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Archives of Iowa Broadcasting: KGAN-TV Collection

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

Archives of Iowa Broadcasting

Finding Aid

KGAN-TV Collection


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.

The Archives is committed to providing access to holdings. However, access to some items may be restricted by their fragile condition or by contractual agreement with the donors. Due to the complexity and variety of audiovisual formats, most items will need to be digitally duplicated or transferred before access can be provided.



Abstract: KGAN was originally WMT-TV, and first signed on in September 1953. It was licensed to serve the Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, and Dubuque markets as a CBS affiliate. This collection contains news, sports, weather and other programming, ca. 1938, 1942, 1953, 1968, 1972, and from 1974-2004.


Scope and Content Note

Extent: 3,321 audiovisual items including 24 boxes.

Physical Description: Contains video recordings on various formats, including BetacamSP, U-matic, ¾ inch U-Matic, 16 mm film, DVD-R, VHS, ¼-inch reel-to-reel audio tape, 1-inch video reels, and electronic transcription disc (12").

Dates: 1938, 1942, 1953, 1968, 1972, 1974-2004

Subjects: News, Weather, Politics, Iowa, Historic, Promos, Leo Greco, Howard James, CBS, WMT, Dave Shay, NBC, Radio, Media, Rosie O’Donnell, Maury Povich, Montel Williams, Dr. Max & Mombo

Related Material:

  • Wayne Anderson Collection
  • Cary J. Hahn Video Collection
  • Ron Michaelson Collection
  • Grant Price Collection
  • William B. Quarton Collection


Administrative Information

Restrictions: Some materials in this collection may be restricted under copyright. The Archives provides access to these items for the purpose of research, instruction, and private study under the provisions of Fair Use, outlined in section 107 of copyright law. User assumes all responsibility for obtaining permission for reproduction or use.

Preferred Citation: [item title/description], [date]; KGAN Television Collection; Archives of Iowa Broadcasting, Waverly, Iowa.

Acquisition Information: Donation.

Processing Information: Processing completed by GC and LY on 9/11/2019.


Agency History

History: KGAN began as WMT-TV in 1953. The station is an affiliate station of CBS. The station now continues to broadcast throughout the eastern areas of Iowa.


“Contact,” CBS2Iowa.


Series Description

  1. Farm Broadcasts

  2. Historic Materials

  3. News Broadcasts

  4. Weather Broadcasts

  5. Sports Broadcasts

  6. Iowa Traveler Program

  7. Promotional/Commercial Items

  8. 20th Anniversary Materials

  9. Dr. Max & Mombo

  10. Hal Roach Studios Material

Other Finding Aids



For more information, contact:

Kay Grigsby, MSLIS
Grant Price Endowed Archivist
(319) 352-8457




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