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Bob Fisher is a life-long north-central Iowan, growing up in Mason City. Bob is a 1990 graduate of Mason City High School, where he was a three-time All-State musician. After high school, Bob attended the University of Iowa, where he studied music education…but it’s also where he got his first taste of radio at student-run KRUI-FM in Iowa City. Bob spent one season broadcasting University of Iowa women’s basketball and baseball, with his first play-by-play chore being former Hawkeye coach C. Vivian Stringer’s 500th career coaching victory.Bob came back to Mason City in the fall of 1994, where he started working part-time for KRIB-AM and KLSS-FM radio. He left KRIB-KLSS in April 1995 to become the News and Sports Director at KDEC AM-FM in Decorah, but was asked to come back three months later to become a full-time announcer and assistant news director. Fisher rebuilt a dormant sports department at the radio station, highlighted by coverage of Clear Lake High School sports on AM-1490 KRIB. In February 2000, Bob added the duties of News Director, and transformed the news department as well into north-central Iowa’s most successful radio news operation. Bob now oversees the news department for all five of the Alpha Media radio stations in Mason City (KGLO-AM, KRIB-AM, KLSS-FM, KIAI-FM, KYTC-FM)

In 2009, Bob was recognized by the Iowa High School Athletic Directors Association with their Sports Media Award. In 2014, he was recognized by the Iowa High School Athletic Association with its Media Award.

Bob is a past-president and a past board member of the Iowa Broadcast News Association. He has won several IBNA awards in the small-market radio category:

= 2004 IBNA News Awards
Best Sportscast — 3rd Place
Overall Excellence — 2nd Place

 

 

= 2005 IBNA News Awards
Sports Play-by-Play — Clear Lake Basketball — 1st Place
Best Newscast — 3rd Place
Best Sportscast — 2nd Place
Spot News Coverage — Evelyn Miller Found — honorable mention
Overall Excellence — 3rd Place

 

 

= 2006 IBNA News Awards
Best Newscast — 1st Place
Overall Excellence — 2nd Place
Best Play-by-Play — 3rd Place — Clear Lake Football
Best Sportscast — 3rd Place

 

 

= 2007 IBNA Awards
Best Sportscast — 1st place
Overall Excellence — 2nd place
Best Newscast — 2nd place
In-Depth/Series — 2nd place (“Countdown to the Caucus” series)
Sports Play-by-Play — honorable mention (“Clear Lake Lions Football”)

 

= 2008 IBNA Awards
Flood/Tornado Excellence in Reporting — 1st place
Flood/Tornado Spot News Coverage — 1st place
Best Sportscast — 2nd place
In-Depth/Series — 2nd place (“40 Years Ago: Charles City Tornado)
Overall Excellence — 3rd place

 

= 2009 IBNA Awards
Best Sportscast — 1st place
Spot News Coverage — 1st place (“NIACC Drops Football”)
Public Affairs — 1st place (“Ask the Mayor”)
Overall Excellence — 2nd place

 

= 2010 IBNA Awards
Political Coverage — 1st place (“KGLO 2010 Election Night Coverage)
Best Sportscast — 1st place (“KRIB Sports”)
Best Newscast — 3rd place (“KGLO News”)
Overall Excellence — 2nd place

 

= 2011 IBNA Awards
Public Affairs — 1st place (“Ask the Mayor”)
Sports Coverage — 1st place (“Remembering Blake Lobdell”)
Sports Play-by-Play — 1st place (“KRIB Sports”)
Political Coverage — 2nd place (“Mason City Council Candidate Forums”)
Overall Excellence in Weather Coverage — 3rd place (“Severe Storm Coverage”)
Best Newscast — 3rd place (“KGLO News”)
Best Sportscast — 3rd place (“KRIB Sports”)
Overall Excellence — 2nd place

 

= 2012 IBNA Awards
Overall Excellence in Weather Coverage — 1st place (“Severe Weather Awareness Week”)
Political Coverage — 1st place (“KGLO 2012 Election Night Coverage”)
Political Coverage — 2nd place (“4th District Debate”)
Political Coverage — Honorable Mention (“Iowa Senate 26 Debate”)
Sports Play-by-Play — 2nd place (“KRIB Sports”)
Overall Excellence — Honorable Mention

 

= 2013 IBNA Awards
Spot News Coverage — 1st place — Mercy Air Med crash coverage
Best Sportscast — 1st place — KRIB sports
Political Coverage — 1st place — 2013 Election Night coverage
Overall Excellence — 2nd place
Public Affairs — 2nd place — Ask the Mayor program
Spot News Coverage — 3rd place — John Snyder Murder Case breaking news coverage
In-Depth/Series — 3rd place — Severe Weather Awareness Week

 

= 2014 IBNA Awards
Overall Excellence — 1st place
Use of Actuality — 1st — Cisneros Trial Halted
Political — 1st — 2014 Election Night Coverage
Overall Excellence in Weather — 1st — KGLO Severe Weather Coverage
Public Affairs — 3rd — “Ask the Mayor”
Play-by-Play — 3rd — KRIB Sports
Best Sportscast — 3rd — KRIB Morning Sports

 

= 2015 IBNA Awards (Awarded April 2016)
Best Newscast — “The Midday Report”— 1st Place
Sports Play-by-Play — “KRIB Sports” — 1st Place
Political Coverage — “KGLO Election Night 2015” — 1st Place
Public Affairs — “Ask the Mayor”— 1st Place
Overall Excellence — 2nd Place
Overall Excellence in Weather Coverage — “Severe Weather Awareness Week” — 2nd Place
Feature — “River City Sculptures on Parade” — 2nd Place
Use of Actuality — “River City Sculptures on Parade” — 3rd Place
Best Sportscast — “KRIB Morning Sports” — 3rd Place

 

Feel free to contact Bob via e-mail at robert.fisher@alphamediausa.com

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