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Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017 9:32 am

When you’re in the car driving home from a Friday night football game, dying to catch a score and not really sure how to use the mobile phone app to get to the KIIC Radio post game show, you’re really not going to have to worry about finding a football score anywhere in the state.

Celebrating his 10th anniversary as owner of the Albia radio station, Joe Milledge has inked a deal with Learfield Broadcasting to create a statewide Friday night football scoreboard. You heard right. That’s Learfield, as in University of Iowa and Iowa State football, as well as about 40 other universities nationwide.

“I’m not exactly sure how they heard about our “Friday Night Lights” show, but Learfield tried two or three times to do a statewide show through Radio Iowa and none of the shows survived,” said Milledge.

Around the first of the year, Learfield (which is part of the Brownfield farm broadcasting family) asked Milledge if he would be willing to produce a statewide show. “I said I’d think about it and shelved the idea until we were done with state wrestling,” he said. “It came down to Learfield coming up with 25 affiliates and a major sponsor. They secured Grinnell Mutual as the sponsor and we came up with 31 affiliate stations all over the state.”

The one thing Milledge did not want to do was disturb his existing crew, which produces Friday Night Lights, drawing coaching interviews from a wide circle around South Central Iowa. KIIC’s football offering includes live broadcasts of Albia football by Jason Summers and Dan Stocker, along with nine internet feeds with broadcasts of Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, Chariton, North Mahaska, Davis County, Twin Cedars, Cardinal, Wayne, Sigourney-Keota and Wayne.

Milledge recruited Tony Atzeri of Des Moines, an Iowa High School Broadcasting Hall of Famer, John Martinson, a 25-year veteran of KGRN (Grinnell) and Wendell Campbell of Oskaloosa. A new studio next to the main KIIC studio was built so as not to encroach with Saturday Night Lights.

“Being asked to do this by Learfield is a tribute to what we’ve done with our sports coverage,” he said. “We have a talent rich community with Jason and Dan, Rich Grimes doing baseball and softball, Joe Sinclair doing wrestling and Larry Achenbach doing basketball along with our outlying play by play guys. I don’t think any community can beat our talent.”

The show will air live from 10-11:30 p.m. and high school football fans will be able to hit the radio dial border to border and find the scoreboard show. Scott Fry will be the board operator for the new program and Milledge will handle the controls for Friday Night Lights.

“Radio Iowa is excited to bring the high school scoreboard show back to Iowa and we couldn’t have accomplished that without a great partner like KIIC-FM,” said Mike Cady of Learfield. “Joe and his staff have been working hard to make this a great year in radio for high school sports and we are happy to be giving radio stations all across the state a quality show focused exclusively on Iowa’s high school football teams.”

 10th anniversary

When Milledge bought KLBA from Harold Mick 10 years ago, he had no idea that sports would become his bread and butter. Milledge, who is the Global IT guy for 1,200 Cargill locations, was able to make some immediate technological improvements at the station and, with the dawn of the iPhone had the ability to broadcast at multiple locations. But it was Milledge tapping into local talent that helped create the kind of statewide and regional notoriety that allowed Learfield to come calling.

“I’m really blessed with talented people,” he said.

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