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January 8, 2017

"Woody" Marion Woods - Hometown Legend - "The Voice of Johnson County Missouri" 54 Years "Mr. Radio"

Warrensburg Missouri Legend 
Marion Woods - Still Going Strong!
"Woody" is the most beloved personality in Warrensburg and an Outstanding Missourian as recognized by the Missouri House April 20, 2004.

Warrensburg Legend Marion Woods Interviewed by Hollywood Producer - Grant Curtis
of Spiderman Fame click on the picture and listen.
Published on Jan 5, 2017
We're happy to share a great interview with local radio legend Marion Woods! (Audio courtesy of Marion Woods; Video edited by Ellen Blaize of Warrensburg Collision)
Marion Woods - Brief Bio 
Born in Claremore, Oklahoma
March 17, 1962 First day in the radio business. Was delivering Coca-Cola in Clinton, MO. and offered a job at KDKD.
1966 Came to KOKO on the recommendation of DJ and musician Johnny Nace. Johnny had a daily radio show. Johnny Nace Link
1974 Billboard Magazine named Woody the top small market DJ in the United States
+100,000 Hours on-air work
Bath room break song by the "Sons of the Pioneers" Link
Called over 900 Mules and Jennies sports games as the Public Address announcer.
Interviewed by Grant Curtis, 2016, his brother was DJ at KOKO growing up "Lt. Col. Lance Curtis, 87th CSSB commander and Warrensburg, Mo., native"
Avid Golfer - Shot 66 at Hidden Pines Country Club in Warrensburg, MO in 2016 
Once shot an albatross, a 2 on a par 5!
Shot 4 hole-in-ones 
Inducted in the University of Central Missouri Sports Hall of Fame 2011-12
 UCM Hall of Fame Video - Marion Woods
Click on the picture to view
1973 Billboard Magazine MOR Finalists, All from Major Markets except Woody.

Gary Owen won for large markets that same year. 
Gary Owens link
1974 Air Personality of the Year - Marion Woods KOKO
Some other on air personalities at KOKO include, 
Jerry Schwemmer, Rick Lynd KOKO 1971
Ron McKay, Jerry L. Bryan, Henry Mayhall, 
1974 Billboard Magazine - Bill Turnage, Dennis Campbell, Paul Bryant, Steve Mitchell, Mark Pearce, Jerry Brown, Byron Johnson

1975 KOKO Bruce Reynolds, Denny Campbell, Byron Johnson, Mark Pearce, Paul Bryant, David Court, John Clayton, Bill Turnage, Jim McCollum, Ronn McKay, Steve Pearce, Terry Snead, Steve Mitchell, Tom Carr.

Other past and present KOKOers include Sue Wilson, Randy Miller, Gladys Brown,  Chuck Teegarden, Kenneth B. White, 

The Woods Show KOKO Link
Marion “Woody” Woods has been entertaining and informing the residents of Johnson County, Missouri since 1966. Each morning Woody will keep you informed with local News, Sports, Weather and a mix of your favorite oldies. Woody has been entrenched in the Warrensburg Community since day one, serving on civic boards and selflessly volunteering his time. Tune in to 1450 KOKO Monday-Friday from 8:30 to 9:30 for Johnson County Today. This is a daily program where Woody visits with community leaders and local politicians to discuss current events of the day. When Woody is not in the studio he can found doing one of the things he loves most, hitting the links. Woody is a single digit handicap and plays just about every day. Woody’s other passion is dirt track racing. There are just a few dirt tracks left and we are fortunate to have one close to Warrensburg. Marion “Woody” Woods is a University of Central Missouri Athletic Hall of Fame Member and was awarded the 1974 Billboard Small Market Air Personality of the Year.
April 7, 1962 Married Irma Doll, from Urich, MO

Marion Woods and family
Grant Curtis, Warrensburg Native and Film Producer, who recently interviewed Marion Woods

