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Holid~ysdidn'thurt the RADIO IOWA .tory count. We fed ~ore th~n 1,600 tape cuts in December, 240 of them contributed by affiliates. A number of you commented on the volume and said it was a big help. The issue of pornography got a lot of ~ir time 1n Decellber, with the Board of Corrections deciding to set up pornographic reading roolls in prisons 1n response to a court order ending the ban on such lIaterials. The governor and attorney general quarreled about who was respons~ble for the failure to appeal the ruling. The speaker of the house second guessed them both. To some observers, it looked like an early round of the 1990 gubernatorial race. To others, it was a smoke screen to distract from the real work of the legislative session. To AFSCME, it must have looked like a collective bargaining issue. The union filed an OSHA complaint that the reading rooms could comproJT\iseprison safety. The saga of Richard Vandeboe kept some of us busy last m.onth.•.after he bought a.winning Lotto America ticket and gave it to his girlfriend, prompting suits by his estranged wife and ex-w~fe and threats of a gift tax from the IRS. Reporters have begun asking lottery winners about previous marriages or outstanding debts. Rich James proved his value as RADIO IOWA's Washington correspondent when the federal government issued a report on nursing homes. Before all the numbers were released, Iowa nursing home officials called a news conference to say they had :fared better than the national average. While some others were reporting that, RADIO IOWA was running Rich~s story that 65% of Iowa nursing homes had been cited for food handling violations. Some other stories covered by RADIO IOWA in Decmeber ••• State revenues rise 19" for November; legislative leaders say it means no tax increase needed •••state medical examiner estimates 2-3 deaths per week are cocaine related •••federal judge approves drought insurance settlement by Chubb Group ••.lowa Economic Forecsting Council projects 4.7" increase in personal income •.•180 thousand gallons of sewage leak into West Lake Okoboji •••ISU still last among similar schools in :faculty pay scales, according to Board of Regents study •••Clayton Yeutter named ag aecretary •••farmland values rise in each Iowa county •.•lowa farm. bankruptcies down 70". RADIO IOWA coverage of the 1989 legislative session will have already begun by the time you read this and we're excited about the opportunity it provides for helping keep you ahead o£ your competition. It's session number five for O.Kay Henderaon, and with help from Bob Pyle, we feel well positioned to cover it. If you have an issue ox particular importance to your area, feel free to call and we'll watch it for you.
So~eone is listening to RADIO IOWA newscast. because our stories are showing up more frequently on the wire services and in other .edia. The wires are apparently monitoring you to get the storiea. Therels nothing really wrong with this or surprising about it. You still have the early break and the audio that your cOMpetition will be fighting with a script. We do want to warn you of the possibility that a weekend staffer~ for example, might use a story from the wire that we fed and you used the day before. It alao increases the importance of communication between afternoon and Morning staffs regarding what RADIO IOWA has fed and what you have used. It's a good kind of problem. Alao keep in mind that a story in the Register, or one rewritten by the wire services, can trail by a considerable margin. A Register pi.ece on farm bankruptcies came three weeks after we ran it on RADIO IOWA. If welve already done the story, we'll often ignore the newspaper and wire service version, unless it's significantly different. Should you hear us ignore a :front page story, it may be because we've already done it. One such recent story was a bit irritating. You may remember we ran a story in June on Department of Public Safety application forms which asked applicants if they had ever had sex with a person of the same gender. Channel 8 in Des Moines reported the same story in December and touted it as an exclusive. "Where willour£ut.u:re new!§. directors come :froJn 'i"The question was raised by Betty Boudler in the Decemberia.ue of the Iowa Broadcasters Association newsletter. Betty is the immediate paat pres.idento:fIBA and owner/general manager of' KASI-KCCQ~ in AJlles. She followed her question with some interesting observs:tione. : "The NAB survey indica.tes·the average radio news director earns S16,000 yearly. this person is supposed to arrive at our stations at 5 AM, do the morning news, perforJII as Public Relation people, cover the city council until midnight, often cover sports as well (and) start again at 5 AM. We need to encourage young people into the business. Quartan-McElroy starts the process, but we broadcasters need to do more. If you're still reviewing the '89 budget, look at expanding your news department's budget. If we don't provide our listeners with news and information, they'll turn us off." And £rom another publication ••• "News is the growth forJllat. Radio will get over the hang up about how much it costs and start investing in the one thing radio can never be beaten out on by TV, newspapers or anything. But, AM operators will wait too long. They'll be afraid of the investment. FM operators won't. That's why you'll hear FM all-news stations in just about every market.'· --Radio Onl~, December, 1988
February, 1989 Iowa's Top 40 no longer refers to a music format. Forty is now the number of Iowa radio stations being served by RADIO IOWA. Joining the network since the first of the year are KJAN,Atlantic, KLGA AM-FM, Algona, and KDSN, Denison. You've already heard stories from Jim Fields in Atlantic and we're counting on contributions from Dan Eiten in Denison and Jodie Huff in Algona. We're excited about these important additions to the RADIO IOWA network.' Just when Governor Branstad thought things were going well •••Democratic lawmakers produced a string of labor oriented bills, including a minimum wage bill that has groups like ABI and NFIB issuing policy statements and calling news conferences. Branstad may face the prospect of vetoing the bill while accepting a pay raise for himself, judges and top elected officials. To compound his woes, a week after Branstad called for increased funding for prison expansion, a consulting group said all Iowa really needs to do is release 130 non-violent criminals. A group of Democratic senators has begun an assault on Branstad appointee and Board of Regents head, Marvin Pomerantz. The governor may take solace in the knowledge his school chum and former law partner, Rich Schwarm, looks like a shoe-in for party chair. RADIO IOWA fed 1,648 actualities, voicers and voice-wraps in January. We provided live coverage of the governor's condition-of-the-state address and the condition-of-the-judiciaryaddress. Thanks to Jim Boyd, WMT, for his coverage of.an Iowa City abortion p:rotest; to Tom.McDonnell, KAST, for coverage of.tbe ISU Teke house fire; and to all who called the RADIO IqWA news room at 800-992-S755. Some of the other stories heard on RADIO IOWA in January ••• House Speaker Don Avenson says urban and rural interests will be pitted against each other during the legislative session. 1,500 Iowa farmers meed FrnHa deadline for debt restructure. Federal report says Iowa has lowest auto insurance rates in US. State sentate committee recommends boosting governor's pay to $SO,OOO •.•lawmaker's pay to $lS,lOO. Department of Employment Services considering closing some district offices as economy measure. 231,000 Iowans have no health insurance. Branstad calls for statewide telecommunications network for schools, prison expansion funding, a ban on non-biodegradable plastics, increased funding for ag research, tourism promotion and drug control efforts. Branstad proposes 2.7 billion dollar state budget •••60% earmarked for education. Donna Simmons first Iowan convicted for kidnapping her own child. Representative Gary Sherzan files bill to boost Iowa's minimum wage to five dollars over three years. Riverboat gambling bill resurrected. DNR calls for doubling hunting and fishing licenses ••.and allowing out of state deer and turkey hunters. Department of Public Safety says one-third of motorists tested for drunk driving also have drugs in their systems. Bill introduced in senate to reinstate the death penalty. 150 arrested in abortion protest. Iowa unemployment rate rose to 4.4% in December. Sales of existing single-family homes in Iowa rose by 13%.
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Promos and PSAs are used to cover unsold network avails on RADIO IOWA. Feel free to cover these with local spots. A word of caution: from time to time we're forced to make changes in the Commercial Log and Affidavit we send you each week. We'll alert you to those changes via the daily conference call at 10:45 a.m. Please make those corrections on your affidavit before returning it. The point is•••you are NOT required to air these promos or PSAs. on the subject of promos ••• Every few weeks we produce a fresh :30 RADIO IOWA promo. In the future, we'll feed the promo with the "•••on this Radio Iowa station" tag, as well as a version without the tag. We'll let the music bed tail out to :30 so you can customize the promo for your station. We hope you'll listen for and use these promos. It's a simple way to remind your listeners RADIO IOWA is a service only you can provide in your market. Highschool basketball play-offs are coming up and RAnIO IOWA will provide special coverage of bo+h girls' and boys' action. We' 11 be feeding special voice-wraps from Vet's Auditorium following each game. These reports will be short and sweet •••so you can use them as stand-alone pieces or incorporate them in your local news and/or sports programming. If you'd like to have customized coverage of one of your local teams, call Dennis Sutterer or Todd Kimm as soon as possible. Watch for an advisory on this coverage in the near
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"Live via satellite •••" WMT's Gary Edwards had a scheduling conflict that had him in Des Moines at the time he was supposed to be doing his daily call-in show in Cedar Rapids. The problem was solved by broadcasting his show on the RADIO IOWA satellite channel back to WMT. As a RADIO IOWA affiliate, you're welcome to make use of this service. Just give us plenty of lead time to make arrangements. We've corrected a problem with our news room record-a-phone. The machine's silent sensor would interpret low volume or a long pause as the end of the call and disconnect. TNe'vemade an adjustment that We believe has eliminated the problem. You still have a 3-minute limit on your call, but just call again if that's not enough time to feed your material. Keep your volume up to insure audio quality.
