DMA 82: SPRINGFIELD, IL

‘Code Red’ Forecaster, WICS ‘Resolve Differences’

Sinclair’s Springfield, Ill. ABC affiliate WICS and its former meteorologist Joe Crain have released a joint statement, saying they have “resolved their differences in a private agreement and will be moving on from their dispute.”

Sinclair Says Joe Crain ‘Was Let Go’

One week ago Joe Crain, the morning meteorologist at WICS Springfield, Ill., called out station management for mandating over-the-top “Code Red” weather alerts. Now Crain is officially out of a job. A spokesman for the station’s parent, Sinclair Broadcast Group, confirmed Wednesday night that “Joe was let go.”

THE PRICE POINT

Price Point | Was The ‘Code Red’ Meteorologist Right?

Hank Price: “The commitment of local broadcasters and their owners to the communities they serve is legendary. No corporation is perfect, nor is every policy. Employees have the right to disagree and should do so when they believe something is wrong, though hopefully not on a public forum.”

DMA 82: SPRINGFIELD, IL

WICS Advertises For Meteorologist’s Replacement

The ad for a WICS Springfield, Ill., morning meteorologist showed up Tuesday on owner Sinclair Broadcast Group’s website. It follows meteorologist Joe Crain’s on-air criticism of Sinclair’s Code Red weather alert policy.

DMA 82: SPRINGFIELD, IL

‘Code Red’ Alert Gone After Meteorologist’s Knock

Joe Crain, a WICS Springfield, Ill., meterologist since 2004, disappeared from the weather report after ad-libbing June 5 about the “Code Red” moniker that station owner Sinclair Broadcast Group implemented as a severe-weather alert. Late Monday, WICS GM Rick Lipps said in a video posted to the station’s website that “Code Red,” which “may no longer be fitting,” will be replaced with “Weather Warn.”

DMA 82: SPRINGFIELD, IL

Local Businesses Pull Ads From WICS In Support Of Weathercaster

At least four local businesses have pulled their advertising from WICS Springfield, Ill., in support of meteorologist Joe Crain, who has been absent from the station’s broadcasts following his on-air criticism of owner Sinclair Broadcast Group’s “Code Red” weather alert system.

DMA 82: SPRINGFIELD, IL

WICS Forecaster May Be Out After Criticizing Sinclair

Joe Crain has been a meteorologist at WICS Springfield, Ill., for 15 years. On Monday, he might not have a job to return to. The reason? Crain criticized Sinclair Broadcast Group’s initiative to implement mandatory “code red” days in their affiliates’ forecasts. Meteorologists at local stations under Sinclair’s auspices are encouraged — or at times, forced — into declaring code red days, the decision often made by management. And during Wednesday morning’s broadcast, Crain had had enough.

DMA 82

WICS Meteorologist Criticizes Sinclair ‘Code Red’ Alerts

DMA 88: SPRINGFIELD, IL

Union No Longer Repping WICS Employees

Sinclair Broadcast Group said Thursday that International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union Number 51 is no longer representing Sinclair employees at its ABC affiliate WICS Springfield, Ill. (DMA 88). The union had represented six employees until its contract expired on Nov. 15. “At Sinclair, employees are our most valuable asset. We are pleased that as an […]

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WICS Strong Leader In Central Ill. Social Media

WICS, Sinclair’s ABC affiliate in the Springfield-Decatur, Ill., had more than double the social media actions as its nearest media competitor in the past six months according to data from audience insight firm Shareablee. Block’s NBC affil WAND came in second.