Arrangement: Arranged in series for each organization.
Subjects: College radio stations - Iowa - Grinnell, Grinnell College - Societies, etc, Grinnell College. Cap & Gown Society, KDIC (Radio station: Grinnell, Iowa), KGRW (Radio station: Grinnell, Iowa), Mortar Board (Society). Cap & Gown Chapter (Grinnell College), Wall, Joseph Frazier (Class of 1941)
College radio stations - Iowa - Grinnell
Grinnell College - Societies, etc
Grinnell College. Cap & Gown Society
KDIC (Radio station: Grinnell, Iowa)
KGRW (Radio station: Grinnell, Iowa)
Mortar Board (Society). Cap & Gown Chapter (Grinnell College)
Wall, Joseph Frazier (Class of 1941)
The first radio station at Grinnell College, KGRW, started on December 6, 1948. It was an AM station that broadcast news, interviews, and popular and classical music. By 1961-62 the station needed better equipment, because their existing equipment was obsolete. KGRW also needed to upgrade to a FM frequency, because FM is more powerful and there is little interference. The station broadcast with a closed circuit. At one point, it broadcast illegally outside of campus, and lost its license, so the station had to return to the closed circuit system. Students living in Norris Hall could not listed to KGRW because the dormitory’s electrical wiring interfered with the station’s signal. Students appealed to the Board of Trustees for funding for the upgrade to FM, but the Board did not have the funds at that time.
KGRW was shut down and there was no radio station on campus for the next six academic years. During the 1966-67 and 1967-68 years several students, headed by Babak Armajani ‘68, worked to start another station. They were successful, and KDIC began broadcasting on May 20, 1968.In the fall of 1968 KDIC broadcast 121 hours per week, and had eighty-five students on the staff. Forty of the staff were DJs. The station received news from UPI, outside newspapers, and campus reporters. Classical, jazz, rock, and folk music were played. In addition, there were special programs from Radio Netherlands, the French Radio System, and the PAN-American Union.
Content: Contains audio tapes of speeches, performances, symposia, and radio programs taped and/or broadcast by the student staff of the radio station during a time of active student political involvement on the Grinnell College campus. Of special note is the tape of Dean Joseph Wall at a community meeting discussing the proposal for closing the college early in the spring as a result of Kent State (5/8/70).
Provenance: Donated to the Archives by Siclinda Canty-Elliott and KDIC staff, September 1998.
Processed by Leslie Czechowski and Emily Burke, September 1998.
1. Anti war rally in Des Moines, 4/72, (55 minutes).
2. Anti war rally in Des Moines, 4/72, (55 minutes or 15 minutes).
3. Bel Canto PGM #7.
4. Black Women’s Panel, 11/22/70, (30 minutes). South Lounge
5. Greg Brown, 1987. Darby Gym
6. William Burroughs, 7/19/78, (31:00). Neunpa Institute lecturer, poet
7. Drug Symposium, 2/4/70. Two Lectures
8. Grinnell College Jazz Band, 11/23/75, (70 minutes).
9. Grinnell College Folk etc. Festival, 2/7/70. Roberts Theater
Track one: Saturday Night Concert Gospel, Cowboy
Track two: Stringband, Maybelle Carter, Bubba
10. Grinnell College Folk etc. Festival, 2/6,7/70, (44 minutes). Roberts Theater
Track one: Cowboy, Stringband
Track two: Bubba, Balfas
11. Grinnell’s Sacred Harp Choir, 1975, (45 minutes).
12. Donald Hall, 4/4/72, (20 minutes).
Contemporary poet here for the 1972 Grinnell College Writer’s Conference.
13. Art Knowces/ Ethno Music, 5/5/68. Lao Ngoc Phong
Vietnam and our Feetore Loston the Ground
14. The Lone Ranger. “Indian Attack and Disgraced Lieutenant”
15. Phyllis Lyon, 4/22/75, (42 minutes). Feminism – Lesbianism lecture
16. “Media Responsibility”, 4/8/74. South Lounge
Panel Discussion of the Media Conference with Susan Hautzinger, Walter Jacobson, Stephen Johnson, and Susan Pledge
17. Mobulu Mesekela, (42 minutes). A Zulu poet
18. Moyer and Kagan on Vietnam.
19. Professor Alan Nesser, Philosophy, on China, 11/9/70, (40 minutes).
On Cultural Revolution in China
20. Political Series, 9,10/74. James Leach, Dave Stanley, Ed Mevinsky, John Culver, Schaben
21. Pseudo Liberation of Grinnell Women, 3/8/69. South Lounge
22. Alice B. Toklas Reads from Her Cookbook.
23. Tornado Report, 9/17/68. Doc Elliot – J. Wittem
24. News Review of Fall of Vietnam 5 Hours Before Surrender.
25. Dean Joseph Wall at Grinnell College Community Mtg., 5/8/70,
(35 minutes). Darby Gym. Proposal for Spring Shutdown as a Result of Kent State, Cambodia, etc.
26. Harold Willens, 9/30/71. ARH. Vietnam Election Day – “Day of Disgrace”
(Willens just spent some time in Saigon)
27. Women’s Movement Info. Meeting, 9/29/71, (23 minutes or 50 minutes).
28. Women’s Performing Arts Festival, 4/75, (48 minutes).