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Mediacom Sweepstakes to Send Winning Fan to The Talking Dead in Los Angeles PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alexandra Swanson   
Friday, 11 October 2013 08:41

DES MOINES, IA – October 10, 2013 – Mediacom will send one of its Facebook friends to Los Angeles next month to attend a taping of the live talk show The Talking Dead hosted by Chris Hardwick. The unique sweepstakes, sponsored in partnership with AMC, gives The Walking Dead fans a chance to be part of the live action directly following the season finale.

Mediacom’s The Walking Dead sweepstakes is open to anyone who visits the company’s Facebook page and submits an entry form from October 6-26. Contestants must “like” the Facebook page and also click on the contest entry link. The winner will receive airfare for two, a two-night hotel stay, car rental, two tickets to the December 1 taping of The Talking Dead, and a $200 American Express gift card. Contest information can be found at

The Walking Dead returns Sundays this fall beginning October 13, on AMC.

About AMC

Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade or creating acclaimed original programming, AMC brings to its audience something deeper, something richer, Something More. The network reigns as the only cable network in history ever to win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row, and boasts the most-watched drama series in basic cable history with The Walking Dead. AMC’s original drama series include Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Low Winter Sun and Hell on Wheels. AMC also explores authentic worlds with bold characters through its slate of unscripted original series like Comic Book Men, Small Town Security, Talking Dead, Talking Bad and Freakshow. AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Something More.

About Mediacom:

Mediacom Communications is the nation's eighth largest cable television company and one of the leading cable operators focused on serving the smaller cities in the United States, with a significant concentration in the Midwestern and Southeastern regions. Mediacom Communications offers a wide array of broadband products and services, including traditional and advanced video services such as digital television, video-on-demand, digital video recorders, high-definition television, as well as high-speed Internet access and phone service. Through Mediacom Business, the Company offers affordable broadband communications solutions that can be tailored to any size business.

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Written by Jim Kersten   
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 11:15
MOLINE, Ill. (October 8, 2013) – Fox Sports Radio 1230 WFXN-AM will again this season serve as the radio home of the Quad City Mallards, the Mallards announced today.

“We’re very excited about continuing our partnership with Fox Sports Radio 1230 for Mallards radio broadcasts.  Fox Sports Radio 1230 has been an excellent partner over the last two years and we look forward to continuing to work together,” said Mallards president Bob McNamara.  “We’re also very happy that our continuing relationship with Fox Sports Radio 1230 provides consistency for the fans of the Quad Cities area.”


The 2013-14 campaign will be Fox Sports Radio 1230’s third season as the Mallards’ game broadcast partner.

AM 1230 will broadcast the bulk of the Mallards’ 66 regular season games, beginning with the October 26 match-up between the Mallards and the St. Charles Chill.  A limited number of Mallards games- including the Mallards’ October 19 season opener against the Rapid City Rush-  will not be broadcast on 1230 AM but will air online at because of conflicts with University of Illinois basketball and football and Green Bay Packer football broadcasts.

The full Fox Sports Radio 1230 broadcast slate will be updated throughout the campaign and will be available at  Brian Lavelle again this season provides the call of Mallards action.

The October 19 opener will raise the curtain on the Mallards’ seventeenth season and the team’s fourth Central Hockey League campaign.  Tickets for the season opener and all other Mallards regular season home games are now on sale at Ticketmaster outlets, through, through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000 or at the iWireless Center ticket office.  The ticket office is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on game days from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the second period.

Mallards season tickets as well as half season tickets and flex packs are also still available.  The Mallards offer ticket packages to meet any budget and season ticket holders also receive a host of additional benefits, including a unique season ticket holder Mallards jersey.  More ticket package information is available by calling the Mallards at 309-277-1364 or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

About the Quad City Mallards

A proud affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild and the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild, the Quad City Mallards are approaching their seventeenth season and their fourth in the Central Hockey League.  One of the winningest teams in all of minor league hockey, the Mallards competed in the United Hockey League from 1995 through 2007 and in the International Hockey League in 2009-10.  The Mallards’ proud history has seen them capture the UHL’s Colonial Cup Championship three times (1997, 1998, 2001) and secure that league’s Tarry Cup four times (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002) for the best overall regular season record.  In 2001, the Mallards made professional hockey history, recording their sixth consecutive season with 50 or more wins, a feat that has yet to be matched.  The i wireless Center provides a unique environment for hockey and features one-of-a-kind seating areas such as the Nest for groups and functions and the exclusive Drake Club.  For more information on the Quad City Mallards or for Mallards tickets go to  Fans can also follow the Mallards via Twitter at and on Facebook at

