Biography

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Doug Quick is the markets longest-tenured weathercaster having been at the Champaign studios doing weather since 1996. He began at WICD as Promotions Director in 1994 and began to do weekend weathercasts in 1996. Doug later left promotions to become the first weathercaster and co-anchor for Sunrise in 1998 moving to the evening newscasts in 2002. By 2006, he was doing weathercasts for the 5, 6 and 10 pm newscasts as well as on WCCU, Channel 27.  He added co-anchoring to his role on WICD in 2013.  In 2015 Doug would become the exclusive weathercaster and co-anchor for FOX-Champaign News at 5:30 and 9 pm on WCCU which is also broadcast on WBUI, CW23 from Decatur, Illinois at 9 pm.

After graduation at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Doug’s broadcast career began in 1974 from his original hometown of Taylorville, Illinois at WTIM/WTIM-FM. He later returned to college at Western Illinois University where he co-anchored a local newscast on the WIU cablecast television station. He also worked at radio stations, WTIM/WTIM-FM and WTAX/WDBR in Springfield. After his time at WIU Doug was offered a position at the sister stations of WTAX/WDBR in Danville, WDAN/WMBJ.

 

Doug Quick

After joining WDAN/WMBJ in Danville in September of 1977, he helped in the change of WMBJ to WDNL and a contemporary high personality radio station.  He was the first morning DJ on the new D-102 radio station on October 1977 through May of 1979. At that time he left WDNL for a short three-month stint at WDZ/WDZQ in Decatur, Illinois before returning to WDNL as afternoon drive DJ and for an advertising sales position.  For most of the next 25 years, Doug would take on many other roles at WDAN/WDNL, sales manager and eventually general manager in 1989, all while keeping his on-air role as DJ/announcer.

In 1993, he spent a year as the first station manager of WWDZ(FM), 94.9FM in Danville, then returned as the late afternoon announcer at WDNL through the twenty-fifth anniversary of WDNL in 2002. His radio and television careers were continuing simultaneously from 1994 to 2002, but television won out when he left WDNL to work at WICD exclusively.

 

Along with broadcasting, Doug has a commercial and industrial video voice over career over the last 35 years. His voice has been on local television stations, many national and regional commercials, many industrial and educational videos, military web training projects and even a video game.  He has written historical articles which have been published in Central Illinois newspapers and has been featured in articles in the Champaign News-Gazette.
 

In 2013 Doug received the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle Award based on his work is documenting mid-Illinois Television history on this website, Central Illinois On-Line Broadcast Museum. In 2017 he received a Silver Dome Award for Best Medium Market News Anchor from the Illinois Broadcasters Association.


His outside activities have included the Vermilion County Conservation Foundation where he was a member of the Board of Directors. He is also a former director on the board of the First Illinois Credit Union.  Doug has spoken before many civic groups, students at all grade levels who are considering broadcasting as a career, broadcast history, weather or the Foundation. He is an avid classic movie fan and classic TV show collector and has his own audio/video editing suite at home.


In December of 2017, he completed his book "Pictures on the Prairie: The First Ten Years of Mid-Illinois Television History" in which he traces in minute detail the first ten years of a budding new industry which saw both failures and successes of the early television pioneers.  Copies can be obtained from a link on the homepage.

 

Doug as his wife Melissa have been married since 1978 and are the parents of two adult married daughters and grandparents to a grandson….and pet parents of their Shih Tzu, Moka.

Updated 11.22.2020

© 2002-2020 Doug Quick.

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