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It is pledge week here at WQPT where does the money go once it's left your wallet
have you heard enough of this
Whom does the bell toll
it tolls for thee
in The Cities
hello and welcome to The Cities each year you hear the salvation army bell ringers outside
your favorite store
you might not give the organization a second thought for the rest of the year
but we wanted to know
just how important is this campaign to the Quad Cities
how is bell ringing changing with technology will look into that but first
public broadcasting and your dollars and cents
we're in the midst of pledge week at WQPT
but just as bell ringing is changing with the times how are public television and radio
stations changing
let's find out
joining us today on The Cities are the two men
who are leaders of a Quad Cities public broadcasting we've got Frank Sundram from
WVIK radio the general manager we've got Rick Best general manager of WQPT tells
gentlemen thanks for joining us you're in the middle of pledge week right now we're
talk about that
in a moment you will be starting again in march yep
we see that pledge is all the time
lot of people mock them as a matter
or a fact that something that all why are you doing this now but it's critically important
public broadcasting
we could not do
what we do which is bringing in informed cultural discussion
inform news
we could not do any of that promote local archery could not do any of that without local
support it's very important
and that people support
not only their public radio station but also the public television station
we are the cultural canaries
in this country
and we promote the local businesses we promote
uh... eco-tourism through the arts and cultural programs
we do so much to keep what the quality of life in our communities going
was that you were telling me is that you'd you'd really enjoy storytelling
and you have some storytellers and WVIK i came that these voices you wouldn't hear
We have Roll Tweet for one are just amazing when he does the rock island lines to truly
reminders of what we are and where we came from
and that's critically important in this day a rapid change to remember
not long ago it was the railroad
that brought the change that was the internet of the day
it brought people back and forth
today the internet radio television
and how it's delivered
bringing ideas from the outside in and it takes a story of the quad cities
out to the world the fact that john deere and the other corporations do so much
business outside the world
makes it ever so much more critical that we have it viable
public broadcasting entity in radio and television here and let's talk about the television artwork
best joining us right now on this conversation
for a while the voices been silenced locally until this program we thank you for bringing
it up to uh... public television quad cities delighted that you're part of it
you have a local program that takes a look at local issues
its really important because for the justification for having local public television stations
as opposed to just a national network of some sorts is really to take a look at what's happening
in the community
and programs like this and the ones that we used to do before we went to the whole transition
from blackhawk college to western Illinois university
uh... we used to focus on those on a regular basis so we're delighted to be back into that
habit now are with this program being the kickoff of our our public affairs series with
a lot of people
will really enjoy WQPT programming are interested in the stability of the program
right now
it's been a tough eigthteen months to two years
talk a little bit about how WQPT stands right now
and what you're seeing for the next six months to a year alright now of course for those who have
been following the news we are now part of western illinois university used to part of Blackhawk
so our future is really tied to the university and the new campus that they're going to be
building on the riverfront down Moline
uh... right now we're leasing space which is something new to us and obviously in added
expense for the station but uh...
