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Urbana-Champaign-Decatur-Springfield, Illinois
City of license Urbana, Illinois
Branding WILL-TV
Slogan The Broadcasting Service of the University of Illinois
Channels Digital: 9 (VHF)
Virtual: 12 (PSIP)
Affiliations PBS (1970–Present)
Owner University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
(The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois)
First air date August 1, 1955
Call letters’ meaning We're Living in ILLinois or WILL Power
Former callsigns Digital:
WILL-DT (2003–2009)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
12 (1955–2009)
Former affiliations NET (1955-1970)
Transmitter Power 30 kW
Height 302 m
Facility ID 68939
Transmitter Coordinates 40°2′18″N 88°40′10″W / 40.03833°N 88.66944°W / 40.03833; -88.66944 (WILL-TV)

WILL is the callsign of the three public broadcasting stations owned by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and directly operated by its Division of Broadcasting. WILL operates out of Campbell Hall for Public Telecommunications as well as Richmond Studio.

WILL-TV received its largest bequest, $1 million (USD), from Lois Dickson, who had been a contributor to the station for the thirty years before her death at the age of 95 in 2004.[1]



The university operates two radio stations directly: WILL (AM) at 580 kHz and WILL-FM at 90.9 MHz. Both are members of NPR and affiliates of Public Radio International and American Public Media.

WILL (AM) signed on in 1922; from 1922 to 1928 it had the callsign WRM.

WILL-FM, first licensed in 1941 as WIUC and changed to WILL-FM in 1954, was the first university FM license in the United States. WILL-FM has translators on 106.5 in Danville and 101.1 in Champaign.

WILL-FM began an HD Radio multicast in July 2008. 90.9 HD 1 is a simulcast of WILL-FM's analog signal. 90.9 HD 2 and HD 3 rebroadcast WILL-AM's programming.


WILL-TV Channel 12 started operation on August 1, 1955 as an affiliate of The NET Network and on October 5, 1970 it became a member station of the PBS-TV Network and owned & operated by The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign along with Decatur & Illnois' Capitol City of Springfield. However, The Station's City of License is Urbana. WILL-TV produces a variety of local programing for the central Illinois region. One notable programing is the weekly, Illinois Gardner. The show stars University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign professor Dianne Noland and a panel of gardening experts.[2] Callers can call in on air and receive answers to gardening, landscaping, and horticultural questions. The shows typically airs on Thursdays at 7:00PM and is rebroadcast on Saturdays at 11:30AM.

WILL-TV also produces Prairie Fire, the A Day in Our Hometown series and Your Weather.

The WILL-TV station manager is Carl Caldwell. Caldwell is a regular seen on WILL's annual Pledge Drives.

In 2009, WILL-TV stopped analog broadcasting on channel 12, continuing digital broadcasts on channel 9, and continuing to use PSIP to display its virtual channel on ATSC tuners as 12. The "WILL-TV" callsign was transferred over from the former analog channel 12 to digital channel 9 and the pre-transition callsign "WILL-DT" was officially retired.


  1. ^ Staff (Summer 2006). "WILL-TV Viewer Leaves $1 Million to Station". UIF Newsletter, issue 47 (University of Illinois Foundation): pp. Illinois Gardner Web Site through WILL. 
  2. ^ Illinois Gardener on WILL-TV

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Simple English

Simple English Wiktionary has the word meaning for:

Will could mean:

  • Will (modal verb)
    • Shall and will, comparison of the two verbs
  • Will (law), a legal document that explains the last wishes of someone after they die, such as what they want to happen to their money and their things.
    • Living will, a legal document that explains the desires of the author with regard to medical decisions when they are unable to act on their own behalf.
  • Will (philosophy), is the part of us that makes conscious choices and actions.
    • Free will, is the theory that every person can decide what to do freely.

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