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WVIK Debuting These Interesting Times Podcast

May 26th, 2022
WVIK Debuting These Interesting Times Podcast

WVIK, Quad Cities NPR and the Midwest Writing Center have teamed up to produce a new podcast that examines the tumultuous time that was 2020. These Interesting Times, named after the MWC collection published in 2021, features 47 local writers reading pieces based on their experiences weathering the global pandemic. The podcast will be featured on the QuadCities.com podcast hub, and other forums. “2020 was a disaster…” reads the back cover of These Interesting Times. “In these moving and eloquent essays and poems, stories and artwork writers and artists of the Quad Cities report on the... Read More

WVIK, Quad Cities NPR, has named Jared Johnson as the new Station Manager

January 22nd, 2022
WVIK Debuting These Interesting Times Podcast

WVIK, Quad Cities NPR, has named Jared Johnson as the new Station Manager. Johnson previously served as Director of Development and Community Engagement for the Quad Cities’ public radio station. Jay Pearce continues to serve as CEO and General Manager. “As we were worked with Public Media Company to strategize WVIK’s future, the need for someone to manage our finances and direct execution of our operational plan was emphasized,” said Pearce. “Jared has demonstrated his ability to develop impactful partnerships and enhance revenue streams. And, through ongoing professional development,... Read More

July 9th East Moline Concert to Benefit New Solidarity Effort to Stop Sexual Violence

July 5th, 2021
The poster for a July 9 live-music fundraiser at the Whiskey Stop, 726 15th Ave., East Moline.

On Friday, July 9th from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Whiskey Stop (726 15th Ave., East Moline), area bands and artists will take the stage to raise funds for Family Resources to support victims of sexual violence in the Quad-Cities. A new collaboration among River Music Experience, WVIK, Family Resources and the Whiskey Stop will host live music with performances by Murnau, Ross Clowser Trio, Mirabilia, Yung Flvy, BN WhoIam (featuring Crealot and K1ng Supr3m3), and Alyx Rush. “This is a partnership that will help create a community vision where we are all able to thrive in mutual respect, protection,... Read More

New Workforce Podcast Gives Quad-Cities Students a Glimpse of Many Careers

May 27th, 2021
WVIK Debuting These Interesting Times Podcast

Melissa Pepper and Matt Rebro are a real piece of work, literally. In their big jobs, they work with many local clients – she’s president of Total Solutions (which handles information technology, accounting, payroll, marketing and human-resources functions for small to mid-sized businesses throughout the Quad-Cities), and he’s vice president of business development for Russell Construction (which helps build the entire region). The super-friendly, unpretentious pair are also building something new on the air, and in the minds of many Q-C students, as hosts of the new podcast “A Real Piece... Read More

Quad-Cities’ WVIK Veterans Recall Highlights of Public Radio as NPR Turns 50

May 8th, 2021
WVIK Debuting These Interesting Times Podcast

Saturday in the Arts is a weekly feature covering a trend, subject, event or personality of local interest. It runs every Saturday morning on your site for the best entertainment and arts coverage in the area, QuadCities.com! If it wasn’t for a man who later became WQPT-TV general manager, National Public Radio (NPR) likely would never have started. This past week, NPR celebrated its 50th anniversary. Jerrold Sandler — who died in Moline Feb. 24, 1995 at age 64, from a heart attack after cancer surgery – got public radio added to the mission of the then-new Corporation for Public Broadcasting... Read More

WVIK Postpones Michele Norris “Hidden Conversations” Event Until 2022

February 25th, 2021
WVIK Debuting These Interesting Times Podcast

Like many other events throughout the Quad-Cities, a 2020 special event that was rescheduled once, is being postponed again, to 2022. WVIK, Quad Cities NPR, is moving “The Power of Words” with Michele Norris to March 10, 2022. This event was originally scheduled for March 26, 2020, and was moved to March 11, 2021, when the Covid pandemic and related shutdowns made a live event with hundreds of attendees impossible. “As a radio station, we do remote engagement all the time. The opportunity to meet an on-air personality live is the primary draw for our event,” WVIK director of development... Read More

Rock Island’WVIK Hosting Latest “Hidden Conversations” Tonight on Facebook Live

January 14th, 2021
WVIK Debuting These Interesting Times Podcast

Tonight, WVIK Quad Cities NPR will host the latest of its series of “Hidden Conversations” – How the black community is portrayed in marketing and media, on Facebook Live at 6 p.m. Davenport-based leadership and diversity expert Dr. LaDrina Wilson will speak with Quad-Citizens Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw, reporter for WHBF and KLJB news and host of LOVE Girls: The Podcast; Skubie Mageza, sports anchor and reporter with KWQC, TV6; and Dr. Joseph Miller, professor of sales and marketing for St. Ambrose University about how the Black community is portrayed in marketing and media — all... Read More

A Tribute To A Rock Island Treasure: Roald Tweet

November 5th, 2020
WVIK Debuting These Interesting Times Podcast

Roald Tweet had a way with words, with listeners, with his comforting voice, and his patient, relentless curiosity and compassion will be felt in the Quad-Cities for years to come. The 87-year-old Augustana College professor emeritus of English died on Wednesday after a brief illness (congestive heart failure and Covid-19), and the tremendous loss reverberates throughout the community. “He was my teacher from the time I was seventeen till now,” said Ann Boaden (Augie Class of ’67), a longtime English professor who retired in 2016. “His brilliance, his puckish wit and playfulness, his persistence... Read More

Beloved Author, Radio Personality, Augustana College Professor Roald Tweet Dies at 87

November 4th, 2020
WVIK Debuting These Interesting Times Podcast

Kai Swanson of Augustana College, Rock Island, related Wednesday: “It is with a heart made heavy by a thousand light memories that I inform the Augustana community of the passing of Roald Tweet, professor emeritus of English.” Tweet, 87, died today after a brief illness. He became a member of the Augustana English Department in 1960, and remained there until his retirement in 1999; he chaired the department from 1967 until 1984. In 1998, he was appointed to the Conrad Bergendoff Chair in the Humanities, the second person (after Dorothy Parkander) to hold the College’s first endowed position. Tweet... Read More

Quad-Cities Actor/Musician/Artist Learns to Thrive With Parkinson’s

October 10th, 2020
WVIK Debuting These Interesting Times Podcast

Saturday In The Arts is a weekly look at a personality, place, trend or topic of interest to the Quad-Cities. It runs every Saturday morning on your site for fun, free, local entertainment and features, QuadCities.com. Tom Vaccaro is seven years older than the beloved TV/film actor Michael J. Fox, but it was just a year ago that the Davenporter was diagnosed with the disease that’s long affected Fox – Parkinson’s. The veteran actor-musician-illustrator (who was featured in the Black Box Theatre’s radio play in August) thinks he had symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD) before he was diagnosed... Read More