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VOGEL LIBRARY

Archives of Iowa Broadcasting: Radio
Materials

AIB establishes and maintains a permanent collection of materials relating to the history, development and contribution of radio and television in Iowa.

KCRG-AM (Cedar Rapids)

KCRG Radio Collection

Abstract: KCRG Radio AM is now KGYM, and began broadcasting in 1947 from Cedar Rapids. This collection contains audio tape reels, cartridges and cassettes.

Extent: 17 linear feet

Dates: Unknown

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WMT-AM (Cedar Rapids)

WMT Radio Collection

Abstract: WMT originally signed on as WJAM in 1922. It became WMT in 1928 when the station was sold to Harry Shaw, owner of the Waterloo Morning Tribune. He moved the station to Waterloo, but it returned to Cedar Rapids the year following its sale to the Cowles family in 1934.

This collection contains broadcast recordings, promotional materials, artifacts and photographs, including the original WMT microphone, a photograph of station founder "Tex" Perham, printing plates, banners, and more.

Extent: 94 items.

Dates: 1922-1987

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Des Moines Air Check Collection

Des Moines Air Check Collection

Abstract: This collection contains recordings of TV series air checks for shows such as the Jimmy Dean Show, the Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Time, and Dennis the Menace. WHO Radio recordings are also included. Dates range from 1964 to 1972.

Extent: 6 boxes.

Dates: 1964-1972

 

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KLWW-AM (Cedar Rapids)

KLWW Radio Collection

Abstract: KLWW (1450 AM) now broadcasts with the call letters KMRY, a radio station out of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In September 2002 the station was inducted into the Iowa Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as KLWW (it's 1960s version). This collection contains broadcast recordings on reel-to-reel audiotapes.

Extent: 9 items.

Dates: 1971.

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KXEL-AM (Waterloo/Cedar Rapids)

KXEL Radio Collection

Abstract: KXEL went on the air July 14, 1942 serving Waterloo and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It broadcast ABC programming, then country music, and later current news/talk. In the early 1950s, KXEL attempted to obtain the television license for Channel 7 but lost a lawsuit over the matter to KWWL. This collection contains broadcast recordings on reel-to-reel audio tapes.

Extent: 8 items.

Dates: 1952.

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KRNT-AM (Des Moines)

KRNT Radio

KSO Radio (Des Moines) was renamed KRNT in 1935, and the station moved to 1350 AM frequency in 1941. For much of its history, the station was an adult standards format, until 2015 when it was converted to sports radio. Materials related to KRNT are in two collections:

Bob Ogburn Collection 

Abstract: This collection contains audiocassettes, reel tapes, discs of air checks and other materials - mainly KRNT and KCBC radio.

Extent: 708 items

Dates: 1947-2009

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Julie Rutz Collection 

Abstract: Julie Rutz was a reporter for various stations in Iowa, including KRNT, WOI. This collection contains audio and video cassettes of her time as a broadcaster, including interviews she conducted.

Extent: 3 linear feet

Dates: 1968-1990

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WHO-AM (Des Moines)

WHO Radio Collection

Abstract: WHO began broadcasting from Des Moines in 1924. This collection contains recordings of broadcasts and advertisements, as well as photographs, scrapbooks, program schedules, log sheets, farm service reports, and other files.

Extent: 244 linear feet

Dates: ca. 1936-1993

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Lee Kline Collection

Abstract: (1963-2000) This collection contains audio recordings and the audio equipment of Lee Kline who was a broadcaster for WHO Radio for 40 years.

Extent: 157 items

Dates: 1963-2000

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George Davison Collection

Abstract: This collection contains WHO Radio materials donated by George Davison, a former host at WHO Radio. The collection consists mostly of ¼-inch audiotapes and CDs but also includes VHS and Beta type videotapes. Main subjects of the recordings are newscasts, politics and sports.

Extent: 109 items.

Dates: 1966-2003

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KZIA-FM (Cedar Rapids)

KZIA Radio Collection

Abstract: This collection contains promotional material for KZIA radio station.

Extent: 0.5 linear feet.

Dates: Unknown.

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KXIC-AM (Iowa City)

KXIC Radio Collection

Abstract: KXIC Radio recordings covering various holidays, locations, and agriculture are included. Dates range from 1949 to 1966, and both magnetic recording tapes and wire recordings are included.

Extent: 3 boxes.

Dates: 1949-1966.

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WOC (Quad Cities)

WOC Radio Collection

Abstract: WOC signed on in 1922, broadcasting from Davenport, Iowa for the Quad Cities market (Davenport, Iowa; Bettendorf, Iowa; Rock Island, Illinois; Moline, Illinois). This collection contains reel-to-reel audio tapes.

Extent: 29 items.

Dates: Unknown.

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Don Francis Collection

Don Francis Collection

Abstract: Don Francis Collection contains unidentified Audio recordings in the form of 1/4-inch reel to reel tapes (7-inch reel).

Extent: Four 1/4-inch reel to reel tapes (7-inch reel) in one box.

Dates: Unknown.

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KCHA-FM (Charles City)

KCHA Radio Collection

Abstract: Materials from KCHA radio in Charles City, Iowa. Includes audio recordings (such as the broadcast following the 1968 F-5 tornado in Charles City and Oelwein), as well as other station records and materials.

Extent: 1 linear foot.

Dates: Unknown.

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KMA-AM (Shenandoah)

KMA Radio Collection 

Abstract: Collection is unprocessed

Extent: 0.5 linear feet

Dates: Unknown

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Peter McLane Collection

Peter McLane Collection

Abstract: Peter McLane’s Collection contains 1/4-inch reel to reel tapes (7-inch reel), audio cassettes and CD-s. The general themes of the collection are media, arts, entertainment and daily news. McLane’s collection dates from 1958 to 1984 and this period of his attribution to KIOA radio station is known as the Peter McLane Era. The research strengths for this collection are pretty impressing because there are audio interviews of Peter McLane explaining everything about KIOA radio and his role as a Program Director of KIOA. 

Extent: 52 items.

Dates: 1958-1984.

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