"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.
"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 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.
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.
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.
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.
KMBC special events newscaster Neil Keen and staff talking about wind-damaged KMBC radio tower
Six men standing in front of brick wall with window. L to R: Dr. Schuman watering dark coat, Roy Barron wearing white shirt and dark pants, Neil Keen (Special Events newscaster) holding KMBC microphone and paper, Ray Moler wearing overalls, unidentified man in striped pants and hat, and unidentified man in plaid pants, polka dot shirt, and skimmer. "News coverage of fallen towers summer of 1941. L to R: Dr. Schuman, Roy Barron, Neil Keen (Special events), Ray Moler, unknown, unknown" printed below photo., Summer 1941, 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.
Ken Cook, Dr. Schuman, Ken Krahl in KMBC studio
Ken Cook, Dr. Schuman, and Ken Krahl in suits standing behind KMBC microphone and in front of Western Electric radio equipment. One man in plugging in cord while two others are talking. Calendar on left wall. "KMBC Studio, 11th floor of Pickwick Hotel in KC, Mo. / L to R: Ken Cook, Dr. Schuman, Ken Krahl / Photo circa 1937" printed below photo., 1937, 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.
Kit & Kay performing in KMBC studio
Kit & Kay performing in recording studio behind KMBC microphone with Martin guitar and Gibson mandolin. Both in black dresses with hair curled. Man, likely Erle Smith, standing on left side of image behind music stand. Three men seated on right side of image playing clarinets and trumpet while looking at sheet music on stand. Clock on wall. Metal chairs against wall. Fedora on furniture piece in background., 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.
Kit & Kay performing with guitar and mandolin
Kit & Kay performing in white dresses with white cowboy hats. Standing behind KMBC microphone. One holding Martin guitar; other holding Gibson mandolin. Drum set and seated women partially visible in background., 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.
Kit & Kay performing with the Oklahoma Wranglers
Kit & Kay performing with the Oklahoma Wranglers on outside stage. Cars parked in front of building with Coca-Cola sign visible in background. Heads of audience members in foreground. Left to right: Charles "Skeeter" Willis (fiddle), John "Vic" Willis (accordion), Kit and Kat (mandolin and guitar), James "Guy" Willis (guitar), unidentified double bass player., 1941, 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.
Kit & Kay publicity shot
Kit & Kay publicity shot. Kit & Kay in white dresses with white cowboy hats and standing in behind KMBC microphone. One holding Martin guitar; other holding Gibson mandolin. Greek style column partially visible in background., 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.
Kit & Kay with the Oklahoma Wranglers
Kit & Kay with the Oklahoma Wranglers in front building with "Coronado Cuarto Centennial 154 Kansas" flag. All wearing light tops, dark bottoms, and light cowboy hats. Left to right: Charles "Skeeter" Willis, unidentified man, Kit and Kat, John "Vic" Willis, James "Guy" Willis., 1941, 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.
Kit and Kay on horses in parade
Kit and Kay on horses in parade. Unidentified men on horseback in parade holding flags. Parade entering intersection and turning corner. Streetcar tracks visible in foreground. Large crowd on sidewalk and street in background. Men in crowd standing in truck bed and boy leaning out of second floor window in background., 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.
Laura Lee Owens promotional photo
Promotional photo of Laura Lee Owens. Owens sitting sideways on chair, facing her right and wearing light colored skirt, shirt, and cowboy hat with dark colored vest. Also wearing one ring on ring finger of each hand. Inscription to Irene "Kay" Crouse on front., No date; likely between 1939 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.
Texas Rangers in-studio promotional photo
Promotional photo of The Texas Rangers performing in studio. Eight members in semi-circle around "KMBC" microphone. Four in back playing instruments. L to r: Gomer Cool, Herb "Herby" Kratoska, Paul Sells, Clarence Hartman. Four in front singing with hands in pockets. L to r: Roderick May, Fran "Irish" Mahaney, Bob Crawford, "Tookie" Cronenbold. All wearing light colored pants, darker satin shirts, and white cowboy hats. Two microphones along wall in background. Autographs above heads., No date; likely between 1931 and 1950, 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.
Wind-damaged KMBC tower with emergency antenna wires
Bottom half of broken two-toned radio tower. Two-toned building that serves as base for tower partially visible in lower right corner. "Second blow-down summer of 1941. / Emergency antenna wires can be seen at station 11 on the tower" printed on photo., Summer 1941, 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.
Wind-damaged KMBC tower with spectators on ground
Two-toned radio tower broken at 10 degree angle. Several people visible around two-toned building at bottom of photo. Two men climbing bottom half of tower. "Second blow-down of antenna summer of 1941. / Bill Simes and high school friends Paul Geraghty were visiting the station at the time" printed on photo., Summer 1941, 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.