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Archives of Iowa Broadcasting: KXEL Radio Collection

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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KXEL Radio 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: Audiovisual materials, 1952. This collection contains audio recordings created by KXEL Radio. The collection consists of 3 and 7-inch tapes. Main subjects of the recordings include current news, talk shows, and country music.


Scope and Content Note

Extent: 8 items

Physical Description: Audio tapes (3 and 7’’ reels).

Dates: 1952.

Subjects: Newscasts, talk shows, country and pop music, ABC programming.

Related Material: None.


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 Faire 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]; KXEL Radio; Archives of Iowa Broadcasting, Waverly, Iowa.

Acquisition Information: Donation.

Processing Information: Processing completed by R. H. on 11/28/2018.


Biographical Sketch/Agency History

History: KXEL Radio is a class A, commercial station covering the Waterloo and Cedar Rapids areas in Iowa. It was founded in 1942 by Don E. Kassner. It started out with airing ABC programming, and later switched to its current, news/talk format. Today it airs in over twenty states and the entirety of Canada. Its most popular shows include the Classic Radio Theater and The Twilight Zone. The station became 75 years old in 2017.


  • Morris, M., & Harwood, T. (2018). KXEL-AM. Retrieved from
  • KXEL Radio. (2018). Retrieved from
  • KXEL. (2018). Retrieved from


Series Description

Audio Recordings:

  • The collection contains audio tapes produced by KXEL Radio in 1952.
  • 8 audio tapes.
  • Unarranged.


Container Listing





7 inch reel


KXEL R-001


3 inch reel


KXEL R-002


3 inch reel


KXEL R-003


7 inch reel


KXEL R-004


7 inch reel


KXEL R-005


7 inch reel


KXEL R-006


7 inch reel


KXEL R-007


7 inch reel


KXEL R-008



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