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If you haven’t seen “Promised Land,” which opened in theaters Friday, or read Linda Cook’s review on page A2 of today’s paper and online at, there’s a local mention in the movie.

Corporate salesman Steve Butler (Matt Damon), trying to get small-town residents’ permission to drill for natural gas, says “I’m from Eldridge, Iowa. It might as well be Rifle, Colo.; Dish, Texas; or Lafayette, La. I know them, they know me.”

But what none of us know is the reason he dropped the town’s name into the script.

Once I heard it, I shot off an email to the publicist for Focus Features, which distributes the film, wondering why. No reply yet. And considering that Damon and co-star John Krasinski (“The Office”) also wrote the script, I’m not holding my breath.

One online theory is that the name “Eldridge” just has a good sound to it. And let the rumors fly that Damon and/or Krasinski has a friend or relative from there.

I usually keep my ears open for any mentions of the Quad-Cities on a national level. That is, aside from the Iowa Caucuses/presidential election years. Davenport was also mentioned during Jay Leno’s monologue on “The Tonight Show” a few days ago when he talked about meth-making ingredients allegedly being found in a house where a daycare operated.

It’s especially interesting when it’s dropped into a fictional script. A few years ago, Davenport was mentioned as the hometown of a character — one of Charlie’s girlfriends, to be precise — on “Two and a Half Men.” I emailed CBS publicists and got a reply that one of the writers had passed through here years ago and just liked the sound of the name.

If there’s ever a reply, or if any reader knows why Eldridge’s name made it into this movie, I’ll let you know.

Spanish upgrade

“La Jefa” is on the verge of an expansion.

According to, WKBF, the Spanish-language radio station that’s been at 1270 AM since the summer of 2008, has applied to the Federal Communications Commission to move its transmitter site to Moline and upgrade to 250 watts. It transmits now from northwest Davenport with 10 watts.

With the expansion, the station also would get a translator at 105.7 FM. That would be just a few ticks away from the secondary high-definition channel translator for KALA, the St. Ambrose University radio station. Most of its programming at 106.1 FM is in Spanish.

Rewind moves

Regional Media, which is owned by Virden Broadcasting Corp., is moving its offices to a riverside home in the heart of the Quad-Cities.

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Its spot in the Harborview Office Complex, 736 Federal St., Davenport, will also be the location for the studios of radio station WYEC-FM (93.9), aka “Rewind 93.9.” The move is scheduled for Feb. 1, with a grand opening party and reception Feb. 15.


Jessica Tighe, the perpetually perky co-anchor of KWQC-TV’s morning news, is leaving the Quad-Cities for a job in her hometown.

She will anchor the morning news at WDJT, the CBS affiliate in Milwaukee.

Tighe will end her six-years-plus run at TV6 on Jan. 18.

David Burke can be contacted at Follow him on Twitter, @Entguy1.

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