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June 1, 2005

Photo: Clockwise from bottom left--Daniel Sperry, Tim Britton, Tim Eagleson, Jeffrey Hedquist, and Maryana Eagelson

'Talk of Iowa' Broadcasts From Fairfield June 10

The final stop of the "Talk of Iowa's" road trip across Iowa will be June 10 at Café Paradiso, 607 W. Broadway in Fairfield. The show will feature many artists from the Fairfield area including voice actor Jeffrey Hedquist and songwriter Maryana Eagleson.

"Talk of Iowa," produced by the University of Iowa public radio station WSUI-AM 910, is broadcast live on public radio affiliates throughout Iowa. The public is invited to join the audience for the live broadcast at 10 a.m.

Host Ben Kieffer will talk with multi-talented voice actor Jeffrey Hedquist, who will discuss storytelling and the making of his latest audio book, "A Treasure's Trove," based on the popular fantasy/fairy tale by Michael Stadther.

Hedquist will team up with fellow songwriter Maryana Eagleson to perform several original songs. Cellist Daniel Sperry, slide guitarist Tim Eagleson and uillean pipes master Tim Britton will also perform.

The Friday show's home base is The Java House in downtown Iowa City, but Kieffer wanted to take the show to some new locations in Iowa. The first stop on the tour was Brewed Awakenings Coffeehouse in Cedar Rapids May 13, followed by Java Joe's Coffeehouse in Des Moines May 20.

"Since we started the show four years ago, we've had numerous invitations to do shows elsewhere in the state. Thanks to a grant from the UI Year of Arts and Humanities we're able to take it on the road. It gets us out to other communities so that listeners can come see a show in person," he said.

Every Friday morning at 10 a.m., "Talk of Iowa Live from The Java House" offers an eclectic variety of topics and guests for its listeners. Kieffer moderates the mix of lively discussion, drama and live music drawn from a rich pool of intellectual, artistic and tuneful talent.

The "Talk of Iowa" show can be heard on WSUI AM 910 from Iowa City/Cedar Rapids, WOI AM 640 from Ames/Des Moines, KTPR - FM  91.1 from Fort Dodge, KOWI FM 97.9 from Lamoni and KWOI FM 90.7 from Carroll. The broadcast can also be heard in streaming audio at http://wsui.uiowa.edu/ by clicking on "Listen to WSUI"; it is rebroadcast on WSUI at 10 p.m. Fridays.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: George McCrory, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu.