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Radio Iowa Newsletter - 1992

Radio Iowa Newsletter - 1992

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RadioIowaCoversDelegationsatNationalConventions
deadlinesadaytherewasplentyminutestowalkfromthemediatowriteabout.Mostofthebusi-centertotheconventionfloor.
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byVernBeachynessfortheIowadelegationwasconductedatthehotelandmost
PartyingGOPStyle
It'sabsolutelyamazinghow,among15,000journalists,oneofmyinterviewswereconductedcouldfeelcutofffromtherestofatbreakfastsorluncheons.theworld.That'sprobablytheThemostinterestingIowastrongestmemoryIcarriedawaystoryofthe,conventioncamefromtheAstrodome.Alongwithfromanunlikelyplace:anicetheother14,999reporters(sevencreamsocialforIowareporters,foreverydelegate),Iwasconcen-organizedbySenatorCharlesItratingsointentlyontheconven-Grassley.ThiswassupposedtoberionIdidn'thavetimetocatchaaninformaleventwherereportersihewscastorreadapapertoseecouldrelax,havesomeicecreaml\\Thatelsewashappeningor,foraridBSabouttheconvention
OJ:"
thatmatter,howthe
r-----'----'------,
whatever.Butwhenconventionwas
"lt'sall
my
fault,
11m
"(Jrassleybegantoplayingoutsidethe
from
the
media"
to~i;gue-in-cheekdome.abouteastcoastRe-Themediatookpublicanskeeping
him
fromspeakingattheconven-tionbecauseofhis"midwesterntwang"andmentioningretirementfromtheSenatelaterthisde-cade...notebooks,recordersandpensbeganswirling.AstoryaboutGrassley'scommentsevenmadetheWashingtonPost.Besidesgettingambientsoundtospiceupreports,therewasverylittlereasontobeontheconventionflooritself.MyfocuswastheIowadelegationandnewsjustwasn'tmadeonthefloorandgettingonthefloorwasexhaust-ing.Reportersfromthestatenet-workswerealloweda20-minutefloorpassand
it
tooknearly10suchabeatingattheconventionthatbyTuesdayavendorbegansellingayellowbuttonthatsaidsimply:It'sAllMyfault,I'mFromtheMedia.TheysoldoutIn
a
hurry.GovernorTerryBranstadsetthetonefortheIowadelegationearlybygivingdelegatesalessonondealingwiththepress.Tipsin-cluded:Don'talwaysacceptthepremiseofareporter'squestionand
if
youthinkthey'rebiased,tellthemso.Thelessonwasopentothepress.Therewereafewmorning.sessionsattheconvention,butthe
J
realactiondidn'tstartuntil7p.m.'eachevening.Evenwiththree
Factoid:RadioIowawastheonlyradionewsorga-nizationinthestatetotraveltoNewYorkandHoustonfortheDemocrat-lcandRepublicanNation-
u
~L
alConventions.
I
Postcardfrom
theEdge
byO.K.Henderson.GreetingfromNewYorkCity,thehos;ofthe
19~2De.-')-
craticNationalConvention.There'sactuallynewshere(or
I
whatwepoliticalreportersthinkconstitutesnews)andwatchingTomHarkinmake·hiswaythroughcrowds,isanexperience
.,"_J'":/_","
I'llneverforget.TomHarkinmet.
with
Iowareportersatthe
.New
YorkHiltononemorningduringtheconvention.'Astheentouragewasmakingitswaythroughthelobby,agentlemanapproached.Harkin,askingforan.autographandgivingHarkin
a
buttonthatread"I'm
In
TuneWithBillClin-ton."Thetwoexchangedpleas-antriesforafewmoments,thenthegroupstartedto
move
again;
Afterjustthreesteps,Barkinturnedtome.heldoutthebutton
 
andsaidunderhisbreath,"Youwantthisthing?Idon'twantit."I'lltellyouwhatHarkindidwant,thepresidentialnomination.Heandotherswithsimilaraspira-tions,peoplelikeJoeBidenandDickGephardt,paidcourtesycallstotheIowadelegationattheIowaHotel.Iowa'sfirst-in-the-nationpresidentialcaucusesbringthissortofattentiontoIowapartyactivistsandit'ssomethingtobe-hold..StopbytheRadioIowanewsroomandI'llshowyoumy"IHeartN.Y."coffeemug.
