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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 5: An Era of Change for WICD, 1995-2004

Plains Television sold WICD to Guy Gannett Group in 1994, where a rebuilding process would begin, after several years of neglect.  It was during this time the number of employees increased under Station Manager Les Van, the news department gained many updates and the number of newscasts increased over time.

In February of 1995, WICD adopted the "NewsChannel 15" logo and the slightly modified news set was introduced.  The desk was replaced with a much smaller oval shaped unit which matched that of WICS.  The walls were repainted a rather neutral light green.   It wasn't until 1998 that the newset was repainted and remodeled into the bright blue background and "marble" looking columns.  The main anchors were Paul Donohue, Gwen Ellis(later Stacy Case), Scott Musgrave-sports and Keith Page(later Jerome Ritchey).  The morning news anchor was Ann Kirby later Jennifer Mitchell.  When a Noon newscast was added, it was anchored by News Director Grant Uitti and Angela Bettis was the weathercaster.  After Angela left, she was replaced by Doug Quick.  Later the WICS/WICD simulcast was eliminated for the morning news, and Tamera Gibbs(later Jennifer Broeker) and Doug Quick anchored.  The main anchors also changed to Eric Renderle and Tiffani Sargent.  Other anchors and/or reporters include: Stephainie Abrams, Angela Bettis, Beth Brotherton, Melissa Blasius, Rob Elgas, Dave Ferguson, Tiffani Helberg,  Summer Jackson, Maureen Kocot, Demany Lewis, Dave Malkoff, Jennifer Mitchell, Karen Moe, Jack Penning and Julie Sisk.
For a look at where some of these people are now....check out Dave Malkoff's efforts to keep track of NewsChannel 15 Former Reporters and Anchors.   The station also benefited with the addition of two remote studio equiped vehicles which allowed the station to broadcast live from remote locations.  The news department also went through a complete remodeling during that time, with the addition of a computerized newsroom and the conversion of tape formats from MII to Beta.

It was also under the ownership of Guy Gannett that "Seinfeld," "Home Improvement," "Montel," and "Judge Judy" were added.   NBC was flying high with big audience numbers, and NewsChannel 15 benefitted greatly.  During the early years, WICD shared newscasts with WICS during the early morning news broadcasts.  Jennifer Mitchell did local news on WKIO(FM) as well as the cut-ins during the newscast, as well as the local "Today" show inserts.  Later, after "Home Improvement" was moved to 4:30pm, the stations began a 5PM newscast which was also shared with WICS.  Jerome Ritchey did the weather from WICD, while anchor Elizabeth Wooley was the anchor at WICS.  The show was broadcast on both WICS and WICD.  It wasn't until the early 00's, that WICD began to produce its own 5PM newscasts. 

WICD also had radio simulcast agreements with a few local radio stations for it's newscast at 6PM.  Radio stations included WDAN(AM)-Danville, WHPO(FM)-Hoopeston and WBCP(AM) in Champaign.  After having no promotions department for several years under Plains TV, the station began full scale promotions of news product, special reports, topical promos for it's syndicated shows and scheduling NBC promos during non network times as mandated by NBC.  The station was also making appearances of local events a priority as well including being at area county fairs, festivals, parades and sponsoring it's annual benefit for the Make a Wish Foundation, "Beat the Pro."  WICD also increased it's role in the community with the production of "Community Calendar" announcements and "Spotlight 15."

In September of 1998, Guy Gannett family stockholders decided to sell off the company which consisted of various newspapers and television properties.  The stations in the group were sold off to Sinclair Broadcast Group, which sold off a couple of the seven Ganette  properties to other companies.  The WICS/WICD pair were in transition and sold to Sunrise Broadcasting which was partially owned by a hol
ding group which also owned LIN Broadcasting, owner of  market competitor WAND.  The sale wasn't allowed by the FTC sue to duopoly rules (shareholders of LIN also were part of Sunrise), so Sinclair held onto the stations along with sister station KGAN in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Sinclair ownership continued with the NBC affiliation until September of 2005.  The years of Guy Gannett ownership begins this era, as well as the sale of WICD (and WICS) to Sinclair in 1998.  This page also includes the "limbo" era in which Sinclair held the properties before deciding to hold on to the long time central Illinois duopoly.  This page also covers the final years of affiliation to NBC prior to September 5th, 2005.

