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Tribute to Grant Price

posted on October 27, 2008 at 2:14 PM

Grant Price was a broadcaster who will be remembered by many.  This remembrance is by one of his former Wartburg College students, Iowa Journal host Paul Yeager.

Paul Yeager: Before we go we need to acknowledge the passing of an Iowa broadcast legend.  It is fitting that we featured the first district tonight, the district that Iowa broadcasting pioneer Grant Price spent the majority of his 60 plus year career reporting, managing and teaching.  Grant Price died Friday in Waterloo following a short illness. 

His career spanned radio and television in Sioux City, Cedar Rapids and Waterloo. 

One of his famous exchanges as a reporter came at a Dallas press conference with Richard Nixon.  Price asked the president about the state of a farm reserve program.  Nixon responded with "farmers never had it so good."  It was a statement that his administration tried to defend for the rest of their stay in the White House. 

Following his first retirement as news director at KWWL-TV in 1989 he ventured into teaching at Wartburg College.  He built the broadcast journalism department from the ground up.  I and some of my IPTV colleagues were some of the fortunate ones he mentored while at Wartburg. 

Grant also served on this board at this network and was a dear friend of this program.  Many more of us were fortunate to have worked with him.  He continues to influence what you see in broadcast journalism today.  He taught us the value of integrity, fairness and accuracy, all lessons in life that should never be compromised, especially in the ever changing industry of television. 

Grant's most recent effort includes the archives of Iowa broadcasting.  He was compiling oral histories from the pioneers of the state's communication industry.  Grant was just short of his 86th birthday.  He is survived by two daughters and five grandchildren and countless others in his extended broadcast family. 

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