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WCIA, Channel 3, Champaign, Illinois-Part 3
NOTE:  This website page is still under construction and will be updated several more times in the upcoming days. 
Page 3 1970-1989  Being On Top
WCIA Builds Prestige with Consistancy

During the 1970's and 80's WCIA probably experienced it's most success.  It was under the direction of WCIA news director Paul Davis that the station was building a reputation of being a real media "mover and shaker."  Several special in depth news programs dealing with local issues like the Kaskaskia Project which brought about the building of Lake Shelbyville in central Illinois, agricultural issues such as one done on the growing of corn and about mental health issues for example.  It was also a time of controversy when WCIA canceled an episode of "Maude."  Be watching for more details on these issues later on this web site.

A big change was made during the early 80's when Paul Davis, long time news director left the station to be News Director at WGN-TV in Chicago.  About a year before Davis departed to WGN, Jerry Slabe was hired from WAND to produce and anchor the 10pm Newscast.  His role was to be expanded after Davis' departure to main anchor for the evening newscasts.  When Davis left, .Dave Shaul was made News Director.   Both Slabe and Shaul held their jobs until a very public dismissal was made by new owners Nexstar in 2000.

Mr. Wyndham Roberts passed away in March 1985 to be replaced at 6 and 10 by Judy Fraser, who had been with the station since 1976.  Fraser continued as the main weather-caster until her role was reduced in the late 00's when Robert Reese was tapped for the chief weather-caster.   It's an incredible situation with WCIA's weathercasters when you consider there were only three main weather anchors at WCIA over 50 years!

Other names in the news or station personalities over the years include: Dick Adams, Ann Anderson, Susan Barnett, Judy Brown, Elaine Kagas, Marta Carreira, Mike Cleff, John Coleman, Chris Curtis, Paul Davis, Pam Hansen, Alan Heymann, Molly Hall, Dave Shaul, John Paul, Ed Kelly, Daralene Jones, Tom Jones, Ed Kieser, Cindy Klose, Mary Sue Kruger, Michael Marsh, Gabrielle Martin, Ed Mason, Joe Mazan, Scott McGee, Jeff Hackett, Matt Metcalf, Amy O'Keefe, Jason Overstreet, Ted Pretty, Eric Rasmussen, Dan Roan, Suzanne Reed, Wyndham "Mr." Roberts, Andy Sachs, Martin Savidge, Tom Schoendinist, Jerry Slabe, Fred Sorenson, Kevin Johnson, Carl Caldwell, Dave Freeman, Rick Sullivan, Mike Tannura, John Valenziano, Bob Waters, Meredith Walsch, Chris Widlic, Don Wilcox and Trisha Whitkanack-Shepard.  

If you would like to submit others please e-mail me (dougquick @ dougquick.com).



A Title from "On the Move" a WCIA public affairs special
(photo from the Ed Mason Collection)



The Early Show


Dialing for Dollars became a late afternoon staple of WCIA from the late 1960's through the 70's.  Hosted by Ed Mason, then Tom Jones (seen in an ad from TV Guide from 1971 and far right from the WCIA 50th Anniversary show in 2003).  The feature was hosted later by Ed Kelly shown below right.




Pictured above center is Ed Mason in a commercial of the mid 80's.  He hosted the WCIA dance show
 "The Hop" in the 50's and 60's as well as "The Early Show" in the first year.


"The Early Show" was a late afternoon movie which ran from around 3pm to 5pm and featured "Dialing for Dollars" and a chance for local viewers to win cash just by watching and being able to give the correct "count" if they were called by Ed Mason, Tom Jones or Ed Kelly.

If you have any memories of being called, or remember any of the many, many films featured, just e-mail me at dougquick @ dougquick.com.

Here's how "Dialing for Dollars" worked:  pages of local phone books were cut up and placed into a barrel.  There were two other barrels in which one would include a number, and the other a direction such as "from the bottom" or "from the top."   The host, Ed Kelly, would begin the show by picking a phone book slip, then a slip from the other two.  So the directions would read something like "9 from the bottom" which would specify who he would call live on the air, and the contestant would have to give out the directions like "9 from the bottom" to win the cash price, which would grow a little after each incorrect response, or no answer.   The Hope-Crosby "road pictures" and Abbott and Costello movies were a common staple of the "Dialing for Dollars Early Show."


Top CBS Shows Airing on WCIA 1970-1979
"Green Acres"
"Bridget Loves Bernie"
"The Lucy Show"
weekday mornings
"The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour"
"Hawaii Five-O"
"Mannix"
"Jokers Wild"
weekday mornings
"Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle" Saturday mornings
"The Bob Newhart Show"
"Guiding Light"
weekday afternoons
"Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids" Saturday mornings
"Captain Kangaroo"
weekday mornings
"CBS Special Movie"
"My Three Sons"
"The Young and the Restless" daytime serial
"Cannon"
"The Doris Day Show"
"Flo"
"Jim Nabors Hour"
"Hee Haw"
"Match Game '77"
weekday mornings
"Jeannie"
"Here's Lucy"
"Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show" Saturday mornings
"The Dukes of Hazzard"
"Love is a Most Splendored Thing"  weekday afternoons
"Gunsmoke"
"Mary Tyler Moore"
"Rhoda"
"Phyllis"
"Dallas"
"The New Dick Van Dyke Show"
"WKRP in Cincinnati"
"The CBS (Any) Night Movies"
"Partridge Family 2200 A.D." Saturday morning
"As the World Turns"
weekday afternoons
"The Carol Burnett Show"
"Maude"
"Tattletales"
weekday mornings
"60 Minutes"
"Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show" Saturday mornings
"All in the Family"
"The Monkees"
Saturday mornings
"Scooby Doo"
Saturday mornings
"Mayberry R.F.D."
"M*A*S*H"
"Paul Sands in Friends and Lovers"
"The Price is Right"
weekday mornings
"Funny Face"
"Search for Tomorrow"
weekday afternoons
"Secret Storm"
weekday afternoons
"Harlem Globe Trotters"
Saturday mornings
"The Waltons"
"Sunrise Semester"
weekday mornings
"The $10,000 Pyramid"
weekday mornings
"The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour"
"The Beverly Hillbillies"
weekday mornings
"Love of Life"
weekday mornings
"Lamp Unto My Feet"
Sunday mornings
"Good Times"
"CBS News with Walter Cronkite"
"The Betty White Show"
CBS Special Presentation
"Archie"
Saturday mornings
"Alice"
"Switch"
"Kojak"
"Josie and the Pussy Cats"
weekend mornings
"Barnaby Jones"
"The Incredible Hulk"
"One Day at a Time"
"Lou Grant"
"The Jeffersons"
"Family Affair"
weekday mornings
"The Edge of Night"
weekday afternoons
Syndicated Shows Airing on WCIA 1970-79
"Perry Mason"
"Flintstones"
"Wackiest Ship in the Army"
"Phil Donahue"
"Name That Tune"
"Adam 12"
"Ironside"

















