MOLINE, ILLNIOIS -  Under beautiful skies along the Mississippi River in LeClaire Park, 2,000 people attended WQPT's 13th annual Brew Ha Ha on Saturday, September 15, 2012.

Throughout the day attendees sampled beers, cheeses, played games and listened to music of Minus Six and to the comedy of the Blacklist Comedy Troupe. Voting for the best brews took place from 1:30 to 4:00 pm when the votes were tallied and the top three brews were named.  All of the winners were decided on by the attendees.

The winners were all from Bent River Brewing.

1st Place:  Bent River Brewing Co. - Uncommon Stout
2nd Place:  Bent River Brewing Co. - Mississippi Blonde
3rd Place:  Bent River Brewing Co. - Jalapeno Pepper Ale
(Pictured is:  Garrett Butler, Head Brewer from Bent River Brewing Co.)

WQPT's Brew Ha Ha is one of the stations largest fundraising events with proceeds going to support educational outreach and programming. Sponsors include Old Chicago Bettendorf, Rock 104-9 and Cumulus Broadcasting, Rhythm City Casino, River Cities Reader, KWQC, Mediacom, Dimitri Wine & Spirits, Inc., Glazer's Distributors of Iowa, Blue Moon, Budweiser, Cabot Cheese Cooperative of Vermont, Downtown Davenport Partnership, The Blacklist Comedy Troupe, Hawkeye Ice, Iowa American Water, Millennium Waste, Quad City Golf Cars, and Sunbelt Rentals.

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

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MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT hosts the 13th annual Brew Ha Ha at LeClaire Park in downtown Davenport on Saturday, September 15th from 1 to 5 p.m.  A wide variety of ales, pilsners, and porters are available for tasting as well as cheeses provided by Cabot Creamery Cooperative of Vermont.

Tickets for Brew Ha Ha are $25.00 prior to the event and $30.00 at the gate. "We continue to cap the number of tickets sold to insure that our attendees are able to enjoy as many tastings as they like," said WQPT Special Projects Coordinator, Bea Brasel. Tickets may be purchased at the WQPT offices at 3561 60th Street, Moline, Illinois (Western Illinois University 60th Street Campus) and  CO-OP Records in Davenport and Moline and Old Chicago in Bettendorf, (add a $2.00 service fee at these locations).

Musical performances by Minus Six take place at 1 - 2:30 pm and 3:15 to 4:15 pm. The comedy will be provided by The Blacklist Improv Comedy Troupe.  They perform from 2:30 - 3:15 pm. Games return for attendees to try like the Growler Hold, Putt Putt Golf and the "Grand" Prize Game with prizes for everyone. Admission to Brew Ha Ha includes an event program, unlimited tasting, and a commemorative tasting glass.

Presenting Sponsors for Brew Ha Ha are Old Chicago, Rhythm City Casino,  River Cities' Reader, Rock 104.9, Star 93.5, 97X Classic Hits, True Oldies KJOC 1170AM, along with Dimitri Wine & Spirits, Inc., Glazer's Distributors of Iowa, Blue Moon, Budweiser, KWQC, Mediacom, Downtown Davenport Partnership, Cabot Creamery Cooperative and ESI. With additional support from The Blacklist Comedy Troupe,  Hawkeye Ice, Iowa American Water, Iowa QC Chamber Downtown Partnership, Millennium Waste, Quad City Golf Cars and Sunbelt Rentals.

Attendees must be 21 or older. Children in strollers and animals will not be admitted. Feel free to bring your own lawn chair.  For more information log on to wqpt.org/brew.

Brew Ha Ha is a fundraising event to support WQPT, the local public television station serving eastern Iowa and western Illinois.

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MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT is delighted to announce that Leigh Geramanis has been named the WQPT Volunteer of the Year 2012. The "Hawaiian themed" award ceremony was held at Western Illinois University QC Riverfront Campus on August 7, 2012.

