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Illinois Stories Bus Tour Recap

Posted by on Thu, 05/29/2014 - 21:32

On Thursday, May 29th, a group of about 30 travelers joined Illinois Stories host Mark McDonald and left from Quincy to visit several sites from past Illinois Stories episodes. These stops included: The Kibbe Conservation Area in Warsaw, Illinois where we explored WIU's biology work and learned about their many wildlife and nature studies, The Hamilton Threshers and the many historic buildings and tractor collection located there, lunch at The Hawkeye, the Keokuk Dam exhibition, and the Carthage jail and courthouse, rich with Mormon history.

A program recapping the day will air on Thursday, June 12, at 7:30 PM, Friday, June 13 at 6:30 PM, and Wednesday, June 18 at 6:30 PM.

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported this event. We hope you'll join us again!

New Ken Burns Documentary This Fall

Posted by on Tue, 05/13/2014 - 15:35

PBS said Thursday its fall season will open with a binge-viewing opportunity: a seven-part Ken Burns documentary on the Roosevelt political dynasty.

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, will air as two-hour episodes over seven nights, beginning 14 September. Each episode will be repeated nightly and the show will be widely available for post-air online viewing, said Beth Hoppe, PBS chief programming executive.

"I think it's the best thing Ken's done since The Civil War," Hoppe said. "He thinks it might be the best thing he's ever done."

"The viewer experience is changing and we're trying to dish this up as an epic binge," Hoppe said of the series about US presidents and cousins Theodore and Franklin D Roosevelt and FDR's wife, Eleanor.

The Burns family itself will be well-represented on public TV's schedule, with brother Ric Burns' The Pilgrims, airing 25 November, Thanksgiving week. Another film, The American Experience, will examine what compelled English men and women to voyage to a new land in 1620.

PBS, whose average household rating for the season to date puts it at No. 7 among all broadcast and cable channels, won't have drama ratings champ Downton Abbey back on until January. But there's a full slate of fall alternatives.

Among them is Death Comes to Pemberley,"based on novelist PD James' sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and starring Matthew Rhys (The Americans) and Anna Maxwell Martin. It airs 26 October and 2...

WSEC to air Illinois Innocence Project's 7th Annual Defenders of the Innocent Awards

Posted by on Tue, 05/06/2014 - 09:37

WSEC/PBS Springfield will be airing the pre-recorded Illinois Innocence Project's 7th Annual Defenders of the Innocent Awards Dinner on the following dates/times:

Monday, May 12th at 9:00 pm
Wednesday, May 14th at 12:00 pm
Saturday, May 17th at 12:00 pm

To learn more about the Illinois Innocence Project, visit

Spring Illinois Stories Bus Tour

Posted by on Mon, 04/28/2014 - 11:10

Join us for the Spring Illinois Stories Bus Tour on Thursday, May 29th. We'll depart from the CVS at Broadway and 30th in Quincy at 8:30 AM and will return by 5:00 PM that day. Tickets are $60, which includes transportation, tours, and lunch. Call 483-7887, and ask for MJ (ext. 222) for tickets. Call soon, as seats fill up quickly!

Stops on this trip in western Illinois will include favorite past Illinois Stories features. We begin with a drive to Warsaw to tour the Kibbe Biological Station, then head to Hamilton to tour the Western Illinois Threshers, visit the Mississippi Power Dam exhibit in Keokuk, and finish in Carthage to tour the jail where Joseph Smith was murdered and the county courthouse. Midday, we'll break for lunch at a location that is TBA.

Mark McDonald to Guest Host on SportsRadio 1450

Posted by on Wed, 04/23/2014 - 10:38

On Thursday, April 24th, Illinois Stories Host Mark McDonald will guest host SportsRadio 1450's morning program with Shawn Balint from WBBA Pittsfield from 6-8:30 AM. The usual host, Sam Maddonia, is out for the day and asked fellow broadcasters to step in and host while he's away. Be sure to call 217-529-1450 tomorrow morning and say hello to Mark; you can even let him know what your favorite Illinois Stories episodes are!

New Ken Burns Documentary Airs 4/15

Posted by on Mon, 04/14/2014 - 09:48

On Tuesday, April 15th at 8:00 pm, the new Ken Burns documentary "The Address" will air on Network Knowledge.

