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Kansas City Star
1940-2010 and n.d
Anderson Photo Company
A Pop Concert from a TV Studio
Description of the first television broadcast of the orchestra, done on three local stations from the WDAF-TV studios.
Acquisition of WDAF-TV
May 28, 1958
Unverified first official news of the acquisition of the Kansas City Star's television news station, WDAF-TV, according to the local history index card.
Behind the Revolving Door on Signal Hill
Article about the 25-year history of the WDAF-TV television station and its operations and newcasters, etc., with photos.
Bill L. Wormington
September 17, 2008
Obituary for Bill L. Wormington who died August 16, 2008, in Hawaii at age 81. He was born October 17, 1926, in Dodge City, Kansas, and grew up in Topeka, Kansas. "Bill was a television pioneer in Kansas...
Head and shoulders portrait of Bill Leeds, news man associated with WDAF-TV and Radio.
Bill Leeds and Others
October 10, 1961
Interior group view with caption in scrapbook which reads "At the weekly luncheon of South Central Tuesday noon, October 10, 1961, Bill Leeds, News Director of WDAF, was the principal speaker. In the photograph...
Biography of Francisco Ruiz (1929-1993), Educator and Writer
Biography of Randall Jessee (1914-1976), Newsman
Birthday for WDAF-TV
Head and shoulders portrait of Bob Wormington, General Manager of WDAF-TV.
Article profiles the holiday activities of prominent Kansas Citians.
Color Video Here Tonight
News of the first local color television images in Kansas City, with plans of WDAF-TV "to telecast a 1-minute commercial in color."
Dan Henry Dies at Age 89
March 1, 2015
Obituary for Dan Henry, former weather broadcaster for WDAF-TV, who passed away Saturday, February 28, 2015, at the age of 89 following a long struggle with emphysema. Details of Henry's life and career...
Daniel Boone Jessee Would Approve
Profile of the television and radio announcer, Randall Jessee, for station WDAF-TV.
Earl Beall Obituary
March 16, 2003
Newspaper obituary for Earl Beall who died on March 13, 2003. He was the general manager of WDAF-TV in Kansas City, Missouri from 1978-1992.
Faces of the Past: Don't Touch That Dial
Photos and bios of John Harrington and Bette Hayes, local television personalities of Kansas City's past. Description of Harrington as a WDAF-TV news reporter during the Cold War era, working on both local...
Fanfare For Two Uncommon Broadcasters
Article which discusses the news styles of both Claude Dorsey, who recently died, and Mike McDonald who just retired as news director of WDAF-TV. Dorsey was the first news director at KMBC-TV. Both stations...
Federal Justice in Western Missouri: The Judges, the Cases, the Times
Summary of the federal Supreme Court antitrust case in the 1950s against the Kansas City Star for its practices of monopolizing almost all media in the Kansas City area. Decision against the Star company...
Five Years of Television
Article about the short history of television in Kansas City, starting with WDAF-TV's first regular programming on October 16, 1949.
Government Will Now Seek Decree in Star Trust Case
Article about the Supreme Court case against the Kansas City Star for controlling media in the city too rigidly, requiring them to "dispose of radio station WDAF and television station WDAF-TV."
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