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Ida McNeil Collection

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2009-064

Content Description

The collection consists of two audio CDs pertaining to Ida McNeil. Ida (Anding) McNeil was a pioneer in radio broadcasting. Born in 1888, her family moved to South Dakota when she was eight years old. Her father worked on steamboats along the Missouri and later settled in Pierre. Ida graduated from Pierre High School and for a time, worked for the State Historical Society, and in 1921 married Dana McNeil who worked for the Chicago and Northwestern Railway. Ida would broadcast news and weather which heard by communities throughout South Dakota. In 1927, Ida McNeil received a license to broadcast as KGFX. Her most popular program was "Hospital News." She is in the South Dakota Broadcasters' Hall of Fame. She died in 1974. The CD’s consist of one 10:29 broadcast segment from January 26, 1951. The second CD contains an interview between Ida and Abner George recorded in 1970. The interview is 38:43 and covers a number of topics such as: the start of KGFX in Pierre, her first broadcast, weather and hospital reporting, daily operations of running a radio station, past employees, and other various stories.

Restrictions Apply



  • 1951
  • 1970


2 cds

0.1 Cubic Feet

521 Megabytes