Cary J. Hahn began his 45-year broadcasting career at Lindenwood College in his hometown of St. Charles, Missouri. He spent over 25 years as the CBS 2 Iowa Traveler from 1983 to 2008, before returning to his first love…radio… as News Director for 93.1 FM &1450 KMRY Radio in Cedar Rapids.
Cary has won awards from the Associated Press, United Press, Iowa Broadcast News Association, Northwest Broadcast News Association, the 2004 Stanley Foundation Global Connections Award, the Iowa Film Award for feature reporting and the Iowa Motion Picture Award for general reporting, and a National Archives Certificate of Appreciation from the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum. In 2006 he was presented with the Iowa Broadcast News Association’s highest honor, the Jack Shelley Award for career achievement.
Cary is a Past President of the IBNA (2004-2005), a former co-host at KGAN TV for the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon, and for the past three years, a co-host of the KWWL-TV Variety Children’s Charity Telethon. He also emcees Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day ceremonies of the Cedar Rapids Metro Area Veteran’s Council.
A Vietnam veteran, Cary is quite proud of his four years of service in the Navy, broadcasting for the ship’s crew on Armed Forces Radio and Television aboard the USS Hancock aircraft carrier off the coast of Vietnam and at AFRTS on the island of Kodiak, Alaska.
Cary and his wife, Jean, love to travel. He also loves cats, old movies, books, W.C. Fields, Jack Benny, collects political campaign buttons, records and CD’s of all kinds, and for the past several years has served as the emcee of the Glenn Miller Birthplace Society Festival at Clarinda, Iowa each June.