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Written by Lora Adams   
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:16

MOLINE, ILLINOIS --  WQPT’s local public affairs program “The Cities with Jim Mertens,” which airs on the public television station on Thursday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 5:30 pm is now airing on our area’s local public radio station, WVIK.

“We’ve been talking with WQPT about partnering on projects and like us they are committed to producing and airing more local programming. This was a great opportunity to expand the reach of ‘The Cities’ to the WVIK audience and to be able to work with our public television partners,” said WVIK General Manager, Jay Pearce.   “We have changed our schedule to include a variety of public affairs and special interest programs each evening at 7:00.  On Fridays we pair 'The Cities' with 'Illinois State Week in Review',” said Mr. Pearce.

“At the present time ‘The Cities’ can be seen on WQPT Thursdays and Sundays, on the WQPT website which links to YouTube, on iTunes and now on WVIK on Fridays at 7 pm. It’s great to be able to have our local public affairs program have the kind of reach ‘The Cities’ is enjoying,” said WQPT Director of Local Content, Lora Adams.

“The Cities with Jim Mertens” began production in November 2010 and airs weekly. The program is taped in Davenport, Iowa at Stratus Broadcasting and Lora Adams and Jim Mertens serve as the programs producers. The two local public broadcasters are currently looking at other opportunities for partnership.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University in Moline, Illinois and WVIK is a media service of Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.


Matthew West brings Into the Light tour to Davenport! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by New Anthem   
Tuesday, 14 August 2012 10:41

DAVENPORT, IA (Monday, August 13, 2012) – Contemporary Christian singer and songwriter, Matthew West, will perform at the Adler Theatre on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Special guests are MIKESCHAIR, Lindsay McCaul and Everfound.

Reserved tickets ($19 & $30 Artist Circle) go on sale Friday, August 17 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets are $16 for groups of 10 or more by calling 563-326-8522.  Tickets will be available at the Adler Theatre Box Office (136 E. 3rd St.),, by calling 1-800-745-3000 and at select Ticketmaster outlets.

In addition to writing songs that have made him a Dove Award nominated artist in the Christian market, West’s songwriting prowess has also earned him the respect of artists in other musical genres. His songs have been recorded by multi-platinum Country trio Rascal Flatts and other country artists.  West’s songs have also been released by various Christian artists, including Michael W. Smith, Mark Schultz, Natalie Grant and Point of Grace.

Six Acts Delight Judges, Move to Semi-Finals in State Fair Talent Search PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Tuesday, 14 August 2012 10:12

DES MOINES, IA (08/13/2012)(readMedia)-- Six talented Sprout division acts (ages 2-12) have advanced to the semi-final round in Bill Riley's 53rd annual Iowa State Fair Talent Search. Each act will perform again on August 16, 17 or 18.

The names, ages, hometowns and routines of the acts are:

Rylee Matthews, 11, Urbandale, Vocal Solo

Rachel Heim, 12, Davenport, Tap Dance

Jaedon Probasco, 11, Montezuma, Vocal Solo

Ada Lund, 4, Corning, Dance

Kenzie Paulsen, 12, West Des Moines, Contemporary Dance

Beth Meyer, 11, Holstein, Tap Dance

Bill Riley, Jr. is once again hosting the competition. Two Sprout acts will be crowned champions every day of the semi-finals. The six winning acts will perform in the talent-packed championship set for Sunday, August 19 at 1:30 p.m. on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage sponsored by Pepsi.

Each of the six Sprout Champions will receive a prize of $250 after the Championship Show. More than $15,000 will be awarded to the Senior and Sprout divisions combined.

"Nothing Compares" to the 2012 Iowa State Fair, August 9-19. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines, and are open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. each day of the Fair. Exhibit hours may vary. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit

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Matthew West's Into the Light Tour Coming to the Adler! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adler Theatre   
Monday, 13 August 2012 14:32
Contemporary Christian singer-songwriter Matthew West, with special guests MIKESCHAIR, Lindsay McCaul and Everfound, will perform at the Adler Theatre on Saturday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m.  You are invited to purchase your tickets before the general public beginning on Tuesday, August 14 at 10:00 a.m. until Thursday, August 16 at 10:00 p.m.  Click on the orange "Find Tickets" button below and enter in the pre-sale password LIGHT.  Reserved tickets ($19 & $30 Artist Circle) go on sale to the public this Friday, August 17 at 10:00 a.m.

Want to Make Movies? High-Tech Tools Are Accessible to All PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Friday, 10 August 2012 13:31
Award-Winning Director Gives Tips for Ambitious Amateurs

Because technology is moving so quickly, it’s easy to miss out on gadgets that may impact one’s life.

“Anyone with a cell phone knows how accessible taking pictures and shooting footage is nowadays, but with a minimum of investment, movie fans can tell their own stories with the same professional hardware that legends are using today,” says seasoned filmmaker Kerstin Karlhuber.

She completed her latest project, “Tides of the Heart” (, in collaboration with partner and renowned songwriter Daniel Jay Paul.

“It’s a feature-length music video – there’s no dialogue. The story is told completely through the music and Kerstin’s direction,” says Paul, whose latest album, “Clean Getaway” (, not only makes up much of the score for the film, but also structures the plot.

“With the technology available today, you can really afford to experiment and innovate. That’s what keeps pushing the artistry to the next level,” he says.

Karlhuber and Paul offer suggestions for creative-minded individuals who have been kicking around ideas, but haven’t yet pulled the trigger on a project:

• The Canon EOS 5D Mark III: Canon v. Nikon … who cares? The point is that the big dogs in the film business, from James Cameron to Neill Blomkamp of indie-film success story, “District 9,” are using digital gear that can be purchased by the average movie fan. The sharpest, crispest picture in the history of images can tell your story for a few thousand dollars.

• Adobe, CyberLink, Final Cut Pro, etc.: Film editing software, more than ever, is cheap, user-friendly and easy to acquire. There are several tutorial demonstrations available online, and if you need to come up with ideas for a project brainstorm with friends or family. That’s half the fun.

• Getting started: Sadly, most of the failure of creative projects – whether film, music, art or writing – involves work-ethic issues, or lack of confidence. Ask the following questions: How long have I been thinking about my idea? Is my vision doable? What’s keeping me from pursuing it? … And, perhaps the most insightful question – Why not?

• A little help from your friends: Chances are that if you’re a creative person, you have a few creative buddies who can help you troubleshoot concepts and technical issues. Lean on your artistic friends for moral support – they understand the struggle of the creative process. The same people may be a good source for constructive criticism, too, when the project is nearing completion.

• Consider trends: Karlhuber’s film has no dialogue and relies solely on Paul’s songs for sound. The most recent Oscar winner for best picture, “The Artist,” also features no dialogue, relying on old-school Hollywood visual drama. While this is a coincidence, Karlhuber says it has helped her film gain attention. “If your creative ideas happen to line up with a trending topic, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t take advantage of the public’s zeitgeist,” she says.

About Kerstin Karlhuber & Daniel Jay Paul

Kerstin Karlhuber is an award-winning filmmaker and director. Her work in the arts has been seen around the world, from off-Broadway to Cannes, the Arclight Theater in Los Angeles to a segment on “Good Morning America.” She is the founder and director of the film production company Silent Giant Productions based in New York City.

Daniel Jay Paul is a songwriter who recently released “Clean Getaway” on the Sunlight Communication Arts label. His songs have been described by Music Express’ Marcus Wright as “music you hear with your heart ….” Paul is the author of the novel “The Last Sunset.”

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