 
"Funny Face" starred Sandy Duncan.  The one thing that makes this show interesting for some in central Illinois the use of my home town, Taylorville as the location where her character grew up and is so shown in the opening titles.  This resulted at the time for a local visit by Ms. Duncan to Taylorville where a street was named after her, Sandy Duncan Avenue on the towns north side.  Even though Taylorville was shown as her home town, Ms. Duncan's home town was Tyler, Texas.

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Let's go back to 1972....and the Saturday night lineup on CBS.  "All in the Family," "Bridget Loves Bernie," "Mary Tyler Moore," "Bob Newhart" and "Mission Impossible."  A great lineup of shows on Saturday night.  Far different than it is now. 

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Here's the first part of the Fall Preview special from 1972-73.   This video is not the best quality, but it's worth posting for content.

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From 1973, it was a continuation of the CBS greats like "M*A*S*H," "Medical Center," "Kojak," "All in the Family,"Carol Burnett," "Mannix," "Sonny and Cher" and more.  Not much change in the CBS lineup...so CBS used
"This year, like last year, the best choice is CBS."

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"CBS Morning News" has had a varied lineup over the years.  All seen on WCIA, Channel 3 during the years.
 
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1972 was an election year...and CBS election coverage was included in the coverage of WCIA of central Illinois elections.  Unfortunately, to my knowledge no recordings exist of the WCIA coverage....so I feature a short clip of CBS coverage.   The presidential election unfortunately brought about the election of a soon to be disgraced president.

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WCIA, Channel 3 Program Schedule for the week of  February 6, 1971 
Monday-Friday sign-on to 6pm
Monday-Friday, February 8-12, 1971

6:15 am   Sunrise Semester
6:45 am   Farm Report
7:00 am   CBS News-John Hart
8:00 am   Captain Kangaroo
9:00 am   Lucy Show-sit com 1
9:30 am   Beverly Hillbillies
-sit com 1
10:00 am Family Affair
-sit com 1
10:30 am Love of Life-serial
11:00 am Where the Heart Is-serial
11:25 am CBS News Break-Douglas Edwards
11:30 am  Search for Tomorrow-serial
Noon       News-Dave Shaul
12:10 pm  Farm Report
12:15 pm  News, Weather, Markets-Dave Shaul
12:30 pm  As The World Turns-serial
1:00 pm   Love is a Many Splendored Thing-serial
1:30 pm   Guiding Light-serial
2:00 pm   Secret Storm-serial
2:30 pm   Edge of Night-serial
3:00 pm   Early Show-Movie and Dialing for Dollars
        Mon: "Three Stooges in Orbit" B/W
        Tue: "Mr. Magoo Man of Mystery"
        Weds: "The Nuns Story" Pt 1
        Thurs: "The Nuns Story" Pt 2
         Fri: "I'd Rather Be Rich"
5:00 pm   Flintstones 3
5:25 pm   Close-Up
5:30 pm   CBS News-Walter Cronkite
6:00 pm   News, Weather, Sports
Saturday,  February 6, 1971

6:30 am   Sunrise Semester-educational
7:00 am   Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour-cartoons
8:00 am   Sabrina-cartoons
9:00 am   Josie and the Pussycats-cartoons
9:30 am   Harlem Globetrotters-cartoons
10:00 am Archie-cartoons
11:00 am  Scooby Doo-cartoons
11:30 am  Monkees-sit com 1
Noon       Dasterdly/Muttley-cartoons
12:30 pm  The Jetsons-cartoons 1
1:00 pm    College Basketball
                 Purdue vs Indiana at     
                 Bloomington, IN 4
3:00 pm    College Basketball
                 Minnesota vs Illinois at
                 Assembly Hall, Champaign,
                 IL 4
5:00 pm   Mary Tyler Moore-sit com, 5
5:30 pm   CBS News-Roger Mudd
6:00 pm   News, Weather, Sports
6:30 pm   Mission Impossible-drama
7:30 pm   My Three Sons-sit com
8:00 pm   Arnie-sit com
8:30 pm   Movie "Hide and Seek" (1963) B/W
10:15 pm News, Weather, Sports
10:45 pm Movie "Two Years Before the Mast" (1946)

