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"Bud and Spud" promotional photo
Promotional photo of Ralph "Bud" Hunt and Earl "Spud" Bledsoe. "Bud" playing banjo and "Spud" playing guitar behind KMBC microphone. Both wearing leather shoes, dark pants, plaid shirts, and paperboy hats. "Your Friend Bud" and "Sincerly (sic) yours Spud" inscriptions on front., No date; likely between 1935 and 1942, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Copy of signed photograph. Provenance: gift of Orlene "Kit" Johnson & Irene "Kay" Dierks, July 2001.
"Colorado" Pete promotional photo
Promotional photo of "Colorado" Pete wearing satin long-sleeve shirt with dark scarf and white cowboy hat. "To Irene one of the "Crouse Twins", "Colorado" Pete, K.M.B.C." inscription on front., No date; likely between 1930 and 1942, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Copy of signed photograph. Provenance: gift of Orlene "Kit" Johnson & Irene "Kay" Dierks, July 2001.
"Korn's-a-Krackin'" promotional photo
"Korn's-a-Krackin" cast portrait. Back row, left to right: Jerry Asborn, Virgil Phillips, Ozark Red, George Rhodes, Slim Wilson, Buster Fellows, Faust Matthews, Bob White, Speedy Junior Haworth. Middle row, left to right: Bill Matthews, Matt Matthews, Bill Hickman, Monty Matthews. Front row, left to right: Lou Black, Lennie Aleshire, Aunt Martha (Wilson), Pat Evans (Black), Corrine Stump (Black), Bill Ring. Front, on side: Goo-Goo Rutledge. Label on front bottom: ""Korn's-A-Krackin'" / Saturday Nights - MBS / A KWTO (Springfield, MO) Production." Image taken outside the radio station, Glenstone Street, Springfield, Mo., No date; likely between 1941 and 1954, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
"Tex" Owens promotional photo
Promotional photo of "Tex" Owens sitting on stool with Martin guitar in front of white peg-board wall behind "KMBC" microphone. Owens is wearing leather chaps, cow print vest, white long-sleeve shirt, white cowboy hat, and ring on left ring finger. "Tex Owens" signature on front., No date; likely between 1930 and 1942, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Copy of signed photograph. Provenance: gift of Orlene "Kit" Johnson & Irene "Kay" Dierks, July 2001.
Arthur B. Church - Christmas 1943 - Photo Album
Photo album of KMBC station personnel presented to owner/operator Arthur B. Church., 1943
Arthur B. Church and Karl Koerper at KMBC farm
Arthur B. Church on horseback shaking hands with Karl Koerper at the KMBC farm. Church left side of image wearing light colored shirt and pants and sitting on dark horse. Koerper on right smoking cigarette and wearing light colored hat and shirt with dark pants and gold ring. Church and Koerper looking at each other. Horse facing camera. Fields and trees in background. Small machinery in middle ground on left side of image., No date; likely between 1951 and 1960, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Handwritten note on back: "Arthur Church / Karl Koerper Exec VP KMBC-KFRM / at KMBC Farm." Housed in oversized manuscript box 5.
Arthur B. Church giving speech at formal company dinner
Arthur B. Church giving speech at formal company dinner. Church standing at middle seat of long table. Used dinnerware on tables. Several guests seated in wooden chairs facing away from camera. "Head table L to R: Ray Moler, Chief engineer & technical advisor; Mrs. Arthur B. Church; Arthur B. Church, Pres. Midland Broadcasting Co.; Mildred Whitinng [correct spelling Whiting], Co. Secy; Ken Kraul [correct spelling Krahl], Studio Director" printed below photo., No date; likely between 1951 and 1960, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Copy. Provenance: gift of Bill Simes, from the Ammon Ray Moler estate, January 2000.
Arthur B. Church giving speech during KMBC building dedication
Arthur B. Church giving speech during KMBC building dedication. Entire stage visible with large group of men and women seated on folding chairs in semi-circle. Lee Stewart [Keith Painton] seated next to Millie and Sue on right side of stage. Large bouquet in front of podium. Lights and "KMBC" labeled microphones on sides of podium. Heads of several audience members visible in foreground., May 1951, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Handwritten note on back: "Arthur Church / Dedication KMBC Building." Housed in oversized manuscript box 5.
Arthur B. Church publicity portrait
Publicity portrait of Arthur B. Church. Standing at angle near wall behind KMBC microphone stand and holding "Buzz Saw" newsletter dated Thursday May 7th. Printed note on front: "'That's My Business' / So says Arthur B. Church.", No date; likely between 1931 and 1936, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Copy of postcard.
