Station News

January
2017

A Fond Farewell | Candy Eastman

Travel the World with WQPT | WQPT introduces tours

Major Donation | WQPT receives $100,000 contribution

The Wall That Heals | Celebrating our veterans

Kilee Foster | Volunteer of the Year

A Fond Farewell

After 20 years with WQPT—Candy Eastman, our treasured Membership Director, will be retiring. Candy exemplifies the spirit of WQPT with her positive attitude, friendly smile and her unyielding belief in the value and mission of the station.

Members and friends are encouraged to stop by and see Candy before her final day. The WQPT offices are located on the campus of Western Illinois University at 3300 River Drive in Moline.

You might not see her on the air, but we’re sure you would recognize her cheerful voice helping you with membership questions, renewals and feedback. We would like to give her an opportunity to say "thank you" one more time:

"On October 4, 1998 I "signed on" at WQPT. What a fun, exciting and wonderful place to find myself. My coworkers are a great group of people with passion for learning. I have been fortunate to work with an organization that brings quality programs to the airwaves, educational events to schools and libraries and entertaining events like Imagination Station to our community. I have always been amazed and grateful of the support WQPT receives from viewers like you that allows us to enrich all of our lives.

On December 31, I will be "signing off" as I enter retirement. One of the things I will miss most is talking with all of you—our wonderful members. It has truly been my pleasure answering your questions and listening to your stories. I will miss you all and I thank you for the wonderful memories I take with me." —Candy

Please join us as we extend our most sincere gratitude for Candy and her commitment to WQPT’s mission and our members. We wish you the very best as you begin retirement—enjoy!

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Travel the world with WQPT

Starting in 2018, WQPT will begin exciting travel excursions for our viewers and friends. We'll explore rich destinations viewers have already visited through their favorite public television programs on WQPT. Our first tour, beginning on October 3, 2018, is filled with guided tours, visits to castles, Tyrolean feasts and cruising the Danube.

Sign up early and receive a special discount. Read more

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WQPT Receives Major Gift

Two local educators contributed $100,000, the largest private donation in WQPT’s history.
Dr. Joseph Rives and Scott Brouette (our own, Mr. Scott) believe strongly in the value of high-quality, accessible educational programming. As life-long educators, they recognize our work each and every day inside and outside of classrooms.

Their contribution—and yours—ensure our local programming and educational outreach are available to everyone in our viewing area regardless of their financial resources. Because of their most generous gift, WQPT’s will continue to inspire, educate and entertain the young and the young at heart.

"WQPT is grateful not only for the generous support of both Dr. Rives and Mr. Brouette, but the opportunity this gift presents to provide more services, both on-the-air and through our educational outreach "said Mary Pruess, WQPT General Manager.

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The Wall That Heals

Honor. Sacrifice. Remembrance. Nearly 7,000 people reflected on the 58,315 soldiers named on the Wall That Heals hosted by WQPT at Western Illinois University–Quad Cities in late July. The four day event was marked by special guests Gold Star wife and daughter, Terri Shelton and Kelli Bruckman laying the wreath at the memorial and the sharing of personal stories by Raymond Torres, Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient, and Dr. Arthur Tate, Vietnam veteran, Colonel (Ret.), U.S. Army during the opening and closing ceremonies.

We heard from many visitors with comments such as "what a sobering experience", "a wonderful, moving tribute", "we are so very grateful for our veterans and WQPT" and many other favorable comments. WQPT brings the world to your living room through excellent programming and outreach activities bring history and education alive. Learn more about Embracing Our Military

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Volunteer of the Year
Kilee Foster

Kilee Foster is a WQPT life-long learner and supporter. She started as a WQPT KIDS Club member and viewer of Sesame Street, her favorite PBS KIDS program. Her outgoing and cheerful disposition drew her to volunteer as a greeter for the station. Now an adult, Kilee continues to help get the job done. She has folded hundreds, if not thousands, of letters for various station mailings, cut out dozens of Clifford ears for Imagination Station, attached thousands of labels on free books for area children, and shredded countless reams of paper. Kilee accepts any job asked of her, always with a smile on her face. She exemplifies the spirit of WQPT. Kilee is the granddaughter of WQPT Membership Coordinator, Candy Eastman (pictured above). Thank you Kilee for all that you do for WQPT!

You can be a volunteer too! Throughout our history, volunteers and WQPT have enjoyed a rich and rewarding partnership. Our first small group of volunteers summoned up the resources and support to create WQPT in 1983. Today, our volunteers continue to make a valuable contribution to the station. Volunteers assist our staff at various events, community outreach activities, and help with membership campaigns. A few hours of your time is a fun and valuable way to get involved while creating a valuable impact to the station and the people we serve. Learn more

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