On a personal note this covers the first years of my employement at WICD having joined in December of 1994 as promotions director, and eventually becoming weathercaster and news anchor/weather anchor.
With the purchase of WICD from Plains Television Partners during the Summer of 1994, Channel 15 became NewsChannel 15 in February of 1995.
WICS was already under Guy Gannett ownership, when WICD was purchased.  At that time, WICD was suffering from several years of neglect. 
A skeleton staff of Plains Television Partners operated the station for some time before the sale.  The General Manager under Plains was Joe Norris with Operations Manager Larry Waters.   With the sale of WICD to Guy Gannett, Joe Norris left while Larry Waters stayed as Operations Manager.   Grant Uitti was added as News Director, replacing Rich Porter,  Dave Boyer was Chief Engineer, Gary Hackler became Local Sales Manager and Doug Quick was Promotions Director.
Les Van became Station Manager, while the General Manager of both WICS and WICD was Jack Conners.



(left): Doug and Maureen Kocot anchoring a Sunday night newscast during 1995.  The Weather Center behind them did not work at the time, and all weather production took place in small office off Master Control.  The Sunday night anchor staff consisted of Maureen, Scott Andresen and Doug Quick.



(above): Here's the Saturday Night News anchor lineup: Niki Searles, Scott Andresen(sports) and Jerome Ritchey(weather).  Ritchey was also morning DJ along with Melissa Foreman on WLRW, 94.9FM during that time.

(above left): WICD, while I was Promotions Director,  participated in many of the NBC special promotions.  This one was for the mini-series "Merlin" in which I worked in my other employer, WDNL.  That's why my name is on it, as I was the DJ during the afternoons on D-102.


(above right): When "Seinfeld" left NBC, WICD was one of many of the NBC affiliates which planned special events.  This promotion was held with WKIO, Oldies 92.5 FM, at the Chancellor Hotel and Convention Center in Champaign on May 14th, 1998.  A viewing party was set up with food and a projection of the last Seinfeld telecast.  It was also introduced by a Danville High School student who won a contest with the opportunity to do the station ID before the show.











WICD morning sign-on from 1995

WICD News commercial billboard from 1995
WICD News Open from 1995










This is from an in-house presentation produced by me for a Guy Gannett Commications meeting in 1995.


I hosted a number of live commercial cut-ins for the Grand Opening of the Champaign Meijer department store in 1995.  This also includes a Keith Page weather promo for the 10pm show later.



Here is an aircheck from December of 1996.











From 1996, this is an aircheck of Saturday Night Live from December of 1996.


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(All Videos above are from the Doug Quick You Tube Channel)


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Popular NBC Shows Airing on WICD from 1995-2005
"ER" "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" "Seinfeld"
"Leeza" "The Single Guy"
"Caroline in the City"
"Today"
"Friends"
"Third Rock from the Sun" "Saved by the Bell"
"Sunset Beach" "Frasier" "The Naked Truth" "Boston Common"
"Another World"
"Law and Order" "Dateline"

"Suddenly Susan"
"Saturday Night Live"
"Will and Grace"
"Fired Up"
"Mad About You"
"Veronica's Closet"

"Just Shoot Me"
"Law and Order: Special Victims Unit"" "Jesse"
"The West Wing"
"Providence"
"Medium"
"Scrubs"
"The Apprentice"
"Law and Order: Criminal Intent""
"Crossing Jordan"

Schedule of Programming on WICD-TV, Channel 15 (and WICS, Channel 20)  from the week of  March 2-8, 1996
Saturday, March 2, 1996

6:30 am Jelly Bean Jungle
7:00 am Today WICD
              Nick News WICS
7:30 am Today(con't) WICD
              Martha Stewart Living WICS
8:00 am Today(con't) WICD
              News-local news WICS
9:00 am  Sports Plus WICD
               infomercail-no programming
9:30 am Hang Time
10:00 am  Saved by the Bell
10:30 am  California Dreams
11:00 am  NBA Inside Stuff
11:30 am  Saved by the Bell
12:00 pm  American Television Time
12:30 pm Atlanta Olympic Special
1:00 pm Track and Field
3:00 pm Gymnastics
5:00 pm infomercail-no programming
5:30 pm NBC Nightly News
6:00 pm  News, Weather, Sports-local news
6:30 pm Home Improvement 5
7:00 pm  Lyndon LaRouche-paid political
7:30 pm Nerd
8:00 pm Hope and Gloria
8:30 pm Home Court
9:00 pm Sisters
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:30 pm Saturday Night Live
12:00 am Sightings 4
1:00 am Empty Nest 5
1:30 am infomercial-no programming