uh... as university progresses with their plans we hope to find space in one of their
buildings either one of the new buildings on the new riverfront campus
or in their existing building in moline
do you think because we always talk about this that perhaps people to take
a local programming
uh... for granted
or think that uh... local programming a talk show such as this well not this are for eggheads
and that it doesn't have something to give to the common man or to children or
or any of the different sectors of the of public society you i obviously would argue
with that indeed i mean we've we've got so many great nationally produced programs on
public broadcasting
but like i said before we really want to serve the community that were in we need to have
programs that are done here and about the quad cities area and this is the beginning
of that that new effort for the station
uh... and it just helps cement our identity in the area as well that we're not just a
signal that's coming in from somewhere else but we are in fact he ran the quad cities
we employ people here in the quad cities
and the money that people donate to the station is used right here on a local basis
not example of how public radio it's changed as far as uh... as broadcasters
you know have competition that you didn't have before
xm and serious radio public about areas uh... public broadcasting favorite
you're finding it even more competitive than it ever was before
it is in the way and yet it gives us the opportunity
to tell our local stories in allows us to devote ourselves more to local stories and
our own stories to give voice to what is happening in our communities
WVIK only radio station left in Illinois side
that has a full-time news department and that's usually we can point a microphone
and ask questions on behalf of the community serving them in the way broadcasters are supposed
history would be different
and the quad cities of our microphones weren't there
critics would say
that we don't really need this in needed to be publicly supported you should find a
way to support yourselves
a lot of broadcasting use taxpayer supported anyway commercial broadcasting is given
the people's frequencies for free
and there's been a proposal out there too
to have had to do a levee on it so they can essentially carry some of the freight and
some of that money would be turned over but so much of commercial broadcasting exists
because public broadcasting radio and TV have taken the pressure off of it whether
it's cultural programming
whether is children's programming
public television does amazingly well as all there's that children's programming in the
carrier faithfully
it's an amazing service to the community
we're children can learn constructively
about things about language about ideas about math
and about culture
without dissent to being treated like an audience of that has to be sold something that is the
real tragedy of commercial broadcasting that it is just that is their to sell eyeballs
and uh... attention spans to audiences
public broadcasting's mission is different
we are there to inform
to entertain
to educate
it's a huge difference there is no this is comparing apples to oranges
would we do is free up
commercial broadcasters to go after the dollar
we go after our audience's spirit we go after audiences attention spans
we go are
after audiences engagement with their own communities
that's our job let be honest at least every two years of not every four years public broadcasting
public radio lately
has been political pinata and so to speak uh...
the real question of course with juan williams for being on uh... foxnews and then being
fired by npr
contact trickle-down
on locally WVIK
when when people were really upset that npr the liberal network that a lot of people think
it is was let go of somebody like juan williams well i would quibble with liberal you know
neeti said when you labeled me you diminishment
the larger issue with juan williams that was a private matter between juan williams an
npr were not owned by npr where operated by augustana college we serve in the quad cities
interests so we had nothing to do it having said that we got a lot of anger because i've
listened to juan williams by like juan williams
but at the same time
it's not a freedom of speech issue
it was if it was an employment issue condition of employment issue
an npr felt they could not have one williams on the payroll anymore i'm not defending n_p_r_'s
just different thing
you haven't we don't there's no freedom of speech in broadcasting were all regulated
by the f_c_c_ were all regulated by our owners
and npr just did not feel that one williams was the appropriate spokesman for the
for their cause at that time it was not something that was the local stations have consulted
but you feel the pressure
from the audience was going
repeated you're you're gonna be painted in and strong
and that's good because it seems to have someone to call and express their feelings there's
somebody behind the phone and public broadcasting
in most commercial stations aren't anymore
but we're there got a call we got a name we got a telephone number they got a call
back from me
saying i want to hear what you have to say and i was communicated upwards to vivian
schiller the president np_r_ because one of the communications businesses from used to
we take what i our listeners say we internalize it
we pass on
that's what we do
we're not just about that yet we don't care what you say but
because our listeners are very important to us whether there's supporters or not an some
people were angry some for supporters were angry but i think in time they'll come home
because they're realizing overall value that public broadcasting brings to their lives
and Rick was obviously an issue involving n_p_r_
and i'm sure in some ways you're going thank heavens it wasn't a p_b_s_ issue
but you are still getting have painted with that as well and you were getting angry
phone calls letters
i'm sure some emails as well and we've had our own shares of controversy in public broadcasting
on the national level but also trickles down to the local station level as well and and
this issues no exception even though it was really radio
a lot of people
form of public broadcasting into one pot there whether it's t_v_ or radio and so yes we did
get calls we've got some letters from members saying hey we're not renewing our support
because all of the n_p_r_ thing even though that has nothing to do it
public television
so yeah i think that there's a trickle down effect for both of us no matter
which the controversy is another side
one of frank is saying
their own by augustana not by npr correct
your own by western illinois university not by p_b_s_ people may not understand it not
to be able to differentiate that uh... people may understand that public broadcasting service
p_b_s_'s a membership based organization so basically as a
p_b_s_ station we pay dues
whose uh... we pay for programming that being show on WQPT but we are not owner operator
error dictated to by p_b_s_ word independent station that happens to get most of our programming
for that one source or do you see that as an entity continuing p_b_s_ in particular
here your mother ship so to speak as far as some of your program is concerned friend they're
facing tight
intial situation as well you're buying some of your program from them as well as other
sources is the sustainable internet page when you have uh... two hundred different cable
channels and lord knows how many internet stuff providers in internet services even
go to
unquestioned i think we'll see some changes in the years ahead on how these services are
delivered in provided
and if there's been a lot on what happens in congress in the next few years there
is usually an annual attempt to defund the corporation for public broadcasting by some
members of congress fortunately historically there's been enough bipartisan support on
both sides to keep c_p_b_ funding and moving forward
effect should change in the future then that will definitely impact the local stations
both t_v_ and radio
and their ability to subscribe to p_b_s_ or paid member dues
and that could have a trickle up affect if you are well uh... if the local stations don't
have the funds to buy things from p_b_s_ than p_b_s_ becomes a little bit sustainable as
national organization so
but time will tell us they spent a lot of fun what happens to that uh...
