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The History of WCIA,Champaign
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The First 10 Years
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The Era of Strong Personality TV
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Being on Top
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The End of the Midwest TV era and Nexstar
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WCIA, Channel 3, Champaign, Illinois-Part 4

Page 4 1990-2005 The Final Years of the Midwest TV Era and the Nexstar Era Begins

1990-2001 The Final Years of the Midwest Television Era


During the 1990s, WCIA held a dominant position in prestige and news credibility throughout mid Illinois.  During 1990s, WCIA maintained the news theme, "Your News Leader" which the station utilizes even today, even though they have given up much market share to the other heritage stations in Springfield and Decatur.  The only local competition in Champaign-Urbana was going through a time of reduction of staff and investment due to an impending sale of in-town competitor WICD by what was left of the Balaban Brothers ownership of Plains Television Partnership.

WCIA had a large staff of broadcasters and dominated the market.  Midwest Television's long time ownership had reduced it's overhead enough that they had a large stable of anchors, who were more well known in the market and who filled every newscast during the week.  It was a huge investment in people, but it seemed to pay off in every way. 


WCIA because of its strength in the industry and its ratings dominance, the station was able to negotiate with television syndication companies to secure many of the top off network and first run syndicated programming of the era.  From Donohue to Oprah Winfrey, to Regis and Kathy Lee to M*A*S*H, WCIA's programming efforts also helped to draw viewers into it's local newscasts.  The Channel 3 News at Noon followed "The Young and the Restless" a consistent ratings winner for CBS and local stations all acros the country, including WCIA.  The grouping of Oprah and Geraldo in the late afternoons drove viewers right into "Newscope" a feature driven local news cast which also drove local news viewers into the stations 6PM news after the CBS News at 5:30pm.  CBS also continued to air a number of successful programs which also helped to maintain the status of Channel 3 to viewers across mid Illinois.  Many of  thos successful CBS shows are pictured below.

WCIA News Screen Shots from 1990s





Weekend Anchor John Paul (1990)


Weekend Anchor Molly Hall (1990)

Reporter Cheryl Pettus (1990)

WCIA News ID from 1994





Anchor Jerry Slabe (1994)


Suzanne Reed, Jerry Slabe and Judy Fraser (1994)

Anchor Suzanne Reed (1994)

Suzanne Reed, Jerry Slabe (1994)





Sports Director Chris Widlic (1994)


Weathercaster Judy Fraser (1994)

Reporter Ryan Baker (1993)

Reporter Don Kaiser (1994)

Weekend co-anchors Dave Brandon and Dick Adams (1994)

Anchor Jerry Slabe (1997)

Marta Carreira (1997)

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WCIA, Channel 3 Program Schedule for the week of  October 6-12, 1990
Monday-Friday sign-on to 6pm
Monday-Friday, October 8-12

6:30 am CBS News-Corderi/Osgood
7:00 am This Morning
9:00 am Regis and Kathy Lee 6
10:00 am Price is Right
11:00 am Young and the Restless
12:00 pm News-local
12:30 pm Bold and the Beautiful
1:00 pm As the World Turns
2:00 pm Guiding Light*
3:00 pm Oprah Winfrey* 6
4:00 pm Geraldo* 6
5:00 pm Newscope
5:30 pm CBS News-Dan Rather
6:00 pm News-Local
6:30 pm Entertainment Tonight 6

*Mon-Wed that week the baseball playoffs pre-empted program beginning at 2pm.

Saturday,  October 6, 1990

7:00 am Muppet Babies
8:00 am Garfield and Friends
9:00 am Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
10:00 am Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
10:30 am PeeWee's Playhouse
11:00 am Dink the Little Dinosaur
11:30 am Storybreak
12:00 pm Magnum, P.I.  3
1:00 pm College Football (Florida State Seminoles at Miami Hurricanes)
5:00 pm Illinois Journal
5:30 pm CBS News-Bob Schieffer
6:00 pm News-Local
6:30 pm M*A*S*H 3
7:00 pm Baseball Playoffs-Game 1 of the American League Championship Series
10:00 pm News-Local
10:30 pm Current Affair:Extra 3
11:30 pm Entertainment This Week 3
12:30 am News-Local

