Station News

April
2015

WQPT Wins Two Awards | Letters Home to Hero Street

Changes for DirecTV Customers | Now in High Definition

For Viewers (Just) Like You | We Listen!

Imagination Station | Our NEW Kids & Families Event

We're Looking for Students | Ambassador Program

Champagne on the Rocks | Our Gala Fund-raiser

WQPT Wins Two Awards

FeatureWQPT and Fourth Wall Films co-production of the documentary Letters Home to Hero Street, won two awards at the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival. The film won Silver in the Professional Documentary Long category and also the Gold Award for People's Choice. Pictured at right: Kelly Rundle, Tammy Rundle (Fourth Wall Films) and Lora Adams (WQPT).

“Receiving the Gold Audience Choice Award for the documentary meant so much to all of us,” Ms. Adams of WQPT said. “It was completely unexpected and such an honor, especially with members of Frank Sandoval’s family in the audience. "We are thrilled that audiences responded to Frank's story, which is a universal tale experienced by every soldier and his or her family," she said.

Letters Home to Hero Street tells the story of Frank Sandoval, one of the eight Mexican American soldiers to die in World War II and Korea through the letters he sent home during his training up until the time he was killed in Burma.

The film was supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.

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Changes for DirecTV Customers

DirecTVVFor DirecTV customers, WQPT can now be seen in full High Definition. The station is glad to provide this service to our many DirecTV viewers who have requested it. WQPT viewers who are also fans of our secondary channel MHz Worldview will also notice a change.

In order to satisfy the requests for our main channel in HD, WQPT had to trade in our Standard Definition carriage of Worldview. MHz Worldview, however, is carried by DirecTV on channel 2183, or free over the air anytime on WQPT–2. Mediacom viewers are not affected by this change.

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For Viewers (Just) Like You

Komora

When a Social Studies class at Orion (Illinois) Junior High School sent us over 200 emails asking us to air the documentary Komora: to heal because they were studying genocide in class, we listened.

We adjusted our April programming schedule and acquired Komora: to heal, which aired earlier this month.

Komora: to heal is new film about the orphan survivors of the 1994 Tutsi genocide in Rwanda and the people who stepped up to raise them. Emmanuel Habimana, a law student and orphan of the genocide, teams up with Natalia Ledford, an American independent filmmaker, to travel throughout Rwanda and around the world, interviewing his peers, family, heroes, and even former killers. From them they learn what survival has meant for his peers across Rwanda and what it means for them to live in a society where they must share their communities with killers.

Have a program suggestion or idea? We want to hear from you, please contact us and share your comments, feedback and suggestions.

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Imagination Station

Imagination Station

In March we welcomed approximately 2,000 children and their families to our newest event, Imagination Station. In addition, 500 people attended the WQPT Kids Club VIP party and early morning breakfast. PBS characters, including Curious George, Elmo, WordGirl and Clifford, led the way with wonderful photo opportunities and educational games and crafts to help tell their story. Mr. Steve (PBS KIDS host) held engaging and entertaining concerts for our attendees. We received a lot of positive feedback about the event and are looking forward to 2016 Imagination Station.

We reinvented Imagination Station—a regional favorite (from the 1990's) into a children and family event aimed at having fun, with entertaining and educational activities for families that highlight the educational programming strength of PBS KIDS.

We were simply overwhelmed by the community's enthusiasm for Imagination Station! While we sold-out the event with days of releasing tickets.

Learn more about WQPT's Imagination Station.

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Looking for College Students

Imagination Station

We're looking for college students for the 2015–16 WQPT/PBS Ambassador program. This is an invaluable opportunity for college students to represent public television at a variety of events throughout eastern Iowa and western Illinois.

This fun and rewarding experience offers regional college students professional experience by representing WQPT. WQPT/PBS Ambassadors are a more highly trained extension of the WQPT volunteer force representing the station at fairs, community and fund-raising events and on television. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 1. Learn more

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Champagne on the Rocks

We are happy to report that the 2015 Champagne on the Rocks fund-raising event was a great success! Guests enjoyed a fabulous gourmet dinner, outstanding music and fun during our live auction at the Hotel Blackhawk in Davenport.

We would like to extend our gratitude to our Premiere Gold Sponsor, The Singh Group, plus our other key sponsors Expressions Jewelers, Hotel Blackhawk, Senior Start at Elmore, Staack Florist and Tennant Truck Lines.

Special thanks to all of our sponsors and everyone who attended. Proceeds benefit our quality programming and Educational Outreach initiatives.

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