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About the Series

Thursdays at 6:30pm.
(Encore presentation on Sundays at 5:30pm.)

Hosted by Jim Mertens, The Cities brings viewers both regional and national guest who discuss a variety of topics that provide a unique, and often regional perspective. From social issues and regional arts to national leaders and celebrities, you'll get up close with a a variety of guests. The series also features the Out and About segment, providing information on upcoming regional events and activities.

We announce guest and topic information shortly before the program airs—to be informed, sign up for our e-Newsletter delivered weekly.

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Recently on The Cities | Program Archives | About the Host

 
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Recently on The Cities

Rear Admiral Michael Franken (U.S. Navy) talks about Navy Week here in the Quad Cities. Plus, Bambi Suits of the Quad Cities Food Hub brings you up-to-date on the many food options available at the Hub located in the Freight House.

 

About the Host

Jim MertensAlong with his duties on The Cities Jim Mertens is co-anchor of Good Morning Quad Cities on WQAD (ABC affiliate) and a midday broadcast, News 8 at 11.

Before coming to the Quad Cities, Jim worked at WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo, Michigan as an anchor and reporter for six years. Prior to that, Jim was an anchor and reporter for seven years at WEAU-TV in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Jim is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire School of Journalism. He's received numerous reporting awards from Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan. His long-form reporting earned him first place awards with the Iowa Associated Press, the Iowa Broadcast News Association, and the Illinois News Broadcasters Association. Jim has been president of the Iowa Broadcast News Association and is a past president of the Northwest Broadcast News Association, an organization serving broadcast journalists in six Midwestern states.

Program Archives

Looking for a specific guest or topic? Simply use the search tool (located at the top right of this page),
enter your search criteria and click the appropriate link. We are pleased to offer archives of this program.

May 2015

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Nicole Cisne Durbin of SafePath Survivor Resources talks about how budget issues are affecting women in abusive situations. Deborah Leistikow, Pioneer Village Manager discusses upcoming Memorial Day events at the park.

 

5/14/2015

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Rear Admiral Michael Franken (U.S. Navy) talks about Navy Week here in the Quad Cities. Plus, Bambi Suits of the Quad Cities Food Hub brings you up-to-date on the many food options available at the Hub located in the Freight House.

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5/07/2015

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April 2015

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Dr. Art Tate, Davenport School Superintendent and Ralph Johnson, Davenport School Board President discuss their endeavors to continue to fund their schools in opposition to the Iowa Legislature. Tina Metz Anderson of Live Strong talks about the upcoming QC Bike and Pub event, which features the opportunity to become a part of the bone marrow donor list.

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4/09/2015

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National Weather Center Warning Coordination Meteorologist Donna Dubberke and WQAD News 8 meteorologist Eric Sorensen talk about severe weather. Yom HaShoah publicity chairman Kai Swanson talks about the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities' event leading up to the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

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4/16/2015

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Longtime WOC talk show host Jim Fisher and The Cities host Jim Mertens talk about talking. River Bandits General Manager Andrew Chesser says the Boys of Summer are ready for this weekend's home opener at Modern Woodmen Park.

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4/09/2015

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Lawrence Bay (referendum opponent) and Mike Thoms (referendum supporter) discuss the upcoming vote for a one cent tax to help schools. Dr. Joe Rives from Western Illinois University talks about expansion plans for the Quad City campus.

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4/02/2015

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March 2015

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Lawrence Bay (referendum opponent) and Mike Thoms (referendum supporter) discuss the upcoming vote for a one cent tax to help schools. Dr. Joe Rives from Western Illinois University talks about expansion plans for the Quad City campus.

 

3/19/2015

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Nancy Johnson, AARP Driver Safety Instructor talks about how to talk with seniors regarding their driving habits and when/if they should stop. Nikki Jones and Ellis Kell from the River Music Experience discuss their fundraising efforts for the RME (River Music Experience) and upcoming programs for children.

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3/26/2015

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Bill Albracht, author of Abandoned in Hell and a former Secret Service Agent joins Jim to discuss the Secret Service today and his book. Royal Neighbors President Cynthia Tidwell discusses special insurance for women with cancer.

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3/19/2015

516

Tina McDermott (Cannabis Oil Advocate) and Monta Ponsetto (Epilepsy Foundation Director) discuss the upcoming Iowa trials for the treatment of epilepsy with Cannabis oil. George Eaton, Rock Island Arsenal historian talks about his new book Rock Island Arsenal.

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3/05/2015

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February 2015

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Kendra Mulcahy of the Handicapped Development Center talks about the ramifications of using the "r" word. Donna Young from Isabel Bloom discusses the newest statuettes and the inspiration behind them.

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2/26/2015

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Kenny Wheeler of Western Illinois University discusses the options students have for financial aid. Ashley Ally, founder of UNITY talks about the upcoming Unity Conference happening at Western Illinois University.

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2/19/2015

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Kent Pilcher and Daniel Joiner discuss the regional vision for the Quad Cities. Steven March-Torme (vocalist) and Brian Doninger, Muscatine Symphony Music Director talk about their Valentine's Day concert.

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2/12/2015

512

St. Ambrose Transportation Economist Dr. Greg Bereskin talks about the recent lowering gas prices and Iowa's decision to try and raise gas taxes to fund infrastructure. Len Guldenpfenning and Brian Kingsbury discuss the upcoming Frozen Fat Fondo Festival and their fat tire biking group.

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2/05/2015

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January 2015

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Dixon Novi and Dean Mathias of the Quad City Bicycle Club talk about RAGBRAI coming to Davenport later this year. Steve Meersman Rock Island County Supervisor discusses the future of Hope Creek.

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1/29/2015

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Rock Island County Supervisors Don Johnston and Drue Mielke discuss the change in funding for Hope Creek. Ryan Saddler, Chairman of the Martin Luther King Task Force discusses the new park honoring Dr. King.

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1/22/2015

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Dr. Jay Morrow, Superintendent United Township and Dr. Mike Oberhaus, Superintendent Rock Island/Milan discuss school funding and how it may change under the new Illinois Governor. Tammy and Kelly Rundle discuss Letters Home to Hero Street a documentary produced in conjunction with WQPT.

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1/15/2015

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Senator Charles Grassley talks with Jim Mertens via satellite. WQPT's Lora Adams chats with Les Miserable Director, Jerry Jay Cranford at Circa 21.

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1/08/2015

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Illinois Senator-elect Neil Anderson of Rock Island talks about his agenda as he begins his political career. Scott Hock, Davenport Parks Director discusses what is happening within the department.

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1/01/2015

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