RICHMOND, VA - Media General, Inc. (NYSE: MEG), a local broadcast television and digital media company, today announced that Kenneth M. Freedman has been named Vice President and General Manager of WCMH-TV, its NBC affiliate in Columbus, OH, effective January 1, 2015. Mr. Freedman is currently Vice President and General Manager for KWQC-TV, Media General's NBC affiliate in Quad Cities, IA/IL. Mr. Freedman will succeed current WCMH Vice President and General Manager Dan Bradley, who is retiring at the end of this year following a distinguished 40-year career in the broadcast industry. Mr. Freedman will work with Mr. Bradley in the interim to provide for a smooth transition.

"We are delighted to name such a talented and experienced broadcaster as Ken to be our new General Manager at WCMH," said Deborah A. McDermott, Senior Vice President-Broadcast Markets for Media General. "Ken is a strong leader and great competitor. He has had much success in Davenport and is the right person to assume the leadership role at WCMH."

Mr. Freedman said, "This is a very exciting time in our industry. It will be an honor to work with the talented team of broadcast and digital media professionals at WCMH. Our mission will be to serve our viewers and grow the station's brand on all platforms."

Prior to joining KWQC in 2011 in his current position, Mr. Freedman had been Director of Sales & Marketing for KGW-TV in Portland, OR, since 2006. Before that, he was VP-General Sales Manager for KSTU-TV in Salt Lake City, UT, since 2003. Prior to that, he had served in sales leadership positions for WOFL/WRBW-TV in Orlando, FL; WKMG-TV in Orlando, FL; for HRP in New York City; and with Blair TV in New York City. His community involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors of United Way of the Quad Cities, Trinity Healthcare Foundation, Figge Art Museum, First Tee of the Quad Cities, University of Iowa School of Communications-Advisory Board, Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce-Regional Opportunity Council, and RME (River Music Experience). He is a member of Rotary Club of Davenport and National Ski Patrol. Mr. Freedman graduated from Kent State University with a B.A. in telecommunications. He completed the National Association of Broadcasters Executive Development program.

Rock Island, IL: The days of getting a manual with your technology purchase are long gone, but help is at hand from the Rock Island Public Library. To meet post-holiday demand, the library will add extra technology class sessions and topics for those who unwrap new technology this holiday season.

On Thursday, Dec. 11, the library will offer "Download This! Magazines, Music and Movies" to show participants how to read magazines online with the library's new Flipster service, to download or stream music with Freegal Music, and how to stream movies for free with Freegal Movies and TV. The class is offered at 6:30 pm at the Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. Use of the services requires a Rock Island Public Library card, or a card from a library that also subscribes to Freegal or Flipster.

The library will offer multiple sessions of "How to Download eBooks and eAudiobooks" to lead attendees through how to use library eBook and eAudiobook services to download free books. Each session covers all common device types, including personal eReaders, computers, tablets and Mp3 players. Participants should bring their devices along. Classes will be offered:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 30 at 2:00 pm, at the Main Library, 401 19th Street;
  • Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 6:00 pm, at the Southwest Branch, 9010 Ridgewood Road, and
  • Thursday, Jan. 29 at 2:30 pm, at the Main Library.

Also on Tuesday, December 30, the library offers Getting to Know Your iPad or Tablet at 11:00 am in the Main Library Community Room. The class will cover basic features, tips and settings for users of both Apple-based and Android-based tablet computers and phones. Attendees should bring their devices.

Attendees looking for classes focused on a specific device or operating system get their chance in January and February with:

  • ·         Getting to Know Your Android Tablet or Smartphone Device: 11:00 am on Wednesday, Jan. 7, Main Library Community Room. (This class repeats at the Southwest Branch, 9010 Ridgewood Road, at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, Feb. 3.)
  • Getting to Know Your Apple iPad or iPhone: 2:30 pm on Thursday, Jan. 8, Main Library Community Room.
  • Getting to Know Your Kindle Fire: 11:00 am on Friday, Jan. 9, Main Library Community Room. (This class repeats at the Southwest Branch, 9010 Ridgewood Road, at 6:00 pm on Monday, Feb. 2.)

Attendees at any of these classes should bring their devices along. Each class covers basic functions, settings, organizing apps, tips on other uses, and more general information. All library classes are free and open to the public. Instruction is aimed at adult learners. Children and teens must be accompanied by an adult.

For more events at Rock Island Public Libraries, check the calendar on the library website at, follow the library on Facebook or Twitter, or call 309-732-READ (7323,)


Founded in 1872, the Rock Island Public Library serves the area through three locations, which include the Main, 30/31 and Southwest Branches, community outreach efforts, and online opportunities that provide resources to enhance personal achievement and stimulate the imagination.

