MOLINE, IL -- WQPT and Fourth Wall Films production of the documentary, "Letters Home to Hero Street," recently won two awards at the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival. The film won a gold award for People's Choice and a silver award in the Professional Documentary Long category.

"Letters Home to Hero Street" tells the story of Frank Sandoval, one of the eight Mexican-American soldiers who lived on 2nd Street in Silvis to die in World War II and Korea, through the letters he sent home during his training to the time he was killed in Burma.

"We are thrilled that audiences responded to Frank's story, which is a universal tale experienced by every soldier and his or her family," said Lora Adams, co-producer of the film. "WQPT is honored to work with Fourth Wall Films on this important project."

The film was supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.

WQPT is a media outlet of Western Illinois University.


MOLINE, IL -- WQPT can now be seen in full high definition (HD) on DirecTV. The change has been one year in the making and was started at the request of many DirecTV viewers.

In order to satisfy the requests for WQPT's main channel in HD, the station was required to trade in the standard definition (SD) carriage of both WQPT and our secondary channel, MHz Worldview.

"It takes more band width to broadcast in high definition," said WQPT General Manager Mary Pruess. "Therefore, our SD carriage of both WQPT and MHz Worldview were traded in order to accommodate the change to HD."

DirecTV viewers can still see MHz Worldview on DirecTV channel 2183 (with the appropriate equipment), or it remains free, over the air, anytime on WQPT-2 (24.2). Over-the-air and Mediacom viewers are not affected by this change.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University.





MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT, Quad Cities PBS is looking for music video submissions from area musicians for use in the music segment of "The Cities" with Jim Mertens.


"We have been highlighting local musicians since the show began five years ago," said Lora Adams producer of the public affairs program. "We know that many of our areas local musicians have created music videos, and we would like offer then a wider audience and share them on our air."


Videos should be shot in high definition (HD) and use an independent audio mix. WQPT reserves the right to reject songs that contain inappropriate language or images. Music videos may be dropped off at the WQPT offices at 3300 River Drive, Moline, IL 61265, or contact us for information on how to upload your materials at 309-764-2400 and ask for Chris Ryder.


WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University.



MOLINE, IL -- WQPT, QUAD CITIES PBS and Fourth Wall Films will screen their documentary, "Letters Home to Hero Street," at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 22 at Hampton Grace United Methodist Church in Hampton, Illinois. The film screening is open free to the public.


The 30-minute film draws on the letters home from one of eight soldiers, who were lost to war, who lived on 2nd Street in Silvis, IL, which is now known as "Hero Street USA." Through the soldier's letters home to his family, the documentary provides a glimpse into the experiences of one of the heroes.


After the film, there will be an informal question-and-answer period.


The project was funded in part by the Illinois Arts Council.


WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University.



MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT- Quad Cities PBS is pleased to offer a $500 Broadcast Scholarship to students pursuing a career in broadcasting. The annual award can be applied to tuition, books and fees.


Criteria to apply for the scholarship opportunity follow. You must:


•   be an accepted, or a currently enrolled, student at Western Illinois University in the broadcasting program;

•   reside in WQPT's viewing area or have recently graduated from a high school in the WQPT viewing area;

•   have earned an overall 2.5 GPA (grade point average); and

•   have a 3.0 or higher GPA in broadcasting courses taken at other institutions (not applicable to incoming college freshmen).


In addition, preference will be given to full-time students, although part-time students may apply.


For complete information and to download the application form online, visit or call (309) 764-2400 or toll-free at (800 or 877) 413-2424. Applications will be accepted through April 18, 2014.


WQPT is a public media service of Western Illinois University-Quad Cities located in Moline, Illinois.


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MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT, Quad Cities PBS is offering a "Ready to Learn" Conference Saturday, April 18. The event?which is offered in partnership with the Community Child Care Resource & Referral, Quad Cities Association for Education of Young Children, Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency, Rock Island County Regional Office of Education, Child Abuse Council and Western Illinois University - Quad Cities?is designed to provide up-to-date information on a variety of topics related to early childhood.

The "Ready to Learn" Conference will feature 18 different breakout sessions including: "Art in the Garden," "Dealing with Multilingual Children," "Importance of Early Eye Care," "Self-Calming Techniques" and others.

The conference registration fee is $25.00 and includes three workshops, a light breakfast and a free book. All participants will receive training certificates for three hours of credit. Professional development credits (CEU/CPDU/CDA) will be available for an additional fee.

For more information and/or to download a registration form, visit or call (309) 764-2400.  

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University.


