MOLINE, ILLINOIS (August 26, 2019) — WQPT, PBS for the Quad Cities region will begin airing Ken Burns’ new eight-part 16.5-hour film Country Music, beginning Thursday, September 26 at 8PM. The film is directed by Ken Burns, and produced by Burns and his long-time collaborators Dayton Duncan and Julie Dunfey. The series will stream on station-branded PBS platforms, including and PBS apps beginning September 15.

In conjunction with the airing of the documentary WQPT will be holding preview screenings at the following locations:

August 28 — Edwards River Public Library in Aledo at 1PM

September 5 — Geneseo Public Library at 2PM

September 10 — Park Vista Retirement Center in East Moline at 10AM

September 12 — River Music Experience- an event in partnership with IPTV and Bank of America at 7PM

September 13 — Billy Bob’s Redneck Party Bar at 6:30PM

September 16 — Rock Island Downtown Public Library at 2PM


In addition, WQPT will be sharing preview clips before the Andrew Collins Trio (a Bluegrass band) performs at the following locations:


September 17 — Butterworth Center at 3:00pm

September 18 — Bettendorf Public Library at 2:00pm


“We wanted to share the Country Music preview with as many Quad Citizens as we could, so we selected locations accordingly,” said Director of Education and Outreach, Michael Carton. “We’ve already shown it to a group in Rock Island, and the audience laughed, cried, and sang along with some most of the songs! It’s a remarkable film, and we’re looking forward to sharing it with many more in our community.”

Find out more about what Country Music means to our local community by visiting the WQPT Facebook page and watching intimate conversations with individuals on how country music influenced their lives. For more information on Country Music, visit

WQPT is a public media service of Western Illinois University.

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