WEEK-TV

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WEEK-TV
WEEKTV.png
Peoria/Bloomington/Normal, Illinois
City of license Peoria
Branding WEEK (general)
News 25 (newscasts)
Slogan Your Home Team
Channels Digital: 25 (UHF)
Virtual: 25 (PSIP)
Subchannels 25.1 NBC
Affiliations NBC
Owner Granite Broadcasting Corporation
(sale to Quincy Newspapers pending)
(WEEK-TV License, Inc.)
First air date February 1, 1953; 61 years ago (1953-02-01)
Sister station(s) WAOE, WHOI
Former channel number(s) Analog:
43 (UHF, 1953–1964)
25 (UHF, 1964–2009)
Digital:
57 (UHF, 2003–2009)
Former affiliations NBC Weather Plus
(on DT2)
Transmitter power 246 kW
Height 211.6 m
Class DT
Facility ID 24801
Transmitter coordinates 40°37′46.3″N 89°32′52.5″W / 40.629528°N 89.547917°W / 40.629528; -89.547917
Website www.cinewsnow.com

WEEK-TV is the NBC-affiliated television station in Peoria, Illinois. The outlet broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 25 from a transmitter at its studios on Springfield Road in East Peoria (along I-474). Owned by the Granite Broadcasting Corporation, it operates ABC/CW affiliate WHOI (owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group) through joint sales and shared services agreements. The station also operates MyNetworkTV outlet WAOE (owned by Four Seasons Broadcasting) through a separate joint sales agreement. Syndicated programming on WEEK-TV includes Inside Edition, The Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Phil, and The Rachael Ray Show among others.

Digital television[edit]

Channel Name Video Aspect Programming
25.1 WEEK-HD 1080i 16:9 Main WEEK-TV programming / NBC

WEEK-TV used to run a 24/7 weather digital subchannel called WEEK 25 Weather First which was affiliated with The Local AccuWeather Channel, but they deceased the channel as of 2012 and since then, only WEEK-TV on 25.1 has been the only subchannel carried by the station.

History[edit]

WEEK-TV signed-on February 1, 1953. It aired an analog signal on UHF channel 43 and was an NBC affiliate from the start. It was owned-and-operated by Oklahoma City-based West Central Broadcasting Company along with WEEK radio (1350 AM, now WOAM). West Central was the broadcasting arm of the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Edward K. Gaylord was President and the chairman of the board was United States Senator Robert S. Kerr (a former governor of Oklahoma and half of Kerr-McGee). The original Chief Engineer of WEEK-TV-AM was Wayne Lovely who supervised the construction of the stations' technical facilities and equipment installation in 1953 (he would remain employed by WEEK-TV until 1974).

On November 7, 1957, WEEQ-TV in La Salle launched as a satellite of WEEK-TV in order to rebroadcast its signal.[1][2] The UHF channel 35 allocation was most recently used for TBN affiliate WWTO-TV which now broadcasts in digital on VHF channel 10 but retains 35 as its virtual channel. WEEK-TV would move its analog signal to UHF channel 25 sometime around 1964.[2]

The channel 43 allocation was later moved from Peoria to Bloomington and used by the second incarnation of WBLN beginning in 1982 (this is now Fox affiliate WYZZ-TV).[2] In 1966, West Central sold WEEK-TV and WEEQ-TV to Kansas City Southern Industries which also acquired KRCG in Jefferson City, Missouri around the same time. The new owner eventually shut down WEEQ-TV sometime in the early-1970s.

In 1985, Kansas City Southern Industries sold both of its stations to Price Communications. On October 31, 1988, WEEK-TV and fellow NBC affiliate KBJR-TV in Superior, Wisconsin became the two founding stations of current owner Granite Broadcasting. In 1997, WEEK-TV bought the broadcasting license for 98.5 in Eureka, gave it the call sign WEEK-FM, and nickname "Oldies 98.5". Granite Broadcasting divested itself of the radio station, which is now WPIA, in 1999.

WEEK-TV has been digital-only since February 17, 2009.[3] On that date, the station remained on channel 25 when the analog to digital conversion was completed. The "WEEK-TV" calls were transferred from the now-defunct analog channel 25 to the new digital channel 25 and the "WEEK-DT" call sign from the pre-transition digital channel 57 was permanently discontinued.

