KDRO Sedalia, Mo.
A Rough Start
Once he had set his cap for radio, Walt spent a year
contacting program managers and announcers hoping to
catch a break.
He worked for awhile at KMBC radio on a program that
recreated the origins of well-known hymns. It didn’t
get him anywhere. He worked writing scripts for a radio
drama that local broadcaster Guy Runyon, a neighbor
and Walt’s radio mentor, hoped to get on one of
the networks. It never was.
Finally, 19-year-old Walt caught his first break. A
friend named Harry Becker tipped Walt off to an announcer
job at KDRO, a “penny whistle” or low-power
station in Sedalia, Mo. Unfortunately, it would be short
lived, thanks to Walt’s old nemesis from elementary
reading the sports
From a 2003 interview with author Tim McCourt
Not one to quit, Walt was soon on the hunt for another
job. Harry Becker came through again. A job was open
at KVAK in Atchison, Kan.
"The pay, he said, was $15 a week and there were
no sportscast to do. I snapped up the opportunity.”
(My Times, My Town)
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