Sunday,  October 7, 1990

6:30 am  Larry Jones-Religion
7:00 am Robert Schuller-Religion
8:00 am CBS News-Charles Karalt
9:30 am Oral Roberts-Religion
10:00 am Larry Jones-Religion
10:30 am Face the Nation
11:00 am John Mackovic:Football (highlights of Illini and Ohio State)
11:30 am NFL Today
12:00 pm Magnum, P.I. 3
1:00 pm Movie "Invitation to Hell-(1984)
3:00 pm NFL Football- Green Bay at Chicago Bears
6:00 pm 60 Minutes
7:00 pm Baseball Playoff-Game 2
of the American League Championship Series
10:00 pm News-Local
10:30 pm Magnum, P.I. 3
11:30 pm Nitecap
12:00 am CBS News-Bill Plante
12:15 am News-Local

Monday,  October 8, 1990
7:00 pm to sign-off

7:00 pm Uncle Buck
7:30 pm Major Dad
8:00 pm Country Music Association Awards
10:00 pm News-Local
10:30 pm M*A*S*H 3
11:00 pm Current Affair 6
11:30 pm Hard Copy 6
12:00 am News-Local
12:30 am Informercial








Tuesday,  October 9, 1990

7:00 pm Baseball Playoff-Game 4 of the National League Championship Series
10:00 pm News-Local
10:30 pm M*A*S*H 3
11:00 pm Current Affair 6
11:30 pm Hard Copy 6
12:00 am News-Local



Wednesday,  October 10, 1990

7:00 pm Baseball Playoff-Game 5 of the National League Championship Series
10:00 pm News-Local
10:30 pm M*A*S*H 3
11:00 pm Current Affair 6
11:30 pm Hard Copy 6
12:00 am News-Local


Thursday,  October 11, 1990

7:00 pm Baseball Playoff-Game 5 of the American League Championship Series
10:00 pm News-Local
10:30 pm M*A*S*H 3
11:00 pm Current Affair 6
11:30 pm Hard Copy 6
12:00 am News-Local



Friday,  October 12, 1990
7:00 pm Evening Shade
7:30 pm Bagdad Cafe
8:00 pm Movie "Murder at the P.T.A." (made for TV 1990)
10:00 pm News-Local
10:30 pm M*A*S*H 3
11:00 pm Current Affair 6
11:30 pm Hard Copy 6
12:00 am News-Local

Program titles in bold print are network origination
Program titles in italic are local in origination, all or in part from the WCIA studios 

1 off network syndicated to network
3 syndicated off network to stations
4 regional sports network source
5 tape delayed broadcast from previous weeks broadcast on CBS. 
6 first run syndication



(TV Guide from the Doug Quick Collection)











Here's an excerpt from the Channel 3 News broadcast in May of 1993.  The anchor is Jerry Slabe and the reporter is Ryan Baker who covered the Monticello School Board.


Here's a complete WCIA Channel 3 Newscast from June 20, 1994, 10pm.

(all videos from You Tube are from other contributors and may be removed without notice)


The WCIA Business Journal examined the Springfield Business, Mel-O-Creme Donuts.  Here Dave Brandon anchors the segment from 1994.









WCIA, Channel 3 Program Schedule for the week of  September 16-22,1995
Monday-Friday sign-on to 6pm
Monday-Friday, September 18-22, 1995

5:00 am CBS News-Robelot/Roberts
5:30 am Ag Day 6
6:00 am News-Local
7:00 am This Morning-Smith/Zahn
9:00 am Regis and Kathy Lee 6
10:00 am Price is Right
11:00 am Young and the Restless
12:00 pm News-Local
12:30 pm Bold and the Beautiful
1:00 pm As the World Turns
2:00 pm Guiding Light
3:00 pm Day and Date  6
4:00 pm Oprah Winfrey 6
5:00 pm Newscope
5:30 pm CBS News-Dan Rather
6:00 pm News-Local
6:30 pm Inside Edition 6