Sunday,  February 7, 1971

7:30 am   Mass for Shut-Ins-religion
8:00 am   Tom and Jerry-cartoons
8:30 am   Penelope Pitstop-cartoons
9:00 am   Lamp Unto My Feet-religion
9:30am    Look Up and Live-religion
10:00 am Insight-public affairs
10:30 am Patterns for Living-unknown
11:00 am Camera Three-interview
11:30 am Face the Nation-current affairs
Noon      What Do You Say?-public affairs
12:30 pm Variety Show-John Hartford host, music variety, syn
1:00 pm   Pro Hockey-St. Louis Blues vs Philadelphia Flyers
3:30 pm   Children's Film Festival- "Lionheart" (1968)
4:30 pm    Film-unknown subject
5:00 pm    Lassie-syn
5:30 pm    CBS News-Roger Mudd
6:00 pm   Harv Schmidt-basketball discussion, U of I
6:30 pm   Hogan's Heroes-sit com
7:00 pm   Ed Sullivan-variety
8:00 pm   Glen Campbell-variety
9:00 pm   The Photographers-SPECIAL documentary
10:00 pm  News, Weather, Sports
10:30 pm  Perry Mason-legal drama, B/W
11:30 pm  Wackiest Ship in the Army-adventure/comedy




Monday,  February 8, 1971
6:30pm to sign-off

6:30 pm   Gunsmoke-western
7:30 pm   Here's Lucy-sit com
8:00 pm   Mayberry R.F.D.-sit com
8:30 pm   Doris Day-sit com
9:00 pm   Carol Burnett-variety
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports
10:30 pm Perry Mason-legal drama, B/W
11:30 pm Nitecap-Ed Kelly






Tuesday,  February 9, 1971

6:30 pm   Beverly Hillbillies-sitcom
7:00 pm   Green Acres-sit com
7:30 pm   Hee Haw-comedy/variety
8:30 pm   All in the Family-sit com
9:00 pm   WCIA Reports-local news documentary
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports
10:30 pm Movie-Camp Night on the Late Show "Belle of the Nineties" (1934) Mae West B/W
Mid          Nitecap-Meredith Lewis and Marvin Vawter hosts

Wednesday,  February 10, 1971

6:30 pm   Men at Law-legal drama
7:30 pm   To Rome with Love-sit com
8:00 pm   Medical Center-medical drama
9:00 pm   Hawaii Five-O-drama
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports
10:30 pm Movie "The Art of Love" (1965)
12:20 pm Nitecap

Thursday,  February 11, 1971

6:30 pm   Family Affair-sit com
7:00 pm   Jim Nabors-variety
8:00 pm   Movie "The Cincinnati Kid" (1965)
10:00 pm  News, Weather, Sports
10:30 pm  Movie "The Birds" (1963)
12:40 pm Nightcap

Friday,  February 12, 1971

6:30 pm   The Interns-medical drama
7:30 pm   Andy Griffith-drama
8:00 pm   Movie "The Rat Race" (1960)
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports
10:30 pm Movie- "40 Pounds of Trouble" (1962)
12:30 pm  Nightcap-host Jim Barton

Program titles in bold print are network origination
Program titles in italic are local in origination, all or in part from the WCIA studios 

1 off network syndicated to network
3 syndicated off network to stations
4 regional sports network source
5 tape delayed broadcast from previous weeks broadcast on CBS.  WCIA preempted 8:30 to 10pm network schedule for insertion of local movie, giving the station more commercial time for sale.

B/W  all programs are in color except those designated by B/W

(TV Guide from the Doug Quick Collection)










(top left): Camp Night at the Late Show, a weekly run of a movie from W.C. Fields, the Marx Brothers or Mae West.  The ad is from 1971. 

A personal favorite!
(above left): The Early Show with a variety of movies from 1976.


(top right): "It Takes a Thief" starring Robert Wagner was in off network syndication and part of the late night lineup at WCIA in 1971.
(above right): The Early Show with a variety of movies from 1977.

(TV Guide ads from the Doug Quick Collection)

      










  
Above is a video of a conversation between News Director and 6pm anchor Paul Davis with Mr. Roberts.  They were discussing the long time rumor of their relationship. 
It seems that just before Paul Davis was to leave WCIA for WGN in Chicago, they took time at the end of his last 10 pm newscast to answer two of the most asked questions they were asked over the years. This was from the late 1970's.


(Video from the Doug Quick You Tube Channel)

This promotional announcement is from 1975 when Saturday morning programming attracted advertisers of breakfast cereals, toys and other products that generated millions for CBS.  The network obviously put an emphasis on scheduling programming; some original and others were repackaged to attract a newer generation of young viewers.

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"Barnaby Jones" was first run on CBS and WCIA between the years of 1973-80.  The former Jed Clampett, Buddy Ebsen played "Barnaby Jones" a long time private investigator with a loyal assistant by his daughter-in-law played by Lee Meriweather. 

It was also part of the local lineup on WCIA when the QM Production went into syndication in the 1980's.


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Mike Conners played Joe "Mannix" on CBS from 1967 to 1975 along with Joseph Campanella and Gail Fisher.   It was known for being one of the more violent shows on TV. 

(Video from the Doug Quick You Tube Channel)


In the Fall of 1978 viewers were being asked to "Turn Us On."  Some of the same shows from the early 70's....but there were some newer ones on the way too.  They included "Mary," "Kaz," "WKRP in Cincinnati," "Paper Chase" and others. 

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Here is a sample of CBS promos from 1975 for the following programs:  "One Day at at Time," "Cher," "Maude," "The Jeffersons" and "Phyllis."

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More Video Coming Soon!

If you're an NFL fan...you probably saw this many times ....the opening of the NFL football games from 1977-78.

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There's a lot of information and images of the TV shows from WCIA and CBS during the eras, but not too much on the commercials we saw.  Here is a group of commercials seen on CBS in 1977.

