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Archives of Iowa Broadcasting: Michaelson Collection

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Ron Michaelson 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, 1955-1958. This collection contains the work of Ron Michaelson, who was farm director for both KWWL and WMT. The collection consists of 16mm films and mini DV cassettes. The main subject of recordings is farm related broadcasts.


Scope and Content Note

Extent: 1 box

Physical Description: 16mm films, Mini DV cassettes

Dates: 1955-1958.

Subjects: Farming.

Related Material:

  • KWWL Television Collection
  • KGAN Television Collection
  • Oral History Collection- Ron Michaelson Oral History Interview, 2004


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]; Ron Michaelson Collection; Archives of Iowa Broadcasting, Waverly, Iowa.

Acquisition Information: Donation.

Processing Information: Processing completed by R.H. on 11/26/2018.


Biographical Sketch/Agency History

History: Ronald Michaelson was a farm director in Cedar Rapids and Waterloo, working for both KWWL and WMT. He started his career working on a farm, before becoming a host of an early morning show at KWWL. Agriculture was booming in the 1960-70s, so Michaelson went on to create a popular farming show with Jerry Ordall. Michaelson was also a well-known reporter of his area.


“Ron Michaelson Oral History Interview, 8/19/2004.” YouTube, YouTube, 20 Oct. 2017,


Series Description

  1. Broadcast Recordings

Broadcast Recordings:

  • The collection contains film and videotapes with Ron Michaelson’s work between 1955 and 1958.
  • 9 items in one box.
  • Unarranged.

Container Listing





16mm film


unlabeled (#1)


16mm film


muddy cows (#2)


16mm film


1st standup, KWWL (#3)


16mm film


TV Farm News, wool show (#4)


16mm film


unlabeled (#5)


16mm film


National corn-picking contest (#6)


16mm film


Nike Party (#8)




Reels 1-7, tape A




Reels 8 and 9, tape B



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For more information, contact:

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




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