THE ADDRESS, a 90-minute feature length documentary by Ken Burns, will air on PBS in the spring of 2014. The film tells the story of a tiny school in Putney Vermont, the Greenwood School, where each year the students are encouraged to practice, memorize, and recite the Gettysburg Address. In its exploration of the Greenwood School, the film also unlocks the history, context and importance of President Lincoln’s most powerful address.

The Greenwood School students, boys ages 11-17, all face a range of complex learning differences that make their personal, academic and social progress extremely challenging. THE ADDRESS uncovers how President Lincoln's historic words motivate and engage these students a century-and-a-half after President Lincoln delivered a speech that would go on to embolden the Union cause with some of the most stirring words ever spoken.

Learn more about this documentary by visiting:

Jacksonville School District Uses PBS Tools

Posted by on Tue, 04/08/2014 - 14:27

Mr. Phillip Wagener, a History teacher at Jacksonville High School, has incorporated PBS Teacher Resources into his classroom as a Digital Innovator. The Interactive Dust Bowl site has been a favorite for immersing students in the world that they would otherwise only read about. Wagener said, "I'm committed to motivating students to become life-long learners."

PBS Learning Media has many educational tools for educators at any level. To explore those resources, visit

WSEC/PBS Springfield to Broadcast State Budget Address on 3/26

Posted by on Tue, 03/25/2014 - 16:08

On Wednesday, March 26th, WSEC will be broadcasting Governor Pat Quinn's Annual State Budget Address live at noon and rebroadcast at 10:00 pm.

Mr. Selfridge and Call the Midwife Return on 3/30

Posted by on Mon, 03/24/2014 - 11:20

Sunday, March 30th at 7:00 pm marks the premiere of Call the Midwife Season Three, followed by the premiere of Mr. Selfridge Season 2 at 8:00 pm.

This season on Call the Midwife: The third season takes viewers to 1959, the eve of the Swinging Sixties. The winds of change are sweeping through the country and the residents of Nonnatus House face some momentous changes of their own.

This season on Mr. Selfridge: It’s 1914, and Selfridge & Co. is celebrating its gala fifth anniversary. With World War I looming, the end of an era is nigh—not just for society at large but also for the close-knit team that started Selfridges. Harry is pining for Rose, who left him over his many affairs. Agnes has been sent to Paris to master display design. Henri has jumped ship for an ad agency in New York. Mr. Grove has ended his torturous trysts with Miss Mardle by eloping with Doris in accessories. Victor is trying to move on with his life. And Lady Mae has learned that her absentee husband, Lord Loxley, is back in her life.

Mr. Selfridge stars Jeremy Piven (Entourage) as Harry, with Frances O’Connor (Madame Bovary) as Rose, alongside Aisling Loftus (Page Eight), Amanda Abbington (Sherlock, Season 3), Katherine Kelly (Coronation Street), Ron Cook (Little Dorrit), Trystan Gravelle (Stella Days), and many others.

Don't miss these two fantastic season premieres!

Support Your Station during Winterfest

Posted by on Tue, 03/11/2014 - 10:47

The winter membership campaign is our most important of the year for Network Knowledge and its stations WSEC, WMEC, and WQEC.

Here’s how you can make Winterfest 2014 a success: during select pledge breaks we offer a challenge to our viewers to become members. That challenge is from you, and then we try to match your challenge dollar-for-dollar with pledges from other viewers. For example, if you make a gift of $100, we appeal to viewers to match your gift dollar-for-dollar, even if it takes a few or a handful of viewers to meet your challenge.

Network Knowledge needs $337,000 by June 30th to remain a full service station with access to all of the PBS National Program Service, otherwise we would be allowed to access only 25% of the programming. For example, if we choose to air NOVA, we would have to eliminate from our line-up 3 other programs, such as Nature, Great Performances or Antiques Roadshow.

Network Knowledge offers such an array of high quality, memorable programs, and you would hate to lose 75% of program fare previously available to you. We have a wonderful year ahead of us! Masterpiece Classic’s Season IV of Downton Abbey, and Season 10 of the Emmy-nominated Illinois Stories. PBS Newshour and Charlie Rose on the weekends as well as during the week. A Barbra Streisand concert. A new Celtic Woman concert. All new Frontline’s incomparable investigative reports, and new seasons of American Masters biographies and American Experience...


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