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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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Index of Interviews

 

George Allen

Affiliation: KLGA, CEO/Owner

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Tom Allen

Affiliation: KWWL, Station Manager

Interviewer: Jeff Stein

Interview Date: May 2007

Catalog Record


 

Rollin Ball

Affiliation: KWWL, KVTV/KCAU- Engineer

Interviewer: Dave Madsen

Interview Date: 11/16/2017

Youtube Link


 

 

Wanda and Earl Baumert

Affiliation: WOC- Owner

Interviewer: Jeff Stein

Interview Date: 9/21/2000

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Sam Becker

Affiliation: University of Iowa- Communication Professor

Interviewer: Jeff Stein

Interview Date: 7/29/1999

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Mike Beecher

Affiliation: KWWL,KTIV,WHO- News Director

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 3/6/2003

Catalog Record


 

W. Louis Beecher

Affiliation: Black Hawk Broadcasting Board- Attorney

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 6/25/1996

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

W. Louis Beecher and other trustees

Affiliation: Black Hawk Broadcasting Board

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 


 

Bill Bolster

Affiliation: KWWL, WNBC, CNBC- Manager

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 1/19/2002

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Bill Bolster

Affiliation: KWWL, WNBC, CNBC- Manager

Interviewer: Jim Waterbury

Interview Date: 7/13/2016

Youtube Link

 


 

Jim Bradley

Affiliation: Black Hawk Broadcasting- Vice President

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 7/18/2004

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Cliff Brockman

Affiliation: KCAU, WQAD, WHBF- News Director, Producer. Wartburg College- Professor

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: March 2001

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Cliff Brockman

Affiliation: KCAU, WQAD, WHBF- News Director, Producer. Wartburg College- Professor

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 7/17/2008

Youtube Link

 


 

 

Bob Brooks

Affiliation: KCRG, KHAK, KMRY- Sports

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 8/19/2003

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Bob Brown

Affiliation: Waterloo Civic Leader

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: July 2006

 


 

 

Chuck Brudtkuhl

Affiliation: Northwest Bell Telco- Engineer

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 8/16/2002

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Bob Bruner

Affiliation: WMT

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 

Catalog Record


 

Raleigh Buckmaster

Affiliation: McElroy Trust Board

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 4/18/2006

 


 

 

Dave Busiek

Affiliation: WHO, KCCI, RTNDA

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 7/9/2003

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

George Carpenter

Affiliation: WHO, IPTV- General Manager

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 6/16/2005

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Dorothy Chamberlin

Affiliation: WJAM- Singer

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 6/25/1997

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Ross Christensen

Affiliation: KWWL- Sports Director

Interviewer: Jeff Stein

Interview Date: May 2007

Catalog Record


 

 

Rick Coleman

Affiliation: KWWL- Sports Director

Interviewer: Jeff Stein

Interview Date: May 2007

Catalog Record


 

Tony Coloff

Affiliation: KIOW- VP of Programming

Interviewer: Dean Borg

Interview Date: 5/14/2015

Youtube Link


 

 

Kevin Cooney

Affiliation: KRNT, KCCI- News Anchor

Interviewer: Jeff Stein

Interview Date: May 2001

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Kevin Cooney

Affiliation: KRNT, KCCI- News Anchor

Interviewer: 

Interview Date: 7/17/2005

 


 

 

Dottie Cummins

Affiliation: Spouse of WMT sports broadcaster, Tait Cummins

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 8/1/1996

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Carole Custer

Affiliation: KGLO- Reporter, news anchor

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: August 2004

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Ray Dennis

Affiliation: Creator of desmoinesbroadcasting.com

Interviewer: Dean Borg

Interview Date: 3/21/2017

Youtube Link

 


 

Hank Dihlman (with Don Schneider, and Margaret Gideonsen)

Affiliation: KROS- Sportscaster, Manager/Owner

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 8/4/1998

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

John Drilling

Affiliation: KWWL- Personality

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 10/13/2006

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Joe Dumond, Jr.

