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Special Downton Abbey on 12/28

Posted by on Wed, 12/24/2014 - 10:28

As we wrap up our review of the final Downton Abbey Season IV episodes on Sunday evening, December 28th, PBS will be doing a special pledge drive to help support this beloved program. During those 15 minutes, you can call 217-483-7887 or visit our website and make your donation to help keep this program on the air.

Season V begins January 4, 2015. Thank you to those who have joined our preview events in Jacksonville and Springfield!

Program Feautring Brit Floyd, Pink Floyd Tribute Band on 12/11

Posted by on Thu, 12/11/2014 - 08:10

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. The program airs on Network Knowledge on 12/11/14 at 8:30 pm.

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. 2015 celebrates the 50th anniversary since Pink Floyd formed.

You can get tickets to a live performance at the Sangamon Auditorium on Monday March 9, 2015 by calling in and supporting your PBS station with a pledge!

Different pledge levels with gifts:

$35 DVD, Full 2 hour concert
$40 for a single ticket
$65 for a single ticket plus Meet & Greet
$75 for a pair
$100 for a pair of tickets & Meet & Greet
$125 for a pair of tickets, Meet & Greet & a DVD

Call 217-483-7887 to get your tickets today.

Ken Burns Presents "Cancer: Emperor of all Maladies"

Posted by on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:18

Ken Burns Presents CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES, a three-part, six-hour documentary directed by award-winning filmmaker Barak Goodman and executive produced by Ken Burns, will air on PBS March 30-April 1, 2015. The project, which includes the documentary and a comprehensive national engagement campaign, is a collaboration between Florentine Films, Laura Ziskin Pictures, WETA, Ark Media, Stand Up to Cancer and an array of other project supporters, and is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (Simon & Schuster 2010)., the newly expanded website with social and interactive media components created in conjunction with the documentary, was launched today, November 10, 2014. The project website features an innovative digital short film series executive produced by Ken Burns and created by Redglass Pictures. Each of these conversation-starting short films showcases the intimate story of a cancer patient, caregiver, researcher or survivor and invites the viewer to engage with the project themes. Among those who have contributed stories to the project are actress Maura Tierney, actor Terrence Howard, New York Times Columnist Suleika Jaouad and the Physician-in-Chief at Memorial Sloan Kettering, Dr. Jose Baselga. Six stories from this series can be viewed now on the project’s Producers’ Blog at the following link: http://...

Illinois Stories: LIVE on 12/4

Posted by on Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:43

Producer and Host Mark McDonald hosts a live pledge event on Thursday, December 4th from 6:30-10:00 pm showcasing "The Best of Illinois Stories" with a guest host.

Please show your support for this program by tuning in a donating to keep this program on the air. Calls are accepted at 217-483-7887 from 6:30-10:00 pm. Gifts are available in exchange for your pledge.

Your support will help us reach the 1000th episode of Illinois Stories!

December 2014 Downton Abbey Preview Events

Posted by on Tue, 11/11/2014 - 10:40

This December, we'll be hosting two free Downton Abbey preview events in Jacksonville and Springfield so you can see the premiere of Season 5 before it even hits the airwaves in January! We'll have sweets, door prizes, and a few fun surprises to make the evening even more special.

But there are only 75 seats open at each event, and they fill up quickly. Call Kayla at 217-483-7887 ext. 224 to save your spot today!

More info here:

Downton Abbey Season Six Announcement

Posted by on Thu, 11/06/2014 - 18:14

DOWNTON ABBEY, the Emmy® and Golden Globe® award-winning drama that has become an international hit, will return to MASTERPIECE on PBS for a sixth season.
A Carnival Films/MASTERPIECE co-production, Downton Abbey, Season 5 completes its run in the UK on Sunday, November 9th. Season 5 will premiere on MASTERPIECE on PBS on Sunday, January 4, 2015.
MASTERPIECE Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton says, “Good news! Just as our audience settles in for the beloved Crawley family drama, we can announce that Season 6 will arrive a year later. How lucky can you get?”
The sixth season will go into production in 2015 and will be written by Julian Fellowes.
Carnival’s Managing Director Gareth Neame, Executive Producer of Downton Abbey, said, “We have had an amazing reaction to the story lines, acting and production values of Downton Abbey this year and the whole team is thrilled to be moving ahead with a new season of the show. This will provide audiences with a fresh opportunity to see what will befall our much loved characters.”
Viewership and social media stats have soared since Downton Abbey launched in January 2011. Season 4 drew an average audience of 13.2 million viewers, making it the top PBS drama of all time and one of the highest-rated dramas now on American television.
“At its heart, television is about storytelling, and Downton Abbey is certainly storytelling at its finest. Downton Abbey and the Crawley family have kept us on the edge of...


