Volunteers Needed for March Winterfest

Posted by on Mon, 02/27/2017 - 11:55

We're in need of volunteers to answer phones during the March 2017 Winterfest--especially on nights and weekends. A hot meal is always provided by a local restaurant, and snacks and drinks are available as well. Your time will be well spent in support of your local public television station! Take a shift or two and feel free to bring a friend.

Please consider signing up through the link here:!531685/fal... or calling us at 217-483-7887 ext. 224.

THE VIETNAM WAR, A New Film By Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, to Air Fall 2017 on PBS

Posted by on Mon, 01/09/2017 - 14:54

THE VIETNAM WAR, a new 10-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, will air in September 2017 on PBS stations nationwide (watch the trailer).

(To download this release in Vietnamese, click here.)

In an immersive narrative, Burns and Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never-before been told on film. THE VIETNAM WAR features testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides (see clips here).

“The Vietnam War was a decade of agony that took the lives of more than 58,000 Americans,” Burns said. “Not since the Civil War have we as a country been so torn apart. There wasn’t an American alive then who wasn’t affected in some way — from those who fought and sacrificed in the war, to families of service members and POWs, to those who protested the war in open conflict with their government and fellow citizens. More than 40 years after it ended, we can’t forget Vietnam, and we are still arguing about why it went wrong, who was to blame and whether it was all worth it.”

“We are all searching for some meaning in this terrible tragedy. Ken and I have tried to shed new light on the human dimensions of the war by looking at it from the bottom up, the top down and from all sides,” Novick said. “In addition to dozens of ‘ordinary’ Americans who shared their...

Now Hiring: Coordinator of Memberships & Community Engagement

Posted by on Mon, 11/28/2016 - 14:03

Coordinator of Memberships & Community Engagement

This creative and created position is a possible opening for a full- or part-time gregarious person who likes people and who has a passion for the trust and quality of viewer-supported public television programming. This person will be an ambassador for Network Knowledge, the community licensee of public television stations WSEC (Springfield/Jacksonville/Decatur), WQEC (Quincy) and WMEC (Macomb). Expected to recruit volunteers for pledge drives and other special events, cultivate relationships for on-going volunteerism, and significantly increase the membership base.

Availability on some weekend afternoons and evenings and weeknights a must. Excellent computer skills required. This is a challenging and rewarding position for a mature professional with at least 2 years experience raising funds for a non-profit organization. Send cover letter demonstrating your passion for public TV and why you are the right person to serve as coordinator of memberships & community engagement, and to be an Ambassador for the stations, along with a resume to:

Coordinator of Memberships & Community Engagement, WSEC/PBS Springfield, P.O. Box 6248, Springfield, IL 62708, or e-mail to: College degree required. EOE/Women and minorities encouraged to apply. Persons without the necessary skills and 2 years of experience need not apply.

See Celtic Woman at Sangamon Auditorium!

Posted by on Thu, 11/17/2016 - 08:22

On July 17, 2017, Celtic Woman will be performing at the Sangamon Auditorium in Springfield, IL. Tickets for this event will be available during a live pledge event on Wednesday, December 7 at 8:00 p.m and December 11 at 8:30 p.m.

Call 217-483-7887 to purchase your tickets.

DirecTV Service Restored

Posted by on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 09:02

To our DirecTV viewers: WSEC signal carriage has now been restored by DirecTV.

Thank you for your patience and support in helping get our DirecTV carriage back. Please continue to enjoy our local unique programming such as Illinois Stories, CapitolView, and Cardia: Hearts and Sciences.

Thank you,
Network Knowledge

Cardia: Hearts and Sciences Gets Emmy Nomination

Posted by on Fri, 08/12/2016 - 11:14

WSEC/PBS Springfield’s Cardia: Hearts and Sciences Gets Emmy Nomination

WSEC/PBS Springfield’s program "Cardia...Hearts and Sciences" has been nominated for a Regional Emmy in the Mid-America Region of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the Interview/Discussion category.

