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About the Series

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(Encore presentation on Sundays at 4:00pm.)

Hosted by Jim Mertens, The Cities brings viewers regional and national guest who discuss a variety of topics that provide a unique, and often regional, perspective. The Out and About segment features upcoming regional events and activities.

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Recently on The Cities

Iowa Lt. Govenor Kim Reynolds talks with Jim about the Governor's "Condition of the State" address, STEM education and more. Later, Jamie Lange and Michael Carton of WQPT discuss Champagne on the Rocks and the upcoming WQPT PBS Kids Writers Contest.

 

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, as well as the Northwest Broadcast News Association.

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.

January 2016

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Host Jim Mertens is visited by Dr. Jack Thomas Western Illinois University President to talk about how Illinois' failure to pass a budget is impacting the University. Sharon Patten from Intouch Adult Day Care discusses how the program was set to close due to the Illinois budget crisis but has now been purchased.

 

01/27/2016

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Iowa Lt. Govenor Kim Reynolds talks with Jim about the Governor's "Condition of the State" address, STEM education and more. Later, Jamie Lange and Michael Carton of WQPT discuss Champagne on the Rocks and the upcoming WQPT PBS Kids Writers Contest.

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01/21/2016

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Jim talks about the fast approaching deadline to sign up for health insurance with Thea Hansen from "The Project of the Quad Cities", an organization coordinating counseling for Marketplace health insurance enrollment for Illinois residents and Michelle Schnook. Also, Kurt Liske of the Iowa Firearms Coalition discusses why existing gun laws are enough.

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01/14/2016

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The Cities host sits down to talk with Illinois State Senator Neil Anderson and Illinois State Representative Mike Smiddy about the upcoming legislative session and whether or not a budget can be passed. Niabi Zoo Education Director, Jill Rodderick talks about Bald Eagle Days.

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December 2015

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Jim talks with Davenport Mayor-elect Frank Klipsch. Plus, a discussion with Nicole Carkner and Ken Croken on the Scott County Community Health Survey.

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12/31/2015

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River Cities Reader movie reviewer Mike Schulz on Holiday movies. Becky Hodson of Quad Cities Food Allergy Network talks about the network and safe food choices for the holidays.

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12/24/2015

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CrimeStoppers Director Detective Scott Williams talks with Jim about identity theft and holiday thefts. Investment adviser Phil Kassewitz discusses stock market winners and losers and planning for the New Year.

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12/17/2015

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Jim talks with Library Director Angela Campbell on Rock Island plans to expand downtown library and close the two branch libraries. Joedy Cook of Ballet Quad Cities to talk about the "Nutcracker" performances and community outreach.

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November 2015

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Jim visits with Marty Huber, Festival of Trees Designer about this years event. Staff Sgt Kwame Djadoo, "Toys for Tots" Coordinator brings us up-to-date on how and where to donate. Jackie Inman, USO Rock Island Director talks about events for our service men and women.

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11/26/2015

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Jim Mertens visits with Festival of Trees Co-Chairperson Monta Ponsetto to discuss this years 30th anniversary. Benjamin Klemme brings us up-to-date on all of the music and festivities at this years Holiday Pops and Bob "Mr. Thanksgiving" Vogelbaugh invites the community to the 45th annual Thanksgiving dinner at SouthPark Mall.

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11/19/2015

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Jim Mertens welcomes Paul Rumler of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce and Amadou Hamme, HiFit Juice Inventor to talk about entrepreneurs and making black businesses more successful. Plus, Tracy White and Shirleen Martin from QC Empowerment Network and organizers of "Q-C Black Business Summit and Expo," discuss the upcoming event.

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11/12/2015

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Host Jim Mertens with Rock Island County Board Chairman Ken Maranda and Rock Island County Administrator David Ross about taxes, infrastructure and coming changes to the county. Plus, WQPT General Manager, Mary Pruess discusses the WQPT Viewer Satisfaction Survey and programming changes at the station.

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October 2015

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Jim sits down to talk with Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba and mayoral candidate Frank Klipsch to talk about the issues facing the city before election-day.

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10/29/2015

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Jim talks ghosts with Lindsey Hines and Heather McMeekan of the Illinois Paranormal Research Group. Jamie Lange, WQPT Development Director discusses WQPT's "Stories of Service".

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10/22/2015

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Rock Island County Board Members Drue Mielke and Kai Swanson discuss the changes coming to the Niabi Zoo. Joseph Lundh of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers talks about a new survey for the Mississippi River.

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10/15/2015

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Jim talks with Theresa Davies of the Rock Island County Health Department about vaccinations for meningitis and flu. Plus, Western Illinois University Assistant Director of Student Affairs Career Development and Disability Resources Audrey Adamson talks about "Discover Western Quad Cities."

