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Remembering A Quad City TV Pioneer

Bob Frank early broadcast. Bob Frank early broadcast.
Bob Frank, 1999. Bob Frank, 1999.

One of the first TV news broadcasters in the state of Iowa has passed away. Bob Frank died at his home in South Carolina at the age of 95, according to his grandson, Tony Frank.

Bob Frank was an announcer at WOC radio when the WOC television station, now known as KWQC-TV, aired its first broadcast on Oct. 31, 1949.

Frank alternated with Bob Redeen to present Iowa's first, five minute news program in Nov. of 1949. The station was located in the former Ryan building at 805 Brady St., which did not have air conditioning. With hot studio lights, that might explain Frank's casual appearance in a film clip from one of his early newscasts. The Ryan building was replaced with the current broadcast center in 1963.

During an interview in 1999, Frank told KWQC that he was paid only $5 dollars for each TV appearance and that he was glad he had income from his full-time radio job.


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