Quincy Newspapers

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Quincy Newspapers, Inc.
Industry Media
Founded 1835
Headquarters 130 South Fifth Street, Quincy, Illinois, 62306-0906, USA
Key people
Ralph M. Oakley
Brady Dreasler ([])
Number of employees
Website www.qni.biz

Quincy Newspapers, Inc. (QNI), currently operating as Quincy, is a family-owned media company that originated in the newspapers of Quincy, Illinois. The company's history can be traced back to 1835, when the Bounty Land Register was one of four newspapers in Illinois. Over the next century, a number of mergers followed. In 1935, the company was renamed the Quincy Herald-Whig, and in 2015, simply, Herald-Whig. The company moved into radio in 1947 and began television broadcasts in 1953.


The corporation was formed in Quincy on July 1, 1926, as a publishing company upon the consolidation of Quincy Herald, direct descendant of the Illinois Bounty Land Register first published in Quincy in 1835, and the Quincy Whig-Journal, descendant of the Quincy Whig founded in 1838.[1]

The Herald was purchased in September 1891 by three men from Rockford, Charles L. Miller, Hedley John Eaton and Edmund Botsford. Miller had earlier founded the Rockford Daily Register, that city's oldest newspaper. Subsequently, Miller brought to the Herald his brother-in-law and nephew, respectively, Aaron Burr Oakley and Ray M. Oakley, the first two generations of the Oakleys in the newspaper business in Quincy. Miller spent four years in Quincy, returning to Rockford in 1896 to join Harry M. Johnson in ownership of the Rockford Republic. He retired as editor of the Republic in 1913 and died in 1921. Hedley Eaton retired in 1913 and died in 1936. Eaton's son John Dewitt Eaton stayed with the paper as Advertising Manager until his retirement in 1955.

Two brothers from Decatur, Frank M. Lindsay, Sr. and Arthur O. Lindsay, Sr. bought the Quincy Whig in 1915, with Arthur Lindsay taking up residence in Quincy as president and manager. Frank Lindsay remained in Decatur with the Decatur Herald and formed an association with another Illinois newspaper family, the Schaubs. In 1920, the Lindsays consolidated the Whig and The Quincy Journal, founded in 1883.

QNI entered broadcasting in 1947, the year it started Quincy's first commercial FM station, WQDI. The following year QNI purchased Quincy Broadcasting Co. to operate WGEM, the city's second AM station. WQDI became WGEM-FM in 1953.

Quincy Newspapers Corporate headquarters in Downtown Quincy

Quincy Broadcasting produced the Quincy region's first television broadcast on September 4, 1953, with the launch of WGEM-TV, the area's NBC affiliate. Quincy Broadcasting also operates the Hotel Quincy, which houses the studios of WGEM AM-FM-TV, as a residential/transient hotel.

In 1969, QNI and six other newspaper entities formed American Newspapers Inc., which bought The New Jersey Herald in Newton, New Jersey, converting the semi-weekly to a daily and Sunday publication in 1970. QNI acquired controlling interest in American Newspapers in 1980 and became sole owner in 1986.

Beginning in the 1970s, QNI began a major expansion into television. WSJV in Elkhart, Indiana (serving South Bend) was acquired in 1974; KROC-TV (renamed KTTC) in Rochester, Minnesota in 1976; WHIS-TV (renamed WVVA) in Bluefield, West Virginia in 1979; KTIV in Sioux City, Iowa in 1989; and WREX-TV in Rockford in 1995. All of the stations were also NBC affiliates at their acquisitions except for WSJV and WREX, which were ABC affiliates; however, in 1995, WSJV dropped ABC for Fox, and soon thereafter WREX joined NBC. Also in 1995, The Merchant, a weekly shopper in Quincy was purchased by the company.

In June 2001, QNI purchased from Shockley Communications Corporation five ABC affiliates in Wisconsin: WKOW-TV in Madison, WAOW-TV in Wausau; WYOW in Eagle River (a satellite of WAOW); WXOW-TV in La Crosse; and WQOW-TV in Eau Claire (a semi-satellite of WXOW). Also purchased from SCC at the time was ProVideo of Wisconsin, Inc. consisting of a component digital online suite and a fully integrated non-linear online suite in Madison, Wisconsin. Concurrent with the Shockley Communications Corporation purchase, KTTC entered into a shared services agreement with KXLT-TV, the Fox affiliate in Rochester, Minnesota. KTTC provides all services for KXLT excluding sales, traffic, and programming.

On July 1, 2006 QNI purchased KWWL, the NBC affiliate in Waterloo, Iowa, from Raycom Media. In February 2009, QNI purchased Crandon, Wisconsin's WBIJ from the widow of the station's founder, with the intention to operate the station as a satellite station of WAOW;[2] QNI subsequently renamed the station WMOW to conform with its other Wisconsin properties.