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10/08/2015

546

Jim Mertens welcomes the three men challenging Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba in Tuesdays election—David Hereid, Frank Klipsch and Dean Weber talk about their vision and priorities as they vie to become Davenports new mayor.

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10/01/2015

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September 2015

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Host Jim Mertens is joined by Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba who talks about his recent health issues and his run for re-election. Plus, Joe Taylor of the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau discusses marketing the Quad Cities as a single destination.

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9/24/2015

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Jim Mertens talks with Barb Sandberg and Diann Moore of the Moline Preservation Society about the future of the Moline train depot. Michele Stoos, Director of Riverssance discusses the upcoming festival.

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9/17/2015

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Dr. Craig Tollini, chair of Western Illinois University's Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression, talks about the new minor on Queer Studies. Karen Williams, Executive Director of Operation Celebration discusses her organization that provides birthday celebrations to children who would not have one because of homelessness or poverty.

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9/10/2015

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Jim Mertens talks with Scott Crane of the United Way about their projects; Benjamin Loeb of the Quad City Symphony about the upcoming season; and David G. Smith and Dwayne Hodges (Col Ballroom) about their plans for September 11 and commemorating the work of first responders.

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9/03/2015

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August 2015

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Jim Mertens with Tracey Kuehl of Iowa Friends of Companion Animals about needed more oversight on puppy mills. Roger Ruthhart, Director of the Rock Island Grand Prix discusses the annual race in Downtown Rock Island.

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8/27/2015

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Jim Mertens sits down and talks with Kim Brown, president of Quad Cities Harm Reduction. Also, learn more about Downtown Davenport Partnership with Jason Gilliland.

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8/20/2015

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James Dion from the National Geographic Society explores Mississippi River valley for the upcoming National Geographic interactive website. Kathy Wine River Action Executive talks about the Floatzilla event.

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8/13/2015

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Vera Kelly Davenport NAACP President, Pastor Daniel Teague, Jr. NAACP Board Member and Dr. Chris Barnum St. Ambrose University examine Police Statistics and their meaning. Also Kate Runge from Living Lands & Waters discusses their outreach objectives.

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8/06/2015

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July 2015

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Josh Duffee music director of the Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival discusses the 44th annual event. Also, the next Living Lands and Waters Barge Party is announced for Rock Island's Schwiebert Park.

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7/30/2015

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Molly Otting Carlson vice president of Destination Development for the Quad Cities Convention & Tourism Bureau discusses the mega-weekend of Bix, RAGVRAI, and Street Fest. Also Steve Heston president of the Mississippi Valley Blues Society on the future of the Mississippi Valley Blues Fest.

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7/23/2015

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Alan Sheidler of the Popular Astronomy Club discusses the New Horizons fly by Pluto. Also, Kathryn Jennings Gerber president of the Rock Island County Fair highlights the impact from the Illinois Budget issues.

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7/16/2015

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Jim Mertens sits down to talk with Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba about the Davenport riverfront, hiring a new City Administrator and more. Plus Joyce Wiley, PFLAG (Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) organizer talks about new meeting opportunities for families in the Quad Cities.

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7/09/2015

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Bill Bloom, Rock Island County Republican Party and Doug House of the Rock Island County Democratic Party discuss the impasse over the Illinois budget. Jodie Kavensky, executive director Norma-Leah Ovarian Cancer Foundation talks about the upcoming girlPartsfest at Schweibert Park in Rock Island.

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June 2015

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Iowa State Representatives Linda Miller and Cindy Winckler discuss education and budget in the Iowa legislature. Tristan Tapscott talks about the new location of The District Theatre and opening of A Few Good Men.

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6/25/2015

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Judy Davidson, Iowa Republican Central Committee Member discusses the cancellation of the Iowa Straw Poll and the current crop of Republican presidential candidates. Ryan Collins of the Midwest Writing Center talks about the upcoming Writers Conference at St. Ambrose University.

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6/18/2015

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State Representative Mike Smiddy visits to discuss the budget impasse in the Illinois Legislature. Sarah Gardner, Editor of Radish Magazine talks about the upcoming Healthy Habits Fair.

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6/11/2015

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David Ross, the new Rock Island County Administrator and Ken Maranda, Rock Island County Board Chairman sit down to discuss their vision for the Rock Island County Board. Dr. Kristi Mindrup, Western Illinois University, discusses the new law that outlaws smoking anywhere on the WIU campus.

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6/04/2015

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May 2015

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Brian Ritter of Nahant Marsh and Heidi Woever of the US Fish and Game Service discuss their upcoming conference and what is happening to our bee population and the role they play in our ecosystem. Deb Gustafson of the Scott County Family YMCA talks about the opening of the new child care center.

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5/28/2015

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John Harrington of the Quad Cities Bicycle Club and Cory Jobe, Illinois Tourism Bureau Director are featured.

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5/21/2015

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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.

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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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