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The final hour of debate on river boat gambling was carried live on RADIO IOWA. We had to dodge the 3:57p capsule but got the roll calion the air. It was no accident river boat gambling came to a vote on the same day as the opening of the Prairie Meadows horse track. Senate. majority leader Bill Hutchins scheduled it that way and announced the senate would remain in session until a vote was taken. That guaranteed senators would vote and leave the chamber in time to make it to the track for a 5:05 post time. Some senators, already frustrated by the failure of the bill, learned their reservations at the track had been fouled up. Prairie Meadows race results are being distributed by Learfield Communications, RADIO IOWA's parent company. These reports are fed on the same satellite channels as RADIO IOWA but we have nothing to do with the production or content. If you have problems with the timing, format or presentation of these reports, please direct your comments to Milo Perrins, the track announcer. If February has set the mood for the legislature, it's angry. Lawmakers accused Board of Regents President Marvin Pomerantz of Republican politicking and elicited from Pomerantz a broad "so what." House Speaker Don Avenson claimed the Brushy Creek dispute could be solved if Larry Wilson would just step down as DNR chief. Lawmakers accused Sally Brown Prickett of misusing privileged information to get a contract as veterinarian for the Bluffs Run racetrack. Del Stromer and Bob Arnold went rounds over the removal of Ronald Reagan's picture from the House before a picture of George Bush arrived. Capital fever maybe. Tom Tauke announced his exploratory committee for a Senate bid in February and both parties have , 'eady declared war. If the candidates plan to keep it on the up and up as they say, maybe they should get II .at word out to the parties. Party publicists have been attacking the opposition in news release, Medialink and fax machine blizzards. The Mathematician of the Month Award goes to Senator Wally Horn who floor managed the open enrollment bill. Before the vote, he declared he had 22 votes in favor, 22 votes against, and 8 undecided. It took us a little while to realize he had added two members to the chamber. Other stories covered by RADIO IOWA in February: The Iowa House approved a minimum wage bill that would boost the wage to $4.65 by 1992 ...Congressm'an Tom Tauke leads the charge on the congressional pay raise issue ... Right to Life advocates endorse an abortion reporting bill ...The Iowa House votes to double hunting license fees ...Iowa ranks number one in the nation in heart disease deaths ...The Senate passes a bill to prohibit rental of hard-core porn movies ...The House passes a bill giving school districts authority to levy special taxes to finance asbestos removal...A task force recommends consolidating orphasing out some university programs ...Lowell Junkins announces he won't run again for governor The U.S. House defeats congressional pay raise. Neal Smith only Iowa congressman to vote for the raise California firm promises 10 million dollar river boat if lawmakers approve river boat gambling ...Study finds drop in women and minorities in Iowa public school administration ...The number of Iowa farms fell 8% during the last five years ...Overall, crime in Iowa drops 2% during 1988 but violent crime is up ...DNR refuses permit for controversial hog facility near Ledges State Park State makes $400,000 CEBA loan to national farmers organization to keep them from moving to Missouri Governor Branstad issues executive order to state agencies to recycle paper products ...Health Dept. reports incidence of cocaine and marijuana problems rose, while alcohol abuse .... ~')blems declined at state substance abuse centers ...House approves bill to allow employees to choose their ,""",ctor in on-the-job injury cases ... Des Moines ranks next-to-last in national survey of housing costs ...House defeats a bill to set minimum requirements for countysherifL.Senate passes so ..called "body snatcher" bill to prevent premature incineration ...Senate approves a bill to outlaw corporal punishment in Iowa schools.
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RADIO IOWA fed 1,601 actualities, voicers and voice-wraps in February and we appreciate } assistance toward that end. 35 affiliate correspondents at 17 RADIO IOWA stations contributed nearly 200 cuts last month. And yes, we're working hard to stay current with stringer payments. Coverage of the state high school wrestling tournament went well on our end ...and on yours we hope. By the time you receive this newsletter, Todd Kimm will have started (completed perhaps) his coverage of the Girls High School Basketball Tournament (March7-11 ). He'll also be on hand forthe boy's tournament (March 13-18}.Our first report from the boy's tournament will bein the 3:30 p.m. actuality feed on Monday (3-1"3). In addition to tournament reports in regularly scheduled sportscasts and news feeds, Todd will produce customized reports for those stations who request them. But you need to make arrangements with Todd immediately. Please be specific as to the game you'd like covered, contact person and phone number. A special note toyour Traffic Director: Please make every effort to have someone monitor and/or record the 10:45 a.m. conference.call each Monday ..Friday.lt's here we pre-feed network commercials, programming advisories and log changes. Awordortwo about log yhanges ...These come about at RADIO IOWA the same way they do at your station. An advertiser makes a schedule change at the last minute, copy is late arriving from the agency, the list is endless. We know log changes are a hassle and we make every effort to avoid or minimize such changes. We greatly appreciate your patience in this regard. If you're feeling frustrated by log changes ...call Steve Mays at (314) 893-7200. He has some shortcuts.
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Affiliate contributions are a vital part of Radio Iowa's effectiveness. That point was driven home by Rich Fellingham's (KASI, Ames) timely coverage of the shooting of two ISU athletes attempting to rob a Burger King in Ames. Rich called in time for our a.m. newscasts even though he was under a time crunch of his own. Keep our BOO number (800-992-8755) handy and keep us (and the rest of Iowa) in mind when that big story breaks. Radio Iowa fed 1,801 cuts in March, the most for any month so far. Quantity isn't everything, but it's one way we gauge what we do. Affiliates contributed 199 of those cuts (We received material from 31 correspondents at 14 stations and several of you will be receiving stringer checks ranging from 30-40 dollars. Thanks). An active legislature has a lot to do with story and cut counts. The minimum wage controversy generated many of those cuts and Senate rejection and subsequent reconsideration and approval of riverboat gambling played an important role as well. It took the House two tries to pass the interstate gambling bill, but they came on successive days, so there was less stewing on the issue to generate tape. Comings and goings last month ... Robert Ringler is in as Banking Superintendent; Mike Reagan returns to Iowa as Des Moines Chamber of Commerce Chief; and Randy Enright takes over as Iowa Republican party Executive Director. The Chutzpah Award goes to Attorney General Tom Miller. The l'm-out-in-front-so-youother-guys-might-as-well-quit Democratic candidate for governor apparently would like to spend some time ne. Other stories covered by Radio Iowa in March: The Iowa House approves an open enrollment bill allowing students to pick their school district... Eric Tabor forms an exploratory committee to consider a third run for the second district congressional seaL.Prairie Meadows racetrack opens but is forced to cancel some first week races because of an ice storm ...the Iowa House votes for caps on state university tuition ...state revenues rise B.2% ...the House approves criminal penalties for fraternity hazing ...Senator Grassley votes yes, Senator Harkin votes no on the John Tower nomination ... lowa House passes bill creating criminal penalties for hate crimes like cross burnings ...Citizens for Decency picket the state house to oppose a gay rights bill, but the measure passes easily ...legislature passes bill to boost Iowa's minimum wage to $4.65 an hour by 1992 ...lowa Senate adds 40 million dollars in property tax relief to the school aid formula and then strips it from the bill. ..After poll shows Attorney General Tom Miller leading Democrats in the gubernatorial campaign, Miller calls on other candidates to drop out of the race ... Iowa Senate approves bill to create an insurance and clean-up fund for underground storage tanks ...Alter Corporation promises to build a Quad Cities theme park if the legislature approves riverboat gambling ...lowa Senate passes bill requiring state office buildings provide space for day-care for employee's children ...A compromise bill approved in the Senate allows employees to pick their own doctor in workmen's compensation cases after 10 days of seeing the company doctor ...The Senate approves a bill lifting some protections against farm foreclosures ...A House approved bill would allow parents who deny medical help to children for religious reasons to be charged with child abuse ...House and Senate endorse Equal Rights Amendment to Iowa constitution ...Senate approves constitutional amendment to limit the governor's item veto power ...Chubb Insurance issues the first 20 million dollars in checks as part of settlement with farmers over withdrawn drought insurance policies ... lowa Board of Regents boosts university . 'rnltory rates by up to 4.B% ...Senate approved bill would allow home schooling with some oversight from scnool districts. Iowa House rejects then approves interstate banking ...lowa Senate approves a bill calling for a halt to the Brushy Creek Lake project.
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.... dlo Iowa's Todd Kimm lived at Vet's Auditorium during the Boys Wrestling Tournament and Boys and s -.;Alrls Basketball Tournaments. We provided customized reports, debriefers and voice-wraps to affiliates who requested them and Todd found himself calling play-by-play for one affiliate, doing color for another and guesting on a half-time program for a third. The Drake Relays are April 28-29 and we plan to put Todd Kimm and a phone in the press box both days. If you have an event you'd like covered, call Todd and give him a phone number, the name of the athlete you're following or the event you're interested in. He'll call you with a report during the relays. Make sure there's someone on your end expecting the call. Of course, Todd's reports will be on our regular news feeds, so if those will meet your needs, please pick them up off the bird. Q&A: The wire services carryover not. Why? stories from afternoon the next morning, and Radio Iowa usually does
We try for fresh stories each drive period and certainly each actuality feed. If we carry a story over, we look for a follow-up or new angle, or at least a new speaker. The same topic may string through several drive periods as a bill is debated over several days or amendments are added, for example. On occasion we have had affiliates call in the morning looking for a story we fed or carried in casts the previous afternoon. We often discover our feed was not monitored and encourage you to do so. It may be as simple as having someone start a recorder for you. If you choose to carry a story longer than we do, it's important you monitor these feeds. Are you promoting your news programming? Yes, we're talking promos again. Some stations do a good . J with this but many do not. If you wait for someone else at your station to write and produce promos for the news department, you may wait a long time. Besides, no one call tell the "news story" as well as you can. They don't have to be elaborate. A straight 30-second reach can be very effective. Add some audio bites and it gets even better. Every few weeks we offer fresh Radio Iowa promos. We feed them with and without a generic tag ("...on this Radio Iowa station.") We offer the untaught version for you to customize with your own calls or the times you clear our network feeds. And for something that REALLY sounds nifty, send us some script plugging your anchors, local news times, etc., for Radio Iowa staff to record. Along the same line, some stations have asked for bridges and teases recorded by Dennis, O. Kay, Todd and Bob. They're using these in some very creative ways to make Radio Iowa anchors and reporters sound like part of their news team. Just send us the script. The Iowa Broadcast News Association's annual gathering is just a month away (May 12-13, Cedar Rapids) and Radio Iowa will be well represented. We're looking forward to seeing as many of you as can make it. Please let us know if you're planning to attend.
