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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
  Page 7 The Transition to WCCU COMING SOON

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WICD, Channel 15, Champaign, Illinois History
 
Page 6: The WICD ABC Years, 2005-2015

The network switch from NBC to ABC in September of 2005, ended up being a good thing for WICS/WICD.  NBC was entering a period of less than desirable ratings for the former “must see network.”  The runs of most of the top shows had either ended or just had ended, or the shows had “jumped the shark” and were entering the final days of popularity.  Meanwhile, ABC premiered “Desperate Housewives,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” “Lost” and other shows which would take ABC to the top of the ratings race.

Add to the upturn in ratings success of ABC, WICS/WICD also had some winners in syndication which would enhance the ABC affiliation.  “Live with Regis and Kelly” was a ABC/Disney produced show which would be used to promote the ABC schedule from time to time.  Also, “Dr. Phil” was picked up by the stations for the Fall of 2006 and gave a strong lead in to the afternoon lineup of “Judge Judy.”  "Seinfeld" still has a pretty good hold on the audience, and shows very little sign of wearing out.

Sinclair also made an agreement to include “The Tube” music video channel to the 15.1 sub-channel of the digital signal.  This had to bring some credibility to a few of the 18-34’s who would perhaps tune in to watch videos of the hits of the last 20 years.  The airing of “The Tube” would continue until December 31, 2005, when the contract was not renewed. 

The new WICD, Channel 15 logo with the network switch to ABC

2005 was also the year of the production of a separate news product for the local FOX affiliates, WRSP/WCCU.  An agreement was entered into during the month of September of 2005 for WICS to control a 9PM newscast, which would be microwaved to WRSP in Springfield and fed to their sister station simultaneously in Champaign, WCCU.  The main anchor, Julie Staley, and weekend anchor Ashely Glass would anchor the newscast combining news items from both WICS and WICD into one newscast.  Sports was also included, although it would originate from WICD.  Weather was handled by both weathercasters at WICS, Gus Gordon for the WRSP side of the market, and Doug Quick for the east side of the market at WCCU.  Weekends were handled by Joe Crain for WICS and for WICD, the late Keith Page and Danny Russell.

The Summer of 2007 saw the anchor desk change once again, with the departure of Kent Ninomiya.   That left Erin Murphy at 5PM and Jennifer Copeland at 6 and 10, with Doug as Weather Anchor and Josh Samuels as Sports Anchor.  Other show anchors during this time include Sara Vincent and Matt Coldagelli as anchors for Sunise This Morning with Jill Noelle as Weather Anchor.  Erin Murphy anchors the 11am newscast with Jill Noelle as Weather Anchor.
WICD Scenes from August 2005
(above left-right): Here's the way the ABC/NewsChannel 15 set looked on the air the first day as an ABC affiliate.  Pictured is Doug Quick, Aubrey Mika, Jim Neidelman and weekend Sports Anchor Josh Samuels.

(left): Jay Searles and Maira Ansari at the desk for Sunrise This Morning on the day of the affilliation switch.

(lower left):
Doug Quick and Natalie Bomke at the Vermilion County Labor Day Parade in Danville on the day of the affiliation switch, Labor Day 2005.



Actual screen pics from the segment of the "The View" in which Meredith, Star, Joy and Elisabeth welcomed the new ABC affiliates, WICS and WICD.  By the next year, the show would go through two cast changes with Meredith going to NBC and Star Jones' contract not being renewed.  Meredith was replaced by Rosie O'Donnell, which breathed new life, as well as controversy, into the show.  When the switch occurred, WICD didn not have the equipment to broadcast ABC in high definision yet.  That would come within a month.