Saturday,  September 16, 1995

6:00 am Madison's Adventures
6:30 am News for Kids
7:00 am Garfield and Friends
7:30 am Lion King's Timon and Pumbaa
8:00 am Aladdin
8:30 am Ninja Turtles
9:00 am Mask
9:30 am Ninja Turtles
10:00 am Talk Box
10:30 am Santo Bugito
11:00 am College Football (Kentucky at Indiana)
2:30 pm Infomercial
3:00 pm Sports Show
5:00 pm Illinois Journal
5:30 pm CBS News-Bob Schieffer
6:00 pm News-Local
6:30 pm M*A*S*H 3
7:00 pm Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
9:00 pm Walker Texas Ranger
10:00 pm News-Local
10:35 pm Tales from the Crypt 6
11:05 pm Tales from the Crypt 6
11:35 pm Movie "Invasion U.S.A." (1985)
1:30 am Inside Edition Weekend 6
2:00 am Movie "Fast Times at Ridgemond High" (1982)
4:00 am Movie "The Greek Tycoon" (1978)


Sunday,  September 17, 1995

7:00 am Hour of Power-Religion
8:00 am Sunday Morning-Charles Osgood
9:30 am News-Local
10:00 am Illinois Journal-Public Affairs
10:30 am Face the Nation
11:00 am Lou Tepper:Football
11:30 am Movie "The Naked Face"(1984)
2:00 pm Infomercial
2:30 pm to be announced
3:00 pm Movie "The Godfather" (1972)
5:00 pm CBS News-John Roberts
5:30 pm News-Local
6:00 pm 60 Minutes
7:00 pm Cybill
7:30 pm Almost Perfect
8:00 pm John Grisham's The Client
10:00 pm News-Local
10:45 pm Entertainment Tonight-Weekend edition 6
11:45 pm Lifetimes (unknown source)
12:15 am Hawkeye 6
1:15 am CBS News-Russ Mitchell
1:30 am Up to the Minute-CBS





Monday,  September 18, 1995


7:00 pm The Nanny
7:30 pm Can't Hurry Love
8:00 pm Murphy Brown
8:30 pm If Not for You
9:00 pm Chicago Hope
10:00 pm News-Local
10:35 pm David Letterman
11:35 pm Entertainment Tonight 6
12:05 am Stephanie Miller 6
1:05 am Tom Snyder
2:05 am Gordon Elliott 6
3:05 am George and Alana 6
4:05 am Up to the Minute






Tuesday,  September 19, 1995

7:00 pm John Grisham's The Client
8:00 pm Movie "Her Deadly Rival" (TV 1995)
10:00 pm News-Local
10:35 pm David Letterman
11:35 pm Entertainment Tonight 6
12:05 am Stephanie Miller 6
1:05 am Tom Snyder
2:05 am Gordon Elliott 6
3:05 am George and Alana 6
4:05 am Up to the Minute


Wednesday,  September 20, 1995

7:00 pm Bless This House
7:30 pm Dave's World
8:00 pm Central Park West
9:00 pm Courthouse
10:00 pm News-Local
10:35 pm David Letterman
11:35 pm Entertainment Tonight 6
12:05 am Stephanie Miller 6
1:05 am Tom Snyder
2:05 am Gordon Elliott 6
3:05 am George and Alana 6
4:05 am Up to the Minute


Thursday,  September 21, 1995

7:00 pm Murder She Wrote
8:00 pm Too Hot to Skate
10:00 pm News-Local
10:35 pm David Letterman
11:35 pm Entertainment Tonight 6
12:05 am Stephanie Miller 6
1:05 am Tom Snyder
2:05 am Gordon Elliott 6
3:05 am George and Alana 6
4:05 am Up to the Minute

Friday,  September 22, 1995

7:00 pm The Dweebs
7:30 pm Bonnie Hunt
8:00 pm Picket Fences
9:00 pm American Gothic
10:00 pm News-Local
10:35 pm David Letterman
11:35 pm Entertainment Tonight 6
12:05 am Stephanie Miller 6
1:05 am Tom Snyder
2:05 am Gordon Elliott 6
3:05 am George and Alana 6
4:05 am Up to the Minute

Program titles in bold print are network origination
Program titles in italic are local in origination, all or in part from the WCIA studios 

1 off network syndicated to network
3 syndicated off network to stations
4 regional sports network source
5 tape delayed broadcast from previous weeks broadcast on CBS. 
6 first run syndication



(TV Guide from the Doug Quick Collection)












Here's a WCIA, 10pm Newscast from April 12,
2000.




The CBS "The Early Show" was the title of the morning news program which aired on WCIA, Channel 3 on August 14, 2000.

(all videos from You Tube are from other contributors and may be removed without notice)


One of the more popular shows from CBS since 2000, is "Survivor."  Here is a compilation of 15 years of "Survivo" as seen on WCIA.










