Media in the Quad Cities

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Newspapers, radio, and television in the Quad Cities area of the United States.

Print[edit]

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Three local daily newspapers serve the Quad Cities, all of them morning editions. The Quad City Times, based in Davenport, is circulated throughout the Quad Cities metropolitan area, including Davenport, Bettendorf and Scott in Iowa; and Moline, East Moline, Rock Island and Rock Island County in Illinois. The Dispatch / The Rock Island Argus, published in Moline, is owned by the Small Newspaper Group, are daily newspapers based on the Illinois side. While the Times has a primary focus on the Iowa side, and a majority of the coverage in the Argus and Dispatch is on the Illinois side, both newspapers cover the entire Quad Cities.

The daily newspaper serving Henry County, Illinois, is the Star Courier, based in Kewanee.

Weekly newspapers in the Quad Cities include The North Scott Press, based in Eldridge and covering northern Scott County and the North Scott Community School District; the Erie Review (based in Erie in Whiteside County, Illinois, but also including coverage of upper Rock Island County including Port Byron and the Riverdale Community Unit School District 100); and Henry County weeklies including the Cambridge Chronicle, Geneseo Republic and Orion Gazette. The Aledo Times-Record is the weekly newspaper for Mercer County.

The River Cities Reader is the area's alternative weekly. In addition to in-depth stories and editorials covering government and culture in the Quad Cities, issues of the Reader contain listings of arts and entertainment events taking place throughout the area, and provides critical reviews for regional art exhibitions, music concerts, and theatrical performances.

Radio[edit]

Start dates are for the frequency/station license, not for callsign or programming that may have moved from license to license.

FM[edit]

Freq Call City Owner Start ERP (W) Nickname Format RDS HD
88.1 WAXR Geneseo American Family Association 2001 3,000 88.1 WAXR Religious No No
88.5 KALA Davenport St. Ambrose University 1967 10,000 88.5 KALA College, Variety Yes 2
89.3 WDLM-FM East Moline Moody Bible Institute 1980 100,000 89.3 WDLM Religious Yes No
90.3 WVIK Rock Island Augustana College 1963 31,000 90.3 WVIK Public Radio No No
90.7 WVKC Galesburg Knox College 1961 1,000 Tri States Radio NPR No No
91.1 KNSB Bettendorf University of Northern Iowa 2010 740 91.1 KNSB Adult Contemporary Yes Yes
91.7 KSUI Iowa City University of Iowa 1948 100,000 91.7 KSUI Classical Yes 2
92.5 WGVV-LP Rock Island Quad Cities Community Broadcasting Group 2004 66 Groove 92.5 Urban Contemporary Yes Yes
93.1 KMCS Muscatine Prairie Radio Communications 1996 4,400 Vintage Sound 93.1 FM Classic Album Rock No No
93.5 KJOC Bettendorf Townsquare Media 1984 6,000 ESPN 93.5 Sports No No
93.9 WYEC Cambridge Virden Broadcasting Corporation 2003 4,200 Rewind 93.9 Oldies No No
94.5 K233AA Davenport University of Northern Iowa 1980 170 [t]90.9 KUNI News/Talk, Adult Alternative Yes No
94.7 KMCN Clinton Prairie Radio Communications 1970 3,000 Mac 94.7 Adult Hits No No
96.1 KMXG Clinton Clear Channel 1947 100,000 Mix 96 Adult Contemporary Yes[a&t] No
96.9 WXLP Moline Townsquare Media 1970 50,000 97X Classic rock No No
98.9 WLKU Rock Island Educational Media Foundation 1947 39,000 K-Love Christian AC No No
99.7 KBEA-FM Muscatine Townsquare Media 1949 100,000 B100 Contemporary hit radio No No
101.3 KUUL East Moline Clear Channel 1976 50,000 101.3 KISS FM Contemporary hit radio Yes[a&t] No
102.1 K271AF Eldridge University of Northern Iowa 1999 250 [t]90.9 KUNI News/Talk, Adult Alternative Yes No
102.3 WRMJ Aledo Western Illinois Broadcasting Inc. 1979 3,000 Today's Country - Your All Time Favorites Country No No
102.5 WJRE Kewanee Virden Broadcasting Corporation 1966 6,000 Hogg Country 102.5 Country Yes No
102.7 KTJT-LP Davenport Davenport Educational Association 2005 100 ? Religious No No
103.7 WLLR-FM Davenport Clear Channel 1948 100,000 103.7 WLLR Country Yes[a&t] 2
104.9 KQCS DeWitt Townsquare Media 1977 12,000 104.9 The Hawk Country No No
105.7 K289BI Davenport La Jefa Latino Broadcasting ? 250 [t]La Jefa 1270 Regional Mexican No No
106.1 K291BP Bettendorf St. Ambrose University ? 250 [t]88.5 KALA College, Variety No No
106.5 KCQQ Davenport Clear Channel 1966 100,000 Q 106.5 Classic Rock Yes[a&t] No
107.9 KRQC-LP Davenport Davenport Adventist Radio 2004 100 ? Religious No No