"Good Morning America"

"Daybreak"
"Desperate Housewives"
"Grey's Anatomy"

"Grey's Anatomy"
"The View"
"Men in Trees"

"The Nine"

"Brothers and Sisters"


Schedule of Programming on WICD-TV, Channel 15 from the week of  February 11-17, 2006
Saturday, February 11, 2006

6:00 am infomercial-no programming
6:30 am Authority-unknown
7:00 am Good Morning America
8:00 am Lilo & Stitch
8:30 am The Emperor's New School
9:00 am Proud Family
9:30 am That's So Raven
10:00 am The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
10:30 am Phil of the Future
11:00 am Kim Possible
11:30 am Power Rangers Mystic Force
12:00 pm NBA Access
12:30 pm infomercials-no programming
2:30 pm College Basketball
5:00 pm infomercial-no programming
5:30 pm ABC News
6:00 pm News,Weather, Sports-local news
6:30 pm Seinfeld 5
7:00 pm Movie "The Green Mile" (1999)
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm E.R. 5
11:35 pm Da Vinci Inquest 4
12:35 am infomercials-no programming



Sunday, February 12, 2006

6:00 am Russ Dalbey-unknown
6:30 am infomercial-no programming
7:00 am Wisdom Keys-religion
7:30 am infomercial-no programming
8:00 am Believers-religion
8:30 am In Touch-religion
9:30 am infomercial-no programming
10:00 am This Week with George Stephanopolis
11:00 am infomercial-no programming
11:30 am NBA Nation
12:00 am NBA Basketball
2:30 pm NBA Basketball
5:00 pm ABC News
5:30 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
6:00 pm Extreme Makeover
8:00 pm Desperate Housewives
9:00 pm Grey's Anatomy
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Sienfield  5
11:05 pm Entertainment Tonight  4
12:05 am The Insider 4
12:35 am infomercial-no programming
1:30 am Da Vinci Inquest  4

             

Weekdays, Monday-Friday, February 13-17, 2006

5:00 am Sunrise-local news
7:00 am Good Morning America
9:00 am Live with Regis & Kelly   4
10:00 am The View
11:00 am News, Weather-local news
11:30 am infomercial-no programming
12:00 pm All My Children-serial
1:00 pm One Life to Live-serial
2:00 pm General Hospital-serial
3:00 pm Would You Like to Be a Millionaire-quiz  4
3:30 pm The Insider  4
4:00 pm Judge Judy  4
4:30 pm Judge Judy 4
5:00 pm News, Weather-local news
5:30 pm ABC News
6:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
6:30 pm Seinfeld  5


Monday, February 13, 2006

7:00 pm Wife Swap
8:00 pm The Bachelor: In Paris
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Entertainment Tonight  4
11:05 pm Nightline
11:35 pm Jimmy Kimmel
12:35 pm infomercial-no programming
1:35 pm Seinfeld  4


 


Tuesday, February 14, 2006

7:00 pm Charlie Brown-special
7:30 pm Rodney
8:00 pm Commander in Chief
9:00 pm Boston Legal
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Entertainment Tonight  4
11:05 pm Nightline
11:35 pm Jimmy Kimmel
12:35 pm infomercial-no programming
1:35 pm Seinfeld  4
Wednesday, February 15, 2006

7:00 pm George Lopez
7:30 pm Freddie
8:00 pm Lost
9:00 pm Invasion
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Entertainment Tonight  4
11:05 pm Nightline
11:35 pm Jimmy Kimmel
12:35 pm infomercial-no programming
1:35 pm Seinfeld  4



Thursday, February 16, 2006

7:00 pm Dancing with the Stars
8:30 pm Crumbs
9:00 pm Primetime Live
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Entertainment Tonight  4
11:05 pm Nightline
11:35 pm Jimmy Kimmel
12:35 pm infomercial-no programming
1:35 pm Seinfeld  4


Friday, February 17, 2006

7:00 pm Dancing with the Stars
8:00 pm In Justice
9:00 pm 20/20
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Entertainment Tonight  4
11:05 pm Nightline
11:35 pm Jimmy Kimmel
12:35 pm infomercial-no programming
1:35 pm Seinfeld  4

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


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

(TV listings from the Bloomington Pantagraph)


WICD Scenes from August 2006


Here are a series of graphics
taken from the opens of various newscasts with
all of the main anchors.