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“UFC® 167: ST-PIERRE vs. HENDRICKS” Hits 350 Select Theaters Nationwide Nov. 16 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Fathom Events   
Tuesday, 08 October 2013 13:32
UFC fans nationwide can witness the longest-reigning UFC welterweight champion, Georges St-Pierre, as he takes on Johny Hendricks when “UFC® 167: ST-PIERRE vs. HENDRICKS” broadcasts LIVE to the big screen from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 10:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 p.m. CT / 8:00 p.m. MT / 7:00 p.m. PT /6:00 p.m. in Alaska / 5:00 p.m. in Hawaii.
The weekend line-up—presented by NCM Fathom Events and The Ultimate Fighting Championship®—will also feature two additional explosive bouts between former UFC champion Rashad Evans and former two-division title challenger Chael Sonnen as well as the “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler and Canada's Rory MacDonald.
“UFC® 167: ST-PIERRE vs. HENDRICKS” will be presented in the following movie theaters in your area on November 16:
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Tickets for “UFC® 167: ST-PIERRE vs. HENDRICKS” are available at participating theater box offices and online at
UFC® Celebrates 20th Anniversary With UFC 167
Live In U.S. Cinemas As Georges St-Pierre Defends Welterweight Title
NCM Fathom Events and UFC Bring the Highly Anticipated
Fight to Select Movie Theaters Nationwide on November 16
Centennial, Colo. – Oct. 7, 2013 – The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) returns to movie theaters nationwide on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 10:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 p.m. CT / 8:00 p.m. MT / 7:00 p.m. PT /6:00 p.m. in Alaska / 5:00 p.m. in Hawaii, as NCM Fathom Events and UFC bring UFC® 167: ST-PIERRE vs. HENDRICKS to the big screen. Fight fans will get a front-row view of all the pulse-pounding action when longest-reigning champion in the UFC, welterweight king Georges St-Pierre (also known as “GSP”), returns to the Octagon® to face No. 1 contender Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks. GSP will take on his most dangerous challenger to date in the sledge-hammer handed Hendricks. Broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, audiences will witness all the excitement as the undisputed champion in the UFC welterweight division is determined during the UFC’s 20th Anniversary event.
Tickets for UFC® 167: ST-PIERRE vs. HENDRICKS are available at participating theater box offices and online at The event will be presented in more than 350 select movie theaters around the country through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
“UFC fans will want to experience GSP and Hendricks go head to head in UFC 167 on the big screen,” said Dan Diamond, senior vice president of NCM Fathom Events. “Audiences will feel like they have a ringside seat with every move these fighters make. The only way to get closer to the action would be to get in the Octagon.”
Montreal’s finest, Georges St-Pierre (24-2), the UFC welterweight champion since April 2008, has posted an impressive 11-fight win streak during his reign atop the 170-pound division. The dynamic GSP holds black belts in both Kyokushin karate and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. The two-time champion’s historic and unrivaled reign includes wins over UFC’s toughest including Matt Hughes, B.J. Penn, Jon Fitch, Thiago Alves, Josh Koscheck and Jake Shields.
The hard-hitting Johny Hendricks (15-1), fighting out of Dallas, Texas, is the top-ranked challenger in the 170-pound division. He earned his shot at GSP by putting together a six-fight unbeaten streak in the UFC. A two-time NCAA Division I wrestling champion with one punch knockout power, “Bigg Rigg” is set on derailing St-Pierre’s march to the Hall of Fame. He is known for his extensive wrestling background and powerful punches, particularly from the left hand, which has earned him three Knockout of the Night bonuses and one Fight of the Night award.
The event features an exciting co-main light heavyweight bout between former UFC champion Rashad Evans and former two-division title challenger Chael Sonnen.
The old school will also meet the new breed at UFC 167, as the resurgent "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler meets Canada's Rory MacDonald.  After returning to the UFC in 2013 following a more than eight year absence, Lawler has looked better than ever in knocking out Josh Koscheck and Bobby Voelker. The 24-year-old MacDonald is currently sporting a five-fight winning streak that includes wins over BJ Penn and Jake Ellenberger, but he has yet to face someone with the power of Iowa's Lawler, making this a must-see welterweight battle.

For more information or current fight news, visit
About National CineMedia (NCM)
National CineMedia (NCM) operates NCM Media Networks, a leading integrated media company reaching U.S. consumers in movie theaters, online and through mobile technology. The NCM Cinema Network and NCM Fathom Events present cinema advertising and events across the nation’s largest digital in-theater network, comprised of theaters owned by AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK), Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) and other leading regional theater circuits. NCM’s theater advertising network covers 183 Designated Market Areas® (49 of the top 50) and includes approximately 19,600 screens (approximately 18,800 digital). During 2012, over 710 million patrons attended movies shown in theaters in which NCM currently has exclusive, cinema advertising agreements in place.  The NCM Fathom Events live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is comprised of approximately 750 locations in 173 Designated Market Areas® (including all of the top 50). The NCM Interactive Network offers 360-degree integrated marketing opportunities in combination with cinema, encompassing 37 entertainment-related websites, online widgets and mobile applications.  National CineMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCMI) owns a 47.0% interest in and is the managing member of National CineMedia LLC. For more information, visit or (NCMI-E)
About Ultimate Fighting Championship®
Universally recognized for its action-packed, can’t-miss events that have sold out some of the biggest arenas and stadiums across the globe, the UFC® is the world’s premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization. Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, UFC produces more than 30 live events annually and is the largest pay-per-view event provider in the world. In addition to broadcast deal with FOX in the US, UFC programming is broadcast in over 145 countries, to 882 million TV households worldwide, in 28 different languages. For more information visit
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Written by Lora Adams   
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 12:01

