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New Ambassador Series Event May 30

Posted by on Thu, 05/24/2018 - 08:23

We are pleased to announce a WSEC Ambassador Series program on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Our guest will be Ambassador James C. Kenny, former United States Ambassador to Ireland and a native of Illinois. The event will begin at noon in the Ballroom of the Sangamo Club, 227 East Adams Street in downtown Springfield. The doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and the program will begin at noon and conclude by 1:15 p.m.

Ambassador Kenny currently serves as an advisor to various European governments, particularly Great Britain during its Brexit period as well as Ireland and Northern Ireland. He will address the implications of the recent reduction in the corporate tax rate by the government of the United States and the effect of those reductions on global trade.

Please join us for this event by sending a check for $25 for the catered lunch at the Sangamo Club made payable to WSEC and mailed to WSEC, Post Office Box 6248, Springfield, Illinois, 62708. You may also make a reservation by an email to If you have questions, plead contact Ed Strong at 217-483-7887 x 240 or 217-691-7376.

We look forward to seeing you at this unique and informative event.

New! Cardia: Hearts and Sciences

Posted by on Mon, 04/09/2018 - 10:00

Cardia episodes air Thursdays at 7:00 p.m., Sundays at 4:00 p.m., and Mondays at 6:30 p.m.

Episode 1: Nationally known cardiologist Dr. Dean Ornish discusses his groundbreaking work that demonstrates heart disease and other ailments can actually be reversed through lifestyle changes.

Episode 2: Dr. Dave Albert, a cardiologist who is also a brilliant inventor, demonstrates how his LiveCor ( check the name of the company...not sure of this)device works with a smart phone to allow patients to take their own EKG, quickly and safely.

Episode 3: We take a tour of the new Cardiovascular ICU at St. John's to show the audience what a state of the art facility will be like. We also feature Dr. Nandish of the Chest Pain Center as he demonstrates how a new device serves as a portable heart lung machine.

Episode 4: We feature the Seamless MD system, which helps patients through the lead up to and follow through after heart surgery.

Mark McDonald at Quincy Concert Band Performance

Posted by on Fri, 03/02/2018 - 15:01

Mark McDonald, Producer/Host of Illinois Stories, will be the narrator of “A Lincoln Portrait”, the masterpiece composed by Aaron Copland. It will be performed by the Quincy Concert Band in honor of Illinois’ 200th birthday. The performance will take place on Sunday, March 11 at 2:30 PM at the Morrison Theater, Quincy Junior High.

Update on DirecTV Service

Posted by on Mon, 02/26/2018 - 11:10

For our WSEC viewers: DirecTV has now approved our signal and their engineer has recommended our return on the DirecTV system. DirecTV's engineers have been very professional in helping correct the signal quality issue.

However, we still need DirecTV subscribers to call and ask that WSEC is restored to the lineup of DirecTV as soon as possible to ensure the return happens as swiftly as possible.

Call in and request WSEC so that you can see Illinois Stories, CapitolView, Cardia, and other local programs; so that your children or grandchildren can get children's programs on the weekend, and so that you can continue to watch their favorite station. The number is 1 (800) 531-5000 to reach DirecTV.

We appreciate your patience and support in these efforts.

President’s Budget Eliminates Public Media Funding

Posted by on Wed, 02/14/2018 - 09:42

President Donald Trump’s annual budget proposal eliminates public media funding.
Specifically, the budget eliminates funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which distributes critical seed funding to local public radio and television stations.

Here’s why the President’s call to eliminate public media funding is a dangerous proposal:
• Studies confirm there is no replacement for federal funding.
• If federal funding for public media is eliminated, local stations could be forced off-air or to cut valued programs and services.
• Rural communities could lose their only source of local media.
• Low income families with preschool age kids could lose their children’s only source of educational media.
Here’s what you should know:
• Public media funding amounts to about $1.35 per American.
• Public media funding represents roughly .01 percent of the federal budget.
• Cutting public media funding would have no impact on the federal deficit, but would destroy the public media system.

There have been calls to eliminate public media funding before. However, we have successfully overcome those challenges by making our voices heard on this important issue.

What you can do right now:
• Call or email your lawmakers in support of full public media funding, including Interconnection.
• Text Public Media to 52886 or go here to sign a petition calling for the President to reconsider his...

Viewers are encouraged to demand reinstatement of DirecTV signal

Posted by on Tue, 02/06/2018 - 15:27

WSEC/ PBS Springfield is still dealing with signal carriage issues for DirecTV customers despite a fully restored signal. The issue began with AT&T, now the parent company of DirecTV.

Engineers have continuously monitored and recorded WSEC/PBS Springfield’s signal quality and reliability since February 1 as it feeds into DirecTV’s head-end in Decatur. The signal now meets all standards of strength and reliability, as outlined by the “must carry” law. As a result, the station’s signal should be reinstated on the DirecTV lineup—which can be done with the switch of a button—but that still has not happened.