(above): scenes from two WICD newcasts with Doug Quick, Jennifer Copeland and Kent Ninomiya from December of 2006.
Aisha Hasnie from the studio doing a report on Winterizing Your Car from December of 2006Ryann Hubbard with a live report from Urbana.WICD's Kathy Morris doing a live report from the University of Illinois campus.Maira Ansari fronting a report on the passing of WICD weatherman Keith Page in November of 2006
Melody Mendez in the studio with a report on the attendence at the IHSA Football Finals at the U of I.Weekend weather with Danny Russell.Emily Carlson with a live report "..coming up."  Emily left during the Summer of 2007..Josh Samuels from 2005 at the anchor desk with a story on the Cubs
Bart Barker anchoring with a story on the Illini.Danny Russell and Melody Mendez anchoring the weekends in late 2006.Jennifer Copeland on a NewsChannel 15 news promo.Jennifer Copeland and Kent Ninomiya at the anchor desk.
"Sunrise This Morning" was anchored by Natalie Bomke, Jill Noelle and Matt Coldagelli during most of 2006.  It airs from 5 to 7am.

Above-Jill Noelle during a weathercast during "Sunrise This Morning." Above-Doug Quick with the weather stats of the day.


Here Kent Ninomiya is with Doug Quick along with Erin Murphy at the Champaign County Fair in July of 2006.  This is some of the fun stuff that is part of the news.


Erin Murphy is pictured with Kent Ninomiya and Doug Quick and Todd Salen from the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival organizers at the event held in Urbana in August.



The Superbowl 2006 was broadcast in Hi-Definition by ABC and WICD, NewsChannel 15. 
Here are a few scenes from the Rolling Stones performance at half time recorded from the actual digital signal of WICD.


WICD Scenes from Sunrise This Morning (2007)
Matt Coldagelli also filled in for Sports during the evening shows.
Jill Noelle, Sara Vincent and Matt Coldagelli at the news deskSara Vincent interviews an in-studio guestSunrise This Morning
(right): Doug Quick and the first live broadcast from the original Danville studios of WDAN-TV (predecessor of WICD) on September 24, 2007.   The last live broadcast from the studios was probably in the early 1960s.

Coincidently enough the studios were converted from the original operations office of WDNL radio where Doug worked when he first arrived in Danville in September of 1977.
Bark Barker weekend sports and later sports director of WICD.




By the Summer of 2007, the anchor desk once again saw changes for the 5, 6 and 10 PM newscasts.  Leaving Erin Murphy, Jennifer Copeland with Doug doing weather and Josh Samuels with sports.  Pictured left is a billboard which pictured the anchors from I-74 on Champaign's north side


WICD Scenes from later in 2007

Jennifer Copeland and Rick Schutt
6 and 10pm anchors

Doug Quick, Jennifer Copeland and
Rick Schutt

Josh Samuels

Doug Quick
Erin Murphy
5pm News Anchor
Ryann Hubbard reporting from the ABC/NewsChannel 15 Newsroom. Nick Janes reporting from the U of I campus Checkey Beckford reporting from Danville. Sara Wojcicki at the State House in Springfield


Schedule of Programming on WICD-TV, Channel 15 from the week of  October 25, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008

6:00 am infomercial-no programming
6:30 am Authority-unknown
7:00 am Good Morning America
8:00 am Em
8:30 am Re
9:00 am That's So Raven
9:30 am That's So Raven
10:00 am Mon
10:30 am Suite
11:00 am Power Rangers Mystic Force
11:30 am Power Rangers Mystic Force
12:00 pm Horse Racing
2:30 pm College Football
6:00 pm News,Weather, Sports-local news
6:30 pm Seinfeld 5
7:00 pm College Football-Penn State v Ohio State
10:30 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
11:05 pm Cruisin' Illinois-local features
11:35 pm Desperate Housewives  5
12:35 am infomercials-no programming
1:05 am Without a Trace 4
listings end