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WCIA, Channel 3 Program Schedule for the week of  June 18-24, 1977
Monday-Friday sign-on to 6pm
Monday-Friday, June 20-24, 1977

6:50 am   Garden Talk-
7:00 am   CBS News-Morton Dean
8:00 am   Captain Kangaroo
9:00 am   Phil Donahue-talk, syn
10:00 am Here's Lucy-sitcom 1
10:30 am Love of Life-serial
11:00 am Young and the Restless-serial
11:30 am Search for Tomorrow-serial
Noon      News, Markets, Weather
12:30 pm As the World Turns-serial
1:30 pm   Guiding Light-serial
2:00 pm   All in the Family-sitcom 1
2:30 pm   Match Game-game
3:00 pm   Movie-The Early Show
Dialing for Dollars
        Mon: "Taras Bulba" (1962)
        Tue: "Backtrack" (1969)
        Wed: "Masquerade" (1965)
        Thur: "Strategy of Terror" (1967)
        Fri: "To Die in Paris" (1968)
5:00 pm   Flintstones
5:30 pm   CBS News-Walter Cronkite
6:00 pm   News, Weather, Sports
6:30 pm  Adam-12-crime 3

Saturday,  June 18, 1977

7:00 am   Sylvester and Tweety- cartoons
7:30 am   Clue Club-cartoons
8:00 am   Bugs Bunny and Road Runner Hour- cartoons
9:00 am    Tarzan-cartoon
9:30 am    Batman-cartoon
10:00 am  Shazam!/Isis-adventure
11:00 am  Fat Albert-cartoons
11:30 am  Ark II-adventure
Noon       Children's Film Festival- "Nina and the Street Kids"
1:00 pm    Country 90-music, syun
2:30 pm    Wrestling-unknown source
3:30 pm    Sports Spectacular-boxing
5:00 pm    30 Minutes-kids news
5:30 pm    CBS News-Bob Schieffer
6:00 pm    News, Weather, Sports
6:30 pm    $100,000 Name That Tune-game
7:00 pm    Mary Tyler Moore-sitcom
7:30 pm    Bob Newhart-sitcom
8:00 pm    All in the Family-sitcom
8:30 pm    Alice-sitcom
9:00 pm    Carol Burnett-variety
10:00 pm  News, Weather, Sports
10:30 pm  Movie "Peyton Place" (1957)

Sunday,  June 19, 1977

6:45 am   Davey and Goliath-religion
7:00 am   Way Out Games-kids interest
7:30 am   Space Nuts-cartoons
8:00 am   Day of Discovery-religion
8:30 am   Oral Roberts-religion
9:00 am    Jerry Fallwell-religion
10:00 am  Camera Three-documentary
10:30 am  Face the Nation-news interviews
11:00 am  At Issue-public affairs
11:30 am  Racers-sports
Noon       Canonization of Bishop John Neuman-SPECIAL, syn
1:00 pm   Movie "Paradise Hawaiian Style" (1966)
2:30 pm  Championship Fishing-sports
3:00 pm  Baseball  Cubs at Los Angeles
5:30 pm  CBS News-Morton Dean
6:00 pm  60 Minutes-news
7:00 pm  Rhoda-sitcom
7:30 pm  Phyllis-sitcom
8:00 pm  Switch-drama
9:00 pm  Who's Who-news profile
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports
10:30 pm  Ironside-crime drama 3
11:30 pm  30 minutes-kids news
 
Monday,  June 20, 1977
7:00pm to sign-off

7:00 pm   The Jefferson-sitcom
7:30 pm   Shields and Yarnell-variety
8:30 pm   All's Fair-sitcom
9:00 pm   Sonny and Cher-variety
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports
10:30 pm Ironside-crime drama 3
11:30 pm Nitecap





Tuesday,  June 21, 1977

7:00 pm   Family Holvak-drama
8:00 pm   M*A*S*H-sitcom
8:30 pm   One Day at a Time-sitcom
9:00 pm   Kojak-crime drama
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports
10:30 pm Ironside-crime drama 3
11:30 pm Movie "The Last Days of Pompeii" (1959) B/W



Wednesday, June 22, 1977

7:00 pm   Good Times-sitcom
7:30 pm   Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr.-variety
8:00 pm   Movie "McCabe & Mrs. Miller" (1971)
10:20 pm News, Weather, Sports
10:50 pm Ironside-crime drama 3
11:50 pm Movie "Journey to Shiloh" (1968)


Thursday, October 21, 1965

7:00 pm   Waltons-drama
8:00 pm   Hawaii Five-O-crime drama
9:00 pm   Barnarby Jones-crime drama
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports
10:30 pm Ironside-crime drama 3
11:30 pm Move "Never on Sunday" (1960) B/W


Friday, October 22, 1965

7:00 pm   Movie "West Side Story" (1961)
10:00 pm  News, Weather, Sports
10:30 pm  Ironside-crime drama 3
11:30 pm  Movie "Jungle Woman" (1944) B/W
1:00 am    News



Program titles in bold print are network origination
Program titles in italic are local in origination, all or in part from the WCIA studios.

1 off network syndicated to network
3 syndicated off network to stations


(TV Guide from the Doug Quick Collection)








How many of these former WCIA and WMBD people do you recognize?
Top row left to right: Paul Davis, John Slattery, Mary Sue Krugar, unknown, unknown, Ann Anderson, unknown, unknown, unknown, Carl Caldwell, unknown, unknown:
Middle row left to right: Larry Wood, Colleen Callahan, Dave Shaul, unknown, Mr. Roberts, Dick Adams, Jack Margraves, Don Wilcox, Bruce Asbury and Sally Larvick.
Bottom Row left to right: Unknown, Steve Williams, unknown, unknown, unknown, unknown.

NOTE:  Most, if not all, of the people pictured here HAVE BEEN identified by others.  Their names will be added as soon as I dig out the e-mails of contributors which have ID'd most of the people here.  The names will be added soon.....but feel free to drop me an e-mail if you know of any of the people here....

If you know anyone of the unidentified people above, please e-mail me at : dougquick @ dougquick.com











This is how the WCIA University of Illinois Basketball game began for a broadcast on December 5, 1981. 
(This recording only exists because early VCRs didn't have an "turn off" time on their timers and it was recorded after the completion of a movie which aired before the game.  The video included here is the only video of the game recorded before the VHS tape ran out).


(Videos from the Doug Quick You Tube Channel)

WCIA was the broadcast home of University of Illinois football and basketball games for much of the 1950's through the 1990's. 

