MOLINE, IL - The Moline Foundation awarded Sean Turnipseed of Moline, a senior elementary education student at Western Illinois University-Quad Cities, a $500 educational stipend for his winning entry in the River Vision 2020 video contest. The award was presented at a ceremony    April 22 at the WIU-QC Riverfront campus.

River Vision 2020 consisted of three community conversations attended by 65 residents and business owners from both sides of the river. The River Vision 2020 website had 3,300 views and 2,400 votes were cast online for the video competition. River Vision 2020 is set to move on to the next phase of the riverfront project.

River Vision 2020 has been a partnership between WQPT, The Moline Foundation, Renew Moline and the City of Moline.

For more information on River Vision 2020, visit wqpt.org/rivervision2020.

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

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Photo of Scott Turnipseed and Joy Boruff of the Moline Foundation.  

MOLINE, IL -WQPT and the Moline Foundation invite you to participate in River Vision 2020. This innovative project is designed to bring together citizens and community leaders to discuss ideas to enhance the Moline river front along the Mississippi River.  "We want to hear from everyone in our community on the ways they think we can best use our riverfront as well as the Floreciente neighborhood and the Moline Centre in downtown Moline," said Joy Boruff, Executive Director, The Moline Foundation.

The remaining community forums take place on, Thursday, February 28 and Thursday, March 14 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Western Illinois University Riverfront Campus, 3300 River Drive, Moline, IL. Dinner is served. Everyone in the Quad Cities region is invited to participate in one or all of the community forums.

In addition, students from Western Illinois University and members of The Network, are creating videos on their ideas for the riverfront and everyone is invited to view them and vote for their favorite by going to wqpt.org/rivervision2020.  Community voting will begin February 25 and continue until midnight on March 25. The winning video creator receives a $500 educational stipend from the Moline Foundation.

For more information on River Vision 2020 go to wqpt.org/rivervision2020.

 

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

Press Conference will be held Monday, February 25th at 10:00 a.m.

Mayor Donald P. Welvaert is expected to speak

Western Illinois University Riverfront Campus, 3300 River Drive Moline, IL 61265

MOLINE, IL - WQPT-Quad Cities PBS, in conjunction with a collaboration of area non-profit organizations focused on bullying in our community (known as CARE QC - Connecting Anti-Bullying Resources and Education), will host a series of community conversations, television programming and online activities to inform parents, students and teachers about the resources available to combat bullying.

"CARE QC was formed as a result of information gathered during WQPT's 'American Graduate' work last year. At the community forums convened to discuss the drop-out crisis and the need for mentors in our community, we discovered that bullying was one of the top factors in a student's decision to drop out of school," said WQPT Interim General Manager Jamie Lange.

The community conversations will be held from 5-7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 18 at the Martin Luther King Center in Rock Island, and Wednesday, Feb. 20 Wednesday, Feb. 20 at the Moline Public Library.

In addition, Ballet Quad Cities will offer a free performance of "The Ugly Duckling" from 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 at Davenport North High School. The dance performance carries an anti-bullying message about treating on another with respect. Renowned anti-bullying expert Dr. Jennifer Caudle will host a short program following the event.

Related programming featured on WQPT includes:

Sunday, Feb. 17, 8 p.m.: "Official Best of Fest: Bullies." Get a glimpse into the world of bullying with two short films from Australia and the UK.

Sunday, Feb. 17, 8:30 p.m.: "Dissed Respect." The impact of bullying encourages dialogue about the need to reduce the high-risk behavior of bullying.

Monday, Feb. 18, 8 p.m.: "Teaching Channel: Bullying at School." The program visits three schools where parents, teachers and students are implementing bullying prevention programs.

Monday, Feb. 18, 9 p.m.: "Enough is Enough." Learn about the evolving interactive web, social networking and cyber-bullying. Learn how to protect your child on all internet enabled devices.

For more resources, interactive surveys and information, visit wqpt.org/stopbullying.

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

PBS Kids GO Writers Contest

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

Stories, which must be the original work of the child, may be non-fiction, fiction, prose or poetry. Entries, postmarked by Wednesday, April 10, can be dropped off at WQPT's office at Western Illinois University's 60th Street campus, or mailed to WQPT, 3561 60th St., 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.

For more information, along with guidelines and entry forms, visit wqpt.org/storycontest or contact Ana Kehoe at (309) 764-2400 or AT-Kehoe@wiu.edu.

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.

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MOLINE, IL -WQPT and the Moline Foundation invite you to participate in River Vision 2020. This innovative project is designed to bring together citizens and community leaders to discuss ideas to enhance the Moline river front along the Mississippi River.  "We want to hear from everyone in our community on the ways they think we can best use our riverfront as well as the Floreciente neighborhood and the Moline Centre in downtown Moline," said Joy Boruff, Executive Director, The Moline Foundation.

The project includes community forums which take place on Wednesday, February 6, Thursday, February 28 and Thursday, March 14 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Western Illinois University Riverfront Campus, 3300 River Drive, Moline, IL. Everyone in the Quad Cities region is invited to participate in one or all of the community forums.

In addition, students from Western Illinois University and members of The Network, are creating videos on their ideas for the riverfront and everyone is invited to view them and vote for their favorite by going to wqpt.org/rivervision2020.  Community voting will begin February 25 and continue until midnight on March 25. The winning video creator receives a $500 educational stipend from the Moline Foundation.

For more information on River Vision 2020 go to wqpt.org/rivervision2020.

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

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

MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT, Quad Cities PBS is pleased to offer a $500 Broadcast Scholarship to students pursuing a career in broadcasting.

