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WVIK's Signature Series launches this Sunday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCSO   
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:06

Thanks to an extensive new partnership with WVIK-Augustana Public Radio, this season's Signature Series has expanded to five concerts. Each concert is to be performed in Augustana College's Wallenberg Hall and rebroadcast on WVIK the following Sunday.


Tickets for these concerts can be purchased online at, at 563.322.QCSO (7276), or at the door.


Sunday, September 15, at 3:00 p.m.

Rachmaninoff Sonata for Piano and Cello
Saeunn Thorsteindottir, cello; Benjamin Loeb, piano

Sunday, November 10, at 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by The Planning Center
Quad City Arts Visiting Artist

Sunday, January 26, at 3:00 p.m.
Mozart Woodwind Quintet
Christine Bellomy, clarinet; Benjamin Coelho, basson;
Mary Neil, piano; Andrew Parker, oboe; Marc Zyla, horn

Saturday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m.
Amadeus Trio
Sponsored by Wheelan-Pressly Family of Funeral Homes
Quad City Arts Visiting Artist

Sunday, May 18, 3:00 p.m.
Bartok Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano
Naha Greenholtz, violin
Kyle Knox, clarinet
Benjamin Loeb, piano

Mark your calendars for American Graduate Day 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lora Adams   
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 15:20

“American Graduate Day 2013,” Live National Multiplatform Event to Keep Students on the Path to Graduation,

Premieres September 28 on WQPT

Featuring local and national programming, community partners, and celebrities focused on solutions to the nation’s high school dropout crisis

Local Broadcast to Showcase WQPT’s Efforts to Address the Needs of At-Risk Kids

MOLINE, IL -- "American Graduate Day 2013" will premiere live at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 on WQPT, marking a long-term commitment to helping communities tackle the nation’s dropout crisis and preparing students for success with a high school diploma. Through the power and reach of public media, communities across the county will be invited to take an active role and become an “American Graduate Champion for local youth by volunteering their time, talent, or other resources.

"American Graduate Day 2013," a multi-platform event featuring local and national programming, community partners and celebrities focused on improving the high school graduation rates in America, will be broadcast and streamed live from the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center in New York City. "American Graduate Day" is part of the public media initiative, "American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen,"made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). WQPT will spotlight local organizations and individuals and the work they are doing in the community to help students graduate from high school.

The key component of the event is the participation of the community-based organizations, including such groups as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, City Year, Horizons National and the United Way.


“'American Graduate Day 2013' offers WQPT the opportunity to build upon our work with the United Way and Achieve Quad Cities.  We want to keep the spotlight on the drop-out crisis and all of the ways we can help to turn it around,” said Mary Pruess, General Manager.

American Graduate Day 2013 features a seven-hour “call to action” marathon focused around critical themes: expanded learning time and after-school programs, early education, mentoring, career readiness and college completion, STEM programs, family support and drop-out re-engagement and prevention. Hosted by on-air personalities from PBS, WNET and other media organizations, the broadcast and online event will be divided into 14 half-hour blocks featuring a mix of live breaks and pre-taped partner segments showing how community organizations provide support, advice, and intervention services to at-risk students, families, and schools. Within each of these half-hour blocks, WQPT will customize the national feed with a locally-produced live or pre-taped seven-minute segment.

On, the event will include live viewer-generated video content submitted in response to questions such as “How has your life changed, or been changed by the power of volunteering?”

Throughout the day, viewers and online users will be invited to become American Graduate Champions by connecting with WQPT and the featured local community organizations. Viewers will be encouraged to participate in the event by asking questions and sharing ideas before and during the broadcast on Twitter using the hashtag #AmGrad and on Facebook. Those interested in becoming an American Graduate Champion can also call the toll-free number on the day of broadcast or log on to to find out more about the national and regional organizations.

Visit the "American Graduate Day" at for more information.


About WQPT

WQPT is celebrating 30 years as the local PBS station for eastern Iowa and western Illinois.  WQPT is the media service of Western Illinois University located in Moline, Illinois.


American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen is helping local communities identify and implement solutions to the high school dropout crisis. American Graduate demonstrates public media’s commitment to education and its deep roots in every community it serves. Beyond providing programming that educates, informs and inspires, public radio and television stations — locally owned and operated — are an important resource in helping to address critical issues, such as the dropout rate. In addition to national programming, more than 75 public radio and television stations in 33 states have launched on-the-ground efforts working with community and at risk youth to keep students on-track to high school graduation. More than 1000 partnerships have been formed locally through American Graduate, and CPB is working with Alma and Colin Powell’s America’s Promise Alliance and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

About CPB

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,400 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services.

