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In Memorial: Ron Tendick

Posted by on Fri, 04/08/2016 - 10:57

Former Jacksonville Mayor and Network Knowledge Chairman Ron Tendick recently passed away at Passavant Hospital on March 27, 2016 at age 73. A devoted and active supporter of his local PBS station, Tendick served on the Network Knowledge Board of Directors for many years, as Vice Chairman and later as Chairman, when he transitioned into that role in July 2013.

As a Rotarian, Tendick lived a life of service—and service to our station was no exception. Over the years, he dedicated countless hours to furthering the efforts of quality public television in west central Illinois. He will be greatly missed. Memorial gifts are suggested to Westfair Baptist Church, Passavant Hospital Foundation, or Jacksonville Rotary Foundation.

His obituary has been published in full:

Ronald L. “Ron” Tendick, 73, of Jacksonville, IL, a dedicated, humble, and honest servant of God went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016 at Passavant Hospital in Jacksonville.

He was born April 18, 1942 in Jacksonville, the son of Lee O. and Marjorie I. DeLong Tendick. He married Rosemary Dawson on June 30, 1967 in Jacksonville and she survives.

Left here to celebrate his life on earth and his patience, kindness, compassion and sense of humor are the love of his life, Rosemary; his daughter, Lana Keen (husband, Joe) of Jacksonville; his son, Lane Tendick (wife, Rachel) of Jacksonville; his grandchildren, Levi Rogers and Katie Purdue, both of...

PBS: America's Largest Classroom, the Nation's Largest Stage and a Trusted Window to the World

Posted by on Tue, 03/22/2016 - 08:46

Every day, PBS and 350 member stations fulfill our essential mission to the American public, providing trusted programming that is uniquely different from commercial broadcasting, treating its audience as citizens, not simply consumers. In fact, PBS has been rated as the most trustworthy institution among nationally known organizations for 13 consecutive years.

PBS invites everyone to explore new ideas and broaden personal horizons -- with content that expands the minds of children, programs that ensure the worlds of music, theater, dance and art remain available to all Americans, documentaries that open up new worlds, and non-commercialized news programs that provide citizens with multiple perspectives on world events and cultures.

PBS is a private, nonprofit corporation, founded in 1969, whose members are America’s public TV stations -- noncommercial, educational licensees that operate 350 PBS member stations and serve all 50 states, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa. Of the 160 licensees, 85 are community organizations, 52 are colleges/universities, 19 are state authorities and four are local educational or municipal authorities.

Strong On-Air Reach Across America

Over the course of a year, 82% of all U.S. television households - and 198 million people - watch PBS. The demographic breakdown of PBS' full-day audience reflects the overall U.S. population with respect to race/ethnicity, education and income. (...

Volunteer Appreciation

Posted by on Wed, 02/24/2016 - 10:10

On 2/23, we gathered our volunteers to celebrate and recognize their hard work. Together, they contributed more than 600 hours of volunteer time, and we are endlessly grateful for that. Our top volunteers received awards for their service:

1. Carolyn Carmichael: 154
2. Dick McLane: 83
3. John Diefenback: 82
4. James Holmes: 55
5. Deb Nelson: 54
6. Becky Owens: 47

Thank you to all of our volunteers who support the station.

Watch the Full PBS Democratic Debate Online

Posted by on Fri, 02/12/2016 - 09:41

If you didn't see the live debate, you can now watch the full recording online here:

Here are the full details on the event:

PBS and WETA Washington, D.C., the flagship public television station in the nation’s capital, announced that PBS NewsHour will produce the first Democratic presidential candidates debate following the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 9 PM ET. NewsHour co-anchors and managing editors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will moderate the PBS NewsHour Democratic Primary Debate, to be broadcast nationwide on PBS stations. The Democratic National Committee (DNC)-sanctioned debate will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on its main campus.

“It is fitting that two of America’s finest journalists will guide this candidates’ debate, which will take place just days after the Iowa Caucuses and New Hampshire Primary,” said Sharon Percy Rockefeller, President and CEO of WETA, the producing station of PBS NewsHour. “In service to the American people, Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will bring to bear the trademark intelligence, balance, and gravitas of one of the nation’s most trusted and respected news operations as they elicit candidates’ views on issues facing the nation. We look forward to an illuminating, engaging debate that will enrich the national political dialogue and reflect PBS NewsHour’s...

New Series! Cardia: Always Ready

Posted by on Wed, 01/27/2016 - 12:40

In this new series of Cardia, Host Mark McDonald visits Prairie Heart Institute to focus on minimally invasive heart surgery, emergency and trauma care, electrophysiology, heart mapping, atrial fibrillation. The program follows heart patients and their doctors and nurses from the time they present at the hospital through their treatment and release.

Catch the program at the following dates and times on Network Knowledge, and call 217-483-7887 ext. 224 if you'd like to order a copy.