On March 2, 2009, WEEK-TV took over the operations of WHOI (then owned by Barrington Broadcasting) through joint sales and shared services agreements. It resulted in that station closing its studios on North Stewart Street in Creve Coeur and moving into WEEK-TV's East Peoria facilities.[4] As a result of the consolidation, all five of Peoria's full-powered commercial television stations are now operated by two entities. Granite-owned CBS affiliate WTVH in Syracuse, New York also saw its operations merged with Barrington-owned NBC affiliate WSTM-TV and low-powered CW affiliate WSTQ-LP on the very same day. In this case, however, WSTM is the senior partner in the operational arrangement.[5]

On February 11, 2014, it was announced that Quincy-based Quincy Newspapers would acquire WEEK-TV, as well as KBJR-TV in Superior, Wisconsin, KRII in Chisholm, Minnesota, WBNG-TV in Binghamton, New York, and Malara Broadcasting-owned WPTA in Fort Wayne, Indiana from Granite Broadcasting. Quincy originally intended to continue to provide services to WHOI and WAOE;[6] however, the JSA between WEEK-TV and WAOE will expire at the end of 2014 and Sinclair (which completed its acquisition of Barrington Broadcasting on November 25, 2013) gave notice that the JSA/SSA between WHOI and WEEK-TV (which was originally set to expire in March 2017) will be terminated within nine months of Quincy's consummation of WEEK-TV.

News operation[edit]

Weekday morning news open.

On June 5, 2006, WEEK-TV established a news share agreement with WAOE and began producing a weeknight-only prime time newscast. Known as News 25 at Nine on My 59, the show can be seen for thirty minutes and competes with another half-hour production airing at the same time on WYZZ (produced by CBS affiliate WMBD-TV). WYZZ once aired a weekend edition of its newscast but this was dropped. WAOE also provides a simulcast of the 5-7 a.m. portion of WEEK-TV's weekday morning show.

As a result of the joint operational agreement between WEEK-TV and WHOI, the ABC outlet consolidated its news operation with WEEK-TV. A new secondary set was built at the Springfield Road facilities for use by WHOI. In addition, that station let go most of its production and newscast personnel but added four on-air personalities to WEEK-TV's news team (three of them are still employed by WEEK-TV today).

WHOI then dropped its own weeknight newscasts at 5 and 6 for a new show seen at 5:30 so it would not directly compete with WEEK-TV in those time slots. WHOI retained its own weekday morning show and a separate local news broadcast weeknights at 10. On weekends, WEEK-TV and WHOI simulcast local newscasts but there can be a delay or pre-emption on one station because of network obligations. At some point in time after combining operations, the two outlets became the first news department in the market to upgrade local newscasts to 16:9 enhanced definition widescreen. Although not truly high definition, the shows match the aspect ratio of HD television screens. It is unknown if the WAOE broadcasts were included in the change, however.

Newscast titles[edit]

  • Your Esso Reporter (1953–1957)
  • WEEK-TV News (1957–1969)
  • Eyewitness News (1969–1977)
  • News 25 (1977–present)

Station slogans[edit]

  • "The News People" (late 1970s)
  • "Now More Than Ever" (early 1980s–1983)
  • "Say Hello" (1983–1989, during period station used Frank Gari's "Hello News")
  • "Central Illinois' NewsChannel" (1989–1996)
  • "Your Home Team" (1996–present)
  • "Central Illinois' News Center" (2009–2012, website portal branding similar to stations in Granite/Malara joint operations)

News team[edit]

+ denotes personnel seen exclusively on WEEK-TV

News anchors

  • + Garry Moore - weekday mornings, weekdays at 11:30 a.m., and weekdays at noon
  • + Libby Derry - weeknights at 5, 6, and 10 (Starting April 28, 2014)
  • + Tom McIntyre - weeknights at 6 and 10
  • Eric Greene - weeknights at 9; also Newsmakers host
  • TBD - weekends; also reporter

Other anchors

  • Chuck Collins (AMS and NWA Seals of Approval) - Chief Meteorologist; weeknights
  • + Sandy Gallant (AMS Seal of Approval) - news and meteorologist; weekday mornings, weekdays at 11:30 a.m., and weekdays at noon
  • Lee Hall - Sports Director; weeknights at 6, 9, and 10 (also Prep Rally host)
  • Marc Strauss - weekend sports; also sports reporter
  • Jim Mattson - Prep Rally host

Reporters

  • Denise Jackson - multimedia journalist; also fill-in news anchor
  • Ella Maxwell - "The Midday Gardener" segment producer
  • Rose-Ann Aragon
  • Alyssa Donovan
  • Beau Ebenezer
  • Audrey Wise

References[edit]

  1. ^ November 7, 1957 on BrainyHistory
  2. ^ a b c Quick, Doug. "Other Television History" on personal website.
  3. ^ FCC list of full-service US TV stations, February 16, 2009
  4. ^ Tarter, Steve (March 2, 2009). "Owners of WEEK taking over WHOI operations". Peoria Journal Star. Retrieved March 2, 2009. 
  5. ^ http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2009/03/the_staff_of_wtvh_laid.html
  6. ^ "Quincy Buying Stations From Granite, Malara". TVNewsCheck. February 11, 2014. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 

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