KBMA Channel 41
Freelance producer, host of “Bodine's Beat”
1970s thru mid 1980s
Bodine's Beat, etc.
Another locally owned independent
television, and a better-financed one went on the air
in 1970. KBMA Channel 41 was owned by a company headed
by the president of Kansas City’s Business Men’s
Walt worked at various jobs at KBMA, producing specials
and recording public-service interviews. He also produced
shows with Rob Forsythe, including "Bodine's Beat"
an hour-long monthly show that was usually shot outside
the studio. This lead to some unusual technical problems.
“Rob has seen a lot of things in the viewfinder
of his camera, but there’s one he says he will
always remember from that show. He was shooting a
scene with me inside a van. Rob was seated next to
the driver, leaning around with his camera pointed
at me. I was in the back seat behind a small desk,
talking away. Suddenly, the van swerved.
“One moment I was looking at you talking.”
Rob recalled, “and the next minute I was looking
at the soles of your shoes.”
KBMA also gave Walt the chance to do interviews before
a live audience, taking questions and comments as the
program went along. The guest interview portion of the
show usually went well, but Walt says he was never comfortable
moving up and down the aisles.
“You can be interviewing someone on the left
side of the aisle and, seeing no one nearby who’s
ready to talk, swing around to the right side and
hope someone wants to contribute. In desperation sometimes
I stuck a microphone in front of anyone who simply
looked at me in the non-threatening manner.