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Sept. 23, 2005

Cowboy Poet Baxter Black Featured on 'Talk of Iowa' Radio Program Sept. 30

On the Sept. 30 "Talk of Iowa" radio program, cowboy poet and ex-veterinarian Baxter Black will share his stories and folk artist Will Whitmore will share his music in a live performance.

The public is invited to join the audience at The Java House in downtown Iowa City for this 10 a.m. live broadcast of "Talk of Iowa" on the University of Iowa's public radio station WSUI-AM.

Black is well known as a commentator for National Public Radio's "Morning Edition." He also hosts a syndicated weekly radio program, "Baxter Black on Monday," and writes a syndicated weekly newspaper column, "On the Edge of Common Sense." The Washington Post writes that Black "could make a dead man sit up and laugh."

Black will perform at the Englert Theatre in Iowa City on Thursday, Sept. 29, at a fundraising event for Johnson County Soil and Water Conservation District. For more information see

Whitmore was raised on a horse farm outside Keokuk, Iowa. The gravel-voiced folk singer's latest CD is titled, "Ashes to Dust."

"Talk of Iowa Live from The Java House," hosted and produced by Ben Kieffer, offers an eclectic variety of topics and guests for its listeners. The 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 by clicking on "Listen to WSUI"; it is rebroadcast on WSUI at 10 p.m. Fridays.

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

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,; Writer: Lynn Hudachek