Sunday, October 26, 2008

6:00 am Cross-religion
6:30 am infomercials-no programming
8:00 am Believers-religion
8:30 am In Touch-religion
9:30 am infomercial-no programming
10:00 am This Week with George Stephanopolis
11:00 am infomercials-no programming
2:00 pm NASCAR Racing
5:00 pm ABC News
5:30 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
6:00 pm America's Funniest Videos
7:00 pm Extreme Home Makeover
8:00 pm Desperate Housewives
9:00 pm Brothers and Sisters
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Seinfeld  5
11:05 pm Entertainment Tonight  4
12:05 am Williams Show-right wing political
12:35 am Judge Judy
1:05 am Desperate Housewives 5
listings end
             

Weekdays, Monday-Friday, October 27-November 2, 2008

5:00 am Sunrise-local news
7:00 am Good Morning America
9:00 am Live with Regis & Kelly   4
10:00 am The View
11:00 am News, Weather-local news
11:30 am infomercial-no programming
12:00 pm All My Children-serial
1:00 pm One Life to Live-serial
2:00 pm General Hospital-serial
3:00 pm Dr. Phil  4
4:00 pm Judge Judy  4
4:30 pm Judge Judy  4
5:00 pm News, Weather-local news
5:30 pm ABC News
6:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
6:30 pm Entertainment Tonight  4


Monday, October 27, 2008

7:00 pm Dancing With the Stars
8:30 pm Samantha
9:00 pm Boston Legal
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Ron Zook Show-U of I Football
11:05 pm Nightline
11:35 pm Jimmy Kimmel
12:35 pm Seinfeld  4
1:05 pm infomercial-no programming
1:35 pm Seinfeld 4
2:05 pm Comics Unleashed with Bryon Allen
2:30 pm ABC News World Now
 


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

7:00 pm Charlie Brown-special
8:00 pm Dancing with the Stars
9:00 pm Eli Stone
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Seinfeld 4
11:05 pm Nightline
11:35 pm Jimmy Kimmel
12:35 pm infomercial-no programming
1:35 pm Seinfeld  4
2:05 pm Comics Unleashed with Bryon Allen
2:30 pm ABC News World Now

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

7:00 pm Pushing Daisies
8:00 pm Private Practice
9:00 pm Dirty Sexy Money
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Seinfeld 4
11:05 pm Nightline
11:35 pm Jimmy Kimmel
12:35 pm infomercial-no programming
1:35 pm Seinfeld  4

2:05 pm Comics Unleashed with Bryon Allen
2:30 pm ABC News World Now


Thursday, October 30, 2008

7:00 pm Ugly Betty
8:30 pm Grey's Anatomy
9:00 pm Life on Mars
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Seinfeld  4
11:05 pm Nightline
11:35 pm Jimmy Kimmel
12:35 pm infomercial-no programming
1:35 pm Seinfeld  4

2:05 pm Comics Unleashed with Bryon Allen
2:30 pm ABC News World Now

Friday, November 1, 2008

7:00 pm Wife Swap
8:00 pm Supernanny
9:00 pm 20/20
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Seinfeld  4
11:05 pm Nightline
11:35 pm Jimmy Kimmel
12:35 pm infomercial-no programming
1:35 pm Seinfeld  4
2:05 pm Comics Unleashed with Bryon Allen
3:00 am ReGenesis 4
4:00 am Stargate SG-1  4

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


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

(TV listings from the Bloomington Pantagraph)


WICD Scenes from August 2007-2011

ABC NewsChannel 15 News at Six Graphic from 2011

News at Mid day graphic
First News at Five graphic
Weather intro graphic
ABC/NewsChannel 15 website graphic

Rick Schutt

Erin Murphy

Doug Quick

Steve Breitwieser

Erin Murphy and Rick Schutt

A duel appearance of Rick Schutt and Steve Breitwieser

Reporter James Fillmore
Reporter Liz Lohius
Vermilion County Bureau Chief A.J. Bayatpour
Kate Springer, Matt Brickman on Midday
Matt Brickman, weathercaster
Kate Springer, anchor/reporter
Steve Breitweiser, sports director
Bob McCafrey, reporter
Ben Handelman, weekend anchor/reporter
Bret Buganski, reporter
Kate Springer, anchor/reporter