Leigh, who was joined by her daughter Abbie, was given the award by Jerry Myers, WQPT Program Manager, who was an instructor at Black Hawk College and taught Leigh when she was a student and intern at WQPT.  Mr. Myers noted that Leigh was known as "Ginger" during her college career.

"We are very fortunate to have someone like Leigh be a part of WQPT.  Her history with the station and her ability to serve in so many capacities is a real bonus for the station," said Interim General Manager and Chief Development Officer Jamie Lange.

During the past year Leigh not only served on various community committee's but also served as the host and moderator for an hour long television special dealing with the drop out crisis here in the Quad Cities.

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

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internship pic.jpg MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT is delighted to announce that Kristy Anne Phillipson has been awarded the 2012 WQPT Broadcast Scholarship.  "Every year it is our pleasure to present this award to a student pursuing a career in broadcasting.  Ms. Phillipson  is not only studying broadcasting but has been involved as an intern at a commercial broadcaster and involved in Westerns on air programming" said WQPT General Manager, Rick Best.

Ms Phillipson has been an intern at KWQC, a reporter for Black Hawk Colleges' student newspaper, a reporter for university television programming at Western Illinois University and a reporter for the Courier Reporter.

Upon hearing about the award Ms. 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. Thanks so much for choosing me as the recipient of the WQPT Broadcast scholarship.

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

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MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT, Quad Cities PBS is pleased to introduce their 2012 WQPT/PBS Ambassadors, an elite volunteer corps made up of college students.

The program is entering its eighth year and provides college students the opportunity to represent their local public television station at a variety of events throughout eastern Iowa and western Illinois and acquire leadership skills.  "Past Ambassadors have gone on to be named "Leaders Under 40" and have moved on to jobs as a direct result of their time in the Ambassador Program" said WQPT Special Projects Coordinator, Bea Brasel.

The 2012 class of WQPT/PBS Ambassadors are:

Front Row:                                         Back Row:                          
Alicia Domino - WIU                            Gaia Iaccarino - Scott Community College
Elizabeth Stemlar - UNI                       Adam Sandoval - Black Hawk College
Irene Cruz - NIU                                  Nic Hoepfner - Augustana
Karri Foks - WIU                                 Celia Brasel - Black Hawk College
Grace Brasel - Augustana                 Melissa Gravert - WIU
Jana Hergert - WIU


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Michele Moreno - Black Hawk College and Onder Badur - NIU

"Our Ambassadors are extremely important to WQPT. With a staff of only 11, the Ambassadors serve as an extension of the staff," said Ms. Brasel.

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

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MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT, Quad Cities PBS is holding a series of events with the title character from "Martha Speaks" to help raise awareness and education on Pet Care. Martha will be at all events for a meet and greet, plus there will be children's activities and tours of the shelters.

Martha will appear at the following locations:

Monday, June 18
1:00 to 2:30 pm
Rock Island County Animal Care and Control
4001 78th Avenue, Moline, IL

Tuesday, June 19
10:00 to 11:30 am
Moline Public Library
3210 41st Street, Moline, IL

Thursday, June 21
2:00 to 3:30 pm
Humane Society of Scott County
2802 West Central Park Ave, Davenport, IA

Friday, June 22
1:00 - 2:30 pm
Geneseo Public Library
805 N. Chicago Street
Geneseo, IL

Kids will receive a free "Martha Speaks" book when they donate one of the following products to help keep our local shelters clean and safe:

Bleach
Cat Litter
HE Laundry Detergent
Antibacterial Hand and Dish Soap
Paper Towels.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University located in Moline, Illinois.
MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT recently received several grants to help support programming and technical capabilities for the station.

The Riverboat Development Authority awarded the station a $15,000 matching grant. This match will be used during the upcoming June Membership Campaign to encourage and maximize donations made to the station.

The Scott County Regional Authority confirmed a $19,820 grant award to cover a Technology Upgrade for the station. "It has been a great many years since we have updated our computers and fundraising hardware," said WQPT General Manager Rick Best. "This grant helps fulfill the new technology needs of the station.

