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The History of WICD, Champaign, IL
  Page 1
The WDAN-TV Years 1953-1959
  Page 2
The WCHU, WICD Years 1959-1966
  Page 3
WICD, Channel 15 Early Years, 1967-1978
  Page 4
WICD, The Plains TV Years, 1978-1994
  Page 5
An Era of Change for WICD, 1995-2004
  Page 6
The WICD ABC Years 2005-2015

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WICD, Channel 15, Champaign, Illinois History

Page 4: WICD, 250 South Country Fair Drive Years (1978-1994)


During the 70's and 80's, WICD-TV developed a local news presence with personalities including Ron Davis, Bruce Jakubowski, Geni Roark, Art Barron, Rich Porter, Demetria Kaye, Susan Rieke, Sandra Chapman, Mark Schanowski, and weather caster Keith Page among many others.  Even though most of the programming was received from WICS-TV, WICD was during a good part of the time from the 80s into the early 90s owned separately from WICS.  WICD would often break from WICS to air its own programming, sometimes public affairs programs, but often times it would be syndicated programming
from the library of then current shows which were in house at the time.  For a while in the 1980s, when WICS would air a local newscast at Noon, WICD would air the INN News which was a syndicated national news program for independent stations.

Also during 1986, WICD would lead the market to broadcast programming in 2-channel discrete stereo.  An upgrade in the audio chain would make it possible to broadcast NBC shows in stereo but also synthesize stereo for programs produced in mono.  

From 1986 to 1998, WICS was owned by Guy Gannett Publications while WICD was still owned by Plains Television Partnership through 1994.  The stations were operated as a "regional" network  to simulcast most of the locally originated syndicated programming, but local news and local commercials were aired separately by each station.  

WICD would receive the WICS video channel and  "insert" its own local programming over the WICS elements.  Of course this led to missed cues, commercials which were cut  to air another commercial and station ID's for WICS slipping through on WICD.  Of course viewers of WICS saw no issues, other than the usual sometimes sloppy operations of Channel 20.


 
WICD would receive the final WICS programming channel and would "insert" its own program elements over the WICS corresponding elements.  Of course, this led to missed cues, commercial late starts, false starts, late station IDs for WICD and WICS IDs slipping through to complicate the viewers reporting of what station they were watching.  Adding to the difficulties of a smooth operation was the fact that the WICS operation was incredibly sloppy.  Timing was careless, as program elements were often "up-cut" missing the first few seconds of programs, or operators would bail-out of a program eliminating program credit rolls.  The camera on the  WICS film chain was often equipped with a weak video tube which left viewers with out of focus, smeary video with bright light "burn-in" smears.  Operators would let the late movie run while the station played commercials to shorten their time at the station that night.  I witnessed this many times being a viewer of WICS when I lived in Taylorville through the mid 1970s.  This culture continued for many years at WICS and made the smooth operation of WICD difficult at best.

The control room at WICD had no random playback of commercial video tape for local commercial insertion, having to prepare what was called an "air tape."  This air tape consisted of a tape with prerecorded commercial breaks which had to be edited and produced several times a day to keep up with the daily broadcast schedule.  

WICD used the MII (pronounced "M-two") tape format which used tape cartridges similar in size and look to VHS tapes, but with metal tape.  Based on my experience the format was certainly broadcast quality (much, much better than VHS) but suffered from tape drop outs and video noise.

It was during that separation in ownership, which contributed to the failings of WICD during the early 1990's, along with some bad luck.  WICD was the last of the television stations owned by Plains Television Partnership and the Elmer Balaban group.  Cash flow suffered during the late 1980s and early 1990's, which necessitated the cutting of operating expenses.  One act which was rather short sighted, was the lowering of the power output of the station, to cut the electric bill.  Unfortunately, that set up a situation which later, when permission was requested to the FCC to raise power to the the original levels of the original license,  permission was denied.  The station continued to operate, not at just over a million watts as was the original output, but now at 600,000 watts.  The geographic coverage of the station, though, benefited from the antenna height of over 1300-feett.

 
A stroke of bad luck took the station off the air for an extended length of time during the early 1990's as well.  During the cold, snowy and icy winter months, the transmission line shorted out along the tower, between the transmitter and antenna.  It was during this time, that WICD returned to broadcast, but at a significantly lower power output.  This continued for quite some time, which forced many cable operators, which received the stations off air signal, to select other NBC stations in surrounding markets to satisfy their subscribers.  The off air signal for WICD barely covered Danville and Urbana for a number of weeks. 

