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WSIL-TV 5pm Newscast, April 5, 1993
WSIL-TV 5pm Newscast, April 5, 1993
Published: 2015/05/20
Channel: NewsActive3
WSIL TV-3: Weekend Morning Bloopers
WSIL TV-3: Weekend Morning Bloopers
Published: 2016/10/16
Channel: Jordan Taylor
1016 WSIL-TV 3 Directing/Tech  Director
1016 WSIL-TV 3 Directing/Tech Director
Published: 2016/10/16
Channel: Jordan Taylor
My last show at WSIL TV
My last show at WSIL TV
Published: 2016/11/11
Channel: Jalah Gray
Outstanding News Operations 2015 - WSIL TV
Outstanding News Operations 2015 - WSIL TV
Published: 2015/01/30
Channel: WSIL Carterville
Best Series: Pay It Forward WSIL TV
Best Series: Pay It Forward WSIL TV
Published: 2015/01/29
Channel: WSIL Carterville
Anna Giles Trump Inauguration Coverage WSIL - T.V.
Anna Giles Trump Inauguration Coverage WSIL - T.V.
Published: 2017/01/22
Channel: Anna Giles
MVTHS Story Part 1 on WSIL TV-3  January 25, 2017
MVTHS Story Part 1 on WSIL TV-3 January 25, 2017
Published: 2017/01/26
Channel: Vine Radio & Vine Television
Cover It Live Update for WSIL-TV
Cover It Live Update for WSIL-TV
Published: 2010/10/28
Channel: Jim Rhino
WSIL TV News Regarding Outlaw / Hells Angels Gang Fight in Williamson County
WSIL TV News Regarding Outlaw / Hells Angels Gang Fight in Williamson County
Published: 2010/07/30
Channel: PresleyForSheriff
wsiltv WSIL TV • VIDEO
wsiltv WSIL TV • VIDEO
Published: 2013/02/11
Channel: Williamson62959
WSIL TV BEST SINGLE SELF PROMOTION
WSIL TV BEST SINGLE SELF PROMOTION
Published: 2017/02/21
Channel: WSIL SILVERDOME
WSIL TV 3 Digital  Weather Network
WSIL TV 3 Digital Weather Network
Published: 2017/05/21
Channel: SweetPrincessAlicorn
Best Spot News: Cairo Bank Robbery WSIL-TV
Best Spot News: Cairo Bank Robbery WSIL-TV
Published: 2015/01/29
Channel: WSIL Carterville
Anna Giles Massive Manhunt Coverage WSIL T.V.
Anna Giles Massive Manhunt Coverage WSIL T.V.
Published: 2017/01/22
Channel: Anna Giles
WSIL-TV
WSIL-TV
Published: 2009/02/16
Channel: cjbustwothumbs
Gene Hood - 1983 Television Special on WSIL TV
Gene Hood - 1983 Television Special on WSIL TV
Published: 2016/01/29
Channel: Gene Hood
Herrin
Herrin's Thanksgiving, WSIL TV-3, 11-26-15, 5:31 a.m.
Published: 2016/03/11
Channel: Herrin's Thanksgiving
WSIL-TV: Old Ill. marriage law disappoints many out-of-state same-sex couples
WSIL-TV: Old Ill. marriage law disappoints many out-of-state same-sex couples
Published: 2014/07/08
Channel: LGBTQ Nation
WSIL 3 (ABC) 1953 - 2008
WSIL 3 (ABC) 1953 - 2008
Published: 2012/06/09
Channel: identchannel
WSIL -T.V. One in One Interview with Governor Bruce Rauner
WSIL -T.V. One in One Interview with Governor Bruce Rauner
Published: 2016/07/10
Channel: Anna Giles
