Remembering A Quad City TV Pioneer - News and Weather For The Quad Cities -

Remembering A Quad City TV Pioneer

Updated:
Bob Frank early broadcast. Bob Frank early broadcast.
Bob Frank, 1999. Bob Frank, 1999.
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Weather

    First Alert Forecast Monday

    First Alert Forecast Monday

    Monday, September 1 2014 4:03 AM EDT2014-09-01 08:03:07 GMT
    Nice weather aheadMore >>
    Nice weather aheadMore >>
  • Developers Hope To Turn Old Schools Into New Apartments

    Developers Hope To Turn Old Schools Into New Apartments

    Sunday, August 31 2014 11:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 03:18:03 GMT
    It will be new life for a few old schools in Clinton and historic buildings in Davenport if a handful of developers have their way.Community Housing Initiatives is looking to transform the Roosevelt Administration Center, a former elementary school, into mixed income housing, by creating 16 spacious apartments there.More >>
    It will be new life for a few old schools in Clinton and historic buildings in Davenport if a handful of developers have their way.Community Housing Initiatives is looking to transform the Roosevelt Administration Center, a former elementary school, into mixed income housing, by creating 16 spacious apartments there.More >>
  • Dr. Danger Returns To Local Speedway After Last Year's Scare

    Dr. Danger Returns To Local Speedway After Last Year's Scare

    Sunday, August 31 2014 11:32 PM EDT2014-09-01 03:32:52 GMT
    Greg "Dr. Danger" Carpenter is back at the Jackson County Speedway one year after a death-defying stunt nearly proved to be his last. The star of the American Daredevils TV series took on the same track in Maquoketa, IA, on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. More >>
    Greg "Dr. Danger" Carpenter is back at the Jackson County Speedway one year after a death-defying stunt nearly proved to be his last. The star of the American Daredevils TV series took on the same track in Maquoketa, IA, on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. More >>

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.

 

Powered by WorldNow

805 Brady Street, Davenport, IA 52803

Telephone: 563.383.7000
Fax: 563.383.7131
Email: news@kwqc.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Davenport, Inc. A Media General Company.