Affiliation: KXEL- Son of KXEL founder

Interviewer: Liz Mathis

Interview Date: 7/20/1997

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Simon Estes

Affiliation: Vocalist

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 3/29/2006

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Bruce Falk and Karenann Manley

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

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 3/27/2003

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Ed Falk

Affiliation: KWWL- News Director

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 7/12/1995

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Rick Fredericksen

Affiliation: IPR, KCCI, CBS

Interviewer: George Davison

Interview Date: 6/14/2007

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Jym Ganahl

Affiliation: KWWL- Meteorologist

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 8/12/2005

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Vaughn Gayman and Gordon Kilgore

Affiliation: WDBQ- News Director

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 7/2/1996

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Steve Gibbons

Affiliation: KRNT- Personality

Interviewer: Jeff Stein

Interview Date: 6/18/2002

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Margaret Gideonsen (with Hank Dihlman and Don Schneider)

Affiliation: KROS- Host

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 8/4/1998

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Ron Gonder

Affiliation: WMT, KRNT- Sportscaster

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 9/21/2000

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Jackie Grant

Affiliation: WMT- Host

Interviewer: 

Interview Date: 

Catalog Record


 

Leo Greco

Affiliation: WMT- Band leader, personality

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 3/19/1997

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Pam Hildebrand Grimes

Affiliation: KWWL- Reporter, news anchor

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 7/15/2006

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Monabelle Hake

Affiliation: Widow of UNI Broadcasting founder, Herb Hake

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 6/15/2000

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Chuck Harrison

Affiliation: WHBF- News Director

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 5/8/2003

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Robert W. Harter

Affiliation: Palmer Broadcasting, WHO- Manager

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 8/26/1998

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Harold Heath

Affiliation: WOC- Vice President

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 12/2/1998

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Harold Heath

Affiliation: WOC- Vice President

Interviewer: Don Uker

Interview Date: 

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Al Heinz

Affiliation: KGLO- Farm Director

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Jim Henry

Affiliation: KCAU, KTIV- Host of Canyon Kid

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 7/13/2000

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Edna Herbst

Affiliation: KCRG- Editorialist, Vice President, Assistant General Manager

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 5/27/1998

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Bob Hogue

Affiliation: KWWL, Iowa Television Network

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 1/2/2004

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Duane Hunting

Affiliation: KWWL- Weathercaster

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 6/3/1998

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Carl Jenkins

Affiliation: University of Northern Iowa, KUNI- Program Director. Speaking about Herb Hake.

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 7/27/1995

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Martin Jensen

Affiliation: WMT- Reporter

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 4/24/2001

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Conrad Johnson

Affiliation: WMT- Meteorologist

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 10/16/1996

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Robert Johnson

Affiliation: WMT- News anchor

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 8/8/2001

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Doris Kampfe

Affiliation: KWWL- Children's show host

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 6/20/2003

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Elliot Keller

Affiliation: KRNA, KZIA- Owner/Manager

Interviewer: Jeff Stein

Interview Date: March 2002

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Jack Kerrigan

Affiliation: WHO- Program director, personality

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 8/11/1996

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Gordon Kilgore and Vaughn Gayman

Affiliation: KDTH- News Director

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 7/2/1996

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Cortney Kintzer

Affiliation: WHO, KRNT, KCCI- Photojournalist

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 7/9/2003

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Lee Kline

Affiliation: WHO- Farm department

Interviewer: George Davison

Interview Date: 6/14/2007

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Linda Klinger

Affiliation: R.J. McElroy Trust- Director

Interviewer: Jeff Stein

Interview Date: May 2006

Catalog Record


 

Charles Krejci

Affiliation: WSUI, WMT- Performer

Interviewer: Jeff Stein

Interview Date: March 2009

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Frank Magid

Affiliation: Broadcast consultant

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 6/21/2001

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Liz Mathis

Affiliation: KWWL, KCRG- News anchor

Interviewer: Jeff Stein

Interview Date: April 2007

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Naomi McElhinney

Affiliation: KWWL- McElroy secretary

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 6/12/1996

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Peter McLane

Affiliation: KIOA, KSO, KGGO- Personality, Station Manager

Interviewer: Jeff Stein

Interview Date: 6/19/2002

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Ron Michaelson

Affiliation: WMT, KWWL- Farm Director

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 8/19/2004

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Mark Minnick

Affiliation: WOC- News Director

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 7/8/2008

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Forrest "Frosty" Mitchell

Affiliation: KGRN- Owner, personality, sportscaster

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 7/14/1998

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Bob Nance

Affiliation: WMT- Farm Director

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 3/27/1997

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Dave Nixon, Sr.

