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Living, working and playing in Quincy, Illinois

WGEM News is The Tri-States’ News Leader – the dominant station in our market.

Our team is committed to the people of Illinois, Missouri, and Iowa. We believe it is our daily responsibility to benefit the communities we serve through our news leadership and community involvement.

We serve 16 counties in West Central Illinois, Northeast Missouri and Southeast Iowa with our digital television signal 10.1 which is NBC. We also provide programming from the CW network on digital channel 10.2; WGEM FOX, the area’s FOX affiliate, on digital channel 10.3; and the MeTV network on digital channel 10.4. 

WGEM also operates two radio stations from our building, FM 105 which is a news talk format and AM1440/FM 98.9 which is a sports talk format. 

Our goal is to serve our customers where they want us, whether that's on television or radio, on, through our news, weather and radio station apps or through social media platforms.

Our Workplace

WGEM provides its employees with the technology, environment, and training needed to succeed, whether it’s as part of the news team, sales staff, management team, or filling one of many essential support roles.

Much of our office space, including our newsroom, is newly renovated to offer a better workflow and improved efficiency, comfort, and style.

Our Approach to Journalism

Our award-winning news team tells stories that matter across all platforms, keeping residents informed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. WGEM journalists dig deeper into community issues, give viewers the tools they need to make informed decisions, and share inspiring stories about the people who live in our communities. During severe weather, people count on our team of meteorologists to deliver accurate information and wall-to-wall coverage to keep them safe.

Because of our consistent leadership in the areas of news, weather, and sports, WGEM has received numerous awards from local, state and national organizations, including regional Emmys and prestigious Edward R. Murrow awards.

But perhaps our most treasured achievement is earning our audience’s trust. We do not take that trust lightly and we continue our commitment – every day – to journalistic excellence.

Our History

WGEM entered the broadcasting field in 1947 with Quincy’s first commercial FM station. The following year, Quincy Newspapers, Inc., now Quincy Media, Inc., bought Quincy Broadcasting Company to operate WGEM, the city’s second AM station.

In 1953, WGEM-TV became the first television station to operate in Quincy.

It is one of the few and longest operating locally owned-and-operated television stations in the country that has retained the same call letters, owner, channel number and primary network affiliation. WGEM will become part of Gray Television in 2021. It has been affiliated with the NBC television network since its inception.

Our Social Responsibility

We strongly believe that service to our communities is our social responsibility. WGEM proudly supports numerous events and endeavors in our communities and plays a major role in projects that help make the Tri-States a better place.

Among our most significant community partnerships are:

Great River Honor Flight – With the first Great River Honor Flight in April 2010, nearly 2,000 area veterans have been taken on one-day trips to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices.

WGEM Fall Harvest – For more than 30 years, WGEM has partnered with HyVee and the Salvation Army to feed the hungry in the Tri-States by collecting non-perishable food items during the fall.

WGEM Bucket Blitz – WGEM hosts a Bucket Blitz outside the Quincy Mall for four days each December as part of the Salvation Army’s Christmas Campaign. The Bucket Blitz brought in a record $60,400 in 2020 to benefit the Salvation Army’s programs and community services.

United Way – We are long-time supporters of the United Way, which aims to improve our communities, especially in the areas of education, financial stability, and health. Just as we believe we are “Better Together,” we also believe that we should “Live United” and advance the greater good.

Why Live in Quincy, IL?

Photo courtesy: Robert Turek

Quincy, nestled on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, has a small-town feel with a vibrancy that rivals big city life. A strong sense of community can be felt here and in our surrounding communities. People go the extra mile – every day – to welcome, support and encourage one another.

From arts and culture to sports and recreation, down-home cooking to fine dining, kid-friendly festivals to a bustling night life, Quincy is a delightful place to live and work.

History & Architecture

Quincy is steeped in history, with tourist sites and events related to its German heritage, ties to President Abraham Lincoln, and its strong commitment to inclusion and humanitarian aid. Quincy was a city of refuge for Mormons during the deadly winter of 1838-39 and the Potowatomi Tribe on the infamous Trail of Death. It was a major site on the Underground Railroad.

