Lacy Scarmana, of WVIK, Quad Cities NPR, is the producer of the radio station’s newest podcast, The Great Quad Cities Listen. The program will collect, preserve and share area residents’ stories. Scarmana, an Iowa Broadcast News Association award winner who, as digital curator, helped WVIK take second place from the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association for Best Digital Presence.
ROCK ISLAND — WVIK, Quad Cities NPR, is launching a new podcast to collect personal stories of area residents.
The Great Quad Cities Listen “will collect, preserve and share their stories,” states a news release from the station.
“The proliferation of podcasts and other online listening has opened up many new opportunities for WVIK,” said station general manager and CEO Jay Pearce. “We can’t wait to hear so many community voices on our air and online.”
Interview sessions with two participants can be recorded at the WVIK studios at Augustana College in Rock Island, the German American Heritage Center and the River Music Experience in Davenport, the Rock Island Public Library, the Moline Public Library, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley during the Mercado on Fifth in the Floreciente neighborhood of Moline and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Rock Island. A growing list of partners is posted at greatqclisten.org.
Select stories also will be broadcast on WVIK’s “Morning Edition,” according to the station. All stories collected will be shared with StoryCorps and archived in the Library of Congress and the Rock Island Public Library.
StoryCorps seeks to preserve and share humanity’s stories to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.
“One thing that distinguishes the Quad-Cities region is our collection of interesting and unique people and communities,” said Rene Gellerman, Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce senior vice president.
“WVIK’s program will provide a platform to share the stories of every day Quad Citizens who are contributing to making our region cool, creative, connected, and prosperous,” she said. “They’ll inspire us, give us hope and encourage us to seek our own place in shaping the future of the Quad-Cities.”
The Great Quad Cities Listen will be produced by Lacy Scarmana, an Iowa Broadcast News Association award winner who, as digital curator, helped WVIK take second place from the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association for Best Digital Presence. She produces several podcasts.
Augie’s art museum will include a Great Quad Cities Listening Station during its “Witness” exhibit Nov. 17 to Feb. 10, 2018, in the lobby outside Augustana College’s Centennial Hall. The exhibit will feature works of art that consider what it means to bear witness.