MBA Announces 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees
Broadcasters Mike Murphy and Bob Priddy will be inducted into the Missouri Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 2nd, at the Lodge of the Four Seasons at Lake of the Ozarks. The induction ceremony will be part of the 2018 Awards Banquet at the MBA annual convention.
Despite coming from humble beginnings in the town of Ottumwa, Iowa, Mike Murphy, who was born Michael Hervey, would go on to become a Kansas City radio legend. During his 46 year career at stations such as KCMO, KMBZ and KFIX, he interviewed famous figures from across the news and entertainment industries. In addition to his work on radio, Murphy was involved with the creation of several events around Kansas City. He founded the city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1972, and in 1986, he drove a small herd of cattle through downtown as a nod to the city’s past as a hub of the cattle industry. The cattle drive became a tradition and continues to this day in nearby Mission, Kansas. Murphy retired in 2004 and passed away in 2011. He is survived by three children and four grandchildren.
Bob Priddy is a historian, author, and broadcast journalist from Jefferson City. Priddy worked at MissouriNet Radio from its inception in 1974 to his retirement in 2014. A prolific author, Priddy has written five books, and is currently working on two more with ties to Jefferson City. In 2016 he was named president of the Missouri State Historical Society. While respected and admired by Missourians across the state, Priddy is also not afraid to ruffle feathers. An unapologetic champion for open government, he was once thrown out of a Lincoln University curators meeting for refusing to turn off his tape recorder.
The Missouri Broadcasters Hall of Fame began in 2011. “We are proud to honor these broadcasters who had a tremendous impact on our industry,” said MBA President and CEO Mark Gordon.