Sunday, March 3, 1996

7:00 am Today WICD
               infomercial-no programming  WICS
8:00 am Kenneith Copeland-religion
9:00 am infomercial-no programming
10:00 am Meet the Press
11:00 am infomercial-no programming
11:30 am NBA Showtime
12:00 pm NBA Basketball
2:30 pm NBA Basketball
5:00 pm Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 5
5:30 pm NBC Nightly News
6:00 pm Crimes of the Century
7:00 pm Mad About You
7:30 pm Movie "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story" (1993)
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Seinfield 5
11:05 pm Coach 5
11:35 pm One West Waikaki 4
12:35 am Extra 4
             

Weekdays, Monday-Friday, March 4-8, 1996

5:30 am NBC News at Sunrise
6:00 am NBC News at Sunrise WICD
               News-local news WICS
7:00 am Today
9:00 am  Real Life 4
10:00 am Montel 4
11:00 am Leeza 
12:00 pm News-local news
12:30 pm Coach 5
1:00 pm Another World
2:00 pm Days of Our Lives
3:00 pm Ricki Lake 4
4:00 pm Full House 5
4:30 pm Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 5
5:00 pm Home Improvement 5
5:30 pm NBC Nightly News
6:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
6:30 pm Seinfield 5


Monday, March 4, 1996

7:00 pm 3rd Rock from the Sun
7:30 pm Brotherly Love
8:00 pm Seinfeld
8:30 pm Frasier
9:00 pm Mad About You
9:30 pm Newsradio
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Tonight Show
11:35 pm Late Night
12:35 pm Maury Povich 4
1:35 pm Tempestt 4
 


Tuesday, March 4, 1996

7:00 pm Wings
7:30 pm 3rd Rock from the Sun
8:00 pm Frasier
8:30 pm John Larroquette
9:00 pm Dateline
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Tonight Show
11:35 pm Late Night
12:35 pm Maury Povich 4
1:35 pm Tempestt 4


Wednesday, March 5, 1996

7:00 pm National Geographic-special
8:00 pm Dateline
9:00 pm Law & Order
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Tonight Show
11:35 pm Late Night
12:35 pm Maury Povich 4
1:35 pm Tempestt 4



Thursday, March 6, 1996

7:00 pm Friends
7:30 pm Single Guy
8:00 pm Seinfeld
8:30 pm Caroline in the City
9:00 pm E.R.
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Tonight Show
11:35 pm Late Night
12:35 pm Maury Povich 4
1:35 pm Tempestt 4


Friday, March 7, 1996

7:00 pm Unsolved Mysteries
8:00 pm Dateline
9:00 pm Homicide: Life on the Street
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Tonight Show
11:35 pm Late Night
12:35 pm Maury Povich 4
1:35 pm Tempestt 4
2:35 pm infomercials-no programming

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


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

(TV listings from the Bloomington Pantagraph)





(left): The WICD staff in 1997.  Les Vann was the station manager.

(below top row-left): Paul Donohue
(middle-top): Stacy Case and Paul Donahue
(right-top): Scott Musgrave-sports director

(below bottom row-left): Keith Page
(middle-bottom): Dave Ferguson
(right-bottom):
Jerome Ritchey, Stacy Case, Paul Donohue and Scott Musgrave

All from around 1995

(Doug Quick Collection-WICD)

 









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Syndicated Shows Airing on WICD from 1995-2005
"Martha Stewart Show"
"Home Improvement"
"Sightings"
"Empty Nest"
"Seinfeld"
"Coach"
"One West Waikaki"
"Extra"
"Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"
"Full House"
"Montel Williams"
"Maury Povich Show"
"Judge Mills Lane" "V.I. P." "Baywatch Hawaii"
"Donny &Marie"
"Live with Regis & Kathie Lee"
"Roseanne"
"Grace Under Fire"
"Andromeda"
"The Invisible Man"
"Crossing Jordan"
"The Hollywood Squares"

 



(left): A screen grab from the news open from around 1997.