The Hubbell-Waterman Foundation has supported the station with a grant of $50,000 for local outreach and educational programs. "The support of Hubbell-Waterman goes directly to our programs like the WQPT First Book Club, which helps bring literature to students in title one schools and up to 100 workshops in classrooms throughout our area," said WQPT Educational Outreach Director, Ana Kehoe.

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

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MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT will be holding auditions for female voice talent for the Ballet Quad Cities production of "From the Pages of a Young Girl's Life" that will air April 27th at 7 pm on WQPT.  The ballet is being presented as a special edition of WQPT's new arts program "Artists in Profile."  WQPT and Ballet Quad Cities are looking for a young female voice to read Anne Frank's letters.  A script will be provided at the auditions.  Talent must sound like a young teenage girl. Special consideration to talent who can speak with a slight German accent. Most importantly talent must be able to read the letters with passion and conviction.

Auditions will take place on April 24th at WQPT's offices on 60th Street in Moline, Illinois. Directions will be given at the time you are given an audition slot.  The taping for the program will take place on April 25th.  Girls auditioning must have an appointment to be seen. No walk-ins allowed. To schedule an appointment call Lora Adams at WQPT 309-764-2400.  Attending with casting authority will be Joedy Cook, Ballet Quad Cities and Lora Adams, WQPT.

MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT will be airing a variety of local programs to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Month beginning with a very special "The Cities with Jim Mertens" on Thursday, April 5 at 6:30 pm with an encore presentation on Sunday, April 8 at 5:30 pm.  His guests include Eva Schloss, whose mother married Otto Frank, the father of Anne Frank. Ms. Schloss, a Holocaust survivor, is in town as a part of the Putnam Museums new exhibit "Anne Frank: A History for Today" which will run through May 28, 2012.

 

WQPT will also be airing a re-edited version of "3 Esthers," a documentary the station produced in 1983. The original documentary was researched and narrated by Dr. Art Pitz. Dr. Pitz returns to do a new opening and to bring the viewer up-to-date on the three women. "We're also adding some biographical photos from the three ladies and adding more photos to document the Holocaust through their stories" said Lora Adams, WQPT Director of Marketing and Local Content.

 

The re-edited documentary will be shown at a community screening on Thursday, April 26 at 6 pm at the Western Illinois University Quad Cities (Riverfront) campus in room 111. Dr. Alvin Goldfarb, the past President of Western Illinois University will be the guest speaker, discussing his growing up with parents who survived the Holocaust.

 

On April 27th at 7 pm on a special edition of "Artists in Profile," Ballet Quad Cities' production of "From the Pages of a Young Girls Life" will be presented.  The ballet was originally produced in 2005 with choreography by former Ballet Quad Cities Artistic Director, Johanne Jakhelln and tells the story of Anne Frank. WQPT taped the Ballet Quad Cities March 2nd performance.

 

Other programs include "Gefilte-Fish Chronicles" on Tuesday, April 3 at 8 pm and Jewish Soldiers in Blue & Grey on Tuesday, April 10 at 8 pm.

 

Sponsors for Holocaust Remembrance Month programs and educational outreach include : Premier Sponsor - The Singh Group, Merrill Lynch Quad Cities, Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities, Western Illinois University Student Government Association, The Rauch II Foundation, The Martin D. & Barbara H. Rich Family Foundation, Daniel Portes and Judy Shawver, and Western Illinois University Quad Cities.

 

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University located in Moline, Illinois
The Cities, WQPT's public affairs program, goes on location with host Jim Mertens interviewing Vice President Joe Biden during his visit to Davenport on Wednesday and Bishop Gene Robinson, who is in town to discuss religion and sexual identity at Augustana. It's all tonight on The Cities with Jim Mertens at 6:30 pm., with an encore presentation on Sunday at 5:30 pm.

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