MOLINE, IL - WQPT's local public affairs program, "The Cities with Jim Mertens," will move to 8 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning Oct. 1.

"We are delighted to give the program a prime time slot as we get ready to celebrate the beginning of our sixth season of 'The Cities' in November," said WQPT General Manager Mary Pruess.

Oct. 1 guests include Davenport Mayoral Candidates David Hereid, Frank Klipsch and Dean Weber. Current Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba was a guest on last week's episode.

Rounding out the hour of local programming is "The Whitney Reynolds Show," which features a local segment hosted by Lora Adams.

"The Cities," which debuted Nov. 25, 2010, will continue to be re-aired on WVIK/NPR at 7 p.m. on Fridays and at 5:30 p.m. on Sundays.

WQPT, Quad Cities PBS, is a media service of Western Illinois University.