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
Videos of the
(above): Wayne Cody retired from KIRO in Seattle
in 1996 where he served as a sportscaster for many years. The
popular sportscaster had his beginnings at WDAN Radio and WDAN-TV in
the mid to late 1950s. One story has him getting a hair cut
during his weathercast on Channel 24. Unfortunately, I have never
found any pictures and certainly no video of his appearances on
WDAN-TV. Here is a collection of some of his stunts on KIRO
during his long career. Wayne Cody passed away in 2002.
mid-Illinois TV personality in the early days was John
Coleman. He was known as a weathercaster and host of "The Hop"
for WCIA and later as weathercaster at WMBD-TV in Peoria. Mr.
Coleman was also one of the creators of "The Weather Channel." He also
weather at WLS-TV in Chicago and hosted his own talk show in
1975. That's where this video is from and features other
well known Chicago broadcasters of the era.
from an outside source and may be discontinued at any
(Dec 12, 2015)-re-worked the instructions for those with satellite
systems to receive local channels. It should be a much simple
process to find your specific application. Go to Mid-Illinois TV Today
(January 17, 2015)-replaced a few pictures in the first page of the History of WICS and
some videos which were dead links to previous You Tube submissions.
(January 17, 2015)-updated the second page on the History of WICS.
Cleaned up the TV Guide ads to fix the discolorization of the ads taken
from the vintage TV Guide copies. Also eliminated some dead You
Tube links. They will be replaced soon.
(January 18, 2015)-updated the first page of the History of WICS with
additional pictures of the "Pepsi Dance Party" and the 2013 recreation
of one of the original logos of WICS from the Creative Services
Department of WICS.
(January 20, 2016)-updated Mid Illinois TV to announce that Antenna TV
is reportedly going to added to WCCU's signal in East Central
Illinois! We have to thank a viewer who felt strongly enough to
contact the right people! I welcome the arrival of Antenna TV!
(January 22, 2016)-Removed History of WICS pages 2-6 for reconstruction.
Work progresses. Target date for completion Feb 28, 2016.
Check back often!
(January 22, 2016)-Updated what will be the first page of St. Louis TV
History. Each St. Louis station will have its own page of
history. The first page with the initial years of broadcasting
for Channel 5, KSD-TV is posted. The others have a target date of
February 28, 2016.
(February 2, 2016)-Updated two pages from the History of WICS covering
the years of 1964-1968 and 1968-1979. More to come later!
(February 14, 2016)-Updated the radio pages for WTIM/WTIM-FM,
WDNL(FM)/WDAN and WTVP/WAND pages with new format and added a couple of
(March 3, 2016)-Updated Mid-Illinois
TV with new information on the addition of Antenna TV to the
digital lineup of WCCU. Be watching for more information soon!
2016)-Antenna TV added to WCCU, Channel 27 at 27.3 Mid-Illinois TV
page updated to reflect change.
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