There was also a time in which for an unknown reason WICD was not able to receive programming from WICS.  At that time a VHF antenna was placed on the microwave tower at the rear of WICD to receive NBC programming from WTWO in Terre Haute, Indiana.  WICD would re-broadcast the network programming and air its own programming from its own film chain and video tape players.  Its assumed I-72 between Springfield and Champaign saw an increase in traffic as "runners" had to exchange film and tape between the stations during that time as well as commercials as they were added to the rotation on each station.  It's unknown when this situation took place....but my investigation continues.
 
It was also, during the early 1990's, the impending sale of the station brought about a hiring freeze and a reduction of staff members, some holding important responsibilities to the proper care and feeding of a television station.  WICD was suffering from substantial neglect by the time of the Guy Gannett purchased it in 1994.  The news operation was just an attempt to keep the station alive, but didn't have the tools of technology which were being displayed by the other stations in the market.  WICD had no live capability outside the studio, no computer newsroom operations, a minimum number of staffers, an office/studio which was outdated and inefficient, and a public image which was less than desirable.
 

In 1986  Plains Television Partners sold WICS-TV to Guy Gannett Communications of Portland, Maine.  Even though WICS, the Central Illinois "flagship station" was sold, Plains Television continued to operate WICD-TV until Guy Gannett purchased the station in September of 1994.
Guy Gannett, realized that the best way to grow the stations was to put a better effort on the east side of the market.  That was when a serious attempt was made to improve the facility of WICD along with an expansion of staff to better serve East Central Illinois.   That effort was going to take several years, but in 1998, Guy Gannett would sell off the total set of seven TV stations.  Six of those stations would end up being purchased by Sinclair Broadcast Group.
 
Here is the pictorial history of WICD from 1978 when the studios were moved from the Inman Hotel in downtown Champaign to its new studio location at 240 South Country Fair Drive in west Champaign, Illinois.   At the end of this page it will be 1994 as the Plains Television Partnership era comes to an end.  

The Big Move of WICD from the Inman to the Country Fair Drive Studios


By the late 1970's, it was evident that the studios/offices of WICD were quite substandard if the station was to be competitive in east central Illinois.  The effort which was going to be made to increase it's news department in the 1980's needed a larger facility, and a more modern one.   In 1978, WICD, Channel 15 moved from it's location at the Inman Hotel, to a converted slot car track and stamp store showroom at the Country Fair Shopping Center.  Both units at 250 South Country Fair Drive were converted to a television studio, master control , production facility, news room, as well as sales office, lobby and several individual offices and rest rooms.  The pictures above and below describe what an undertaking it was.


(Above left) A shot of the former home of WICD, the Inman Hotel taken from the final days of having WICD located there.  (Above left-center): The outside of the soon to be WICD studios.  The photo shows the front wall of the facility missing.  This allowed construction to be easier on the studio,  production control, master control and newsroom . (Above center-right and right)  It's unknown what areas were shown in these two photos.  (Below left), The master control area is being set up on a suspended flooring system.  This allowed the running of cables under the floor and easy access as large sections are able to be removed.  (Below center-left) another shot of construction.  (Below center-right) A shot of the new sidewalk leading to the lobby at WICD's Television Plaza.  (Below right) A shot from the early 1980's of the front of Television Plaza showing both the courtyard and the newsroom wing of the facility.



The New WICD Studios at 250 South Country Fair Drive in Champaign

A shot of the new Master Control
Room at WICD in 1978.

This is Production Control with
the audio control board on the left.

Production Control showing the
electronic text generator left with
video switcher on the right.

The new Newsroom at WICD.

A much larger news set was possible with the new studio at
250 South Country Fair Drive.  Here Ron Davis(right) is with Tom Stocker(left).

A rafter shot showing the much expanded news set at WICD, Channel 15.

Here is a shot of an unkown news anchor talking with Roger Francisco(right) who was weekend weathercaster at WICD during much of the 1980's and early 1990's.

The weekend news, sports and weather
anchors at the new WICD news set.  Probably taken sometime in 1978 or 1979.










Proud as a Peacock 1979
1979 NBC Specials promo with Casey Casem 1979 Today Show Open








NBC Election Night Coverage from November 4, 1980.

NBC Just Watch us Now from 1982.

