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Public Higher Education Bulletin

Western Illinois University
Bid #S000736

Invitation for Bid: WQPT-TV Master Control and Traffic Services

Award Info Published Monday September 23, 2019
Awarded to:
Vendor: Digital Convergence Alliance, Tampa, FL
Amount: An estimated $882,500
An estimated start date of 11/1/2019 through 10/31/2024
2 one-year
Potential Future Renewals: $333,000
Number of unsuccessful, responsive bidders: 1
0% of 20% BEP goal met by both bidders. Digital Convergence Alliance requested a waiver after contacting BEP-certified vendors with any television industry experience.
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
This notice has been modified
Published Thursday August 8, 2019
Addendum 1 has been issued.
First published Friday, July 26, 2019
Sealed bids will be accepted below until 2:00 PM, Tuesday August 13, 2019:
At the following address:
227 Sherman Hall
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455
Western Illinois University - Quad Cities campus' public television station WQPT operates its program service through an agreement that outsources the master control operation and traffic services to an outside agency. WQPT needs to maintain a seamless program service to the Quad Cities communities, and is seeking bids for master control and program signal delivery to its transmitter in Orion, Illinois (2880 N 1100 Ave, Lynn Center, IL 61273 in Henry County) and traffic services for up to the next seven years.
A non-mandatory pre-bid conference call will be held Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 9:00 am CST. Interested bidders can call-in at 309-298-3680.

For additional information, contact:
Lora Lidaywa
Western Illinois University
Sherman Hall 227
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455
Phone: (309) 298-1819
FAX: (309) 298-1927
Chief Procurement Officer - Ben Bagby
State Purchasing Officer - Constance Ratliff
The University reserves the right to accept or reject any and all responses or parts thereof. Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) eligibility number is required on all proposals, if applicable. This procurement may be contingent on Board of Trustees approval. There is a BEP goal for this procurement. See solicitation documentation for details. The contract(s) for this solicitation could exceed $50,000 annually.

This transaction is subject to the State Board of Elections registration and certification requirements of Public Act 095-0971.

The State of Illinois has a policy to encourage prospective vendors to hire qualified veterans, minorities, females, persons with disabilities and ex-offenders.

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  • BEPforms.pdf (306 KB)
  • S000736.docx (115 KB)
  • S000736Addendum1.pdf (131 KB)
Public Opening Documents
  • S000736bidtab.pdf (91 KB)