Arthur B. Church with Tex Owens and The Texas Rangers
Nine-member Texas Rangers, including Tex Owens (second from right), in studio with Arthur B. Church (right) and unidentified man. Band members holding various instruments including violin, guitars, accordion, and double bass. All wearing cowboy hats and unmatched costumes. Church standing on right holding papers. Unidentified man with papers standing in center behind CBS microphone. Clock on left wall. Studio windows on right wall. Organ against right wall. Lighting partially visible in upper right corner., January 14, 1939, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Provenance: gift of Arthur B. Church, Jr., 2012.
Arthur B. Church with two unidentified men and one unidentified woman
Arthur B. Church with one unidentified woman and two unidentified men. Church and one man facing each other while holding white, round cake. Woman and second man standing behind. All laughing or smiling., No date; likely between 1931 and 1940, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Arthur B. Church, Mark Norman Smith, and three unidentified men sitting around desk
Arthur B. Church, Mark Norman Smith, and three unidentified men sitting around desk. Smith on far left; Church at middle right. All men wearing medium colored suits. Newspapers scattered on desk. Church holding pen and notepad. Notebooks in front of Smith. Bookcase with magazine, photo frame, and small statue against left wall. Large window with blinds on far wall., No date; likely between 1941 and 1944, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Provenance: gift of David and Linda Domelsmith, January 2011.
Billboard advertising KMBC's "Phenomenon"
Billboard advertising KMBC's "Phenomenon" program. White background with dark text. Wooden billboard with three lights attached to top of frame pointing at advertisement. Brick building and car partially visible behind billboard. Handwritten on front of photo: "8247.", No date; likely between 1931 and 1932, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Handwritten on front of photo: "8247."
Board of Directors, National Association of Broadcasters, Detroit, Michigan
Group portrait of the fourteen member National Association of Broadcasters Board of Directors. Portrait taken at end of room in front of large window. Six men seated on a couch and two chairs. Eight men standing behind couch. Arthur B. Church fourth from right, back row. Taken in Detroit, Michigan., October 28, 1931, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Cast of "The Brush Creek Follies"
Cast of "The Brush Creek Follies." Group portrait of 33 individuals on stage with barn scene backdrop. Kit and Kay center front row in large white hats. Colorado Pete standing behind Kit and Kay. Eddie Edwards as "George Washington White" left of front row center. Kenny Carlson with ventriloquist dummy, Scrappy O'Brien, front row fifth from right. Several audience members' heads visible on foreground., No date; likely between 1938 and 1942, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Copy. Provenance: gift of Orlene "Kit" Johnson & Irene "Kay" Dierks, July 2001.
Cast of "The Brush Creek Follies"
Cast of "The Brush Creek Follies." Group portrait of 24 individuals on stage with barn scene backdrop. Seven holding instruments including double bass, accordion, and guitars. Kit and Kay, front row fifth and seventh from left. Kenny Carlson with ventriloquist dummy, Scrappy O'Brien, far right, front row. Colorado Pete kneeling right of front row center., No date; likely between 1938 and 1942, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Copy. Provenance: gift of Orlene "Kit" Johnson & Irene "Kay" Dierks, July 2001.
Charles F. Church, Jr. on train steps with suitcase
KMBC's director of education, Charles F. Church, Jr. standing on passenger train car steps in Portland, Oregon. Church holding large suitcase and smaller briefcase and is wearing medium toned suit with white shirt, striped tie, and white Panama hat. Church facing camera and smiling with back to train door., No date; likely between 1941 and 1950, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Provenance: gift of David and Linda Domelsmith, January 2011.
Close-up of Kit & Kay behind "KMBC" microphone
Close-up of Kit & Kay behind KMBC microphone facing each other. Instrument straps visible over shoulders. Both wearing white Tom Mix cowboy hats and white tops with dark scarves under collars., No date; likely between 1938 and 1942, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Copy of postcard. Provenance: gift of Orlene "Kit" Johnson & Irene "Kay" Dierks, July 2001.
Colorado Pete with Kit & Kay
Colorado Pete on stage with Kit & Kay. Pete standing between Kit and Kay behind microphone. Kit and Kay wearing dark tops and pants. One holding guitar. Pete holding guitar and wearing light pants and dark vest. All three wearing white cowboy hats., No date; likely between 1938 and 1942, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Copy. Provenance: gift of Orlene "Kit" Johnson & Irene "Kay" Dierks, July 2001.