This program featured host Mark McDonald and Dr. Gregory Mishkel interviewing Dr. Jeffrey P. Christy as he performs heart by-pass and ablation surgery. The premise of the health-oriented program was to create a dialogue with local health experts around heart health issues and procedures during an in-studio Q&A session, featuring questions from viewers around central Illinois.

“We’re extremely proud of this locally produced series,” said Network Knowledge President and CEO Dr. Jerold Greubel. “This isn’t our station’s first Emmy nomination for locally produced programming, but the honor is always a humbling reminder of the great work our team does.”

The award ceremony takes place on October 1 in Branson, Missouri.

Ryan Held: Olympic Gold Medalist

Posted by on Mon, 08/08/2016 - 13:45

Last summer when we shot this story, Ryan Held was just one of thousands of good, young swimmers who dreamed of making it to the Olympics one day. Now he is an Olympic Gold Medalist! He was on the 100M freestyle relay team that won it all yesterday. What a turn of events!

In our Illinois Story he swims a timed 50m for us, he shares his thoughts about competing and shows us pictures of him as a little kid swimming in Springfield and brings his state champion medals, etc. We also interview his Mom about his career.

See this episode on air Thursday, Aug. 11 at 7:00 PM; Sunday. Aug. 14 at 4:00 PM and Monday, Aug. 15 at 6:30 PM, or watch it online here:

Copies are available for $19.95 by calling 217-483-7887 ext. 224.

In Memorial: Robert Fluent

Posted by on Fri, 08/05/2016 - 13:40

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of our supporter and friend Mr. Robert Fluent.

At age 78, he died on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 7:25 p.m. at Blessing Hospital in Quincy.

He served three times as Board chair for Network Knowledge, once for four years, once for three years, and once for one year. He also served as vice chair, and he served as treasurer. He served at different times as chair of Nominating Committee, Personnel Committee and Finance Committee. He was a dear friend to our President and CEO as well.

You can read his full obituary here:

Memorial gifts can be made to Network Knowledge by calling 217-483-7887 ext. 224 or online at

Ameren Illinois Leads the Way with Grant for Local Children's Programming

Posted by on Mon, 07/11/2016 - 10:08

A very big thank you to Ameren Illinois, who recently donated $2,500 as a lead gift toward our $75,000 goal to sustain support children's programming on Network Knowledge. Not surprisingly, many young families with children ages 2-11 have the least disposable income, which is why we need more businesses and organizations to follow Ameren's lead and help support PBS KIDS programming.

If you'd like more information on how you can get involved, please call us at 217-483-7887 or email Ed Strong at


Posted by on Mon, 06/27/2016 - 08:57

Network Knowledge enters the last week of June still needing to raise nearly $100,000 to overcome a financial shortfall caused by the state budget impasse and the loss of two major donors. Though substantial progress has been made in raising the needed $276,800, missing the June 30 deadline could result in further reductions in programs and on-air hours.

“The communities in our viewing area have been extremely generous and have responded to the need,” said Jerold Gruebel, President and CEO of Network Knowledge. “With their help we have raised nearly 64%, but still needing $99,993. As the June 30 deadline looms, we are hopeful our viewers will see the value of their local PBS station and contribute.”

Gruebel says direct mailings, additional pledge nights, appeals to service clubs and businesses, gatherings of donor prospects, all have played an important role in the effort. He also thanked area newspapers for responding with editorials urging citizens to keep Network Knowledge going.

“For many of our communities we are the sole source of PBS programming,” said Gruebel. “It would be a shame if this extraordinary treasure of national programs like Masterpiece, Great Performances, Antiques Roadshow, NOVA and 19 series of children’s educational programs, Ken Burns’ documentaries, and its signature locally-produced program series Illinois Stories, were no longer available to them.”

Contributions can be made by calling 800-232-3605 or online at...


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