Given its rich history of various cultures, Quincy is home to many majestic old homes and various types of architecture. The Villa Kathrine, which serves as the city’s Tourist and Information Center, is the only example of Mediterranean-style architecture along the Mississippi River.

Arts, Culture & Events

Among the city’s most popular annual events are the Q-Fest arts festival, Grand Prix of Karting, Germanfest, Oktoberfest, Lincoln in the District, Dogwood Festival, Soap Box Derby, and Blues in the District.

Quincy is home to the nation’s first arts council – the Quincy Society of Fine Arts – and is well known for its arts, culture, and architecture. Museums abound, as well as opportunities to take in theater, opera, and symphony performances, and plenty of hands-on experiences in the visual arts.

Parks & Recreation

For outdoor enthusiasts, the city boasts 30 parks that comprise more than 1,000 acres, five golf courses, 40 miles of walking and biking trails, recreation leagues for all ages, and hunting and fishing opportunities.

Sports fans can enjoy high school and college sports, as well as Quincy Gems baseball in the summer. Runners and walkers can participate in a variety of local races – one of the most popular the Bridge the Gap to Health 5K, 10K and half-marathon that allows participants to cross Quincy’s Bayview and Memorial bridges.

Schools & Universities

Quincy Public Schools offers a K-12 education and in 2018, voters approved $89 million to build four new, state-of-the-art elementary schools and renovate an elementary school and the high school. Parents also can opt for private education by sending their children to one of Quincy’s parochial elementary schools, all of which have a long history of academic excellence. Quincy Notre Dame High School is a private, Catholic co-educational high school that serves students in grades 9-12.

Higher education opportunities abound. John Wood Community College is a two-year college in the Illinois Community College System. Quincy University is a private, liberal arts university in the Franciscan tradition. Other area schools of higher education include Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing and Health Sciences in Quincy; Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo., and Hannibal LaGrange University in Hannibal, Mo.

Our Surrounding Communities Also Have Plenty to Offer

West Central Illinois

To the south of Quincy is Pike County, a sportsman’s paradise and one of the state’s top hunting and fishing areas. To the northeast, you’ll find historical significance in Carthage and Nauvoo, with multiple sites related to the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. If you like college towns, Macomb is home of the Western Illinois University Leathernecks. In between, you’ll find many other places with small-town charm and hospitality.

Northeast Missouri

If you’re into all things Mark Twain, Hannibal is the place to be. About 100 miles northwest of St. Louis, Hannibal is the boyhood home of Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain. National Tom Sawyer Days brings thousands of tourists to town each July, and countless other festivals take place throughout the year. Beyond Hannibal, Northeast Missouri offers a multitude of outdoor and recreation opportunities, including Mark Twain Lake, Wakonda State Park, and the Union Covered Bridge State Historic Site.

Southeast Iowa

Keokuk and Fort Madison are the heart of our footprint in Southeast Iowa. Both towns have a rich tapestry of history, with strong ties to native Americans, the Civil War, and the industrial revolution. Keokuk’s Lock and Dam 19 is an engineering marvel, and Fort Madison is home to Old Fort Madison, the first military outpost on the upper Mississippi, and the Old Sante Fe Depot. A Fort Madison tradition since 1948 is the Tri-State Rodeo, a week-long event held every September.

Road Trips

Quincy is a great place to start a road trip! It’s easy to take a day trip or weekend getaway to St. Louis, Chicago, and other larger cities. Here are just a few!

  • Springfield – 2 hours
  • Peoria – 2 ½ hours
  • Chicago – 5 hours
  • St. Louis – 2 ½ hours
  • Kansas City – 3 ½ hours
  • Lake of the Ozarks – 3 hours
  • Des Moines – 3 ½ hours
  • Iowa City – 2 hours

Quincy also has daily flights to St. Louis and Chicago and daily train service to Chicago.

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