Doug has been a
central Illinois radio and television broadcaster for
41 years. He's
the Taylorville, Springfield, Decatur, Danville and Champaign-Urbana
markets throughout his entire 41 years.
was co-anchor and chief weather Anchor at WICD-TV, and is currently co-anchor
and weather anchor on Fox-Champaign, WCCU-TV in Urbana.
He is the longest tenured weather-caster in central Illinois.
site is dedicated to preserving central Illinois Broadcast
History. It's being constantly updated with additions
and maybe even a few revisions. Check back often.
is an ideal page for those who want to "cut the cable" and are not sure
on what is available on over-the-air television stations.
This is a
list of the mid-Illinois television stations and each of their digital
sub-channels which are not available for satellite subscribers and may
or may not be for cable subscribers.
You can also click on the Yahoo link which will show you a program grid
of the current schedule of "over-the-air" channels in your area.
This is also the page which shows you how to receive the "over-the-air"
sub-channel stations plus the local channels which may not be available
with your satellite subscriptions such as WCCU, Channel 27 and WICD,
history of Central Illinois Television Stations the personalities, the
local and network programs and so much
about the experiences of central Illinois television pioneers as they
found their way though the early years of broadcasting.
Many pictures, videos and TV Guide ads help tell the story of each
station, especially through the early years....plus the addition of
color television and the eventual conversion to digital television.
The histories are constantly being updated and new pictures, screen
grabs and details are being added. These pages continue to be a
work in progress....so keep checking back!
If you were
listening to many of the FM stations in medium to large markets you may
have been listening to stations that programmed any one of these
or other sample automated radio formats. Remember "Stereo Rock,"
"Solid Gold," "Hit Parade," or even "Great American Country" you'll
enjoy learning about the background
of these classic automated radio formats.
and Antenna TV I designed a "virtual" TV Channel called Classic Tube
Television. It included many classics which ultimately was added
to the lineups of the current day MeTV and Antenna TV.
I arranged the schedule around themes and is color coded for genres,
kids TV and other groupings.
Many of you have "fantasy" football....I have a "fantasy" TV
channel. Just for fun, I invite you to check out Classic Tube
(above): I doubt that this episode of "Topper" was ever
seen by anyone in central Illinois. The reason....it actually
appeared on CBS network television before there were television
stations in downstate Illinois. This would have aired 11 months
before WCIA went on the air in Champaign on Channel 3.
Jack Benny's holiday shows on radio were some of the highlights in
broadcast history....and his television shows during the holiday season
were nearly equally memorable. This particular holiday episode
was much different. It didn't feature his regular cast, other
than announcer Don Wilson. It was more a promotional vehicle for
the "Edgar Bergan Show" which was to air on CBS in January of
1956. If you're a fan of Mr. Bergan and his ventriloquist dummy
characters of Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd you'll love this
episode. Stay tuned, as I'll feature much more memorable Jack
Benny Christmas shows during the month of December. This
particular episode of "The Lucky Strike Program" with Jack Benny aired
on WCIA, Channel 3 and WTVH, Channel 19 in central Illinois on December
18, 1955. Unfortunately the commercials have been removed.
Also note, it is a kinescope as the show was recorded live and came in
a little short. Don Wilson filled with a short public service
announcement and a short musical segment at the very end of the
from an outside source and may be discontinued at any
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