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
watching for me along with others from FOX-Champaign at a number of the
county fairs across east central Illinois, the Urbana Sweetcorn
Festival, the National Sweetcorn Festival in Hoopeston and the National
Sweetcorn Parade along with Labor Day Parades in Danville and Westville!
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
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
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
work in progress....so keep checking back!
listening to many of the FM stations in medium to large markets you may
have been listening to stations that programmed any one of
or other sample automated radio formats. Remember "Stereo
"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
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
One of my goal in maintaining this collection of
broadcast history is to keep the memories of former TV personalities
alive. This week's Videos of the Week feature two of the most
popular celebrities of the past, Ernie Kovaks and George Gobel.
(above): The first Video of the Week features one of my personal
favorites, Ernie Kovaks with a complete episode of one of his shows as
broadcast on ABC in 1962, a right before his death in a automobile
accident. If you liked "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" and other
trendy comedy shows of the time, you'll like this one....
(above): George "Lonesome George" Gobel was a
popular comedian beginning in the 1950s and continued well into the
60s. Here is the pilot show of his self named show from October
2, 1954 as broadcast on NBC with original commercials.
from an outside source and may be discontinued
(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
(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
Cleaned up the TV Guide ads to fix the discolorization of the ads taken
from the vintage TV Guide copies. Also eliminated some dead
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
is reportedly going to added to WCCU's signal in East Central
Illinois! We have to thank a viewer who felt strongly enough
contact the right people! I welcome the arrival of Antenna TV!
(January 22, 2016)-Removed History of WICS pages 2-6 for
Work progresses. Target date for completion Feb 28,
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
for Channel 5, KSD-TV is posted. The others have a target
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
(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
page updated to reflect change.
(June 23,2016)-added picture of Dick Van Dyke to the picture page
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