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Exploring the Quad Cities Entertainment Scene with Gannon Hanevold

Gannon Hanevold/Marc Zyla
Autumn Loete
Gannon Hanevold/Marc Zyla

In this episode of "What's Happening QC", Gannon Hanevold, the entertainment reporter for the Quad City Times, shares his experiences and insights on the Quad Cities' food and entertainment scene.

Gannon discusses his new series called "Best Thing I Ate This Week" where he reviews a different restaurant in the Quad Cities each week. He highlights some of his favorite places so far, including Ruby's in Davenport for their mouthwatering Elote Chicken Sandwich and Oishi in Moline for their affordable hibachi lunch special. As a newcomer to the area, Gannon was pleasantly surprised by the quality of Mexican food, with Abarrotes Carrillo and Rio Grande being two of his go-to spots.

Apart from food, Gannon also points out the abundance of pubs and breweries in the Quad Cities, which make for great sports-watching venues. He mentions that he enjoys the growing Motor Row area in Davenport, where he recently watched a movie at the indie cinema, The Last Picture House. He also appreciates the surrounding businesses like Raccoon Motel and Stompbox Brewing, which contribute to the vibrant atmosphere of the area.

Gannon provides some insights into his typical work day, which involves morning meetings at the Quad City Times to discuss story ideas with colleagues. He then spends his time conducting interviews and writing his weekly restaurant column from his desk.

Towards the end of the episode, Gannon shares some upcoming entertainment events that he recommends. This includes a solo show by John McCauley of Deer Tick on March 25th, which is likely to be held at Raccoon Motel. He also mentions a January 27th album release show for local band Frozen Fructose Laundromat, at Rozz Tox. Gannon expresses his excitement to someday see Mountain Swallower, a frequently recommended local act.

Overall, this interview with Gannon Hanevold provides valuable insights into his role as an entertainment reporter covering the Quad Cities scene. It also offers recommendations for great places to eat and upcoming shows to look forward to in the area.

Marc Zyla joined WVIK, Quad Cities NPR in May 2022 as the Director of Community Engagement. Prior to that Zyla had been the Director of Education and Community Engagement with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, where he continues to perform as Principal Horn. Zyla believes that there is something for everyone in public radio and brings passion and creativity to his position as Director of Community Engagement.