federal piece of the funding pie
let's talk about biases
let's talk about uh... liberal and conservative it's important to have both voices heard as
well as whatever the great
middle ground it is
how does that wvik actually strive to do that to make sure that both sides are heard
um... and that there is a conservative voice in public radio
well see i disagree with you i don't think there's two which is i think they're many
and uh...
our internal
operating structure says many voices
one community
if you just take the two polar opposites of points of view and have been screech of each
you've got a great televisions great cable t_v_ show
but if you really want to have ideas you want to talk to people from all areas and
we strive to bring those in
how do you strive how do how do you strive to do that and how to you
uh... how do you monitor it or police that they make sure that
you know everything is somewhat evening out or or everyone's voices being heard
was almost the law people complain you get complaints from all different sides you know
you hitting the sweet spot
routine that was such a polarized time right now where people essentially field
of free speech means i get to talk
you shut the other guy up
and that's the thing but our jobs to give voices to everyone
in this community put the microphone before everyone and we have panel discussions of
people who all points of view and from all philosophies
because that's important too because it's not just the two polar opposites that are
just really at each other the great middle ground if america is is that it is really
in the middle between these two
and we talked to them also and it's really their voice that overall carries the day
we sometimes gets so carried away by what is happening on cable television that we forget
forty percent of this population doesn't even get cable
but public radio reaches ninety eight percent of all the people in this country
and that's part of our public television also get some out there too i think
and that's a huge responsibility we serve
not just one small sliver
often audience is willing to support us financially
we've taken on the job serving everyone
well with our remaining moments that we do have
next best pitch i guess lets start with you Rick you're in the pledge this week what do you hope
to accomplishing that in the coming days goal is to raise more funds to keep WQPT
going and that

is something that we just simply depend upon we wouldn't exist without it and i do want to
make this sound like a pledge to here with that but i think that's the bottom line really
is that day yes there are some federal forces there are some states sources
but the biggest single-chuck of our budget comes from people in the community foundations
local corporations businesses who support the mission of public broadcasting
frank yours next one is coming up in the in march
before we sign off
i want to congratulate bick
steering a ship
through some very treacherous waters
and he's made it known congradulations we wish you the best folks support public television
support wqpt they need your help
hands across america here public television public radio
we're all in the communities are in
all of us are in it together even you
frank rick
thank you so much for joining us
coming up next on the cities
those infernal bells
but for some local music from is a matter of fact we've gotten music tonight
from Jim the Mule... latest album lost solid ground
has song call
orange and brown and after that
we go out and about
with Lora adams
welcome to our about I'm lora adams
housing music begins on WQPT december sixth with back-to-back music specials holidays
at murray st two thousand and Purdue christmas show beginning at nine p_m_
coming up in the quad cities
joined the River Prairie Minstrals at MoJos at the river music experience
some of the quad cities best known for practice come together at MoJo for an evening of
music and camaraderie
the holiday wishes and things of that it's a free afternoon if on holiday crafts decorating
and music by area high schools and college students as well as popular local musicians
at the quad cities waterfront convention center
on stage in the quad cities pat tidings lichtenfeld musical continues at seven twenty one dinner
playhouse in downtown rock island
the nutcracker performed by ballet quad cities glids onto the adler stage the nutcracker
has always been a holiday classic as well as all henry's classic story the gift of the
magi tried a lovely musical telling the story of love and sacrifice presented by grand theater
the handel society will celebrate its one hundred
thirtieth anniversary performance of handel's messiah
the special holiday tradition the future for internationally acclaimed soloist including
mezzo soprano ostrich rubble art
from stockholm sweden
a full professional chamber orchestra and two hundred and fifty singers from augustana
and the quad cities community for more information about all of these immense and more log on

It is bell ringing time in the Quad Cities, I've got a small one salvation army bell ringers are busy
outside stores and businesses the holiday season but based on new technology to replace the bells
that still bring in the bucks
quad cities salvation army director major Gary felton joins us right now
major to have you here nice to be here thank this is your first christmas season in the quad cities area
