Missouri Broadcasters Association to Honor 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees
Four broadcasters will be inducted into the MBA Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 10th at the Branson Hilton Convention Center. The induction ceremony will be part of the 2017 Awards Banquet at the MBA annual convention. The 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees are Ralph Foster, Dan Kelly, Larry Moore and Marci Burdick.
Ralph David Foster (April 25, 1893-August 11, 1984) was an American broadcast executive and philanthropist who created the framework for Springfield, Missouri to challenge Nashville as the nation’s top country music capital during the 1950’s. His KWTO-AM radio station in Springfield was a springboard for many top country artists. Foster’s many music businesses led to the creation of “Ozark Jubilee,” the first U.S. network television program to feature the stars of country music.
Patrick Daniel “Dan” Kelly was a Canadian-born sportscaster best known as the play-by-play man for the St. Louis Blues from their early existence until his death in 1989, some two decades later. In addition to the Blues, Kelly was the lead announcer for national NHL games in both the U.S. and Canada. He broadcast 16 Stanley Cup Finals from between 1969 and 1988. Besides hockey, Kelly also did NFL games for CBS Sports, and Missouri Tiger football and St. Louis Cardinal baseball for KMOX radio in St. Louis. Kelly’s sons, John and Dan, are also NHL broadcasters.
Larry Moore, currently anchor emeritus for KMBC-TV in Kansas City, has served for more than 40 years as primary news anchor and editor for KMBC-TV. Larry holds the distinction of having anchored the news for more years than anyone in Kansas City history. He is often referred to as “Mr. Kansas City.” Larry grew up near Kirksville in northeast Missouri. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri with a Master’s Degree in Television News. Throughout his broadcasting career, Larry has covered almost every major news story in Kansas City and has received over 120 awards for distinguished journalism, life achievement and outstanding humanitarian service to the Kansas City community. He and his wife, Ruth, have been married nearly 50 years. They have five children and six grandchildren and they make their home in Cass County.
Marci Burdick is a veteran journalist, manager and corporate executive. She is currently a Senior Advisor to Schurz Communications. Burdick joined Schurz in 1988, when she became News Director at KYTV in Springfield. She was promoted to President/General Manager of WAGT-TV in Augusta, Georgia in 2000. Marci added Vice President of the Television Group in 2001, and was named Senior Vice President of the Electronics Division, overseeing cable, TV and radio in 2002. She held that position until Schurz divested its radio and TV stations in 2016. In her present role, she works on company and broadcast industry projects. In 2013, Burdick was named “Broadcaster of the Year” by Broadcasting and Cable Magazine. Marci and her husband, John, have four children and six grandchildren.
The Missouri Broadcasters Hall of Fame was started in 2011. Mark Gordon, President and CEO of the Missouri Broadcasters Association said, “The Hall of Fame is a celebration of the past accomplishments of four amazing broadcasters who set the standard for today’s new generation of Missouri radio and television broadcasters.”