The Walt Bodine Collection: Race Riots | KCUR

The Walt Bodine Collection: Race Riots

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.

1968 Kansas City Riots April 9-11, 1968

The recording is from Thursday April 11, the third day of the 1968 Kansas City riots. Walt speaks with Jackson County Sheriff Arvid Owsley, Kansas City Mayor Ilus Davis and Jackson County Prosecutor Joe Teasdale. There is also a statement from Fred “The Hammer” Williamson.

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.