New Entertainment Website QuadCities.com Relaunching This Week
Looking for fun in the Quad Cities?
If so, check out QuadCities.com, a new entertainment website offering all local news and features on entertainment and leisure and original entertainment content from Quad-Cities creators!
QuadCities.com covers the area arts, entertainment and leisure scene, offering articles, podcasts and video shows on cool events happening around the area and great places for people of all ages to go to have fun.
Everything from music to theater to comedy to family events and more are featured. It also boasts the area’s most comprehensive listing of businesses (highlighting over 10,000 local spots) and attractions for out-of-town visitors as well as other great info from weather updates to games and horoscopes to an app that helps you locate the lowest gas prices in the area and more!
“We’re offering all entertainment, features and fun all the time,” said Sean Leary, Director of Digital Media for QuadCities.com.
“We’re not looking to compete with the traditional media any more than Entertainment Weekly competes with Time magazine or E! Entertainment Television competes with CNN. They do an excellent job covering crime, hard news and politics, we’re not looking to do that. We’re all entertainment, features and fun stuff. Whether you’re a tourist coming to town or a long-time Quad-Citian looking for something fun to do on the weekend, we’re the site for you.”
In addition to coverage of local arts and entertainment, the site is the first in the area to offer a programming slate boasting the original works of area creators.
“We’re very proud to offer a hub for original, local entertainment programming, both audio and video,” Leary said. “There are a lot of very talented people in the area creating some really cool things and we wanted to not just shine a spotlight on them, but give the spotlight to their work so that it can get greater exposure to the wider audience it deserves.”
“QuadCities.com has always had strong traffic from both locals and visitors, and try to be the place people come to either locate local businesses in our built-in yellow page directory, or point them to other online resources within the community,” said Steve Holmes, Publisher of QuadCities.com. “One common goal for all of our readers is to find timely information on current and upcoming entertainment. So, it seemed obvious that our first step into publishing our own brand of content on QuadCities.com should focus on providing local entertainment news and digital audio/video shows.“
Some of the podcasts include Atari Bytes (reviews of vintage video games), Eventures with Sean and Jackson (a look at family-friendly places and events), Devin’s Drive Home (commentary on music and pop culture), Nothing’s Shocking (interviews with classic metal and glam musicians), Weekend in 2 Minutes (a quick rundown of local events every weekend) and more. Upcoming original video shows include the paranormal comedy “Against the Odds,” “David Casas’ Street Magic” and “Pocketful of Animal Crackers,” an arts talk show hosted by Tristan Tapscott.
Other area creators including comedians and personalities Andrew King, Nikki Gillette, Heather Nobiling, the Comedy Sportz Quad-Cities troupe and more are developing new audio and video shows for the site.
“I’m extremely happy to be working with such immensely talented and creative people and I’m very proud to have them as part of our team,” Leary said. “We’ve got a lot of cool shows and programs planned and are always on the lookout for new talent and ideas. It’s going to be awesome to see how this grows and progresses. I’m excited about the future of this because I think it’s going to be a terrific hub for the local arts and entertainment scene.”
The site is also on the cutting edge in regard to technological convenience and multimedia attractiveness as well.
“We are very excited to release this new version of the QuadCities.com site, having invested several months of effort and many thousands of dollars into its new interactive multimedia experience,” Holmes said. “This site fully adapts to any digital display size for the best reader experience, plus lets you scroll left/right to scan the latest articles, shows, columns and photos – much like on high-end mobile apps. There is also an up-to-date calendar of events to quickly find fun things to do right now, and you can also locate the lowest gas prices near your current location. In fact, even the yellow page directory lets you choose to either see an alphabetical list by category, or see them sequenced by those closest to your exact location.”
“We’ve got a really cool site that people are going to love,” Leary said. “People can check us out for news and ideas of what to do over the Quad-Cities every week and they can enjoy cool original programming as well. We want to be a fun site that people can bookmark, check on their phones and enjoy every day. Fun, free and local, all entertainment all the time, that’s our motto and that’s our goal.”
If you’re interested in being a part of QuadCities.com as a content creator – or by supporting QuadCities.com through advertising – please visit www.QuadCities.com/contact/.
For more information contact Sean Leary at Sean@QuadCities.com.