500 tickets remain for Sedaris' lecture at Virginia

CHAMPAIGN – About 500 tickets remain for "An Evening with David Sedaris," his comedy lecture/book signing Friday at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign.

Tickets are $55, $47.50 and $42.50. Sales have been good, with the Virginia having sold 1,000 so far, Jameel Jones, manager of the theater, said earlier this week.

Philo family to be introduced to their new home today

PHILO – A brand-new home will be unveiled to the Montgomery family sometime this afternoon.

Nathan and Jenny Montgomery and their four children, back in town after a vacation in Disney World, will be driven to their extremely made-over home at 407 N. Harrison St., Philo. The house will be kept hidden from view (behind the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" bus), until the family and the crowd shouts, "Move that bus!"

Youth-oriented activities to return in Vermilion County

A support program for youths in Vermilion County should be back up and running by Sept. 1.

Philo family chosen for ABC show's newest house

PHILO – It was the worst-kept secret in this small town.

Rumors had been circulating for at least a week that Nathan and Jenny Montgomery and their two boys and two girls had been chosen for ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," the TV show that depicts a family getting a brand-new home built for them within a week, while they are on vacation.

Syndicated-show lineups coming together for this fall

CHAMPAIGN – Area TV stations haven't solidified all their programming changes for fall, but several have committed to new shows.

In terms of syndicated shows, some of the biggest changes will be at WBUI, the CW affiliate in Decatur. It will pick up two comedies, "The Office" and "My Name Is Earl," to be shown weeknights, said Program Director Graham LaMontagne.

Area TV stations not adding any more 'subchannels' yet

CHAMPAIGN – Area TV stations say they aren't planning to add more digital "subchannels" soon, even though they have the flexibility to do so.

When TV stations began broadcasting digitally, they gained the ability to divide their signal across several video subchannels or "feeds."

UI graduate's commercial a semifinalist in competition

Mark James, an alumnus of Mahomet-Seymour High School and the University of Illinois, directed a commercial that is one of five semifinalists in the Jim Beam "The Remake" Video Contest.

Through May 7, Internet users can help choose the winning commercial by voting up to once a day at or

WILL to stop analog March 31; WCIA, after June 12

URBANA – WILL-TV will stop analog broadcasting March 31, but WCIA-TV plans to continue broadcasting in analog through June 12, station managers said.

WILL-TV's analog signal will cease as of 6 a.m. March 31, station manager Carl Caldwell said. At that point, viewers relying on over-the-air signals will need to get a digital TV or a digital converter box to receive PBS programming on WILL. They can also choose to switch to cable or satellite.

Some area TV stations ending analog broadcasts by Feb. 17

CHAMPAIGN – Though Congress extended the deadline for the digital television transition to June 12, several area stations still plan to cut off analog transmission by Feb. 17.

The transition will not affect those people with cable or satellite services or those with digital televisions. Those with older, analog televisions who receive television via the airways will be affected.

Five channel changes in store for Comcast customers

URBANA – Comcast is making five channel changes Nov. 11, and some subscribers will have to make changes to see those channels.

– C-SPAN2, now seen on Channel 16, will be carried only on Channel 446. It will continue to be part of Comcast's "basic" level of service, but basic subscribers will need a digital set-top box or compatible equipment to see it.