DesMoinesBroadcasting.com

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A site devoted 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


Personalities!
Don Bell, Dic Youngs, Don MacKinnon, Ronn Pepper, Dick Vance, Van Harden, Several KIOA Goodguys, Tom and Jerry, Peter McLane, Smokey Smith, Doug MacKinnon, Walt Reno, Billy Cole, Jim Michaels, Captain Jack...many more to come

Personalities


Where are they now?

"Microphonies" Meets the 1st Wednesday of every month
11:30AM at The Tavern Restaurant on 50th St. in West Des Moines.

This gathering consists of Des Moines area broadcasters, active and retired from the business, including air personalities, newspeople, engineers, sales people, management and behind the scenes personnel. We get together every month to share stories and enjoy each other's company. If you are a current or former broadcaster, or just interested in participating in the conversation with the group, please join us.


Des Moines Radio and TV Stations
for the most part, we are starting with the AM stations
then FM and eventually TV

Station Time Line
updated Feb 21, 2014
when stations went on the air, call letter/frequency changes


Radio Stations
history, pictures, transmitter sites, promotional items, jingles,
sound bytes and airchecks

WGF WHO WOI KSO KRNT KCBC KIOA KWDM KSO-FM KRNT-FM WHO-FM KCBC-FM KDPS KWKY KDMI KNDR KBAB KFMG KLFM KYNA KLYF KRNQ KGGO KMGK KANY KEZT KJJY KMRY KKXI KFMD KDWZ KDMG KDFR KKSO KMXD KBBM KSTZ KHKI KZZQ KKDM KAZR KXTK KLTI KBGG KYSY KJMC KVJZ KXNO KPSZ

 

TV Stations

WOI-TV KGTV WHO-TV KRNT-TV KDPS-TV KDIN KCCI KCBR KDSM KFPX KPWB

 


Around the Dial
misc airchecks and montages


AudioOddities

Bloopers, spoofs, pranks and other unusual sound bites

Rare recordings heard only at DesMoinesBroadcasting.com


Extras


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Items for which we have no catagory


Read Surfers Comments about DesMoinesBroadcasting.com

Site Theme Song and Story "Wonderful Town, Wonderful People" Des Moines jingle


Links to More Information

A History of Broadcasting in Iowa - Wartburg College Highly recommended!
IowaBroadcasting.com Archives of Iowa Broadcasting.
WHO Radio History Site

Des Moines KCCI Channel 8 History - The Iowa Channel
Iowa Rock n' Roll Music Association

Library of American Broadcasting - Univ of Maryland
The Radio Attic - Pictures of Old Radios

fybush.com - Tours of Radio Station Sites 
fybush.com -Iowa Transmitter Site Tour

NorthPine.com - Upper Midwest Broadcasting News
The Broadcast Archive - Radio History on the Web
The Nebraska Radio Page
Wisconsin Radio Pages
United States Early Radio History

Reel Radio Top 40 Radio Repository
FCC Broadcasting Frequency Database
Steve's Radio and Railroads
440: Satisfaction - Radio Personality Locator, Past and Present
Jim Hawkins Radio and Broadcast Technology Page
Iowa Broadcasters Association
NAB - National Association of Broadcasters
What You Need to Know About Oldies Music
Early Radio History
Radio Iowa- news service
Radio and TV Ownership Database
WRKO The BIG 68 Remembered!
Media Preservation Foundation "The Hits Between the Hits" jingle history book now available.
Rock Radio Scrapbook

XERF Story -- The Border Blasters
KSTTplace.com Quad-Cities. KSTT Good Guy Alumni Site.
Exit 113 -- Local family music group Website has interesting links to R n' R artists etc.
Lost Cinemas of Greater Des Moines Blog relives memories of the old theatres.
STLRadio.com St. Louis radio history site
Early Television Museum Has info on early experimental TV at University of Iowa in 30's.
RadioDailyNews.com
Rick Burnett's TwinCitiesRadioAirchecks.com
radiotapes.com - Minneapolis/St. Paul historic airchecks
jingles.org - The Media Preservation Foundation "The hits between the hits."
STLRadio.com St. Louis radio history and Hall of Fame.

 



Watch/help us build this site!

This site will never be finished, but will grow as more material is written and found.
Please help us build it.

Do you have information or items to contribute to this site?

Needs:

Contacts:

Co-host: George Davison n0zezgfd@juno.com
Attorney and weekend newsman at WHO. 

or

Co-host and webmaster: Ray Dennis Ray@RayDennis.com
Real Estate broker.   Ray's business site:  Your Des Moines Connection - Real Estate


How to Play Audio Cuts

Effective May 17, 2014, all new audio cuts are in streaming MP3 format. Most stock browsers and players should be able to play the new files.  Also, they will play on Ipads and Iphones.  
The files using the new format will be designated by this button

Reformatting the hundreds of older files would be a horrible task, so all earlier audio files will remain in RealMedia format. To play the old files, you may download the free RealMedia Cloud Player at www.real.com.

Here is a better idea: Download the free open source VLC Player for Windows at C-Net.  Also the Mac version at C-Net  It is a smaller program, works faster and better and is not "bloatware" as some call the RealMedia program.  I have found that it does a great job on other types of files too. You will like it!