(Video from the Doug Quick You Tube Channel)




I use the "aircheck" to capture the look and flow of a broadcast station.  Airchecks contain very little program material, but commercials, promos and other programming elements.   This "aircheck" is from a Saturday Matinee broadcast from 1981.

(Video from the Doug Quick You Tube Channel)














A WCIA News promo from 1982.

(Video from the Doug Quick You Tube Channel)



The Winter of 1981-82 was a rough one following several severe weather seasons in the late 1970's.  WCIA produced this news-weather promotional
commercials to promote severe Winter weather coverage along with its coverage of closings and cancellations, road reports and other weather related information.

(Video from the Doug Quick You Tube Channel)


 

This "Star Trek" promotional announcement is interesting as it was common practice at the time to include a particular dramatic scene from the actual program with no editing and end it with a promotional slide with live/recorded announcer.  In this case, it was a scene from "Star Trek" as presented on the low quality 16mm film of the show as was common during the 1950's to the 1980's.

(Video from the Doug Quick You Tube Channel)

 










"Reach for the Stars" was the CBS theme used from 1981 to 1982 in all promotional announcements for the network.  Local stations could utilize their own version of the theme peppered with local personalities and programs and with the local station logo.  In this case the local station was WCIA, Channel 3.

(Video from the Doug Quick You Tube Channel)



WCIA was certainly the "movie station" during the 1960's and 70's.  The Early Show became an afternoon tradition from the early 1960's to the early 1980's.  WCIA also ran afternoon movies on weekends when CBS didn't program sports, as well as late nights combined with other off network syndicated programs.  This "aircheck" is from a Late Show broadcast of "The Horn Blows at Midnight" starring Jack Benny recorded in 1982.

(Video from the Doug Quick You Tube Channel)


This aircheck features the presentation of  a two part "Star Trek" episode, "The Menagerie" over two weeks.   "Star Trek" aired on Sunday nights at 10:30pm following the late newscast.  It was recorded in 1982.

(Video from the Doug Quick You Tube Channel)







Mr. Roberts....and the end of an era for central Illinois weather forecasting.



Wyndham J. Roberts or "Mr Roberts" was the primary weather-caster
for WCIA from 1953 to 1985.  He passed away in March of 1985.







Top CBS Shows Airing on WCIA 1980-1989 (in addition to programs listed above)
"CBS Evening News with Dan Rather"
"Archie Bunker's Place"
"Alice"
"Falcon Crest"
"After MASH"
"Crazy Like a Fox"
"Cagney and Lacey"
"Knots Landing"
"Frank's Place"
"Mary Tyler Moore"
"My Sister Sam"
"The Law and Harry McGraw"
"Airwolf"
"George Burns Comedy Week"
"Magnum, P.I."
"Simon and Simon"
"House Calls"
"Capitol"
daytime serial
"CBS Sunday Movie"
"Murphy Brown"
"Tour of Duty"
"Charles in Charge"
"Scarecrow and Mrs. King"
"Beauty and the Beast"
"The Equalizer"
"Jake and the Fatman"
"Pee Wee's Playhouse"
"Downtown"
"Designing Women"
"Kate and Allie"
"Gloria"
"48 Hours"
"Murder She Wrote"
"Rescue 911"
"Trapper John M.D."
Syndicated Shows Airing on WCIA 1980-89
"Muppet Show"
"Hawaii Five-O"
"Midnight Special"
"More Real People"
"Barnaby Jones"
"Magnum, P.I."
"Quincy M.E."
"USA Today"
"America"
"Regis and Kathy Lee"
"Kate and Allie"
"Geraldo"
"Current Affair"
"Entertainment Tonight"
"9 to 5"
"Joan Rivers"
"Star Trek"
"WCIA Illini Basketball
Coverage"
"WCIA Late Show"
"The Midnight Movie
on Channel 3"
"Newscope with
Ed Kelly"
"MD Telethon"
"The Midnight Movie on
Channel 3"



PM Magazine

PM Magazine was a syndicated concept light feature news magazine which included segments produced by Westinghouse Broadcasting as well as its affiliate partners.  Each station would have their own set of hosts who would introduce each segment and feature local sites as background.  Each location would tie-in to a particular segment featured in a show.  The series was broadcast Monday-Friday during "prime time access" or the period from 6:30-7pm (CT). 

At WCIA, the PM Magazine was its own department within the station and operated independently from the operation of Channel 3.  It was hosted during the 1980's by (top right picture): Steve Traynor, Suzanne Kaye, (picture low left) Carrie White and Van King-1987-89.  (picture low right): Carrie White and John Valenziono-1987-1989.  Not pictured here: Mike Caplin.   Mike Caplin is pictured in the TV Guide ads for PM Magazine below.

See the TV Guide ads for PM Magazine below.









  PM Magazine promotional announcement from WCIA for an installment broadcast on one day in early 1982.


(Video from the Doug Quick You Tube Channel)

In 1982 PM Magazine recorded some segments of the show at the studios of WDAN Radio in Danville.  The location was a tie-in to the first story and a behind the scenes at the TV series "WKRP in Cincinnati."

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From September 19, 1983, this is a complete 30-minute presentation of the PM Magazine installment to commemorate the final episode of "M*A*S*H" to be broadcast on CBS and WCIA later that evening.  The behind the scenes look at the long running CBS series was hosted by Maria Shriver.

