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

"For the last four years WQPT has been awarding a scholarship to a student majoring in broadcasting," said WQPT General Manager, Rick Best.   The annual award can be used for tuition, books and fees in any broadcast curriculum. WQPT will forward the scholarship funds to the student's educational institution.

Interested students may log on to for an application or by calling (309) 764-2400.  The criteria for the scholarship is:

Overall 2.5 GPA

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

Preference given to full-time students although part-timers are encouraged to apply.                                                    

Applications will be accepted through May 15, 2011for this scholarship.  New and continuing students in any broadcast curriculum may apply.  WQPT will select the recipient prior to the fall semester.

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

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MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT, Quad Cities PBS is holding two seminars focusing on Jim Crow and the Civil Rights movement to coincide with their presentation of "Freedom Riders", a documentary that tells the inspirational story of more than 400 black and white Americans risking their lives for simply traveling together on buses and trains throughout the Deep South. "Freedom Riders" celebrates the 50th Anniversary of this historic event.  WQPT will air the two hour documentary on May 25 at 8 pm.


Part I will provide teachers with the knowledge and skills needed to teach the history of Jim Crow laws, racism, the philosophy of nonviolent activism, the Freedom Rider event, and Civil Rights both nationally and here in the Quad Cities area. Teachers will views a portion of the documentary and discuss ideas of how to disseminate information to their students.

Date:                March 29, 2011

Time:                4:00 - 6:00 pm

Location:          ROE Moline

Presenter:         Dr. Art Pitz

Audience:         Middle/Jr. High and High School Teachers

Cost:                $15

CPDUs:           2


Part 11 will provide teachers with curriculum resources. A computer lab will be made available for teachers to explore resources to enhance unit and lesson plans.

Date:                May 10, 2011

Time:                4:00 - 6:00 pm

Location:          ROE Moline

Presenter:         Dr. Art Pitz

Audience:         Middle/Jr. High and High School Teachers

Cost:                $15

CPDUs:           2


To register contact WQPT at 309-764-2400 or contact Ana Kehoe at


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


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MOLINE, ILLINOIS - Do you enjoy Public Television? Do you like to volunteer? Do you like new and exciting experiences? Then consider becoming a WQPT/PBS Ambassador.

WQPT is seeking energetic college students for an exciting volunteer opportunity. Entering its seventh year, the WQPT/PBS Ambassador program is an opportunity for college students to represent public television at a variety of events throughout eastern Iowa and western Illinois. Ambassadors are a more highly trained extension of the WQPT volunteer force representing the station at fairs, community and fundraising events and on television.

Ambassadors have come from Western Illinois University, Black Hawk College, St. Ambrose University, Illinois College, University of Iowa, Illinois State University, Kaplan University and Northern Illinois.

"One of the most rewarding aspects of the Ambassador program is that the Ambassadors keep coming back each year they are in college," said Bea Brasel, WQPT's Special Projects Coordinator. "It isn't just a volunteer opportunity, but a relationship that continues long after the student has graduated."

For more information and an application log on to Application deadline is May 2, 2011. You may also mail applications to WQPT, Quad Cities PBS, Attn:  Ambassador Program, 3800 Avenue of the Cities, Suite 101, Moline, IL  61265. Inquiries can be made at (309) 764-2400.

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MOLINE, ILLINOIS - This week on "The Cities" host Jim Mertens is joined by Mayor Gluba of Davenport discussing  the latest Census figures and their impact on the city, downtown development and budget concerns for the coming year. Also, Bob Williams, President of the Quad City Music Guild will discuss their upcoming season and how people can be involved.

"The Cities" airs on Thursday at 6:30 pm and midnight and repeats on Sunday at 5:30 pm. "The Cities" is a local public affairs program produced by WQPT, Quad Cities PBS. taped at Fusion Communications.

To see past episodes of "The Cities" log on to

MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT, Quad Cities PBS calls on all children in kindergarten through 3rd grade to enter the PBS Kids Go Writing Contest. Every entrant will receive a Certificate of Achievement.  Stories must be the original work of the child. They may write fact or fiction, prose or poetry. All entries must be postmarked by Friday, April 8, 2011 and mailed or dropped off at WQPT, 3800 Avenue of the Cities, Suite 101, Moline, Illinois 61265 Sixteen winners (four selected from each grade) will receive local recognition on WQPT and win special prizes.  Winning stories will be displayed at the Butterworth Center in Moline, Illinois, the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa and the Family Museum in Bettendorf, Iowa and on the WQPT website. Winners will be notified in late April and a reception will be held to honor the winning stories. "This is an excellent opportunity for kids to use their imaginations and creative skills and be recognized for their efforts," said Ana Kehoe, Director of Education and Outreach.  "Just by participating these kids will be proud of their storybook and so will their parents."

Sponsors of the writing contest are also hosting workshops to help Kindergarten through 3rd grade students with their writing and illustrating skills. Participants are not required to enter the contest. Parents are also invited to learn how to assist children with writing and editing stories.  These workshops are free and will be held at:

° Sat., Feb. 12, 10 am - 11:30 am: Eastern Avenue Library (Davenport) 563-326-7832

° Sat., Feb. 26, 10 am - 11 am: The Moline Library, 309-736-5742

Please contact the libraries to sign up for the workshop.