(below top row-left): Paul Donohue
(middle-top): Stacy Case and Paul Donahue
(right-top): Scott Musgrave-sports director

(below bottom row-left): Keith Page
(middle-bottom): Dave Ferguson
(right-bottom):
Jerome Ritchey, Stacy Case, Paul Donohue and Scott Musgrave

All from around 1995

(Doug Quick Collection-WICD)


 


 




This video is from the August 27, 1998 presentation of "Sunrise Today" anchored by Tamara Gibbs and Doug Quick. It is an entire half hour from 6:30 to 7:00 am and includes original commercials.

(from the Doug Quick You Tube Channel)


Along with doing "Sunrise Today" from 5-7am I also anchored the Noon News and had the opportunity to work with Keith Page. He was quite a guy.


(from the Doug Quick You Tube Channel)

This is a unique view of a segment from "Sunrise Today" with Jennifer Broeker and Doug Quick.  It shows what is going on in the studio while the show is taking place. It was produced to be used when addressing civic groups or school groups.
(from the Doug Quick You Tube Channel)








In 2001 WICD included a 30-minute special to commemorate the Oldsmobile Balloon Classic Illinois which was to take place the following weekend. Here is part 1 of 3 of the special.

part 2 of 3
part 3 of 3

 








From 2001, the WICD Noon News Commercial and intro segment.


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(All Videos above are from the Doug Quick You Tube Channel)

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Schedule of Programming on WICD-TV, Channel 15 (and WICS, Channel 20)  from the week of November 13-19, 1999 
Saturday, November 13, 1999

6:00 am Today
8:00 am News-local news(originated at WICS)
9:00 am Saved by the Bell
9:30 am Hang Time
10:00 am City Guys
10:30 am One World
11:00 am City Guys
11:30 am NBA Inside Stuff
12:30 pm Auto Racing
3:00 pm NASCAR Behind the Scenes
4:00 pm NBA Special
5:30 pm NBC Nightly News
6:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
6:30 pm Judge Lane 4
7:00 pm Freaks and Geeks
8:00 pm Pretender
9:00 pm Profiler
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:30 pm Saturday Night Live
12:00 am V.I.P. 4
1:00 am Saturday Night Live


Sunday, November 14, 1999

7:00 am Today
8:00 am Kenneth Copeland-religion
8:30 am Hour of Power-religion
9:30 am infomercial-no programming
10:00 am Meet the Press
11:00 am infomercial-no programming
11:30 am Auto Racing
3:00 pm Triathlon
5:30 pm NBC Nightly News
6:00 pm Dateline
7:00 pm Third Watch
8:00 pm Movie "Mary Mother of Jesus" (1999)
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35pm Seinfeld 5
11:05 pm Baywatch Hawaii 4
12:05 pm Dream Team 4



Weekdays, Monday-Friday, Nov 15-19, 1999

4:30 am Early Today
5:00am News-local news *
7:00 am Today
9:00 am Live: Regis & Kathie Lee 4
10:00 am Donny & Marie
11:00 am Later Today
12:00 pm News-local news *
12:30 pm infomercial-no programming
1:00 pm Passions-serial
2:00 pm Days of Our Lives-serial
3:00 pm Montel Williams 4
4:00 pm Judge Mills Lane 4
4:30 pm Judge Mills Lane 4
5:00 pm Home Improvement 5
5:30 pm NBC Nightly News
6:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
6:30 pm Sienfeld




Monday, November 15, 1999

7:00 pm Friends
7:30 pm Veronica
8:00 pm Law & Order
9:00 pm Dateline
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Tonight Show
11:35 pm Late Night
12:35 am infomercial-no programming
1:05 am Ricki Lake 4
2:05 am Tonight Show
3:00 am Rosanne 5
4:00 am Grace Under Fire 5