Best Newscast: Jan 30, 2014 WSIL-TV
Best Newscast: Jan 30, 2014 WSIL-TV
Published: 2015/01/29
Channel: WSIL Carterville
WSIL TV 3 interview-MMA Princess of Pain Tammy Launay,Butterbean
WSIL TV 3 interview-MMA Princess of Pain Tammy Launay,Butterbean
Published: 2008/11/17
Channel: PrincessofPain2008
Escape Obamacare Interview With WSIL TV
Escape Obamacare Interview With WSIL TV
Published: 2014/01/28
Channel: ECCHIC
[IL] Vigil for Carbondale Woman, Molly Young, Killed 1 Year Ago - WSILTV
[IL] Vigil for Carbondale Woman, Molly Young, Killed 1 Year Ago - WSILTV
Published: 2013/03/25
Channel: Cloud Writer
On-Air and Behind the Scenes Fun at WSIL-TV
On-Air and Behind the Scenes Fun at WSIL-TV
Published: 2013/03/26
Channel: Kristin Crowley
Jonathon Walters - Weight Loss Wonder  - WSIL TV 3 News - 177 Pounds in just over 6 months Naturally
Jonathon Walters - Weight Loss Wonder - WSIL TV 3 News - 177 Pounds in just over 6 months Naturally
Published: 2014/01/30
Channel: JwaltFitness
Light Feature - Service Dog Retraining - Stephanie Tyrpak WSIL-TV
Light Feature - Service Dog Retraining - Stephanie Tyrpak WSIL-TV
Published: 2015/01/31
Channel: WSIL Carterville
WSIL TV 3 Quarterfinal Game, Du Quoin vs. Decatur St. Teresa
WSIL TV 3 Quarterfinal Game, Du Quoin vs. Decatur St. Teresa
Published: 2008/11/16
Channel: Donnie Laur
WSIL-TV Interview with Rich Whitney Green Candidate For Illinois Governor
WSIL-TV Interview with Rich Whitney Green Candidate For Illinois Governor
Published: 2010/03/21
Channel: Whitney4gov2010
Talking Politics with Rep. Mike Bost on WSIL - T.V.
Talking Politics with Rep. Mike Bost on WSIL - T.V.
Published: 2015/04/12
Channel: Anna Giles
WSIL TV 3 To Your Health June 17, 2009
WSIL TV 3 To Your Health June 17, 2009
Published: 2009/06/18
Channel: Sherry Wertz
Hard News Feature - Fanna Haile Salassie WSIL TV
Hard News Feature - Fanna Haile Salassie WSIL TV
Published: 2015/01/31
Channel: WSIL Carterville
Ukraine Military Training Sept 8, 2015 by WSIL-TV Carterville, IL USA
Ukraine Military Training Sept 8, 2015 by WSIL-TV Carterville, IL USA
Published: 2015/10/05
Channel: Mike S
WSIL TV   Local Author Types Book With Her Nose
WSIL TV Local Author Types Book With Her Nose
Published: 2014/07/28
Channel: Stephanie G. Cox
Patrick Lee Beasley interview on june 25th 2011 with wsil tv 3 interview with
Patrick Lee Beasley interview on june 25th 2011 with wsil tv 3 interview with
Published: 2011/07/25
Channel: banditgunman
AP Best Sports- WSIL-TV Ben Robinson Blackout Cancer
AP Best Sports- WSIL-TV Ben Robinson Blackout Cancer
Published: 2014/01/24
Channel: WSIL Carterville
08/07/2016 WSIL - Laubach
08/07/2016 WSIL - Laubach's First Live Weathercasts
Published: 2016/08/07
Channel: Tornadoes Kick Media, LLC
