See Celtic Woman at Sangamon Auditorium!

Posted by on Thu, 11/17/2016 - 08:22

On July 17, 2017, Celtic Woman will be performing at the Sangamon Auditorium in Springfield, IL. Tickets for this event will be available during a live pledge event on Wednesday, December 7 at 8:00 p.m and December 11 at 8:30 p.m.

Call 217-483-7887 to purchase your tickets.

DirecTV Service Restored

Posted by on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 09:02

To our DirecTV viewers: WSEC signal carriage has now been restored by DirecTV.

Thank you for your patience and support in helping get our DirecTV carriage back. Please continue to enjoy our local unique programming such as Illinois Stories, CapitolView, and Cardia: Hearts and Sciences.

Thank you,
Network Knowledge

Cardia: Hearts and Sciences Gets Emmy Nomination

Posted by on Fri, 08/12/2016 - 11:14

WSEC/PBS Springfield’s Cardia: Hearts and Sciences Gets Emmy Nomination

WSEC/PBS Springfield’s program "Cardia...Hearts and Sciences" has been nominated for a Regional Emmy in the Mid-America Region of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the Interview/Discussion category.

This program featured host Mark McDonald and Dr. Gregory Mishkel interviewing Dr. Jeffrey P. Christy as he performs heart by-pass and ablation surgery. The premise of the health-oriented program was to create a dialogue with local health experts around heart health issues and procedures during an in-studio Q&A session, featuring questions from viewers around central Illinois.

“We’re extremely proud of this locally produced series,” said Network Knowledge President and CEO Dr. Jerold Greubel. “This isn’t our station’s first Emmy nomination for locally produced programming, but the honor is always a humbling reminder of the great work our team does.”

The award ceremony takes place on October 1 in Branson, Missouri.

Ryan Held: Olympic Gold Medalist

Posted by on Mon, 08/08/2016 - 13:45

Last summer when we shot this story, Ryan Held was just one of thousands of good, young swimmers who dreamed of making it to the Olympics one day. Now he is an Olympic Gold Medalist! He was on the 100M freestyle relay team that won it all yesterday. What a turn of events!

In our Illinois Story he swims a timed 50m for us, he shares his thoughts about competing and shows us pictures of him as a little kid swimming in Springfield and brings his state champion medals, etc. We also interview his Mom about his career.

See this episode on air Thursday, Aug. 11 at 7:00 PM; Sunday. Aug. 14 at 4:00 PM and Monday, Aug. 15 at 6:30 PM, or watch it online here:

Copies are available for $19.95 by calling 217-483-7887 ext. 224.

In Memorial: Robert Fluent

Posted by on Fri, 08/05/2016 - 13:40

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of our supporter and friend Mr. Robert Fluent.

At age 78, he died on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 7:25 p.m. at Blessing Hospital in Quincy.

He served three times as Board chair for Network Knowledge, once for four years, once for three years, and once for one year. He also served as vice chair, and he served as treasurer. He served at different times as chair of Nominating Committee, Personnel Committee and Finance Committee. He was a dear friend to our President and CEO as well.

You can read his full obituary here:

Memorial gifts can be made to Network Knowledge by calling 217-483-7887 ext. 224 or online at

Ameren Illinois Leads the Way with Grant for Local Children's Programming

Posted by on Mon, 07/11/2016 - 10:08

A very big thank you to Ameren Illinois, who recently donated $2,500 as a lead gift toward our $75,000 goal to sustain support children's programming on Network Knowledge. Not surprisingly, many young families with children ages 2-11 have the least disposable income, which is why we need more businesses and organizations to follow Ameren's lead and help support PBS KIDS programming.

If you'd like more information on how you can get involved, please call us at 217-483-7887 or email Ed Strong at


Posted by on Mon, 06/27/2016 - 08:57

Network Knowledge enters the last week of June still needing to raise nearly $100,000 to overcome a financial shortfall caused by the state budget impasse and the loss of two major donors. Though substantial progress has been made in raising the needed $276,800, missing the June 30 deadline could result in further reductions in programs and on-air hours.

