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Celebration of Walt Bodine’s life to be held Saturday

Updated: 2013-03-27T21:39:30Z

The Kansas City Star

A “Celebration of Life” for broadcaster Walt Bodine will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W 47th St.

Friends, family, listeners and fellow broacasters of Walt Bodine are invited to hear and share a story about the man behind the voice heard for seven decades in Kansas City radio and television. for anyone with a story or a memory of the man and his career.

The lead speaker will be Monroe Dodd, a former Times and Star editor, author, and cohost of some of Bodine’s last shows on history.

“The main format is an “open line” to echo one of Walt's favorite formats,” said his son, Tom Bodine. “Anyone who wants to share a comment about Walt or share a story will be welcome to speak for a minute or two. To keep it orderly, two of Walt's past show producers (Andrea Young and Kristin Van Voorst) will be there to manage the microphones and “keep it moving,” as Walt would say.

“We are hoping for a diverse group of spontaneous speakers... just like one of Walt's shows. You might hear from a congressman one minute and a bus boy the next. Walt would love that!”

So expect to hear everything from the man’s love for Kansas City chili and a good malt to his dogged coverage during the night of the Hyatt Hotel disaster.

The family has arranged two opportunities to make donations in Walt's honor: The Walt Bodine Scholarship in Communications Studies Endowment Fund and Children's Center for the Visually Impaired

Checks for the first, to will help to prepare the next generation of Kansas City journalists, can be made payable to the UMKC Foundation. Please mail it to: Walt Bodine Scholarship Fund, UMKC Office of Development, 202 AC 5100 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110

The visual center “prepares children with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities, to reach their highest potential in the sighted world.” Walt, who lost his sight, and his late wife Bernie were supporters of this important work. For this, one can make a check payable to CCVI with “in honor of Walt” in the memo line and mail to: Children's Center for the Visually Impaired, 3101 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64111.

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