The Archives of Iowa Broadcasting was founded in 1994 by Grant Price (1922-2008). Price was a long time television and radio broadcaster, with the largest part of his career at KWWL in Waterloo, IA. After his retirement from the field of broadcasting, he went on to teach at Wartburg College and founded the television broadcasting program there. During his time at Wartburg, Price determined that much of the history of radio and television in Iowa was being lost, and started the Iowa Broadcasting Oral History Project which led to the creation of the AIB.
The AIB has been located at Wartburg College for almost 30 years, and in 2021, thanks to an endowment by David McCartney and James Petersen, the first Grant Price Endowed Archivist, Kay Grigsby, was hired to care for the collections.
The Archives of Iowa Broadcasting establishes and maintains a permanent collection of materials relating to the history, development and contribution of radio and television in Iowa.
National Advisory Board Members
Julie Price Barnd- Marion, IA
Cliff Brockman- Associate Professor Emeritus, Wartburg College
Rick Coleman- Sports Director, KWWL
Tony Coloff- Vice President of Programming, Coloff Media
Carole Custer- Director of the Office of University Marketing, Iowa State University
Sue Danielson- Assistant News Director, WHO Radio
Ray Dennis- Retired Broker
John Huff- General Manager, KWWL
David McCartney (Chair)- University Archivist, University of Iowa
Steve Noah- Clive, IA
Paul Yeager- Producer/Director/Host, Iowa Public Television
AIB and Wartburg College Archives are currently open by appointment only
Research and Duplication Fees
Archival Use Guidelines
Archival materials are, by their nature, rare, often irreplaceable, and sometimes fragile. The following precautions have been instituted to ensure these objects are protected:
To Safeguard Collections, do not:
Reading Room Etiquette:
Careful Handling of Records:
NOTE: It may not be possible at all times to provide appropriate machinery for reading, viewing or accessing non-print materials. We recommend you contact the Archives prior to your visit to ensure the materials you want to view are available.
The Archives of Iowa Broadcasting collects audiovisual materials, papers, publications, photographs, artifacts and memorabilia related to television and radio broadcasting in Iowa.
Records can include audiovisual recordings, oral history interviews, corporate records, records of professional organizations, photographs and scrapbooks, schedules and log sheets, and promotional materials and artifacts.
If you aren't sure whether your materials fit our collecting focus, read our Collection Policy for more detail, or contact the Archivist.
Provides access to radio and television programs that have been publicly funded throughout the years.
A website dedicated to the history of radio and TV broadcasting in Des Moines and Central Iowa. Experience Des Moines broadcast history in sight and sound! Relive Des Moines radio and Des Moines TV.
Nonprofit corporation of radio-TV news directors, reporters, producers, public relations professionals and others from Iowa and its adjacent states, working together to improve electronic media news for our stations and the public.
Radio and Television Stations working to promote, protect and enhance free over-the-air broadcasting.
This library strives to preserve and provide access to broadcasting history as a part of the "collective memory" for this ephemeral industry.
RPTF strives to facilitate preservation of, research on, and educational uses of radio recordings held by archiving institutions and private collectors in the United States.
National collection focused on commercial and personal recorded sound materials, including broadcasting.
Presents and preserves the history of broadcasting, especially in Minnesota. The Museum has gained international recognition for its continuing efforts to preserve and document the history of an industry that has made monumental changes in the fabric of modern life.
News Articles and Recent Updates
New Wartburg archivist position named after longtime KWWL News Director Grant Price- KWWL, Sept. 21, 2021
Grigsby named Wartburg’s first Grant Price Endowed Archivist- Wartburg, Sept. 7, 2021
Archives of Iowa Broadcasting preserving history in Wartburg project- KWWL, June 4, 2021
TWO TV STATIONS DIGITIZE OLD ARCHIVE TAPES- IBNA, June 3, 2021
$1.2 million gift establishes Grant Price Endowed Archivist at Wartburg- Wartburg, Sept. 21, 2020
Wartburg College, Archives of Iowa Broadcasting complete WHO Radio disc digitization- Wartburg, Oct. 30, 2019
Wartburg College receives CLIR grant for WHO Radio disc digitization- Wartburg, May 1, 2018
Grant to fund online catalog of Wartburg Archives’ audiovisual collection- Wartburg, April 9, 2018
NEH grant to fund stabilization of Wartburg Archives’ film collection- Wartburg, Dec. 14, 2017
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