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Wait Wait… Is that blues music on WVIK? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jared Johnson   
Monday, 22 September 2014 09:49

Quad Cities, IL/IA-WVIK, Quad Cities NPR, is proud to announce changes to its weekend line-up that includes both the addition of a popular national program and two new hours of local programming.

The highlight of this new roster is a brand new partnership between the River Music Experience and WVIK called RME Radio Hour. RME Radio Hour will be hosted by local musician and RME Director of Programming & Community Outreach Ellis Kell and feature an hour of blues and roots music together with interviews of local and visiting musicians. “RME Radio Hour is a perfect example of how two partners can work together to serve our community,” said River Music Experience CEO Deb Sandry-Powers. “This program gives us a chance to extend our mission of promoting roots music from along the Mississippi River, as well as keeping our audience aware of what is happening at RME.”

This new program will air at 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays beginning October 4. This slot immediately follows A Prairie Home Companion, and runs just before Don Wooten’s new jazz program Swing Shift, focusing on swing-era jazz favorites.

The big change at the other end of WVIK’s new Saturday line-up is the addition of the “oddly informative,” nationally syndicated, and extremely popular news quiz show out of Chicago--Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! hosted by Peter Segal will be aired on WVIK at 11:00 a.m. right after Don Wooten’s Saturday Morning Live. This highly-successful program will then be followed by Scribbles, a brand new program focused on the art of writing hosted by Don Wooten and fellow WVIK personality and Augustana College Professor Emeritus of English Roald Tweet.

“To be able to add two hours of local programming, while also adding a nationally successful show, is a really a win-win for the community,” explained Station Manager Jay Pearce. “Our listeners have been asking for Wait Wait…, but we also have a strong commitment to local programming.”

Other changes include the addition of the Quad Cities Jazz Channel, a mainstream jazz program that will delight both casual listeners and passionate jazz lovers, to run overnight from midnight to 4:00 a.m. on Saturday night, as well as the moving of Krista Tippett’s On Being to 9:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.

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Friday Is Deadline for Entering McGruder Diversity Awards PDF Print E-mail
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Written by S. Jacobsen   
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 15:43

Enter your nominations for the awards honoring individuals, news organizations or related journalistic organizations or teams of journalists who embody the spirit of Robert G. McGruder, a former executive editor of the Detroit Free Press, former managing editor of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, graduate of Kent State University and relentless diversity champion. McGruder died in April 2002.

Two awards are given annually: one for newspapers with a circulation up to 75,000; one for newspapers with more than 75,000 circulation.

The awards are sponsored by the Associated Press Media Editors Foundation, American Society of News Editors, The Plain Dealer in Cleveland and the Newseum Institute.

Jurors will be looking for nominees who have made a significant contribution during a given year or over a number of years toward furthering diversity in news content and in recruiting, developing and retaining a diverse workforce.

The winners will be honored at the joint ASNE-APME conference Sept. 15-17 in Chicago. Each will receive $2,500 and a leadership trophy.

Deadline: Friday, Aug. 15.

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KWQC-TV6 Press Release PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Eric VanWinkle   
Thursday, 07 August 2014 16:04
KWQC-TV6, the #1-rated NBC affiliate in the Quad Cities, has announced its programming line-up for the 2014-15 broadcast season.
The 2014-15 broadcast season will see a few changes at KWQC-TV6, most notably, the addition of 6 hours of locally-produced news. Starting August 18th, the station will drop the second run of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and expand the News at Noon to one hour.
September 6th brings another big change. KWQC will become the only station in the Quad Cities to offer weekend morning news. The station will move its weekend Agribusiness shows to 5 a.m. to make room for Quad Cities Today Weekend Edition starting at 6 a.m. on both Saturdays and Sundays. QCT Weekend will then break for NBC’s Today Show and resume for an additional half hour on Saturdays and a full hour on Sundays.
KWQC VP and General Manager Ken Freedman said, “The community deserves to have a local news option in the morning on weekends. As the news leader in this market, it makes sense that we are the ones to provide that option.”
QCT Weekend will be anchored by Brian Boesen, who recently returned to KWQC-TV6 after co-anchoring at WFIE, the NBC affiliate in Evansville, Indiana, for two years.
“We couldn’t be happier to have Brian back in the Quad Cities, and back on KWQC,” said News Director Rich Kurz. “He’s a natural behind the desk and his local roots make him a perfect fit to anchor QCT Weekend.”