Five piece band performing on stage with barn backdrop
Unidentified band performing on stage with barn backdrop. All wearing matching outfits of dark shirts with white scarves, medium toned striped pants, and white cowboy hats. Left to right: unidentified man on left holding violin and wearing scarves with RLH monogram, man holding accordion and smiling at camera, unidentified man holding guitar partially visible, unidentified man holding double bass singing into KMBC-KFRM microphone, unidentified man holding guitar and smiling at singer. Piano and second microphone visible in right background. Two people partially visible sitting on long bench in left background., Approximately 1951, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Provenance: gift of Arthur B. Church, Jr., April 2005.
Four KMBC staff at Pickwick Hotel Coffee Shop
Lee Stewart [Keith Payton], Joe Knoche, Ray Moler, and Ken Cook in dark suits sitting at Pickwick Hotel Coffee Shop table in semi-circle. Restaurant counter visible in background. Two waitresses in white partially visible on image right side. "Pickwick Hotel Coffee Shop L to R: / Keith Payton [correct spelling Painton], announcer; Joe Knoche, Recording Engineer; / Ray Moler, Chief Engineer; Ken Cook / Note soda fountain background with ad for 25-cent salmon salad sandwich." printed on bottom of image., No date; likely between 1951 and 1960, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Copy. Provenance: gift of Bill Simes, from the Ammon Ray Moler estate, January 2000.
George Higgins, H.P. Peters, and Gene Dennis
George Higgins, General Manager, KMBC AM-TV; H.P. Peters, President of Peters, Griffin and Woodward; and Gene Dennis, Advertising Executive in dark suits holding drinks having conversation. Peters and Dennis smoking. Dennis wearing glasses and ring on left ring finger., Approximately 1951, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Provenance: gift of Arthur B. Church, Jr., April 2005.
Goodwill Family portrait
KWTO promotional portrait of The Goodwill Family and their families. Five adults standing behind couch; four adults and one child sitting on couch; two children in chairs on either side of couch. Mirror and two photos on wall behind family. L to r: Shirley Jean Haworth, Wanna Faye Haworth, Donna Faye Haworth, Junior Haworth, Everett, Aunt Martha (Wilson), Ada Wilson, Slim Wilson, John Wesley Wilson, George Rhodes, Alice, Billy. Handwritten note on front: "Sunway Vitamins extends all good wishes from radio's "Goodwill Family" (and their families) / Radio station KWTO Springfield, Missouri.", No date; likely between 1951 and 1960, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Haden Family portrait
The Haden Family portrait. Left to right: James Lowell, Mary Elizabeth, Carl Sr., Kenny Thomas, Mary Jane, Sharon Kay, Carl Jr., Charlie. Handwritten note on front: "Our best wishes to you / The Haden Family.", No date; likely between 1946 and 1947, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Happy Hollow Humdingers promotional photo
Happy Hollow Humdingers promotional photo. Four men in matching black suits and white shirts. All standing at 45 degree angle to camera and smiling. L to r: Slim, Smoke, Hank, Pete. Pete holding sheet music. KMBC microphone on right. Light background., 1935, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Provenance: gift of Arthur B. Church, Jr., 2012.
Johnnie Lee Wills & All The Boys promotional photo
Johnnie Lee Wills & All The Boys portrait. Left to right: Buster Magness, Henry Boatman, Leon Huff, Chuck Adams, Frank Simms, Johnnie Lee Wills, Don Harlan, Curly Lewis, Clarence Cagle, Ebb Gray. Includes photo inset of Johnnie Lee Wills on a horse., No date; likely between 1941 and 1960, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
KMBC Chief Engineer Ray Moler promotional photo
Promotional photo of KMBC Chief Engineer Ray Moler standing in front of tall radio equipment cabinet along right wall with left hand on dial. Free standing equipment of left side of image. Moler is wearing dark three-piece suit and eyeglasses. "Ray Moler, KMBC Chief Engineer / Western Electric D97441 Amplifier seen at his right shoulder. Photo circa 1934" printed below photo., No date; likely 1934, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Copy. Provenance: gift of Bill Simes, from the Ammon Ray Moler estate, January 2000.
KMBC broadcast room
Large room with radio equipment cabinets lining left and far wall. Free standing radio equipment, desk with two telephones, and chair in center of room. Door on right wall in background. Rectangular panels and titles on ceiling and floor. Lights with metal shades hanging from ceiling. "Wilcox Power Supply / Bottom panel near center of photo. / Photo circa 1932" printed below photo. "11842 Cresswell's / K.C. MO" handwritten on print., No date; likely 1934, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Copy. Provenance: gift of Bill Simes, from the Ammon Ray Moler estate, January 2000.

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