WVIK January Newsletter

January  20, 2014

January 2014

Exciting things planned for 2014!

Welcome to 2014! I hope your holidays were good ones. We have some exciting things planned for this year. In addition to renovating our studios (thanks to your gifts to our capital campaign), we will be dining with Cokie Roberts and traveling to London. I hope you’ll join us!

And we’ll become informed voters with another year of excellent election coverage. In fact, we will air a debate among the Republican candidates for governor of Illinois at 7 p.m. Jan. 23. What else will we be able to do together? Stay tuned!

Jay Pearce, General Manager

Year-end thanks

Thanks to your contributions during last month’s “end of year” campaign, we are in pretty good shape when it comes to listener support as we begin the new year. Our ambitious goal was to raise $45,000 in December. We came within $8,000 of that goal. The $37,000 raised is more than was raised in 2012’s “end of year” campaign.

While we still must raise the $8,000... we won’t be staging an on-air campaign in February. Instead, we’ll go for it during our regular April and “end-of-fiscal-year “events.

APRIS celebrates 25 years

On Jan. 16, 1989, the Augustana Public Radio Information Service (APRIS) started free readings of local and regional newspapers for the visually and physically impaired.

Today, some 200 volunteers read from the Quad City Times, The Dispatch, Rock Island Argus, Clinton Herald, and Chicago Tribune every week.

APRIS (pronounced AY-priss) is a sub-carrier that can be picked up only by special receivers. The receivers are built to bring in a single channel and they eliminate all of a station's basic frequency except for the sub-carrier.

Sub-carriers often are leased by FM stations for various uses. Writing in the Dispatch-Argus, former station manager Don Wooten said that in its early years, WVIK was approached by businesses which wanted to use its sub-carrier.

"What we decided was that, as a publicly supported radio station, we ought to use our sub-carrier capability for a public purpose," he said. "That's when we started APRIS.

"The problem was how to staff and equip the extra programming. Fortunately, the Quad-Cities community is one of the most generous in the Midwest, especially when it comes to donating personal time and work. We started signing up volunteers late in 1988 and trained them in editing and announcing."

Today APRIS serves 1,300 clients annually and the volunteers give some 4,500 hours.

Although WVIK can get a lot of the content found in the local newspapers through other media outlets, the information that connects us to our community is missing from radio and TV. The most popular content includes obituaries, news of neighbors, grocery ads and local writers like Don Wooten or Bill Wundram who can only be found in the paper.

Tthe need for this service is growing. According to the National Federation for the Blind, roughly 3% of the population is visually impaired. In WVIK's listening area, this could be more than 20,000 people. Anyone with a disability making it difficult to read or hold a book or newspaper is qualified for APRIS. Those living within 45 miles of the Quad Cities can receive the signal. For information, call (309) 794-7560 or download the APRIS Service application.

Volunteering for APRIS is a rewarding experience; call (309) 794-7500. Save the date for APRIS Trivia Night May 16.

Travel to Paris and Normandy in October!

Next in the WVIK Travel Series is a deluxe seven-day Seine River cruise from Paris to Normandy's landing beaches, with special onboard and onshore experiences presented by local chefs, entertainers, artisans, and experts.  

Join us for aninformational sessions on this tour at 10 a.m. Feb. 15 at the Moline Public Library, Silver Room. Please
RSVP to Gulliver's Travel or call 309-762-8800.

Reservations for the trip will due by March 30.

For more information on WVIK's Travel Series, contact Jennifer Blohm, WVIK Development director, 309-794-7552 or Kari Hempel, Manager, Gulliver's Travel, 309-762-8800.

From the underwriter:

The Mozart Woodwind Quintet will perform Jan. 26 as part of the WVIK and Quad City Symphony Signature Series. The performance starts at 3 p.m. in Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Memorial Building, on the campus of Augustana College.  Tickets are available online or by calling (563) 322-7276, or at the door.

The concert features Christine Bellomy (clarinet), Benjamin Coelho (bassoon), Mary Neil (piano), Andrew Parker (oboe) and Marc Zyla (horn).   The concert and the rebroadcast of the concert are sponsored by Metropolitan Medical Laboratory.  The Metropolitan Medical Laboratory is helping WVIK reach its goal of providing either live or rebroadcast classical music concerts every month.  The rebroadcast is scheduled for 2 p.m. Feb. 2.

Upcoming events

Jan. 23: Deadline for the WVIK Travel Series London trip April 30-May 6. Details

Jan. 26: Mozart Woodwind Quintet, 3 p.m. Denkmann Memorial Hall, Augustana College. Tickets are available online or by calling (563) 322-7276, or at the door.

Feb. 15: WVIK Travel Series info meeting on Paris and Normany trip (see article)

March 27: An Evening with Cokie Roberts. Details

May 16: APRIS Trivia Night

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