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Bertine E Weston
A Bad Case of Morning Mouth--But Are They Talking to You?
Article about the controversial material broadcast by morning FM radio shows, sometimes bordering on the illegal.
A Festive Farewell to Kettle Drive
December 11, 2004
Article describes the "Last Kettle Drive" of Kansas City radio personality Mike Murphy. Murphy's annual fundraiser for the Salvation Army in 2005 was his 30th.
Photos of the performers of three local radio shows: (1) the "Three-on-a Song" musical group on WHB-AM; (2) Walt Lockett's play-by-play announcing of Kansas City Blues baseball on W9XBY-AM; and (3) the...
Photos and captions about announcers and performers on local radio shows including Melba Hardaway of W9XBY's "The Friendly Neighbor," Paul Henning of KMBC's movie reviews, Tom Collins and James McQueeny...
Amos and Andy
Portrait of radio stars Amos and Andy autographed to Joe Sanders. Autograph reads "To Joe Sanders with our kindest personal regards and best wishes from "Amos (Freeman) 'n' Andy (Charlie)".
Around Town: David Naster's Funny Business
Photo and biographical article about David Naster, referred to as "Kansas City's king of comedy" and "Kansas City's best-known comic, a high-energy comedian who's performed for ten years on local stages...
Charles P. Hughes
Autographed portrait of Charles P. Hughes, leading man of radio show The First Nighter. Autograph reads "To my dear good friend Joe Sanders whose delightful music has given me hours of enjoyment. Sincerely...
Close Up: Zany Antics Hike Deejay's Ratings
Photos and biographical article about Mike Murphy, a 35-year-old "early morning disc jockey at KMBZ radio" starting his career in Iowa and in 1974 signing "a contract for the largest salary in Kansas City...
D. D. D.: The Broadcast Wizard's Still Whizzing Along
Biographical article about Donald Dwight Davis, or Donald Davis, "pioneer Kansas City radio/television executive," describing his career starting as a broadcaster on early local radio stations, including...
He's One They'll Never Replace
Article about and interview with Kansas City radio personality Mike Murphy, upon the occasion of his retirement on December 17, 2004.
King of the Talk Shows: KMBZ's Walt Bodine Reigns Supreme on Nighttime Radio and There's Not a Challenger in Sight
Article about Kansas City personality and journalist Walt Bodine's "five-night-a-week talk show on KMBZ" radio station focusing on news, new in 1979, with photos. Description of Bodine's media career and...
Lake City Ordnance Plant
October 5, 1941
Nearly an entire section of the paper devoted to the dedication of the new "Lake City Ordnance Plant," a military industrial complex for production of small arms ammunition in eastern Jackson County made...
Leave It to Cleaver
Discusses the former mayor's new role as host of "Under the Clock", a live radio show broadcast from Union Station on public radio station KCUR-FM.
Lindsay and Jo Shannon Bring Us the Blues
December 1, 2006
Interview with Lindsay Shannon, a founding member of the Kansas City Blues Society, and the owner of B.B.'s Lawnside Bar-B-Q. Shannon discusses his experiences with live blues and blues on radio in Kansas...
Media: More Sound than Fury in Murphy-Merz War
Photo and biographical article about Mike Murphy, a radio talk show host on KFIX-FM 106 starting in 1979 and formerly on KMBZ-AM 980 for ten years. Discussion of his "long on-the-air association with Mayor...
No Holds Barred
October 1, 1981
Photos, interview, and biographical article about Dr. Marshall Saper, a "42-year old [sic] clinical psychologist" and host of a call-in psychiatric program on KCMO-AM.
Our Community's Radio Show: "The Tenth Voice"
Article profiling the producers and hosts of "The Tenth Voice," a weekly radio program on KKFI featuring music, news, and other programming geared towards the gay & lesbian community. The original pilot...
Radio In Kansas City
Folder contains miscellaneous material much of it from the Radio Council of Greater Kansas City including a report of the Committee on Children's Programs. Also included is the V.1,#2 issue of "KMBC Educational...
Readers' Open Forum: Library Opportunities
Article about the "advertisement" of public library services to people in Kansas City, Kansas, through radio shows and the like by the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library. Suggestions of similar programs...
Robert H. Hardaway: Actor, a Former Resident Here, Dies in Phoenix, Ariz.
Obituary article for Robert Hardaway, "72 years old, a widely known actor who once lived in Kansas City." He was born in Georgia and came to Kansas City in the 1930s, producing and acting "in radio shows...
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