Iowa Communications Alliance Names Kevin Condon as Director of Public Affairs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kevin Condon   
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 12:31

URBANDALE, Aug. 5, 2014 – Dave Duncan, CEO of the Iowa Communications Alliance (“the Alliance”) announced that Kevin Condon will serve as the Alliance’s Director of Public Affairs.  Condon will lead the Alliance’s state and federal advocacy initiatives, public affairs, communications, and media efforts.

“We’re pleased to have Kevin join our team.  He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in public policy, communications, and rural economic development.”  Duncan said.  “We believe Kevin will be a great advocate for the rural communications industry.”

Prior to joining the Alliance, Condon was Director of Government Relations at the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, advocating for the state’s largest business group.  As part of ABI’s public policy team he was also responsible for communications, policy development, regulatory affairs and media relations.  Prior to that, Condon worked for United States Senator Tom Harkin in a variety of roles on Capitol Hill in Washington DC and most recently as the Senator’s Business and Economic Development Liaison in Des Moines, IA where he became involved in many projects that received federal investment through the USDA Rural Development programs.  Condon has also served as the Government Relations Representative for the National Farmers Union in Washington DC advocating for the economic and social well-being of rural Americans. Condon grew up on a farm in Webster County where his parents continue to belong to the Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association.

“I am looking forward to this opportunity that will allow me to help the Alliance support Iowa’s companies and cooperatives that provide critical communications access to their customers and their communities. People like my parents and the area I grew up in depend upon Alliance members to stay connected. It means a great deal to me personally to be able to help further the efforts of this great organization.”

Established in 2014, the Iowa Communications Alliance is the voice of Iowa’s rural communications industry.  The Alliance provides educational opportunities to members, promotes economic growth and stability of members and the communities they serve, and advocates in matters of state and federal public and regulatory policy.

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WTVP and WQPT Enter into New Partnership PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lora Adams   
Friday, 01 August 2014 08:43

WTVP to Host WQPT Master Control Operations

Peoria, IL, July 31, 2014 -- Public Television broadcasting in the Quad Cities has come home to Illinois. On June 30 at 7:01 p.m., WQPT-Quad Cities PBS officially moved control of its technical broadcast operations to WTVP-Public Television for Central Illinois in Peoria.

According to WTVP President and CEO Chet Tomczyk, this new arrangement represents months of behind-the-scenes work on infrastructure, equipment and technology by both stations.

"This transition has gone smoothly, and viewers in the Quad Cities won’t know anything has changed," noted WQPT General Manager Mary Pruess. "This new broadcasting arrangement is a positive step forward for both stations and provides WQPT with stellar signal quality. Each station’s programming, governance and community services continue as before."

Pruess added that master control operations for WQPT, a media service of Western Illinois University, have long been out-sourced; however, instead of coming from Texas, WQPT’s signal will originate in Peoria and be sent via fiber to the WQPT transmitter in Orion.

"This change provides financial savings for WQPT, a new source of revenue for WTVP, valuable technological advances for both stations and an invaluable chance for the sister stations to work together," Tomczyk added.

“Western Illinois University has a long standing tradition of serving residents and students in our region. As the public broadcasting service of the University, WQPT in partnership with WTVP have established the beginnings of a win-win relationship with even more future opportunities for collaboration that will benefit our viewing audiences from Peoria, Macomb, Moline, and beyond,” said Joe Rives, vice president for the Quad Cities and planning at WIU. “Both Mary Pruess and Chet Tomczyk deserve our thanks for their outstanding leadership in this important project.”

The project was led by WTVP Chief Engineer Bill Porter and his team, including engineers James Jordan and Brett Ring, Operations Manager Jackie Luebcke, IT Director Mark Lasswell with Traffic Manager Jed Klabunde and operators Paul Coussens and Will Crotz, along with WQPT Traffic Coordinator Richard Diamond and Program Manager Jerry Myers.

“This collaboration between stations represents another way of being responsible stewards of the public trust placed in us by our members and contributors," Tomczyk said.

There will be a press conference on August 8 at 10 am at WTVP in Peoria to formally announce this new partnership. Please RSVP to Stacey Tomczyk at WTVP Ph 309.495.0594/Fx 309.677.4730

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