Robert Brod

WVIK Amy Helpenstell Fellow

Born and raised in Media, PA, Robert Brod graduated from the University of Iowa in 2017.

While in Iowa City, he served as Assistant Music Director and Production Director at KRUI (Iowa's student-run radio station), and as a Production Assistant at Iowa Public Radio.

He has five years of experience in various aspects of radio production, including editing audio, producing/hosting live radio, and writing copy.

His hobbies include talking about the Philadelphia 76ers, and FaceTiming his dog.

You can hear Robert weeknights on WVIK during Marketplace and All Things Considered.

First generation college students will have plenty of help making the transition this year, thanks to a program at Augustana College. For the second year, the "Augie 1st Gen Rising Scholar Program" will proivide scholarships to students who are the first in their family to attend college.

A group of local women will celebrate their right to vote. This weekend, two dozen female candidates and officeholders will attend a meet-and-greet in Rock Island to commemorate Women’s Equality Day.

The home of Friday night lights in Davenport is getting a $2.6 million makeover. The remodeling of Brady Street Stadium is almost completed, but the field will be ready for the start of football season Thursday night.

Theatre classes typically involve writing, acting, or stage production. But Western Illinois University is taking those expectations and putting a dagger in them. For the first time, the campus in Macomb will offer five classes to students who want to minor in “Stage Combat.”

A school in Moline has re-opened one year after suffering severe damage in a fire. Tuesday is the first day of classes at Franklin Elementary School since last September’s electrical fire.

A program in Scott County is offering a different way to rehabilitate people with mental illnesses convicted of crimes. On Friday, Ken Croken, a candidate for the Scott County Board, held a news conference to discuss the effectiveness of the Scott County Mental Health Court, and to urge the county to fund it.

A local group is doing something new for the fifth year of its annual jazz festival. The Polyrhythms August Festival is now known as the Bill Bell Jazz and Heritage Festival. This Friday through Sunday, nine acts will perform at Martin Luther King Park in Rock Island, and the River Music Experience in Davenport.

The St. Ambrose football team has high hopes for this season. The Fighting Bees want to improve after two straight 4-6 seasons. And they hope their promising, 50-man recruiting class will help them win their conference for the first time.

The name of a small town Illinois post office will be changed to honor a fallen soldier. On Friday in Fairview, in Fulton County, west of Peoria, a ceremony will be held to officially name the building, the "Sergeant Douglas J. Riney Post Office."

St. Ambrose University wants to help e-Sports grow in the Quad Cities. The new team is preparing for its first season as a member of the National Association of Collegiate e-Sports.