Affiliation: KCAU, KTIV, WHO- News Anchor

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 7/25/2002

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Bonnie and Tim Noonan

Affiliation: KWWL- Host of "Romper Room". KWWL- Production Manager, Program Director.

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 7/25/2002

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Eugene Peak

Affiliation: KFJB- Son of KFJB founder, Earl Peak

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 7/8/1998

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Helen Pedersen

Affiliation: Donor of 1920s Atwater Kent radio

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 6/12/2001

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Tom Peterson

Affiliation: KWWL, WGN- News anchor, News Director

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 7/13/2003

Youtube Link

 


 

Fred "Mombo" Petrick

Affiliation: WMT- Mombo the Clown on Dr. Max and Mombo

Interviewer: C.J. Hahn

Interview Date: 

Catalog Record


 

 

Dick Petrick

Affiliation: KOEL- News Director

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 6/17/1997

Youtube Link


 

Herb Plambeck

Affiliation: WHO- Farm Director

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 5/10/1995

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Rick Plummer

Affiliation: Broadcast historian

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 6/9/1998

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Jimmie Porter

Affiliation: KBBG- President and founder

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 8/8/1995

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Grant Price

Affiliation: KTRI, KXEL, WMT, KWWL- News anchor, News Director. Wartburg College- Professor.

Interviewer: Jeff Stein

Interview Date: March 2001

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

William B. Quarton

Affiliation: WMT- CEO

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 1994

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Dottie Ray

Affiliation: KXIC- Personality

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 8/15/1997

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Dottie Ray

Affiliation: KXIC- Personality

Interviewer: Dean Borg

Interview Date: 8/11/2014

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Steve Raymer

Affiliation: Pavek Museum of Broadcasting

Interviewer: Don Uker

Interview Date: 

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Paul Rhoades

Affiliation: KRNT, KCCI- Managing Editor, News Anchor

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 8/19/1999

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Don Rhyne

Affiliation: WOC- News anchor

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 7/8/2008

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Bill Riley

Affiliation: KRNT, IPTV- Personality, host

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 7/8/1999

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Helen Roberts

Affiliation: Widow of WMT newscaster, Bill Roberts

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 5/28/2001

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Ralph "Howdy" Roberts

Affiliation: WMT- Morning radio personality

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 8/1/1996

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Brian Ross

Affiliation: KWWL, ABC, NBC

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 4/1/2006

Catalog Record


 

Ben Sanders

Affiliation: KICD- Owner

Interviewer: Bill Sanders

Interview Date: 

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Gary Sarnoff

Affiliation: KWWL- News anchor, reporter

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 7/15/2006

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Wilbur Schield

Affiliation: WMT- Singer

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 6/26/1998

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Don Schneider (with Hank Dihlman and Margaret Gideonsen)

Affiliation: KROS- Manager

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 8/4/1998

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Christopher Scholl

Affiliation: KWWL, NBC- Reporter, Producer

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 3/30/2006

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Al Schrock

Affiliation: KFJB- General Manager, News Director

Interviewer: Jeff Stein

Interview Date: 8/30/2002

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Sam Seldon

Affiliation: KTRI, KSCJ- Broadcast engineer, historian

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 7/13/2000

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Dave Shay

Affiliation: WMT, KGAN- News anchor, reporter

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 

Catalog Record


 

 

Jack Shelley

Affiliation: WHO- News Director

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 6/8/1995

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Jack Shelley

Affiliation: WHO- News Director

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 7/17/2002

Catalog Record


 

 

Ron Steele

Affiliation: KWWL- News Anchor

Interviewer: Jeff Stein

Interview Date: March 2001

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Dave Steinle

Affiliation: KBUR- Owner/Manager

Interviewer: J.K. Martin

Interview Date: 