Fri 02/05/2016 20:00:00:00 CARDIA: ALWAYS READY #101
Sun 02/07/2016 17:30:00:00 CARDIA: ALWAYS READY #101
Sun 02/07/2016 22:30:00:00 CARDIA: ALWAYS READY #101

Fri 02/12/2016 20:00:00:00 CARDIA: ALWAYS READY #102
Sun 02/14/2016 17:30:00:00 CARDIA: ALWAYS READY #102
Sun 02/14/2016 22:30:00:00 CARDIA: ALWAYS READY #102

Fri 02/19/2016 20:00:00:00 CARDIA: ALWAYS READY #103
Sun 02/21/2016 17:30:00:00 CARDIA: ALWAYS READY #103
Sun 02/21/2016 22:30:00:00 CARDIA: ALWAYS READY #103

Fri 02/26/2016 20:00:00:00 CARDIA: ALWAYS READY #104
Sun 02/28/2016 22:30:00:00 CARDIA: ALWAYS READY #104

Professional Pianist Jacqueline Schwab Performances in Springfield and Quincy

Posted by on Fri, 01/08/2016 - 11:35

February 17th: Quincy, IL
February 18th: Springfield, IL at Hoogland Center for the Arts

Visit for ticket information.

$30 for priority seating and meet & greet
$16 for standard tickets

Chosen by the renowned Ken Burns for numerous public television documentaries due to the emotional expression in her playing, Jacqueline has performed on the soundtracks for the Grammy award-winning Civil War, the Emmy award-winning Baseball and Mark Twain, among others. She has performed at the White House for President Clinton in 1997 to celebrate Burns' Lewis and Clark series and also at the Smithsonian in 2000 celebrate its exhibition on the Presidency. In May, 2009, she accompanied Scottish singer Jean Redpath, on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Jacqueline's signature style defies easy categorization, fitting somewhere in the crossover between folk, traditional, classical and new age music. Although many people connect improvisation with jazz, Jacqueline's inspirations are traditional music of England, Scotland, Ireland, and America, blues, vintage tangos, Bach's dance suites, nineteenth-century parlor piano, and the turn-of-the-twentieth-century sounds of Satie, Debussy and Bartok for starters. In the unique Third Stream program at New England Conservatory of Music, from which Jacqueline received a Bachelor of Music degree with honors...

IRA Charitable Rollover News

Posted by on Tue, 12/22/2015 - 14:18

In recent legislation Congress has chosen to make the IRA Charitable Rollover contribution permanent. This means a donor who is 70 ½ or older can make a charitable gift directly from their IRA rather than from annual cash flow. Because after the age of 70 ½ holders of an IRA must make annual minimum distributions, an IRA rollover contribution can be used to meet all or part of the annual IRA required minimum distribution.

The IRA Charitable Rollover is now permanent meaning that qualifying donors can better decide how to manage their income, taxes and charitable giving. The recent legislation is retroactive to January 1, 2015. If you made a charitable gift directly from your IRA at any time during 2015, you gift would qualify as a rollover gift. Such a decision can yet be made prior to December 31, 2015.

If you have questions about using this means of supporting one of the stations of Network Knowledge, WSEC, WQEC and WMEC, please contact Ed Strong at 217-483-7887 or by email at

Brit Floyd: Space & Time

Posted by on Mon, 11/23/2015 - 16:05

An amazing journey through five decades of Pink Floyd

Brit Floyd - The World's Greatest Pink Floyd Show, returns to Network Knowledge on Monday, December 7th at 8:30 pm and on Sunday, December 23th at 7:00 pm with their most ambitious show to date; with a spectacular new light show, and an even bigger stage production.

During these programs on Network Knowledge, you'll have a chance to buy tickets for their 2016 show that's coming to the Sangamon Auditorium at UIS. Call us at 217-483-7887 ext. 224 to order.

Pledge gifts include:
DVD $50
Pair of tickets to Sangamon Auditorium show $100
Pair of tickets to Sangamon Auditorium show plus meet and greets $150
Bundle: DVD/Pair of Tickets/Meet and greets: $175

Celebrating five decades of Pink Floyd; from their creation in 1965 right through to the release of their brand new album, 'The Endless River’, this amazing new show includes performances from all Pink Floyd's biggest selling albums, including The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall and The Division Bell plus a host of other Pink Floyd musical surprises.

Paying attention to every musical detail and faithfully recreating the 'true' live Pink Floyd concert experience, Brit Floyd will take you on an amazing musical journey featuring the finest moments from the incredible Pink Floyd back catalog, and combine the latest state-of-the-art sound and light technology, to create a performance that is...

Mark Your Calendar for Giving Tuesday

Posted by on Tue, 11/17/2015 - 14:14


We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.

Why give to Network Knowledge?

Our mission is "to establish an educational television network, provide educational content, create local and public affairs programming to serve the residents and businesses of west-central Illinois." But we can only continue to successfully fulfill this mission with your help.

We’ve had a great year with programming like Downton Abbey, Poldark, Antiques Road Show, and PBS NewsHour. Our Emmy award winning program Illinois Stories reached the 1,000 episode and will continue on to feature communities in Central and Western Illinois.

It is your time to help us to continue to make a difference in our community. Your support now is essential at year end to the future of all the programs you love and rely on. It will enable us to pay off in full, our deferred payment plan from last year’...

Illinois Stories: LIVE

Posted by on Mon, 11/09/2015 - 11:43

Tune in for a special live edition of Illinois Stories with Mark McDonald on Thursday, December 3rd from 6:30-10:00 pm with guest Chuck Scholz.

Episodes include:

Macomb Courthouse

Dickson Mounds Museum Closing

Quincy Trees

Blind Wood Turner

Prairie Rose Alpacas


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