Archives of Iowa Broadcasting
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
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. https://cbs2iowa.com/
41 items - Farm and agriculture related news broadcasts,
165 items – Variety of topics of historical significance, either designated as such by station staff or assigned later, 1953, 1973, 1978-2003.
1906 items - News film and video containing story clips on a wide variety of local, regional, and national topics, 1950-1990.
22 items – Weather events, primarily tornados and floods, 1968-1999.
378 items – News stories and game footage of variety of sports, 1980-1992.
108 items – Episodes of program hosted by Cary J. Hahn, 1987-2007.
404 items – Promotional images and spots, including national talk shows, 1977-1998.
82 items – Anniversary programming, interviews and retrospectives, 1953-2003.
101 items – “Kids Stuff” film reels for Dr. Max & Mombo program 1968-1972.
114 items – Programming produced by Hal Roach Studio, including Little Rascals and The Laurel & Hardy Show, 1978-1992.
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