2001-2005 The Nexstar Era Begins
WCIA Channel 3

Since the late 90's, the competitive playing field has leveled somewhat with an aging audience, and the advantages of being CBS and the only VHF being only a memory with the advent of cable as well as other competitors has changed the landscape of Central Illinois television.

In April of 2002 WCIA utilized it's Springfield full power satellite station to bring central Illinois viewers programming from the UPN network.  This action left many central Illinois viewers without CBS programming who relied on WCFN-channel 49's simulcast of WCIA.  When the stations converted to digital broadcasting in 2002, the multichannel digital service on both sides of the market(Springfield and Champaign) broadcast programming services of CBS-WCIA and UPN-WCFN on both signals.  This allowed cable head-ends equipped with digital receivers to receive and send both services to subscribers.   So, again, one of the last TV stations in the market to go stereo on it's analog channel is once again technologically behind the times in positioning itself to be one of the last stations to broadcast in HDTV. 

WCIA finally achieved full power digital operation, but not without problems for some viewers.  Several problems with the digital data stream caused several problems with video and audio distortions for nearby viewers who received the signal from their own antenna.  There have also been several technical problems for those who received WCIA-DT from local cable companies as well.    The cost for the digital upgrade had been estimated at over $2-million for the Seymour tower and just under $2-million for Springfield.   Nexstar continued to stall out the full power digital conversion for the Springfield station, beyond transmitting a low power signal from  their WCFN transmitter east of Springfield.  WCFN-DT broadcasts it's channel 49-MyTV signal as 49.1, and WCIA's digital signal(both standard and hi-def) on 49.2. One of the requests for FCC permission to delay the conversion stated that the company did not have the funds, or could obtain them by loans to complete the project, and that the conversion, when it was done, would be funded through normal cash flow.

Jerry Slabe and Marta Carreira-Slabe vs. Nextar: Nearing the end

A long running legal battle between former WCIA anchors Jerry Slabe and Marta Carreira-Slabe came to some conclusion in March of 2008.  The legal fight goes back to 2000 when both Slabes were challenged by Nextar to add more hours to their work day, in an obvious effort to get them to quit their comparatively high salaried positions.  The original contract was set up with the Slabes through the previous owners of WCIA, Midwest Television.  It appears in an effort to reduce costs and increase cash flow of the station, Nextar wanted to clear the books of many long time on air staff members, who were presumably taking a large chunk of the stations operating costs.  That's when long time News Director Dave Shaul left WCIA along with others such as Dick Adams, John Paul and Ed Kelly.  Nextar's demands on the Slabes, brought about their refusal to work under those demands, and they were fired.  This contract battle finally brought about a judgment in favor of the Slabes receiving back pay, plus the dollar value of some of their other contract benefits during the period between their firing and when their contracts would have expired.  The issue of  who's to pay the Slabe's legal fees are now in question, as Jerry has indicated from a News-Gazette interview in a Jim Dey column, that he would appeal.  It's also stated in the same newspaper column that it's unsure what Nexstar would do.          
                                                                                                           Information from Jim Dey's Column from the Champaign News-Gazette, Saturday, March 29, 2008






Various scenes from CBS News...from the 1990's through 2006...along with a Dan Rather guest appearance on David Letterman.  Also includes Connie Chung from a short time in the early 1990's in which she co-anchored with Dan Rather.  Pictured is also John Roberts when he did weekends for CBS.  Sunday morning was a Sunday morning staple of news and features with Charles Osgood.








After Jerry Slabe was forced out of WCIA's main anchor position it was filled temporarily with Joe Mazon, then permanently with Michael Marsh.  Marsh continued through the mid 00's.  He was replaced by Dave Benton.

Jennifer Roscoe continues to co-anchor.

