Thank You, Walt Bodine

The final Walt Bodine Show aired on April 27th, 2012, celebrating 72 years of originality and honesty across print, television and radio platforms, as pioneering journalist Walt Bodine retired from KCUR. Walt died at the age of 92 on Sunday, March 24, 2013.

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As 2013 comes to a close, we remember some of the local public figures who died this year. This list is by no means exhaustive, but recognizes some of the most prominent people who were lost in the philanthropic, arts and media communities of the Kansas City region.

As always, share your comments (or additions to the list) below.

Walt Bodine “was us,” said Monroe Dodd, a long-time friend and colleague of the legendary newsman, who died last week at 92. Speaking at a packed memorial service this afternoon at Unity Temple on the Plaza, Dodd said Walt had remarkable insights. “He’d toss (them) into the conversation in the form of questions ... they were like firecrackers.”

Legendary broadcaster Walt Bodine died on Sunday, March 24, at the age of 92. Today on Central Standard, we remember Walt with familiar sounds of regular guests, old friends, and of course, Walt Bodine.


KCUR received many emails, online comments, phone calls, tweets and Facebook comments in the wake of the death of legendary journalist Walt Bodine last Sunday. Bodine was 92, and for 72 years he was a beloved Kansas City mainstay. His journalistic integrity and conversational skills made a huge impact on his listeners and on the Kansas City community.

A memorial service, a celebration of Bodine's amazing life, is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th St., Kansas City, Mo.

Walt Bodine, legendary Kansas City broadcaster and icon of the city, died Sunday at the age of 92. To celebrate the life and career of Bodine, Central Standard invites his fans, friends and colleagues to call in and share their memories of former Walt Bodine Show host both on and off the air.

Courtesy of the Walt Bodine Family

Today, we're talking about memories of KCUR's Walt Bodine.

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Walt Bodine was an aristocrat among newsmen and a friend to the people of Kansas City. The long-time journalist, author and talk show host died early Sunday morning. He was 92.

As a reporter, Walt always got the story, and he usually got it first. He wrote like a poet.

This is how he described Truman’s visit to Kansas City during the 1951 floods:

Longtime journalist, author and talk show host Walt Bodine died early Sunday morning. He was 92.

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Two notable Kansas Citians have been honored by resolution in city hall council chambers.  Walt Bodine and Alvin Brooks were picked for singular achievements.

Both men were lauded for forms of public service, Brooks for government work and civic anti-crime fighting, Bodine for broadcasting. 

The resolution congratulated Alvin Brooks on his 80th birthday.

The Last Walt Bodine Show

Apr 27, 2012

Thank you all for joining KCUR this Friday morning at 10 a.m. for the very last Walt Bodine Show, and showing such outstanding support for Walt, and his contributions to local journalism.

Walt was join for the hour by his friends Monroe Dodd, Charles Ferruzza and Russ Simmons. The three have known Walt over the years as regular guests and co-hosts, and will talk with Walt today about his influence in Kansas City.

 

Requiem For A Heavyweight

Apr 27, 2012
Photo courtesy of the Walt Bodine Family

Walt Bodine's final show has inspired a lot of emotions and fond farewells, including this haiku from longtime listener Greg Hack.

A colorful era in the world of local media ends this week.  Walt Bodine retires after a more than 7 decades in the business.

Marilyn Maye's Song For Walt Bodine

Apr 27, 2012

Thank you all for joining KCUR this Friday morning at 10 a.m. for the very last Walt Bodine Show, and showing such outstanding support for Walt, and his contributions to local journalism.

One More Broadcast For A Living Legend

Apr 27, 2012

The final Walt Bodine Show was heard Friday, April 27th, celebrating 72 years of originality and honesty across print, TV and radio platforms, as pioneering journalist Walt Bodine retires from KCUR.

Walt Bodine Special: Walt And The Lion

Apr 25, 2012

After 72 years as a broadcaster, at the age of 91, Walt Bodine is heading into full retirement. The end of an era approaches; the very last Walt Bodine Show will take place this Friday. What can anyone say to that?

Walt Bodine Special: The Documentary

Apr 25, 2012

Join us Thursday morning at 10, as Charles Ferruzza presents an audio documentary about Walt Bodine, originally titled, "To Kansas City, With Love."

Thank You, Walt: A Message from Claire McCaskill

Apr 25, 2012

Walt's friends are a diverse group: from a lion to famous authors, Walt grilled them all and won their hearts in the process.

One of these folks is Senator Claire McCaskill, who recorded a special thank you message for Walt to congratulate him on his retirement and the years of service he provided to Kansas City:

Walt Bodine Special: Ira Glass

Apr 24, 2012

Join us Tuesday morning for a special Walt Bodine Show from 2004, when Walt chats with fellow storyteller Ira Glass of This American Life about the ins and outs of radio journalism, and what happens when, inevitably, things go awry.

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.

Interview with Werner Von Braun

Broadcast discusses uses for rockets including military, space travel, visiting the moon, Von Braun youth, and his coming to America.

Walt's 'Loveable Joints' On KMBC

Apr 24, 2012

Walt Bodine has been a ubiquitous voice for Kansas City over the years, but he's also been a face as well. In these human-interest shorts that he did for KMBC starting in 1982, Walt reaches out to Kansas City by doing what he does best: telling stories and sharing information.

The Walt Bodine Collection: Walt the Humorist

Apr 24, 2012
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.

Walt the Humorist

Walt discusses his stint writing gags for Harry O'Connor.

The Walt Bodine Collection: Interview with Robert Kennedy

Apr 24, 2012
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.

Interview with Robert Kennedy

Robert Kennedy discusses his brother John F. Kennedy’s campaign for President and the various issues of the 1960 campaign. Richard W. Bolling, the Missouri Democratic Representative to U.S. Congress between 1949-1983, is also a guest.

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)

The Walt Bodine Collection: Race Riots

Apr 24, 2012
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.

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.

The Walt Bodine Collection: The 1951 Flood

Apr 24, 2012
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.

Kansas City, MO – Recorded at the StoryCorps MobileBooth in Kansas City in 2006.

At StoryCorps recording booths across the country, friends and loved ones interview each other about their lives. In 2006, Tom Bodine brought his father and longtime KCUR radio host Walt Bodine in for an interview. Here, Walt tells Tom what he misses most about his loss of vision.

Walt Covers KC's Worst-Ever Tornado

May 14, 2010

Kansas City – Tornadoes raked Kansas and Oklahoma a week ago, killing 5 people. But those storms were minor compared to the one that hit Kansas City on May 20th, 1957. The Ruskin Heights Tornado was among the most powerful ever recorded. It obliterated the new neighborhood that it's named for, and killed dozens of people. KCUR's Walt Bodine was there before the dust cleared.

Kansas City, Mo. – Westport High School is slated to close this spring after 103 years. KCUR's Walt Bodine attended classes there in the 1930s, when the school was relatively new, and affluent. A violent crime near a student hangout close to the school changed his life, and put him on the career path he's been on ever since. KCUR's Frank Morris spoke with him about his time at Westport High, starting with the impression that struck him, when he walked in the door for his first day of classes.

photo: courtesy of Missouri Valley Special Collections

Kansas City, Mo. – KCUR's Walt Bodine spent the Great Depression working at his parents' drugstore in Kansas City. That family business placed Walt right in the thick of one of the wildest periods in the city's history. It also launched his broadcasting career... sort of. KCUR's Frank Morris spoke with Walt about that turbulent time, and the store, situated on a once dynamic, now blighted, corner in midtown.

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Kansas City native and international funk singer Marva Whitney returns to the KCUR studios for a talk with Gina and Walt.

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