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Jeff Stein is an author, historian and broadcaster. A 2011 recipient of The National Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History, he is recognized as the foremost broadcast historian in Iowa. His daily radio feature on Iowa history, Iowa Almanac, will premiere statewide in January 2015. He also serves as executive director of the Iowa Broadcast News Association and is a past member of the State Historical Society of Iowa board of trustees. Stein taught at the college level for nearly 25 years, including at Iowa State University, Buena Vista University-Marshalltown Center, William Penn University, and Wartburg College. His 2004 book Making Waves: The People and Places of Iowa Broadcasting is the only comprehensive history ever published of radio and television and their impact on the state of Iowa, while One Week in June: The Iowa Floods of 2008 was a Barnes & Noble #1 best seller. His latest book is Iowa’s WHO Radio: The Voice of the Middle West. Stein has also produced a number of award-winning radio and television documentaries; his latest, From the Battlefront to the Homefront: Iowa Broadcasters Go To War, was produced with HI support.

Making Waves: The People and Places of Iowa Broadcasting
Radio and television exploded onto the scene in the 20th century and completely changed our lives. Today, we can hardly imagine a day without broadcasting. The development of radio and TV in Iowa was groundbreaking, and became the model followed by the rest of America. In his presentation “Making Waves: The People and Places of Iowa Broadcasting”, based on the book by the same name, broadcaster and educator Jeff Stein takes us back to the earliest days of both radio and television, highlighted by original broadcasts, photos and memorabilia. The presentation is also specifically tailored for different geographic areas of the state, and is designed to allow audience members to recall special memories and shared experiences.

From the Battlefront to the Homefront: Iowa Broadcasters Go To War
The bravery of American military members has been well documented, often due to the unique reporting done by Iowa-based broadcasters on the scene. This presentation includes segments from a documentary by the same name, featuring vintage broadcasts and interviews with the journalists who covered conflicts from World War II to the first Gulf War…a 50-year span. Iowa broadcast historian Jeff Stein, the documentary producer, tells of the challenges the reporters faced in doing their jobs–relaying information to a waiting audience, and at times, reassuring them of the safety of Iowans serving thousands of miles away.