Tuesday, November 16, 1999

7:00 pm Just Shoot Me
7:30 pm 3rd Rock from the Sun
8:00 pm Will & Grace
8:30 pm Just Shoot Me
9:00 pm Dateline
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Tonight Show
11:35 pm Late Night
12:35 am infomercial-no programming
1:05 am Ricki Lake 4
2:05 am Tonight Show
3:00 am Rosanne 5
4:00 am Grace Under Fire 5

Wednesday, November 17, 1999

7:00 pm Dateline
8:00 pm West Wing
9:00 pm Law & Order
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Tonight Show
11:35 pm Late Night
12:35 am infomercial-no programming
1:05 am Ricki Lake 4
2:05 am Tonight Show
3:00 am Rosanne 5
4:00 am Grace Under Fire 5



Thursday, November 18, 1999

7:00 pm Friends
7:30 pm Jesse
8:00 pm Frasier
8:30 pm Stark Raving
9:00 pm E.R.
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Tonight Show
11:35 pm Late Night
12:35 am infomercial-no programming
1:05 am Ricki Lake 4
2:05 am Tonight Show
3:00 am Rosanne 5
4:00 am Grace Under Fire 5


Friday, November 9, 1979

7:00 pm Providence
8:00 pm Dateline
9:00 pm Law & Order
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Tonight Show
11:35 pm Late Night
12:35 am infomercial-no programming
1:35 am Ricki Lake 4
2:30 am Tonight Show
3:30 am Rosanne 5
4:30 am Grace Under Fire 5
5:00 am Dream Team 4
Network programs are indicated in bold and underlined
local programming originating from the WICD-TV and/or the WICS studios are in italics
*with the curator of this website, Doug Quick

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

(TV listings from the Bloomington Pantagraph)



Rob Elgas and Niki Surles, two of the WICD reporters who worked together on a Special Report on Holiday Gifts


WICD photographer Joe Hampton.  Joe along with various Danville Bureau Chiefs worked out of the Vermilion County Newsrooms, located at DACC, on North Vermilion behind the Custard Cup and for awhile on Liberty Lane in Danville.  The first Danville Bureau Chief was Anna Custer.



Here is long time WICD reporter Brian Zents doing a live shot from Danville after the Danville Church bomber killed himself.












This is the Noon local news which was cut-in over the NBC coverage of the September 11, 2001 attack on New York and America.  I was the anchor, but everyone else was stationed to report from important locations throughout the twin cities.


This is a complete newscast from Noon, September 12, 2001 with me as anchor and weathercaster. All available anchors and reporters were once again in the field with live reports throughout the Champaign-Urbana area.

(videos from the Doug Quick You Tube Channel)



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Schedule of Programming on WICD-TV, Channel 15 (and WICS, Channel 20)  from the week of  May 11-17,  2002
Saturday, May 11, 2002

7:00 am Today
9:00 am City Guys
9:30 am All About Us
10:00 am Just Deal
10:30 am City Guys
11:00 am Sk8
11:30 am NBA Inside Stuff
12:00 pm infomercial-no programming
2:00 pm NBA Showtime
2:30 pm NBA Basketball Playoffs
5:00 pm infomercial-no programming
5:30 pm NBC Nightly News
6:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
6:30 pm Seinfeld 5
7:00 pm Movie "Three Kings" (1999)
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:30 pm Saturday Night Live
12:00 am Andromda 4
incomplete listings


Sunday, May 12, 2002

7:00 am Today
8:00 am Kenneth Copeland-religion
8:30 am Hour of Power-religion
9:30 am infomercial-no programming
10:00 am Meet the Press
11:00 am NBA Showtime
11:30 am NBA Basketball Playoffs
2:00 pm NBA Basketball Playoffs
4:30 pm NBA Basketball Playoffs
7:00 pm Weakest Link
8:00 pm Movie "L.A.Law: The Movie" (2002)
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Hollywood Squares-game 4
11:05 pm Invisible Man 4
12:05 am Sheena 4
incomplete listings

Weekdays, Monday-Friday, May 13-17, 2002

4:30 am Early Today
5:00am News-local news *
7:00 am Today
9:00 am Live: Regis & Kathie Lee 4
10:00 am Martha Stewart 4
11:00 am Later Today
12:00 pm News-local news *
12:30 pm infomercial-no programming
1:00 pm Passions-serial
2:00 pm Days of Our Lives-serial
3:00 pm Montel Williams 4
4:00 pm Crossing Jordan 4
5:00 pm News, Weather-local news
5:30 pm NBC Nightly News
6:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
6:30 pm Sienfeld