WCIA News Screen Shots from 2000-2005


WCIA Logo under Nextstar 2000


Anchors Joe Mazon, Jennifer Roscoe (2000)

Anchor Joe Mazon (2000)

Judy Fraser (2000)

Sports Director Chris Widlic (2000)


Anchors in 2000

Reporter Shanell Allen (2000)

Judy Fraser at Weather Center (2000)

Reporter Denise Strzelczyk (2000)


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WCIA, Channel 3 Program Schedule for the week of  September 13-19, 2003
Monday-Friday sign-on to 6pm
Monday-Friday, September 15-19, 2003

5:00 am News-Local
6:00 am News-Local
7:00 am Early Show-CBS News
9:00 am $25,000 Pyramid
9:30 am $25,000 Pyramid
10:00 am The Price is Right
11:00 am The Young and the Restless
12:00 pm News-Local
12:30 pm The Bold and the Beautiful
1:00 pm As the World Turns
2:00 pm Guiding Light
3:00 pm Dr. Phil 6
4:00 pm Oprah Winfrey 6
5:00 pm News-Local
5:30 pm CBS News-Dan Rather
6:00 pm News-Local
6:30 pm Frasier 3  

Saturday,  September 13, 2003

6:00 am Saturday Early Show-CBS News
8:00 am Wild Thornberry's
8:30 am Hey Arnold!
9:00 am Chaulk Zone
9:30 am Little Bill
10:00 am Dora The Explorer
10:30 am Blue's Clues
11:30 am Movie "Air America" 6
1:30 am infomercial
2:00 pm College Football Today-CBS Sports
2:30 pm College Football-game to be announced
6:00 pm News-Local
6:30 pm Billy Graham Crusade-infomercial
7:00 pm 48 Hours Investigates
8:00 pm Hack
9:00 pm The District
10:00 pm News-Local
10:35 pm infomercials
11:35 pm She Spies 6
12:35 am Extra 6
1:35 am infomercials
2:00 am Movie "Stag" 6

Sunday,  September 14, 2003

5:30 am Weekend Market Place
7:00 am Business Week
8:00 am Sunday Morning-Charles Osgood
9:30 am Face the Nation
10:30 am Ron Turner Show-UofI Football
11:00 am NFL Today-CBS Sports
12:00 pm NFL Football- game to be announced
3:00 pm NFL Today-CBS Sports
3:15 pm NFL Football-game to be announced
6:00 pm 60 Minutes
7:00 pm Without a Trace
8:00 pm Out of Sight
10:30 pm News-Local
11:00 pm Kickin' It-interview  7
12:00 am infomercials
1:20 am Up to the Minute-CBS News




Monday,  September 15, 2003
6:30pm to sign-off

7:00 pm Yes Dear
7:30 pm Still Standing
8:00 pm Everybody Loves Raymond
8:30 pm CSI: Miami
10:00 pm News-Local
10:35pm David Letterman
11:35 pm Craig Killborn
12:35 pm Extra  6
1:05 am infomercials
2:05 am Up to the Minute-CBS News







Tuesday,  September 16, 2003

7:00 pm Big Brother Season 4
8:00 pm Cupid
9:00 pm Judging Amy
10:00 pm News-Local
10:35pm David Letterman
11:35 pm Craig Killborn
12:35 pm Extra  6
1:05 am infomercials
2:05 am Up to the Minute-CBS News


Wednesday, September 17, 2003

7:00 pm 60 Minutes II
8:00 pm Big Brother
9:00 pm 48 Hours Mystery
10:00 pm News-Local
10:35pm David Letterman
11:35 pm Craig Killborn
12:35 pm Extra  6
1:05 am infomercials
2:05 am Up to the Minute-CBS News


Thursday,  September 18, 2003

7:00 pm Survivor: Pearl Island
8:30 pm CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
10:00 pm News-Local
10:35pm David Letterman
11:35 pm Craig Killborn
12:35 pm Extra  6
1:05 am infomercials
2:05 am Up to the Minute-CBS News



Friday,  September 19, 2003

7:00 pm Big Brother Season 4
8:00 pm JAG
9:00 pm CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
10:00 pm News-Local
10:35pm David Letterman
11:35 pm Craig Killborn
12:35 pm Extra  6
1:05 am infomercials
2:05 am Up to the Minute-CBS News



Program titles in bold print are network origination
Program titles in italic are local in origination, all or in part from the WCIA studios 

1 off network syndicated to network
3 syndicated off network to stations
4 regional sports network source
5 tape delayed broadcast from previous weeks broadcast on CBS.  WCIA preempted 8:30 to 10pm network schedule for insertion of local movie, giving the station more commercial time for sale.
6 first run syndication
7 unknown source and/or format

B/W  all programs are in color except those designated by B/W

(TV Guide from the Doug Quick Collection)

Note: This was about the time of the downturn of TV Guide as a resource for programming information.  The use of the "grid" system necessitated the elimination of much of the detailed program information.  I have tried to add some of the missing information based on my own memory of the program schedules of the era.






