The Wieting Theatre in Toledo has received funding from Humanities Iowa, a private, non--profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Arts to host the premiere of From the Battlefront to the Homefront: Iowa Broadcasters Go To War by Toledo native Jeff Stein at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 22.
The presentation will be a fund-raiser for the Wieting. A free-will donation will be taken.This allowance was graciously given by the office of Humanities Iowa, as normally the presentations are free to the public.
Stein is the son of Shirley Stein and the late George Stein of Toledo. His brother, Mike Stein, lives in Tama. He is a 1981 graduate of South Tama High School.
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 new documentary by the same name, featuring vintage broadcasts and interviews with the journalists who covered conflicts from World War 11to the first Gulf War ... a 50-year span.
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.
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WHAT: Premiere of From the Battlefront to the Homefront:Iowa Broadcasters Go To War, a presentation by Jeff Stein.
WHEN:Sunday, April 22, 2 p.m .
WHERE:?Wieting Theatre, 101 S. Church St., Toledo
Free will offering to benefit the historic Wieting restoration project.
Jeff Stein is an author, historian and educator. He has taught at the college level for more than 20 years, at Iowa State University, Buena Vista University-Marshalltown Center and Wartburg College.
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.
He also serves as executive director of the Iowa Broadcast News Association and is a past president of the six-state Northwest Broadcast News Association. An award-winning broadcaster, Stein currently works as political analyst for KWWL-TV in Waterloo and KASI-AM in Ames. 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 No. 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 documentaries; his latest, From the Battlefront to the Homefront.- Iowa Broadcasters Go To War, was produced with HI support.