On February 11, 2014, Quincy announced plans to acquire a number of small and mid-market stations from Granite Broadcasting, including WEEK-TV in Peoria, KBJR-TV in Superior, Wisconsin, KRII in Chisholm, Minnesota (a satellite of KBJR), and WBNG-TV in Binghamton, New York (the company's first CBS affiliate; WEEK and KBJR/KRII are NBC affiliates). As part of the deal, Quincy originally planned to purchase WPTA, the ABC affiliate in Fort Wayne, Indiana, from Malara Broadcast Group, and provide services to ABC affiliate WHOI and MyNetworkTV affiliate WAOE in Peoria, NBC affiliate WISE-TV in Fort Wayne, and CBS affiliate KDLH in Duluth, Minnesota.[3] In November 2014, the deal was reworked so that Quincy would acquire WISE and provide services to WPTA, retaining the arrangement between the stations established by Granite.[4] In July 2015, the deal was reworked yet again; Quincy would, yet again, acquire WPTA instead of WISE, and Malara's stations would be acquired by SagamoreHill Broadcasting. Quincy also proposed to wind down its shared services agreements with WISE and KDLH within nine months of the sale's completion: both stations would move their existing network affiliations to WPTA and KBJR, and become independently-operated stations airing The CW.[5] On September 15, 2015, the FCC approved the deal.[6]



Radio Stations[edit]

Television stations[edit]

Quincy Newspapers Logo until 2012.
  • (**) – Indicates a station built and signed on by Quincy.
City of license / Market Station Channel
Owned Since Network Affiliation
Peoria, Illinois WEEK-TV 25 (25) 2015 NBC
WHOI 19 (19) 1 ABC
The CW (DT2)
Quincy, Illinois WGEM-TV ** 10 (10) 1953 NBC
The CW (DT2)
Fox (DT3)
Rockford, Illinois WREX 13 (13) 1995 NBC
The CW (DT2)
Me-TV (DT3)
Elkhart - South Bend, Indiana WSJV 13 (28) 1974 Fox
Heroes & Icons (DT2)
Fort Wayne, Indiana WPTA 21 (24) 2015 ABC
The CW (DT2)
WISE-TV 33 (18) 2 NBC
MyNetworkTV (DT2)
Sioux City, Iowa KTIV 4 (41) 1989 NBC
The CW (DT2)
Me-TV (DT3)
Waterloo - Cedar Rapids, Iowa KWWL 7 (7) 2006 NBC
This TV (DT2)
Me-TV (DT3)
Duluth, Minnesota - Superior, Wisconsin KBJR-TV 6 (19) 2015 NBC
MyNetworkTV (DT2)
KDLH 3 (33) 2 CBS
The CW (DT2)
Chisholm, MN KRII
(Satellite of KBJR)
11 (11) 2015 NBC
Rochester, Minnesota KTTC 10 (10) 1976 NBC
The CW (DT2)
KXLT-TV 47 (46) 2 Fox
Me-TV (DT2)
Binghamton, NY WBNG 12 (7) 2015 CBS
The CW (DT2)
Bluefield - Beckley, West Virginia WVVA 6 (46) 1979 NBC
The CW (DT2)
Me-TV (DT3)
La Crosse, Wisconsin WXOW 19 (48) 2001 ABC
The CW (DT2)
This TV (DT3)
Eau Claire, Wisconsin WQOW
(Semi-satellite of WXOW)
18 (15) 2001 ABC
The CW (DT2)
This TV (DT3)
Madison, Wisconsin WKOW 27 (26) 2001 ABC
Me-TV (DT2)
This TV (DT3)
Wausau, Wisconsin WAOW 9 (9) 2001 ABC
The CW (DT2)
This TV (DT3)
Crandon, Wisconsin WMOW
(Satellite of WAOW)
4 (12) 2010 The CW
This TV (DT3)
Eagle River, Wisconsin WYOW
(Satellite of WAOW)
34 (28) 2001 ABC
The CW (DT2)
This TV (DT3)


  1. ^ Townsend, Britni (December 2001). "A "Bounty-full" Beginning: The Quincy Herald-Whig". Retrieved 2013-10-09. 
  2. ^ "Quincy Takes WBIJ for $1.55 Million". TelevisionBroadcast.com. February 13, 2009. Retrieved February 14, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Quincy Buying Stations From Granite, Malara". TVNewsCheck. February 11, 2014. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Amendment to Agreements and Description of Transaction (KBJR-TV)" (PDF). CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. November 24, 2014. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Amended Description of Agreements, Description of Transaction, and Request for Temporary Waiver". Quincy Newspapers, Inc. Retrieved 1 August 2015. 
  6. ^ Letter CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved 15 September 2015

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