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From the Battlefront to the Homefront: Iowa Broadcasters Go To War

Jeff Stein to present at Wieting Nov. 10

November 7, 2019
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Note: This documentary contains some vivid images of WW?II?including liberation of Dachau Concentration Camp and may not be suitable for some viewers.

From the Battlefront to the Homefront: Iowa Broadcasters Go To War will be presented by Toledo native Jeff Stein at the Wieting Theatre, 10 S. Church St., on Sunday, Nov. 10, in observance of Veterans Day on Nov. 11.

The program is sponsored by the Tama County American Legion and Auxiliary in conjunction with Humanities Iowa.

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Jeff Stein

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. He is program and news director for radio station KXEL in Waterloo.

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.

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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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 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 The Floppy Show, telling the story of the iconic Iowa children's television program. Stein has also produced a number of award-winning radio and television documentaries, including "From the Battlefront to the Homefront: Iowa Broadcasters Go To War," which was produced with Humanities Iowa support which partnered in this presentation in Toledo.



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