(channel 55) and WCCU
(channel 27) are affiliates of the Fox network
in central Illinois
. WRSP, the main station, is licensed to Springfield
and serves the western part of the market. WCCU is a fulltime satellite of WRSP for the eastern part of the market, licensed to Urbana
with studios in Champaign
. Both stations are owned by GOCOM Media of Illinois along with The CW
On June 1
, channel 55 signed on as religious television station WBHW
, the first new commercial station in the market (not counting satellite stations) since WCIA
signed on in 1953
. In 1982
, it changed call letters to WRSP-TV
, the market's first general entertainment independent station
. On April 25
, as a condition of affiliating with the fledgling Fox
network, satellite station WCCU
signed on. Both stations began transmitting digital signals in mid-2000
, including Fox Network high definition.
WRSP-TV introduced a new website, based on the "MyFox" O&O look which has been licensed from Fox Television Stations Group's interactive division.
Newschannel at 9 on Fox Illinois was launched on September 11, 2006 under an agreement between WICS in
Springfield and WICD in Champaign with WRSP/WCCU. Julie Staley anchors the broadcast Monday through Friday, while Ashley Glass anchors the weekend broadcast, from the studios of WICS in Springfield. The newscast focuses on area-wide local news.
Newschannel at 9 on Fox Illinois airs every night at 9:00 p.m.
- Julie Staley Anchor
- Gus Gordon Chief Meteorologist
- Josh Samuels Sports Director
- Ashley Glass Weekend Anchor
- Joe Crain Weekend Weathercaster
- Bart Barker Weekend Sports Anchor