first off welcome to the Quad Cities thank you on start there what are your impressions of the
Quad Cities so far as far as the need as well as i'm sure the welcome that you have recieved
it's a great city we've done we've been here since july and thoroughly enjoyed it and been
very much welcome to community
great to be here
last stop was kingston jamaica
well we're in green bay wisconsin prior to here but before kingston jamaica
and flint michigan, flint michigan yes, you really get to see slices of the US.
absoulutly, absouluty. so tell me salvation army different in these locations
green bay flint
uh... kingston jamaica compared to the Quad Cities the wonderful thing about salvation army is whatever community the salvation is
missionaries currently located particular needs help
in fline
the needs a much different than they are here in davenport uh... as well as in green bay
wisconsin kingston jamicia is really a whole different animal itself on we were there as
a part of a mission
uh... turn we were there for three years total different type of uh... working ministry but
this is a crucial time for the salvation army when i'm talking about the bell ringing season
tell me about the importance of
other donations that you get in the red kettle campaign when this is huge for us this is
about uh...
forty five to fifty percent of our total operating budget so it's very important
that we do well at christmas red kettle campaigns so
how what we are able to do it christmas time determines year around
the kettle campaign runs until christmas
eve usually runs a few days after on it and we
because we have contributions are sent to the mail so sometimes it's not until the
first year that uh... the tally is actually given
and you are bringing from wisconsin a couple
interesting ideas that we haven't seen in the quad cities and let's start with one
involving some grocery stores in the area what what's different as far as people giving
well i think that that will be differences people not caring cash nearing has much has they used to
we've gotta find a way for those who are carrying
plastic or debit cards or credit cards and so
now they can get at the Hyvee store or schunks
uh... they can contribute to the salvation army three one dollar five dollars of cash
and that's a huge difference has a huge difference for us actually this is a great way for people
to give because sometimes they don't have cash in feel guilty passing the kettle
which is good and it is not people who feel the neede in the community so
um... there is a great way for them to give um... at the cash registers
have a store still embrace the salvation army as a having holidays past actually for what
we experience here in davenport on it was a brilliant braced salvation army and i'm
really excited about
that kettles on being
house from their stores and so we've had no problems now i do want to talk about the need
because uh... think what surprised me a bit is that you're helping more children than
ever before
is that something you see in other places or is a sign of the times that we're in right
now earth that having some of the with our community i think is the sign of the times
i think that i've seen and most the communities that we've been stationed in and uh... so
davenport does not unusual
uh... especially when you're dealing with homelessness homes population that we normally
see on the streets is a single man a single woman
we don't see the families which is really the largest growing population of finances
today is mothers with children our fathers with children so
now we are the only shelter in this quad cities as well as in this area improvise shelter
for families so our shelters very much needed known quite cities but even stronger communities
and tell me what the shelter provides
well we provide on
emergency shelter and for up to fifty individuals on now for three months basis on they can
one month two months of three months
uh... it depends upon how well they
adhere to the program
determines how long they stay and when you talk about them is to tell
was a typical family was that what is an unusual family reviewer families have five six children
of war or nonpartisan that's not typical that that's not to go but we've had some very large
them specially this year uh... again i don't have anything to compare to
i'm being a new but
uh... we've had families of seven children and he children even since i've been here
so worse
seen large families but most families are one or two children and i'm sure that you
gave me and i also on the families once they're able to leverage we see a lot of people coming
or is this an economy where people just art even able to escape
from the assistance if you give me just can't get that led us there are some that dont come
back because it is very difficult and will get themselves that was for a short period
and find themselves back establishment but we try to really in courage in trying to support
them so that they are not coming back to the salvation army
uh... but they're occasions where there's no other safety net for them because there
really is very little on services available for families and so the only place for them
to comes to salvation army not only are you provide services for families you have a number
of other up uh... out
people can come in just for a short period of time to tell me a little bit about uh...
