Rick Fredericksen

Correspondent

Rick Fredericksen is a Des Moines based correspondent for Iowa Public Radio.  He has been producing the Iowa Archives series since 2007. Rick joined Iowa Public Radio in 1995 after 13 years abroad. Prior to joining IPR, Rick worked in commercial radio and TV in Iowa and Hawaii. For 10 years, he was bureau chief for CBS News in Bangkok, Thailand, covering stories throughout Southeast Asia. He received a Peabody Award in 1989, for CBS radio coverage of the Tiananmen Square uprising in Beijing. He has also won numerous state, regional and national awards for his reporting. As a young Marine broadcaster, he covered the Vietnam War for the American Forces Vietnam Network in Saigon.

Rick attended the Department of Defense Information School in Indianapolis, and Drake University.

Rick’s favorite public radio program is River to River.

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Iowa Archives
11:00 pm
Tue June 16, 2009

Fortnightly Club

Fortnightly Club officers in 1934.
Credit Fortnightly Club

Most of us listen to music on radio, CDs, iPods or smart phones. For one special audience, a club in central Iowa still performs live music, just as it has for a hundred years. Historic audio recorded in 1973 by Winifred Kelly.

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Fri May 29, 2009

Flying Fortress Museum

The Liberty Belle museum in Des Moines.
Khun Ohm

She is named Liberty Belle, a proud B-17 bomber that was built in 1945. The aircraft brings back memories, good and bad, for the veterans who flew them. More than 40,000 men went down in B-17s. Iowa Public Radio strapped in for a ride, in this look back at the Flying Fortress. Historic newsreels are from You Tube, circa 1944. Note: Two years after we did this story, The Liberty Belle was destroyed when she made an emergency landing and burned in a cornfield near Chicago.

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Singing Doctors of DMU
11:00 pm
Thu May 21, 2009

Singing Doctors of DMU

A new choir recently made its debut before one of the most critical audiences imaginable, at a ceremony to commemorate Iowans who donated their bodies for medical study. Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen produced this report from Des Moines University.

Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Mon May 18, 2009

Camp Dodge Centennial

Barracks at Camp Dodge
Credit Gold Star Museum

For its 100th birthday, we present oral histories from the people who worked and lived at Iowa’s largest military training facility near Des Moines. The recordings are held at the Gold Star Museum.

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Fri May 8, 2009

The 1918 Flu Pandemic

Flu quarantine, 1918

As medical authorities closely monitor the world’s newest flu virus, memories are still vivid from the deadly strain that swept the country long ago. We look back at the pandemic of 1918, through the voices of Iowans who survived the calamity. The oral history interviews were recorded around Iowa between 1977 and 1995. Thanks to the Gold Star Museum at Camp Dodge.

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Fri April 10, 2009

Big Band Museum

Credit Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum

A museum, opened in 2010, commemorates musical legend Glenn Miller at his birthplace in Clarinda. We visited the birthplace prior to the new museum's groundbreaking ceremony. Our story features historic audio from the Big Band era, recorded around the U.S. and in England. Courtesy of Cary Hahn and Marvin Negley, the sound clips date from 1939 to 1944.

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Early Grant Wood
11:00 pm
Tue March 24, 2009

Early Grant Wood

This coming Sunday is the final chance to see 'American Gothic' at the Des Moines Art Center. Meanwhile, just down the road, some of Grant Wood's early paintings are being discovered at a most unlikely place. Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen takes us on a Radio Field Trip to Dunn's Funeral Home.

Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Thu March 12, 2009

78s Galore

Credit www.claxtonola.com


An Iowa City man who has been collecting 78 rpm recordings most of his life, is now at 7,000 and counting. His phonograph collection is equally impressive. We sample the recordings from the record vault of Dan Daly. Sounds from early to mid 1900s, recorded across America.

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Boy Wonder
11:00 pm
Thu February 19, 2009

Boy Wonder

At just 16-years old, Harrison Barnes is already 6-feet 7-inches tall and weighs 205 pounds. The Ames High School junior is also one of the nation's top basketball prospects. Barnes is a player to watch in the State Basketball Tournament.

Iowa Archives
11:00 pm
Sun February 15, 2009

Lost Home Recordings

A trip to a garage sale leads to a mysterious batch of old private recordings. The plastic, metal and vinyl records are in terrible condition, but we were able to piece together a partial story of lost voices. The recordings were found in a box of cowboy folklore music at a garage sale in Ames. Sounds from circa 1940s, recorded at unknown locations.

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Fri January 30, 2009

Fifty Winters Later (Part Two)

The massive dance floor at the Surf
Credit Surf Ballroom

We conclude our series from the Surf Ballroom and the corn field where Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper and pilot Roger Peterson were killed in a plane crash in 1959. Sounds from the late '50s in California, New York, and unknown recording studios. Historic audio is from YouTube. (Part One is posted below)

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Iowa Archives
11:00 pm
Wed January 28, 2009

Fifty Winters Later (Part One)

Iconic glasses like those worn by rocker Buddy Holly

It was 50 winters ago when the fledgling rock and roll world was stunned by the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. We remember their last live performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake. Sounds from the late '50s in New York, Denver and unknown studios. Historic audio is from YouTube.

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Mon January 5, 2009

Superman's House Doomed

The birthplace of George Reeves in Woolstock
Veronica Guyader

The Woolstock home where actor George Reeves was born has reached the point of no return. The owners plan to raze the building. We present the highlights of this legendary Iowan's career. Recordings from You Tube and a private collector. Sounds from 1939 to the 1950s, in California. Note: The birthplace house was torn down in 2011.

