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Archives of Iowa Broadcasting: Oral History Project

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

 

History of the AIB Oral History Project

The roots of the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting is the Oral History Project. When Grant Price came to Wartburg College after a 40-year career in radio and television news, he wanted to document the first person experiences of the men and women who created and developed media in the State of Iowa before their stories were lost to history.

The first oral history interview was conducted in 1994, with William B. Quarton of Cedar Rapids. Mr. Quarton was the Chief Executive Officer of the WMT stations and the first president of the Iowa Broadcasters Association. In the last 23 years, over 140 individuals have been interviewed for the Oral History Project.

The Archives of Iowa Broadcasting is committed to continuing Grant Price’s effort to record and preserve these unique stories of Iowa’s broadcasting history.

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NAME

DATE OF
INTERVIEW

AFFILIATION 

POSITION

 INTERVIEWER  

Allen, George

 

KLGA

CEO/Owner

Grant Price

Allen, Tom

5/2007

KWWL

Station Manager

Jeff Stein

 

Ball, Rollin

11/16/2017

KWWL,
KVTV/KCAU

Engineer

Dave Madsen

Baumert, Wanda & Earl

9/21/2000

WOC

Owner of WOC
Theatre model
(Radio Digest contest)

Jeff Stein

Becker, Sam

7/29/1999

University of Iowa

Professor

Grant Price

Beecher, Mike

3/6/2003

KWWL, KTIV, WHO

News Director

Grant Price

Beecher, W. Louis

6/25/1996

Black Hawk
Broadcasting Board

Attorney

Grant Price

Beecher, W. Louis
(& other Trustees)

 

Black Hawk
Broadcasting Board

Attorney

Grant Price

Bolster, Bill

1/19/2002

KWWL, WNBC, CNBC

Manager

Grant Price

Bolster, Bill

7/13/2016

KWWL, WNBC, CNBC

Manager

Jeff Stein

Bradley, Jim

7/18/2004

Black Hawk
Broadcasting

Vice President

Grant Price

Brockman, Cliff

3/2001

KCAU, WQAD,
WHBF, Wartburg

News Director,
Producer, Professor

Grant Price

Brockman, Cliff

7/17/2008

KCAU, WQAD,
WHBF, Wartburg

News Director,
Producer, Professor

Grant Price

Brooks, Bob

8/19/2003

KCRG, KHAK, KMRY

Sports

Grant Price

Brown, Bob

7/2006

 

Waterloo Civic Leader

Grant Price

Brudtkuhl, Chuck

8/16/2002

NW Bell Telco

Engineer

Grant Price

Bruner, Bob

 

WMT

 

Grant Price

Buckmaster, Raleigh

4/18/2006

McElroy Trust Board

Son of Robert Buckmaster

Grant Price

Busiek, Dave

7/9/2003

WHO, KCCI, RTNDA

RTNDA President

Grant Price

Carpenter, George

6/16/2005

WHO, IPTV

General Manager

Grant Price

Chamberlin, Dorothy

6/25/1997

WJAM

Singer

Grant Price

Christensen, Ross

5/2007

McElroy Trust Board

 

Jeff Stein

Coleman, Rick

5/2007

KWWL

Sports Director

Jeff Stein

Coloff, Tony

5/14/2015

KIOW

Vice President of Programming

Dean Borg

Cooney, Kevin

5/2001

KRNT, KCCI

News Anchor

Jeff Stein

Cooney, Kevin

7/17/2005

KRNT, KCCI

News Anchor

 

Cummins, Dottie

8/1/1996

WMT

Widow of sports broadcaster
Tait Cummins

Grant Price

Custer, Carole

08/2004

KGLO

News Anchor,
Reporter

Grant Price

Dennis, Ray

3/21/2017

desmoines
broadcasting.com

 

Dean Borg

Dihlman, Eugene
(with Schneider/Gideonson)

8/4/1998

KROS

Sportscaster,
Manager/Owner

Grant Price

Drilling, John

10/13/2006

KWWL

Personality

Grant Price

Dumond, Joe Jr.

