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By WSIL Staff

CARTERVILLE -- WSIL-TV is the ABC Network affiliate serving southern Illinois, western Kentucky, and southeast Missouri. WSIL became the area’s first television station in December of 1953 operating out of studios in Harrisburg.  

In 1983, Mel Wheeler, Inc. purchased WSIL with Steve and Bonnie Wheeler taking over day-to-day operations.  Steve Wheeler remains the station's General Manager.  Bonnie originally anchored the evening news and served as News Director, she currently serves as Vice President of News Operations.

In April of 1989, the Wheelers moved the studio and offices to their current location along Route 13 in Carterville in order to better serve the entire WSIL viewing area.

In October of 2002, WSIL began broadcasting high definition network programming full-time with full power.  Eight years later, in October of 2010, WSIL became the first station in the area to broadcast local newscasts in high definition and continues to provide local news, weather and sports video and commercials in high definition.

WSIL’s commitment to local news coverage and community involvement has earned it several prestigious honors in recent years. The Illinois Broadcasters Association named WSIL its Medium Market Station of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2012. WSIL also earned the Associated Press award for Outstanding News Operation for 2010, 2011 and 2012 as well as Best Newscast for all three years.

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