Public Broadcasting

You know his voice ... but did you know his life? We remember KCUR's Steve Bell, who died last week doing one of the things he loved: getting ready for the afternoon newscast.

From a broadcasting career that began in 1958 to a stint as a psychologist — plus his love of animals and bluegrass music — we celebrate the life of our friend and a cherished voice to many.


KCUR 89.3

Yesterday, we lost an esteemed colleague and friend here at KCUR. Steve Bell, our afternoon newscaster, collapsed on the job and passed away in the afternoon of July 18. We take some time to share memories of Steve.


  • Dan Verbeck, retired KCUR reporter
  • Patty Cahill, former KCUR general manager

In 25 years of service as the General Manager of KCUR, Patty Cahill has overseen an era of great change at KCUR and witnessed public broadcasting come into its own. 

In this conversation with Steve Kraske, Patty reflects upon the connection Walt Bodine  had with his audience on the occasion of his last show at the station.  They also discuss the future of funding for public broadcasting, Patty's dedication to local reporting and her belief that "we have finally come of age."