WQPT Ambassadors win national award PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lora Adams   
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 15:18



MOLINE, IL – The WQPT-PBS Ambassadors have been selected to receive the Grassroots Advocacy Award for 2013 from the National Friends of Public Broadcasting (NFPB). A part of the mission of NFPB is to showcase outstanding public broadcasting volunteers, volunteer-led programs, and volunteer program managers from across the nation.

The WQPT-PBS Ambassadors, which is in its ninth year, is a student-oriented program focused on community outreach efforts, as well as fundraising support. The 2013 ambassadors are from Western Illinois University, Augustana College, Black Hawk College, Monmouth College, St. Ambrose University, University of Northern Iowa and St. Francis College of Nursing.

“We understand the importance of being active in our community, but sometimes that can be difficult with a small staff,” said Bea Brasel, WQPT special projects coordinator. “We rely on our student ambassadors to represent WQPT in the community to help build reading, science and math skills through our programming. We are delighted that our WQPT-PBS Ambassadors have received this national honor.”

The ambassadors will be honored at a ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Riverfront campus.

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


After Years Sharing Bad News, Former TV Anchor to Co-Host Good News ‘Angels’ Show PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 11:50

A beloved TV news anchor who got tired of being “the mouthpiece for the daily human tragedy” and a popular international speaker are the hosts of a unique new TV series, “Angels in the Neighborhood.”

Beverly Kidd left TV news two years ago and launched a successful career in real estate. Robert Van Arlen is a keynote speaker, emcee and concert pianist who volunteers his talents for several charities. The two just wrapped production of the show’s pilot, said series creator and co-executive producer Jim Lindsey.

“We’re telling true, compelling stories to introduce the American public to the real human angels in their neighborhoods,” says Lindsey, who has developed numerous primetime TV specials, network series and major motion pictures while serving as vice chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide. “But that’s just one aspect of this project. We want to create a grassroots movement of Angel copycats, if you will. We also plan to donate10 percent of profits from the show to the Angels we discover.”

The production is inspired and funded by John Shimer, a director of the charitable corporation Fortune Family Foundation.

“Angels in the Neighborhood,” produced by Angel Wings Entertainment of Los Angeles, answers a prayer for co-host Kidd.

“For 10 years, I read the evening news in Phoenix and realized that I didn't want to be the mouthpiece for the daily human tragedy,” she says. “So in 2011, I left my job and went into real estate. I didn't think I'd work in TV again because it wasn't fulfilling.”

When she was invited to co-host “Angels in the Neighborhood,” she immediately said yes.

“I love the idea of creating not just a TV show but a culture, a movement of people helping people. I can't tell you how many people used to ask me, ‘Why can't you tell positive stories on the news?' This is what viewers have been asking for.”

Van Arlen, meanwhile, says the show aligns perfectly with his core values.

“I believe in building inspirational communities one person at a time,” he says. “This is an amazing opportunity to inspire others to get involved with local charities all over the country.”

The company invites the public to submit nominations for Angel candidates by visiting

Visit; find it at or follow on Twitter, @AngelWingsTV.

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Written by Lora Adams   
Friday, 30 August 2013 13:13

MOLINE, IL -- If you want "real" reality television, look no further than WQPT and PBS.

CHI & Partners, a New York marketing and advertising agency, created a series of fake reality television trailers for public television, comparing absurd reality TV with the quality of public television programming. WQPT will air these trailers throughout October.

At the end of these trailers a plain and simple message is revealed, "The fact that you thought this was a real show says a lot about the state of TV." According to WQPT General Manager Mary Pruess, the trailers are intended to make people realize that although they might occasionally indulge in reality-style programming, it's also important to support a public broadcasting station, which doesn't have a giant marketing force behind it and relies on its members to keep running.

"We saw these spots and thought they were very funny. We asked WNET in New York if they would be willing to allow us to share them with our audience," Pruess added. "While the message is intended as tongue-in-cheek, we want people to stop and think about the value that our public television station delivers to our communities, at no cost. We hope these spots will start a vibrant conversation about quality television and remind viewers why they should support local public television."

The trailers can also be viewed at and at

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


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