WQPT–Quad Cities PBS opens
PBS serves as America's largest classroom, the country's largest stage for the arts and a trusted window to the world that is available to everyone. Our programs help Quad Citians understand the latest front-page headlines, cutting-edge scientific discoveries, natural disasters and even the value of what's in their attics.
Research confirms that public television's programming for children builds critical skills that are essential for success in school. With the help of PBS Kids characters such as Elmo and Whyatt of Super Why!, abstract symbols transform into letters and letters into words. With the help of Curious George, Buddy of Dinosaur Train and The Cat in the Hat, children learn more than how to count; they learn the fundamentals of geology, physics and biology—opening doors of opportunity for all children, even those who can't attend pre-school.
Yet with all we currently achieve, we aspire to do more and increase our level of service, particularly in the areas of youth outreach and local programming. We are committed to building a strong membership base. Our members provide nearly 60% of the funding to acquire and produce local programming that continues to educate, enlighten and entertain.
A Rich Tradition
We've come a long way since WQPT first hit the airwaves in 1983. Today we continue our rich tradition of providing programs and services that you won't find anywhere else. WQPT has always been and continues to be a nonprofit gem for everyone in our region. We hope you feel as passionately about supporting public broadcasting as we do. WQPT remains one of a few places where you know you will find outstanding quality in the programs we air and the services we provide.
We would like to thank our supporters for their loyal support. Regardless of size, every contribution to the station helps us continue our mission both on-air and in the educational outreach initiatives we provide to the communities we serve.
Serving Viewers Like You
Our purpose is to bring the region we serve with quality television, services and events which benefit everyone. It is our hope that you will join us and become an integral part of WQPT. As such, your input is a valuable tool to assist us with our mission. We welcome opinions, suggestions and comments from viewers like you. Please feel free to contact us and share your thoughts—we're here to serve you!
Since our humble beginnings WQPT has grown and today over half a million TV viewers have access to our programming though open-air signals or local cable systems. Not only does WQPT broadcast public television, we also broadcast a secondary channel—MHz Worldview—on channel 24.2.
We also provide many non-broadcast educational services, as well as college credit through Black Hawk College. You may learn about employment opportunities and view our public files for additional information about the station. We invite you to explore our website to discover the wide variety of services, events and programming we offer.
WQPT continues to provide more and more programming, educational opportunities and information to our viewers in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. Thanks for tuning into WQPT—your local PBS station.