when a short period time as one month two months of three months but we also have a
longer period transitional housing programs for house up to fifty people and that's up
to two years and that allows individuals to not only reestablish credit because most of
people that
come to us had poor credit need time to reestablish
but more importantly gives an opportunity to really establish their home or their family
that's more independent let me they basically live on their own we simply just
monitor them caseworkers to make sure that they are doing whatever is necessary for them
to become
self-sufficiency leave our program
you know and then coming back to the salvation army
we'd like to move them from the ninety-day programming to transplant soon but we simply
don't have the space to do that for everybody i'm sure i mean there's a number of social
agencies i would say if not for us then who
the salvation army must certainly feel that way absolutely um... we have a lot of people
who simply
come the salvation army specially in this
type of economic uh... difficulties
there are people salvation army and even normally would not salvation army to me
especially during holidays season was seen a lot of that as people are applying for christmas
who normally would never have been applied the Salvation army and
because they've been laid off
we're going to some difficult times financial necessities for the christmas season so let's
bring this full circle because it is bell ringing time right now
your bringing a challenge with you from wisconsin
tell me about this we are actually has a green bay packers in chicago bear ring off and we are going
do that and december eleventh at
both wal-mart's one wal mart here one here in davenport as well as one in moline
so if people are interested in bell ringing not only that day or any day
goes under ring bells dot org and sign up and then on into the work tell me how this works so they are you have like
certain people for an hours that the jerseys on on both sides there is that the walmart
have two kettles one is going to be painted blue i believe this color is the bears
have the packers Gold and green

and and they can contribute and whatever kettle they want
tallying them up at the end of the contest and see who wins
although it's seriously importance of the salvation army it does have its lighter side
you always see some smiles on the face of the people who are bringing the bells you're
also seeing some people who sometimes give those
coins that are very valuable really symbolizes not only the season
not only salvation army but also a little bit of of the fun that involving the holidays
in your organization absoulety no better way of contribute to your community
them to get out that the bell rang i mean it's opporunting for families
organization in churches to really give back to some mission to help the less portion by
spending one hour two hours at a kettle
and that we also have a new catalog from all both malls here
and as four feet kettle
and we're hoping that maybe groups who won entertain wanna share their talents or their
abilities that that kettle
and at the same time making sure that counts as well as raise money for the salvation army
when i walk into the quad cities thank you we'll be in a very nice holiday
appreciate their we do appreciate you coming in majored Gary Felton from the salvation army
and we do have an update to pass along to you after last week's premiere edition of
the city's last week we talked with the quad cities proclaimed a mr thanksgiving last summer
bob he was planning
adding to hang up the apron after forty years of serving the free holiday meal but on thanksgiving
after serving more than two thousand tat is dinner at southpark mall bob said he'd
do it
all again next year
it'll be a forty first year of giving to the community
next week we're going to take a look at an important decision that has to be made by
seniors and a reminder
please help us continue broadcasting all the great programs you see on WQPT
this is pledge week
and we hope you'll consider a donation that keeps those great shows airing here on the
quantities public television station WQPT
thank you for joining us and thank you for being a part of the cities