Making Waves: The People and Places of Iowa Broadcasting
Ames Public Library Auditorium
Free and open to the public
Presented by Jeff Stein
Radio and television exploded onto the scene in the 20th century and completely changed our lives. Today, we can hardly imagine a day without broadcasting. In his presentation Jeff Stein takes us back to the earliest days of both radio and television, highlighted by original broadcasts, photos and memorabilia. The presentation this year will highlight children’s television programming, including celebrating the 60th birthday of Floppy, the iconic puppet brought to life on Channel 13 by Duane Ellett. Copies of Stein’s new book “The Floppy Show” and DVDs from the original broadcasts will be available for purchase.
Jeff Stein is an author, historian and broadcaster. A 2011 recipient of The National Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History, he is recognized as the foremost broadcast historian in Iowa. His daily radio feature on Iowa history, Iowa Almanac, airs on two dozen stations around the state including KASI in Ames. His daily interview program can be heard weekday afternoons on News/Talk 1540 KXEL, a legendary 50,000-watt radio station based in Waterloo, where he serves as news and program director.
Presented in partnership with the Ames Public Library. This program is funded by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities.