One of the most fascinating times in KIOA's history and certainly the longest sustained period of success for the station was the Peter McLane era. One could also dub it as the "KIOA Good Guy Era."
KIOA had immediate success in 1957 and well into the early 60's, but some of the excitement had waned and strong competition was present from Dick Vance and KSO. On February 26, 1963, the studios at 5th and Park St burned to the ground.
KIOA "the hottest station in town"
The station signed on the air the next morning from the transmitter facility near Hartford (the Hartford Hilton) and things were miraculously back pretty much to normal by noon of that day.
"The Hartford Hilton"
A few months later, Peter McLane joined the station from KWMT in Ft. Dodge as the KIOA afternoon drive air personality.He later was appointed Program Director and led the station through an exciting rebirth and continued building of KIOA's success as "The Rock n Roll Station for the State of Iowa."
On July 24th, 2002, Ray Dennis, of DesMoinesBroadcasting.com did a 47 minute audio interview with Peter. The interview, appropriately, was recorded in the KIOA studios. Cal Bierman was the engineer. For your convenience, the interview is divided into five segments.
Peter McLane Interview
Segment #1 9:55 min
Segment #2 9:42 min
Segment #3 7.20 min
Segment #4 11:51 min
Segment #5 7:55 min
Peter McLane Theme Jingles
KIOA Pams 1964
Pams Series 3 used by Peter prior to KIOA
CRC Series 11 1961 - used at KWMT
Peter McLane Airchecks
Peter McLane May 27, 1967 (Jim Johnson on the start)
Peter McLane and Del Monaco 1973
Peter McLane Memorial Day Weekend 1972
Peter McLane introducing "The Fabulous Flippers" - a popular regional band (YouTube link)
Peter McLane Pictures
Peter at Blank Children's Hospital - 1964
Peter assisting in the recording of a PSA
KIOA Peter McLane "Max" promotional bus 1973
Peter McLane while at KWMT, Ft. Dodge Funny story told by legendary Dr. Don Rose. Don's home page.
History of KIOA in pictures and sound
Personalities page - more KIOA Good Guys
Around the Dial page more airchecks KIOA and other stations
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