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Summer may be over, but it's always time for ice cream at the Candy Kitchen in Wilton, which calls itself "the oldest, ongoing ice cream parlor in the world."

Candy Kitchen

Sep 16, 2008

It's always time for ice cream at the Candy Kitchen in Wilton. The family business claims to be "the oldest, ongoing ice cream parlor in the world." Now nearing 150 years old, the confectionery is having its best year ever.

  

The U.S.S. Iowa

Sep 4, 2008
USS Iowa Veterans Association

Sounds from 1945 to 1991, from around the world. The USS Iowa was the first of the mighty "Iowa Class" battleships that projected America's global military power for more than a half century. Their potent, 16-inch guns made them the greatest fighting ship of all time. She opened as a museum in 2012 at the Port of Los Angeles. Historic sound from the State Historical Society and You Tube.

Amana Colonies

Aug 20, 2008
Amana Heritage Society

A Tri-Centennial is approaching for a breakaway sect of the Lutheran Church in Germany. Since its 1855 arrival, the religious settlement has evolved into one of the Iowa's most popular tourist attractions, but continues to honor its heritage every day. Sounds from 1934 to 1962, recorded around Amana.

Wildlife Care Clinic

Jun 29, 2008

They save orphans, repair terrible injuries and, sometimes, must resort to euthanasia. We visit the Wildlife Care Clinic at Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine.

Classic Cars, Classic Diner

Jun 9, 2008

Classic car owners are paying record gas prices like everyone else and now, they are also facing the loss of a favorite gathering place. We visit Porky's Diner. Editor's Note: Porky's is now gone.

Wire Recordings

May 7, 2008

Wire recorders were the hi-tech machines used to capture voice and sound recordings during, and immediately after, World War II. Listen to legendary Iowa jazz pianist Speck Redd on wire, as well as a field report from Germany with the sound of artillery in the background. Jazz recordings came from collector Don Moon and Herb Plambeck's war report is from the Gold Star Museum at Camp Dodge. Sounds from 1954 and 1945 recorded in Des Moines and Nuremburg, Germany.

The Isiserettes

Mar 26, 2008

The Isiserettes Drill and Drum Corps, which descended from the Shriner's, is preparing to host their first national competition in Des Moines. We attend a practice session and a performance.

Olympic Dream

Mar 19, 2008

Iowa gymnast Shawn Johnson and her two Chinese-born coaches are hard at work to join Team U.S.A. at the Beijing Olympics. To observe this unique relationship, we visit Chow's Gym where a star is born. Editors Note: Of course, Shawn brought home numerous medals.

Soon after V-E Day, Iowa G-I's were invited to say hi to mom, in a special Mother's Day radio broadcast back home. Sixty-three years later, an emotional Gerald Pepper of Ames hears his voice as a young Army PFC, for the first time. The original WHO Radio recording was found at the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting, at Wartburg College in Waverly. Sounds from May 1945, in Rosenheim, Germany. Note: Pepper passed away in 2011.

Everly family fan site

They lived in Iowa only about 8 years, but left behind a delightful recording from a Christmas broadcast in Shenandoah. We remember the Everly Brothers, on the passing of Phil, at the age of 74, on Jan. 3, 2014. This archival feature was first broadcast in 2007, when Phil was 7 and Donny was 9.  Sounds from 1946, 1957 and 1973, in Shenandoah and unknown concert locations. Recordings from KMA Radio and You Tube.

Iowa Oldies

Dec 12, 2007
WHO-TV

Sounds from the 1930s to 1980s from various Iowa radio and television stations. A sampling of programs and personalities that were on the air long ago. Recordings provided by the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting, desmoinesbroadcasting.com, WHO-TV and a private collector.

Iowa's Music Man

Dec 2, 2007
The Music Man Square

It has been 50 years since Meredith Willson's "The Music Man" premiered on stage (Dec. 19th, 1957). Our sound portrait of this talented Iowan extends back to his early days in radio. Audio courtesy of The Music Man Square Museum, Mason City Foundation and KGLO Radio. Sounds from the 1930s to 1960s, primarily in Mason City and Los Angeles.

