Inducted in 2007
With more than 50 years in the media, Walt Bodine’s background includes staff announcer, program scriptwriter, television reporter, news anchor and news director and stints as news reporter and news director for WDAF TV and radio.
As host of the WHB radio show, “Night Beat,” Walt helped pioneer the live, call-in radio show format in Kansas City. He is affectionately known as Kansas City’s “Dean of Broadcasting”, but describes himself as a multimedia public nuisance. Bodine has also served as a Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and has written several books. He has claimed to have “two of the most well-worn ears in this metropolitan area.” “I listen to more people in a day than a Menninger psychiatrist, ” he said.
In total, Walt has worked at seven radio stations and four television stations in the Kansas City market. For his work, Walt has received numerous awards including the Kansas City Spirit Award in 1987, recognizing him as the “voice of the people” and “our community conscience.” More recently Bodine was the recipient of the Bishop John J. Sullivan Award for Communications.