(All Videos above are from You Tube contributors and may be discontinued at any time)
NBC Saturday morning from 1983


Schedule of Programming on WICD-TV, Channel 15 (and WICS, Channel 20)  from the week of Nov 3-9, 1979
Saturday, November 3, 1979

7:00 am Daffy Duck-cartoons
7:30 am Casper and Angels-cartoons
8:00 am Fred and Barney-cartoons
8:30 am Jetsons-cartoon
9:00 am Super Globetrotters-cartoons
10:00 am Flash Gordon-cartoons
10:30 am Godzilla-cartoons
11:00 am Jonny Quest-cartoon
11:30 am Jetsons-cartoon
12:00 pm City Life-unknown
12:30 pm Assignment 15-WICD  7
                Pulse-WICS 7
1:00 pm Movie-"Sahara" (1943)
3:00 pm Sportsworld-Sports
4:30 pm Odd Couple- 5
5:00 pm
NBC News
5:30 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
6:00 pm (no listing-but probably "Hee Haw"- 4)
7:00 pm CHiPs
8:00 pm Movie "MacArthur" (1977) Part 1
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:30pm Saturday Night
12:00 am Next Step Beyond- 4
12:30 am News-local news

Sunday, November 4, 1979

7:00 am Infinity Factory-unknown
7:30 am Jimmy Swaggert-religion
8:00 am Assignment 15-WICD 7
              Advance Notice-WICS unknown
8:30 am Herald of Truth-religion
9:00 am Faith for Today-religion
9:30 am Movie "Hijack" (1973)
11:00 am Meet the Press
11:30 am Capitol Conference- at WICS 7
12:00 pm Pro Football-Philadelphia Eagles vs. Cleveland Browns
3:00 pm Discussion Special-health care costs
4:00 pm Religious Special-Lutheran Missions
5:00 pm Wild Kingdom 4
5:30 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
6:00 pm World of Disney
8:00 pm Movie-"MacArthur" (1977) Part 2
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:30 pm Movie "There Was a Crocked Man" (1970)
1:00 am The Odd Couple 5
Weekdays, Monday-Friday, Nov 5-9, 1979

6:30 am various public affairs programs, business and agricultural syndicated programming
7:00 am Today
9:00 am Dating Game 3, 4
9:30 am Hollywood Squares-game
10:00 am High Rollers-game
10:30 am Wheel of Fortune-game
11:00 am Mindreaders-game
11:30 am Password Plus-game
12:00 pm Days of Our Lives-serial
1:00 pm The Doctors-serial
1:30 pm Another World-serial
3:00 pm I Love Lucy- 5
3:30 pm Gilligan's Island- 5
4:00 pm Batman- 5
4:30 pm Brady Bunch- 5
5:00 pm Happy Days Again- 5
5:30 pm NBC News
6:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
6:30 pm Newlywed Game- 4



Monday, November 5, 1979

7:00 pm Little House on the Prairie
8:00 pm Movie- "Heroes" (1977)
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:30 pm Tonight Show
12:00 am Tomorrow
1:00 am News-local news


Tuesday, November 6, 1979

7:00 pm Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo
9:00 pm Candid Camera Special
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:30 pm Tonight Show
12:00 am Tomorrow
1:00 am News-local news


Wednesday, November 7, 1979

7:00 pm Real People
8:00 pm Different Strokes
8:30 pm Hello Larry
9:00 pm Saturday Night Live-rerun
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:30 pm Tonight Show
12:00 am Tomorrow
1:00 am News-local news

Thursday, November 8, 1979

7:00 pm Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
8:00 pm Quincy
9:00 pm Kate
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:30 pm Tonight Show
12:00 am Tomorrow
1:00 am News-local news

Friday, November 9, 1979

7:00 pm Shirley
8:00 pm Rockford Files
9:00 pm Eischied
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:30 pm Tonight Show
12:00 am Midnight Special
1:30 am News-local news


Network programs are indicated in bold and underlined
local programming originating from the WICD-TV and/or the WICS studios are in italics

3-preemption of network programming "Card Sharks" for syndicated program "The Dating Game"
4-syndicated first run
5-syndicated off network local origination
6-preemption of network show "High Chaparral" for this musical special
7-Public Affairs

(TV listings from the Bloomington Pantagraph)










This was an artists view of the new WICD studios at 250 Country Fair Drive on Champaign's west side(right behind the Zayre Department Store).  Click on any of these pictures for larger versions.


Pictured here were the managers at WICD in 1978.  Top left Station Manager, Joe Norris.  He was in that postition until the sale of WICD to Guy Gannett in 1994.  He was heard during the 1990's as the station ID voice.  Also pictured in the top right is Plains Television Vice-President and WICS/WICD General Manager Milton Friedland.  At the lower left is Vince Daube, the Operations Manager of WICD, and at the lower right was Dave Boyer, Chief Engineer at WICD.  He held that postition through the late 1990's.





Here's the "sophisticated equipment" that was used by WICD in 1978 to produce local commericals for clients.


 Here's the story of how WICD uses computers to schedule commericals for it's clients.

 
Ron Davis was the News Director when the station moved to it's new location.  Here he uses a "word processer" to edit a newscast.

