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The Cities


Regional topics and issues
that matter.

Hosted by Jim Mertens this program focuses on the issues facing residents of Eastern Iowa, Western, North-Central, and Central Illinois. The series also explores topics of national importance. Guests discuss a variety of topics with a unique and local focus along with a community calendar (Out and About) featuring  events, exhibits and other activities happening throughout the region.

Airing Thursdays at 7:00PM.
*Encore airing on Sundays at 4:00PM.

Episodes of The Cities are also available for streaming.
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Find out what's happening in the region

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Recent Episodes


Guest: Matt Wilson, Senior Services Hydrologist National Weather Service

April 20

Guest: Montse Lopez, Market Coordinator, Mercado on Fifth Market


Guest: Illinois State Senator Mike Halpin

March 30

Guest: Dr. Kristi Mindrup, Vice President of Quad Cities Campus Operations, Western Illinois University

March 23

Guest: Bettendorf Mayor Bob Gallagher

March 16

Guest: Moline Mayor Sangeetha Rayapati

March 9

Guest: Reverend Rich Hendricks, Metropolitan Community Church of the Quad Cities

March 2

Guest: Janessa Calderon, Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

February 23

Guest: Dave Herrell, Visit Quad Cities President/CEO

Episodes of The Cities are also available for streaming.
WQPT Video           YouTube

Recent Archives

November 24

Guests: Kevin Maynard, Quad City Arts Executive Director; Missy Carter, Davenport Freight House; and Mike Romkey, Bucktown Revue.

November 17

Guests: Kim Van Scyoc, Festival of Trees; and Donna Young, Isabel Bloom Designer/Co-Owner.

November 10

Guests: Dr. Andrea Talentino, Augustana College President.

Jim Mertens

About Jim Mertens

Jim has received numerous awards for his journalistic reporting. His Long-form journalism has earned him first place awards with the Iowa Associated Press, the Iowa Broadcast News Association, and the Illinois News Broadcasters Association. He was former president of the Iowa Broadcast News Association, as well as the Northwest Broadcast News Association.

Before relocating to Cedar Rapids in 2022, Jim was employed by WQAD (ABC) in Moline, 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. He began his professional career in radio in 1978 at WFON-FM in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.