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Favorite Quote: “It’s not about you.” Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Life.

Writes Left handed, Throws Right Handed.

Flew with the Navy Blue Angels on a media ride.

Covered stories in all 99 Counties in Iowa

Played the Trumpet in High School and College Marching Band

Freelance works with ESPN’s announcers on college basketball

Plays guitar in church worship band.

Movie ‘Final Season” was on my High School, Norway IA

Was always the smallest kid in school.

Rode on RAGBRAI for the first time in 2014

Favorite Iowa Restaurant: Colony Inn Amana

Favorite Iowa Place: West Lake Okoboji

Favorite Iowa State Park: Ledges

Roger Riley has worked around the state of Iowa for several decades in TV news working in Cedar Rapids and Sioux City Markets prior to landing in Central Iowa.

A graduate of Eastern New Mexico University, Roger worked at the Quay County Sun in Tucumcari, NM for a short while before breaking into television at KBIM-TV in Roswell NM.

Roger started with WHO-TV in 2004 as a photojournalist. After 10 years on the morning show, he began as a multi-media journalist in 2014. He is best known at WHO-HD for doing live car-cam shots of tornadoes and blizzards around central IA. He also enjoys doing features on interesting people in IA.

Roger grew up on a farm near Norway, Iowa where he went to High School.

Roger & his wife Susie have 3 kids, 2 daughters-in law, 1 son-in-law, and 2 grandchildren.


Recent Articles
  • Ames Readies Solar Farm Project

    AMES, Iowa  —  The City of Ames is hoping for lots of sunshine for the possible launch of a solar farm on the south side of town. The city is offering Solar Packs that can be purchased as shares, which cost approximately $330 each, that could later result in a $1-2 credit on residents’ electric bills. So far, around 60% of the needed funds have been raised, thanks to participation from organizations like Iowa State University and a large retirement […]

  • Industrial Technology Expo Encouraging Hands-On Careers

    ALTOONA, Iowa  —  The Iowa Industrial Technology Exposition has been held at Southeast Polk High School for the past 30 years after being moved from the University of Northern Iowa. The idea behind the expo is to invite industrial technology students to bring projects for a competition. “They are judged and they go in different categories,” said Brett Rickabaugh, coordinator of the event, who is also the industrial technology teacher at the school. “We can have students that are in […]

  • Travel Writers Seeking the Quirky, Hoping to Inspire Road Trips

    CLEAR LAKE, Iowa  —  A unique group of travel and destination professionals gathered this week at the iconic Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. The Building Community Conference invited travel writers and bloggers to meet with convention and tourism promoters across the Midwest. “So we thought, why don’t we bring it to our backyard and teach people about the relationships you can build with writers and destinations that we’ve been successful building together and throughout the Midwest,” said Libbey Hohn, […]

  • Habitat For Humanity Uses a Former Church for New Store

    AMES, Iowa- When Dan Thomsen took over as the new manager of the Habitat for Humanity Store in Ames, he realized the store needed a bigger space. He heard there was an empty church located in the northern part of Ames. “At that time the Heartland Baptist Church congregation had just moved into their new building over on Stange Road, and we were fortunate enough to be the first to ask an d inquire about their building,” said Thompson. “Without […]

  • High School Student Spinning the Oldies from His Own Radio Station

    DES MOINES, Iowa- Little did Bill Gatchel realize, when he took a weekend part-time radio job, that would serve to light a fire for radio with his son Joey. In May of 2017 Joey Gatchel, now 17 launched KWPO an online 24/7 oldies radio station. He has just completed one full year of running his own online radio station. Joey caught the radio bug from his Dad, while he worked weekends at a radio station. “I got the passion because […]

  • Putting a New Spin on an Old Windmill in Elk Horn

    ELK HORN, Iowa  —  For the past couple years, the Danish Windmill in the town of Elk Horn has been silent. The windmill was built in 1848 in Denmark. In 1975, all the pieces were numbered as it was torn down and transported to the Shelby County town where it was re-assembed. After 40 years, the mill developed some problems. “Ya gotta listen to the noises, there’s always slight noises that you hear and you learn the sounds of the […]

  • Boone County Courthouse Celebrates 100 Years

    BOONE, Iowa- The Boone Community turned out on Friday to celebrate 100 years of the current Boone County Courthouse. A ceremony was held on the east side of the building. A group of Iowa Freemasons did a reenactment of the ceremony in 1918. The group has a history of stone masons past in helping to lay cornerstones at public buildings, and churches. The actual idea to hold this event came from two long-time Boone County employees who work in the […]

  • Dutch Engineering Tradition Also Displayed at Tulip Time

    PELLA, Iowa- Tulip Time underway here draws visitors from all over. They come for the Dutch ambiance, with the tulips, the food, and the Dutch culture. The 124 foot tall Vermeer Windmill is the tallest of the attractions here. The windmill was built in 2001 in Holland, and assembled in Pella in 2002. “Obviously it’s a wind mill, so we’re totally dependent on the wind,” said Jim Brandl, the Molenaar for the windmill. Molenaar is Dutch for Miller. The windmill […]

  • Republican Candidates for Iowa Secretary of Ag Meet in Forum

    ANKENY, Iowa — WHO Radio’s Big Show played host to five Republican Candidates for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture. The five will meet in a June 5th Primary Election. The winner will face the lone Democratic Candidate, Tim Gannon, a Mingo Farmer, formerly with the US Department of Agriculture under Tom Vilsack. The candidates were asked a variety of questions from trade markets for Iowa farmers, to the recruiting of younger farmers to replace many farmers who are nearing retirement. The […]

  • Celebrating Arbor Day in Ames’ Tree City

    AMES, Iowa  —  Arbor Day was marked by the City of Ames with a tree planting ceremony in Stuart Smith Park. “Today we’re celebrating Arbor Day. We’re going to plant six trees in one of our 36 parks,” said Joshua Thompson, Parks and Facilities Supt. for the city. “The city of Ames is responsible for all the trees in the public right of way and all the parks systems.” Thompson said there are 16,000 trees in right of way trees […]

  • Baby Bison Born at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge

    PRAIRIE CITY, Iowa- Spring has arrived at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. So far five bison calves have been born on the Refuge. Each year around 10-15 Cows have calves. “It started about two weeks ago we had two calves within a couple of days and then we had a couple more, so up to five now in the last two weeks,” said Karen Viste-Sparkman, wildlife Biologist at the Refuge. “This is kind of their peak time for seeing […]

  • ‘Madison County Airing of Quilts’ Covering Winterset Saturday

    WINTERSET, Iowa- On Saturday dozens of quilts will be hanging all around here.  The “Madison County Airing of Quilts. Quilts will be draped over covered bridges,  and they will be draped from the porticos of the 1876 Madison County Courthouse. “We’re sort of blanketing Winterset with quilts,” said Iowa Quilt Museum Board President Marianne Fons. “Quilts will be hanging from the porch rails, they’ll be inside covered bridges, my quilts are going to be inside the covered bridge down at […]