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Dec. 1, 2005

Talk Of Iowa Sets December Java House Schedule

WSUI will continue its series of discussions mixed with live, local music in December with live Friday broadcasts of "Talk of Iowa" from the Java House in downtown Iowa City. The December schedule includes acoustic rockers The Nadas, singer-songwriter Bill Bryant, Bob Dorr and The Blue Band, and contributors to the 2005 issue of the Wapsipinicon Almanac.

WSUI AM 910, UI's public radio station serving Eastern Iowa, broadcasts "Talk of Iowa" at 10 a.m. on Fridays from the coffee house at 211 E. Washington. Hosted by Ben Kieffer, Friday editions of "Talk of Iowa" programs integrate live local music with lively talk about contemporary arts, community, and cultural issues.

This month's line-up includes:

Dec. 2: The Nadas. Their name literally means "nothing," but their music is quite something. Members of The Nadas, an Iowa-based acoustic rock quartet, perform live and introduce their new CD, "Listen through the Static." The band has consistently filled clubs across the country and has sold more than 75,000 albums through its own record label, Authentic Records. Playboy magazine called them "the best college band you've never heard of."

Dec. 9: Holidays at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, with Dan Knight and Betsy Hickok. Pianist Dan Knight and singer Betsy Hickok warm up the yuletide season by performing holiday classics in this special broadcast from The Rooftop Café at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. CEO Donna Katen-Bahensky will share holiday activities at UIHC.

Dec. 16: The Wapsipinicon Almanac contributors, and Bill Bryant. Editor Tim Fay and several contributors to the Wapsipinicon Almanac will share excerpts from this year's issue and discuss the unique publication's history. Dubbed "part New Yorker, part Farmer's Almanac," the Wapsipinicon Almanac has been edited and published by Fay at his Route 3 Press in rural Anamosa/Monticello since 1988. Live music will be performed by Iowa City singer-songwriter Bill Bryant. "Drawn from Memory" is Bryant's new CD.

Dec. 23: Bob Dorr and The Blue Band. Bob Dorr and The Blue Band perform their distinctive original blues, soul, rockabilly and R & B groves. In 2006, The Blue Band marks its 25th anniversary. Bob Dorr has not only made his band a success, but has provided valuable exposure for other regional bands as a producer and host for public radio KUNI-FM since 1972. Dorr was inducted into the Iowa Rock 'n' Roll Music Association Hall of Fame in 2000.

Dec. 30: Senior Olympians, and Spontaneous Combustion. With the 2006 Winter Olympics a few months away, we explore Iowa's very own Senior Olympics, an annual sports festival for men and women at least 50 years of age. Guest host Rebecca Sheir will welcome Executive Director Dan Lake, along with several Senior Olympians who have brought the home the gold, silver and bronze. Live music of yesteryear will be performed by the jazz ensemble Spontaneous Combustion.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010, tom-snee@uiowa.edu.