WEEK-TV

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WEEK-TV
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Peoria/Bloomington/
Normal, Illinois
City of licensePeoria
BrandingWEEK (general)
News 25
SloganYour Home Team
ChannelsDigital: 25 (UHF)
Virtual: 25 (PSIP)
Subchannels25.1 NBC
25.2 AccuWeather
AffiliationsNBC
OwnerGranite Broadcasting Corporation
(WEEK-TV)
First air dateFebruary 1, 1953
Sister station(s)WAOE, WHOI
Former callsignsWEEK (1953–1979)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
43 (UHF, 1953–1964)
25 (UHF, 1964–2009)
Digital:
57 (UHF, 2003–2009)
Former affiliationsNBC Weather Plus
(on DT2)
Transmitter power246 kW
Height211.6 m
ClassDT
Facility ID24801
Transmitter coordinates40°37′46.3″N 89°32′52.5″W / 40.629528°N 89.547917°W / 40.629528; -89.547917
Websitewww.cinewsnow.com
 
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WEEK-TV
WEEKTV.png

Week dt2.png
Peoria/Bloomington/
Normal, Illinois
City of licensePeoria
BrandingWEEK (general)
News 25
SloganYour Home Team
ChannelsDigital: 25 (UHF)
Virtual: 25 (PSIP)
Subchannels25.1 NBC
25.2 AccuWeather
AffiliationsNBC
OwnerGranite Broadcasting Corporation
(WEEK-TV)
First air dateFebruary 1, 1953
Sister station(s)WAOE, WHOI
Former callsignsWEEK (1953–1979)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
43 (UHF, 1953–1964)
25 (UHF, 1964–2009)
Digital:
57 (UHF, 2003–2009)
Former affiliationsNBC Weather Plus
(on DT2)
Transmitter power246 kW
Height211.6 m
ClassDT
Facility ID24801
Transmitter coordinates40°37′46.3″N 89°32′52.5″W / 40.629528°N 89.547917°W / 40.629528; -89.547917
Websitewww.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]

ChannelNameVideoAspectProgramming
25.1WEEK-HD1080i16:9Main WEEK-TV programming / NBC
25.2WEEK-WX480i4:3WEEK-TV Weather First

History[edit]

The station signed-on February 1, 1953 as WEEK. 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-AM 1350 (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. WEEK would add the -TV suffix to its call sign on August 28, 1979.

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 of the same year, this station 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] The operational agreements between Granite and Sinclair (which completed its acquisition of Barrington Broadcasting on November 25, 2013) will expire in March 2017, and Sinclair announced its intention not to renew the agreements.

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]

Station slogans[edit]

News team[edit]

+ denotes personnel seen exclusively on WEEK-TV

News anchors

Other anchors

Reporters

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