City of Dubuque News Release

CityChannel Dubuque to Air ‘Perpetual Motion Dubuque’ on Christmas Day

Craig Nowack, Cable TV Coordinator

Dec. 20, 2019 -- For Immediate Release

DUBUQUE, Iowa – On Christmas Day, CityChannel Dubuque will premiere a program that attempts to capture contemporary life in Dubuque with video shot from a camera that was constantly turning.

“Perpetual Motion Dubuque” airs on CityChannel Dubuque (cable channel 8 or digital 117.2) on Christmas Day at 4 p.m. and repeats on New Year’s Day at 10 a.m.  The program will also stream live and be archived on the City’s website at

The program presents dozens of scenes and sounds recorded around town during all 12 months of 2019.  The camera will start turning at the beginning of the program and won’t stop until the very end.  Viewers will find themselves in the middle of the Tri-State Wind Symphony during a Thursday night concert at Eagle Point Park and in the pilot house of the riverboat Twilight as she arrives in Dubuque.  They’ll see festivals, farmers markets, storms, and bits of everyday life with the hope that, by the end of the program, they’ll have composite picture of what life is like in Dubuque today.

In putting together the audio track to accompany this video, Cable TV staff used more than just the rich sounds recorded with the video.  Where appropriate, they used excerpts from other CityChannel Dubuque shows and some previously unaired material.  In searching for things particularly Dubuque, staff discovered the poems of one-time Dubuque resident Eve Triem (rhymes with “dream”).  Triem (1902 - 1992) lived in Dubuque from the mid-1930s to the mid-1950s and published her first book of poetry here in 1946.  Many of her earlier poems were set in and inspired by the city, its bluffs, and the Mississippi River.  Cable TV Coordinator Craig Nowack contacted members of Triem’s family to present some of her work, including poems entitled “Dubuque (I)” and “Dubuque (II)”.  “Triem’s daughter told me her mother would ‘love this project and love to be celebrated,’” said Nowack.  Recitations of 10 of Triem’s poems are scattered throughout the program.

In addition to CityChannel Dubuque, the City also originates a second government access channel on cable channel 80 or digital 117.3.  This channel presents City information downtown weather data around the clock with audio from the NOAA weather radio station serving Dubuque.

For information on City programming, call 563-589-4181 or visit

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Screen Capture from Perpetual Motion Dubuque
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