A Return to the Sports Arena on IPTV


Wayne Cafferty in the huddle for the Colo Royals.

We are getting ready to go back in time at Iowa Public Television.

Starting in March, IPTV Sports will return to the statewide network with the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s State Basketball Tournament.

Easy for you to read, but will it be simple for me to say? I’ll be serving as your host of our coverage beginning Friday evening at 530p on both the network and IPTV.org. We begin with a pregame show before the 1A and 2A finals. Saturday will find us on the air at 330p with the pregame and three title tilts to follow with 3A, 4A and 5A.


Colo-Nesco opens the 2014 state tourney Monday at 10a.

Our crew will include the talented folks that bring you local programming on IPTV and some new additions you may already know. BJ Schaben and Laura Leonard will call 1A, 3A and 4A games. Ric Silvestrini and Molly Nelson will team up for the 2A and 5A title games at Wells Fargo Arena. I’ll be your host throughout the two days as we show you all the pageantry of the tournament.


The Carlisle Wildcats capped an improbably U-Turn from 2013 to 2014.

We will be your home for the girls sports championships of basketball, soccer, softball and volleyball. The boys tournaments will air somewhere else. You know the saying, ‘check your local listings.’

IPTV has partnered with IGHSAU for these sports plus a look at some of the other great achievements of the Iowa girl. We are really excited about what we have in store for you this March.

I’ll do my best to keep you updated throughout the week through my twitter page of @paulyeager . And check out this Flipboard magazine that you can view on your desktop or via the app found on iOS or Android. Or check this new Facebook page for updates.

If you know of a good story, let me know and we will see what we can do to incorporate that into our broadcast.

It has been a lot of fun to see some games this year. I’ve seen state qualifiers Dowling Catholic, Ballard, Colo-Nesco, Carlisle and a couple of other teams that came up just a bit short.

See you on press row this week at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.


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Cold hats of 2014

2014 is one of those winters that you won’t soon forget, no matter how hard you try.

We have seen some great hats on reporters this year. Are you here? Send me a photo to iptvpaul@gmail.com or tweet one to me @paulyeager

I did post a few to my Instagram account as well if you’d like to see more.
Here are a few to start your day.


Venessa Peng, KCCI.


Jennifer McDermed, WHO.


Sabrina Ahmed, WOI.


Laura Nichols, KCCI.


Mark Tauscheck, KCCI.


Jodi Whitworth, WHO.


Mark Carlson, KCRG.


Becca Habegger, KWWL.


Kim St. Onge, KCCI.

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The Battle for west of Des Moines


Keith Borness and Paul Yeager will call the Waukee/Valley game on ValleyWebcasting.com

DMWebcasting.com for the video and audio. Archive will post in a few days. Twitter updates @ValleyWebcast. Find us on Facebook at Valley Webcasting. My season preview is here which includes an interview with Coach Swenson. Broadcast begins at 7p. Play-by-play: Paul Yeager. Color: Keith Borness. Sideline: Seth Drury. Stats: Romelle Slaughter.

Game: #5 Waukee Warriors (0-0) at #7 Valley Tigers (0-0), Valley Stadium, West Des Moines Kickoff 7:30

Last meeting: 45-21 Valley win on 8.24.12 at Waukee.

Waukee – Head Coach Scott Carlson

Waukee wants to be known as the team with a lot of sets, uptempo, but can slow it down. Look for some pro formations. 2 back looks, hang hat on running the ball. Power run team. Will single back it to pick up the tempo. Ability to throw downfield will set the tone for the offense. That was missing last year and that helps the balance of the offense.

Carlson says this some of the best depth Waukee’s ever had. Now the roster is over 80 players. Highest program numbers in school history. Allen brothers of AJ and Trevor. #30 Trevor is the junior who played a lot as a sophomore. AJ #21 will see some time on offense, but mostly at DL. AJ actually led the team in yards per carry while Trevor had more total yards.