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WCIA, Channel 3 Program Schedule for the week of September 10, 1983
Monday-Friday sign-on to 6pm
Monday-Friday,  September 12-16

6:00 am   Jimmy Swaggart-religion
6:30 am   CBS News-Bill Kurtis/Diane Sawyer
9:00 am   Phil Donahue-talk, syn
10:00 am Price is Right-game
11:00 am Young and the Restless-serial
Noon      News, Markets, Weather
12:30 pm As the World Turns-serial
1:30 pm   Capitol-serial
2:00 pm   Guiding Light-serial
3:00 pm   Movie-Early Show "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" (1973)
5:00 pm   More Real People-news magazine, syn
5:30 pm   CBS News-Dan Rather
6:00 pm   News, Weather, Sports
6:30 pm   PM Magazine-magazine, syn-local



Saturday,  September 10, 1983

6:00 am   Captain Kangaroo-kids
7:00 am   Popeye and Olive-cartoon
7:30 am   Pandemonium-cartoon
8:00 am   Meatballs and Spaghetti- cartoon
8:30 am   Bugs Bunny/Road Runner-cartoon
9:30 am   Dukes-cartoon
10:00 am Bugs Bunny/Road Runner- cartoon
11:00 am U.S. Open Tennis-sports
SPECIAL
6:00 pm   News, Weather, Sports
6:30 pm   Muppet Show-variety, syn
7:00 pm   Walt Disney "The Omega Connection" (1979)
8:00 pm    Movie "Borderline" (1980)
10:00 pm  News, Weather, Sports
10:00 pm  Movie "Trader Horn" (1973)
1:00 am    Midnight Special-variety, syn
Sunday,  September 11, 1983

6:00 am  Captain Kangaroo-kids
7:00 am  Jerry Fallwell-religion
8:00 am  CBS News Sunday Morning- Charles Kuralt
10:30 am Face the Nation-news interview, 4
11:00 am Mike White Show-U of I Football coach analysis
11:30 am  NFL Today-Len Berman
Noon       NFL Football: Dallas at St. Louis
3:00 pm   U.S. Open Tennis-sports SPECIAL
6:00 pm    60 Minutes-news magazine
7:00 pm    Alice-sitcom
7:30 pm    One Day at at Time-sitcom
8:00 pm    Jeffersons-sitcom
8:30 pm    Goodnight Beantown-sitcom
9:00 pm    Trapper John M.D.-drama
10:00 pm  News, Weather, Sports
10:30 pm  Star Trek-scifi, 3
11:30 pm  Nitecap
Monday,  September 12, 1983
6:30pm to sign-off

7:00 pm   No Man's Valley-cartoon
7:30 pm   Square Pegs-sitcom
8:00 pm   M*A*S*H-sitcom
8:30 pm   Newhart-sitcom
9:00 pm   Cagney & Lacey-crime drama
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports
10:30 pm M*A*S*H-sitcom, 3
11:00 pm Hawaii Five-O-crime drama, 3
Mid         Country Gold-music, syn





Tuesday,  September 13, 1983

7:00 pm   Movie "The Bunker" (1981)
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports
10:30 pm M*A*S*H-sitcom, 3
11:00 pm Hawaii Five-O-crime drama, 3
Mid         Movie "The Adventurers" (1951) part 1

Wednesday,  September 14, 1983

7:00 pm   Saturday Morning Preview-cartoon/live action/promotional SPECIAL
7:30 pm   Bugs Bunny-cartoon
8:00 pm   Movie "Maid in America" (1982)
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports
10:30 pm M*A*S*H-sitcom, 3
11:00 pm Hawaii Five-O-crime drama, 3
Mid         Movie "The Adventurers" (1951) part 2

Thursday,  September 15, 1983

7:00 pm   Magnum P.I.-crime drama
8:00 pm   Simon and Simon-crime drama
9:00 pm   Knots Landing-serial drama
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports
10:30 pm M*A*S*H-sitcom, 3
11:00 pm Hawaii Five-O-crime drama, 3
Mid         Movie "Happy Birthday, Wanda Jane" (1971)

Friday,  September 16, 1983

7:00 pm   Dukes of Hazard-adventure
8:00 pm   Movie "My Body Guard" (1980)
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports
10:30 pm
M*A*S*H-sitcom, 3
11:00 pm Movie "Flying Misfits" (1976)
1:30 am   News

Program titles in bold print are network origination
Program titles in italic are local in origination, all or in part from the WCIA studios with local talent listed. 

1 off network syndicated to network
3 syndicated off network to stations
4 tape delayed network broadcast

(TV Guide from the Doug Quick Collection)









(above): "Battlestar Galactica Week" on the Early Show.  WCIA aired the off network syndicated former ABC series as part of its late afternoon schedule in 1981





(right):   Little is known about this first run syndicated weekday strip series from 1985.  It was hosted by Sarah Purcell(from Real People), McLean Stevenson(from M*A*S*H) and Stuart Damon.    The ad is self explanatory as to the format of this personality driven magazine series.  It disappeared shortly after its initial run.  It was picked up to air on both Midwest Television properties in central Illinois, WCIA and WMBD-TV.



(top left): PM Magazine ad from 1983.   (middle): PM Magazine from 1985   (right):  The late night lineup on WCIA from October 1985.

(TV Guide ads from the Doug Quick Collection)






WCIA News

Here are a number of images from WCIA Newscasts and promotional pieces from the 1980's.  Personalities pictured here include:  (news director before 1979) Paul Davis, Jerry Slabe, Cindy Klose, Ed Kelly, (news director after 1979) Dave Shaul, John Paul, Mary Sue, Ramey Becker, Nancy Jordan, Dan Roan, Chris Widlic, Steve Kelly, Carol Fowler, Jeff Hackett, Ann Anderson, Dave Brandon, Donna Schulte and Judy Fraser.  If I'm missing reporters, anchors drop me an e-mail......


Paul Davis and Mr. Roberts
Paul Davis and Mr. Roberts
Mary Sue


Jerry Slabe



Cindy Klose
Ramey Becker (far left)
Nancy Jordon
Chris Widlic
Carol Fowler
Dave Shaul
Jerry Slabe
Cindy Klose
Ed Kelly
John Paul
Dick Adams
Ann Anderson
Jeff Hackett





Judy Fraser, Weather-caster and Central Illinois Personality

Judy Fraser came to WCIA from Wisconsin in 1976.  She immediately became the understudy of Mr. Roberts, but she also put her own brand on weather for the viewers of Channel 3 from 1976 to 2009. 