The 50th Anniversary of WCIA (1953-2003)
In 2003 WCIA celebrated it's 50th Anniversary.  The station hosted a meeting with former staffers which was video taped and included in an hour long special. It featured a look back into the some of the history of the station.  It was great to see the many WCIA personalities who we were acquainted with throughout the years and how they've changed(along with us as well).

What is featured here are pictures of the various WCIA personalities featured on
the Anniversary show.
 
(All pictures from the Ed Mason Collection)
Chris Meyer was the Chief Executive Officer and son of August Meyer, the original President of Midwest Television owner of WCIA, WMBD and KFMB. Fred Sorenson, was the first News Anchor and News Director of WCIA. Ed Mason was "Captain Eddie" along with host of "The Hop", Director, Producer, Writer and Account Executive.  He later became Local Sales Manager at WICD Paul Davis was News Director from the mid 1960's through the late 1970's at WCIA.  He later became News Director at WGN-TV. Tom Jones was former host of "SunUp" as well as weekend sports anchor and did voicer overs at WCIA.
Larry Waters was behind the scenes at WCIA as Production Manager(later becoming Operations Manager at WICD) Dave Shaul became News Director from the late 1970's through the Nextar ownership change in 2000.
He's now with WDWS/WHMS radio in Champaign.
Mary Sue Kruger was Promotions Director at WCIA, having done weather and other commerical appearances from the late 1960's into the early 1990's. Steve Kelly was Sports Director at WCIA from the late 1980's into the late 1990's.  He is now at WDWS/WHMS Radio in Champaign.




WCIA celebrated it's 50th Anniversary in 2003 with a TV special which featured most of the various personalities over the years,with one or two very notible exceptions.   It's said that because of pending litigation Jerry Slabe and Marta Carreira had to be left out of all on-air mentions.   It's too bad that WCIA had to re-write it's own history for such an occasion.

A segment of the Anniversary Special listed it's many News Anchors over the years, the names of Jerry Slabe and his wife Marta were ommited.



Popular CBS Shows Airing on WCIA 1990-2005
"60 MInutes" "Murder She Wrote" "Lonesome Dove"
Murphy Brown" "CBS Sunday Movie"
"Muppet Babies"
"The Nanny"
"48 Hours"
"Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman" "Hearts Afire "
"Northern Exposure" "PeeWee's Playhouse " "Designing Women" "Major Dad"
"Dave's World"
"Cybill" "NFL Football"
"Full House"
"CBS Sunday Morning"
"CSI: NY"
"Touched by an Angel"
"As the World Turns"
"Love and War"
"Cosby"
"Rescue 911"
"Family Feud"
"Chicago Hope" "Diagnosis Murder"
"Everybody Loves Raymond"
"Becker"
"Family Law"
"The District"
"Guiding Light"
"JAG"
"The Guardian"
"Cold Case"
"Wheel of Fortune" (Daytime)
"CBS Sports Presentations"
"NCIS"
"CBS Evening News with Bob Schieffer"
"Bold and the Beautiful"
"Yes Dear"
"Late Show with David Letterman"
"Evening Shade"
"The Amazing Race"
"The Early Show"
"Judging Amy"
"The Famous Teddy Z"
"All New Dennis the Menace"
"Survivor"
"Still Standing"
"Wiseguy"
"The Price is Right"
"The Big Game 21"
"King of Queens"

"CSI:"
"Two and a Half Men"
"Young and the Restless"
"Walker Texas Ranger"


Select Syndicated Programs Airing on WCIA 1990-2005
"Rosie O'Donnell"
"Cosby"
"Oprah"
"Ellen"
"Dr. Phil"
"Frasier"





WCIA, Channel 3 Program Schedule for the week of September 11-17, 2005
Monday-Friday sign-on to 6pm
Monday-Friday, September 12-16, 2005

No listings were available before 6am
6:00 am News-Local
8:00 am Early Show
9:00 am Ellen DeGeneres 6
10:00 am Price is Right
11:00 am Young and the Restless
12:00 pm News-Local
12:30 pm Bold and the Beautiful
1:00 pm As the World Turns
2:00 pm Guiding Light
3:00 pm Dr. Phil 6
4:00 pm Oprah Winfrey 6
5:00 pm News-Local
5:30 pm CBS News
6:00 pm News-Local
6:30 pm Inside Edition 6

