Betty Rae Potts says it is worth the wait. She has listened to public radio since she got married in 1983. It was frustrating to lose the signal when she drove toward Ottumwa from Blakesburg.
News programming is the draw for Potts.
“I’ve been waiting for this a long time,” she said. “The news programs are very objective, informative and at length. They’re going to cover things in-depth.”
That’s one of the draws for Supervisor Steve Siegel as well. He lobbied from that office for the stations and proposed the resolution that declared Friday “Iowa Public Radio Day” in Wapello County.
“It just gives a little different perspective on things,” he said.
The other draw for Siegel is the music. Much of it consists of bands and songs many stations dropped from their playlists as formats evolved.
And that brings things back to Dorr. He’ll take new music from Iowa artists and find a place for it. But one look at his playlist shows where his heart is. And soon he can air it here.
“Eureka,” he said. “We’ve come to Ottumwa.”
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