MOLINE, ILLINOIS – WQPT’s local public affairs program "The Cities," hosted by Jim Mertens, is now being taped at the WQAD studios in Moline.

"The Cities," which premiered on Thanksgiving Day in 2010, features a new opening and graphics and a more intimate set.

“We are excited to be working with WQAD as we enter our fourth year producing ‘The Cities,',” said WQPT General Manager Mary Pruess. “We look forward to expanding this partnership in the coming months.”

"The Cities" airs on WQPT on Thursdays at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 5:30 pm, and on WVIK on Fridays at 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays at noon.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University located in Moline, Illinois.


‘Generation Iron’ in Theaters September 20th PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Friday, 13 September 2013 15:08
Film’s Writer-Producer Explodes 4 Myths About Bodybuilding

Myths abound about the subculture of bodybuilding, a sport that took off with the explosion of the health-and-fitness industry in the 1970s.

Back then, the public knew even less about these extreme and dedicated athletes until the release of a breakthrough docudrama in 1977, “Pumping Iron,” produced by Jerome Gary and featuring a champion named Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The film has long fascinated Vlad Yudin, writer, director, producer and principal of The Vladar Co. He has been busy on multiple film projects this year, but right now his focus is the Sept. 20 release of “Generation Iron,” created with “Pumping Iron” producer Gary and narrated by Mickey Rourke. (Visit to watch the trailer and get showtimes.)

Yudin spent months with the seven bodybuilders featured in the docudrama as they prepared for the Mr. Olympiad contest. He says he came away with an appreciation of how little the public still knows about the sport and the athletes who so compulsively pursue physical perfection.  For one, many people believe bodybuilding is about size – not true.

“It’s about developing symmetry,” he says.

Here are four myths he says are rampant in literature about bodybuilders, and why they’re not true.

• Myth No. 1: Bodybuilders suffer from “negative body image,” or “reverse anorexia.” Many observers have written that bodybuilders are driven by an eating disorder known as reverse anorexia: No matter how big they get, when they look in the mirror, they still see a skinny wimp. Not true, says Yudin. “The whole point of this sport is to perfect the physique – the goal is to develop perfect symmetry, not to get as big as you can be. These guys are striving for a perfect score in competition. If they see a weak spot, they’re going to work on building that up.”

• Myth No. 2. Bodybuilders depend on steroids to achieve results. Steroids do not make champions, Yudin says. Bodybuilding champs are athletes so dedicated to constantly consuming the right nutrients on the right schedule and to working out, it becomes a lifestyle. “People think they’re just pumping themselves up with steroids, but bodybuilding is a science that requires effort 100 percent of the time, Yudin says.

• Myth No. 3: Bodybuilders have low self-esteem. For some, this may have been true at one point in their lives, Yudin says. Some experienced bullying; others had acceptance issues. But most now have a healthy, even robust, sense of self-esteem. “You can see it in how they carry themselves. They don’t do this because of a lack of confidence,” he says. “If they did, they wouldn’t be able to go on stage and be judged with such intense scrutiny on their physique. They’ve put in a lot of work and they know they look good.” He gives the example of Phil Heath, one of the seven men featured in his film. Heath grew up as a talented athlete and played basketball for the University of Denver. “He started hitting the gym more to train, and became more interested in bodybuilding than basketball,” Yudin says. The two-time Mr. Olympia knew he had talent from the get-go and took advantage of it, he says.

• Myth No. 4: Body builders are socially isolated. They get a rap because they dedicate their life to the gym and their diet, Yudin says. They eat every two to three hours and they’re in the gym two to three times a day. You just don’t see them out and about very often. “But four of the seven men we featured are married. A fifth lives with the mother of his children, and a sixth got married after we stopped shooting. Their family lives are a big part of the film,” Yudin says. While he concedes bodybuilders have to be selfish to a degree in order to maintain their grueling schedule, that doesn’t mean they’re loners who avoid others.

“Branch Warren is a devoted family man who brings his daughter to competitions,” Yudin says. “In the film, you see him carrying his daughter through the back stage.”

About Vlad Yudin: Vlad Yudin is the principal of The Vladar Company, a media and entertainment production company. IMDb Profile:

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