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Sat November 22, 2008

Kennedy Assassination

Credit JFK Library

Sounds from the 1960s, recorded in Washington, Greenfield and Des Moines. Forty-five years after the slaying of President John F. Kennedy, we hear the voices of several Iowans whose professional lives were touched by the assassination. Recordings courtesy of WHO Radio and private collector Bill Sherman.

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Candy Kitchen
11:00 pm
Tue September 16, 2008

Candy Kitchen

It's always time for ice cream at the Candy Kitchen in Wilton. The family business claims to be "the oldest, ongoing ice cream parlor in the world." Now nearing 150 years old, the confectionary is having it's best year ever.

Iowa Archives
11:00 pm
Thu September 4, 2008

The U.S.S. Iowa

Firing the 16 inch guns moves the ship sideways.
Credit USS Iowa Veterans Association

Sounds from 1945 to 1991, from around the world. The USS Iowa was the first of the mighty "Iowa Class" battleships that projected America's global military power for more than a half century. Their potent, 16-inch guns made them the greatest fighting ship of all time. She opened as a museum in 2012 at the Port of Los Angeles. Historic sound from the State Historical Society and You Tube.

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Iowa Archives
11:00 pm
Wed August 20, 2008

Amana Colonies

Amana Community church, 1865.
Credit Amana Heritage Society

A Tri-Centennial is approaching for a breakaway sect of the Lutheran Church in Germany. Since its 1855 arrival, the religious settlement has evolved into one of the Iowa's most popular tourist attractions, but continues to honor its heritage every day. Sounds from 1934 to 1962, recorded around Amana.

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Science and Technology
6:00 pm
Mon July 28, 2008

Indiana Bats: Part Two

Radio telemetry is used to track down an endangered bat and experts discuss their research. Part one is posted below.

Science and Technology
6:00 pm
Sun July 27, 2008

Indiana Bats: Part One

While most Iowans would scream when face-to-face with a bat, it was the bats doing most of the screaming in this radio expedition. We join researchers in the field as they conclude a remarkable 4-year study of the endangered Indiana bat.

Iowa-80 Truck Stop
11:00 pm
Tue July 8, 2008

Iowa-80 Truck Stop

When over-the-road truckers hit the highway, they need more than diesel fuel and a square meal. We visit two health professionals who practice their trade at "the world's largest truck stop."

Wildlife Care Clinic
11:00 pm
Sun June 29, 2008

Wildlife Care Clinic

They save orphans, repair terrible injuries and, sometimes, must resort to euthanasia. We visit the Wildlife Care Clinic at Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine.

Classic Cars, Classic Diner
11:00 pm
Mon June 9, 2008

Classic Cars, Classic Diner

Classic car owners are paying record gas prices like everyone else and now, they are also facing the loss of a favorite gathering place. We visit Porky's Diner.

American Plumbing
11:00 pm
Tue May 20, 2008

American Plumbing

After continuous operation for more than 70 years, this mom and pop store may be lost in time but has found the way to survive all the competition. For hard to get plumbing parts, look no further.

Iowa Archives
11:00 pm
Wed May 7, 2008

Wire Recordings

A typical wire recorder

Wire recorders were the hi-tech machines used to capture voice and sound recordings during, and immediately after, World War II. Listen to legendary Iowa jazz pianist Speck Redd on wire, as well as a field report from Germany with the sound of artillery in the background. Jazz recordings came from collector Don Moon and Herb Plambeck's war report is from the Gold Star Museum at Camp Dodge. Sounds from 1954 and 1945 recorded in Des Moines and Nuremburg, Germany.

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Arts and Culture
5:30 am
Mon April 28, 2008

Deere Family Organ

It has been portrayed as the largest residential pipe organ in the Midwest. And now, it has been completely rebuilt. We take a Radio Field Trip to Buffalo, Iowa.

Wind Farm Visit
11:00 pm
Wed April 16, 2008

Wind Farm Visit

Almost 3 decades after launching what was then Iowa's largest wind turbine, a farm couple helps bring a new generation of wind power to Floyd County.

The Isiserettes
11:00 pm
Wed March 26, 2008

The Isiserettes

The Isiserettes Drill and Drum Corps, which descended from the Shriner's, is preparing to host their first national competition in Des Moines. We attend a practice session and a performance.

Olympic Dream
11:00 pm
Wed March 19, 2008

Olympic Dream

Iowa gymnast Shawn Johnson and her two Chinese-born coaches are hard at work to join Team U.S.A. at the Beijing Olympics. To observe this unique relationship, we visit Chow's Gym where a star is born.

DeSoto Refuge Turns 50
11:00 pm
Sun March 9, 2008

DeSoto Refuge Turns 50

Iowa's premier national wildlife refuge on the Missouri River is a half-century old this year. We celebrate with nature sounds recorded for a new film that will premiere at the DeSoto Visitor Center.

Iowa Archives
11:00 pm
Sun February 10, 2008

Private Pepper's Story

Soon after V-E Day, Iowa G-I's were invited to say hi to mom, in a special Mother's Day radio broadcast back home. Sixty-three years later, an emotional Gerald Pepper of Ames hears his voice as a young Army PFC, for the first time. The original WHO Radio recording was found at the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting, at Wartburg College in Waverly. Sounds from May 1945, in Rosenheim, Germany. Note: Pepper passed away in 2011.

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