1991 Carbondale Illinois wrestling on WSIL TV
1991 Carbondale Illinois wrestling on WSIL TV
Published: 2012/07/22
Channel: joel smith
AP Best Sports- WSIL-TV Zipline PKG
AP Best Sports- WSIL-TV Zipline PKG
Published: 2014/01/24
Channel: WSIL Carterville
WSIL-TV Coverage of Autism Awareness Month
WSIL-TV Coverage of Autism Awareness Month
Published: 2011/04/07
Channel: CommunicatingHope
1271385573.mov
1271385573.mov
Published: 2010/04/16
Channel: foldblog
Dunnabeck Horse Trials 2013 Aired on WSIL TV
Dunnabeck Horse Trials 2013 Aired on WSIL TV
Published: 2013/09/18
Channel: Debbie Kapusta
2012-13 Sports Minute - SIU at WSU - WSIL TV (01-10-13)
2012-13 Sports Minute - SIU at WSU - WSIL TV (01-10-13)
Published: 2013/01/10
Channel: WuShockReaper
Morning Anchor Routine
Morning Anchor Routine
Published: 2013/02/01
Channel: My123Cents
Best Spot News: Feb 2014 Snow Storm WSIL-TV
Best Spot News: Feb 2014 Snow Storm WSIL-TV
Published: 2015/01/29
Channel: WSIL Carterville
WSIL TV 3 report on Harley Davidson
WSIL TV 3 report on Harley Davidson's Back To School Giveaway
Published: 2012/08/13
Channel: DentalSafariCompany
Ukraine Military Training,  Best Series WSIL-TV
Ukraine Military Training, Best Series WSIL-TV
Published: 2016/02/02
Channel: WSIL Carterville
RoverCard -- WSIL TV abc ch. 3
RoverCard -- WSIL TV abc ch. 3
Published: 2010/11/13
Channel: RoverCard
WSIL TV • VIDEO.mov
WSIL TV • VIDEO.mov
Published: 2012/04/06
Channel: Vanessa Webb
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WSIL-TV/KPOB-TV
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WSIL: Harrisburg/Marion/Carbondale, Illinois
KPOB: Poplar Bluff, Missouri
United States
City Harrisburg, Illinois
Branding WSIL-TV 3 (WSIL general)
KPOB-TV 15 (KPOB general)
News 3 (newscasts)
Slogan Your Southern Illinois News Leader
Channels Digital:
WSIL: 34 (UHF)
KPOB: 15 (UHF)
Virtual:
WSIL: 3 (PSIP)
KPOB: 15 (PSIP)
Subchannels x.1 ABC
x.2 Weather Bug
Translators K10KM-D 10 Cape Girardeau, MO
Affiliations ABC
Owner Wheeler Broadcasting
(WSIL-TV, Inc.)
First air date WSIL: December 19, 1953; 63 years ago (1953-12-19)
KPOB: September 15, 1967; 49 years ago (1967-09-15)
Call letters' meaning WSIL: Southern ILlinois
KPOB: POplar Bluff
Former channel number(s) Analog:
WSIL:
22 (UHF, 1953–1959)
3 (VHF, 1959–2009)
KPOB:
15 (UHF, 1967–2009)
Digital:
KPOB:
18 (UHF, until 2009)
Transmitter power WSIL: 1,000 kW
KPOB: 34.5 kW
Height WSIL: 291 m (955 ft)
KPOB: 184 m (604 ft)
Facility ID WSIL: 73999
KPOB: 73998
Transmitter coordinates WSIL: 37°36′46.3″N 88°52′20.3″W / 37.612861°N 88.872306°W / 37.612861; -88.872306
KPOB: 36°48′3.7″N 90°27′6″W / 36.801028°N 90.45167°W / 36.801028; -90.45167 (KPOB-TV)
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website wsiltv.com