Monday, May 13, 2002

7:00 pm Fear Factor
8:00 pm Third Watch
9:00 pm Crossing Jordan
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Tonight Show
11:35 pm Late Night

incomplete listings



Tuesday, May 14, 2002

7:00 pm NBC's Funniest Outtakes
8:00 pm Frasier
8:30 pm Scrubs
9:00 pm Dateline
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Tonight Show
11:35 pm Late Night

incomplete listings

Wednesday, May 15, 2002

7:00 pm Ed
8:00 pm West Wing
9:00 pm Law & Order
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Tonight Show
11:35 pm Late Night

incomplete listings


Thursday, May 16, 2002

7:00 pm Friends
8:00 pm Will & Grace
9:00 pm E.R.
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Tonight Show
11:35 pm Late Night

incomplete listings

Friday, May 17, 2002
7:00 pm Dateline
9:00 pm Law & Order: Special Victims
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Tonight Show
11:35 pm Late Night

incomplete listings

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


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

7-Public Affairs

(TV listings from the Bloomington Pantagraph)



"1998, WICD began to broadcast it's own morning news programming, after it being produced by WICS for a number of years.  Once again, the graphics shown with the Sunrise logo were designed and produced by me.  Some people absolutely hated the repainting of the news set, but I have to take at least some of the credit for that.  Brian Stumph and I initiated the set redesign.  The WSI weather computers were moved to the news set, because doing weather for the morning show would have been impossible from the previous weather computer location."

"The lineup of "Sunrise" is pictured above with Tamara Gibbs and Doug Quick.  "In this photo the new news set is shown with the bright blue background and marble columns.  This set also included  station logo branding which was absent on the previous set.  A lot of people hated the running vinyl logos on the plexiglass which is visible here in this shot.  If they hung vertically, they reflected lights into the camera.  They were eventually slanted and tied back by nearly invisble fishing line, eliminating the glare problem.   I designed them to be out of the normal one-anchor shot, but visible on a two anchor shot, like that above."

"I was the morning weather-caster and Tamara Gibbs did news from 5:30 to 7:00am, before the NBC's "Today."  "Sunrsie Today" was later extended from 5am to 7am.  "Of course we also did the news/weather cut-ins during the "Today Show" at 7:25, 7:55, 8:25 and 8.55am.  For the first time in a number of years, the weather center became a "working " weather center with the new WSI weather system....with branding.  Note the plexiglass panel with the logo and "Storm Team."  The darker blue panel was to be repainted to make the "Storm Team" on the glass more visible...but it never got done."

----Doug Quick



After Tamera Gibbs left WICD, she was replaced by Jennifer Broeker.  The show continued to grow under this lineup and  the chemistry between Jennifer and I helped increase the popularity of "Sunrise."  She left in the Fall of 2002 and I shifted to the evening show after Jerome Ritchey left.
----Doug Quick



From 2001, the anchor lineup included Jerome Ritchey(weather), Tiffany Sergent (anchor), Eric Rinderle (anchor) and Scott Musgrave (sports)





Tiffani Sargent and Erik Rinderle

(photo courtesy of Dave Malkoff Collection)


Elizabeth Wooley anchored at both WICS and WICD, but also anchored the First News at Five when it originated at WICS and was simulcast on WICD.

(photo courtesy of Dave Malkoff Collection)


Dave Malkoff pictured here as a reporter at WICD. 

(photo courtesy of Dave Malkoff Collection)


After 2003, the anchor lineup consisted of Jim Niedelman(anchor), Aubrey Mika(anchor), Doug Quick(weather) and Andrew Miller (sports)
The "First News at Five" show included Aubrey Mika(anchor), Lauren Petty(anchor) and Doug Quick(weather).


Morning weathercaster Jay Searles from Sunrise Today


Aubrey Mika and Jim Niedelman(filling in for Lauren Petty) on "First News at Five"

Josh Samuels WICD Sports Director and anchor, picture from 2003.

