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Waverly, Iowa
Preserving Iowa Broadcasting History
NEH funding is helping Wartburg College preserve and digitize the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting. Image courtesy of Wartburg College.

Founded in 1994, the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting at Wartburg College collects and preserves the state’s radio and television history, from the 1920s to the present. Its collections include more than 28,000 items that document Iowa history through its news. In addition to collections like Iowa television station KWWL’s recorded broadcasts, the collection holds oral histories taken from more than 100 Iowa broadcasters, among them Iowa’s first female television news anchor, Carole Custer, and civil rights leader Jimmie Porter, who founded one of the nation’s first African-American owned radio stations, KBBG. NEH funding has helped Wartburg College preserve, catalog, and digitize this history, ensuring that it is accessible now and preserved for the future.

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