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Quincy, Illinois/Hannibal, Missouri
Branding WGEM (general)
WGEM News (newscasts)
Tri-State's CW (on DT2)
Fox CGEM (on DT3)
Slogan The Tri-States
News Leader
Channel Digital: 10 (VHF)
Subchannels 10.1 NBC
10.2 CW
10.3 Fox
Affiliations NBC
Owner Quincy Newspapers
(Quincy Broadcasting Company)
First air date July 5, 1953
Callsign meaning GEM City
Sister station(s) WGEM-AM
Former channels Analog:
10 (1953-2009)
Digital: 54
Former affiliations ABC (1953-1969, 1971-mid 1990s)
Fox (1990-1994)
both secondary
Effective power 12.3 kW
Height 238 m
Facility ID 54275
Antenna coordinates 39°57′4.1″N 91°19′54″W / 39.951139°N 91.33167°W / 39.951139; -91.33167

WGEM-TV, digital channel 10, is the NBC-affiliated television station for the Tri-States area of western Illinois, northeastern Missouri, and extreme southeast Iowa that is licensed to Quincy, Illinois. Its transmitter is located east of the city on Cannonball Road near I-172.

The station is the flagship of Quincy Newspapers and has studios in the Hotel Quincy on Hampshire Street in downtown Quincy. Syndicated programming on WGEM includes: Entertainment Tonight, Dr. Phil, and Rachael Ray.



The station signed on for the first time on July 5, 1953. WGEM has always been an NBC station but maintained a secondary ABC affiliation between 1953 and 1969 as well as from 1971 until the mid-1990s.

WGEM shared ABC with CBS affiliate KHQA-TV in the 1960s. WJJY-TV in Jacksonville was the primary ABC affiliate for Quincy between 1969 and 1971. When WJJY went bankrupt and shut down in 1971, WGEM resumed carrying a few ABC shows. The station also had a secondary affiliation with Fox between 1990 and 1994.

It is one of the few and longest operating non network owned-and-operated television stations in the country that has had the same call letters, owner, channel number, and primary network affiliation throughout its history. Since the mid to late-1990s, WGEM has not mentioned its channel number on-air instead choosing to be identified by its call letters.

WGEM's broadcasts have been digital-only since February 17, 2009.[1]

Digital subchannels

The station operates the area's CW affiliate on its second digital subchannel. Known on-air as Tri-State's CW, it is also offered on area cable systems. This includes Comcast channel 6 in Quincy, US Cable channel 16 in Hannibal, Missouri, and Mediacom channel 18 in Keokuk, Iowa. WGEM-DT2 get all its programming from The CW Plus.

WGEM also operates the area's Fox affiliate on its third digital subchannel. Known on-air as Fox CGEM, this station is offered on cable as well. This includes Mediacom channel 2 and Comcast digital channel 383. It is not offered on US Cable systems, however. Syndicated programming on WGEM-DT3 includes: Scrubs, Family Guy, Friends, and Everybody Loves Raymond.

Channel Programming
10.1 main WGEM programming / NBC HD
10.2 "Tri-State's CW"
10.3 "Fox CGEM"



Current On-Air Talent

Current Anchors/Reporters

  • Les Sachs - weeknights at 6PM (also news director and senior editor)
  • Shan Whiston - weeknights at 6PM
  • Matt Schmidt - weeknights at 5 and 10PM (also 5PM news producer)
  • Lesley Swick - weeknights at 5 and 10PM
  • Katey Walls - weekday mornings "WGEM News Today"
  • Natalie Will - weekday mornings "WGEM News Today"
  • Laura Johnson - weekends at 10PM (also reporter)
  • Mike Colombo - general assignment reporter

WGEM StormTrak Weather Team

  • Rich Cain - Chief Meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6 and 10PM
  • Brian Inman - Meteorologist; weekday mornings "WGEM News Today"
  • Ryan Wichman - Meteorologist; weekends at 10PM

Sports Team

  • Ben Marth - Spors Director; weeknights at 6 and 10PM
  • Tyler Tomlinson - Sports Anchor; weekends at 10PM

Former On-Air Talent

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News/Station Presentation

Newscast Titles

  • 3-Star Edition (1953-1961)
  • WGEM News (1961-1967)
  • The Sixth Hour Report/The Eleventh Hour Report (1967-1974)
  • NewsCenter 10 (1974-1981)
  • NewsWatch 10 (1981-1987)
  • Channel 10 News (1987-1994)
  • NewsChannel 10 (1994-1998)
  • WGEM News (1998-present)
the WGEM Substation in Macomb, Illinois

Station Slogans

  • WGEM, Proud as a Peacock! (1979-1981; local version of NBC campaign)
  • WGEM, Our Pride is Showing (1981-1982; local version of NBC campaign)
  • The News Leader in the Tri-State Area (1982-1986)
  • Come Home to Channel 10! (1986-1987; local version of NBC campaign)
  • Come on Home to Channel 10! (1987-1988; local version of NBC campaign)
  • Come Home to The Best, WGEM! (1988-1990; local version of NBC campaign)
  • WGEM, The Place to Be! (1990-1991; local version of NBC campaign)
  • The Tri-State's Best News Station (1995-2005)
  • The Tri-State's News Leader (2005-present)


  1. ^ Quincy station off air during switch to digital, Hannibal Courier-Post, Feb 17, 2009

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