7/20/1997

KXEL

Son of founder

Liz Mathis

Estes, Simon

3/29/2006

 

Vocalist

Grant Price

Falk, Bruce &
Karenann Manley

3/27/2003

 

Children of Florence Falk,
"The Farmer's Wife"

Grant Price

Falk, Ed

7/12/1995

KWWL

News Director

Grant Price

Frederickson, Rick

6/14/2007

IPR, KCCI, CBS

 

George Davison

Ganahl, Jym

8/12/2005

KWWL

Meteorologist

Grant Price

Gayman, Vaughn
(with Gordon Kilgore)

7/2/1996

WDBQ

News Director

Grant Price

Gibbons, Steve

6/18/2002

KRNT 

Personality

Jeff Stein

Gideonson, Margaret
(with Dihlman/Schneider)

8/4/1998

KROS

Host

Grant Price

Gonder, Ron

9/21/2000

WMT, KRNT

Sportscaster 

Grant Price

Grant, Jackie

 

WMT

Host

 

Greco, Leo

3/19/1997

WMT

Band leader,
Personality

Grant Price

Grimes, Pam Hildebrand

7/15/2006

KWWL

News Anchor,
Reporter

Grant Price

Hake, Mrs. Herb

6/15/2000

UNI Broadcasting

Widow of founder

Grant Price

Harrison, Chuck

5/8/2003

WHBF

News Director

Grant Price

Harter, Robert W.

8/26/1998

Palmer Broadcasting,
WHO

Manager

Grant Price

Heath, Harold

12/2/1998

WOC

Vice President

Grant Price

Heath, Harold

 

WOC

Vice President

Don Uker

Heinz, Al

 

KGLO

Farm Director

Grant Price

Henry, Jim

7/13/2000

KCAU, KTIV

Host of "Canyon Kid"

Grant Price

Herbst, Edna

5/27/1998

KCRG

Editorialist,
Vice President,
Assistant General Manager

Grant Price

Hogue, Bob

1/2/2004

KWWL,
Iowa Television Network

 

Grant Price

Hunting, Duane

6/3/1998

KWWL

Weathercaster

Grant Price

Jenkins, Carl

7/27/1995

KUNI

Speaking about Herb Hake

Grant Price

Jensen, Martin

4/24/2001

WMT

News reporter

Grant Price

Johnson, Conrad

10/16/1996

WMT

Meteorologist

Grant Price

Johnson, Robert

8/8/2001

WMT

News anchor

Grant Price

Kampfe, Doris

6/20/2003

KWWL

Children's show host

Grant Price

Keller, Elliot

3/2002

KRNA, KZIA

Owner/manager

Jeff Stein

Kerrigan, Jack

8/11/1996

WHO

Program director,
Personality

Grant Price

Kilgore, Gordon
(with Vaughn Gayman)

7/2/1996

KDTH

News Director

Grant Price

Kintzer, Cortney

7/9/2003

WHO, KRNT, KCCI

Photojournalist

Grant Price

Kline, Lee

6/14/2007

WHO

Farm department

George Davison

Klinger, Linda

5/2006

R.J. McElroy Trust

Director

Jeff Stein

Krejci, Charles

3/2009

WSUI, WMT

Performer

Jeff Stein

Magid, Frank

6/21/2001

 

Broadcast consultant

Grant Price

Mathis, Liz

4/2007

KWWL, KCRG

News anchor

Jeff Stein

McElhinney, Naomi

6/12/1996

KWWL

Secretary to RJ McElroy

Grant Price

McLane, Peter

6/19/2002

KIOA, KSO, KGGO

Personality,
Station Manager

Jeff Stein

Michaelson, Ron

8/19/2004

WMT, KWWL

Farm Director

Grant Price

Minnick, Mark

7/8/2008

WOC

Radio News Director

Grant Price

Mitchell, Forrest "Frosty"

7/14/1998

KGRN

Owner, Personality,
Sportscaster

Grant Price

Nance, Bob

3/27/1997

WMT

Farm Director

Grant Price

Nixon, Dave Sr.

