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The purpose of the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting is to establish and maintain a permanent collection of materials relating to the history, development and contribution of radio and television in Iowa, to be housed at Wartburg College. The electronic information era which was born and developed in the 20th century and is being carried forward in the 21st century rests on a foundation of radio and television experience. A significant part of that early experience took place in the state of Iowa. It is important that this history be preserved and made accessible for current and future study. The Archives of Iowa Broadcasting are dedicated to that objective.


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Watch this video, produced in 2006, for an introduction to the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting. The video is hosted by archives administrator and co-founder Dr. Jeff Stein and archives co-founder and broadcasting hall of famer, the late Grant Price.


» June 2010: Archives administrator Dr. Jeff Stein will speak on the topic "Making Waves: The People & Places of Iowa Broadcasting" at the Story City library on June 22 at 7 p.m. The presentation is sponsored by Humanities Iowa.

» May 2010: New web site launched to better incorporate vintage audio and video clips and photos. The site was created by Jeff Hackbarth, who also designed the original site in 2005. The redesign was two years in the making, and involved about 150 hours worth of work to date.

» March 2010: The Archives are featured during "Festival" on Iowa Public Television as part of a program on television children's shows.

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April 29, 2011
SPECIAL EVENT—“A Tribute to Jack Shelley”
(co-sponsored by the Archives)
Des Moines, Iowa
Time: 7:30pm

July 7, 2011
Making Waves: The People & Places of Iowa Broadcasting
Presented by Dr. Jeff Stein
Toledo, Iowa
Time: 7:00pm

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April 24-30

Apr. 26: On April 26, 1954, WHO-TV 13 in Des Moines signs on as the first VHF television station based in Iowa’s capital city.

Apr. 28: The Commerce Department issued a license for station WOI and the first regular broadcast took place on April 28, 1922.



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1980s News

For more than 30 years, KWWL-TV dominated the news ratings in eastern Iowa. This video is of the newscast intro from the mid-1980s, featuring anchors Ron Steele and Liz Mathis, meteorologist Craig Johnson, and sports director Bob Hogue.

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The top-of-the-hour legal ID jingle used by one of Iowa's oldest stations, KFJB-AM in Marshalltown, during the early-to-mid 1980s.

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Iowa Broadcasters Association 2009-2010 president Joel McCrea of Clear Channel Radio Des Moines (right) with Archives Administrator Dr. Jeff Stein in front of the new Archives display which premiered at the 60th annual IBA convention in West Des Moines on Wednesday, June 30, 2010. The new display was designed by Erin Pilcher, a senior at Wartburg College.


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