Here is the estimated coverage of WICD.  Notice that 40% of it's coverage is east of  the state line, into Indiana.



TV Guide ads for WICS/WICD syndicated show ads.

(TV Guide ads from the Doug Quick Collection)



Pictured was the first set after relocating to 250 South Country Fair Drive on Champaign's west side. 

Pictured, above, is Mark Schanowski, sports and Tom Millburn, news anchor.
WICD News Directer Tom Millburn Tom Stocker was a sports anchor at WICD from the late 1970's through the early 80's.  The interesting thing about this ID slide, was the  "TELEVISION PLAZA", the new name of the new studio location.

Weekend sports anchor Mark Schanowski
form the mid 1980s

Keith Page long time weather caster.
Keith Page from a station ID/promo set from the mid 1980s.


Popular NBC Shows Airing on WICD from 1978-1986
"Little House on the Prairie" "The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo" "Project U.F.O."
"Today" "Eischied"
"CHiPs"
"Quincy M.E."
"Rockford Files"
"The Jetsons" "Latenight with Dave Letterman"
"Flash Gordon" "Real People" "The Facts of Life" "Diff'rent Strokes"
"Empty Nest"
"Days of Our Lives" "B.J. and the Bear"
"David Cassidy-Man Undercover"
"Concentration"
"Barbara Mandrell"
"Father Murphy"
"Electra Woman and Dyna Girl"
"Hello Larry"
"Flamingo Road"
"Love Sidney"
"The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson"
"Hill Street Blues" "Taxi"
"NBC Monday Night at the Movies"
"Boone"
"Little House-A New Beginning"
"Riptide"
"The A-Team"
"Bloopers and Practical Jokes"
"Family Ties"
"Mama's Family"
"Knight Rider"
"The Cosby Show"
"Miami Vice"
"Cheers"
"Highway to Heaven"
"Remington Steele"
"Night Court"
"Meet the Press"
"227"












WICD Champaign ID/Superman Intro from 1983.


WICD "Gallery" with Geni Roarck

WICD/NBC Aircheck from 1983
including a news promo, Johnny Carson promo and the intro for the NBC Movie of the Week











WICD/NBC Aircheck from 1984 with rare Bosom Buddies open and Mama's Family


more to come
(All Vidoes above are from the Doug Quick Channel or You Tube contributors and may be withdrawn at any time)


more to come


Schedule of Programming on WICD-TV, Channel 15 (and WICS, Channel 20)  from the week of May 7-13,  1983
Saturday, May 7, 1983

6:30 am U.S. Farm Report 4
7:00 am The Flintstones Funnies-cartoon
7:30 am The Shirt Tales-cartoon
8:00 am Smurfs-cartoon
9:30 am Gary Coleman Show-live action
10:00 am Incredible Hulk/Amazing Spiderman
11:00 am Tom and Jerry-cartoon 5
11:30 am Flash Gordon-cartoon
12:00 pm Superman 3
12:30 pm Assignment 15 WICD- 1
                Saturday on 20 WICS-unknown
1:00 pm Baseball- Angels at Tigers or Phillies at Expos
4:00 pm Grizzly Adams- 5
5:00 pm Assignment 15 WICD - 1
              Capitol Conference WICS- 1
5:30 pm NBC News
6:00 pm Hee Haw 4
7:00 pm Diff'rent Strokes
7:30 pm Silver Spoons
8:00 pm Mama's Family
8:30 pm Teachers Only
9:00 pm Monitor
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:30 pm Saturday Night
12:00 am Siskel and Ebert at the Movies 4
12:30 am News-local news

Sunday, May 8, 1983

6:00 am Consultation-unknown
6:30 am The World Tomorrow
7:00 am Jimmy Swaggert-religion
8:00 am Kenneith Copeland-religion
9:00 am Faith for Today-religion
9:30 am Movie "One of My Wives is Missing" (1975)
11:00 am Meet the Press
12:00 pm Superman 3
12:30 pm Putt Putt Gold unknown source
1:00 pm Movie "Katherine" (1975)
3:00 pm Baseball-Cardinals at Dodgers 4
5:30 pm NBC News
6:00 pm Mother's Day Sunday Funnies-special
7:00 pm Television's Greatest Commercials
8:00 pm Movie "Little Darlings" (1980)
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:30 pm Movie "The Pink Panther" (1964)
12:30 pm News-local news



