IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Ninety-one-year-old Dottie Ray opened her Iowa radio show as she had since the mid-1950s, greeting her listeners from the comfort of her home. But this show was different.
Tuesday's airing of "The Dottie Ray Show" was the final segment that Ray, an Eagle Grove native, would broadcast after 55 years on the air with KXIC.
The show, which first aired Sept. 4, 1959, began as a scripted program with scheduled guests and topics such as water conservation. But when a booked guest didn't show up one day, Ray thought on her feet, ad-libbing a story about her father and completely changing the direction of her show.
Iowa Public Radio talk show producer Dennis Reese said Ray was always able to connect with the community.