Posted by on Mon, 11/03/2014 - 15:31

MASTERPIECE and PBS today announced exciting news for fans of British drama: more hours of MASTERPIECE are coming to PBS stations nationwide. In 2015, viewers can continue to tune in to the series during its longstanding Sunday at 9pm time slot, and also enjoy at least 20 additional hours of new programming—with some shows at 8pm, others at 10pm—throughout the year.
Guaranteed to satisfy the US audience’s ever-increasing appetite for great British drama, MASTERPIECE’s expanded schedule is funded by an exclusive corporate sponsorship with Viking River Cruises. Viking has been a sponsor of the series at 9pm on Sunday evenings since 2011.
“The generosity and vision of all our funders creates the potential for a fantastic 50 percent increase in the number of new hours in 2015,” said executive producer Rebecca Eaton. “This is truly a golden
age of British drama and we’re very proud of this affirmation of the MASTERPIECE brand.”
MASTERPIECE, which is produced by WGBH/Boston and has aired on PBS since 1971, has seen a surge in popularity in recent years. The audience for the 2014 season is up over 100 percent from 2010, and according to a 2014 public television survey, over 70 percent of members cited MASTERPIECE as their favorite show.
“PBS and MASTERPIECE are at the forefront of a global resurgence of quality drama,” said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming, PBS. “MASTERPIECE has been the place...

New on PBS Kids: The Odd Squad

Posted by on Fri, 10/31/2014 - 13:07

Multiplatform media property is designed to help kids ages 5-8 build math skills

PBS KIDS announced the premiere date for its newest series ODD SQUAD. The live-action media property follows two young government agents, Olive and Otto, who use math skills and collaboration to investigate weird and unusual phenomena. ODD SQUAD will premiere Wednesday, November 26, 2014, on PBS KIDS with a special one-hour broadcast of two back-to-back episodes, along with integrated digital and offline content. The series will air on weekdays following the premiere at 8 a.m. and 3:30 pm.

ODD SQUAD is created by Tim McKeon (The Electric Company, Foster?s Home for Imaginary Friends, Adventure Time) and Adam Peltzman (The Electric Company, The Backyardigans, Wallykazam!) and produced by The Fred Rogers Company and Sinking Ship Entertainment. It is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the U.S. Department of Education through the CPB-PBS Ready To Learn Initiative, a program that supports the development of innovative educational television and digital media targeted to preschool and early elementary school children and their families.

In each episode of ODD SQUAD, the young agents use math to put things right when oddness strikes. Olive and Otto solve cases ranging from disappearing zeroes to runaway dinosaurs, and the agents often find additional clues in the “Mathroom,” a...

Illinois Gubernatorial Debate to air 10/9/14

Posted by on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:55

Governor Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner will face off in a 60 minute debate sponsored by the Illinois Public Broadcasters and the League of Women Voters of Illinois tonight in a broadcast on Network Knowledge at 8:00 p.m.

Jak Tichenor will moderate with questions from Amanda Vinicky, Wayne Wilson, and Jamey Dunn.

Join the conversation on Twitter via #ILGov2014.

In Memory of Jerry Markley

Posted by on Wed, 10/08/2014 - 15:20

Jerry Markley, our WMEC Station Engineer, recently passed away on October 5th, 2014 after a long battle with cancer. His work in broadcast engineering spanned 30 years, and he was an expert in his field. His wife Trish and 5 children survive him.

He will be sincerely missed. We appreciate his dedication to public television and to Network Knowledge.

For his obituary, please click here:


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