Judy became the second long term WCIA primary weather-caster after the death of Mr. Roberts in 1985. 








WCIA, Channel 3 Program Schedule for the week of  September 13, 1986
Monday-Friday sign-on to 6pm
Monday-Friday,  September 15, 1986

6:00 am   Jimmy Swaggart-religion
6:30 am   CBS News-Faith Daniels
9:00 am   Phil Donahue-talk, syn
10:00 am Price is Right-game
11:00 am Young and the Restless-serial
Noon      News, Markets, Weather
12:30 pm As the World Turns-serial
1:30 pm   Capitol-serial
2:00 pm   Guiding Light-serial
3:00 pm   Oprah Winfrey-talk, syn
4:00 pm   Quincy-crime drama, syn, 3
5:00 pm   News, Weather
5:30 pm   CBS News-Dan Rather
6:00 pm   News, Weather, Sports
6:30 pm   PM Magazine-magazine, syn-local


Saturday,  September 13, 1986

7:00 am   Berenstain Bears-cartoon
7:30 am   Wildfire-cartoon
8:00 am   Muppet Babies-cartoon
9:00 am   Galaxie High School-cartoon
9:30 am   Teen Wolf-cartoon
10:00 am Pee Wee's Playhouse-kids, debut
10:30 am  Puppy's Great Adventure-cartoon
11:00 am  Mike White Show-U of I Football, coach analysis
11:30 am  College Football: Iowa State at Iowa
3:00 pm   College Football: Washington at Ohio State
5:00 pm   to be annouced
5:30 pm   CBS News-Bob Schieffer
6:00 pm   News, Weather, Sports
6:30 pm   More Real People-news magazine, syn, 3
7:00 pm    Melba-sitcom
7:30 pm    Movie "Raging Bull" (1980)
10:00 pm   News, Weather, Sports
10:30 pm   Movie "Company of Killers" (1970)

Sunday,  September 14, 1986

6:30 am  Church Service-Catholic
7:00 am  Robert Schuller-religion
8:00 am  CBS News Sunday Morning- Charles Kuralt
10:30 am Fighting Illini Football-highlights of preceeding days game with USC
11:30 am  NFL Today-Len Berman
Noon       NFL Football: Philidelphia at Chicago
3:00 pm   NFL Football: San Francisco at Los Angeles
6:00 pm    60 Minutes-news magazine
7:00 pm    Movie "The Last Days of  Patton" (1986)
10:00 pm  News, Weather, Sports
10:30 pm  Star Trek-scifi, 3
11:30 pm  to be announced
Mid          Richard Roberts-religion




Monday,  September 15, 1986
6:30pm to sign-off

7:00 pm   Scarecrow and Mrs. King-crime drama
8:00 pm   Kate and Allie-sitcom
8:30 pm   Newhart-sitcom
9:00 pm   Cagney & Lacey-crime drama
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports
10:30 pm  M*A*S*H-sitcom
11:00 pm  Hart to Hart-crime drama, 3
Mid          Richard Roberts-religion
1:00 am    News





Tuesday,  September 16, 1986

7:00 pm   Wizard-adventure
8:00 pm   Movie "Oceans of Fire" (1986)
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports
10:30 pm M*A*S*H-sitcom, 3
11:00 pm Hart to Hart-crime drama, 3
Mid         Richard Roberts-religion
1:00 am   News
Wednesday,  September 17, 1986

7:00 pm   Clue: Movies, Murder and Mystery SPECIAL
8:00 pm   Magnum P.I.-crime drama
9:00 pm   Equalizer-crime drama
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports
10:30 pm M*A*S*H-sitcom
11:00 pm
Hart to Hart-crime drama, 3
Mid         Richard Roberts-religion
1:00 am   News

Thursday,  September 18, 1986

7:00 pm   Price is Right-game
8:00 pm   Knots Landing-serial, season opener, SPECIAL 2 hour presentation
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports
10:30 pm M*A*S*H-sitcom
11:00 pm
Hart to Hart-crime drama, 3
Mid         Richard Roberts-religion
1:00 am   News


Friday,  September 19, 1986

7:00 pm   Scarecrow and Mrs. King-crime drama
8:00 pm   Movie "Many Happy Returns" (1986)
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports
10:30 pm M*A*S*H-sitcom
11:00 pm Movie "A Lovely Way to Die" (1968)

Program titles in bold print are network origination
Program titles in italic are local in origination, all or in part from the WCIA studios with local talent listed. 

1 off network syndicated to network
3 syndicated off network to stations


(TV Guide from the Doug Quick Collection)












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  This "aircheck" is from December 1987....and features the station breaks during some CBS Holiday programming.


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WCIA, Channel 3 Program Schedule for the week of September 9-15, 1989
Monday-Friday sign-on to 6pm
Monday-Friday, September 11-15, 1989

6:30 am   CBS News-Faith Daniels/Charles Osgood
7:00 am   CBS This Morning-Harry Smith/Kathleen Sullivan
9:00 am   Joan Rivers-talk, syn
10:00 am Price is Right-game
11:00 am Young and the Restless-serial
Noon      News, Markets, Weather
12:30 pm Bold and the Beautiful-serial
1:00 pm   As the World Turns-serial
2:00 pm  Guiding Light-serial
3:00 pm  Oprah Winfrey-talk, syn
4:00 pm  Geraldo-talk, syn
5:00 pm  Newscope-news
5:30 pm  CBS News-Dan Rather
6:00 pm  News, Weather, Sports
6:30 pm  PM Magazine