KWQC-TV6 revealed this morning on Quad Cities Today that current weekend meteorologist Kevin Phelps will replace Greg Dutra as the station's weekday morning meteorologist.

Greg Dutra made the announcement during his weathercast saying, "When I went to management and told them hey I have this job offer in Denver....obviously we're going to have to find a replacement.  This was my personal recommendation."

Phelps has been weekend meteorologist at TV6 since February 2011.  He will begin his new role as Quad Cities Today meteorologist December 1st.

"Kevin's hard work and experience made him a natural to replace Greg Dutra.  His knowledge forecasting in the Quad Cities and his great relationship with David and Morgan will let him continue the great tradition Quad Cities Today has established," said KWQC-TV6 News Director Rich Kurz.  "Losing Greg is tough - and we wish him well - but I'm confident our viewers will be in great hands with Kevin."

Greg Dutra's last day on air will be November 28th.  He was offered and accepted what he calls a "dream job" in Denver, CO at KDVR/KWGN.
Author bases book on family's experiences

SALT LAKE CITY – Francesco is a typical child, until one day he learns that he possesses the power to create his own happiness. In her new children's book, "You Are a Powerful Creator, My Little One," by Monica Iglesias, young readers discover where positivity begins, and how Francesco is able to create it in his own life.

Inspired by actual events, Francesco's story teaches a universal message emphasizing that no matter what the readers' background is, they are in control of their own experience. By informing children how to take charge of their own destiny, Iglesias helps her audience take accountability for their future.

"Through a series of inquiring questions, the mother in this story facilitates her son to discover how to create what he wants through choice, intent, behavior, and evaluation," said Penelope Eicher, a licensed marriage and family therapist. "The child discovers how choice and accountability generates well-being."

In order to deliver her message accurately, Iglesias observed events that had happened within her family. By working with her own children, the author has created a book that readers of all ages can benefit from.

"Children love feeling empowered and making their own decisions," said Iglesias. "My desire is to empower children, youth and adults alike to consciously create a happy life for themselves, their families and positively influence the world around them. A waterfall begins with a single drop."

"You Are a Powerful Creator, My Little One"

By: Monica Iglesias

ISBN: 978-1-4525-1587-8

Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Balboa Press


About the author

Monica Iglesias is a mother of four, a business owner, and a former high school teacher. She grew up in southern Utah, and has lived in Puerto Rico and France. The author currently lives in southern Utah with her husband and children.


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Mediacom Business provides over 5,000 fiber route miles in Iowa, connecting more than 2,500 locations with speeds up to 10 Gigabits per second

Des Moines, Iowa - November 13, 2014 - Speaking yesterday at a meeting of the Mid-Iowa Association of Local Governments (MIALG), Mark Finch, Senior Director, Mediacom Business, said the company is cultivating commercial growth and development in rural communities across America's Heartland through the continued expansion of a high capacity fiber optic network. Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions™ from Mediacom Business delivers a new broadband standard for large and small businesses, healthcare facilities, schools, libraries and other local anchor institutions. Moreover, Mediacom Business makes accessing its high-capacity broadband easy and cost-effective by managing and monitoring the network, thereby eliminating the need for cities to employ additional resources.

Mr. Finch told mayors from twenty cities in the Metro Des Moines Area, along with numerous Iowa State Legislators, that his company has over 5,000 fiber route miles already in service in Iowa. This expansive network, said Finch, connects more than 2,500 locations, and is capable of delivering speeds up to 10 Gigabits per second.

"While companies like Google are making promises to build these networks in large metropolitan areas, Mediacom Business' fiber-optic network is already in place right here in Iowa. We're delivering speeds of one Gigabit and beyond to business customers of every size over our proprietary, fiber-optic network," Mr. Finch said.

The City of Grimes, one of the fastest growing areas in Iowa, has approximately 400 small-to-medium sized businesses. Grimes is an excellent example of how Mediacom Business partners with municipalities to build the critical broadband infrastructure that powers economic development. According to Mr. Finch, "Mediacom Business is inviting other cities to have these conversations with us so we can replicate these public/private relationships in more areas." He added, "Increasingly, Central Iowa is attracting attention from IT companies, web developers, call centers, and data centers who demand the reliability, speed and redundancy our Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions™ platform can provide. You could say we're a one-stop shop in meeting the needs of every customer, no matter their size."

