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Doug accepting his Silver Circle Award from the
National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences-Mid America
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.
(May 11, 2015) Changed the status of WICD to show WICS image as
all references to WICD have been eliminated on the former signal of
WICD, Channel 15. It has become a full translator of WICS.
(May 29, 2015) Finished writing my book....now, organizing pictures and
writing captions. Hope to be presenting to a publisher
soon! Plus, I'll be updating this website with loads of new
(June 10, 2015) Completed Peoria Television History Page with new
material, pictures, videos and more! Relive the television past
of Peoria by clicking on Peoria Television History!
(June 20, 2015) Made additional "tweeks" and corrections/additions to
the Peoria TV
(October 1, 2015) Made corrections to the Mid Illinois Television page
along with adding the instructions for receiving over-the-air
broadcasts on the Dish® Hopper® satellite receiver. Videos
This week's Videos of the week include a visit with a couple of TV
doctors. The first is Marcus Welby M.D.. This ABC series
produced at Universal Studios starred Robert Young and a young James
Brolin. This series contributed to the rise of ABC as a major TV
ratings contender in 1970. It was number eight during its first
season 1969-1970, making it to number one it's second season.
ABC's efforts to attract younger viewers worked with James Brolin as a
lead character with the long term popularity of former "Father Knows
Best" star, Robert Young as the old traditional doctor. In fact
neither doctor would be considered tranditional. They made house
calls. You might notice the house used as Dr. Welby's office was
also used in "Leave it to Beaver," as one of the houses on Wisteria
Lane in "Desperate Housewives" and in the Humphrey Bogart movie "The
Desperate Hours." The are no complete episodes available...but
here are the opening credits....
(above): "Trapper John M.D." was a spin off of M*A*S*H, at least it had
the main character's name of a character in the Korean War drama-comedy
sit com. Pernell Roberts former "Adam" on NBC's "Bonanza" leaped
back into the weekly grind of an hour long series with "Trapper John
M.D." in 1979 where it remained on the CBS schedule until 1986.
Here is the pilot episode broadcast on September 23, 1979..
from an outside source and may be discontinued at any
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