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I hope everyone patiently allows me a moment here to go completely out of a Eudora centered story and comment on the recent passing of two great Kansas City broadcasting legends.
Bill Grigsby, the long time sports broadcaster and radio personality passed away on February 26 at the age of 89. “Grigs” as many fans and friends affectionately referred to him as, served as the voice of many of our local sports teams over the years including the Kansas Jayhawks, The Kansas City Athletics and most notably, the Kansas City Chiefs.
Everyday was a “bee-u-ti-ful day” to Grigs. His charm, his warm smile and great attitude made him a pleasure to be around. I had the privilege of working with Grigs for three seasons as one of the producers of the Chiefs Radio Broadcasts in the late 80’s and early 90’s. I was a young kid working back at the station while he was at the games. He was always the nicest he could be to me when I was just another punk kid trying to work his way up the ladder. His warmth and personality will be something I always cherish.
Late this evening (Wednesday), I learned we lost another legend and someone I considered a mentor. Radio legend Mike Murphy has passed away. Mike was a hero to me. Again, I worked with “Murph” during the same period of time that I worked with Grigs. I had the pleasure of working with him as one of his board operators and producers.
Murph was the greatest. He was Mr. Kansas City. Murphy spent years working in the industry he loved so much. Most of those years were in Kansas City on KMBZ and KCMO Radio. He helped create one of Kansas City’s biggest yearly events, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. He also made national news when he held a cattle drive right through the middle of downtown Kansas City.
Grigs and Murph were cut from the same cloth. They both treated everyone they worked with as equals. In a business where egos and personalities were routine, they were never too big or too great to share a laugh and a smile with the team. They could interview legends of the entertainment business or the sports world on the air all day and when it was over sit down and you’d never know that they just finished talking to the A-lister or star.
We’ve lost two great people that entertained many a radio listener over the decades. I know for one I will miss them both. Thanks guys for giving a young kid a lot of help along the way.
I hope the Good Lord has his liqour cabinent stocked up. I’ve got the felling it’s going to be one heck of a party up there on St. Patty’s Day. Here”s to both of you.