The Walt Bodine Collection: The 1951 Flood | KCUR

The Walt Bodine Collection: The 1951 Flood

Apr 24, 2012

Enjoy this selected audio from the Walt Bodine Collection, courtesy of the Marr Sound Archives at the Miller Nichols Library of the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

1951 Kansas City Flood

The News of the World with Leon Pierson, includes news of the flooding in the Midwest and WDAF local news coverage. World news includes the Korean War, Josephine Baker segregation case, Margaret Truman’s return from Europe, and more.

In the late 1980s Walt donated a small collection of his recordings to the Marr Sound Archives. A selection of these recordings has been digitized and is made accessible online here.  Many of the programs focus on events of historic importance in the history of Kansas City, including the 1951 flood, the 1957 tornado, and the 1968 riots.  In addition, selected interviews with notable figures from the worlds of politics, music, literature, and science are also available.  Listeners of these recordings will discover – or have reiterated for themselves – that Walt Bodine is, indeed, Kansas City’s master broadcaster.