Quincy Media, Inc. (QMI) owners and operators of the Quincy Herald Whig and WGEM-TV/Radio has agreed to purchase WSIL-TV, the ABC affiliate serving southern Illinois. The acquisition is subject to approval of the Federal Communications Commission.
WSIL will be the fourth Illinois based station owned by QMI. It is currently owned by Mel Wheeler, Inc. This acquisition will extend QMI ownership to 16 television markets.
On Monday QMI announced its acquisition of KVOA, the market leading NBC affiliate in Tucson, Arizona owned by Cordillera Communications.
“We are very excited to acquire these two great stations,” said Ralph M. Oakley, President/CEO of Quincy Media, Inc. “Both stations are very involved in the communities they serve, family owned and, like Quincy Media, operate with similar philosophies of community service.”
The WSIL studio is located in the Carbondale/Marion area. In addition to serving southern Illinois, the station also provides service to western Kentucky and southeast Missouri. It is located in the Harrisburg, Illinois/Cape Girardeau, Missouri/Paducah, Kentucky which is the 88th television market as measured by the Nielsen Company.
The company began as Quincy Newspapers, Inc. in 1926, the result of the merger of the Quincy Herald and the Quincy Whig. It entered the broadcast business in Quincy in the 1940s and 1950s. The company changed its name Quincy Media, Inc. in 2016.