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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.
"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, 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.
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.
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.
KMBC building exterior
KMBC building from southwest. Several vehicles on street. Board and Trade Building and 909 Walnut partially visible in background., December 4, 1950, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Provenance: gift of Arthur B. Church, Jr., April 2005.
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.
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.
Kit and Kay promotional photo
Kit & Kay portrait. Two women wearing white cowboy hats, white long-sleeve shirts, and black vests. Both holding guitars and standing on either side of KMBC microphone. Inscribed: "Best wishes from Kit and Kay." Label on bottom of photo reads: "Start your day with Kit and Kay - KMBC Kansas City / best programs on the air…dawn to midnight.", No date; likely between 1937 and 1942, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Handwritten notes back : "Kit and Kay / Radio station K.M.B.C. / Kansas City / Mo. / The Crouch Twins / Barned to Slim Wilson a son Nov. 19 1941 / Gand Busters / Fri. Nights, 8 o'clock / 90. on the Dial."
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.
Mark Norman Smith in front of bookcase
Mark Norman Smith standing in front large bookcase with doors holding one book in right hand and removing book from shelf with left hand. Smith wearing light colored suit and facing bookcase at 90-degree angle away from camera. Radio-locator coverage map on left bookcase door. "Radio Daily" and "Radio Audience Measurement" books on lower shelf. Open door visible in background., 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.
Mark Norman Smith portrait
Waist-up portrait of KMBC Director of Research Department Mark Norman Smith in light suit, white shirt, and flower tie. Smith sitting at slight angle and looking into camera. Black background., April 28, 1944, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Provenance: gift of David and Linda Domelsmith, October 2008. Handwritten note on back: "Mark Norman Smith / B July 1, 1880; Niles, Michigan / D July 15, 1944; Kansas City, MO / KMBC Radio, Kansas City 1931-1944 / Director of Research Department at death. / Another version of this photo was dated April 28, 1944. / Used in KMBC newsletter and also his death notices."
Mark Norman Smith portrait
Chest-up portrait of KMBC Director of Research Department Mark Norman Smith in dark suit, white shirt, and dark tie. Smith sitting at slight angle and looking above camera. Light background., Approximately 1943, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Provenance: gift of David and Linda Domelsmith, October 2008. Handwritten note on back: "Mark Norman Smith / B July 1, 1880; Niles, Michigan / D July 15, 1944; Kansas City, MO / KMBC 1931-1944 / Director of Research."
Texas Rangers eight-member group portrait
The Texas Rangers eight-member group portrait with instruments. All wearing matching dark toned suits, white cowboy hats, and dark cowboy boots. All facing camera and smiling. Left to right, back row: unidentified man with accordion, unidentified man with violin, unidentified man with double bass, unidentified man with guitar. Front row: four men squatting without instruments. Bob Crawford second from right., No date; likely between 1931 and 1950, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Provenance: gift of Arthur B. Church, Jr., 2012.
Texas Rangers five-member group portrait
Promotional portrait of The Texas Rangers. Five members, facing forward, smiling, holding instruments. Four stand in the back behind the accordion player, who is seated. KMBC microphone is placed in front of the guitarist. All are wearing suits with ties, and white cowboy hats., 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 Arthur B. Church, Jr., 2012.
Texas Rangers five-member group portrait
The Texas Rangers five-member portrait with instruments. All wearing matching white hats, four wearing matching plaid button up shirts with one wearing dark button up. Clockwise from top left: unidentified man with guitar, unidentified man with double bass, unidentified man with violin, unidentified man without an instrument, and Bob Crawford sitting on tree stump in middle above accordion., No date; likely between 1931 and 1950, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Provenance: gift of Arthur B. Church, Jr., 2012.
Texas Rangers five-member group portrait
Promotional portrait of The Texas Rangers, Bob Crawford in the center. Five members, facing forward, smiling, holding instruments, and standing on tile floor with one foot forward on raised platform. All are wearing suits with ties, and white cowboy hats., 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 Arthur B. Church, Jr., 2012.

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