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The Iowa legislature ends in a marathon session May 7th ...approving a ring of appropriations bills; a bill cracking down on pornography; a bill creating the position of "drug czar", and a bill allowing simulcasting at state racetracks. Governor Branstadt vetoes a 50 million dollar supplemental appropriations bill. Branstad signs bill regulating leaky underground storage. Rain and heavy security make for a peaceful VEISHA celebration in Ames (compared to last year's riots). USDA says Iowa received 316 million dollars in drought relief in '88. Branstad asks congressional delegation for emergency legislation to prevent the takeover and break-up of the Chicago and Northwestern railroad. Both Congressman Tauke and Senator Harkin introduce bills. Iowa Lotto awards a record 9.5 million dollar jackpot. State health officials say the number of new AIDS cases is leveling off. Secretary of State's office says supporters of riverboat gambling may begin collecting signatures on petitions for local elections and efforts begin immediately in several river cities. Federal court in Sioux City rules against a minister suing to force a prayer at West Monona graduation ceremony. A studen leader says a prayer at the ceremony despite the ruling. Branstad signs bill clarifying student free speech rights. Branstad meets in DC with Bush and Ag Secy Yeutter on drought aid. US Supreme Court rules prison authorities may ban pornographic materials. Governor orders porn reading rooms at Iowa prisons closed. Iowa Supreme Court upholds constitutionality of Iowa's mandatory seat ~-lt law. Fred Grandy hosts Sioux City congressional hearing on Canadian pork imports. Grand jury indicts four Waterloo police officers on charges that include illegal gambling and accepting bribes. Governor says state will help livestock producers pump water for drought stricken herds. Branstad signs marital rape bill. Senator Harkin holds fund raising telethon. Republicans counter with ad campaign critical of Harkin for accepting large contributions from non-Iowans. Governor vetoes "choice of doctor" bill. State Board of Regents approves 833 million dollar budget (including 10% faculty raise). Ag Secy Clayton Yeutter inspects drought damage in Iowa (following weekend of heavy rainfall).
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The legislature has adjourned and we thought we heard cheers go up in some affiliate newsrooms. In a few days those cheers might be replaced by "now what". We're always happy to see the legislative session start and relieved to see it end. O. Kay Henderson and Bob Pyle were on hand for the final day of the session, which began at 9a.m., May 6 and ended at 4 a.m., May 7. They spelled each other for part of Saturday and O. Kay stayed for the final gavel early Sunday. She followed up with calls to those newsrooms she knew were staffed on Sunday, and then produced a 5 a.m. actuality feed with 47 cuts of final legislative action and reax from leaders about the session. In the final moments, lawmakers approved limited simulcast racing, created the posttion of "drug czar", imposed restrictions on pornography, extended the state lottery indefinitely, reached a compromise on taxing pensions and defeated interstate banking for another session. We're generally pleased with our coverage of the session but, as always, welcome your suggestions on how to improve. Please call or write. Todd Kimm covered the Drake Relays as April ended. The voice-wraps and cuts were fed in our regularly scheduled news feeds andTodd did some custom work for those affiliates who requested it. He also met a number of affiliate news and sports directors at the Relays. As you plan coverage of next year's event, factor in Todd's presence. He's available for voice-wraps or voicers on events that don't fit easily into our regular feed schedule. Lightning strikes resulted In two brief outages for Radio Iowa last month. One strike fened a tree and set it ablaze in the street near our studios here in Des Moines. The tree fell across power lines which left us without electricity. Another strike fried some electronics at our uplink, knocking us off the air again. We rerouted our feed through our Jefferson City uplink and resumed programming until repairs were made. We didn't hear a word of complaint and we appreclate your .tlence, Affiliate contribution of stories remains fairly constant. In April we heard from 32 correspondents at 15 stations. You fed 195 cuts. The legislature generated such volume we didn't try to keep up with totals this month but we always appreciate the material you contribute. The two dollars per cut is just a token of that appreolatlon but we find we're sending out some nice size checks. We'd like to hear from you so watch for stories you think might play statewide. The Iowa Broadcast News Association held its annual convention this past weekend in Cedar Rapids. Radio Iowa was represented by DenniS Sutterer and Steve Mays. We saw lots of old friends, made some new ones and got lots of feedback on Radio Iowa programming. Dennis was somehow able to remember all the things you told us and shared them with the rest of our staff. You don't have to wait for the convention, however, to offer suggestions (or criticisms). Just pick up the phone or drop us a note. You are in the best position to help us improve Radio Iowa programming. Radio Iowa affiliates made a strong showing in the IBNA awards competition. Robin Shepard and Dale Woolery picked up three first place plaques; Lynn Richards took top honors in a couple of categories. Lynn is news director at KSCJ in Sioux City but won for stories she did while working at KMNS; Susan Cochran and Bill Bone--KM A, Shenandoah--each took a first place. We like to think our efforts at Radio Iowa free you to do this kind of award winning work. Congratulations to all the winners. Radio Iowa is almost two years old (July 1) and it's time to start thinking about a meeting of affiliates. We'd like your suggestions as to time, place and topics. As we firm up our plans we'll send along an advisory. Are you making the most of the competitive edge Radio Iowa is giving your station? Dennis Sutterer and Co. are happy to produce customized promos for your station. Just send the script and we'll turn it around ASAP. Be sure the focus is on your station and it's commitment to news. While every station in town can have the same wire service, Radio va is exclusive to your market. Tell 'em about it! If you've made some changes in clearance of Radio IOWaprograms (or plan to), please let us know. It's just a matter of completing a new Clearance Declaration Form. Call Steve Mays (314-893-7200) and he'll send blanks.
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There is life after the legislature. The proof is in the 1,600 tape cuts Radio Iowa fed in May. Post-legislative stories included a visit by Ag Secretary Clayton Yeutter to survey drought damage. Senator Grassley joked before Yeuttsr arrived that if nothing else came of the visit, at least it was sure to rain before he got here. One of the heaviest rainfalls of the year was recorded the weekend before Yeutter arrived. Thanks to KRNT and KBIZ for contributions on the visit. Radio Iowa covered the start and finish of the trip and affiliates provided cuts from stops along the way. Radio Iowa affiliates contributed more than 200 cuts in May. Kevin Dolan (WMT) and Robin Shepard (KRNT) collectively contributed more than 60 of those. Thanks also to Anne Angerer (WMT) for her story on grand jury indictments of four Waterloo police officers. WDBQ, KBUR, WOC and KSCJ all contributed stories on local petition drives for riverboat gambling elections while Radio Iowa covered Elaine Baxter's announcement of the all-clear for the petitions. Political activity heated up with a telethon fund raiser for Senator Tom Harkin. Radio Iowa reported on "Dollars for Harkin" and on a Republican ad campaign critical of Harkin for accepting Contributions from out of state. Election day is still 18 months away, but the Senate race is already heating up. Our coverage of the senate race prompted a question from KILJ News Director Lisa Grilliot about the practice of airing a story about a political ad campaign in a newscast that carries the ad or an opposing one. Since news and sports casts are the only RadiO Iowa programs with commercial avails, we can't shuffle the spot to a less controversial position. If we chose not to run a story in a newscast because of sponsorship, le'd be giving the sponsor control (direct or indirect) over the content of the cast. Our position is to make news content declslons independently of any sponsor considerations. Ned Dermody in stereo? It's true. KMA in Shenandoah recently purchased KQIS-FM (Clarinda) and is currently getting their programming lined out. The new calls will be KMA-FM and, according to PD Chuck Morris, the format will be music intensive with local and regional news briefs, including some Radio Iowa news capsules. This fall KMA-FM will broadcast the Learfield Hawkeye Network. How we love to hearthose Radio Iowa success stories. KJJC·FM (Osceola) general manager Jim McBride tells us a local bank and a car dealer are sponsoring three Radio Iowa newscasts. KJJC is putting a :30 commercial in the front-adjacency position. If you've got a Radio Iowa sales success story, we'd like to hear about it. And we'd like to heip you turn this exclusive programming into doltars, Steve Mays is always ready to work with one of your sales reps. Call him at 314-893-7200. Radio Iowa has Iowa Cubs tickets for July 9th. A limited number is available for your promotional use, on-air give-aways, etc. You've heard us talking about this on news feeds and conference call. We'll fill your requests the best we can .. Ask for Sherri in our Des Moines office between the hours of 9:00a - 12:00p. Be sure to call 515-282-1850 because she can't answer the 800 number. We're planning to repeat this offer later in the summer and we'll try to give you a little more lead time. July 1 marks the 2nd anniversary of Radio Iowa. Somehow it seems longer than two years. We'll see if we can put an "anniversary issue" together with photos of the staff and studios and maybe a "state of the network" report. We'll also be announcing two new affiliates (at least) next month. We're even starting to sell ~')me advertising so things are looking great. We think we can make Radio Iowa even better and we're counting on your help. Both with story contributions and ideas for new and improved programming. Let us know what you like about the service (and what you don't like). Dennis Sutterer welcomes your input.
