Quincy Herld-Whig Shows Support for Station Fundraising Efforts in Quincy

Posted by on Fri, 06/10/2016 - 14:07

The Quincy Herald-Whig published the following article about our station fundraising efforts in Quincy:

Public broadcasting remains an important part of today's rapidly changing media environment. It provides distinctive news, public affairs, cultural, educational and children's programming that is not available elsewhere.

However, the future of public television for viewers in West-Central Illinois and parts of Northeast Missouri and Southeast Iowa is in jeopardy unless a critical fundraising campaign achieves its goal by the end of this month.

Network Knowledge, a consortium of three Public Broadcast Service (PBS) stations in Central and West-Central Illinois, including WQEC in Quincy, says it must raise $276,800 in contributions, pledges and in-kind gifts by June 30. Otherwise, the network could be forced to further reduce broadcasting hours, putting it on a path toward potentially ceasing operations.

"We have been near the edge of the cliff before, but never this near the cliff," Jerold Gruebel, president and CEO of WQEC, told The Herald-Whig. "We are dealing with the loss of significant funding."

Many individuals, businesses and foundations in the Quincy area have been strong supporters of Network Knowledge since WQEC first went on the air in 1985, and we are confident they will again answer the challenge to preserve this vital service.

WQEC, along with WSEC in Springfield and WMEC in Macomb, has the ability to reach more...

June 9th: Best of Illinois Stories LIVE

Posted by on Tue, 05/24/2016 - 16:21

On Thursday, June 9th from 6:30-10:00 p.m., Producer and Host Mark McDonald will be sharing some of his recent favorite episodes on The Best of Illinois Stories during a live pledge event. That evening, Dr. Gregory Mishkel, who you'll recognize from the Cardia series, is co-hosting with Mark.

Viewers are encourage to call in and pledge their support for this local program during the event at 217-483-7887. Gifts will be available for different levels of donations, and episodes will be available for purchase.

NOTICE: Reduced On-Air Hours

Posted by on Tue, 05/10/2016 - 12:44

Beginning May 6, 2016, Network Knowledge will sign on late in its broadcast day. This is a necessary cost-cutting measure due to the loss of state funding resulting from the budget impasse. As a result, the station currently faces a $276,800 shortage in its operational budget through June 30, 2016.

The station has signed on at 6:30 a.m., but will now sign on at 10:00 a.m., with a sign-off time of 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Viewers with service through Comcast and AT&T UVerse will not be affected by this change; only those with off-air and satellite television service will experience the change in air times.

“We must implement reduced program service to reduce our costs of operation. Hopefully, this will be temporary,” said President and CEO, Dr. Jerold Gruebel.

Network Knowledge programming is viewer supported, so viewers are urged to contribute to avoid further cuts in programming. Please call 1-800-232-3605 or pledge up to $5,000 at

See the Broadcast: Defenders of the Innocent Event

Posted by on Mon, 05/02/2016 - 15:31

The Illinois Innocence Project celebrates 15 years of working for the wrongfully convicted; reforming the criminal justice system; and educating the next generation of justice advocates. The guest speaker was Kirk Bloodsworth who fought for his life and became the first death row inmate exonerated by DNA. IIP’s most recent exoneree, Teshome Campbell, freed from prison on January 29, 2016 is also speaking. Exonerees of IIP and other innocence projects will be present to share their stories.

See the broadcast from the live event on Network Knowledge:
Tune in May 5th at 8:00 p.m.,
May 7th at 12 Noon,
or May 8th at 5:00 p.m.

In Memorial: Ron Tendick

Posted by on Fri, 04/08/2016 - 10:57

Former Jacksonville Mayor and Network Knowledge Chairman Ron Tendick recently passed away at Passavant Hospital on March 27, 2016 at age 73. A devoted and active supporter of his local PBS station, Tendick served on the Network Knowledge Board of Directors for many years, as Vice Chairman and later as Chairman, when he transitioned into that role in July 2013.

As a Rotarian, Tendick lived a life of service—and service to our station was no exception. Over the years, he dedicated countless hours to furthering the efforts of quality public television in west central Illinois. He will be greatly missed. Memorial gifts are suggested to Westfair Baptist Church, Passavant Hospital Foundation, or Jacksonville Rotary Foundation.

His obituary has been published in full:

Ronald L. “Ron” Tendick, 73, of Jacksonville, IL, a dedicated, humble, and honest servant of God went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016 at Passavant Hospital in Jacksonville.

He was born April 18, 1942 in Jacksonville, the son of Lee O. and Marjorie I. DeLong Tendick. He married Rosemary Dawson on June 30, 1967 in Jacksonville and she survives.

Left here to celebrate his life on earth and his patience, kindness, compassion and sense of humor are the love of his life, Rosemary; his daughter, Lana Keen (husband, Joe) of Jacksonville; his son, Lane Tendick (wife, Rachel) of Jacksonville; his grandchildren, Levi Rogers and Katie Purdue, both of...

PBS: America's Largest Classroom, the Nation's Largest Stage and a Trusted Window to the World

Posted by on Tue, 03/22/2016 - 08:46

Every day, PBS and 350 member stations fulfill our essential mission to the American public, providing trusted programming that is uniquely different from commercial broadcasting, treating its audience as citizens, not simply consumers. In fact, PBS has been rated as the most trustworthy institution among nationally known organizations for 13 consecutive years.

