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WMEC / WQEC / WSEC
Network Knowledge
Western Illinois/Springfield, Illinois
City of license see Stations below
Branding Network Knowledge
Slogan Watch and learn.
Channels Digital: see Stations below
Translators W08DP Springfield
Affiliations PBS
Owner West Central Illinois Educational Telecommunications Corporation
First air date 1984
Call letters’ meaning Macomb / Quincy / Springfield
Educational
Channel
Former callsigns see Stations below
Former channel number(s) see Stations below
Transmitter Power see Stations below
Height see Stations below
Facility ID see Stations below
Transmitter Coordinates see Stations below
Website www.networkknowledge.tv

Network Knowledge is the brand name of West Central Illinois Educational Telecommunications Corporation, a not-for-profit organization, and its three PBS member stations in central and western Illinois. Until October 13, 2004, it used the brand name Convocom.

Network Knowledge also provides educational outreach through a network of volunteers, schools, hospitals and corporate partners in communities throughout central and western Illinois.

Together, the three stations serve a large portion of western Illinois, as well as parts of Missouri and Iowa.

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Local programs

Network Knowledge produces a number of regularly-scheduled programs each month, including:

  • Cardia (monthly; hosted by Mark McDonald & Dr. Gregory Mishkel; produced by Mark McDonald)
  • CapitolView (weekly; hosted by Bernie Schoenburg and John Patterson (rotating); produced by Scott Troehler)
  • Illinois Stories (3x/week; produced & hosted by Mark McDonald)
  • InLife: Stories from Western Illinois (monthly; hosted by Becky Cramblit; produced by Scott Troehler & Becky Cramblit)
  • Lawmakers (monthly; hosted by Mark McDonald; produced by Scott Troehler)

Special programming has included

  • Expedition United Kingdom (2005)(hosted by Becky Cramblit, produced by Scott Troehler)
  • Expedition Scotland (2006)(hosted by Becky Cramblit, produced by Scott Troehler)
  • Expedition United Kingdom (2007)(hosted by Becky Cramblit, produced by Scott Troehler)
  • Building Stories (hosted by Dave Leonatti with Anthony Rubano, produced by Scott Troehler)
  • Making Conversation; Downtown Springfield Inc. Annual Awards; Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Annual Gala


Channels

Network Knowledge has 3 full-power television stations, each of which provide the same 3 digital subchannels.

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Stations

All numbers given are for the digital television signal. Virtual channel prefixes are the same as the analog channel was for each station before the digital transition.

Callsign Old[1] Ch.
(virtual)
Air date City of License ERP
(kW)
HAAT
(m)
Facility ID Antenna coordinates
WMEC WIUM-TV 21 (22) 01984-10-01 October 1, 1984 Macomb 75.0 131 70537 40°23′53.2″N 90°43′54.5″W / 40.398111°N 90.731806°W / 40.398111; -90.731806 (WMEC)
WQEC WQEC 34 (27) 01985-03 March 1985[2] Quincy 58.6 153 71561 39°58′39.9″N 91°18′32.6″W / 39.97775°N 91.309056°W / 39.97775; -91.309056 (WQEC)
WSEC WJPT 15 (14)[3] 01984-08 August 1984[4] Jacksonville 75.0 295 70536 39°36′8.8″N 90°2′47.4″W / 39.602444°N 90.0465°W / 39.602444; -90.0465 (WSEC)
  1. ^  WMEC and WSEC were given their current callsigns in 1989.
  2. ^  The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says WQEC signed on March 11, while the Television and Cable Factbook says it signed on March 9.
  3. ^  As of 16 June 2009 (2009 -06-16), the FCC still shows an analog record for WSEC on channel 14 with 34 kW ERP at 271 meters HAAT.
  4. ^  The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says WSEC signed on August 21, while the Television and Cable Factbook says it signed on August 11.

Subchannels

Subchannel Video Aspect Programming
.1  ?  ? PBS and local programming
.2  ?  ? PBS World (prime time) and other programming
.3  ?  ? Create and PBS Kids

History

The first station in the network, WJPT, signed on in August 1984. The station was originally supposed to sign on in 1979, using the tower of defunct ABC affiliate WJJY-TV, near Bluffs, Illinois. The transmitter broadcast at 4.5 million watts, which would have made WJPT one of the most powerful stations in the PBS system.

However, the WJJY TV Mast collapsed in a massive 1978 ice storm. While it was able to raise enough money to build an 800-foot (244 m) tower, it only broadcast at 34,000 watts, from a site west of Waverly, Illinois. As a result, despite nominally being Springfield's PBS member station, it was virtually unviewable over the air in that city.

WIUM-TV in Macomb and WQEC in Quincy, would follow during 1984–1985. All three stations were licensed to West Central Illinois Educational Telecommunications Corporation from their inception. The company inititally did business as CONVOCOM.

In 1989 call letters were changed in an effort to create consistency between the three broadcast outlets, WJPT became WSEC, while WIUM became WMEC (WQEC remained unchanged). A 1,400 watt translator was built at Springfield in 1998. Originally broadcasting on channel 65 as W65BV, it moved to VHF channel 8 in 2001 and became W08DP where it still broadcasts in analog.

In 1997 WMEC's transmitter site was moved from WIU's Horn Campus WIUM-FM tower to a newly constructed tower to the southeast — south of Colchester, Illinois. In 2002 WSEC's transmitter site was moved from a 340 foot tower in Jacksonville to a 976' tower in Franklin, IL. Also in 2002 (March) master control was moved from Peoria to Chatham, IL with the completion of a fully digital master control facility and interconnection system.

Although PBS reckons WMEC as the flagship station, the network is headquartered in Chatham, near Springfield. The interconnection system is composed of digital microwave (90mbs) and fiber ... it extends from Chatham through Franklin, IL (WSEC's transmitter site) to Golden, IL where it splits and sends a fiber signal to Quincy for WQEC & a microwave signal to Macomb for WMEC. There are also linkages to studios in Quincy at WGEM (NBC affiliate) and at Western Illinois University (WIU) in Macomb.

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