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Awards

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In late August 2022, I was thrilled that I would receive the Illinois Broadcasters Association's W. Russell Withers, Jr. Illinois Broadcasters Association Downstate Broadcast Pioneer Award. The award would be handed out at the Illinois Broadcasters Event on October 24, 2022.

Two other major awards were also given, one other Broadcast Pioneer Award for the Chicago market went to John Gehron (pictured-center). He was responsible for WLS Music Radio in the 1970s and early 80s. I knew his name and had seen his picture many times, but it was a special evening to not only meet him but talk with him, meet his wife, and share the Pioneer Award with him!

Another broadcast hero, one who developed MeTV which is now my favorite entertainment TV network received the IBA Broadcaster of the Year. Besides MeTV, Neil Sabin pictured above-left has developed StartTV, Heroes and Icons, Movies!, Decades, StoryTV, and MeTV-Plus along with MeTV-FM.

To be honored at the same time with these veteran broadcasters is beyond my ability to describe!

 

Above right- I was thrilled to share my experience with my family who attended the event hosted by the Illinois Broadcasters Association. 

Mike Hulvey of Neuhoff Media is pictured at the upper right, and the picture lower left has Doug with Rick Lipps of Sinclair Broadcast Group. They are Directors of the IBA.

See more at the IBA website here.

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The Illinois Broadcasters 
Association - 2022

The National Academy of Television Arts and 
Sciences, Mid-America Chapter
Silver Circle Awards-2013

In October of 2013 I had the honor of receiving the Silver Circle Award from the Midwest Chapter of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in St. Louis. My sponsor was former WCIA Anchor/Reporter and University of Illinois journalism professor John Paul (pictured)

The Illinois Broadcasters Association
Medium Market TV Best TV Anchor
WCCU-TV, 2017

I received  the Illinois Broadcasters Silver Dome Award for Medium Market Best TV Anchor for 2017.

Activities

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On May 22, 2015, I was featured in Champaign-Urbana's Smile Politely. The article was written by John Milas.
 

"Smile Politely is Champaign-Urbana's culture magazine. We call it a magazine, even though it is all online, because it functions as such: publishing engaging editorial daily. We provide our community with passionate, trustworthy, and informed points of view on a variety of topics that are locally focused: arts, culture, food and drink, music, politics, and more. Our writers are a stable of community contributors that range widely in age and background due to the transient Champaign-Urbana population — from college undergrads to fifty-somethings, the magazine is comprised of engaged community members with an impressive array of experiences to draw from."

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In June of 2016 I had a chance to meet and talk with Dick Van Dyke when he visited Danville.  After living in the Danville area since 1977, I finally met Danville's Favorite Son!

Dick Van Dyke

Some events/activities during 2018-2019

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SALT
FORK

School

Doug Quick at Salt Fork

March 5, 2019, TV Presentation-Weather Preparation

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KDBA

Kenneth D. Baily
Academy

Doug with Yolanda Duckworth, teacher
KDBA Class

May 1, 2019
TV/Weather Prep
Presentation

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May 19, 2019 TV History Lecture/Book Signing

Doug Quck at the Bloomingto Public Library

2019 Decatur Celebration

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Vermilion County D.A.R.E.

Westville Graduation May 23, 2019
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Vermilion County Deputy and D.A.R.E. Officer, Jay Miller with Doug at Westville High School for the Judith Giacoma Graduation, May 23, 2019

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DARE Class Group 2
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The 2019 Edition of 

Balloons Over Vermilion

The 2019 Balloons Over Vermilion was the 4th successful event in this most recent series of Hot Air Balloon events in Danville, Illinois.

The weather was great, warm and sunny and the crowds far exceeded each of the previous years!  Check out the Video Gallery for the 2019 Balloons Over Vermilion Video-COMING SOON!

(Click on any picture to bring a larger view and a description of each photo and date.)

Labor DAy Weekend Parades 2019

National Sweetcorn Festival Parade, Hoopeston, IL

Federation of Labor Parade, AFL-Cio, Danville, IL

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It's kinda cool having your name in a headline! Thanks to Rich Warren who pens a column in the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette on October 20, 2019, who noted some corrections I sent him concerning a recent column of his.  Rich's column is a great service to the techies in the area with information about A/V issues and of course television.... Thanks Rich!

Read the column by clicking on the button above.

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It's always fun to discuss TV history with these two broadcast veterans, Brain Barnhart (U of I Sports Play by Play Announcer) and Mike Haile (GM of WDWS/WHMS/WKIO and "Mike in the Morning" morning host on WHMS.

This was broadcast on November 19, 2019 on "Penny for Your Thoughts" on WDWS-Radio, Champaign, IL

Walk to Defeat ALS, 2019

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ALS Association Walk to Defeat ALS in Champaign, Illinois on September 28, 2019

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2019

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This was one of the most successful presentations I've done to date. A great crowd, including some WCIA former employees and personalities, along with many other local TV fans.  I'll return eventually to do it again soon!

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The Night of Lights

PARADE -2019

Doug and his grandson, Pete at the Parade

FOX-Champaign participated in the 2019 Champaign "Night of Lights Parade" on Saturday, Nov 30th. Here the staff and family members walked the parade in downtown Champaign.

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Salt
Fork

Jr High
2020

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Salt
Fork

Jr High
2021

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Labor Day Weekend Parades 2021

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We made appearances at the Hoopeston National Sweetcorn Parade, then at the Danville Labor Day Parade.

Just after my retirement, I made an appearance on "Penny for Your Thoughts" on WDWS with Brian Barnhart. This was recorded October 7, 2021

Danville

Lions Club

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Lions Club President,

Keith Strinmoen and Doug

Dave Schraeder and 

his autographed copy

of "Pictures on the 
Prairie: The First Ten 
Years of Mid-Illinois

Television

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2-hour lecture on The Early Days of Central Illinois Television
Tuesday, April 12, 2022

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Eastern Illinois University
Journalism Instructor, Joe Astrouski
and Doug

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Vermilion County D.A.R.E.

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Rossville-Alvin Junior High Graduation 2022
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Vermilion County Deputy and D.A.R.E. Officer, Doug Showers with Doug at Rossville-Alvin Junior
High School, April 14, 2022

Vermilion County Deputy and D.A.R.E. Officer, Jay Miller with Doug, among Bismarck-Henning 5th Grade DARE Graduates on January 5th, 2023 at Bismarck-Henning Junior High School. Pictured with the class are the Vermilion County DARE administrators, school administrators, teachers, and students.  (pictures from  Kalyssa West)

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Picture Gallery

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