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March 17, 2005

Photos (from top): Charlie Wittmack, Chuck Huss, Andrew Landers

Climbers Share Everest Experiences on WSUI's 'Java House' Program

On the March 25 edition of WSUI's "Talk of Iowa Live from The Java House" program, two Iowans with a great passion for mountain climbing will talk about their experiences on Mount Everest. 

The show is broadcast from downtown Iowa City's Java House at 10 a.m. Fridays on four public radio stations in Iowa. It is produced by the University of Iowa's public radio station WSUI AM 910.

In May 2003, Charlie Wittmack, a UI College of Law student from Des Moines, became the first Iowan to reach the summit of Mount Everest. He also has a bachelor's degree from the UI's Tippie college of Business, and speaks to students across Iowa about overcoming challenges and finding their path to success. Wittmack has been honored across the state for his accomplishments, including a State of Iowa Executive Proclamation from Gov. Tom Vilsack and a Key to the City of Des Moines from mayor Preston Daniels.

Emergency room physician Chuck Huss of Iowa City will make his fourth attempt to reach the 29,035-foot peak of Mount Everest beginning in April. He will be among a group of five Americans attempting the climb and will serve as the team's doctor. Huss is part of the Climbing for a Cure team, which scales high peaks across the world to promote cancer prevention, education and support activities. As a veteran high altitude climber he has logged some 21 climbs above 20,000 ft. He has participated in 39 international climbs, ascended 400 peaks worldwide and reached the highest peak in 14 countries.

The Friday broadcast also includes live music performed by The Andrew Landers Project. "Rock, funk, jazz, punk, folk, and even a bit of country -- you'll hear all these influences from this amazing five-member band from Muscatine," says Ben Kieffer, host of "Talk of Iowa from the Java House."

Every Friday morning at 10 a.m., "Talk of Iowa Live from The Java House" serves up fresh-brewed conversation topped off with live local music. Broadcast from downtown Iowa City's coziest coffee hangout, the program offers an eclectic variety of topics and guests. Kieffer moderates the mix of lively discussion, drama, and live music drawn from a rich pool of intellectual, artistic and tuneful talent.

The show is broadcast live statewide to an estimated 30,000 listeners each week on public radio 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 shows are free and open to the public at The Java House, located at 211 E. Washington St. in downtown Iowa City.

The broadcast can also be heard in streaming audio at 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.

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