
(April 21, 2017)Updated the Mid Illinois TV Today page to show that
WCCU has been added to DISH® lineup and WICD has been eliminated.
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