Team of Triplets – Priest brothers of  #13 Gavin, #19 Kevin and #52 Mitch. All are very different according to Carlson

Platoon Plus: Finally starting to get some platoons and not just 2-way players. May see a lot of players as the heat may have some impact.

Heat Week: Hot weather this week prompted the team to have Tue/Wed practice under the lights. Partially to get used to them and the other it was cooler.

Sophs the QB1: QB starter will be the sophomore #8 Ben Ferkin. Lots of upside to him. Not the starter from last season. That was Hoeg. He’ll back up, but play some defense. Still developing. Ferkin was the soph team QB last year, but this will be a big test under the lights and in front of a big crowd.

Powerball: Would like to hang hat on being able to run the ball. That being said, offense has lots of variety in the scheme. Look for a few sets, up tempo look, pro formation with 2 backs, single formation.  #38 Tyler Speight is the starter at FB. Halfback is #30 Trevor Allen, the leading returning rusher in 4A. 1265 yards last season as a SOPH.

Loaded on the Line: O Line – Good numbers back. 3 starters return to the line plus the TE #87 Michael Jacobson. That position is important in the offense. Quality players up front. They are hungry, but those new to the line will have to learn on the go. Returning players: T #74 Ross Reynolds, G #67 Will Pigg

Defining the Defense: Look for a 4-3 look, but at times, #21 AJ Allen will drop back to give a 3-4 look. AJ will walk up/back depending on situation. Front 7 are impressive in coach’s words. But that is in practice, now it is time to see under the lights how they will respond. Big and strong up front, high motor guys, Ends #92 Anthony Nelson and #21 AJ Allen are finesse guys.

Young Warriors at LB: Linebackers are younger guys. #16 Pat Gray is a junior, MLB #33 Kyle Boulanger and #42 Drew Linemann is a sophomore. So, very young and inexperienced at that position. Boulanger is a returning player.

Secure Secondary: More experience. #7 Matt Corbett is the QB of the Defense. #35 Connor Cox is a senior, hockey player so you know he’s not afraid of contact. Hoeg the back up QB, but will likely play a lot of CB with Cox. Look for battle between  #32 Conner Wachter and #15 Reid Loftsgard.

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My 2013 Season High School Football Previews

Valley Stadium home stands and pressbox

The Valley Stadium pressbox will be my Friday night home for a few weeks. See you under the lights.

This site is about to wander from the media musings and head into Iowa High School football season.

Again this fall, I’ll be doing games from Valley Stadium. Some weeks I’ll be covering the Valley Tigers and other weeks I’ll be following the Dowling Catholic Maroons.

You can already watch past games at DMWebcasting.com. If you have trouble viewing the videos, try Internet Explorer for your browsing needs outside of West Des Moines, Iowa.

Be sure to check out the Facebook pages and Twitter feeds for each school. ValleyWebcasting is the Valley Facebook page and the Twitter handle is @ValleyWebcast.

We also have the DowlingWebcasting page and the @DowlingWebcast twitter feeds for your use.

The first video previews the 2013 Valley Tigers. Gone are some key players at quarterback, wide receiver and on the line. Returning are two good running backs named Tyus Mason and Drew Gray and other defensive players looking to add to the Tiger legacy of Gary Swenson. My conversation is audio only and some pictures from a recent Valley practice.

Our first webcast is Friday, August 30 when Waukee comes to Valley Stadium. Our stream goes live at 7p for a 730p kickoff. Paul Yeager, Keith Borness, Seth Drury and Romelle Slaughter will be in the booth for you.

The Dowling Catholic Maroons know they have a target on their back, not just because they are Dowling, but because they have one of the best teams, on paper, coming back this season in 4A. Two key players return from injuries in Jake Kirvin and Ryan Boyle. Add in some new players, including transfers, and the Maroons are loaded for bear.

I caught up with head coach Tom Wilson to talk about his 2013 squad.

