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Mark McDonald on WTAX

Posted by on Mon, 05/04/2015 - 14:42

Be sure to tune in to WTAX radio on Tuesday, May 5th at 6:40 a.m. to hear him talk about the quickly approaching 1000th episode with Joey McLaughlin.

New Program: Cardia Hearts and Sciences

Posted by on Tue, 04/14/2015 - 15:05

In this new portion of our Cardia program, we sit down with heart health experts in studio for a Q&A session.

Episode 1: Our Guest is Dr. Jeff Christie, Cardiothoracic Surgeon. We have a seat in the Operating Room as he performs cardiac bypass surgery and treats the patient's arrhythmia.

Episode 2: Our guest is Dr. Kriegh Moulton, cardiologist. We are in the catheterization lab with him as he implants a pacemaker and defibrillator.

Episode 3: Our guest is Dr. Jeff Goldstein, cardiologist, and our topic is Peripheral Vascular Disease, which usually presents with leg pain. This leg pain is caused by the same issues that cause heart disease.

Episode 4: Our guest is Dr. Nilesh Goswami, cardiologist, who treats patients who have structural heart problems.

Fri 05/01/2015 20:30 CARDIA: HEARTS AND SCIENCES #101
Sun 05/03/2015 18:00 CARDIA: HEARTS AND SCIENCES #101
Sun 05/03/2015 22:30 CARDIA: HEARTS AND SCIENCES #101
Thu 05/07/2015 19:00 CARDIA: IN ANY GIVEN WEEK #104
Fri 05/08/2015 20:30 CARDIA: HEARTS AND SCIENCES #102
Sun 05/10/2015 16:00 CARDIA: IN ANY GIVEN WEEK #104
Sun 05/10/2015 18:00 CARDIA: HEARTS AND SCIENCES #102
Sun 05/10/2015 22:30 CARDIA: HEARTS AND SCIENCES #102
Mon 05/11/2015 18:30 CARDIA: IN ANY GIVEN WEEK #104
Fri 05/15/2015 20:30 CARDIA: HEARTS AND SCIENCES #103
Sun 05/17/2015 18:00 CARDIA: HEARTS AND SCIENCES #103

Seeking Questions for In-Studio Filming of Cardia

Posted by on Mon, 04/13/2015 - 08:03

We are accepting questions from viewers for our live, in-studio taping of Cardia: In Any Given Week on Monday, April 13, 2015. What do you want to know more about? We need your questions by noon on Monday.

Guests include Dr. Greg Mishkel, Cardiologist, Dr. Jeff Christie, heart surgeon, and Dr. Kreigh Moulton, electrophysiologist (pacemakers and other electrical-heart related issues).

Email your questions to

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.


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