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)
1966 Came to KOKO on the recommendation of DJ and musician Johnny Nace. Johnny had a daily radio show. Johnny Nace Link
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
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1973 Billboard Magazine MOR Finalists, All from Major Markets except Woody.
|Gary Owens 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, UCM PA Announcer|
|Marion Woods, UCM|
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.
Just a few of Marion Wood's protégés and colleagues.
|Erich Mancow and Marion Woods, Erich Mancow Muller|
"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|
Dick Wilson, KCMO Radio Personality
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.
|February 1954 David M. Segal transfers control Of KDKD and KOKO to Lee E. Baker and Gene F. Baker.|
|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
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.
WOODS, Blanche M. JONES
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.