PBS invites everyone to explore new ideas and broaden personal horizons -- with content that expands the minds of children, programs that ensure the worlds of music, theater, dance and art remain available to all Americans, documentaries that open up new worlds, and non-commercialized news programs that provide citizens with multiple perspectives on world events and cultures.

PBS is a private, nonprofit corporation, founded in 1969, whose members are America’s public TV stations -- noncommercial, educational licensees that operate 350 PBS member stations and serve all 50 states, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa. Of the 160 licensees, 85 are community organizations, 52 are colleges/universities, 19 are state authorities and four are local educational or municipal authorities.

Strong On-Air Reach Across America

Over the course of a year, 82% of all U.S. television households - and 198 million people - watch PBS. The demographic breakdown of PBS' full-day audience reflects the overall U.S. population with respect to race/ethnicity, education and income. (...

Volunteer Appreciation

Posted by on Wed, 02/24/2016 - 10:10

On 2/23, we gathered our volunteers to celebrate and recognize their hard work. Together, they contributed more than 600 hours of volunteer time, and we are endlessly grateful for that. Our top volunteers received awards for their service:

1. Carolyn Carmichael: 154
2. Dick McLane: 83
3. John Diefenback: 82
4. James Holmes: 55
5. Deb Nelson: 54
6. Becky Owens: 47

Thank you to all of our volunteers who support the station.

Watch the Full PBS Democratic Debate Online

Posted by on Fri, 02/12/2016 - 09:41

If you didn't see the live debate, you can now watch the full recording online here:

Here are the full details on the event:

PBS and WETA Washington, D.C., the flagship public television station in the nation’s capital, announced that PBS NewsHour will produce the first Democratic presidential candidates debate following the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 9 PM ET. NewsHour co-anchors and managing editors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will moderate the PBS NewsHour Democratic Primary Debate, to be broadcast nationwide on PBS stations. The Democratic National Committee (DNC)-sanctioned debate will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on its main campus.

“It is fitting that two of America’s finest journalists will guide this candidates’ debate, which will take place just days after the Iowa Caucuses and New Hampshire Primary,” said Sharon Percy Rockefeller, President and CEO of WETA, the producing station of PBS NewsHour. “In service to the American people, Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will bring to bear the trademark intelligence, balance, and gravitas of one of the nation’s most trusted and respected news operations as they elicit candidates’ views on issues facing the nation. We look forward to an illuminating, engaging debate that will enrich the national political dialogue and reflect PBS NewsHour’s...

New Series! Cardia: Always Ready

Posted by on Wed, 01/27/2016 - 12:40

In this new series of Cardia, Host Mark McDonald visits Prairie Heart Institute to focus on minimally invasive heart surgery, emergency and trauma care, electrophysiology, heart mapping, atrial fibrillation. The program follows heart patients and their doctors and nurses from the time they present at the hospital through their treatment and release.

Catch the program at the following dates and times on Network Knowledge, and call 217-483-7887 ext. 224 if you'd like to order a copy.

Fri 02/05/2016 20:00:00:00 CARDIA: ALWAYS READY #101
Sun 02/07/2016 17:30:00:00 CARDIA: ALWAYS READY #101
Sun 02/07/2016 22:30:00:00 CARDIA: ALWAYS READY #101

Fri 02/12/2016 20:00:00:00 CARDIA: ALWAYS READY #102
Sun 02/14/2016 17:30:00:00 CARDIA: ALWAYS READY #102
Sun 02/14/2016 22:30:00:00 CARDIA: ALWAYS READY #102

Fri 02/19/2016 20:00:00:00 CARDIA: ALWAYS READY #103
Sun 02/21/2016 17:30:00:00 CARDIA: ALWAYS READY #103
Sun 02/21/2016 22:30:00:00 CARDIA: ALWAYS READY #103

Fri 02/26/2016 20:00:00:00 CARDIA: ALWAYS READY #104
Sun 02/28/2016 22:30:00:00 CARDIA: ALWAYS READY #104

Professional Pianist Jacqueline Schwab Performances in Springfield and Quincy

Posted by on Fri, 01/08/2016 - 11:35

February 17th: Quincy, IL
February 18th: Springfield, IL at Hoogland Center for the Arts

Visit for ticket information.

$30 for priority seating and meet & greet
$16 for standard tickets

Chosen by the renowned Ken Burns for numerous public television documentaries due to the emotional expression in her playing, Jacqueline has performed on the soundtracks for the Grammy award-winning Civil War, the Emmy award-winning Baseball and Mark Twain, among others. She has performed at the White House for President Clinton in 1997 to celebrate Burns' Lewis and Clark series and also at the Smithsonian in 2000 celebrate its exhibition on the Presidency. In May, 2009, she accompanied Scottish singer Jean Redpath, on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Jacqueline's signature style defies easy categorization, fitting somewhere in the crossover between folk, traditional, classical and new age music. Although many people connect improvisation with jazz, Jacqueline's inspirations are traditional music of England, Scotland, Ireland, and America, blues, vintage tangos, Bach's dance suites, nineteenth-century parlor piano, and the turn-of-the-twentieth-century sounds of Satie, Debussy and Bartok for starters. In the unique Third Stream program at New England Conservatory of Music, from which Jacqueline received a Bachelor of Music degree with honors...


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