The WICD news opens...note the use of the peacock in the first picture at left.  Here's the best example of the improved graphics during the early 00's,
as a serious investment was made by Sinclair to improve the look of the local newscasts of WICD. 
Compare this look to the earlier look above with the anchor lineup pictures.


Schedule of Programming on WICD-TV, Channel 15 (and WICS, Channel 20)  from the week of  October 30-November 6,  2004
Saturday, October 30, 2004

7:00 am  Today
9:00 am Kenny the Shark
9:30 am Tutenstein
10:00 am Trading Spaces
10:30 am Endurance
11:00 am Strange Days at Blake Hollsey High
11:30 am Darcy's Wild Life
12:00 am Horse Racing
5:00 pm infomercial-no programming
5:30 pm NBC Nightly News
6:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
6:30 pm Seinfield 5
7:00 pm Scare Tactics
7:30 pm Scare Tactics
8:00 pm Ghost Hunters
9:00 pm Law & Order: SVU
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:30 pm Saturday Night Live
12:00 am Andromeda 4
incomplete listings


Sunday, November 1, 2004

6:00 am infomercial-no programming
7:00 am Today
8:00 am Believers-religion
8:30 am In Touch-religion
9:30 am infomercials-no programming
10:00 am Meet the Press
11:00 am Countdown to Green
11:30 am NASCAR Racing
3:00 pm Bullriding
5:00 pm infomercials-no programming
5:30 pm NBC Nightly News
6:00 pm Dateline
7:00 pm American Dreams
8:00 pm Law & Order
9:00 pm Crossing Jordan
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35pm Seinfeld 5
11:05 pm Entertianment Tonight 4
12:05 pm The Insider 4
12:35 pm infomercial-no programming
incomplete listings

Weekdays, Monday-Friday, Nov 2-6, 2004

5:00 am News-local news
7:00 am Today
9:00 am Live with Regis and Kelly 4
10:00 am Today
11:00 am Would You Like to be a Millionaire 4
11:30 sm Judge Judy 4
12:00 pm News-local news
12:30 pm infomercial-no programming
1:00 pm Passions
2:00 pm Days of Our Lives
3:00 pm Montel Williams 4
4:00 pm The Insider 4
4:30 pm Entertainment Tonight 4
5:00 pm News, Weather-local news
5:30 pm NBC Nightly News
6:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
6:30 pm Seinfield 5
 



Monday, November 2, 2004

7:00 pm Fear Factor
8:00 pm Las Vegas
9:00 pm SNL Presidental Bash-special
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm The Tonight Show
11:35 pm Late Night
12:35 am Last Call
1:05 am infomercials-no programming




Tuesday, November 3, 2004

6:30 pm  Decision 2004-Election Night Coverage
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Decison 2004-Election Night Coverage



Wednesday, November 4, 2004

7:00 pm LAX
8:00 pm The West Wing
9:00 pm Law & Order
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm The Tonight Show
11:35 pm Late Night
12:35 am Last Call
1:05 am infomercials-no programming


Thursday, November 5, 2004

7:00 pm Joey
7:30 pm Will & Grace
8:00 pm The Apprentice
9:00 pm E.R.
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm The Tonight Show
11:35 pm Late Night
12:35 am Last Call
1:05 am infomercials-no programming

Friday, November 6, 2004

7:00 pm Dateline
8:00 pm Third Watch
9:00 pm Medical Investigation
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm The Tonight Show
11:35 pm Late Night
12:35 am Last Call
1:05 am infomercials-no programming


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


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

7-Public Affairs

(TV listings from the Bloomington Pantagraph)





During the Summer of 2004 it was announced that WAND would become the markets NBC station.  This left WICS and WICD without a major network affiliation.  Later in the year, Sinclair signed the stations with ABC.  The switch was to take place on Labor Day of 2005.

The switch ended up being one of most confusing things to happen to local TV since the advent of cable TV.  While the network programming would shift from one set of stations to another, the syndicated shows would remain on the original stations, with some shifting time slots. 

Find out more about the first central Illinois network shift since 1958 and 1960 in Part 6 of the History of WICD.....and in a future part of the History of WICS and WAND still waiting to be produced.




Page 6 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
  Page 6
The WICD ABC Years 2005-2015


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