AM[edit]

Freq Call City Owner Start Day Power (W) Night Power Nickname Format Stereo HD
860 KWPC Muscatine Prairie Radio Communications 1947 250 8 Voice of Muscatine Soft Oldies No No
960 WDLM East Moline Moody Bible Institute 1960 1,000 102 WDLM Christian Talk No No
1170 KBOB Davenport Townsquare Media 1946 1,000 1,000 KBOB 1170 Classic country No No
1230 WFXN Moline Clear Channel 1946 1,000 1,000 Fox Sports 1230 Sports No No
1270 WKBF Rock Island La Jefa Latino Broadcasting 1925 5,000 5,000 La Jefa 1270 Regional Mexican No No
1420 WOC Davenport Clear Channel 1922 5,000 5,000 News Talk 1420 News/Talk No No

In addition, the Quad Cities had an allocation at 1580 AM, which has been silent since 2000 after several years of format and ownership changes. That station was last known as KFQC, a black gospel station. The station originally signed on the air in 1952 as KFMA, and at its height was known as KWNT and formatted country music.

Television[edit]

Band
Ch.
Call City Owner Operator Start Virt.
Ch.
DTV Nickname Programming
4 WHBF Rock Island Nexstar Broadcasting Group Nexstar Broadcasting Group 1950 4.1 1080i CBS 4 CBS
8 WMWC Galesburg Trinity Broadcasting Network Trinity Broadcasting Network 2012 53.1 480i TBN Trinity Broadcasting Network
17 KQCT-LP Davenport Luken Communications Luken Communications 1987 61.1 480i RTV 61 Retro Television Network
23 WQPT Moline Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Western Illinois University-Quad Cities 1983 24.1 1080i WQPT PBS
23 WQPT Moline Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Western Illinois University-Quad Cities 1983 24.2 480i WQPT Worldview MHz Worldview
34 KQIN Davenport Iowa Public Television Iowa Public Television 1991 36.1 1080i IPTV HD PBS
34 KQIN Davenport Iowa Public Television Iowa Public Television 1991 36.2 480i IPTV Learn Create
34 KQIN Davenport Iowa Public Television Iowa Public Television 1991 36.3 480i IPTV World PBS World
36 KWQC Davenport Media General Media General 1949 6.1 1080i TV 6 NBC
36 KWQC Davenport Media General Media General 1949 6.2 480i First Alert Weather Local Weather
36 KWQC Davenport Media General Media General 1949 6.3 480i Cozi 6.3 Cozi TV
38 WQAD Moline Tribune Broadcasting Tribune Broadcasting 1963 8.1 720p News 8 ABC
38 WQAD Moline Tribune Broadcasting Tribune Broadcasting 1963 8.2 480i Antenna TV Antenna TV
38 WQAD Moline Tribune Broadcasting Tribune Broadcasting 1963 8.3 720p MyTV 8-3 MyNetworkTV
41 KGCW Burlington Nexstar Broadcasting Group Nexstar Broadcasting Group 1988 26.1 720p Quad Cities CW The CW
41 KGCW Burlington Nexstar Broadcasting Group Nexstar Broadcasting Group 1988 26.2 480i This TV This TV
41 KGCW Burlington Nexstar Broadcasting Group Nexstar Broadcasting Group 1988 26.3 480i Me TV Me-TV
49 KLJB Davenport Marshall Broadcasting Nexstar Broadcasting Group 1985 18.1 720p Fox 18 Fox
49 KLJB Davenport Marshall Broadcasting Nexstar Broadcasting Group 1985 18.2 480i Quad Cities CW The CW
49 KLJB Davenport Marshall Broadcasting Nexstar Broadcasting Group 1985 18.3 480i Me TV Me-TV
61 KQCT-LP Davenport Luken Communications Luken Communications 1987 61.0 No RTV 61 Retro Television Network