QuadCities-Logo-Default-Trans-LrgHello and welcome to the new QuadCities.com!

We are so excited to share with you some of our new additions to the site, along with the new design and technology involved. I’ve been working with our Publisher, Steve Holmes and our Lead Developer, Trevor Bertucci, the past few months building up to the official debut of this revamp and we’re really excited to unleash it on the world. We know you’re going to love it! Not only is the content terrific but we’ve added a lot of awesome new technology that you can enjoy whether you’re on your PC, your laptop, your tablet or your phone. And we’re going to be adding even more over the next few months. So welcome to our playground and let’s get ready to have some fun!

One of the biggest things I’ve wanted to bring to QuadCities.com since I joined the team in December of last year is to create a hub for the local entertainment scene, not just by covering local events, but by giving local creators a spot to showcase their work. From the beginning, I envisioned the new QuadCities.com as being a full digital media site featuring not just print and pictures, but audio and video, and not just great coverage of area entertainment but a spot where you could experience some really cool entertainment.
In short, we want to be all fun, all local, all the time!

As I said from the beginning when I came on board, I see us as unique. There is no other site like QuadCities.com. We don’t compete with other media in the area. We don’t cover politics or hard news or crime or government or anything like that. The local newspapers, TV and radio stations have got that covered, and they’ve got a much larger pool of employees and resources to handle it. Journalism is a public trust, one I have respected since I started writing professionally at age 11, and it’s important to have that in the community. But we know that when you sit down at the table, you’ve rarely satisfied with just the staples – meat and potatoes.
You’ve also got to have dessert!
And that’s where we arrive.

We’ve been striving the past several months to provide the best coverage of local entertainment we can, covering everything from music to theater to comedy and more. We’ve hired on fun and engaging local columnists to give you interesting and amusing perspectives on entertainment and their own engaging takes on life. And we’ve brought aboard other writers to help us cover the local scene. None of that is going to change. In fact, we’re going to only get bigger and better in both regards. We’re going to be constantly bringing on and debuting more columnists and writers and providing even more coverage of the local arts, entertainment and leisure scene. So, as always, we ask that you check us out every day for fun, free, local entertainment news.
But that’s not all.

One of the things we’ve been doing the past few months is recruiting talented local creators to be a part of our site. These are people whose work, personalities and talent I’ve respected and found interesting and entertaining. Some of them, well, a lot of them, are people I’ve worked with in the creative arts, whether in film or theater or comedy or some other arena. Others I’ve only known but haven’t collaborated with, but I’ve enjoyed their work. All of them have one thing in common – I know you’re going to love what they have to offer, and I believe their work deserves wider exposure, the kind that QuadCities.com can provide.

We’re kicking things off with the podcast portion of that content – debuting fun local podcasts covering topics from metal music to video games to local family events and more. I’ve even got a solo podcast, Weekend in 2 Minutes, that I strongly encourage you to check out on the regular every week when it drops Thursday morning, to give you insight on what’s going on over the weekend in the Quads and what could make your weekend a lot more fun. These aren’t the only podcasts that will be on our site, they’re just the ones that are debuting at this time. We’ll have a couple others hitting the site over the next few weeks and I’m always looking for others to add to our roster.

Also coming up, we’re going to be debuting video and music sites, featuring local programming and tunes, as well as a comedy site dedicated to local comedians. I’m also working with local creators like Andrew King, Nikki Gillette and the Comedy Sportz improvisational comedy troupe to produce new programming that I think is going to be awesome. And I’m going to be doing one or two shows myself, including a new podcast, No Cords And The Truth, which is going to be hitting the site soon.

And so we start off with the beginning of what will be, over the next six months and beyond, a huge and entertaining venture.

In all, it’s going to add up to a spot you can go to every day to make your day better, give you a smile, give you a laugh, and help you plan out the fun parts of your life. It’s all fun, all the time, it’s the new QuadCities.com.
Thanks for joining us!

And as always, enjoy the trip . . .

P.S. If you’re interested in being a part of QuadCities.com as a content creator – or by supporting QuadCities.com through advertising – please contact me by email to Sean@QuadCities.com.

Copyright 2016 Sean Leary   /    for more writing see www.seanleary.com.

Sean Leary is an author, director, artist, musician, producer and entrepreneur who has been writing professionally since debuting at age 11 in the pages of the Comics Buyers Guide. An honors graduate of the University of Southern California masters program, he has written almost 30 books including the best-sellers The Arimathean, Every Number is Lucky to Someone and We Are All Characters.