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Don Stone

Affiliation: KSCJ, KITV- Personality, Host

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 8/24/1999

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Richard Threlkeld

Affiliation: WMT, CBS, ABC- Correspondent

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 10/29/2002

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Bill Turner

Affiliation: KCAU- Manager

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 2/23/2003

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Lew Van Nostrand

Affiliation: WMT, KGAN- Vice President

Interviewer: Don Uker

Interview Date: 2/23/2003

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Doug Vernier

Affiliation: KUNI, University of Northern Iowa- KUNI General Manager

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 8/22/2002

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Jim Waterbury

Affiliation: KWWL- General Manager

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 3/29/2001

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Bob Wilbanks

Affiliation: WHO- News anchor, reporter

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 8/27/2004

Catalog Record


 

Ross Wilson

Affiliation: WMT- Chief Engineer

Interviewer: Grant Price

Interview Date: 

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Dale Woods

Affiliation: KWWL- Station Manager

Interviewer: Jeff Stein

Interview Date: May 2006

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

Rick Young

Affiliation: McElroy Trust Board

Interviewer: Jeff Stein

Interview Date: May 2006

Youtube Link

Catalog Record


 

 

Mike Peterson

Affiliation: KILR, KSIB, KMA- reporter

Interviewer: Paul Yeager

Interview Date: 2/24/2021

Youtube Link


 

Denny Callahan

Affiliation: KLEM- Announcer, sports announcer

Interviewer: Paul Yeager

Interview Date: 4/20/2021

Youtube Link


 

 

Paul Benson

Affiliation: KAYL- Owner/General Manager

Interviewer: Cliff Brockman

Interview Date: 8/27/2021

Youtube Link


 

 

Dave Vickers

Affiliation: KROS- News Director, General Manager

Interviewer: Paul Yeager

Interview Date: 9/27/2021

Youtube Link


 

John Bachman

Affiliation: KGAN- News anchor

Interviewer: Paul Yeager

Interview Date: 10/26/2021

Youtube Link


 

Kelly Neff

Affiliation: KWWL, KAUS, KLEU, KCFI, KWLO, KXEL, KCJJ- radio host, sports broadcaster

Interviewer: Paul Yeager

Interview Date: 11/15/2021

Youtube Link


 

Roger Riley

Affiliation: KTIV, KSFY, KGAN, KUOO, WOI, WHO

Interviewer: Paul Yeager

Interview Date: 1/17/2022

Youtube Link


 

Bonnie Lucas

Affiliation: WHO, KIOA- radio host

Interviewer: Paul Yeager

Interview Date: 2/28/2022

Youtube Link


 

 

Tim Fleming

Affiliation: KDTH, KGLO- Sports announcer

Interviewer: Paul Yeager

Interview Date: 3/30/2022

Youtube Link


Bruce Aune

Affiliation: KCRG- News anchor

Interviewer: Cliff Brockman

Interview Date: Feb. 2020

Youtube Link


Joel Hermann

Affiliation: KAYL, KKIA- News Director

Interviewer: Cliff Brockman

Interview Date: Sept. 2019

Youtube Link


 

Steve Bridges

Affiliation: KCJJ- Radio host

Interviewer: Cliff Brockman

Interview Date: Sept. 2021

Youtube Link


 

Dave Busiek

Affiliation: KCCI- News Director

Interviewer: Cliff Brockman

Interview Date: Dec. 2018

Youtube Link


 

Bruce Aune

Affiliation: KCRG- Reporter, News Anchor

Interviewer: Dean Borg

Interview Date: 2/17/2020

Youtube Link

 


 

Pat Powers

Affiliation: KQWC- Radio host

Interviewer: Paul Yeager

Interview Date: 5/10/2022

Youtube Link

 


 

Andy McKay

Affiliation: WQAD- Chief Photographer, Assistant News Director

Interviewer: Cliff Brockman

Interview Date: 5/10/2022

Youtube Link


 

Donna Smith

Affiliation: KCCI- Chief Photographer

Interviewer: Paul Yeager

Interview Date: 4/14/2022

Youtube Link

 


 

 

Dana Cardin

Affiliation: KCCI- Assistant News Director

Interviewer: Paul Yeager

Interview Date: 7/7/2022

Youtube Link

 


 

For more information, contact:

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

 

 

 

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