Last year's recipient Kristy Anne Phillipson said "As a senior in the broadcasting department at Western Illinois University in Macomb, I am honored and deeply grateful that I was chosen for this scholarship. It will help me pay for my final year at Western.  It will definitely take some of the stress off."

The annual award can be applied to tuition, books, and fees. Interested students may request an application through WQPT by calling 309-764-2400 or 1-800-877-413-2424 or through www.wqpt.org.

Applications will be accepted through April 19, 2013.

Criteria:

v Be accepted to or currently enrolled at Western Illinois University in the broadcasting program

v Reside in WQPT's viewing area or have recently graduated from a high school in the WQPT viewing area

v Overall 2.5 GPA

v Broadcast Classes 3.0 GPA (not applicable to incoming college freshmen)

v Preference given to full-time students although part-time students may apply.

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

 

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Taped in November at Augustana College

MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT, the Quad Cities local public television station and WVIK, the public radio station teamed up to present "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" in November. The stage play by Joe Landry and with music by Kevin Connors is set in a 1946 radio station.  It was performed before a live audience for three performances and taped to air on both stations for the holiday season.

WQPT will air the program December 21 and 25 at 7 pm, and WVIK will air it on December 23 at 7 pm.

Funding for the production was made possible by the Illinois Arts Council and the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. Directed by WQPT producer, Lora Adams and starring Mike Millar, Jenny Winn, Jason Platt, Erin Lounsberry, Michael Carron, Scott Tunnicliff, Tamra  McConoughey, Tom Vaccaro and with Jonathan Turner on piano, the production helped to raise funds for additional episodes of WQPT's arts program "Artists in Profile."  The first of the additional episodes airs on New Year's Eve at 11:30 pm with a music special featuring performances by Ellis Kell, Danika Holmes, Ragamon, Barley House Band and the Milltown Wranglers.

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

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MOLINE, ILLINOIS -  WQPT's local public affairs program "The Cities with Jim Mertens" will air a 3-½ hour special on Sunday, November 4th at 2:30 pm that takes a look at the local political contests being voted on this coming Tuesday.

"Since early September we have been talking with the political candidates on both sides of the river," said Mertens.  The special features commentary by former Rock Island Mayor Mark Schwiebert and Steve Grubbs, former Iowa state representative and former Chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa.

The candidates interviewed in the first hour include Neil Anderson (R) and Pat Verschoore (D) running for the Illinois 72nd House District and John Archer (R) challenger for Iowa's 2nd Congressional District.  In the second hour incumbent Dave Loebsack (D) from Iowa's 2nd Congressional District along with Rich Morthland (R) and Mike Smiddy (D) competing for the Illinois 71st House District and Shawn Hammerlinck (R) and Chris Brase (D) for Iowa's 42nd Senate District.  The third hour and a half features Bill Albracht (R), the candidate for the Illinois 36th State Senate District opposite Mike Jacobs (D) (not interviewed) and Cheri Bustos (D) and Bobby Schilling (R) who are vying for the 17th Illinois Congressional District will finish the program.  Each candidate's full interview is also available by logging on to www.wqpt.org/thecities/.

"The Cities with Jim Mertens" begins its third year on Thanksgiving.  It is the only local public affairs television program airing in the greater Quad Cities area.   WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University located in Moline, Illinois.

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Moline, Illinois  -  WQPT, Quad Cities PBS is happy to include another series to our lineup - "William and Mary," Sundays at 9:00 pm beginning October 21st.

Starring Martin Clunes (Doc Martin, Men Behaving Badly) and Julie Graham (Dirty Tricks, Butterfly Collectors) as William Shawcross and Mary Gilcrest.  The series follows two single parents looking for love through dating services- and perhaps they have found it. The only glitch - she's a midwife - bringing new people into the world and he's an undertaker, who is seeing them out.

About WQPT

On-air, online and in the community, WQPT plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of residents throughout eastern Iowa and western Illinois. WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University and is located in Moline, Illinois. Throughout its nearly 30-year history, WQPT has been known for its local productions, public affairs programming, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, wqpt.org. WQPT is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about WQPT productions, programming schedules for both WQPT and our second channel, MHz Worldview, and community events, please visit wqpt.org.

MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT's local public affairs program "The Cities with Jim Mertens" will be focusing on local political races in the coming weeks finishing with a 3 hour special that will air the Sunday before election-day.

In the coming weeks the following candidates will appear on The Cities, which airs each Thursday at 6:30 pm, Sunday at 5:30 pm on WQPT and on WVIK on Fridays at 7:00 pm.

Rep. Pat Verschoore (D) Illinois 72nd House District                         September 13, 2012

Neil Anderson (R)

 

John Archer (R) Iowa 2nd Congressional Candidate                           September 20, 2012

Cheri Bustos (D) 17th Illinois Congressional Candidate                     September 27, 2012

Rep. Rich Morthland (R) Illinois 71st House District                         October 4, 2012                           Mike Smiddy (D)

Sen. Shawn Hammerlink (R) Iowa 42nd Senate District                      October 11, 2012

Chris Brase (D)

 

Rep. Bobby Schilling (R) 17th Illinois Congressional Candidate       October 18, 2012

Sen. Mike Jacobs (D) Illinois 36th State Senate District                     October 25, 2012

Bill Albracht (R)

 

"We are happy to have a longer format to focus on the issues that impact our local communities," said host, Jim Mertens. "Our program guide and website will list the times that each candidate will appear during the 3 hours special so that our viewers can focus on the candidates that they are most interested in hearing from," said Jerry Myers, WQPT's Program Manager.

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

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