Marr Sound Archives | Walt Bodine Collection
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In 1940, he 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. In 1983 Walt moved to KCUR, where he hosted The Walt Bodine Show.
Walt has a special knack for conducting an interview while keeping in mind the listening audience. Over the years, he has interviewed many historic figures including Martin Luther King, Jr.; Robert Kennedy; Dr. Werner von Braun; President Harry S. Truman; and Thomas Hart Benton.
Walt is a Kansas City and radio icon. He has received several awards for his work including a Truman Community Service Award, Bishop John J. Sullivan Award for Communications and a Kansas City Spirit Award.