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Sandy Wolf to retire; worked in KWWL administration 41 years

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Sandy Wolf jokes with anchor Ron Steele, both longtime KWWL employees. Sandy Wolf jokes with anchor Ron Steele, both longtime KWWL employees.
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Longtime KWWL employee Sandy Wolf's last day at the station -- which coincides with her 41st anniversary working at the Waterloo newsroom -- is Wednesday.

Wolf, who currently works in administration, has worked several jobs for the station over the years. A retirement reception in her honor was held Tuesday night.

"It doesn't seem that long to me," Wolf said. "This industry has changed so much; it's like learning something new every day, and every day I walk in the front door, I'm never quite sure what the day will bring."

During her time with KWWL, Wolf worked closely and had great respect for Grant Price, the highly-regarded former News Director of KWWL who was largely responsible for reversing the fortunes of the station by taking them from third to first in local news.

She was administrative assistant to Bill Bolster, the visionary General Manager who began the Iowa Television Network, originating statewide coverage of Hawkeye basketball from KWWL and later of KSDK, WNBC and CNBC.

She worked with Jim Waterbury as administrative assistant and was front and center with him during the tower collapse crisis of 1983 and the resulting process to restore the station to 100% coverage.

Wolf was here through several ownership changes and has been particularly happy with the atmosphere and culture brought by Quincy.

Wolf was involved as the station transitioned to computers and, through trial and error, learned how to use them so she could show others how to use them.

General Manager Jim McKernan said Wolf was "universally respected" by KWWL staff and the community.

"Sandy embodies the legacy of KWWL, which includes innovative broadcasting, community service and four decades of great employees," McKernan said. "We will miss her dearly."

Wolf worked in sales for a number of years downstairs before landing in her current spot, where she enjoyed her daily interaction with viewers.

"It's never dull, and I have worked with some of the most creative, energetic and unique people anywhere," Wolf said.

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