KANSAS CITY, Mo. - "His name is almost synonymous with Kansas City."
That's what one viewer said when they heard the news that legendary broadcaster Walt Bodine had passed away Sunday.
Family confirmed he died early in the morning after a long battle with illness. He was 92.
Bodine was in the business for more than 70 years, wearing many hats across print, television and radio.
He started in 1940 at KDRO in Sedalia, Mo., before eventually making his way to Kansas City in 1947, where he would spend the next 65 years.
"He was a very outgoing and gentle man, always very interested in the well being of everyone around him," his son, Marty, said. "Very generous, especially with his knowledge and stories and really enjoyed sharing everything that he knew that would help advance the lives and careers of other people."
News director, anchor, host and writer were just a few of the many job titles he held at several local stations, including WDAF, KMBZ and KMBC. He was also a professor of communication studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Bodine received numerous awards for his work, including the Kansas City Spirit Award and the Bishop John J. Sullivan Award for Communications.
He leaves behind five children.