Weekdays, Monday-Friday, May 9-13, 1983

6:30 am Early Today
7:00 am Today
9:00 am Richard Simmons Show -talk
9:30 am Sale of the Century-game
10:00 am Wheel of Fortune-game
10:30 am Dream House-game
11:00 am Battlestars-game
11:30 am Search for Tomorrow-serial
12:00 pm Days of Our Lives-serial
1:00 pm Another World-serial
2:00 pm Fantasy-game
3:00 pm Scooby Doo 5
3:30 pm Tom and Jerry 5
4:00 pm The Brady Bunch 5
4:30 pm Laverne and Shirley 5
5:00 pm Happy Days Again 5
5:30 pm NBC News
6:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
6:30 pm The Jeffersons 5




Monday, May 9, 1983

7:00 pm Love Sidney
7:30 pm Family Ties
8:00 pm Academy of Country Music Awards
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:30 pm Tonight Show
12:00 am Late Night with David Letterman



Tuesday, May 10, 1983

7:00 pm The A-Team
8:00 pm Remington Steele
9:00 pm St. Elsewhere
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:30 pm Tonight Show
12:00 am Late Night with David Letterman


Wednesday, May 11, 1983

7:00 pm Real People
9:00 pm Quincy
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:30 pm Tonight Show
12:00 am Late Night with David Letterman


Thursday, May 12, 1983

7:00 pm Fame
8:00 pm Gimme a Break
8:30 pm Cheers
9:00 pm Hill Street Blues
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:30 pm Tonight Show
12:00 am Late Night with David Letterman


Friday, May 13, 1983

7:00 pm The Powers of Matthew Star
8:00 pm Knight Rider
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:30 pm Tonight Show
12:00 am Late Night with David Letterman


Network programs are indicated in bold and underlined
local programming originating from the WICD-TV and/or the WICS studios are in italics
1-public affairs

3-syndication reruns
4-syndicated first run
5-syndicated off network local origination


(TV listings from the Bloomington Pantagraph)




  (left): In 1980, Johnny Carson reduced the length of the "Tonight Show" by 30 minutes, in exchange for hosting more nights during the year.  That allowed for an earlier time for "The Tomorrow Show" with Tom Snyder.

(above): "Fantasy" was added to the daytime schedule, hosted by "Hollywood Squares" host Peter Marshall.  This daytime interview/variety show ran during the 1982-83 season.  

(TV Guide ads from the Collection of Doug Quick)


Popular Syndicated Programs Airing on WICD from 1978-86
"Scooby Doo" The Odd Couple" "The Brady Bunch" "Giligan's Island"
"I Love Lucy"
"Batman"
"Happy Days Again"
"Laverne, Shirley and Company"

"The Jeffersons" "Superman" "The Dating Game" "The Newlywed Game"
"Grizzly Adams"
"Hee Haw"
"The Partridge Family "
"The Andy Griffith Show"



Around 1983, WICD 15 News became, "NewsWatch 15" with a new set, new anchor, and new graphics designed by staffers.  One of the short comings of the production set up, was the inability to project scene boxes, called over the shoulder graphics.  So, the use of front projection televisions were used to show graphics during the newscast.  The scene with Demetria Kaye, illustrates how the use of those front projection TVs were used.

Bruce Jakubowski, former radio news anchor at WLRW, found a home at WICD in the early 80's, where he became the main news anchor .


Mark Schanowski(sports),
Joan Lovelace(news) and Roger Francisco(weather) of the weekend staff
A station ID news promo with Tom Millburn Keith Page at the Newswatch 15 weather center

Demetria Kaye anchor at Newswatch 15
The weekday staff including:  uncertain, Demetria Kaye(news), Tom Millburn(news) and Keith Page (weather) Geni Roark the WICD Public Service Director

Prominent News People of the Era:
Tom Stocker(sports), Ron Davis(anchor 10 years), Bruce Jakubowski(ND and anchor), Art Barron(anchor), Demetria Kaye(anchor), Rich Porter(anchor), Susan Ricki(anchor), Sandra Chapman(anchor), Mark Schanowski(sports), Keith Page(weather), Lorne Tate(sports), Larry Stirewalt(anchor-reporter), Kathleen Quinn(anchor), Diana Morgan(anchor), Chuck Nagle(sports) Ronald Clark(sports), Becky McRae(wkend anchor), Pan Hanson(anchor), Dan Swaney(sports), Liz Merdian(anchor-reporter), Roger Francisco(weather), Tom Milbourn(ND and anchor), Mark Erwin(reporter), Barbara Leach(public service), Geni Roarck(public service and promotions), Jack Keefe(ND and sometimes anchor), Karen Greer(anchor-reporter), Susan Boller(anchor), April Robertson(anchor), Joan Lovelace(anchor), Jeff Friend(anchor), Rebecca Roe(anchor), Doris McGee(anchor-reporter)