There's no Radio Iowa entertainment beat, but Bob Pyle has been doing some of these stories. He interviewed Iowa native Cloris Leachman and has a prized piece oftape of Leachman delivering the "He vass my boyfriend" line from YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. Bob also previewed the Iowa Jam at the state fairgrounds. Todd Kimm reports this is a tough time of the year for gathering sports stories and he can sue all the help you can give him. Don't be shy. The new Learfield Data Service demod cards are scheduled to be shipped from Scientific Atlanta in mid.. o-late June. If you haven't received the necessary paperwork to sign-up forthe service, you should within t a few days. This new service is one of the most exciting projects we've undertaken in a long time. It will make Radio Iowa (and other Learfield networks) easier to use and more valuable to.your station. When the service is fully operational, you'll receive a hard copy of each Radio Iowa actuality feed, including brief descriptions, running times and outcues. And that's just the beginning. Watch for additional details on the Learfield Data Service. If you're spending more than a few minutes a day on Radio Iowa commercial traffic, you're probably doing more than necessary. Your station's traffic director may find the following logging/traffic tips useful. 1. The Radio Iowa WEEKLY LOG AND STATION AFFIDAVIT show which network commercials are scheduled in each Radio Iowa program. The logs for the coming week are mailed each Tuesday. 2. This log also serves as an affidavit that your station aired all network commercials scheduled for that week. Commercials may be aired as part of the network newscast or sports report or on a "make good" basis for those programs your station doesn't air. 3. Stations are not required to air (or make good) non-commercial material used to fill unsold netwvl avails, Ex. promos, PSAs, etc. (If in doubt, call)
4. We're sometimes forced to make revisions to the original log after we've sent them to stations (~e advertiser delays or cancels his schedule, a tape fails to arrive, etc.)We'li advise you of these changes on the conference call heard each morning at 10:45. We do everything possible (short of refUSing the business) to keep these changes to a minimum and greatly appreciate the effort you make to keep up with them. 5. If you need a re-teed of a Radio Iowa commercial for make-good purposes, call our Des Moines office (515-282-1984). 6. The Weekly Log/StationAffidavitshould be completed, signed and returned each week. This is our only record that network commercials aired as scheduled and it's important we receive them promptly. 7. If you're having problems keeping up with Radio Iowa logs, we can help. Susan Phill.ips will be happy to answer your questions. She can be reached at our Jefferson City office (314-893-7200). From the Learfield Satellite Division ...we've received notice Olympia Broadcasting has cancelled the WEEKLY COUNTRY CALENDAR SHOW, effective June 26, 1989. The show is distributed Sunday mornings from 8:05a - 8:59:30. The June 25 show is the final one. The Daily Country Calendar will continue on its current schedule. If you have any questions about this change, call Virginia Lee at 314-893-7200 or Donna Blue at Olympia (314-361-2000).
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RADIO IOWA IS TWO YEARS OLD July 1st was our second anniversary and what better way to celebrate than the addition of two new affiliates. KJJG-FM, Spencer and KILR-AM/FM, Estherville. This brings the Radio Iowa affiliate line-up to 42 stations. Estherville We're confident we can reach the 50 mark by our third anniversary. We'll introduce you to the news staff at these new affiliates in coming issues. THREE DOLLARS A DAY WIRE SERVICE. That's how someone described the new Learfield Data Service. The "wire service" part isn't accurate because UPI and AP feed all kinds of material that wdn't be offered on our service. But the "three dollars a day" part is correct and you'll receive a lot of useiul information tor that modest sum. General Managers at all Radio Iowa stations received information about this new service a few weeks ago. Just in case this material didn't make it down to the newsroom, here's what will be offered: The basic service will include actuality billboards,information from the Iowa Department of Public Safety, network traffic advisories and logs (Radio Iowa, Brownfield, Hawkeyes, etc., selected features from regional newspapers, and ABC DATA (ABC stations only). Optional services will include the National Weather Wire, and The Sports Information Network. These services will carry an additional monthly charge. Down the road and basketball You can be able provide whether month. or Steve we hope to add features like statewide scores, election returns, etc. high ~chool football
see why we're so excited about the Learfield Data Service. We'll to communicate with your station (or all stations) instantly and your newsroom with a wealth of information. And,depending on you take any optional services, the cost will be about $100 a Or three dollars a day. If you have questions, call Roger Gardner Mays at 314-893-7200.
THE FIRST (ANNUAL?) RADIO IOWA NEWS PROMO COMPETITION! News is always near the top of the list of reasons why people listen to your radio station but too few stations promote their news programming on the air. To encourage you in this direction we're taking $25 from the Radio Iowa coffee fund and offering it as first prize (the only prize) for the best :30 or :60 news promo. The focus can be on any aspect of your station's news programming and can be a straight read or fully produced with all the bells and whistles. No, it's not necessary to make any mention of The Radio Iowa in your entry. Entries must be submitted on a clearly labled cassette which will no be returned. Deadline for entering is July 31, 1989. We'll compile the best of the entries on cassette and send a copy to each station that submitted an entry. We're looking for creativity and imagination, so have some fun.
WHO'S WHERE? We'd like to hear about any staff changes in your news department. It's always nice to know something about the new voices we hear from around the state. Please take a minute to call it in or drop a note for INSIDE. For that matter, we'd like to hear from you whenever you have something of interest concerning radio news. C.N.N."ALL NEWS" ON RADIO AGAIN Turner Broadcasting took its cable audo to radio stations off the market 7 years ago because of a lack of radio station interest. It's being revived now and offered by Transtar Networks. --Small Market Radio Newsletter, June 14
SOMETHING'S MISSING You may have noticed some regular featUres have been missing from the last couple of issues of INSIDE. The monthly summary of stories and affiliate contributions are prepared by the working news staff of Radio Iowa and vacations have forced us to go to press without these informative and popular featUres. Hang on. They'll be back.
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DC-10 CRASH We've talked often at Radio Iowa about how we'd cover a disaster like the DC-10 crash in Sioux City and the consensus has been the best coverage is achieved through a cooperative effort between Radio Iowa staff and affiliates. It worked that way in Sioux City. KSCJ's Lynn Richards and Allcla Williams provided the first reports and continued on-the-scene coverage. Todd Kimm and Bob Pyle rounded up Governor Branstad, a United Airlines spokesperson, Ellen Gordon and some others and set up special feeds pumping that material back to KSCJ and other Radio Iowa affiliates. KSCJ set up a line to feed its signal down the phone to Radio Iowa and we put up special reports between scheduled feeds and edited material for reteed. That reduced the time required for Lynn and Alicia to feed material to the network and speeded the transmission to affiliates. Robin Shepard of KRNT joined the on-scene efforts in the wee hours of Thursday morning and provided scene-setter and follow-up material for day-after coverage relaying feeds through KSCJ, KRNT and Radio Iowa. The cooperative effort was the key. We're still sifting through what we've learned about disaster coverage and looking at equipment that would expand or improve what we can do, and we're open to your ideas. Lynn Richards has promised to write a piece for a future INSI DE, describing what it was like covering a story of this magnitude. One thing we have learned Is when everyone is scrambling, it's a great time saver it a station can feed its signal to us via phone line. Then, with your permission, we can uplink your feed directly to network affiliates. They can grab live material while we tape and edit for newscasts and reteeds, Before the "big one" hits, talk to your engineer about how you could feed a good, clean, amplified signal down the phone line. We've asked our engineer for suggestions and we'll share them in this space in a future issue. JUST WHAT WE HAD IN MIND After the dust settled in Sioux City, we received a nice letter from Lynn Richards that nicely demonstrates how Radio Iowa plugs into your local news effort. "Now that the shop has calmed down somewhat, I have to take a minute to let you know what a crucial part of our operation you wed to be during the airline crash at the Sioux Gateway on Wednesday. Radio Iowa QaIIl.e. through for us by calling the NTSB, the Red Cross, and all the other angles you covered. Robin Shepard was perfect in his role as scene setter ...Day 2. Your continued coverage from Des Moines with the governor and the state emergency services people was great! Radio Iowa rounded out our newscasts like no other station in the market. We had all the angles, we had the details and we were the most complete. I can't say a big enough "thank you" to Radio Iowa! Fantastic job." We always welcome your comments ...pro and con STATE FAIR Radio Iowa will cover the state fair this year, but a little less intensely than last year. We're not producing special reports this year, but will cover the fair like any other story of that magnitude ...including fair material in our regular feeds and newscasts. Affiliate reporters in town for the fair are invited to use Radio Iowa studios to uplink their material home via satellite. Best available feed times are: 8:40a-10:00a, and 12:40p-3:00p. AFFILIATE CONTRIBUTIONS UP Radio Iowa fed about 1,500 cuts each month for June and July, a number which is starting to become a fairly normal monthly total. Fourteen Radio Iowa affiliate correspondents from 34 stations contributed 284 cuts in June. In July, 38 correspondents from 16 stations fed 311 cuts. During the last nine months we've averaged 216 cuts per month; from 32 affiliate correspondents; representing 14 stations. Obviously we'd like to hear from more of you. Don't automatically assume nothing of statewide significance ever happens in your area. And don't forget the whopping two bucks we pay for each piece used. We have several (7 in July) correspondents picking up an extra $30-40 every month. If you're not sure about a story, call. JULY SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS As O.K. Henderson waded through the story logs for July, she noticed it was a pretty good month for sports. Here are some of the sports stories we covered (with your help) last month. eater Des Moines Grand Prix coverage Despite neighbors' complaints, auto races were held at the state fairgrounds ...Knoxvilie Raceway holds special 4th of July features Three U of I baseball pitchers drafted by the major leagues ...Cedar Rapids Silver Bullets name George Whittaker new coach ...Buena Vista A.D., baseball coach and assistant football coach leaves for job at U. of
Indianapolis ...Prairie Meadows seeks free aL.y8rtising from media ...OSU's Craig Hainline captures Iowa Masters golf tourney in Ames ...lowa AAU basketball team on tour of USSR ...lowa High School Athletic Assn. hires full time substance abuse coordinator ...West Branch native Dave Rummells having his best year on PGA tour. ..ISU basketball player Sam Mack found not guilty ...Proposal to send I-Cubs to Pacific Coast League ...Staff cuts at Prairie Meadows ...Drake Officials and Vets Auditor" , commission discuss expanding facility ...nix idea for domed stadium ...Continental Basketball Association draft held despite deat., "'( leagues's commissioner (a passenger in Sioux City DC-10 crash) ...Former NFL coach George Allen to spend two weeks at Morningside football practices ...Outgoing Dubuque dog track manager says Prairie Meadows can make money by racing dogs as well as horses ...State high school baseball champions crowned at Marshalltown tourney. WOW! A NEW AFFILIATE Those new Voices you've heard from Omaha/Council Bluffs belong to the news staff of WOW, RADIO IOWA's newest affiliate. WOW is owned by Great Empire Broadcasting, a group known for strong news commitment. We're looking for regular contributions from news director Morris James and his staff. IT SEEMED LIKE A GQQD IDEA AT THE TIME The response to our "news promo" contest was ...shall we say, light? As of 7/31 (our deadline) we had only two entries, both from KSCJ, Sioux City. But they were good ones. The promos were voiced by Charles (The Voice of GOd) Stone and were very effective. Chuck's PD at KSCJ and a funny guy on top of everything else. A check for twenty-five big ones goes out to KSCJ. We'll punt on the contest but would love to hear news promos anytime from anywhere. 11 :008 NEWSCAST? Several Radio Iowa stations have expressed an interest in an additional newscast between the 8:30a cast and the 11 :57a capsule. In an advisory that went out a couple of weeks ago, we asked affiliates if they would clear an additional cast during the eleven o'clock hour (1 O:57aJ11 :06a111 :30a). Of the fifteen stations responding to date, nine have said "yes" and six "no." If you'd like to have this additional newscast, please return the form or call. Every minute of news gathering time is precious so we want to be certain there's sufficient demand for the extra programs before we commit the man-hours. SO LQNG BOB Bob Pyle is leaving the Radio Iowa newsroom to accept a teaching position in the Telecommunicative Arts Department at ISU. Bob will be working with film and tape and who knows what else. He joined Radio Iowa a little of a year ago and we'll miss him. The search for his replacement is already underway. RADIQ IOWA FEED SCHEDULE We occasionally get a call from an affiliate asking about feed times of Radio Iowa programs. Since your boss probably has that information stuffed in a file somewhere, we'll reprint it here.
