Station News


Stories of Service | Inviting Veterans to Share their Story

Volunteers Honored | Celebrating Service to WQPT

WQPT Trivia Night | Join us for an Evening of Fun

Congratulations Bea Brasel | Civil Service Employee of the Month

Meet Michael Carton | New Director of Education & Outreach

Teens for Tomorrow | Big Donation for First Book Program

Stories of Service


WQPT is partnering with the Library of Congress for our fall signature event in our Embracing Our Military initiative. We encourage you to talk with the veterans in your family and encourage them to share their stories at one of several locations on Friday, October 23 as a part of this partnership. The recorded stories will be delivered to the Library of Congress by Congressmen Loebsack and Bustos.

Veterans who served in America’s wars saw what few others ever saw. Yet many veterans don’t talk about their experiences—perhaps because they simply have not been asked to do so. WQPT will be interviewing veterans for inclusion in the Library of Congress Veteran’s History Project.

The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. Learn more


Volunteers Honored

EmmyCongratulations to Norma Juarez (left) named our 2015 Volunteer of the Year for her work at our front desk and help with Letters Home to Hero Street. Special recognition to Margarita Lawson (right) for volunteering more than 1,000 hours to WQPT. We are grateful for the support and dedication all of our volunteers provide to the station. Thank you!

Learn more about become a WQPT Volunteer.


WQPT Trivia Night 2015

Friday, November 6 | City View Celebrations at Trimble Pointe | 701 12th Street, Moline
Doors open at 6:00 p.m., Trivia starts at 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $20 per person (8 people per table)
Admission includes Harris Pizza Buffet featuring pizza, salad and bread sticks. Cash Bar (No outside beverages allowed)

Please call 309/764-2400 to reserve your table. RSVP deadline is November 2, 2015.

Prizes/Drawings, Silent Auction & Raffle; Trips to Chicago, Jewelry & Much More. Free drawings for prizes between rounds.


Congratulations Bea Brasel

Bea BraselBea Brasel, WQPT's Publicity-Promotion Specialist, was named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for June 2015 by Western Illinois University-QC.

Bea's responsibilities include event organization including Champagne on the Rocks and Imagination Station, as well as overseeing WQPT volunteer activities. She also participates in various activities for the university. Her nominator stated "She takes initiative to get things done. She actively participates in University events and committees.”


Meet Michael Carton

Michael CartonIn June, Michael Carton joined WQPT as Director of Education and Outreach. "I'm excited to see how Michael expands on our exceptional Educational Outreach," said Mary Pruess, WQPT's General Manager.

Michael is no stranger to WQPT—he was a member of our first class of WQPT/PBS Ambassadors in 2004. Ambassadors are regional college students who volunteer and provide valuable assistance promoting WQPT and helping at our events, especially those oriented towards children.

Since then, Michael has remained a committed volunteer, most recently earning the National Friends of Public Television Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award for his work on WQPT's new special event for families, Imagination Station. Michael was honored as the station's 2009 Volunteer of the Year.

Carton has been a teacher for seven years, most recently as a first-grade teacher at Frances Willard Elementary. He is a graduate of Western Illinois University with a degree in elementary education and has won several teaching awards.

Learn more about our Educational Outreach


Teens for Tomorrow Donate to WQPT First Book Program

Teens for TomorrowTeens for Tomorrow made a gift to the WQPT First Book program to help low-literate, low-income children receive books throughout the school year and learn how to use them to increase their literacy skills. WQPT was honored to receive this funding assistance.
Learn more about our First Book program

Teens for Tomorrow (T4T) is a youth philanthropy group for high school students from Rock Island County in Illinois and Scott County in Iowa. These young leaders become philanthropists by learning about community needs, developing a grant opportunity, evaluating applications, making site visits, and awarding grants. Each year, T4T awards a total of $10,000 to nonprofits meeting a variety of needs in the Quad City Area. Learn more about Teens for Tomorrow


WQPT Volunteers Honored

Teens for TomorrowWQPT celebrates the accomplishments of three of our volunteers. The National Friends of Public Broadcasting honor six individuals or groups each year. Because of their outstanding work on WQPT's newest event—Imagination Station—our three nominees were award winners. Nicki Ellis received the Distinguished Service Award. Joan Kranovich received the Achievement Award in Volunteer Management. Michael Carton received the Outstanding Public Broadcasting Volunteer Award.

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