Remembering The Floppy Show
Jeff Stein will give a presentation entitled, “Making Waves: The People and Places of Iowa Broadcasting”, this year focused on children’s television programming, especially on The Floppy Show, which ran from 1957 to 1987 on WHO-TV. The presentation will take place on Saturday, April 28 at 10:00 a.m. in the library’s community meeting rooms.
Radio and television exploded onto the scene in the 20th century and completely changed our lives. Today, we can hardly imagine a day without broadcasting. In his presentation “Making Waves: The People and Places of Iowa Broadcasting”, based on his book by the same name, former Marshalltown resident and KFJB announcer Jeff Stein takes us back to the earliest days of both radio and television, highlighted by original broadcasts, photos and memorabilia. The presentation this year will highlight children’s television programming, including celebrating the 60th birthday of Floppy, the iconic puppet brought to life on Channel 13 by Duane Ellett. Copies of Stein’s new book “The Floppy Show” and DVDs from the original broadcasts will be available for purchase.
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. His daily radio feature on Iowa history, Iowa Almanac, airs on two dozen stations around the state including KFJB in Marshalltown. His daily interview program can be heard weekday afternoons on News/Talk 1540 KXEL, a legendary 50,000-watt radio station based in Waterloo, where he serves as news and program director.
The Marshalltown Public Library has received funding for this event from Humanities Iowa, a private, non-profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. A cultural resource for Iowans since 1971, Humanities Iowa offers many cultural and historical programs and grants to Iowa’s communities.
This event is free and open to the public. If you are a person with a disability who requires special assistance, please call the Library’s Information Desk at 641-754-5738 ext. 4 in advance of the presentation.