5:00-5:15a 5:30-5:50a 5:57-5:59a 6:06-6:08a 6:30-6:34a 6:35-6:39a 6:57-6:59a 7:06-7:08a 7:20-7:24a 7:30-7:34a 7:57-7:59a 8:06-8:08a 10:30-10:45a News service (prefeed) News Service #1 News capsule News capsule (refeed) Newscast Newscast (reteed) News capsule News capsule (refeed) Sports report Newscast News capsule News capsule (refeed) News service #2 10:45-11 :OOa Conference call 11:57-11 :59a News capsule News capsule (refeed) 12:06-12:08p 12:30-12:34p Newscast 12:35-12:39p Newscast (refeed) News service #3 3:30-3:45p News capsule 3:57-3:59p News capsule (refeed) 4:06-4:08p Newscast 4:30-4:34p News capsule 4:57-4:59p News capsule (refeed) 5:06-5:08p Sports report 5:20-5:24p Newscast 5:30-5:34p
If your station is not clearing all Radio Iowa newscasts or capsules, you may want to monitor our feeds and channel, especially when you know of a breaking story we're likely to be covering.
OVERING THE CRASH We asked Lynn Richards to write a piece for. us about coverage in Sioux City of the crash of United Flight 232. She and reporter Aleda Williams had one false alarm already on July 19th of a plane in trouble. She writes: "At 3: 30 we heard the alert from the scanners again 'alert two, Sioux Gateway Airport, Runway 31, Pilot says he's lost an engine. United Airlines D.C. Ten. Fully loaded. 239 people on board." Alecia took a mobile unit to the airport, thinking it might be a false alarm. "Shortly after that the alert was upgraded, 'Alert three, alert three. Pilot says he doubts he'll make the runway, is 40 miles northwest of airport, continuing to circle down ,II Officials began closing Highways 20 and 29. Lynn called in her General Manager, who's a pilot, dispatched another mobile unit with an announcer and an engineer to Correctionville in case the plan crashed there and monitored scanners. Alecia watched the plane crash and called out over the two-way, lilt crashed. It crashed. It's on fi reo Oh my god, it crashed." "It was 4: 03", Lynn writes, "I told Alecia to 'Get a grip, we're going live. Just tell me what you see. II I ran to the newstank, cut into, programming, and we went live with our first broadcast at 4:04:30." A sales person and business manager, both former newspersons, manned the scanners. The office manager fielded phone calls. A salesperson monitored other media. Another ripped the wire. Lynn writes, "Shortly after five O'clock, we had the first interview in the city with a survivor, Charlie Martz. If any of you haven't heard the Charlie' Kiss your ass goodbye' Martz interview, call me. I'd love to play it down the line for you." Lynn continued broadcasts live every 15 minutes through 8: 30 and every hour until midnight. An announcer pumped out tape to national networks and radio stations as far 'rvayas Australia and as diverse as an arrogant aide to Paul Harvey. She gives us a .and , "Radio Iowa continued to call in with interviews with Governor Branstad and United Airlines officials, whom we couldn't get ahold of and had no time to chase," At 3 a.m., Lynn got home for a nap and a shower and back to the station by 5. Lynn writes that by then Robin Shepard "whom I'd met at convention and knew from Radio Iowa, was at the airport and sending early morning scene setters. I've never been more grateful to a person for anything." When Alecia returned to the airport about 7: 30 and a National A. P. Correspondent joined her, Lynn had "three reporters on the scene at the airport, Radio Iowa making calls from Des Moines .. 1 was amazed at how well things were falling into place.:" Lynn says one of the greatest frustrations was the lack of a system to notify media of news conferences, so much time was spent chasing rumors of conferences that mayor may not be held. Another problem was conflicting numbers on deaths and su rvivors. A third was pushy national reporters, Lynn persuaded a national guard friend to take her to the temporary morgue, and regrets the decision. ,"Hundreds of charred bodies with hundreds of people milling around conducting tests. There were large white containers. Don't look in white containers at an airplane crash. They contain fingers toes, arms and legs. And, don't watch the testing on the bodies too closely; they cut off the fingertips at the first knuckle and cut out the teeth at the gum line for identification. And, don't breathe too deeply; the smell of burned flesh can make a person vomit. The sight of hundreds of black body bags in refrigerated trailers (the ones with red XIS are non-viewable) will stick with you for along time. II "What's my lingering impression? Pride, at how well and how thoroughly we covered the disaster. Terror, at seeing the victims and feeling the grief of their families. Shame, at how some of my colleagues badgered the families of victims. Again pride, at )w professionally and promptly the emergency units from all over Sioux land responded, and gratitude to everyone who helped in any way with the crash and recovery of Flight 232."
ADDITIONAL RADIO IOWA NEWSCAST In July we surveyed Radio Iowa affiliates on their interest in an additional newscast during the eleven o'clock hour (10:57,11:06,11:30). The response was almost 2-to-l in favor and we'll begin feeding this additional cast November 1st. We'll follow the standard Radio Iowa format and this will not affect your network commercial obligation since we'll simply use one of the "outside of programming" spots indicated at the bottom of your weekly log/affidavit and your Program Schedule/ Clearance Declaration. We'll be sending blank clearance declarations in the near future. If you have questions, contact Steve Mays at 314-893-7200 or Dennis Sutterer at 515-282-1984. PROGRAM CLEARANCE SUMMARY Radio Iowa stations may use as many or as few news and sportscasts as suits their needs. At the same time, we've tried to format and schedule in such a way to make it easy for you to use our programs. Toward this end we periodically review which stations are using which feeds and thought you might be interested in the summary. We currently serve 44 stations in 38 markets. Of those, 34%carry every program offered. Over half of our affiliates clear 75%or more of the full program schedule. Clearance of individual newscasts ranges from 63%to 74%. A little less than half our stations air the two sportscasts. What isn't reflected from these numbers is the use stations make of our actuality feeds and we're delighted to report stations are making good use of these. ROLL YOUR TAPE Radio Iowa fed 1,558 actualities, voicers and voice-wraps in August. 281 of these came from 44 affiliate correspondents at 22 stations. Bill Henry, KBUR, Burlington, topped our list of ';!ontributors with 32 cuts. He kept the network up to date on a nurse's strike and a riverboat ~eferendum. Kelly Munro, WOC, also added some riverboat stories (among, others) and contributed 25 cuts for the month. Thanks also for help from Kevin Pink, KFJB, Marshalltown; Robin Shepard, KRNT; Lynn Richards, KSCJ; and Jack Kilcoyne, WDBQ. "THE" RADIO IOWA SATELLITE CHANNEL Radio Iowa programming is now fed on one-r-and only one--satellite channel. For the past two years we've fed our programming on two channels simultaneously. We referred to these as the Cyclone channel and the Hawkeye channel. A few weeks ago we moved all Radio Iowa affiliates to one channel (73.8) and will feed on this channel only from this point on. Some Radio Iowa programs (usually the noon sequence only) will be preempted. by Hawkeye broadcasts during football season so monitor news services and conference call for any last minute changes. You can contact one of the producers for the Hawkeye Network (Keith Sampson, Jim Malinee and Jeff Hutcheon) at 314-893-7200. USE OF MICROPHONES RTNDA members may have seen this piece in the August Communicator but for those who didn't, we've enclosed an article by Chuck Crouse on microphones and mic techniques. Some basic stuff but a good review. We're proud to say we get many more compliments than complaints but one knock we hear from time to time concerns marginal audio from affiliate correspondents. While we appreciate the effort you make to get tape to us, our policy is to not feed questionable tape. If you have a good story and the tape is poor, we'd love to have a voicer. ANOTHER BOB The new voice you'll be hearing on Radio filling the anchor / reporter slot vacated by .ide to Iowa congressman Jim Lightfoot. Iowa. Bob is a graduate of the University someone of Bob's caliber joining the Radio Iowa in a week or so belongs to Bob Rasmus. Bob is Bob Pyle. For the last four years, Bob has been press Before that he was news director at KJJC, Osceola, of Minnesota and Brown Institute. We're excited about Iowa staff.