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MOLINE, IL - WQPT-Quad Cities PBS invites young authors and illustrators in kindergarten-third grade to submit their original stories to the PBS Kids Writing Contest.

Stories, which must be the original work of the child, may be non-fiction, fiction, prose or poetry. Entries, postmarked by Thursday, April 9, can be dropped off at WQPT's office at Western Illinois University's riverfront campus, or mailed to WQPT, 3300 River Drive, Moline, Illinois 61265.

Sixteen local winners (four from each grade) will be honored with prizes at a ceremony held at the Butterworth Center in May and will appear on-air in a promotion for PBS Kids programs on WQPT. First place winners will compete for national prizes and their stories will appear on the WQPT website. Finalists and participating classrooms will also receive free books. Each participant will receive a Certificate of Achievement. Finalists and participating classrooms will receive free books.

For more information, along with guidelines and entry forms, visit or contact Esther Smith at (309) 764-2400 or

Funding and support for the writing contest has been provided in part by the Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House, Family Museum, Figge Art Museum, Midwest Writing Center and WQPT.

WQPT is a public media service of Western Illinois University-Quad Cities.



MOLINE, IL -- WQPT, QUAD CITIES PBS and Fourth Wall Films have teamed up to produce a new documentary "Letters Home to Hero Street." The project is funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.


The 30-minute film draws on the letters home from one of eight soldiers lost to war who lived on 2nd Street in Silvis, IL, now known as Hero Street USA. "Letters Home" gives a glimpse into one of the heroes through his letters home to his family.


The large amount of documentation and supporting materials is what made the decision for us to focus on him," said Director Kelly Rundle. "Our soldier was not chosen because he is more important than the other seven heroes, nor more important than others who have served and made the ultimate sacrifice. In 'Letters Home to Hero Street,' he stands in for the seven and for all who have served."


A premiere of the film is being held Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe, 800 17th Street, Silvis, IL. The event is open free to the public. The filmmakers, actors and others associated with the film will be available to answer questions.


The following day (Jan. 16) the film will air on WQPT at 7 p.m. For more information, visit or


WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University.



MOLINE, IL - Western Illinois University-Quad Cities and WQPT's AmeriCorps program has completed its first year of service.

The original class of 12 AmeriCorps members served the Illinois Quad City area and set out to improve literacy skills in the classrooms they serve by 15 percent. After completing a pre-test and post-test based on Illinois Early Learning Standards, the results show improvement in literacy skills of the students served by 49 percent.

The AmeriCorps program has also undergone changes for the 2014-2015 class. The program is now able to serve both Illinois and Iowa and has been expanded to 24 members. Currently there are 20 members enrolled.

Fifteen of the members are new to the program, and five are returning for a second year of service. Members are serving at all three Skip-a-Long locations (Moline, Rock Island and Davenport, IA), Casa de los Ninos in Moline, Grant Wood Elementary and Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, both in Bettendorf, IA, Blackhawk Family Literacy Program in Moline, Hillcrest Elementary School in East Moline and the WIU Infant and Preschool Center in Macomb.

This is also the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps and the Western/WQPT members celebrated in Springfield, IL, marching through the city and taking the oath of service on the steps of the Old State Capital.

Other projects included making 250 blank books for children to write and illustrate their own stories at the newly opened Newcome Early Learning Center in Davenport, IA, and helping at the National Bullying Prevention Month CommUNITY Party in Bettendorf, IA, promoting kindness and helping the children make Elmo puppets.

Anyone interested in applying to AmeriCorps can email Scott at

WQPT is a media service of WIU.


MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT, Quad Cities PBS is just completing its first year of "Embracing Our Military," a two-year initiative designed to draw attention and resources to military families in the community.

From 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 7, WQPT will hold a free Military Workforce Symposium at Western Illinois University - Quad Cities in Moline, IL, to provide workshops, a job fair, resource booths and educational opportunities for National Guard, reserve, active duty, retired military and military spouses.

Businesses in attendance will be actively hiring with openings occurring in the next three-six months and who share a commitment to hiring veterans.

Workshop topics include "Reinventing Michael Banks," an interactive video that addresses the needs of both transitioning service members and employers by allowing participants to take an active role in the decisions and lives of a veteran, a corporate recruiter, a human resources professional and a supervisor. Other topics include "Dressing for Success," "Build Your Network: Build Your Future," "Volunteerism," and "Successfully Navigating USA Jobs."

To find out more about the Military Workshop Symposium or other aspects of "Embracing Our Military," visit

The symposium is supported by presenting sponsors R.I.A Federal Credit Union, UnityPoint Health- Trinity and WQPT, Quad Cities PBS.

WQPT is a public media service of Western Illinois University.