Schedule of Programming on WICD-TV, Channel 15 (and WICS, Channel 20)  from the week of October 8-14  1988
Saturday, October 8, 1988

6:30 am U.S. Farm Report
7:00 am Kissyfur-cartoons
7:30 am Disney's Gummi Bears-cartoons
8:00 am Smurf's-cartoon
9:00 am Alf-cartoon
10:00 am Alvin & the Chipmunks-cartoon
10:30 am Mutant Ninja Turtles 5
11:00 am 2 Hip 4 TV
12:00 pm Assignment 15 WICD - 1
                Saturday WICS unknown
12:30 pm Branded 5
1:00 pm infomercial-no programming
1:30 pm Branded 5
2:00 pm Movie "In the Heat of the Night"
4:00 pm infomercial-no programming
5:00 pm Hee Haw 4
6:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
6:30 pm Wheel of Fortune-game 4
7:00 pm 227
7:30 pm Amen
8:00 pm Golden Girls
8:30 pm Empty Nest
9:00 pm Hunter
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:30 pm Saturday Night Live
12:00 am Movie WICD "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1941) (may have been Acree Creature Feature)
WICS broadcast infomercials starting at 12:00 am


Sunday, October 9, 1988

7:00 am Jimmy Swaggert-religion
8:00 am Kenneth Copeland-religion
9:00 am Guns of Will Sonnett  5
9:30 am Branded 5
10:00 am infomercial-no programming
10:30 am Meet the Press
11:00 am Roundtable WICD 1
                Capitol Conference WICS 1
11:30 pm NFL Live
12:00 pm NFL Football
3:00 pm NFL Football
6:00 pm World of Disney
7:00 pm Super Bloopers & Practical Jokes
8:00 pm Movie "Going to the Chapel" (TV Movie)
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:30 pm Movie "Final Eye" (1977)

Weekdays, Monday-Friday, Oct 10-14

6:30 am NBC News
7:00 am Today
9:00 am Sale of the Century-game
9:30 am Classic Concentration-game
10:00 am Wheel of Fortune-game
10:30 am Win, Lose, or Draw-game
11:00 am Super Password-game
11:30 am Scrabble-game
12:00 pm INN News WICD
                News-local news WICS
12:30 pm Family Medical Center-educational
1:00 pm Another World-serial
2:00 pm Santa Barbara-serial
3:00 pm Days of Our Lives-serial
4:00 pm Family Ties 5
4:30 pm Facts of Life 5
5:00 pm Jeopardy! 4
5:30 pm NBC News
6:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
6:30 pm Wheel of Fortune-game 4

Monday, October 10, 1988

7:00 pm Alf
7:30 pm Hogan Family
8:00 pm Movie "Winnie" (1988)
11:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
11:30 pm Tonight Show
12:30 am Late Night with David Letterman


Tuesday, October 11, 1988

7:00 pm Matlock
8:00 pm Movie "Twice in a Lifetime" (1985)
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:30 pm Tonight Show
11:30 pm Late Night with David Letterman

Wednesday, October 12, 1988

7:00 pm Unsolved Mysteries
8:00 pm Highway to Heaven
9:00 pm Destined to Live
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:30 pm Tonight Show
11:30 pm Late Night with David Letterman



Thursday, October 13, 1988

7:00 pm Cosby
7:30 pm Different World
8:00 pm Dear John
8:30 pm Comedy Store-special 15th Year Class Reunion
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:30 pm Tonight Show
11:30 pm Late Night with David Letterman
Friday, October 14, 1988

7:00 pm Movie "Cross the Mob" TV Movie
9:00 pm Sonny Spoon
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:30 pm Tonight Show
11:30 pm Late Night with David Letterman


Network programs are indicated in bold and underlined
local programming originating from the WICD-TV and/or the WICS studios are in italics
1-public affairs

4-syndicated first run
5-syndicated off network local origination


(TV listings from the Bloomington Pantagraph)
















WICD Aircheck from December 1987

(Video from the Doug Quick You Tube Channel)

NBC new season promo from 1986




NBC new season promo from 1987










NBC new season promo from 1988


NBC 1989-90 Fall Season Premier promo

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Above and right is the WICD news set with the "stacked-15 logo." 
Anchors include Art Barron and Kim Khazei.  It's believed the sports anchor was Mark
Schanowski. 

(right): Susan Rieke, a former nursing supervisor at Burnham Hospital was hired by Station Manager Joe Norris to be a co-anchor for awhile in the late 1980's.  She had no TV news experience, no background in journalism...she was hired to just read the news.  She joined Art Barron at the anchor desk. 




