In defense of (local) radio

Former Radio Iowa anchor/reporter Stella Shaffer moved with her husband to Oregon in the spring of 2007.  She wrote a guest editorial in defense of radio that appeared in The Oregonian this past weekend.  Here’s an excerpt: "Radio, the human-staffed, labor-intensive, semitechnical medium that’s known in this satellite age as ‘terrestrial radio,’ for decades has greeted us first thing in the morning, accompanied us to work, offered the latest news and weather alerts, performed our favorite entertainment and made us feel like someone was sending friendly greetings to us out of the great anonymous ozone."

My former boss, Steve Mays, published a blog a few years ago chronicalling KBOA, his hometown radio station.  Steve worked there, as did his father.  Steve is now the web guru (he hates the term) for Learfield, my employer.

A few weeks ago, I published a post about a couple of Iowa radio reporters who are still out there, "doing" local radio.

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About O.Kay Henderson

O. Kay Henderson is the news director of Radio Iowa.