A video about the City of Grimes, Iowa/Mediacom Business partnership can be viewed at:

About Mediacom Communications

Mediacom Communications Corporation is the nation's eighth largest cable television company and one of the leading cable operators focused on serving the smaller cities in the United States, with a significant customer concentration in the Midwestern and Southeastern regions. Mediacom Communications offers a wide array of information, communications and entertainment services, including video, high-speed data and phone, and provides innovative broadband communications solutions through its Mediacom Business division that can be tailored to any size business. Mediacom Communications' advertising sales and productions services are sold under its OnMedia division. More information about Mediacom Business is available at

About Mid-Iowa Association of Local Governments

The Mid-Iowa Association of Local Governments (MIALG) is a group of mayors from Central Iowa and members from the Iowa League of Cities and Polk County Supervisors that gather once a month for dinner and a meeting. A presenter is invited to each meeting, where programs and issues affecting their communities are discussed. The current chairperson is Mayor Scott Cirksena.

The Illinois Korean  Memorial Association has published a booklet, " A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE KOREAN WAR". It has a tear proof cover, actual headlines, photos from Department of Defense, peace talks, maps, American Commanders & more, all from 1950-53 era.  A must for any teacher who wants to hold a class, or a student who wants to write  a paper on the Korean War. To receive a copy, send $10 check or money order to Illinois Korean Memorial Association, P.O. Box 8554, Springfield, Illinois 62791.  100% of all funds go to the book project to send this booklet to Illinois schools & libraries at no charge.
DAVENPORT ? More than you might imagine ? that is if the condition of your drinking water is a concern. Local novelist Joan Mauch first heard the term "waterkeeper" when she read about it in the newspaper. "The term puzzled me as I had never heard it before," she said. The article featured Art Norris, the Quad-Cities' waterkeeper. "We had our very own waterkeeper? And what exactly was he doing with our water? To me sounded a bit odd."
Upon digging, Mauch learned the term, "waterkeeper" refers to an organization affiliated with the Waterkeeper Alliance, an international organization that unites almost 200 independent nonprofits funded by donations and grants.
According to Marc Yaggi, director of global programs for the New York-based Waterkeeper Alliance, waterkeepers wear a lot of hats including that of scientist, investigator and community advocate. "The ultimate goal is to ensure their community's right to clean water is upheld," Yagi said.
Waterkeeper Norris said the organization's purpose was to be the eyes and ears of the Mississippi River. His duties include looking for water pollution issues, specifically those that impact the Mississippi from Clinton to Muscatine or any part of the Rock River and finding ways to address the problems.
Mauch contacted Mr. Norris and to her dismay learned that our regulatory authority isn't protecting our drinking water. "He said that in many cases they actually aid in covering up the polluter. It's all about money."
According to Norris, we need waterkeepers to oversee what regulators are allowing. "Illinois has four of the most polluted rivers in the nation. Iowa has 624 lakes, rivers and streams unfit for human use. To me it's about leaving a better place for our children. They won't have much of a chance if we don't change this," he said.
Thinking there could be a novel in there somewhere, Ms. Mauch asked if being a waterkeeper was dangerous.
Mr. Norris said he's been attacked and threatened many times. "They killed my dog. Scared my wife to death. I have three daughters and a son. The polluter and friends sent me a Father's Day card. I understood this was threat. It's a heavy price to pay. It's not for everyone. Maybe your book will bring things to light."
Joan Mauch's latest novel, "The Waterkeeper's Daughter" ($3.99 e-book, $16.95 paperback, Whiskey Creek Press and Start Publishing), is a mystery about revenge, murder and reconciliation. A man wants to get even for the havoc wreaked on his family and their farm caused by the spraying of pesticides. All his life, Harold Johnson has suffered for what that crop duster did; now it's his turn to grieve. First he'll target the guy's son, Lake Okeechobee's waterkeeper, Craig Whitaker, then he'll go after his pretty daughter, Annie. And he'll make it perfectly clear what he's doing ? and why. CT Whitaker will learn the meaning of the word, "regret" ? but by then, it will be too late. "The Waterkeeper's Daughter" will appeal to those who enjoy a good mystery along with a brief look at the sorry state of our nation's waterways.
"It fires me up because I have been on missions where you wonder if you will make it back," Mr. Norris said. "We risk our lives to save our rivers, It's sad it has to be this way. That's why we need a following to be effective." If you would like to volunteer or donate to the QC Waterkeeper's movement, visit the Quad Cities Waterkeeper's website at:
On Nov. 25, "The Waterkeeper's Daughter" will be released as an e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Whiskey Creek Press' website: The paperback may be ordered on the author's website at or through the publisher. Ms. Mauch's earlier novels include : "Halifax" (2013) and "The Mangled Spoon" (2014) also published by Whiskey Creek Press. Visit her website at, her Facebook author page at or follow her on Twitter.
Mark your calendar! Book signings are scheduled for Nov. 22 at South Park Mall from 1-4; The Book Rack in Davenport from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 6, 4764 Elmore Ave Drive; and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 7 at the Moline Book Rack, 3937 41st Ave.
Waterkeeper Art Norris and Joan will give a joint presentation at Read Local, a program sponsored by the Bettendorf Library on Feb. 11, 2015 from 7-9:00 p.m. He will discuss the Waterkeepers' movement, its role in protecting the Mississippi River and how to get involved. Joan will talk about writing "The Waterkeeper's Daughter" and read a chapter from it.