Our first Dowling webcast is Friday, September 6th from Drake Stadium for the Valley/Dowling game. Paul Yeager, Billy Battistone, Seth Drury and Romelle Slaughter will be with you beginning at 7p.

Don’t worry, I’ll still have stories of Elizabeth Klinge anchoring mornings at KCCI and Ross Peterson hosting Soundoff on WHO Radio following Iowa Hawkeye Football or even Mark Amadeo doing Grand View Vikings play-by-play for football this season.

Who knows, it may soon be reporter hat season…

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The Price is Right — for Johnston

Emily Price will now inform residents about the happenings of Johnston.

Emily Price will now inform residents about the happenings of Johnston.

My hint last week about another KCCI anchor departing has been confirmed.

Emily Price will set sail from her weekend co-anchor chair and head to the land of Camp Dodge, Pioneer, Iowa Public Television and Cactus Bob’s as the new Public Information Officer for the city of Johnston.

The move comes after nearly 5 years on the weekend shift that in recent times put her in direct competition with her husband, Dave Price, the weekend evening anchor at WHO-HD.

The newly-created PIO job in Johnston drew a lot of attention. At least 140 applications were received for the position.

That makes two traditionally held female anchor slots open at Channel 8, one in the weekend evenings and the other in the mornings, a slot most recently held by Katie Ward.

Reporter Patrick Bell already departed the station this summer for a corporate job with John Deere Financial.

Another former KCCI reporter, Travis Graven, joined Iowa Public Television this week as a producer/director. He comes to IPTV from the Des Moines Register. That makes five Wartburg College alums working at IPTV. Seriously, homecoming should come to us now.

And this gem was posted late Wednesday night. It is an old promo from WQAD featuring Jim King, Thom Cornelis, Matt Hammill and several other faces Quad Citians had likely let slip their minds. Enjoy. I mean really, check out TC’s part of the reel. Great stuff from the fall of 1980. 

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Goodbye, Tara

KWWL viewers are about to see another new female sitting next to Ron Steele. 

Tara Thomas said goodbye this week and will be headed to the Waterloo Public Schools. Her tearful goodbye ended the 6p news on Monday. Thomas spent more than a decade at Channel 7. She anchored the AM newscasts and then made the transition to evening news anchor with Ron. Amanda Goodman is now in the chair next to Mr. Steele. 

Speaking of changes on the TV…. KCCI is still looking for a morning anchor to replace Katie Ward who left the station earlier in July. And soon they’ll be looking for another anchor. More on that in the days ahead. 


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The Farm Crisis on IPTV


When Laurel met Harry. Harry Smith address the crowd and Laurel Bower Burgmaier looks on. Smith narrated the new IPTV documentary, “The Farm Crisis.”

A story will air Monday night on Iowa Public Television that will rip open a wound for some and break new ground for others.

The network will debut “The Farm Crisis.” This 90-minute documentary will examine what happened in the 1970s and 1980s and how is happening now in agriculture. Many of you lived through the crisis when the bottom fell out of land values and high interest rates led to debt, foreclosure and bankruptcy. Farmers were over-extended in borrowing and when some foreign markets dried up, the value of the commodities dropped and soon auctions were the norm.

Laurel Bower Burgmaier is the producer on this project. She also brought you “More Than A Game: 6-On-6 Basketball In Iowa.”

The story follows Iowa farm families through the high and low times around the Iowa’s best-known industry of agriculture.

Harry Smith of NBC News is the narrator of the film. He was in Des Moines Thursday night for the premiere at the State Historical Center of Iowa. Smith covered 80s farm crisis and has continued to cover stories rooted in agriculture.

This is an emotional piece of work that will be difficult for some to see, especially if lived through it. For those who think farming today is the way it has always been need to set some time away Monday night at 8p on IPTV to watch this program.

Here is a trailer for the film to give you a better idea of what to expect Monday night.

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