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WSEC to Televise the 8th Annual Defenders of Innocence

Posted by on Tue, 03/31/2015 - 15:46

A woman attacked as a college student and the man she accused (and helped mistakenly convict of the crime) now make appearances together across the county speaking against injustice and for atonement and eyewitness-identification-procedure reform.

Jennifer Thompson, who was assaulted as a 22-year-old Elon College student in 1984, and Ronald Cotton, who spent 11 years in prison for the crime until DNA evidence cleared him, will be special guests at the 8th Annual Defenders of the Innocent event to benefit the Illinois Innocence Project at the University of Illinois Springfield on April 8. It is the Innocence Project’s major fundraiser.

Read more on the event that WSEC will be televising in the full SJ-R artcile by Chris Dettro:

Direct Programming Feed to Comcast in Macomb

Posted by on Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:47

After years of trying, we finally have a direct programming feed to Comcast in Macomb (WMEC). The main channel, World, & Create will all be on the cable system in Macomb 24 hours a day. Until this time, they had been taking our over-the-air signal and putting it on cable which meant when we signed off at night the cable channels went dark.

So, today, we have all three channels (PBS, World & Create) active 24x7 cable channels in Springfield, Lincoln, Decatur, Quincy, Colchester & Macomb.

Ken Burns "Cancer: Emperor of all Maladies"

Posted by on Tue, 03/10/2015 - 14:15

It is the longest running war in human history. Fought with razor-sharp scalpals, invisible rays, and lethal poisons, its battlegrounds are deep within the human cell. Its casualties number in the hundreds of millions – nearly one in two men, and one in three women will fight cancer directly; nearly all of us will feel its collateral damage. The story of the war on cancer spans centuries and continents. It is a scientific story, but also a deeply human one: of doctors, researchers, and patients who through courage, suffering, and occasional hubris pushed the boundaries of knowledge.

These people helped define cancer as the scourge of the modern age, and then mobilized the federal government and private industry to wage an all-out campaign against it – a campaign we are still fighting. Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee, tells the complete story of cancer, from its first appearance in the fossilized remains of dinosaurs to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions.

At six hours, the film interweaves a sweeping historical documentary; with intimate profiles of current patients; and an investigation into the latest scientific breakthroughs that may have brought us, at long last, to the brink of effective treatments. Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies is directed by Barak Goodman and Executive Produced by Ken Burns, who is also the senior creative consultant. The film is...

State Journal-Register Article

Posted by on Mon, 02/16/2015 - 13:43

The SJ-R recently reported on WSEC's 30th anniversary. Read the full article here:

New Cardia Series in Parntership with Prairie Heart Insitute

Posted by on Wed, 02/04/2015 - 16:03

An all new four-part series “Cardia…In Any Given Week” starts 2/6 on Fridays at 8:00 PM. It airs each following Sunday at 6:00PM and 10:30 PM.

We posted our photographers and producer Mark McDonald at the Prairie Heart Institute for a week in December and we deliver to the audience the cases that happened that week, from diagnosis to treatment to release.

Broadcast of DSI Annual Dinner

Posted by on Fri, 01/23/2015 - 14:28

We'll be airing the Downtown Springfield, Inc. Annual Dinner coverage several times in February. This program was recorded at the live event.

Air times are as follows:

Thursday, February 5th at 9:00 pm

Saturday, February 7th at 12:00 pm

Sunday, February 8th at 5:00 pm

Don't miss this Springfield event!

New LawMakers with Mark McDonald 1/18

Posted by on Fri, 01/16/2015 - 16:19

We taped Lawmakers on the first full day of the 99th General Assembly at the State Capitol and interviewed Senator Andy Manar of Bunker Hill, Senator John Sullivan of Rushville, Representative Noreen Hammond of Macomb and Representative Rich Brauer of Petersburg.

See the new episode this Sunday 1/18/15 at 6:00 p.m.

Get Tickets to see Brit Floyd

Posted by on Tue, 01/13/2015 - 11:59

There's still time to get your tickets to the March 9th presentation of Brit Floyd - The Pink Floyd Tribute Show at UIS Sangamon Auditorium before they go on sale on 1/16/15!

Call 217-483-7887 or select the "Pledge with Gift" option here:

Ticket options:

$50/1 Ticket

$90/Pair of Tickets

$125/Pair of tickets + DVD

Meet and Greets are available as well.

Brit Floyd - The World's Greatest Pink Floyd Show, returns to North America in 2015 to launch its Space and Time World Tour 2015, their most ambitious show to date; with a spectacular new light show, an even bigger stage production and over one hundred concerts planned throughout the United States and Canada between March and August 2015.

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.

Downton Abbey Season 5 Premiere 1/4/15

Posted by on Fri, 01/02/2015 - 15:47

On Sunday, January 4th at 8:00 p.m., the newest season of Downton Abbey will premiere.

Season 5 features returning stars Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Laura Carmichael, Joanne Froggatt, Allen Leech, Robert James-Collier, Penelope Wilton, Phyllis Logan, Lily James, Brendan Coyle, Lesley Nicol, Sophie McShera, Samantha Bond, Ed Speleers, Kevin Doyle, Raquel Cassidy, David Robb, Tom Cullen, Julian Ovenden, Daisy Lewis, Douglas Reith, Jeremy Swift, and Andrew Scarborough.

This acclaimed ensemble is joined by guest stars Harriet Walter ("Atonement"), reprising her role as Lady Shackleton, and Peter Egan ("Death at a Funeral"), who returns as Lord Flintshire, together with completely new characters played by Richard E. Grant ("Girls"), Anna Chancellor ("The Hour"), and Rade Sherbedgia ("24").

Viewers can expect to follow plot threads left dangling from last season, including Lady Mary's courtship contest, Lady Edith's trials as a secret single mom, Thomas' scheming against Bates, Robert's battles against modernity, Tom's quest to be true to his ideals, Violet's one-line zingers, and much, much more.

One of the recurring themes of Downton Abbey is change, from the wrenching consequences of the Titanic disaster in Season 1 to a notorious automobile accident at the end of Season 3 - plus World War I, women's rights, and the new morals, inventions, and fashions of the 1920s.

Which is where Season...

Make a Tax-Deductible Donation Before the End of 2014

Posted by on Tue, 12/30/2014 - 09:32

Looking for a tax-deductible donation to help come tax time? Support your local PBS station!

As a non-profit, Network Knowledge can provide you with a receipt for your donation--even if you choose to pledge in exchange for a gift. Donations help provide quality public television to children and adults alike across central Illinois and keep programs like Illinois Stories and Downton Abbey on the air.

PBS has always reminded you that public broadcasting is made possible thanks to "Viewers like you." Please continue the tradition and make a gift today.

We appreciate your support in 2014, and are excited to see what 2015 brings as well.

Donations can be made by calling 217-483-7887 or online here:


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