Jeff Stein will deliver the presentation, titled Making Waves: The People & Places of Iowa Broadcasting, on Wednesday, July 6 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Tama County Museum, 200 N. Broadway St., Toledo. Stein authored a book by the same title, which has been recognized as the most comprehensive discussion of Iowa broadcasting history ever written.
A 1981 graduate of South Tama County High School, Stein has taught at the college level for more than 20 years at Iowa State University, Buena Vista University, and most recently, Wartburg College.
He is the son of Shirley Stein, Toledo and his brother, Mike Stein, lives in Tama.
“The development of over the air communication was one of the most important inventions of the last century,” Stein said. “The history of radio and television in Iowa is truly unique, as many program types and procedures now taken for granted nationally were created right here in Iowa.”
The “Making Waves” presentation will include vintage photos, audio and video clips from various eras, and stories to help audience members recall their own experiences watching and listening to broadcasts.
In addition to “Making Waves”, Stein is also the author of a forthcoming book, “Iowa’s WHO Radio: The Voice of the Middle West”, which will be released in August, and a series of DVDs highlighting the career of Duane Ellett and his puppet friend Floppy, who delighted thousands of children during a 30-year career on WHO-TV. The books and DVDs will be available for purchase after the presentation, with a portion of the proceeds to go to support preservation of broadcasting history in Iowa.
The program is free and open to the public, and is presented with funding from Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of the Humanities Iowa Speakers Bureau.
Toledo native and author Jeff Stein’s book Making Waves: The People & Places of Iowa Broadcasting will be a part of his presentation at the Tama Historical Society Museum. The public is invited to attend this free event which is part of an ongoing series at the museum.