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TO THE HEAD OF THE CLASS So long and best wishes to Robin Shepard, KRNT. Robin has taken a job with the University 0. Wisconsin in Madison and will be missed both at KRNT and at Radio Iowa. In addition to being a top-notch broadcaster , Robin is a botanist and will pursue a PhD. AUGUST STORY SUMMARY Governor Terry Branstad assumed the presidency of the National Governor's Convention and received an assignment from President Bush to plan a national education summit. Transportation Secretary Samuel Skinner honors directors of emergency response to the Sioux City air crash. Stevie Wonder performs a surprise concert in Des Moines on behalf of a child losing her vision because of a brain tumor. The Senate approves and the President signs drought relief legislation. State announcers. tax collections for July were up 21%from July '88 . George Allen returns to Morningside College to help prepare the football team. Wind damage prompts the governor to declare Greene County a disaster area. The Iowa Supreme Court announces formation of a committee to arbitrate sexual and racial discrimination complaints by lawyers. The Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement will open 7 new field offices. 37-year-old Steve Furguson is named chief of new International Trade Bureau. Mississippi River counties from Dubuque south approve riverboat gambling referendums. Davenport native Michael Nunn defends IBF Middweight crown against Iran Barkley. Average ag property assessments fall and residential and commercial property assessments rise under state equalization order. State officials plan a chlamydia testing program through family planning clinics. Police say a Clinton man stabbed his wife and three children, killing one. Des Moines banker Buz Brenton swims the English Channel. Prairie Meadows racetrack opens books and a Polk County official says it would cost more to close it than to keep it open. Education Department head Bill Lepley calls for forbearance in prosecutions of home schoolers. 40%of the students who applied for state tuition aid for fall classes got it. Montfort Packing of Marshalltown says it will reconsider firings of 800 workers and reopen talks with their union. Iowa unemployment drops six tenths of'.a point to 3.8%. The first nurse's strike in Iowa: 180 nurses strike the Burlington Medical Center. Attorney General Tom Miller calls for a Missouri River" greenbelt" to resolve border disputes . AFSCMEPresident Don McKee calls for 500 new employees to resolve overcrowding at mental health institutes. Iowa reports a 21%drop in the number of business failures. Leading Democrats threaten lawsuit against governor's item veto of wording in a prison expansion bill.
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Five hours Bast the deadline, a contract agreement averts a Deere and ompany strike. Governor Branstad's declaration of Domestic Violence Awareness Month is met with criticism over low level of appropriations for victim support. The FBI opens an investigation of up to 2 million dollars missing from a Johnston Savings and Loan. State Insurance Commissioner fees will rise 10-50%. William Hager warns HMO
Nearly 40 people are arrested in a Cedar Rapids drug sweep.
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Only one in three Iowa schools meets the deadline for submittlng a plan to the EPA on removal of asbestos from school buildings. U. S. House passes a bill co-sponsored by Congressman Tom Tauke offering repayment of 85% of student loan costs for nurses who move to rural areas. The FBI busts five in the Quad Cities in million-dollar-amonth sports betting ring. Governor Branstad says he'll asklawmakers to ~ve Iqttery revenues over expectations to university researc projects on corn plastics. A sur~eon who operated on President Rea~an following the Hlnck ~y assassination attempt campaigne in Iowa for Mike Dukakis, Fewer than ex~ected AIDS cases are being reported in Iowa and the State ealth Department now says the "1988 total won't approach the projected 80 new cases." The Department of Economic Development reviews the Iowa quality ~roduct logo with some new rules to reduce state produc liability. An Iowa Supreme Court report sa~s criminal case filings rose and civil case filings dropped in 1 87. Two state office building cafeterias are closed by health inspectors after roach infestations are found. David Crosson, administrator of the State Historical Society, takes an indefinite leave of absence after his wife charges him with domestic abuse. Governor Branstad says Crosson will be given time to put his life together. University of Iowa returns state constitution to Secretary of State following a six month restoration. A grou~ called the Anti-Christ Foundation plans a Bible burning for ecember in Des Moines. Iowa D.O. T. asks for stricter penalties for those who forge driver's licenses. A University of Iowa task force recommends condom dispensers in residence halls. Governor Branstat endorses constitutional amendment requiring Governor and Lt. Governor to run as a team. Iowans spent 1.1 billion dollars less for energy in '87 than in '85. Iowa Lottery Winathon hands out one million dollars to hundreds 0 winners. A frei~ht train strikes an ammonia tanker forcing the evacuation 0 Merrill. An Iowa Air National Guard radar unit will help' monitor illegal flights into the United States that could carry drugs. Congressman Jim Lightfoot says a federal tax increase will be on next year's legislative agenda. The director of an Iowa suicide hotllne reports an increase in the number of callers who say involvement with occult groups and satanists have prompted them to try suicide.
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The deadline for opening applications for drought disaster aid passes with little immediate Interest from farmers. The Governor's drought disaster declaration is extended for two ~eeks while the National Guard completes hay and water shipping operations. State revenues for fiscal '89 were up 8.2% through October. ~eakin~ before the National Conference on fuel ethanol in ashin~ on, Governor Branstad challenges presidential candidates 0 make ethanol a priority in energy policy. Department of Natural Resources approves steep increases in huntinp, and fishing license fees to support purchase of wildlife
D.O.T. stud reports fewer than three in ten Iowa motorcyclists wear helme s. Former Ambassador John McDonald is named president of the Iowa Pease Institute. UNI surve~ of new Iowa businesses found availability of skilled labor was heir primary reason for choosing Iowa. Iowa's crime rate fell slightly less than 1% in '87 according to preliminary figures from the Department of Public Safety. Governor Branstad offers to help find a buyer for a Perry packing plant Oscar Mayer will close. The Chief of Iowa Narcotics Enforcement says Iowa and other rural states received a warning from Florida authorities that large drug trafficking operations are moving into rural areas. A survey' b~ ASCS district directors estimates a majority of farmers in 5 Iowa counties have suffered 35% crop loss to the drought or more. Director of General Services Jack Walters says he's committed 1.6 million dollars to the capital restoration project that the legislature never appropnated. Drought applications are heating up at ASCS offices. staffing is approved to handle requests for aid. Additional
By the time "The Last Temptation of Christ" runs in Iowa, organized protests to the movie had died.
Leslie Brockert of Muscatine is ac~uitted of kidnapping in the disappearance of a baby later found ismembered. The Iowa Board of Regents approves an 800 million dollar budget for the three state universities. Governor Branstad names Gary Lawson head of new commission on the status of blacks. Zero pOfulation gro~ ranks Cedar Rapids "lowest stress" city among 92 surveye . 5.5% growth in non-farm personal income in Iowa ranks state 43rd in nation. Fred Grandrr cancels a debate and Bob Dole cancels a rally as Congress s ruggles to wrap up the session. Ag inspectors halt m ilk sales from two southern Iowa dairy farms because of aflatoxin contamination in milk. State Auditor reports mismanaged investments at Iowa State University caused the loss of 4.6 million dollars. Iowa's jobless rate drops to 31/2%, the lowest since 1979. Iowa A~ Department opens aflatoxin hotline ...and finds low levels 0 aflatoxin in packaged milk destined for supermarket shelves. Richard Gephardt tours Iowa for Mike Dukakis and criticizes the negative trend of the campaign.
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1,500 ... THE MAGIC NUMBER We seem to hover right around there each month as we tally news feed totals. In September we received 260 news cuts from 35 affiliate correspondents representing 19 stations. We appreciate help from KBUR, Burlington, for continuing coverage of the nurse's strike and a murder trial in which the "battered wife" defense was used. KASIchipped in an excellent story involving counterfeiting charges against some ISU football players. We sent Todd Kimmaboard a National Gguard helicopter as the Guard participated in the marijuana eradication program. O. Kay Henderson spent a couple of days in Cedar Falls covering the Board of Regents meeting. A NEW800 NUMBER Radio Iowa will be changing its 800 newsroom number effective November 1. The new number will be 800-729-8765. We've enclosed a couple of bright yellow 3x5 cards with the new number ... please keep them handy and let us know if you need more. There's a good reason for the new WATS number: it's accessible from anywhere in the US. Our current number is Iowa only. The new number will be helpful to affiliates along Iowa's borders and affiliate reporters covering events outside the state. Please make everyone in your newsroom aware of this change. WHENYOU HEAR THE BEEP••. We have a request for people working overnight stories. If at all possible, please try to file those stories on our answering machine. Your morning news person may be too busy or may forget to . file them before our deadlines for the 5a and 5: 30a feeds. There's the additional advantage of insuring the correspondent filing the story gets credit (and payment) for his/her efforts. ADDING 11AM FEED We'll be feeding an additional Radio Iowa newscast starting November 1. We'll follow the standard feed schedule: 10:57a, 11:06a and 11:30a. A number of stations had asked for something closer to the noon hour and we hope this gives you what you need. This will not affect your network commercial obligation since we'll simply use one of the "outside of programming" spots indicated at the bottom of your weekly log/affidavit. Before the end of the year we'll send out new Clearance Declaration Forms reflecting this addition. DATA SERVICE UPDATE Good news for current and future subscribers to the Learfield Data Service: the cost of the NOAA Weather Wire is coming down. Contel, who has exclusive national distribution rights for weather, planned to charge us $25 per month, per station to make the weather wire part of our data service. We've just learned we'll be able to make weather available for $10.00 per month. From the beginning or approach has been to offer stations the information the need--and only the information they need --at the lowest possible cost. For additional information about the Learfield DataSer-vlce , call Virginia Lee, 314-893-7200. SEPTEMBER STORY SUMMARY Governor Branstad angers labor by supporting decision to list Iowa's right to work law as a strength in a 5-year plan. Environmentalists fail to stop state development in Mines of Spain recreation area south of Dubuque. Burlington woman acquitted in murder trial using "battered wife" defense. Iowa's Director of Narcotics Enforcement says methamphetamines may be a bigger problem than cocaine Iowa. 'tate climatologist says the drought is over. Dramatic rise in state revenues slow to less than 1%in August. Grassley to bring drug czar William Bennet to Iowa in October.
