Quincy Media, Inc. was a family-owned media company that originated in Quincy, Illinois dating back to 1835. The company originated in newspapers with the Bounty Land Register and moved into radio in 1947 and television in 1953. The corporation, Quincy Newspaper, Inc. was formed in Quincy in 1926 as a publishing company with the consolidation of the Quincy Herald – formerly the Bounty Land Register – and the Quincy Whig-Journal descendant of the Quincy Whig founded in 1938.
The Herald was purchased in 1891 by three men including Charles L. Miller who brought in his brother-in-law Aaron Burr Oakley and his nephew Ray M. Oakley – the first two generations of the Oakleys in the newspaper business. Along with co-owners Lindsay Family, the Whig and Quincy Journal were consolidated in 1920.
In 1947, WQDI, first commercial FM radio station was started by QNI and with the purchase of the Quincy Broadcasting Company, QWDI was renamed WGEM-FM along with sister station WGEM – AM the following year.
Quincy Broadcasting produced the area’s first television broadcast in 1953 with the launch of WGEM-TV, the area’s NBC affiliate.
Beginning in the 1970’s QNI began major expansions into television by acquiring stations in Indiana, Minnesota, West Virginia, Iowa, and Illinois.
In 2016, the company changed its name to Quincy Media. In 2021, President and CEO, Ralph Oakley and Pete Oakley announced the sale of Quincy Media, Inc. to Gray Television.
Throughout the years, the Oakley Family served 16 markets throughout the Midwest including TV stationsin Quincy, Rockford, Peoria/Bloomington, and Carbondale/Marion/Harrisburg. The Quincy Herald Whig newspaper and WGEM AM-FM in Quincy. They were committed to local news, sports, and community involvement. They have been the main coverage for high school, college, and other local sports and produced and networked the IHSA state football and basketball tournaments statewide.