WSEC is hoping that DirecTV will abide by the law and the will of its subscribers and return WSEC to its lineup. As a result of DirecTV’s refusal to carry WSEC’s signal, viewers in the Springfield, Decatur, Champaign-Urbana and Jacksonville markets, and many others as well, are without their local public television station.

“WSEC is a viewer-supported, non-commercial educational television station licensed to Jacksonville & Springfield, and its popular local programming includes Illinois Stories, CapitolView and Cardia, a heart health series. During this period of non-carriage, viewers are missing PBS programs like Victoria as well as 19 children’s educational television programs, including those aired on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

“Viewers are being given inaccurate information by DirecTV. They’re being told that the problem is a...

DirecTV Service Interrupted: What To Do

Posted by on Thu, 01/04/2018 - 14:12

WSEC/ PBS Springfield has been working tirelessly to update viewers with DirecTV service on why they’re currently missing their channel from the normal lineup.

When DirecTV relocated one of their satellite receivers to an AT&T building in Decatur as part of a cost-saving initiative, it was discovered that WSEC signals would not reach this location in Decatur. To resolve the issue, WSEC has been working to rebuild a path to get their signal back on DirecTV, and is about to sign a contract with a provider that will get full signal restored to DirecTV customers. However, in the meantime, DirecTV has dropped WSEC from their satellite carriage. At this time, the goal is to get signal restored within 7-10 days.

“DirecTV has not been flexible in negotiating this contract renewal,” said Dr. Jerold Gruebel, President and CEO of Network Knowledge. “They gave us a deadline of January 1 to switch the way we’re connected—and that’s just not enough time. We’re working hard to rebuild this connection, but it is very costly and time-intensive. We hope to have this resolved within 10 days, but we feel DirecTV should’ve acted in good faith and not have deprived their viewers of public television in the meantime.”

DirecTV customers that are missing WSEC programming can contact DirecTV at 1 (800) 531-5000 to demand that carriage be restored immediately.

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s THE VIETNAM WAR Seen by More Than 33.8 Million Viewers

Posted by on Tue, 11/21/2017 - 09:20

PBS today announced the final national ratings for Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s THE VIETNAM WAR, the epic documentary film that premiered on Sunday, September 17, on PBS stations nationwide. The first five episodes aired nightly from Sunday, September 17, through Thursday, September 21, and the final five episodes aired nightly from Sunday, September 24, through Thursday, September 28.

According to Nielsen Live +7 data, across the 10 nights of the series, THE VIETNAM WAR reached more than 33.8 million viewers and had an average audience of 6.7 million P2+ (an average household rating of 4.4). This makes THE VIETNAM WAR the second-highest-rated Burns/Novick film of the past two decades, following THE WAR (2007). In addition, THE VIETNAM WAR’s first six episodes brought a close to the Nielsen 2016-2017 broadcast year, and were the highest-rated PBS telecasts of the season. The final four episodes of the series will be included in the 2017-2018 Nielsen broadcast year.

The premiere episode of THE VIETNAM WAR was PBS’ best-performing telecast since the series finale of DOWNTON ABBEY ON MASTERPIECE in March 2016. The episode earned a national household rating of 6.0, more than 300 percent greater than PBS’ average primetime rating. A total of 11.9 million unique viewers watched the premiere in all (Nielsen, National Live + 7).

THE VIETNAM WAR is currently re-airing on Tuesday nights at 9:00 p.m. ET through November 28. The final episodes are available to...

Special Preview Event Aug. 29 in Quincy

Posted by on Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:32

WQEC/ PBS Quincy is partnering with the Quincy Museum to show a preview of an upcoming Ken Burns documentary, The Vietnam War, on Tuesday, August 29. The public is invited.

The event will take place at the Quincy Museum at 1601 Maine Street in Quincy. Along with a clip from the upcoming 18-hour epic documentary, attendees will also get a first look at some of the other new programs coming this fall to PBS, including Season 2 of Victoria and Season 3 of Poldark.

The previewing begins at 7:00 p.m. and Ken Burns’ most recent and 34th documentary will be broadcast on WQEC/ PBS Quincy and throughout the US on Sundays through Thursday for two weeks beginning September 17th. GatesAir, Blessing Hospital, and Adams Fiber are co-sponsors of the broadcast.

Those interested in attending will need to RSVP to Ed Strong at 1-800-232-3605 ext. 240 or via email at as seating is limited. You may also contact Barbara Wilkinson-Fletcher at the Quincy Museum by calling 217-224-7669.

Temporary Outage

Posted by on Thu, 07/27/2017 - 17:46

Please bear with us as we're working through issues related to a lightning strike that happened last night. Satellite programming on our World and Create channels may be interrupted for the next 36-48 hours, and our main HD channel should be okay for the most part. We appreciate your patience.


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