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Controversial Navy report cites probability Clayton Hartwig caused the April explosion aboard US!"'" IOWA. Family threatens to sue. In Washington, United flight 232 meets with reporters to talk about Sioux City crash. Both Senate candidates, Harkin and Tauke, advocate using military to stop drug shipments to U. S. Realtors survey shows Iowa land value up 7%from March-September. Harkin's Americans with Disabilities Act passes U. S. Senate. Iowa's overall prison population rises 14%while women's prison population up nearly 34%in last year. Iowa's ACT scores drop slightly but tie Wisconsin for tops in the nation. State health department orders mass immunizations at several schools after measles outbreak. Iowa Board of Regents begins work on proposal for 4.3% tuition hike. Branstad says state revenues will allow 34 million dollars worth of capital improvement projects at state universities. Leading Des Moines businesswoman and member of state board indicted on federal charges of laundering drug money. Representative Harold Van Maanen of Oskaloosa chosen Iowa House Minority Leader. Woodbury County becomes first in western Iowa to approve riverboat gambling. State delays 46 million in school aid payments for 10 days. Audit finds 6.2 million in losses but no fraud at Prairie Meadows horse track. Attorney General Tom Milller attacks audit of duplication at state universities. 64 Iowa counties reach 1. 3 million settlement with Chicago and Northwestern Railroad over excess property taxes. Iowa crime stats show 11%increase in violent crime; 38%increase in rape.
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IN AN OVAL OFFICE CEREMONY, rRESroENT BUSH PRESEITS SIOUX CITY OFFICIALS AN AWARD FOR. EMERGENCY RESPONSE to THE CRASH OF UNITED FLIGHT 232. TESTIMONY IN SIOUX CIn HUR.INGS INDICATES A FLAW IN A FAN DISK WHtCH MAY HAVE CAUSED TH! PLANE CRASH LIKELY !XISTED FROM THE POINT OF MANUFACTURE. AT THE START OF BUDGET HEARINGS, GOVERNOR BRANSTAD SAYS THE TREASURY IS IN BETTER SHAPE, AND THERE WILL BE NO NEW TAXES. THE STATE REPORTS REVENUES DROPPED IN OCTOBER AND IOWA·S ECONOMIC RECOVERY MAY BE SLOWING. HEALTH DEPARTMENT REPORTS INDICATE 800 IOWANS HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR HIV VIRUS. A KOREAN FIRM WILL MOVE INTO THE OLD HARNISHFEGER PLANT IN CEDAR. RAPIDS AND CREATE 700 JOBS. DEPARTBENTOF EDUCATION HEAD BILL LEPLEY CALLS FOR A 147. BOOST IN COMMUNITY COLLEGE BUDGETS. SALES OF IOWA LOTTERY TICKETS ARE PROJECTED TO O$.O~ 8ECAUSE. OF COMPETITION FROM ADJACENT STATes. GOVERNOR TERRY BRANSTAD MEETS WITH BRITISH PRIME MINISTER MARGARET THATCHER DURING A XJ U.N. MEETING ON GLOBAL WARMING. AN IOWA SURI.EME COURT RULING ALLOWS STATE SENATOR At STURGEON TO TAKE THE IrMA BAR. EXAM DESPITE A DISORDERLY CONDUCT CONVICTION FOR A SEX ACT WITH AN EXOTIC DANCER. DESPITE STRONG SUPPORT FROM THE NATIONAL ABORTION RIGHTS ACTION LEAGUE, THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATESU.:KING TO REPLACE HOUSE MINORITY LEADER DEL STROMERX IS DEFEATED BY A PRO-LIFE ~REPUBLICAN. DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR JOHN CRYSTAL ATTACKS ATTORNEY GENERAL TOM MILLER'S STAND ON ABORTIONJ. GOVERNOR BRANS TAD LAUNCHES AN rOWA DRUG SUMMIT BY CALLING FOR MORE PRISON BEDS. DEMOCRATIC LAWMAKERS PUSH INSTEAD FOR EXPANDED EDUCATION AND TREATMENT PROGRAMS. ANITA FARMER vAREL BAILEY SAYS HE INTENDS TO RUN 1lJ'l FOR IOWA AG SECRETARY. MAJORITY DEMOCRATS FILE A LAWSUIT CHALLENGING ITEM VETOES OF FUNDING FOR MAINTENANCE PROJECTS AT STATE MENTAL HOSPITALS AND HOSPITAL SCHOOLS. LT. COVERNOR JOANNE ZIMMERMAN SPEAKS IN A PRO-CHOICE RALLY IN WASHINGTON ~m D.C. SENATE CANDIDATE TOM TAUKE, WHO'S PRO-LIFE, NAMES K ANNE JORGENSEN HIS CAMPAIGN CHAIRWOMAN. SHE'S PRO-CHOICE. DEMOCRATIC LAWMAKERS VOW TO SEVER IOWA LOTTERY FUNDING FROM THE DEPARTIfENT OF ECONOMIC DEV£LOPMENT. THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION OFFERS A COMPROMISE TO LAWMAKERS THAT WOULD ALLOW HOME· SCHOOLING IF STUDENTS TAKE REGULAR ACHIEVEMENT TESTS. REAEARCHERS AT A U OF I CONFERENCE ON GLOBAL WARMING AGREE AVERAGE TEMPERATURES ~ILL RISE 2~5 DEGREES OVER THE NEXT 60 YtARs. THE STATE BOARD OF REGENTS APPROVES NON·CONTROVERIAL ITtMS TO WRAP UP WORK ON A CONSULTANT'S STUDY OF DUPLICATION AT STATE UNIVERSITIES. REGENTS PRES IDENT MARVIN POMERAN'TZ ASKS FOR A 16.91. INCR!AS£ IN F'llNDING FOR RtGEN'TS SCHOOLS. ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP FRANCIS DUNN DIES OF A HEART ATTACK. s.ooo STUDENTS RECEIVE SHOTS IN A MASS IMMUNIZATION FOR MEAsnES. PROOF OF REIMMUNlZATION WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ENROLLMENT FOR THE SPRING SEMESTER. SIOUX CITY POLICE SEIZE VIDEOTAPES AND ADULT MAGAZINES FROM IIIKkXI TWO CITY BUSINESSES AND AGAIN THREATEN PROSECUTION UNDER THE STATE·S REWRITTEN PORNOGRAPHY STATUT!. IOWA CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION DIRECTOR tNGA BUMBARY-LANGSTON ASKS FOR A 66% BUDCE1 INCREASE. THE LAST STEAM LOCOMOTIVE MANUFACTURED IN CHINA ARRIVES IN BOONt FOR THE BOONE AND SCEN!C VALLEY RAILWAY. A TEAM OF FEDERAL INVESTIGATORS SEIZE ~ECORDS FROM THE ROCKWELL COLLINS AVIONICS DIVISION IN CEDAR RAPIDS IN A PROBE OF A F$DERAL CONTRACT. GOV!RNOR BRANS TAD SAYS HIS STAFF IS ~SEARCHING A COMPUTER SYSTEM THAT WOULD HELP PREVENT FELONS FROM BUYING GUNS. SENATOR CHARLES GRASSLEY SATS THIS YEAR'S CO~GRESSIONAL SESSION WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR "ZILCH." BEFORE THE SENATE RECESSES, IT CONFIRMS GENE SHEPARD AS U.s. ATTORNEY FOR SOUTHERN IOWA. A CONSULTANT ESTIMATES 2iO THOUSAND IOWANS HAVE NO HEALTH INSURANCE. LAWMAKERS HAD ESTIMATED ,SO THO~. THE IOWA SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS GOVERNOR BRANSTAD·S 1985 ITEM VETO UF A SECTION OF A BILt FUNDING THE JUDICIARY. DEMOCRATS HAD FILED THE CHALLENGE SUIT. AANAGEMENT DEPAATMENT HEAD PAT CAVANAUGH SAYS HE: AND THE GOVERNOR t S STAFF ARE WORKING ON A BUDGET PROPOSAL THAT WOULD MAINTAIN A 60 MILLION DOLLAR RAINY DAY FUND. THt: C;OVERNOR APPOINTS VAREL MILEY TO HEAD A TRADE DEL£GATtON TO EASTERN EUROPE.
