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.
WSIL broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 34 from a transmitter in Creal Springs and has studios and offices at 1416 Country Aire Drive in Carterville. The station operates a full-time satellite, KPOB-TV in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, airing a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 15.
WSIL/KPOB is owned by Quincy Media, Incorporated which purchased the station on January 15, 2019 from Mel Wheeler, Incorporated. Quincy Media, Inc., formerly known as Quincy Newspapers, Inc., is a family-owned media company that owns and operates television stations in 16 markets, newspapers in two markets, radio in one and digital platforms in all.
WSIL signed-on for the first time December 1, 1953. It originally broadcast an analog signal on UHF channel 22, but moved to VFH channel 3 in March of 1959. The early programming on WSIL featured a variety of locally produced programs such as, "The Hour", "Cactus Pete", "It's Fun to Draw", "Ruffles the Clown", and "The Lucky LeRoy Show."
Mel Wheeler, Incorporated bought WSIL in 1983 and in April of 1989, moved the studio and offices to the 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 a full megawatt of 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 including the Illinois Broadcasters Association Medium Market Station of the Year Award and Associated Press awards for Outstanding News Operation and Best Newscasts.