Popular NBC Shows Airing on WICD from 1987-1994
"Alf" "Wheel of Fortune" "L.A. Law"
"Matlock" "Santa Barbara"

"The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson"
"Valerie"
"Hunter" "Different World"
"Amen" "My Two Dads" "In the Heat of the Night" NBC
"Dear John"
"Unsolved Mysteries" "Grand"
"Super Password"
"Wings"
"Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"
"Golden Girls"
"Seinfield"
"Blossom"
"Sisters"
"NBC Nightly News"
"Father Dowling Mysteries"
"Frasier" "Sonny Spoon"
"Homicide: Life on the Streets"
"E.R."
"Hot Country Nights"
"Saturday Night Live"
NBC Saturday Lineup
"Mad About You"
"Late Night with Conan O'Brien"



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Geni Roark was the Promotions Director for WICD during most of the 1980's, into the early 1990's.  She also hosted various public service programs.  Here is a promo for a 4 minute feature called "Today in Champaign" which ran right before, and during the 8:25 AM news break during the "Today Show."






Schedule of Programming on WICD-TV, Channel 15 (and WICS, Channel 20)  from the week of March 14-20, 1992
Saturday, March 14, 1992

6:30 am U.S. Farm Report 4
7:00 am Spacecats-cartoon
7:30 am Yo! Yogi-cartoon
8:00 am Captain N-cartoon
8:30 am ProStars-kids
9:00 am Wishkid-kids
9:30 am Cartoon Madness-cartoons
10:00 am Saved by the Bell-kids
10:30 am Saved by the Bell-kids
11:00 am NBA Inside Stuff-kids
11:30 am Likely Story-unkinown
12:00 pm Roundtable-WICD 2
                infomercial WICS
12:30 pm infomercials-no programming
3:00 pm PGA Golf
5:00 pm Siskel & Ebert At the Movies 4
5:30 pm NBC News
6:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
6:30 pm Wheel of Fortune 4
7:00 pm Golden Girls
7:30 pm Powers That Be
8:00 pm Empty Nest
8:30 pm Nurses
9:00 pm Bob Hope and Other Young Comedians-special
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:30 pm Saturday Night Live

Sunday, March 15, 1992

7:00 am Facts of Live 5
7:30 am Family Ties 5
8:00 am Kenneth Copeland-religion
9:00 am infomercials-no programming
11:00 am NBA Basketball
1:30 pm Sportsworld
3:00 pm PGA Golf
5:00 pm Facts of Life 5
5:30 pm NBC News
6:00 pm Eerie Indiana
6:30 pm Torkelsons
7:00 pm NBC News Special-unknown subject
8:00 pm Movie "Back to the Future" (1985)
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:30 pm Roggin's Heroes- 4
11:00 pm On Scene: Emergency Response 4
11:30 pm Baywatch 4



Weekdays, Monday-Friday, March 16-20, 1992

6:00 am NBC News
7:00 am Today
9:00 am Maury Povich 4
10:00 am Joan Rivers 4
11:00 am One on One
11:30 am Classic Concentration-game  4
12:00 pm  Facts of Life WICD 5
                 News-local news WICS
12:30 pm Closer Look-interview
1:00 pm Another World-serial
2:00 pm Santa Barbara-serial
3:00 pm Days of Our Lives-serial
4:00 pm Golden Girls 5
4:30 pm Family Feud 4
5:00 pm Jeopardy! 4
5:30 pm NBC News
6:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
6:30 pm Wheel of Fortune 4



Monday, May 13, 1968

7:00 pm Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
7:30 pm Blossom
8:00 pm Movie "In the Line of Duty" (1990)
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:30 pm Tonight Show
11:30 pm Late Night with David Letterman
12:30 am Later with Bob Costas

Tuesday, May 14, 1968

7:00 pm In the Heat of the Night
8:00 pm Reasonable Doubts-mini series part 2
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:30 pm Tonight Show
11:30 pm Late Night with David Letterman
12:30 am Later with Bob Costas


Wednesday, May 15, 1968

7:00 pm Unsolved Mysteries
8:00 pm Seinfield
8:30 pm Night Court
9:00 pm Quantum Leap
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:30 pm Tonight Show
11:30 pm Late Night with David Letterman
12:30 am Later with Bob Costas


Thursday, May 16, 1968

7:00 pm Cosby Show
7:30 pm Different World
8:00 pm Cheers
8:30 pm Wings
9:00 pm L.A. Law
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:30 pm Tonight Show
11:30 pm Late Night with David Letterman
12:30 am Later with Bob Costas


Friday, May 17, 1968

7:00 pm Brokaw Report
8:00 pm I'll Fly Away
9:00 pm Nightmare Cafe
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:30 pm Tonight Show
11:30 pm Late Night with David Letterman
12:30 am Later with Bob Costas


Network programs are indicated in bold and underlined
local programming originating from the WICD-TV and/or the WICS studios are in italics
syn-syndicated programming
2-public affairs

4-syndicated first run
5-syndicated off network local origination
6-preemption of network show "High Chaparral" for this musical special
7-"Tate Lines" ran exclusively on WICD with Merv Griffin on WICS.  Its unknown whether WICD joined Merv Griffin in progress after "Tate Lines" or if Channel 15 had their own video copy of the show and started from the beginning.