WSIL-TV is the ABC-affiliated television station for Southern Illinois, Southeast Missouri, and the Purchase area of Western Kentucky that is licensed to Harrisburg, Illinois. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 34 (remapped to former analog channel 3 via PSIP) from a transmitter in Creal Springs, Illinois. Owned by Wheeler Broadcasting, the station has studios on Country Aire Drive (IL 13) in Carterville. The station operates a full-time satellite, KPOB-TV in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. This station airs a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 15 from a transmitter in the city along US 60/US 67. WSIL does not maintain any offices in Poplar Bluff. WSIL can also be seen on its digital translator, K10KM-D (channel 10), in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Syndicated programming on WSIL includes Ellen, Rachael Ray, The Dr. Oz Show and Harry.

History[edit]

WSIL signed-on for the first time December 1, 1953. It originally broadcast an analog signal on UHF channel 22, but moved to VHF channel 3 in March 1959 as did numerous stations originally assigned to UHF allocations before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) mandated that television-set manufacturers include UHF tuning capability in their products in 1964. The original UHF transmitter had been built in Harrisburg before Paducah, Harrisburg, and Cape Girardeau had been collapsed into one large market.

However, some parts of Southeast Missouri could not receive channel 3's signal clearly, presumably because WSIL had to conform it to protect WREC-TV (now WREG-TV) in Memphis, Tennessee in the next market to the south. As a result, KPOB signed-on September 15, 1967 to provide service to those counties, although Jonesboro, Arkansas' KAIT (another ABC station) may have been visible in much of the area.

For many years, WSIL did not air the weeknight broadcasts of ABC News, broadcasting instead a children's show featuring cartoons and Three Stooges shorts in the 5:30 to 6:30 time slot. It was not until sometime in the late-1970s it became the last ABC affiliate in the United States to abandon the practice of preempting the network news. However, in ABC's earlier years, quite a number of local stations did not carry the newscasts because their ratings trailed competitors CBS and NBC by a large margin. This changed when ABC initiated the World News Tonight (now ABC World News Tonight) format in 1978, finally establishing the network as a significant news operation.

WSIL had the unique distinction of being the first station in the market to broadcast a digital signal at a full 1 megawatt of power (equivalent to 5 megawatts in analog) on October 22, 2002. It will soon also be the first to air a mobile digital signal. The station was one of the ABC affiliates that refused to air NYPD Blue during its first season in 1993-1994. Station Manager Steve Wheeler appeared on Good Morning America to explain his decision. During the interview with Charlie Gibson, Wheeler announced that if the program was successful, WSIL would reconsider. During this first season, Fox affiliate KBSI aired the program during the assigned network slot Tuesdays nights at 9 Central Time.[1]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2][3]
x.1 720p 16:9 WSIL-DT
KPOB-DT
Main programming / ABC
x.2 480i 4:3 Weather Bug

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

Both stations shut down their analog signals, respectively on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital channel allocations post-transition are as follows:[4]

  • WSIL-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 3; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 34. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 3.
  • KPOB-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 15; the station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 18 to channel 15

News operation[edit]

WSIL's newscasts focus almost exclusively on Southern Illinois, unlike the other big three stations in the area. This is despite the presence of KPOB, which is a straight simulcast of WSIL. In fact, channel 3 does not even mention the market's other two main cities (Paducah and Cape Girardeau) in its on-air identifications, choosing to identify as "Harrisburg/Marion/Carbondale". Its newscasts are known as News 3 even though program listings online and on cable and satellite services can refer to them as News 3 News. Unlike most ABC affiliates, WSIL does not air a midday newscast during the week. It is the only station in the market to air a 6:30 p.m. newscast. WSIL's newscasts were branded as NewsCenter 3 up until 1992 and was rebranded to its current branding News 3.

Former on-air talent Amy Van Patten suffered a brain aneurysm in July 1997.[5]

On January 18, 2004, the news operation underwent a major renovation, including the set, logo and on-air graphics. Some personnel changes were also made to compliment the move. The morning newscast was increased to one hour long and re-branded to News 3 This Morning.[6]

On October 6, 2010, WSIL became the first station in the market to offer news in high definition. No changes were made to the set but the first major on-air graphics overhaul since 2004. On September 10, 2012, News 3 This Morning was expanded from one and a half hours to two hours. On July 11, 2015, WSIL expanded its morning newscast to weekend mornings with Callie Caroll as anchor and Rachel Duensing as meteorologist.

Longtime veteran news anchor Edan Schultz left October 3, 2014 after 19 years as an anchor, managing editor, reporter and producer.[7] He is now working as an anchor and reporter for WCTV in Tallahassee, Florida[8]

Notable current on-air staff[edit]

Former on-air staff[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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