Saturday,  September 9, 1989

7:00 am   Adventures of Raggedy Ann and Andy-cartoon
7:30 am   Superman-cartoon
8:00 am   Muppet Babies-cartoon
9:00 am   Pee Wee's Playhouse-kids
9:30 am   Garfield and Friends-cartoon
10:00 am U.S. Open Tennis-sports, SPECIAL
6:00 pm   News, Weather, Sports
6:30 pm   9 to 5-sitcom, syn
7:00 pm   Woodstock: Planet of the 60's-music/variety, SPECIAL
8:00 pm    Tour of Duty-drama
9:00 pm    West 57the Street- newsmagazine
10:00 pm   News, Weather, Sports
10:30 pm   Magnum P.I.-drama, 3
11:30 pm   USA Today-magazine, syn

Sunday,  September 10, 1989

7:00 am   Robert Schuller-religion
8:00 am   CBS News Sunday Morning -Charles Kuralt
10:30 am  Face the Nation-news/ interview, 4
11:00 am  Illinois Journal-public affairs
11:30 am  John Mackovic Show-Illinois Football Coach analysis
Noon       NFL Football: Dallas at New Orleans
3:00 pm    U.S. Open Tennis -sports
6:00 pm    60 Minutes- news magazine
7:00 pm    Murder She Wrote-drama
8:00 pm    Paradise-drama SPECIAL 2-hour season debut
10:00 pm  News, Sports, Weather
10:30 pm  Magnum P.I.-crime drama
11:30 pm  Nitecap-local interview
Mid          CBS News-Bill Plante, 4
12:15 pm  Illinois Journal- public affairs
Monday,  September 11, 1989
7:00 pm to sign-off

7:00 pm  Kate and Allie-sitcom
7:30 pm  Designing Women-sitcom
8:00 pm  Murphy Brown-sitcom
8:30 pm  Newhart-sitcom
9:00 pm  Designing Women-sitcom
9:30 pm  Newhart-sitcom
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports
10:30 pm M*A*S*H-sitcom
11:00 pm Current Affair-news magazine, syn
11:30 pm Entertainment Tonight-news magazine, syn


Tuesday,  September 12, 1989

7:00 pm   Rescue 911-news magazine
8:00 pm   Movie "Agatha Christie's "The Man in the Brown Suit" (1989)
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports
10:30 pm M*A*S*H-sitcom
11:00 pm Current Affair-news magazine, syn
11:30 pm Entertainment Tonight-news magazine, syn




Wednesday,  September 13, 1989

7:00 pm   60 Mintues-news magazine SPECIAL 20th Anniversary Presentation
8:00 pm   Wolf-drama, 2-hour debut special
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports
10:30 pm M*A*S*H-sitcom
11:00 pm Current Affair-news magazine, syn
11:30 pm Entertainment Tonight-news magazine, syn


Thursday,  September 14, 1989

7:00 pm   48 Hours-news magazine
SPECIAL 3-hour "Return to Crack Street"
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports
10:30 pm M*A*S*H-sitcom
11:00 pm Current Affair-news magazine, syn
11:30 pm Entertainment Tonight-news magazine, syn


Friday,  September 15, 1989

7:00 pm   Great Adventures-movie promotional feature/magazine, SPECIAL
8:00 pm   Movie "Unholy Matrimony" (1988)
10:00 pm News, Weather, Sports
10:30 pm M*A*S*H-sitcom
11:00 pm Current Affair-news magazine, syn
11:30 pm Entertainment Tonight-news magazine, syn


Program titles in bold print are network origination
Program titles in italic are local in origination, all or in part from the WCIA studios with local talent listed. 

1 off network syndicated to network
3 syndicated off network to stations
4 CBS network program, recorded from network feed for playback later

(TV Guide from the Doug Quick Collection)







The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon


Since 1966, WCIA was the broadcast home of the Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon which ran through 2010.  The annual Labor Day Telethon aired for over 20 hours each year with a national hourly broadcast with local segment cut-a-ways in which local TV station personalities would MC the phone bank and the presentation of checks made by local groups which all raised funds for the MDA.  Even some local talent would be featured in these local segments. 

Among those at WCIA serving as hosts over the years included:  Judy Fraser, Jerry Slabe, Marta Carreira(wife of Jerry Slabe and fellow WCIA anchor), Robert Reese, John Venenziano, Carrie White and others from 1975 through 2000.  It's unknown who hosted the local segments during the 1966 to 1975 years.

Above is, yes, yours truly presenting a check to Carrie White during the MDA Telethon in the mid 1980's.  Funds were raised at a WDNL(D-102) fundraiser co-sponsored by the local Big R store.
These two screen grabs were from a WCIA MDA Telethon segment with hosts, left, Marta Carreira, John Valenziano and Judy Fraser.  The picture to the right is of Marta Carreira with two presenters of checks to the MDA.  The year was not specified but appears to be from the early 1990s.

This is from a 1980's MDA Telethon and pictures host Jerry Slabe with two presenters.
This more contemporary picture is from an MDA Telethon local cut-in with Robert Reese(center) and Judy Fraser(right).

















Sources:
Broadcasting-Telecasting Magazine
The Urbana Courier Newspaper
The News-Gazette Newspaper
The Decatur Herald Newspaper
The Bloomington Pantagraph Newspaper
The Danville Commercial-News Newspaper
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Newspaper
TV Guides (1964-1969) from the Doug Quick Collection
Danville Public Library
Champaign Public Library
Decatur Public Library
Urbana Free Library
You Tube
The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows
       by Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh
 Total Television by Alex McNeil

Contributors:
Bob Lee for the vast majority of the program titles screen grabs
Ed Mason and the Ed Mason Collection
Paul Davis
Bill Roberts
John Steege(son in law of Harold Bradley)
Oliver Bradley
Kevin and Michaela Brown
Downey Hewey
Wayne Brasle
WCIA
Marvin Lee
The Doug Quick You Tube Channel
John Slattery(who was a reporter and weekend anchor from 1976-77, now at WCBS-TV, New York)
Tom McDonald who identified more WCIA/WMBD personalities pictured above




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