Network Knowledge Celebrates 30 Years

Posted by on Thu, 08/14/2014 - 14:40

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Network Knowledge. From its beginning, the organization has worked tirelessly to provide high quality educational material and programming to the people of west central Illinois. This year also marks Illinois Stories 1000th episode and a legacy of over 10 years producing programs that highlight the people and places of central Illinois.

Continued public support helps keep the organization alive. Without it, programs like Downton Abbey, Sherlock, and Curious George would be lost. Please consider joining us in celebration this year by becoming a member and pledging your support.

Masterpiece honored with 24 Emmy Nominations

Posted by on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 15:53

MASTERPIECE has been honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with 24 nominations for the 2014 Primetime Emmy® Awards -- 12 for Downton Abbey and 12 for Sherlock.

Here is a complete list of MASTERPIECE nominations for the 66th Primetime Emmy® Awards:

Downton Abbey
Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series - Michelle Dockery
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Maggie Smith
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Joanne Froggatt
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Jim Carter
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series - Paul Giamatti
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series - David Evans
Outstanding Art Direction for a Period Series, Miniseries or a Movie (Single Camera)
Outstanding Costume for a Series
Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series
Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series

Sherlock: His Last Vow
Outstanding Television Movie
Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Benedict Cumberbatch
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Martin Freeman
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special - Steven Moffat
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special - Nick Hurran
Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a...

New July Programming

Posted by on Thu, 07/03/2014 - 09:20

New on Tuesdays in July:

Time Scanners takes a cutting edge look at history through "reading" buildings and structures from the past at 7 pm.
History Detectives: Special Investigations dives into famous stories from history and take a second look at what really happened at 8 pm.
Endeavour Season 2 continues with Endeavour Morse pursuing justice on Sundays at 8 pm.
The Last Tango in Halifax resumes with Season 2 of the uplifting drama Sundays at 7 pm.

Check out for more information on these exciting new programs!

PBS Kids programming on back-to-back

Posted by on Mon, 06/30/2014 - 13:46

Did you know that our morning programming on PBS Kids has been switched up to now offer episodes of your favorite programs back-to-back? It's true as of June 2014! Be sure to check out our program schedule to find out when your children's favorites are on at their new times.

PBS Kids to Add New Half-Hour Sesame Street Program

Posted by on Mon, 06/23/2014 - 09:05

Extending the reach of the iconic series produced by Sesame Workshop, the new bonus program will air in addition to the hour-long SESAME STREET, starting Monday, September 1, 2014, on PBS KIDS.

Furthering a commitment to using the power of media to educate and entertain America’s children, PBS KIDS and SESAME STREET will introduce a bonus half-hour program this fall on-air and on digital platforms. Starting Monday, September 1, the additional half-hour program will air on weekday afternoons on PBS stations, complementing the one-hour series that airs weekday mornings (check local listings). For the first time, selected full episodes of the 30-minute show will also be available for free online at, on the PBS KIDS Video App and on the PBS KIDS Roku channel. By offering this bonus half hour of SESAME STREET in an additional timeslot and through a growing number of digital services, PBS KIDS hopes to reach even more children with one of America’s most beloved and educationally powerful children’s series.

“With this new half-hour program, we are excited to build on SESAME STREET’s 45-year legacy on PBS with a format that will make the series more accessible on mobile devices, where PBS KIDS’ reach is growing exponentially,” said Lesli Rotenberg, General Manager, Children’s Programming, PBS. “In just the past year, the number of users streaming video on the incredibly popular PBS KIDS Video App increased 34 percent.1 The new half-hour format...

WSEC Tower Work Completed

Posted by on Thu, 06/12/2014 - 14:23

Tower repair on the WSEC/PBS Springfield-Jacksonville has been completed at this time. We expect no further service interruptions from tower-related repairs. Thank you for your patience.

PBS Kids Offers Free, Fun, Educational Tools for the Summer

Posted by on Thu, 06/05/2014 - 19:24

Multiplatform content and activities in communities help kids and parents learn and explore together and prevent learning loss all summer!

This summer, PBS KIDS provides free resources on-air, on digital platforms and in communities to help bridge the summer learning gap. PBS KIDS has developed a new summer schedule, as well as a variety of digital resources and community activities in partnership with PBS stations, Pottery Barn Kids, Carson-Dellosa Publishing, LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. and MeeGenius to keep families learning and exploring all summer long.

“Research shows that children experience significant learning loss when they do not participate in educational activities during the summer months, and that loss is even greater among children in low-income communities,” said Lesli Rotenberg, General Manager, Children’s Programming, PBS. “PBS KIDS and our stations in communities across the country are working with partners to help parents find free resources and activities to combat the summer slump.”

On-air Programming
Double Your Fun, Double Your Learning: Starting today, PBS KIDS will roll out a new weekday schedule on-air, featuring back-to-back episodes of family favorites WILD KRATTS, CURIOUS GEORGE, DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD, DINOSAUR TRAIN and ARTHUR throughout the day. The new schedule promises families double the fun and double the learning with double episodes. Check local listings to learn more.

Digital Resources

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


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