“The communities in our viewing area have been extremely generous and have responded to the need,” said Jerold Gruebel, President and CEO of Network Knowledge. “With their help we have raised nearly 64%, but still needing $99,993. As the June 30 deadline looms, we are hopeful our viewers will see the value of their local PBS station and contribute.”

Gruebel says direct mailings, additional pledge nights, appeals to service clubs and businesses, gatherings of donor prospects, all have played an important role in the effort. He also thanked area newspapers for responding with editorials urging citizens to keep Network Knowledge going.

“For many of our communities we are the sole source of PBS programming,” said Gruebel. “It would be a shame if this extraordinary treasure of national programs like Masterpiece, Great Performances, Antiques Roadshow, NOVA and 19 series of children’s educational programs, Ken Burns’ documentaries, and its signature locally-produced program series Illinois Stories, were no longer available to them.”

Contributions can be made by calling 800-232-3605 or online at...

Quincy Herld-Whig Shows Support for Station Fundraising Efforts in Quincy

Posted by on Fri, 06/10/2016 - 14:07

The Quincy Herald-Whig published the following article about our station fundraising efforts in Quincy:

Public broadcasting remains an important part of today's rapidly changing media environment. It provides distinctive news, public affairs, cultural, educational and children's programming that is not available elsewhere.

However, the future of public television for viewers in West-Central Illinois and parts of Northeast Missouri and Southeast Iowa is in jeopardy unless a critical fundraising campaign achieves its goal by the end of this month.

Network Knowledge, a consortium of three Public Broadcast Service (PBS) stations in Central and West-Central Illinois, including WQEC in Quincy, says it must raise $276,800 in contributions, pledges and in-kind gifts by June 30. Otherwise, the network could be forced to further reduce broadcasting hours, putting it on a path toward potentially ceasing operations.

"We have been near the edge of the cliff before, but never this near the cliff," Jerold Gruebel, president and CEO of WQEC, told The Herald-Whig. "We are dealing with the loss of significant funding."

Many individuals, businesses and foundations in the Quincy area have been strong supporters of Network Knowledge since WQEC first went on the air in 1985, and we are confident they will again answer the challenge to preserve this vital service.

WQEC, along with WSEC in Springfield and WMEC in Macomb, has the ability to reach more...

June 9th: Best of Illinois Stories LIVE

Posted by on Tue, 05/24/2016 - 16:21

On Thursday, June 9th from 6:30-10:00 p.m., Producer and Host Mark McDonald will be sharing some of his recent favorite episodes on The Best of Illinois Stories during a live pledge event. That evening, Dr. Gregory Mishkel, who you'll recognize from the Cardia series, is co-hosting with Mark.

Viewers are encourage to call in and pledge their support for this local program during the event at 217-483-7887. Gifts will be available for different levels of donations, and episodes will be available for purchase.

NOTICE: Reduced On-Air Hours

Posted by on Tue, 05/10/2016 - 12:44

Beginning May 6, 2016, Network Knowledge will sign on late in its broadcast day. This is a necessary cost-cutting measure due to the loss of state funding resulting from the budget impasse. As a result, the station currently faces a $276,800 shortage in its operational budget through June 30, 2016.

The station has signed on at 6:30 a.m., but will now sign on at 10:00 a.m., with a sign-off time of 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Viewers with service through Comcast and AT&T UVerse will not be affected by this change; only those with off-air and satellite television service will experience the change in air times.

“We must implement reduced program service to reduce our costs of operation. Hopefully, this will be temporary,” said President and CEO, Dr. Jerold Gruebel.

Network Knowledge programming is viewer supported, so viewers are urged to contribute to avoid further cuts in programming. Please call 1-800-232-3605 or pledge up to $5,000 at


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