SANTBE SIOUX INDIANS AND UPMSENTATIV!S or HARVEY'S HOTEL AND CASINOS ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR A CASINO AND CONVENTION CENTER IN COUNCIL lSLUFFS. GOVERNOR BRANSTAD SAYS HI. WILL NOT WAIY! LOW STATES LIMITS SET UNDER RIVERBOAT GAMBLING FOR SUCH A VENTURE. WARltEN LAWSON, ADJUTANT GENERAL FOR THE Ia..'A NATIONAL GUARD, SAYS THE GUARD IS RUNNING OUT OF BUILDING MAINTENANCE FUNDS AND WILL ASK THE LEGISLATURE FOR SUPPLEMENTAL FUNDING. A RURAL HEALTH CARE TASK PoaCE CALLS FOR STATE FUNDING OF 911 EMERGENCY TELEPHONE SERVtCE TO ALL RURAL AREAS. ERIC TABOR FORMALLYANNOUNC!S HEILL R.UN A THIRD TIMl FOR TH! SECOND DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL BUSH SIGNS THE BILL FUNDING AN HISTORIC TRAINS MUSEUM AND PARK IN COUNCIL BLUFFS. OCTOBER DROP» SLICHTLY TO 3.8~. CORRECTIONS DIRECTOR PAUL GROSSHEtM ASKS FOR A 447. BUDGET HIKE. Il~CI.UDING FUNDING FOR A.MULTI-MILLION POLLAl paISON EXPANSION PLANe COVEP.NOt\ BRANSTAD TELLS FARM Bt1REAU DELEGATES HE'LL ASK THAT A LEGlSI.ATIVE PLJ\N ,FOR 30 MILLION DOl.LARS IN PROPltRTY TAX RELIEF Bt SPEEDED UP BY A YFAl\. DEMOCRATS'ACCUSE BMNSTAD OF TRYING TO OUTSHtN! THEM IN AN ELECTION YEAR.
Radio. lewa fed 1,526 cuts in October. Special thanks go. to. KASI, Ames, and KRNT, Des Meines, fer helping fellew drug czar William Bennett around central Iowa, KSCJ continued to. work en the plane crash stcry , filing reports from NTSB hearings in Sioux City. O. Kay Henderson covered the Iowa Beard of Regents as it voted to. raise tultlon and reject recommendations to. end pregrams at state universities. Bob Rasmus and O. Kay attended the fall meeting of the polltlcal parties and reperted stor-ies rangi ng from the changeever in leadership fer Democrats (John Roehrlck is in, Bennie Campbell is out) to. the presidential asplratlons of the Texas senators who. gave keynote speeches. Thirty-seven affiliate corr-espondents fr om 18 s tatlons contr-Ibuted 276 cuts in October, Lynn Richards (KSCJ)' Torn McDennel (KAS I) and Kelly Neff (KCFI) led the list ef affi liate contrtbutors. Thanks to. all. The new Radio. lewa tell-free newsline (800-729-8765) is new operational. You should have received a ceuple ef bright yellew 3x5 cards with the new number. Keep it handy in your newsroom and ca II us when you have a story, Or if you need mere little yellow cards. Please ... de net give our 800 number to. civilians. If anyone wants to. talk to. us about a story they can reach us at 515-282-1984. The 800 number is fer your newsr-oom only. State high scheel feetball finals are Nevember 10-17 at' the Uril-Dome and Todd Klrnm :'ill be cevering fer Radio. lewa. Feur games wil.1 be played en the 10th and tape fram at least the first game, and possibly the second, will be included in the 3 :30p news feed. Tape fr om the first two. games will be included in the 5 :20p sports repor-t, and tape from the third and four-th games will be in the 5:00a feed en November 11. The 4A final is the night of the 17th and tape from that contest will be included in the early merning feed en the 18th. If you'd like a customized feed for your station , contact Todd Kimm at 800-729-8765. New Radio. lewa clearance declaratiens went aut a few weeks pregramming advisery regarding the addition af an 11: OOa.m. complete and return the declaratian form even if your station addltlonal newscast. If you, your PD or GM have questions program, give us a call. age alang with a newscast. Please does nat plan to. use the about clearance of this
The Learfield Data Service Newswire is eff the drawing baard and in the newsraams of these stations signed up far the new data service. Ceerdinating Editor Dan McPhersan sent the fi rst state summary aut in the wee haurs of November 1st. The newswire features three summaries a day: early merning, late morning and afternoon. Each summary typically contains from faur to. six stories of statewide interest. These stories are written in broadcast style and can be read cold without any re-writing. This service is designed to supplement your own news-gathering efforts and to. give you a little mere variety of material to. cheese from when preducing newscasts. If you have any questions or comments abaut the newswire, call Dan McPhersan at 800-669-7203. ""'he newswire is part of the Learfield Data Service "basic package" ,,,0.00 per month, Caming soon: actuality billbaards prior to each service. which casts just Radio. Iowa news
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Satellite reception problems can usually be traced to one of several causes but one of the most common is improper alignment of your receive dish. If you aren't using one of the recommended types of dish and receiver, alignment becomes even more important. A quick call to the network will determine whether the problem is system wide or somewhere in your down-link. Dishes get banged around by wind, lawnmowers,horses, and gremlins. A tiny misadjustment can be enough to throw you off. If you're Missourinet (or other LCI network) signal doesn't sound like you think it should, call us. Ask for Charlie Peters or Dennis Speck (314-893-7200) • While you'll always find someone at Learfield Communications ready to help trouble-shoot by phone, it's really up to your station engineer to get the problem solved (assuming, of course, it isn't a system-wide transmission problem). Network joins are something most radio announcers learn their first day but some do it so much better than others. We were listening to a Radio Iowa affiliate recently who made it sound so clean and so simple you were left with the impression the Radio Iowa anchor was in the next studio. This announcer had back-timed his record up to the network and hit it on the button. The next hour he went into the network feed out of a commercial break but, again, it was back-timed perfectly. So what's the big dea I? What we (and you, probably) hear way too often is an announcer who has not back-timed up to the network and winds up stretching and filling, reading the weather forecast twice and giving the time and call letters a couple of times and practically giving a count-down to the network and still steps on the first word or two. Does the listener need to be alerted or warne<ftKat a network program is "coming up next?" Any Radio Iowa program will be identified at the beginning so there's no real need for your announcer to do so. It'll just sound awkwa-rd. ANNCR: " .•. it's time now for news from Radio Iowa." NETWORK: "News on Radio Iowa, I'm Dennis Sutterer •.. " Keep in mind all of the above If your PD isn't doing regular can be very revea Iing • is just as true for joining local programming as network. air-checks he/she may want to consider them. They
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DECEMBER, 1989 One of the hottest stories to develop in November was the announcement the Santee Sioux and Harvey's Hotel and Casinos have made plans for a casino and convention center in Council Bluffs. While we wouldn't want to bet the farm, with strong opposition from the governor and the fear of lawmakers that their votes for river boat gambling could be used against them in the 1990 election, it looks li ke the smart money is against the casino. We'll follow the story until the final die is tossed. The State of the Judiciary address was delivered December 6th at the Iowa Judge's Conference.. .In off-years of the legislature, the chief justice will not make the speech in the House chambers. Radio Iowa carried last yea r's address to lawmakers live ••• but this year we carried cuts in our regular feeds. That seems to be the favored alternative for most affiliates. We will again carry the governor's Condition of the State address at the open of the session and will advise you of the start time and expected length at least a week ahead of the broadcast. Please monitor actuality feeds and conference call. 1,549 news cuts went out to Radio Iowa affiliates in November. Thirty-five affiliate correspondents from 17 stations contributed 263 cuts. Vern Beachy of KR NT led the pack with 24 cuts last month followed by Alecia Williams of KSCJ with 22. That's an extra $40+ for each in stringer compensation as well as our sincere appreciation. A contentious election year legislative session is nearly guaranteed, but with Don Avenson needing to hit the campaign trail, it seems likely to adjourn on time. Democrats have already promised an assault on lottery funding for the Department of Economic Development. The governor has promised Farm Bureau faster relief from property taxes. Some of the environmental issues that surfaced last session will be back, and there is ll kely to be an attempt to fine-tune gambling statutes in light of the Council Bluffs casino proposal. As you consider the legislation that will be most important to your listeners, feel free to visit with Dennis or Kay about them. We'll have mo.re time before the session begins. Once the gavel falls, things get hectic. Radio Iowa doesn't vary news feeds on Christmas for commercial feeds. It slow holiday periods, so its schedule on holidays, so and New Years. The only gets to bea stretch filling if you have a story we can expect our regular newscasts and feed we drop is our conference call the feeds and casts around normally use, please call.'
Todd Kimm provided coverage of highschool football playoffs in Cedar Falls during November. He appeared on one station's half-time program, provided a phone line for an affiliate that lost its line, and provided voice-wraps immediately after the games for stations requesting them. Of course, his interviews and voice-wraps were heard on regular Radio Iowa feeds and in network sportscasts. If your station is affiliated with the Brownfield Network or the Learfield Hawkeye Network, you'll be interested in a little internal reshuffling at Learfield Communications. Greg Brown is moving to our new Dallas office and turning over responsibility for our Sports Division to Roger Gardner. Roger will continue his duties with our Satellite Division but turnover Brownfield Network responsibi lities to Steve Mays. So, what's the result of these musical chairs? Steve will in charge of Radio Iowa and Brownfield and Roger will take care of Sports and Sateflite. These two guys don't actually do any work but the buck stops at their desks. .
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AM radio is still flourishing in most small markets. That comes as somewhat of a surprise to radio people who live in large metropolitan areas. In a recent issue of his SMALL MARKET RADIO NEWSLETTER, Bob Doll offered the following explanation for the succes=
"The same elements that bring in those big billings at full service, big city AM stations are present in good, small town stations (AM and FM). These stations provide more than an alternative to the tape or CD player. They provide companionship and protection. They talk about things that are important in people'slives. They are actively-=- not passively listened to. That's why their revenue shares are 15% to 50% higher than their music intensive FM competitors. The AM technical problems are not nearly as bad in small communities as large cities. A good AM in a good town is still a good deal. DON'T LET . 'EM TALK YOU OUT OF THAT." Small Market every penny. Radio Newsletter is published Phone: 616-694-9357. weekly at a cost of $109 per year. It's worth
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