0
Debates
RadioIowawillcarryaonehourdebatebetweenJimRossLightfootaridElaineBaxterbe-ginningat5:00p.m.onOctober18th.Thedebateisbeingpro-ducedbyKMAandwilloriginatefromtheirstudiosinShenandoah.ThecandidateswillbequestionedbyapanelofreportersconsistingofDennisSutterer;MikeGloverfromAPandSusanCochranfromKMA.We'lluplinktheirfeedbe-ginningstraightupatfiveo'clockandwrapitup(hopefully)by6:00p.m.Therewillbenobreaks.We'yealsoofferedtoairde-
bates.'
between.CongressmenJim
Nussle
andDaveNagleshouldanybescheduledandbetweenSenatorCharlesGrassleyandleanLloyd-Jones,shouldaone-on-onebescheduledotherthantheonetentativelysetforthenightbeforetheelection.
ElectionNight
T:Jl1
RadioIowawillprovidecov-erageofgeneralelection
begin-
ningat9:06p.m.(thepollscloseatnine)We'llfeedtworeports'anhour(:06and:30)andcontinuethroughatleastmidnight.We'lladviseyoubyclosed-circuitfeedimmediatelyfollowingthe11:30p.m.reportourplansforextendedcoverage.Actualitiesusedinourreportswillbefedthirtysecondsaftereachreport.We'lllookforopportunitiesduringtheeveningforairingliveconcessionorac-ceptancespeeches.Whenpossi-ble,we'llprovideupdatesandadvisoriesviatheLearfieldNewswire.
If
you'dlike.acustom-izedpromofromaRadioIowaanchor,faxthescriptto515-282-1879.
People
&
Places
YoumayhavenoticedthevoicesofDougJohnsonandBetsy
Chilten
nolongergracetheRadioIowaairwaves.DoughasleftKSCJforgreenerpasturesand,withanyluck,we'llbehear-ingfrom
him
againsoon.Betsy,whowasalsoatKSCJ,hasgottenmarriedandlefttheKSCJnews-roomaswell.Meanwhile,RandyRenshawhastakenthehelmatKSCJand,withJodeaneNew-come,helpskeepuscoveredinNortheastIowa.Sinceourlastnewsletterwe'veaddedafewstationstothenetworkandit'sgreathearingfromthem.JimColoff(KMCH,'Manchester)checkedinwithsto-riesfromtheClinton/GorebustripandGeorgeBowerisnowthestationmanageratKLSNinJefferson,Iowa.Yes,it'sthesameGeorgeBowermanyofyouwillrememberfromhisdays
as
NDatKCOBinNewton.
TrafficFatalities
In
'cooperationwiththeIowaDepartmentofPublicSafetyDi-visionofCommunications,theLearfieldNewswireisnowprovidingdetailedaccidentre-portsoffataltrafficaccidents.Thesereportswillprovidesuchbasicinformationasthevic-~'""tim'snames,whereandwhentheaccidentoccurredandthecircum-stancessurroundingtheaccident.ItistheIDPS'sintenttoeventuallyexpandthesereportstoincludepersonalinjuryaccidentshandledbythepatrol.It'sourhopethesereportswillhelpinyournewsgatheringeffortsbygettinginformationtoyoumorequicklyandeliminatingtheneedtocallthenearestpatrolhead-quarters.Pleasenote,thesere-portswillnotincludefatalitieshandledbylocalpoliceorsher-iffsdepartments.
