IRA Charitable Rollover News

Posted by on Tue, 12/22/2015 - 14:18

In recent legislation Congress has chosen to make the IRA Charitable Rollover contribution permanent. This means a donor who is 70 ½ or older can make a charitable gift directly from their IRA rather than from annual cash flow. Because after the age of 70 ½ holders of an IRA must make annual minimum distributions, an IRA rollover contribution can be used to meet all or part of the annual IRA required minimum distribution.

The IRA Charitable Rollover is now permanent meaning that qualifying donors can better decide how to manage their income, taxes and charitable giving. The recent legislation is retroactive to January 1, 2015. If you made a charitable gift directly from your IRA at any time during 2015, you gift would qualify as a rollover gift. Such a decision can yet be made prior to December 31, 2015.

If you have questions about using this means of supporting one of the stations of Network Knowledge, WSEC, WQEC and WMEC, please contact Ed Strong at 217-483-7887 or by email at

Brit Floyd: Space & Time

Posted by on Mon, 11/23/2015 - 16:05

An amazing journey through five decades of Pink Floyd

Brit Floyd - The World's Greatest Pink Floyd Show, returns to Network Knowledge on Monday, December 7th at 8:30 pm and on Sunday, December 23th at 7:00 pm with their most ambitious show to date; with a spectacular new light show, and an even bigger stage production.

During these programs on Network Knowledge, you'll have a chance to buy tickets for their 2016 show that's coming to the Sangamon Auditorium at UIS. Call us at 217-483-7887 ext. 224 to order.

Pledge gifts include:
DVD $50
Pair of tickets to Sangamon Auditorium show $100
Pair of tickets to Sangamon Auditorium show plus meet and greets $150
Bundle: DVD/Pair of Tickets/Meet and greets: $175

Celebrating five decades of Pink Floyd; from their creation in 1965 right through to the release of their brand new album, 'The Endless River’, this amazing new show includes performances from all Pink Floyd's biggest selling albums, including The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall and The Division Bell plus a host of other Pink Floyd musical surprises.

Paying attention to every musical detail and faithfully recreating the 'true' live Pink Floyd concert experience, Brit Floyd will take you on an amazing musical journey featuring the finest moments from the incredible Pink Floyd back catalog, and combine the latest state-of-the-art sound and light technology, to create a performance that is...

Mark Your Calendar for Giving Tuesday

Posted by on Tue, 11/17/2015 - 14:14


We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.

Why give to Network Knowledge?

Our mission is "to establish an educational television network, provide educational content, create local and public affairs programming to serve the residents and businesses of west-central Illinois." But we can only continue to successfully fulfill this mission with your help.

We’ve had a great year with programming like Downton Abbey, Poldark, Antiques Road Show, and PBS NewsHour. Our Emmy award winning program Illinois Stories reached the 1,000 episode and will continue on to feature communities in Central and Western Illinois.

It is your time to help us to continue to make a difference in our community. Your support now is essential at year end to the future of all the programs you love and rely on. It will enable us to pay off in full, our deferred payment plan from last year’...

Illinois Stories: LIVE

Posted by on Mon, 11/09/2015 - 11:43

Tune in for a special live edition of Illinois Stories with Mark McDonald on Thursday, December 3rd from 6:30-10:00 pm with guest Chuck Scholz.

Episodes include:

Macomb Courthouse

Dickson Mounds Museum Closing

Quincy Trees

Blind Wood Turner

Prairie Rose Alpacas


Posted by on Wed, 09/30/2015 - 09:56

Want to get in touch with your local PBS station? Use our contact page here:

or call 217-483-7887.

Email addresses are staff's first initial last name (so, for example:

Staff directory:

Mailing address:
WMEC-Macomb - WQEC-Quincy - WSEC-Jacksonville/Springfield
PO Box 6248, Springfield, Illinois 62708

Network Knowledge Presents Special Program Called Know Your Rights: Creating Community Connections

Posted by on Tue, 09/29/2015 - 09:16

In October, we'll be airing a special two-part program around the 4th amendment, which includes a fascinating panel discussion from various local perspectives.

Panelist come from the within the Springfield area community, police and law backgrounds, education professions, and more. The programs aims to help community members and local law enforcement understand one another and increase communication around the fourth amendment.

Tune in during air times:

Part One

Thursday Oct. 8th @ 8 pm
Sunday Oct. 11th @ 5 pm
Monday Oct. 12th @ 12 pm

Part Two

Thursday Oct. 22nd @ 8 pm
Sunday Oct. 25th @ 5 pm
Monday Oct. 26th @ 12 pm

Illinois Stories Fall Bus Trip

Posted by on Wed, 09/16/2015 - 15:24


Network Knowledge, WSEC/PBS Springfield/Jacksonville/Decatur, is scheduling the next On the Road With Illinois Stories Bus Trip from Springfield. The bus will depart from the Network Knowledge headquarters building at 1475 E. Plummer Blvd., Chatham at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 22, 2015, and return around 5:00 p.m. Please park in the Network Knowledge parking lot, the WSEC parking spaces just across from the headquarters, or the parking lot to the west.

The bus trip will include stops at the following interesting sites:

• The Illinois Raptor Center in Decatur where their new facilities allow them to rehabilitate and care for dozens of big birds of prey, including eagles, falcons and owls
• The Rock Springs Nature Center, where we will get a tour of the Nature Center, the Wildlife Window, the Heritage Garden and the Pioneer Home. Those willing and able can take a guided hike on the nature trail.
• Lunch at Allerton Park, where the mid-day food is acclaimed.
• A tour of the mansion at Allerton Park and tours of the formal gardens and sculpture gardens. Allerton Park’s size and beauty require the full afternoon.

The cost is $60.00 per person. This includes all admissions, tours and lunch. Past bus trips have sold out quickly, so you might want to send in your reservation as soon as possible. Please call MJ at 800/232-3605, ext. 222 to make your reservation with a credit card, or mail your...

Read the September e-newsletter

Posted by on Mon, 08/31/2015 - 15:55

Did you miss the September newsletter? Read it here: or past editions here:

Big Blue LIVE

Posted by on Mon, 08/31/2015 - 15:50


Big Blue Live is a live television and online event celebrating some of the world’s most amazing marine creatures converging off California’s coast. Set in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the bay has experienced an environmental rebirth. This wildlife success story attracts humpback whales, blue whales, sea lions, dolphins, elephant seals, sea otters, great white sharks, shearwaters, and much more for a once-a-year marine animal phenomenon.

A presentation of PBS and the BBC, Big Blue Live will bring together scientists, filmmakers and photographers, animal behaviorists, and other experts over the course of three spectacular nights. The program will be anchored live from a hub at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and from a national marine sanctuary research vessel. Viewers can watch one of nature’s great “reality shows” delivered through state-of-the-art filming technologies and live reports from air, sea, and below the waves.

Big Blue Live airs live on television and online over three nights, August 31-September 2, at 8-9pm ET, with another live feed to the West Coast at 8-9pm PT.

Episode 1
Follow migrating whales, sharks and various birds as they join sea otters, sea lions and other species that live full-time in Monterey Bay. Watch reports from Monterey Aquarium and NOAA research vessels and get facts about humpback whale anatomy.

Episode 2
Dive into the hidden world of Monterey’s sea lions and hear about...

Cardia Series on YouTube

Posted by on Mon, 07/27/2015 - 11:41

All 8 of our newest episodes of Cardia: Hearts and Sciences and In Any Given Week with host Mark McDonald are now available on YouTube. Visit our page here:

Episodes can be purchased for $19.95 by calling 217-483-7887.


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