(TV listings from the Bloomington Pantagraph)



Syndicated Shows Airing on WICD from 1978-94
"Branded" "The Guns of Will Sonnett" "Thicke of the Night"
(see below)
"The Facts of Life"
"Family Ties"
"Wheel of Fortune" "Jeopardy!" "The Maury Povich Show" "Joan Rivers Show" "Baywatch"
"Family Feud" "Live: Regis and Kathy Lee" "The People's Court" "Montel Williams" "The Golden Girls"
"Sally Jessy Raphael" "Empty Nest" "Full House" "Coach" "Donahue"
"Geraldo"
"Ricki Lake"
"Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"














WICD Complete Newscast from July 5, 1992


WICD Aircheck May 1993-Cheers Finale
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The Stars are Back on NBC....the 1993 Fall TV season premier promo


















Shown above is the new late 1980's WICD logo with peacock and the Stereo logo.  For the rest of the 1980's and well into the 1990's, WICD was the only station in the market which was able to broadcast in stereo.  Center is Jeff Friend who was main anchor for a time in the late 1980's and early 90's.  He originally was with WAND in Decatur.  (Left  below) is weekend weather-caster Pam Land with weekend anchor Kathleen Quinn.  It's also, unfortunate that that was the end of the success story for the station under it's original ownership.  A streak of technical bad luck-the failure of a transmission line along the tower,  bad decisions-like lowering the power to save on the electric bill, advertising sales failures, and the end of ownership support pending a sale brought the station on hard times through the early 1990's.  It wasn't until the sale of the station to Guy Gannett did things begin to look more favorable.



"Assignment 15" was the title of the Sunday morning public affairs program hosted by the main news anchor of WICD at the time.  It would include various lawmakers, newsmakers and community leaders talking of the issues of the day.
"Thicke of the Night" was a syndicated late night talker which was hosted by Alan Thicke and featured regulars: Richard Belzer, Gilbert Gottfried, Arsenio Hall and others.  It ran from 1983 through 1984, being produced by long time NBC programmer Fred Silverson.  It didn't last nationally, partly because many network affiliates ran it after midnight.  WICD scheduled the "Thicke of the Night" after "The Tonight Show."



 (above left): This screen capture is from a weather promotional announcement of WICD from the mid 1980's.
(above right): Just a technical note, that it was the 70's, that local stations began a weather warn system of putting a "W" in the corner of the screen.  That was to alert the audience that there was a "weather situation" they should be aware of.  In this promo, it was explained what would be displayed if there was a tornado warning in the area, or a severe thunderstorm in the area.  Since then, it was shortened back to just a "W" for most stations. 




A local PSA/Station ID from the early 1980's.

Network promos were including the local affiliate IDs within their graphics during the late 1980s and early 1990s.


(all screen grabs in this section are from
WICD and the Doug Quick Collection)

The Independent Network News ran on WICD during the Noon hour.  WICS ran it's own local news, but WICD filled the same half hour with it's own programming.  The INN News filled the bill for a while, but after it was discontinued, it was replaced by reruns of "Family Ties."


In 1984, WICD celebrated it's 25th Anniversary.  Somehow, though, a good part of it's history was "lost."  Evidently the people in charge were not aware of it's history back to 1953 with WDAN-TV, which later became WICD in 1960.  The history, instead chose to go back to the WCHU history, which would only take it back to 1959.  Oh, well.....  The good thing about it, is that I have a video copy of the anniversary show, which was hosted by Keith Page.  Many of the screen grabs come from that special broadcast.














WICD promos from late 1994


WICD Coach Promo from late 1994

WICD Globetrotters Promo from January of 1995









WICD January of 1995 Promo for Daytime Lineup


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Page 5 is next...

The History of WICD, Champaign, IL
  Page 1
The WDAN-TV Years 1953-1959
  Page 2
The WCHU, WICD Years 1959-1966
  Page 3
WICD, Channel 15 Early Years, 1967-1978
  Page 4
WICD, The Plains TV Years, 1978-1994
  Page 5
An Era of Change for WICD, 1995-2004
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The WICD ABC Years 2005-2015


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