Checky Beckford, reporter
Anchors, Doug Quick, Erin Murphy and Rick Schutt

(above): various scenes from a weather-cast with Chief Weather Anchor Doug Quick with the
forecast pages using photos taken by Doug of local landmarks.
All screen grabs in the group above were from the Summer of 2011.
(photos from the Doug Quick Collection)

Illinois Central graphic
on WICD



It was all guys after by late 2011 with Doug Quick, Rick Schutt and Steve BrietweiserRich Schutt at the anchor deskDoug Quick and Rick SchuttBridget Shanahan, Sunrise This Morning anchor/reporter

Schedule of Programming on WICD-TV, Channel 15 from the week of  June 2-8 , 2012
Saturday, June 2, 2012

no listings before 12-noon
12:00 pm infomercials-no programming
2:00 pm PGA Tour-golf
5:00 pm infomercials-no programming
5:30 pm ABC News
6:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
6:30 pm Cruizin' Illinois-local features
7:00 pm Who Wants to be a Millionaire-quiz
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Cruisin' Illinois-local features
11:05 pm Ring of Honor Wrestling  4
listings end*

Sunday, June 3, 2012

no listings before 12-noon
12:00 pm infomercials- no programming
1:00 pm Entertainment This Week  4
2:00 pm infomercial-no programming
2:30 pm Indy Car Racing
5:00 pm ABC News
5:30 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
6:00 pm America's Funniest Videos
7:00 pm Who Wants to be a Millionaire
8:00 pm Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Entertainment Tonight  4
11:35 am Desperate Housewives 5
listings end

             

Weekdays, Monday-Friday, June 4-8, 2012

no weekday listings before 5pm
5:00 pm News, Weather-local news
5:30 pm ABC News
6:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
6:30 pm Entertainment Tonight  4


Monday, June 4, 2012

7:00 pm Bachelorette
9:00 pm Castle
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Ron Zook Show-U of I Football
11:05 pm Nightline
11:05 pm Jimmy Kimmel
listings end

 


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

7:00 pm Last Man Standing
7:30 pm Last Man Standing
8:00 pm Concert for the Queen-special
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Nightline
11:05 pm Jimmy Kimmel
listings end

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

7:00 pm The Middle
7:30 pm Suburbatory
8:00 pm Modern Family
8:30 pm Happy Endings
9:00 pm Apartment 23
9:30 pm Modern Family
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Nightline
11:05 pm Jimmy Kimmel
listings end

Thursday, June 7, 2012

7:00 pm Duets
9:00 pm Rookie Blue
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Nightline
11:05 pm Jimmy Kimmel
listings end

Friday, June 8, 2012

7:00 pm Shark Tank
8:00 pm Primetime: What Would You Do
9:00 pm 20/20
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Nightline
11:05 pm Jimmy Kimmel
listings end


Network programs are indicated in bold and underlined
local programming originating from the WICD-TV studios are in italics
* listings were incomplete in the printed editions of the daily newspaper by 2012.  Complete listing were on the newspaper website.  Now the information is lost for ever.

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

(TV listings from the Bloomington Pantagraph)


Syndicated Programs Seen on WICD from 2005-2015
"Desperate Housewives"

"Seinfeld"
"Judge Judy"
"This Week with George Stephanopoulos"
"Who Wants to be a Millionaire"


   "Cruisin' Illinois"
produced by WICS/WICD

"Entertainment Tonight"
"Dr. Phil"

"Ellen"

 

"Ring of Honor Wrestling"


Popular ABC Shows Seen on WICD
"Dancing with the Stars"

"Jimmy Kimmel Live!"
"What Would You Do?"
"The Bachelorette"

"Scandal"
"Shark Tank"
"Good Morning America"

"The Goldbergs"

"General Hospital"

"America's Funniest Videos"
"The Chew"

"Boston EMS"
"20/20"
"The $100,000 Pyramid"
"Once Upon a Time"



In late 2011, the revolving door left WICD
without a main anchor.  Heather Hubbs, a reporter with WICS tas temporarily transferred to WICD for the role.
Here she is with Doug Quick in late 2011

Heather Hubbs, anchor
Sports was taken from a department to that of reporter status which diminished coverage of the University of Illinois sports coverage.  The role of  "sports reporter" was filled by Mike Lederer.

