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"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.
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.
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.
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 broadcast tower
KMBC transmitter at 50th & Belinder Road. Two-toned radio tower on one story two-toned building that reads "KMBC" over door. Grass and sky with clouds visible around building and tower., No date; likely between 1951 and 1960, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Housed in oversized manuscript box 5.
KMBC building B-C announcers' booth
KMBC building, B-C announcers' booth. Sound studio with two microphones and music stand. One studio window on right wall leading to room with "KFRM" microphone. Two studio windows on left wall. Unidentified man seated in upper room at desk with microphone and notes on stand. Unidentified man seated in lower room in front of equipment., April 1951, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
KMBC building B-C control room
KMBC building, B-C control room. Sound studio room with grand piano, upright piano, and three KMBC microphones. Linoleum floor. Fluorescent lighting. Door with small horizontal window on right side of left wall., April 1951, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
KMBC building Program Department (Volunteer Special Services) office
KMBC building, Program Department (Volunteer Special Services) office. Large room with several wooden desks, typewriters, phones, filing cabinets, and ashtrays. Several women working. Linoleum floor. Fluorescent lighting. TWA and Greyhound Calendars on walls and desk set to April 1951. Door in middle of far wall reads Volunteer Special Services from outside. Door on left side of far wall leads to wood paneled room with leather arm chair., April 1951, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
KMBC building backstage storage area
Large room mostly empty with two level concrete balcony on back wall. Two doorways on both side of back wall. Large boxes and long piece of wood on bottom floor under balcony. Storage cabinets, lamp, and various furniture on upper balcony., 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.
KMBC building broadcast room
KMBC building, broadcast room. KMBC building, broadcast room. Large room with radio equipment. Large consoles to right including open reel machines. Two desks in center foreground with transcription phonograph. Unidentified man, possibly Ray Moler, standing in front of open reel machines. Linoleum floor. Fluorescent lighting., April 1951, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
KMBC building exterior with Grand Reopening sign
Front of KMBC building exterior at 11th and Central from left side. Grand Reopening sign spanning front archways. Several men and woman in entryway and on sidewalk., April 1951, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
KMBC building lobby wing
Two story wing from high ceilinged lobby. Chandelier hanging in lobby. Reception desk on right side of lower wing. One round light on ceiling in center of each wing. Ornamentation on ledge of second floor wing. Decorative columns on either side of wing entrance., 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.
KMBC building studio A
KMBC building, Studio A. Sound studio room with grand piano, organ, music stands, and four microphones. Guitar on table with two metal folding chairs along left wall. Two metal folding chairs along right wall. Two studio windows on far wall. Left window leads to room with music stand, microphone, and ashtray. Right room dark. Linoleum floor. Fluorescent lighting., April 1951, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., 2 copies. Copy 2 gifted by Arthur B. Church, Jr., April 2005.
KMBC building studio B
KMBC building, Studio B. Large sound studio room with table, chair, music stand, and three KMBC microphones. Three studio windows on left. Left window leads to dark room. Lee Stewart [Keith Painton] in upper right window at desk with microphone. Unidentified man in lower right window seated in front of equipment including transcription phonograph., April 1951, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
KMBC building, Kansas City Bureau, United Press Associates office
KMBC building, Kansas City Bureau, United Press Associates office. Large room with several wooden desks, printers, typewriters, phones, and ashtrays. Two men and one woman working. Linoleum floor. Fluorescent lighting. Shelf with large book on far wall under large TWA Calendar set to April 1951. Two doors on left side of far wall. Radio on desk against right wall next to large map on wall., April 1951, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
KMBC stage from balcony
KMBC stage from balcony. Men and women in formal dress seated in folding chairs in semi-circle on stage. Six men standing near podium at front and center of stage. KMBC musicians in background on piano, guitar, and accordion including P. Hans Flath on organ to left. Millie and Sue Bybee seated on right. Equipment visible on floor in front of stage. Seating and audience members visible in middle ground. Camera visible in foreground., 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.
Large office in KMBC building
KMBC building. Large office with two large desks, several printers, typewriters, phones, and ashtrays. Three men working. Linoleum floor. Fluorescent lighting. Coca-Cola bottle and Chesterfield cigarettes on table in foreground. Two large maps on either side of square window on left wall. Globe on top of radio console next to right side map. Two doors on far wall., April 1951, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Louise Massey performing at piano
Louise Massey performing at piano in white dress on stage with barn background. KMBC-KFRM microphone in foreground. Unidentified man in white cowboy hat with guitar in left background. Men with accordion and guitar partially visible behind piano. Millie Bybee of Millie and Sue seated in right 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.
Millie and Sue performing on stage with guitar and mandolin
Millie and Sue performing on stage with barn backdrop. Both standing behind KMBC microphone in dark dresses with guitar and mandolin. Charley Pryor playing drums in plaid shirt to left. Herb Kratoska in glasses and unidentified man in cowboy hat playing guitar on right. "Bud" amplifier and two men in background on right of photo., 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.
Occupied KMBC-TV Playhouse seating
Back of auditorium with upper and lower level seating visible including upper balcony entrance stairs and railings. Seating fully occupied by men, women, and children except for small section in center., 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.
Rex Allen performing with band
Band performing on stage with barn backdrop. Rex Allen playing guitar and singing into KMBC-KFRM microphone wearing white cowboy hat, shirt, and pants with gun belt. Band members to right in background. Man standing with guitar plugged into amplifier labeled "Bud." Man sitting behind steel guitar. Partially visible drum set and man with double bass on left. Men and women partially visible in background sitting on benches and chairs., 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.
Rex Allen with band and unidentified man on stage
Unidentified man and Rex Allen on stage with barn backdrop. Man in black shirt with black horse embroidered scarf holding papers talking to Rex Allen. Rex Allen holding guitar and standing behind KMBC-KFRM microphone wearing white cowboy hat, shirt, and pants with gun belt. Band members to right in background. Man standing with guitar plugged into amplifier labeled "Bud." Man sitting behind steel guitar. Partially visible drum set and man with double bass on left. Men and women partially visible in background sitting on benches and chairs., 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.
Ruth Warrick and unidentified man on stage with band
Ruth Warrick, unidentified man, and unidentified band on stage with barn backdrop. Ruth Warrick singing into KMBC-KFRM microphone while wearing dark dress and heels. Man in black shirt with black horse embroidered scarf looking at camera with arm around Warrick. Band wearing matching outfits of dark shirts with white scarves, medium toned striped pants, and white cowboy hats. Band members playing violin, guitars, and double bass. Piano, second microphone, and man in satin shirt visible in right background. 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.

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