Frosty Mitchell

Forrest (Frosty) Mitchell


Frosty's career spans all the way from his early days in the 50's on KWDM 1150 in Des Moines, to the exciting early Top-40 days of KIOA, as an air personality and program director in the late 50's to becoming an owner of several small town radio stations in Iowa plus the legendary WMT in Cedar Rapids who he co-owned with Gov. Robert Ray.

Frosty was also known as the voice of the Iowa Girls Basketball tournament and broadcast many tournments over Iowa Public Television.  A part of Iowa folk lore is the story of Veterans Memorial Auditorium becoming the site of an all-night dance when an estimated 5,000 out-of-town girls' basketball fans were kept overnight on March 14 , 1959 the night of the state championship and Frosty did an all night record hop at Veterans Memeorial Auditorium (The Barn).

Link to Des Moines Register article about "Iowa's Largest Sock Hop"

Frosty Mitchell Photo Collection from late 50's KIOA

Feb 3 1959 - Frosty had to read the bad news "The Day the Music Died"

"Frosty the Showman" jingle - KIOA 1958



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