Saturday,  September 16, 2005

No listings were available before 8am
8:00 am Lazy Town
8:30 am Go, Diego, Go
9:00 am Backyardigans
9:30 am Dora the Explorer
10:00 am Little Bill
10:30 am Blue's Clues
11:00 am College Football-E Michigan at Michigan
2:30 pm College Football-Alabama at S. Carolina
6:00 pm News-Local
6:30 pm infomercial
7:00 pm College Football-Tennessee at Florida
10:00 pm News-Local
10:35 pm CSI  3
11:35 pm West Wing 3
12:35 pm Infomercials
1:05 am TV Guide omitted listings through 6am


Sunday,  September 17, 2005

No listings were available before 8am
8:00 am Sunday Morning
9:30 am Face the Nation-CBS News
10:00 am Illini Rewind: Ron Zook-U of I Football Coach
11:00 am NFL Football Today-CBS Sports
12:00 pm NFL Football-NYJets at KC
3:00 pm U.S. Open-CBS Sports
6:00 pm 60 Minutes
7:00 pm Cold Case
8:00 pm Movie "Ocean's Eleven" (2001)
10:30 pm News-Local
11:00 pm CSI: 3
12:00 am Extra Weekend 6
1:00 am TV Guide omitted listings through 6am

Monday,  September 12, 2005
6:30pm to sign-off

7:00 pm King of Queens
7:30 pm Everybody Loves Raymond
8:00 pm Two and a Half Men
8:30 pm Two and a Half Men
9:00 pm CSI: Miami
10:00 pm News-Local
10:35pm David Letterman
11:35 pm Craig Ferguson
12:35 pm Extra
1:05 pm TV Guide omitted listings through 6am


Tuesday,  September 13, 2005

7:00 pm NCIS
8:00 pm Big Brother Season 6
9:00 pm Rock Star: INXS
10:00 pm News-Local
10:35pm David Letterman
11:35 pm Craig Ferguson
12:35 pm Extra 6
1:05 pm TV Guide omitted listings through 6am


Wednesday,  September 14, 2005

7:00 pm CBS Sneak Peek
7:30 pm Yes, Dear
8:00 pm Rock Star: INXS
8:30 pm King of Queens
9:00 pm CSI: New York
10:00 pm News-Local
10:35pm David Letterman
11:35 pm Craig Ferguson
12:35 pm Extra 6
1:05 pm TV Guide omitted listings through 6am


Thursday,  September 15, 2005

7:00 pm Survivor: Guatemala
8:00 pm CSI:
10:00 pm News-Local
10:35pm David Letterman
11:35 pm Craig Ferguson
12:35 pm Extra 6
1:05 pm TV Guide omitted listings through 6am



Friday,  September 16, 2005

7:00 pm Big Brother Season 6
8:00 pm Threshold
10:00 pm News-Local
10:35pm David Letterman
11:35 pm Craig Ferguson
12:35 pm Extra 6
1:05 pm TV Guide omitted listings through 6am


Program titles in bold print are network origination
Program titles in italic are local in origination, all or in part from the WCIA studios 

1 off network syndicated to network
3 syndicated off network to stations
4 regional sports network source
5 tape delayed broadcast from previous weeks broadcast on CBS.  WCIA preempted 8:30 to 10pm network schedule for insertion of local movie, giving the station more commercial time for sale.

B/W  all programs are in color except those designated by B/W

(TV Guide from the Doug Quick Collection)

With this edition of TV Guide it was obvious that the magazine was losing its usefulness.  It  was losing to the changing technology.  The use of the grid listings combined with sporadic use of the "normal" time based listings made navigating through the pages very difficult especially when there were long periods of time in which there were no listings.  In trying to please both fans of the "grid" system and the traditional time listings, TV Guide pleased no one and would soon drop all local listings. 






















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TV Guide® from the Doug Quick Collection
screen grabs from Bob Lee
Ed Mason Collection-50th Anniversary WCIA Special



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The History of WCIA,Champaign
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The First 10 Years
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The Era of Strong Personality TV
  Page 3
Being on Top
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The End of the Midwest TV era and Nexstar
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The Digital TV Years


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