While other boys were collecting baseball cards, Doug Quick was following newscasters on television.
“I looked up to the people I saw on TV,” he said, including Loren Boatman and Wyndham Roberts. “All those people were influential.”
Later, Quick would turn that interest into a long career in radio and television. Now, he’s being honored by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Mid-America for his years of dedication and service to central Illinois television.
Quick will be inducted into the Mid-America Emmys Silver Circle on Oct. 5 in St. Louis. He and two others from the Midwest and the central part of the country will join the Silver Circle, made up of an elite group of professionals who have contributed to television for the last 25 years or more.
“It’s one of the highest honors anyone working in local television can receive,” Quick said. “It’s just a terrific honor.”
Quick said he’s not the type of person who actively seeks awards; still, it’s nice to be recognized.
“There are a lot more people worthy (of this),” he said. “That makes it an even greater honor.”
Quick is chief weather anchor and co-anchor at WICD, Channel 15 in Champaign. For more than 10 years, he has built his website into a detailed history of each of the central Illinois TV stations and even expanded it to include stations in St. Louis and Peoria.
The site includes many pictures, newspaper articles and comments from those who were a part of the early days of central Illinois TV. Quick continues to research mid-Illinois TV history and updates his website with additional facts and revisions. He is writing a book, which will detail the first 10 years of television in mid-Illinois (1953-1963).
It’s that passion for preserving history that led to Quick’s nomination, as well as his years of service.