Schedule of Programming on WICD-TV, Channel 15 from the week of  December 7-13 , 2013
Saturday, December 7, 2013

no listings before 12-noon
12:00 pm  College Football
3:00 pm Ring of Honor Wrestling  4
4:00 pm Christmas Parade-unknown location  4
5:00 pm infomercial-no programming
5:30 pm ABC News
6:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
6:30 pm Cruizin' Illinois-local features
7:00 pm College Football
10:30 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
11:05 pm Ring of Honor Wrestling  4
listings end*

Sunday, December 8, 2013

no listings before 12-noon
12:00 pm infomercials- no programming
3:00 pm Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss
5:00 pm ABC News
5:30 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
6:00 pm America's Funniest Videos
7:00 pm Once Upon a Time
8:00 pm Revenge
9:00 pm Betrayal
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Crusiin' Illinois-local features
11:05 pm Entertainment Tonight  4
listings end

             
Weekdays, Monday-Friday, December 9-13, 2013

no weekday listings before 5pm
5:00 pm News, Weather-local news
5:30 pm ABC News
6:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
6:30 pm Entertainment Tonight  4


Monday, June 4, 2012

7:00 pm Santa Clause is Coming to Town-special
8:00 pm Christmas Light Fight-special
9:00 pm Castle
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Jimmy Kimmel
11:35 pm Nightline
listings end

 


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

7:00 pm Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
8:00 pm Goldbergs
8:30 pm Trophy Wife
9:00 pm What Would You Do?
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Jimmy Kimmel
11:35 pm Nightline
listings end

 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

7:00 pm The Middle
7:30 pm Back In       
8:00 pm Modern Family
8:30 pm Super Night
9:00 pm Nashville
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Jimmy Kimmel
11:35 pm Nightline
listings end

 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

7:00 pm Once Upon a Time in Wonderland-special
8:00 pm Grey's Anatomy
9:00 pm Scandal
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Jimmy Kimmel
11:35 pm Nightline
listings end

 

Friday, June 8, 2012

7:00 pm Last Man Standing
7:30 pm Neighbors
8:00 pm Shark Tank
9:00 pm 20/20
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports-local news
10:35 pm Jimmy Kimmel
11:35 pm Nightline
listings end

 


Network programs are indicated in bold and underlined
local programming originating from the WICD-TV studios are in italics
* listings were incomplete in the printed editions of the daily newspaper by 2012.  Complete listing were on the newspaper website.  Now the information is lost for ever.

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

(TV listings from the Bloomington Pantagraph)


"How to Get Away with Murder"

"Black-ish"
"Celebrity Family Feud"
"In An Instant"

"Last Man Standing"
"Match Game"
"The Middle"

"Modern Family"

"The View"


"World News Tonight"



WICD Scenes from 2014-16

WICD was the last of the "heritage" stations making the move to total high definition programming of local news
Katy Kramer and Jenese Harris from Sunrise This Morning and the 11am news as broadcast on WICD

Doug Quick and Elitsa Bizios anchored the 5, 6 and 10pm news on WICD






NewsChannel 15 Nightside

Elitsa Bizios

Doug Quick


Josh Getzoff with sports

Josh Getzoff from the "virtual" studio
directed by Mark Macklin
The 2014 end from the 1986 model studio seen throughout this website

Elitsa Bizios, anchor

Doug Quick, anchor
Doug Quick, weathercaster
Adam Rife reporting from the newsroom
Nate Rodgers, reporter
Kim Shine, reporter
Heather Good, reporter

Temporary News Set during construction
Jenese Harris and Katy Kramer
Elitsa Bizios and Doug Quick

Elitsa Bizios, Doug Quick and Josh Getzoff
Elitsa Bizios, Doug Quick
WICD News Goes High Definition

