The bravery of American military members has been well-documented, often due to the unique reporting done by Iowa-based broadcasters on the scene. Jeff Stein, author, historian and documentary producer will tell how they did their jobs in WWII and later.
“From the Battlefront to the Homefront: Iowa Broadcasters Go To War” will be presented Sunday, April 24 beginning at 2 pm at the American Legion Memorial Building, 201 Poplar, Atlantic. The program is free and open to all interested persons. The building is handicapped accessible.
Stein produced a documentary featuring vintage broadcasts and interviews with journalists who covered the conflicts. It tells of the challenges the reporters faced while relaying information to a waiting audience and, at times, reassuring them of the safety of Iowans serving thousands of miles away.
Stein is recognized as the foremost broadcast historian in Iowa. He currently is news and program director for KXEL based in Waterloo. His daily interview program can be heard weekday mornings. He also airs a daily radio feature on Iowa History, “Iowa Almanac” on 30 stations statewide.
Jeff Stein taught at the university level for 25 years. He has written several books one of which “One Week in June: The Iowa Floods of 2008” was a best seller.
This program is sponsored by Atlantic Rock Island Society Enterprise (ARISE) and supported by Atlantic Community Promotion Commission. Jeff Stein is provided through Humanities Iowa, a private, non-profit sate affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.