Dan Verbeck

Julie Denesha / KCUR

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, Kansas Citians who responded to the storm share memories and perspectives. We also retrace the musical pipeline from New Orleans to Kansas City.


  • Dan Verbeck, retired broadcaster who covered the storm live, KMBZ and KCUR
  • Micah Herman, Kansas City jazz musician
  • Loren Pickford, New Orleans jazz musician
Alyson Raletz / KCUR

Longtime Kansas City journalist Dan Verbeck retires from KCUR Friday.

Verbeck started his broadcast news career more than 40 years ago. He spent most of those years in Kansas City. 

His departure signals the end of an era for radio listeners in the city, who have heard him on KMBZ, KMBR, KCMO and most recently on KCUR.

Dan sat on the other side of the microphone this week to talk about his career, his favorite stories and what he will miss about reporting.

Photo courtesy of the Walt Bodine Family

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.

1981 Hyatt Regency Walkway Collapse

Presswatch Hyatt Regency walkway collapse edition (featuring our own Dan Verbeck)

Favorite Love Songs: "Moonglow"

Feb 13, 2012

Reporter Dan Verbeck talks about a romantic theme from the 1955 movie "Picnic."

"The movie was filmed mostly in Kansas in 1955," Verbeck said.

"The 'Moonglow' theme has a special tingly quality to it. There are two people dancing in a small park beside a stream at a Labor Day picnic," he said. "My wife grew up in a rural town about ten miles from where the picnic scene was filmed."