Additional workshops will be held at the Family Museum free with admission to the museum. The museum workshops are open to anyone to just drop in and are scheduled for March 3 and March 10, 3:30 pm-5:00 pm. 563-344-4170

To find out more about entering the contest log on to

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

Please note that WQPT has moved their offices since the last contest. WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University.

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MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT premieres a brand new public affairs program on November 25th at 6:30 pm. "The Cities" will be a weekly look at issues, events and newsmakers in and around the Quad Cities. The program will be hosted by Jim Mertens. Guests for the first show includes newly elected Illinois State Representative Bobby Shilling and his wife, and 'Mr. Thanksgiving', Bob Vogelbaugh.

"This show has been the pipeline for some time, but first we had to get through the license transfer and move our offices before we could get it on the air," said WQPT General Manager, Rick Best.  "Now that everything is in place, we are very excited to begin production on "The Cities."  The program is being supported in part by a grant from the Victor and Doris Day Foundation.

"The Cities" joins other new local programs on WQPT including "WIU Presents," an hour long performance program provided by Western Illinois University; the second season of "Get Movin'," a children's exercise and healthy living program hosted by Jennifer Neal and "Out and About"  a weekly look at events coming up in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas.

Host Jim Mertens is known in the Quad Cities as the morning anchor for WQAD.   "I think this type of longer format public affairs programming is missing in the Quad Cities.  We hope the audience will help us form the show so we can showcase the important issues... and great community programs... that we either don't realize exist or simply take for granted," said Mertens. "Not to be Pollyanna about it, but each week we hope to discover not only what is happening in the Quad Cities, but what could happen to make it a better place."

"The Cities" will be taped at Fusion Communications in Davenport, Iowa and will air on WQPT Thursdays at 6:30 pm. Starting in mid December WQPT will also repeat the program on Sundays at 5:30 pm.

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

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MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT, Quad Cities PBS will tape a debate between the candidates for the 17th Congressional District to air on Wednesday, October 27th at 7:00 p.m. and will repeat at midnight.


Representatives for each of the candidates met at the WQPT offices on October 21st to finalize plans for the taping.  The debate will be taped on Tuesday afternoon at Fusion Communications and the debate will air the following day in order to not interrupt "God in America" a multi-series program airing Tuesday evening on WQPT.


The hour-long debate will be moderated by Jim Mertens, news anchor for WQAD.  Mr. Mertens will be the host of a new public affairs program on WQPT titled "The Cities," that will begin airing on November 25th at 6:30 p.m.


WQPT has been receiving questions from the public through their website.




WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University.

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MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT, the media service of Western Illinois University, will be hosting a debate between the candidates for the 17th Congressional District in Illinois. Roger Davis, Phil Hare and Bobby Schilling will tape the debate in the afternoon of either October 25 or 26 and it will air that evening or on Wednesday, October 27.  The candidates or their representatives will meet with WQPT to finalize dates and plans.

WQPT is asking the public to send in their questions to by Friday, October 22nd. "We hope the public will provide questions to be asked of the candidates" said Rick Best, WQPT General Manager.  The debate will be moderated by Jim Mertens. Mr. Mertens will be the host of WQPT's new public affairs program "The Cities", which will begin airing in November.

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MOLINE, ILLNIOIS -  For the first time in 10 years holding Brew Ha Ha at LeClaire Park, raindrops fell, but that didn't stop just under 1800 people from sampling beers and cheeses on Saturday, September 18, 2010 at the 11th Annual WQPT Brew Ha Ha.

At the end of the event all of the votes were tallied and the top three brews were named.  All of the winners were decided on by the attendees. "We had more people voting for their favorite brews this year than in years past," said Bea Brasel, Special Projects Coordinator. The First Place trophy went to Bent River Brewing Co. for their brew, Uncommon Stout. Second Place was picked up by first time vendor Irish Dog Bloody Mary Mix for their brew of the same name and Third Place went to Great River Brewery for Roller Dam Red Ale. The top ten brews were:

Bent River Brewing Co.

Uncommon Stout

Irish Dog Bloody Mary Mix

Bloody Mary Mix

Great River Brewery

Roller Dam Red Ale

Anheuser-Busch, Inc., Budweiser

Wild Blue

Bent River Brewing Co.

Mississippi Blonde

Bent River Brewing Co.

Dry Hopped Ale

Bent River Brewing Co.

Raspberry Wheat

Granite City


Blue Cat Brew Pub

Tuck's Tenacious Trippel

Blue Cat Brew Pub



WQPT's Brew Ha Ha was supported by Old Chicago Bettendorf, Rock 104-9 and Cumulus Broadcasting, Rhythm City Casino, and the Riverboat Development Authority, along with the River Cities' Reader, KWQC, Mediacom, Dimitri Wine & Spirits, Inc., Glazer's Distributors of Iowa, Miller Lite, Budweiser, Cabot Cheese Cooperative of Vermont, City of Davenport, Iowa QC Chamber Downtown Partnership, ComedySportz, 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 is pleased to announce that Donna Allman has been named the 2010 WQPT Volunteer of the Year. The award ceremony was held at Ryan's Family Steak House on August 24, 2010 during a special luncheon held for WQPT volunteers. 

Donna, who greets everyone with a hearty "Glad to have you," has been a loyal volunteer at WQPT for the last 16 years. She has helped with monthly mailings, pledge drives and special events. "We are very fortunate to have someone like Donna volunteer for the station and it was a special pleasure to honor her in this way," said Special Projects Coordinator, Bea Brasel.

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