If
you'dliketoseeasampleofoneofthesereportsorlearnmoreabouttheLearfieldNews-wire,callSteveMaysorSamBartowat314-893-7200.TheLearfieldNewswirepro-videsradiostationsnews,weatherandsports(andRIactualitybill-boards)forabout$175permonth.
Anewlook...anewname
Youcanseewe'vegivenournewsletteranewlookandanewmasthead.Thelook
will
getbetterandthemastheadis.sortofa"workingtitle."NoonewassurewhatINSIDEmeantandwe'dlikesomethingalittlecatchierthanRADIOIOWANEWS.Ifyou'vegotanidea,we'dliketohear.We'llpay$25forthebestsuggestion(evenifwedon'tuseit!)Faxyoursug-gestion(s)to314-893-2321.TheRadioIowanewsstaffwilljudgetheentries.Keepitclean.
 
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to:
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INSIDE
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TheIowaBroadcastNewsAssociationmadenews
atitsApril3-4conventioninDesMoineswithappearancesby
SenatorTomHarkin
and
CongressmenJimLightfootandJimNussle.
HarkinsaidhehadnoregretsoverhisfailedbidfortheDemocraticnominationforthepresidencyandsaidhislackofexperienceinprimarycontestsagainstotherDemocratshinderedhisperformance.Harkinsaidhewasnotpursuingthevice-presidency.LightfootandNussletalkedabouttheirownreelectionbidsandtheeffectofredistricting,whichhasgivenLightfootadistrictnearlythebreadthofIowaandhasplacedNussleinadistrictwithanotherincumbent,DaveNagle.
ThelBNAconventionwaswellattended
forarecessionyear.It'simportantforradionewsdirectorsandstafferstogettogetheratleastonceayearsoweurgeyoutolobbyyourmanagementtoputnextyear'smeetinginthebudget.Goodstationmanagersknowthevalueofthiskindofassociationandsupportthem.Butonlyifyouaskanddemonstratethevaluetothestation.Anotherhighliteofthisyear'sconventionwastheRadioIowaAffiliatesMeeting.Itwasanactionpackedhourthatlefteveryonealittlebreathless.Seriouslyfolks,weweregladtoseesomanyofyouwetalktoandhearfromeveryday.Mostofthefeedbackwasverypositiveandweappreciateit.
I_
RTNDAPresidentDavidBartletthadtelevisionreporters
worried
withhisprojectionsforwhatwillhappeninbroadcastingduringthenextdecade.HepredictedTVreporterswillbecarryingminiatureD-A-Tcamerasandfilingvideofromthefieldwithlaptopcomputers.Inshort,whatradioreportershavebeendoingforalongtime.Bartlettsaystherewon'tbefewerjobsinradioandTV,butthey'lllikelybespreadthroughagreaterdiversityofradio,TV,wireandcomputerbasedinformationoutlets.
Ifyou'dliketojoinRTNDA,contactDennis
S"lltter~~r.
-i.
~.V~
He'syourRTNDAcoordinatorforIowathisyearandhas
:mefl!be.~§i,h~iP'
forms.Askaboutthespecialrateforone-persoonewS,r;"-,,'-:',
s•,
departments.Ifyou'reseriousaboutjournalismasapro'fess':lOnthisisamodestinvestmentinyourcareerthatpaysnicedividends.
BobRasmusleavestheRadioIowanewsroomattheendofthe
montliL>'fio
toreturn~o.college.Bobwillpursuean~:1avocation,asa
~HlO
Lutheranrru.n.st.er.(We'll'allowyouamoment,torecover-befor~:""Jweproceed.)Bobhasbeen'animportant~Ipart·<pfournewsroomand'"we'llmisshisbizarresenseofhumor.He'sinterested,in'''"counselingyoungpeoplebasedonhisexperienceasaJyth:ithwhodidn'talwaystakethehighroad.Therear~~anyyoungpeoplewhowillbenefitfromBob'snewlineo~.\\'o{qrk.
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April,1992
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