7/25/2002

KCAU, KTIV, WHO

News Anchor

Grant Price

Noonan, Bonnie & Tim

7/24/2003

KWWL

Host of "Romper Room"

Grant Price

Peak, Eugene

7/8/1998

KFJB

Son of founder Earl Peak

Grant Price

Pedersen, Helen

6/12/2001

 

Donor of 1920s
Atwater Kent radio

Grant Price

Peterson, Tom

7/13/2003

KWWL, WGN

News Anchor,
News Director

Grant Price

Petrick, Fred "Mombo

 

WMT

Mombo the Clown
on "Dr. Max and Mombo"

 

Petrik, Dick

6/17/1997

KOEL

News Director

Grant Price

Plambeck, Herb

5/10/1995

WHO

Farm Director

Grant Price

Plummer, Rick

6/9/1998

 

Broadcast historian

Grant Price

Porter, Jimmie

8/8/1995

KBBG

President/founder

Grant Price

Price, Grant
(PART 1) (PART 2)

3/2001

KTRI, KXEL, WMT,
KWWL, Wartburg

News Anchor,
News Director,
Professor

Jeff Stein

Quarton, William B.

6/14/1994, 8/8/1994

WMT

CEO

Grant Price

Ray, Dottie

8/15/1997

KXIC

Personality

Grant Price

Ray, Dottie

8/11/2014

KXIC

Personality

Dean Borg

Raymer, Steve

 

Pavek Museum
of Broadcasting

 

Don Uker

Rhoades, Paul
(PART 1)(PART 2)

8/19/1999

KRNT, KCCI

Managing Editor,
News Anchor

Grant Price

Rhyne, Don

7/8/2008

WOC

News Anchor

Grant Price

Riley, Bill

7/8/1999

KRNT, IPTV

Personality, Host

Grant Price

Roberts, Helen

5/28/2001

WMT

Widow of newscaster
Bill Roberts

Grant Price

Roberts, Ralph "Howdy"   

8/1/1996

WMT

Morning radio
personality

Grant Price

Ross, Brian

4/1/2006

KWWL, ABC, NBC

 

Grant Price

Sanders, Ben

 

KICD

Owner

Bill Sanders

Sarnoff, Gary

7/15/2006

KWWL

News Anchor,
Reporter

Grant Price

Schield, Wilbur

6/26/1998

WMT

Singer

Grant Price

Schneider, Don
(with Dihlman/Gideonson)

8/4/1998

KROS

Manager

Grant Price

Scholl, Christopher

3/30/2006

KWWL,
Dateline NBC

Producer

Grant Price

Schrock, Al

8/30/2002

KFJB

General Manager,
News Director

Jeff Stein

Seldon, Sam 
(PART 1)(PART 2)

7/13/2000

KTRI, KSCJ

Broadcast engineer,
Historian

Grant Price

Shay, Dave

 

WMT, KGAN

News Anchor,
Reporter

Grant Price

Shelley, Jack

6/8/1995

WHO

News Director

Grant Price

Shelley, Jack

7/17/2002

WHO

News Director

Grant Price

Steele, Ron

3/2001

KWWL

News Anchor

Jeff Stein

Steinle, Dave

 

KBUR

Owner/manager

J.K. Martin

Stone, Don

8/24/1999

KSCJ, KITV

Personality,
Host

Grant Price

Threlkeld, Richard

10/29/2002

WMT, CBS, ABC

Correspondent

Grant Price

Turner, Bill
(PART 1) (PART 2)

2/23/2003

 

 

Grant Price

Van Nostrand, Lew

 

WMT, KGAN

Vice President

Don Uker

Vernier, Doug

8/22/2002

KUNI

General Manager

Grant Price

Waterbury, Jim

3/29/2001

KWWL

General Manager

Grant Price

Wilbanks, Bob

8/27/2004

WHO

News Anchor,
Reporter

Grant Price

Wilson, Ross

 

WMT

Chief Engineer

Grant Price

Woods, Dale

5/2006

KWWL

Station Manager

Jeff Stein

Young, Rick

5/2006

McElroy Trust Board

Trustee

Jeff Stein

 

For more information, contact:

Kay Grigsby, MSLIS
Grant Price Endowed Archivist
kay.grigsby@wartburg.edu
(319) 352-8457

 

 

 

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