Rock Island, IL: As of Nov. 1, the Rock Island Public Library will flip to a new digital magazine service for readers.  Flipster™ , from EBSCO Information Services,  allows library patrons to read the latest issues of high quality digital versions of popular magazines on a computer or mobile device.  The service is free to use with a Rock Island Library card.

"Using Flipster is so easy. Patrons simply log in with their library card number from the link off our website," said Natalie Struecker, Rock Island Library Reference and Adult Services Manager. "There's no need to create an account."

Flipster provides easy access to digital magazines for online browsing via a computer desktop or any mobile device. Patrons can access the content via Rock Island Library computers or remotely at home, adding 24-hour access to titles in the library's subscription.  A download app for offline magazine reading is available for iPad users, with another currently in development for Android devices.

Popular titles in the Rock Island Library subscription include People, Entertainment Weekly, Consumer Reports, Jet, and Sports illustrated. [Full list below.]

Flipster replaces a previous Rock Island Library subscription to Zinio. "We're continually evaluating the online products and services we offer to meet patron demand for easy-to-use services they can use anywhere, anytime," said Struecker. She added that patrons may suggest other titles to add to Flipster by filling out a patron comment form at any Rock Island Library.

To start using Flipster, begin with the Download icon on the library website,

For more events and services at Rock Island Public Libraries, visit the library website, follow the library on Facebook or Twitter, or call 309-732-7323.


MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT, Quad Cities PBS is just completing its first year of "Embracing Our Military," a two-year initiative designed to draw attention and resources to military families in the community.

From 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 7, WQPT will hold a free Military Workforce Symposium at Western Illinois University - Quad Cities in Moline, IL, to provide workshops, a job fair, resource booths and educational opportunities for National Guard, reserve, active duty, retired military and military spouses.

Businesses in attendance will be actively hiring with openings occurring in the next three-six months and who share a commitment to hiring veterans.

Workshop topics include "Reinventing Michael Banks," an interactive video that addresses the needs of both transitioning service members and employers by allowing participants to take an active role in the decisions and lives of a veteran, a corporate recruiter, a human resources professional and a supervisor. Other topics include "Dressing for Success," "Build Your Network: Build Your Future," "Volunteerism," and "Successfully Navigating USA Jobs."

To find out more about the Military Workshop Symposium or other aspects of "Embracing Our Military," visit

The symposium is supported by presenting sponsors R.I.A Federal Credit Union, UnityPoint Health- Trinity and WQPT, Quad Cities PBS.

WQPT is a public media service of Western Illinois University.



Author Cindy Kolbo illustrates Book of Colossians to help readers memorize Scriptures


CANISTOTA, S.D. - Author Cindy Kolbo knows how difficult understanding the Scriptures can be for visual learners. In an effort to help them, Kolbo releases her illustrated new book, "Memory Helper for the Book of Colossians" (published by WestBow Press), to share the messages of the Bible in a creative and innovative way.

The drawings in "Memory Helper for the Book of Colossians" recreate moments from the Book of Colossians from the King James Bible. Each drawing is kept simple so as not to distract readers from the message of the passage and to aid in memorization and understanding.

Kolbo also includes an accompanying explanation of each drawing along with detailed Greek word definitions, originally translated in James Strong's book "Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible." With practice and memorization, readers will be able to better comprehend the Scripture and its many meanings.

"This book may appeal to those who would like a tool for their own study or for those who are teaching," Kolbo writes. "My hope would be that this book would aid in understanding the Scripture and loving it."


"Memory Helper for the Book of Colossians"

By Cindy Kolbo

Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 116 pages | ISBN 9781490843636

E-Book | 116 pages | ISBN 9781490843643

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble


About the Author

Cindy Kolbo recognizes that understanding Scripture is essential yet sometimes difficult. She has found that memorizing parts of the Bible and passing it on to others is easier with these simple drawings. She and her husband have raised six children and live near Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

WestBow Press is a strategic supported self-publishing alliance between HarperCollins Christian Publishing and Author Solutions, LLC ? the world leader in supported self-publishing. Titles published through WestBow Press are evaluated for sales potential and considered for publication through Thomas Nelson and Zondervan.  For more information, visit or call (866)-928-1240. For WestBow Press news, click "Like" at and follow @westbowpress on Twitter.