Jerry Sheeder



    Jerry Sheeder began his long and storied career in radio at the young age of 15. Every Saturday his mother would drive him 30 miles to to Perry, IA where he worked afternoon at KDLS. He loved the job so much he worked for free. After graduating in 1964 from Guthrie Center High School, Jerry accepted a job as a full time staff announcer at KMA in Shenandoah, IA. This time he actually got paid, but after tolerating his inexperience for year the management fired him. He then worked for three weeks at KCHA in Charles City, IA before leaving for WDBQ in Dubuque. This lasted three months and in mid 1965 he moved on to KWBG in Boone, IA where he did everything from news to programming to other tasks he can't remember anymore. About two years later the owner of KWMT in Fort Dodge, IA heard him and offered him a job as afternoon DJ. He eventually became program director and switched the format from adult contemporary to the present day country format on New Year's Day 1970. A short time later he left radio to work with a newspaper printing company in Janesville, WI. Jerry explained the change from radio to print was because he had fond memories of running the press and putting out the twice weekly Guthrie Center Times when he was 13 and he wanted to get back to his roots. Jerry soon missed broadcasting so his trip down memory lane was short-lived. Then it was back to Fort Dodge and KWMT where he worked as news director.

     A year later he left Iowa for Pittsburgh, PA where he was hired as afternoon drive news anchor on the Hearst owned WTAE. He also accepted a job as halftime and postgame announcer for the Pittsburgh Steelers. During his time with the Steelers they won two Super Bowls, in 1974 and 1975. In early 1976 NBC beckoned and he went to work at WRC, an all news station in Washington DC. He also continued his football broadcasting there, doing live network reports at Washington Redskins games on weekends.

     In 1979 Jerry decided to return to Iowa to raise a family, and he settled in Fort Dodge working again for KWMT as News Director. Jerry has since started working part time doing the morning news on the seven Fort Dodge stations. He and his wife Marie have four grown children and eight grandchildren.

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