Elitsa Bizios, anchor

Doug Quick, weather/anchor
Josh Getzoff, sports anchor

Nate Rodgers

Heather Good

Heather Good at the "BAM"
Doug Quick

The Demise of WICD, NewsChannel 15

No matter how hard to try to gain success there are sometimes outside influences can determine your fate. In this case, there were a number of hurdles placed on the path of WICD even before it went on the air which would determine its eventual outcome.  The WICD staff members from it's history all the way through its last days were all hard working professionals, including those in front of the camera as well as those behind.  In 2015 ownership decided to pull the plug on the operation of WICD as a "full service television station"  making it a satellite repeater for WICS.  Both stations, WICS and WICD are identified now as "NewsChannel 20" on all of its branding and promotional content, although WICD still is identified as "15" (its LCN) for those receiving it off-the-air or on satellite TV. A most confusing situation.

The east central Illinois community relied on WICD to be an "alternative" television news source.  The reach of WICD had just increased with the addition of DISH® coverage throughout the market allowing more of the rural viewers to watch the station (WICD was never seen by DirectTV® viewers).  But, now the dominant central Illinois heritage TV station WCIA would no longer have head to head competition with WICD turning those former WICD viewers potentially into WCIA viewers during the typical TV news times for mornings and at 5, 6 and 10 each evening.

The culture established at WICS by Milton Friedland set the tone of what diminished  the value of the full powered east central Illinois major network affiliate for years to come.  It started during the very early days of introducing the Champaign TV station (then WCHU) as a low powered station. WCHU could only be viewed by those within a 15-mile radius and that established the culture of the station and gave everyone associated at WCHU a "Cinderella" complex which would continue for years throughout its years with the call letters of WICD as well.  By rebroadcasting the less than dependable off-air signal of WICS it also brought substandard viewing to WCHU's viewers.

The Champaign-Urbana, Danville area, and it's strong agriculture, industrial, manufacturing base as well as a growing medical center, community colleges and of course the state's namesake University of Illinois was evidently not enough to warrant a major investment in an NBC affiliated television property.  
Plains TV didn't put their best product forward to compete with WCIA.  In fact its very existence as a low powered facility denied many east central Illinois viewers NBC color programming during the years of 1960 to 1967, a situation which certainly created a public relations nightmare for the Champaign station.

As WICD/NewsChannel 15 falls into history, I transfer the attention to its "off spring" WCCU as a FOX TV Network affiliate and the transfer of resources from Channel 15 to now Channel 27.  Local news continues, but certainly at a reduced level from that of WICD.  WCCU first went on the air with a locally produced weeknight newscast at 9PM, then soon after a 5:30pm newscast.  The morning news/variety/information programming from 7 to 9am was simulcast from WRSP (originating at WICS in Springfield).  The weekend 30-minute newscasts on Saturday and Sunday at 9pm are also produced by WICS. 

WCCU/WRSP is taking a cue from WCIA in the mid to late 1950s, when it broadcast local news in non-traditional times offset from its direct competition in the local metros under its massing coverage area.  This act set up WCIA as a regional news source which established it as central Illinois' leading TV news.  We hope FOX-Champaign meets with the same success here in east central Illinois.

The future pages of WICD's history will be replaced by that of WCCU from 2015 to the present. 

Page 7 will be Next....and will be completed soon....





In Memory of Keith Page (1930-2006)



Even though this takes us through the entire history of WICD, new items will be added as they become available.  I'm still hoping to see contributions from former staff members of screen grabs, behind the scene photos, etc.

I've tried to include a little something from everyone who's had at least some influence at the station, it would be impossible to offer a complete showing and listings of the personalities and people behind the scenes at WDAN-TV, WICD, WCHU over the last 53+ years.  If you have any material, you feel would enhance the history being told here, feel free to contact me via e-mail at: dougquick at dougquick.com.  If I have left anyone out, I apologize.

All of the images, information, show titles, etc.. is all copyrighted material and is owned by the copyright owners.  The display of all materials here on the WICD sites as well as the other pages on this web site are to illustrate the history of central Illinois broadcasting.





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
  Page 7 The Transition to WCCU COMING SOON


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