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Bill McGinley, WOI Radio Group, (515) 294-9478
John Eighmey, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication,
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Kim Schroeder, Business, (515) 294-5800
Kevin Brown, News Service, (515) 294-8986


AMES, Iowa -- Kevin Klose, president and CEO of National Public Radio (NPR), will speak at three open forums at Iowa State University during a December visit to "switch on" WOI Radio Group's new station in Carroll.

The WOI Radio Group, the NPR affiliate in Central Iowa based at Iowa State, will launch KWOI (90.7 FM) as its fourth station on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Klose will sign the station on officially at 5:29 p.m. from an Iowa Communications Network room at Iowa State.

The sign-on is part of the WOI Radio Group's 80th anniversary celebration. WOI-AM signed-on for the first time on April 28, 1922.

During his visit to Iowa State, Klose will discuss "Contemporary Challenges in Journalism -- NPR Style" at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in 210 Hamilton Hall, home to the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication.

He also will talk about "Public Radio in a Changing World" at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Brunnier Gallery.

Klose's final forum, "The Reorganization of U.S.-funded International Broadcasting Organization" will begin at 2:10 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 4, in 205 Carver Hall, home to the College of Business. This talk will focus on how Klose coordinated U.S.-funded international broadcasting operations (Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia, Radio/TV Marti, and Worldnet Television) to save money and modernize operations in post-Cold War era.

All open forums are free and open to the public.

Klose will also make a Des Moines appearance. He will talk on "NPR -- Your 'Sound' Business Partner," at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, in the Arthur Davis Conference Room, The Partnership Building, 700 Locust St., Suite 100, Des Moines. This event is co-hosted by WOI Radio Group and The Greater Des Moines Partnership and is free and open to the public. However, The Partnership requests an RSVP by FAX to (515) 286-4974 or e-mail to

Klose is a former editor, and national and foreign correspondent with The Washington Post. Prior to joining NPR in 1998, Klose served as director of U.S. International Broadcasting, overseeing the U.S. government's global radio and television news services. He also served as president of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is founder of the Intermedia Survey Institute of Washington, a non-profit research firm specializing in media and opinion survey in Eurasia.

National Public Radio is a private, non-profit membership organization that interconnects the nation's public radio stations.


EDITOR'S NOTE: A downloadable photo of Kevin Klose may be found at For more information, contact Linda Charles at (515) 294-3129. There may be interview potentials available with Klose. Please call Bill McGinley, WOI General Manager, at (515) 294-9478 for scheduling availability.

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