IH Previews Iowa’s First Television Show at the 1946 State Fair
August 29, 2016
Before any TV stations were on the air in the State of Iowa, radio station KRNT-AM - Des Moines, in cooperation with RCA and International Harvester, gave the 1946 Iowa State Fair visitors a preview of television. The demonstration was staged in the International Harvester tent. Closed circuit TV programs were produced using KRNT-AM personalities & Staff.
Bob Cannon, whose father was a KRNT engineer, supplied his fascinating picture story to the Des Moines Broadcasting.com website, which is believed to be Iowa's first exposure to television. Bob Cannon was a teenager at the time and worked as one of the camera men. Some of his presentation can be seen at http://www.oldradio.com/archives/hardware/TV/krnt1.htm. Read the story and see all of the photos here: http://www.desmoinesbroadcasting.com/krnt/krnt-tvexp-fair-46/tv-fair-demo46.html