MBA Announces 2023 Hall of Fame Class

Seven broadcasters will be inducted into the Missouri Broadcasters Association’s Hall of Fame on Friday, June 2nd, 2023 at Margaritaville Lake Resort in Lake of the Ozarks.

The inductees include:

Dick Bott
This broadcaster is the founder of Bott Radio Network,
a national leader in Christian Talk Radio.

Bob Costas
The 29-time Emmy winner’s early broadcasting days are traced back
to KMOX Radio in St. Louis before he exploded onto the national scene.

Karen Foss
This St. Louis television icon spent 27 years as an anchor/reporter
at KSDK after getting her broadcasting start in Kansas City.

Tom (deceased) and Ralph Oakley
This father-son duo each served as President and CEO of Quincy Media, Inc. Tom (pictured on the right) is remembered for his passion to advance Missouri highways. Ralph (on the left) was a strong broadcasting advocate and was actively involved with the National Association of Broadcasters and supported the MBA.

Bill Wilkerson (deceased)
The St. Louis broadcasting icon’s career spanned
over four decades from sports play-by-play to morning show host.

Marion Woods
This Missouri broadcaster has been in the business for more than
60 years and continues to host a morning show at KOKO-AM in Warrensburg.

“The MBA is proud to honor these deserving broadcasters and their legacy in our state and industry,” said Chad Mahoney, President and CEO of the Missouri Broadcasters Association. “I encourage our state’s broadcasters to join us at the Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on Friday, June 2, at Margaritaville Lake Resort in Osage Beach.”

Friday, June 2nd schedule:
– The 2023 Hall of Fame Reception will be held from 6:00-6:30 pm
– The banquet and induction ceremony go from 6:30-9:00 pm

The Missouri Broadcasters Hall of Fame was launched in 2011.
You can read about our past inductees here.

Chad Mahoney

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