Andy Woolfries

Oct 31, 2007
WOI Radio / Iowa State University

One of Iowa's first broadcasting personalities remembers the dawn of radio and his arrest by doubters of the new technology. Andy Woolfries was interviewed by Doug Brown, during an on-air anniversary program marking WOI's 50th anniversary. Sounds from 1972, on WOI Radio in Ames.

Rick Fredericksen / Iowa Public Radio

Commercials, and an unusual marketing project from radio personality Arthur Godfrey, are featured in this nostalgic look back at memorable radio-TV ads broadcast in Iowa. Thanks to the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting, the American Popcorn Company, the State Fair Museum, desmoinesbroadcasting.com and an anonymous collector. Sounds from the 1940s to 1970s, from broadcasters and production studios.

riverboatgallery.com

The Mississippi Belle II ended 16 years of riverboat gambling in Iowa, with an historic trip on Oct. 10th, 2007 from Clinton. Iowa Public Radio was there, along with hundreds of passengers, for the nostalgic cruise.

Chuck Offenburger

A one-of-a-kind roller rink continues to delight Iowans at Spring Lake Park in Greene County. In operation since the late '20s, the antique rink is extremely rare today. Most have burned down or been replaced. One name is forever linked to the rink; the beloved Noni Mylenbusch, who started playing the organ there before WWII. Sounds from circa 1980, recorded in Jefferson and unknown locations. Noni's recordings came from private collectors Don Dodd and Bob Wullenwaber.

State Historical Society of Iowa


Since we first discovered Nikita Khrushchev's gift to Iowa (see February 2007 posting), musicologists and Soviet experts across the country, including Khrushchev's son, have been consulted. Just what is the "Khrushchev Collection?" Here are the findings. Thanks to former First Lady Amelia Loveless, who donated the 20-album set to the  State Historical Society in 2006. Sounds from 1959 and before, from artists throughout the USSR.

From the USSR

Sep 18, 2007

Bonus hit from the Khrushchev Collection. The Federova Sisters sing "The Cockoo Bird Calls. From the 1950s.

Arizona State University

In the days when one-room schools were common, kids learned how to sing with the help of phonograph records. This is the story of the Fullerton "Choir Plan." Recordings courtesy of Marjorie Goodman.

Presidents Past

Aug 14, 2007
Hoover Library

The Iowa caucuses aside, there is nothing new about presidents and presidential candidates visiting Iowa. It has become a long tradition. The 31st president spent much of his life here. Sounds from the 1940s-70s, recorded in Guthrie Center, Cedar Rapids, Dexter, West Branch, and Des Moines. Thanks to the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library. 

American Folklife Center / Library of Congress

A tip from a public radio listener led to the oldest recordings in the Iowa Archives project. Learn the story behind the sacred songs of the Omaha Indians, thanks to the Federal Cylinder Project and the Library of Congress. Sounds from 1895-96, recorded in Macy, Nebraska.

Iowa State Fair

Striptease shows and daredevil acts are part of the Iowa State Fair's history, which dates back to 1854. Vintage recordings revive memories of some of the big attractions from fair's past. Audio clips courtesy of the State Fair Museum, Iowa Public Television, and desmoinesbroadcasting.com. Sounds from the 1930s onward at the fairgrounds in Des Moines.

desmoinesbroadcasting.com

"The Greatest Generation" includes the veterans who fought World War II as well as the reporters who covered their harrowing stories. One of them was WHO Radio's Herb Plambeck, who left behind a treasure of historic recordings. The original reports, broadcast across Iowa, are held by the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting at Wartburg College in Waverly. Sounds from March-May, 1945, with the U.S. Army in Europe.

Iowa Broadcasters

May 29, 2007
Rick Fredericksen

Sounds from radio and television broadcasters from decades past, across Iowa. The story is introduced by Jeff Stein, Administrator of the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting at Wartburg College, who provided the various on-air sound-clips embedded in this report.

Relatively unknown today, the Iowa Flag Song was adopted in 1949, when the legislature paused for poetry and a performance. Song composer Ester May Clark donated the recording to the State Historical Society of Iowa, in Des Moines.

Karl King

Apr 4, 2007
Karl King Municipal Band

The voice, music and historical sound clips from the career of Iowa composer and Fort Dodge band leader Karl King. Reporting assistance from 6th grader Kristen Holvick. Various sound recordings from the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge. Sounds from 1950 - 1971, New York and Iowa.

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