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Archives of Iowa Broadcasting: KGAN-TV

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

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Archives of Iowa Broadcasting

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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: Cary J. Hahn Video 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.


Biographical Sketch/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.

Bibliography: “KGAN Information”. CBS2FOX28. Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Sinclair Broadcast Group, INC. 2018.


Series Description

  1. Farm Broadcasts

41 items - Farm and agriculture related news broadcasts,

  1. Historic Materials

165 items – Variety of topics of historical significance, either designated as such by station staff or assigned later, 1953, 1973, 1978-2003.

  1. News Broadcasts

1906 items - News film and video containing story clips on a wide variety of local, regional, and national topics, 1950-1990.

  1. Weather Broadcasts

22 items – Weather events, primarily tornados and floods, 1968-1999.

  1. Sports Broadcasts

378 items – News stories and game footage of variety of sports, 1980-1992.

  1. Iowa Traveler Program

108 items – Episodes of program hosted by Cary J. Hahn, 1987-2007.

  1. Promotional/Commercial Items

404 items – Promotional images and spots, including national talk shows, 1977-1998.

  1. 20th Anniversary Materials

82 items – Anniversary programming, interviews and retrospectives, 1953-2003.

  1. Dr. Max & Mombo

101 items – “Kids Stuff” film reels for Dr. Max & Mombo program 1968-1972.

  1. Hal Roach Studios Material

114 items – Programming produced by Hal Roach Studio, including Little Rascals and The Laurel & Hardy Show, 1978-1992.


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