Iowa's WHO Radio: The Voice of the Middle West

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When a Des Moines insurance company started a radio station in 1924, no one imagined it would bring news from a world war home to families desperate for information, carry the exploits of University of Iowa athletics to fans nationwide, draw the ire of a Cuban dictator, and be home to a future president. From the earliest days of "This is W-H-O. Who? Bankers Life, Des Moines" to today's "50,000-watt, clear channel voice of the middle west," one of the most powerful radio stations in America has been part of Iowa life for nearly 90 years. With a signal that reaches "from coast to coast, border to border, and then some," trusted voices such as Jack Shelley, Herb Plambeck, Jim Zabel, Lee Kline, and Duane Ellett have graced the WHO radio airwaves, while Van & Bonnie, Jan Mickelson, Bob Quinn, and others carry on the tradition today. From the Barn Dance Frolic and Phone Forum to Sportsman's Notebook and The Big Show, WHO has consistently reflected the values of Iowans.
ISBN: 9780738576305
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Iowa
Series: Images of America
Images: 178
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Jeff Stein has taught mass communication at Wartburg College and Iowa State University and was cofounder and administrator of the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting. He authored the definitive history of Iowa radio and television, Making Waves: The People & Places of Iowa Broadcasting, and serves on the State Historical Society of Iowa board of trustees. He has more than 30 years experience in Iowa broadcasting.
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