Vance DeLozier, Chuck Owings, Woody
Marion Woods
Marion Woods, UCM PA Announcer
Marion Woods
Marion Woods
Marion Woods, UCM
Marion Woods
Missouri House Resolution No. 1909
Whereas, it is with utmost respect that the members of the Missouri House of Representatives pause in their daily legislative endeavors in order to recognize those Show-Me State residents who truly embody the concept of “Outstanding Missourian” through their deeds and achievements; and
Whereas, Marion (Woody) Woods of Warrensburg has attained considerable distinction as the “Voice of Warrensburg” heard daily on KOKO 1450 AM radio for the past thirty-eight years; and
Whereas, on Wednesday, April 21, 2004, Marion Woods will meet with state legislators in the Missouri House of Representatives to receive well-deserved honors and accolades for the exemplary role he has performed in Missouri as a community leader; and
Whereas, March 24 was declared "Marion (Woody) Woods Day" by the Mayor of the city of Warrensburg; and
Whereas, Marion Woods was born in Oklahoma, studied at DeVry in Chicago, and worked in Canada, Indiana, and Kentucky before winding his way to Missouri; and
Whereas, Marion Woods married Irma in April 1962, after which time their lives together as husband and wife have been blessed with two children, Sherri Woods Nace and Doug Woods, and five grandchildren; and
Whereas, Marion Woods has served on practically every community board in Warrensburg, including two years as President of the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce; has been seen at numerous sporting events where he has either cheered on his favorite team as a spectator or has provided commentary as an announcer; and has practiced his golf game during fair and foul weather conditions; and
Whereas, in addition to newscasts and sports commentary, Marion Woods is known for his knowledge of music, FCC regulations, and electronic repair:
Now, therefore, be it resolved that we, the members of the Missouri House of Representatives, Ninety-second General Assembly, join unanimously to applaud the well-deserved selection of Marion Woods as an “Outstanding Missourian” and to extend to him this legislative body's most heartfelt welcome to the state capitol on April 21, 2004, for special recognition as a guest in the House Chamber; and
Be it further resolved that the Chief Clerk of the Missouri House of Representatives be instructed to prepare a properly inscribed copy of this resolution in honor of "Outstanding Missourian" Marion Woods.

Offered by ______________________________________
Representative David Pearce
District No. 121
Joined by the Entire House Membership
I, Catherine L. Hanaway, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ninety-second General Assembly, Second Regular Session, do certify that the above is a true and correct copy of House Resolution No. 1909, adopted April 20, 2004.
Catherine L. Hanaway, Speaker

Just a few of Marion Wood's protégés and colleagues.
Erich Mancow and Marion Woods, Erich Mancow Muller
A Memorable Individual
"He's one of those unforgettable guys. Once you've been around him, you just don't forget him," says Marion Woods, the station's general manager.
Woods remembers handling calls from people who were ticked off about something they heard on the radio station when Muller was on the air — everyone from the mayor to the station owner at that time. Even then, he was "constantly shaking the ship a little" when it came to topics he addressed on small-town conservative radio.

Brenda Nelson - While attending UCM, she also worked as a broadcaster at KOKO radio with Marion Woods and Sen. David Pearce. Her other radio work was at KMBC Radio in Kansas City and KJLH – Steve Wonder’s station in L.A.
Marlene Speas - Marion Woods protege
Dan Diamond (Oberholtz) - 1969 KOKO
Dick Wilson, KCMO Radio Personality  
Dick Wilson

Dick Wilson has been working in broadcasting in Kansas City for 44 years now, and his iconic voice has brought smiles to millions of faces in Kansas City and beyond. Dick lives in Independence and is a proud supporter of the local theater, arts, Kauffman Center and Startlight Theater! After 29 years on the air at KCMO-FM as the Morning show host it is only natural for EVERYONE in KC to wake

Johnny Nace. Johnny Nace Link
Country music legend and DJ at KOKO.
Some KOKO History......
February 1954 David M. Segal transfers control Of KDKD and KOKO to Lee E. Baker and Gene F. Baker.
William C. and Avis Tucker buy KOKO 1960
1966 May, Mouse Knocks KOKO off the air

"Waymon Dodson", KOKO Warrensburg with the Trail Dusters
Sedalia - Smith's Country Music Barn
Gladys Brown, KOKO Long-time Business Manager

George E. Donley, KOKO

Jim McCollum, KOKO

Bill Turnage, KOKO

Jim McCollum and Bill Turnage, play by play announcers. KOKO
1973 From the Knob Noster High School Yearbook

1974 KOKO

William C. Tucker Former Owner, KOKO
Avis Green Tucker, Former Owner KOKO Link

Vance DeLozier, a native of Warrensburg, is a real estate broker and majority interest owner in D&H Media, which operates 1450 KOKO and 98.5 The Bar, KWKJ. 

Marion's Mother

b: Nov 5 1918, Indian Springs, Vernon Co, MO
d: Oct 24 2006, Springfield, Greene Co, MO
Daily Democrat, Clinton MO, Oct 25 2006 - Blanche M. Woods, 87, Webb City, died Tuesday, October 24, 2006, in St. John's Medical Center. She was born November 5, 1918 in Indian Springs to Ben Jones and Bessie Davis Jones. Mrs. Woods was a homemaker and a member of the Central United Methodist Church of Webb City where she was an active member. She also served on the Jane Chinn Hospital Auxiliary. Her husband Alvin Woods, who she married March 12, 1938, preceded her in death April 19, 1977. Survivors include sons, Marion Woods, Warrensburg, Denny Woods, Clinton; daughter Marilyn Hill of Omaha, Nebraska; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter Joyce Harris, and three sisters, Edith Noble, Goldie Peterman and Sarah Pearson. Funeral services will be held Thursday at Simpson Funeral Home in Webb City. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Talala, Oklahoma.

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