Sunday, March 24, 2013

Walt Bodine signs off from Kansas City, March 24, 2013

Broadcaster Walt Bodine, 92, died peacefully in the early morning hours of March 24, 2013, in the city he loved and served. 

Born in Kansas City in 1920, Walt was the only child of Walton Martin Bodine and Mary Gilmore Bodine. His media career spanned 70 years from 1940 until his retirement in April last year.

Plans for a memorial service and celebration of Walt's life will be announced here later this week.

For more info about Walt, see


Jessica Bodine said...

I say that we have enjoyed every moment that Walt spiced up for us throughout our lives! Enjoy your date with Gramma, love ya tons :) -Jess :)

Anonymous said...

A Kansas City kept me company over the radio waves many hours. Rest in peace. A fan of your radio days

Betty said...

A treasure of our city is gone and I'm sad. Walt enjoyed a hot fudge sundae from my store, Foo's every now and again. He was always very kind to me. RIP

Groucho K. Marx said...

My sincerest condolences to the Bodine family.

Your Dad was truly a class act and a compassionate human being.

Mr. Walt Bodine shall be missed- but more importantly Walt will always be remembered.

James H. Meyer

Tim Vahsholtz said...

Walt, I am lucky to have had you as a mentor (while in college), a colleague (while working at KCUR), and a friend (all along). You also gave me the opportunity to "teach" your class at UMKC, and introduced me to Dixon's Chili.

Thank you, Walt.

Xavier Onassis said...

In the 60's WHB was the soundtrack of my youth. During the day it was Johhny Dolan and Phil Jay. But at bedtime I remember lying in bed with my transistor radio listening to your dad on "Night Beat".

For me, he is as much a fabric of Kansas City and my youth as Tory Southwick and Whizzo the Clown.

I'm very sorry for your loss. It is shared by millions.


Anonymous said...

I've moved from the KC area, but when I'm in town...I can hardly wait to hear your show. Miss your wonderful voice and your programming...enjoy retirement. Do something crazy that you've always wanted to do! Blessings!

Anonymous said...

Walt would always be a gracious host when he'd come home from work and his son's rock and roll band would be practicing in the den. I was in that band. I remember.

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