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Walt Bodine collection

Repository: University of Missouri, Kansas City. Miller Nichols Library. Marr Sound Archives

Collection Description (CRHP): See especially WB.OR.115 (an interview with Robert Kennedy during the 1960 presidential campaign), and programs WB.OR.130 and WB.OR.133-135, which cover the 1968 Kansas City Riots (April 9-11) following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Among other conversations, Bodine speaks with Jackson County Sheriff Arvid Owsley, Kansas City Mayor Ilus Davis, Jackson County Prosecutor Joe Teasdale, and Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Fred "The Hammer" Williamson.

Collection Description (Extant): In 1940, [Walt Bodine] began his broadcasting career as an announcer and sportscaster for KDRO in Sedalia. After a stint with KVAK in Atchison, Kansas, Walt returned to Kansas City where he worked for KCKN, WDAF, WHB, and KMBZ. At WDAF, Walt hosted "Conversations," a popular talk show broadcast live from Bretton's Restaurant in downtown Kansas City. In the mid-1960s Walt switched to WHB, where he hosted "Night Beat," one of the nation's first call-in shows. [. . .] This collection consists primarily of audio cassettes and open reel tapes of Bodine's radio programs on KMBZ, WDAF, and KCUR. Notable programs in the collection are the coverage of the 1951 Kansas City flood and the 1957 Ruskin Heights tornado.

Access Copy Note: Several relevant programs are available online at

Date(s): 1956-1991

Digital Status: Partial

Extent: 11 lineal feet

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: Robert F. Kennedy, Arvid Owsley, Ilus Davis, Joe Teasdale, Fred Williamson

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


Civil rights demonstrations
Civil rights movements--Missouri
Civil rights--Press coverage
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963
Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968--Assassination
Radio journalism
Riots--Missouri--Kansas City


Sound recordings


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