call_letters = WRSP-TV / WCCU
station_branding = Fox 55/27 Illinois
WRSP: 55 (UHF)
WCCU: 27 (UHF)
WRSP: 44 (UHF)
WCCU: 26 (UHF)
affiliations = Fox
airdate = WRSP:
June 1, 1979
April 25, 1987
location = WRSP: Springfield/
callsign_meaning = WRSP: WR SPringfield
former_callsigns = WRSP: WBHW (1979-1982)
owner = GOCOM Media of Illinois, LLC
former_affiliations = independent (1979-1986)
effective_radiated_power = WRSP:
2000 kW (analog)
335 kW (digital)
3390 kW (analog)
507 kW (digital)
HAAT = WRSP:
439 m (analog)
415 m (digital)
139 m (analog)
114 m (digital)
facility_id = WRSP: 62009
coordinates = WRSP:
homepage = WRSP: [http://www.myfoxspringfield.com/ www.myfoxspringfield.com]
WCCU: [http://www.myfoxchampaign.com/ www.myfoxchampaign.com]
WRSP-TV (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 affiliate WBUI.
June 1, 1979, 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, 1987, 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
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
WICSin 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
* [http://www.myfoxspringfield.com/myfox/ MyFox Springfield]
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