RPTF/ARSC Sound Collections Database

Arthur B. Church KMBC Radio Collection

The Arthur B. Church KMBC Radio Collection contains multiple episodes of The Brush Creek Follies featuring the Rhythm Riders, Oklahoma Wranglers, and Midland Minstrels. Most of the collection is related to the events of WWII, FDR, and Harry Truman, D-Day invasion coverage, reports on the signing of treaties, the dropping of the atomic bomb, coverage of the activities of President Roosevelt and Eisenhower. Other highlights include broadcast about the Cold War, Harry Truman's speeches to a multitude of different groups, events at the White House, some of Roosevelt's fireside chats, national news coverage, film footage of KMBC's dedication as well as a segment of the Microphone Personalities, recordings of Pun and Punishment (9/22/60), coverage of Truman and Churchill at Fulton, MO, Churchill's famed "Iron Curtain" speech, recordings of the Texas Rangers. Also included are W.S. Hedge interviews Arthur B. Clarke (6/22/66), KMBC's 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins (3/24//48), Church's last KMBC broadcast (1/15/51).
Church, Arthur B. (Arthur Burdette), 1896-1978
Marr Sound Archives
Repository/Collector Type:
College or university
Kansas City
United States
2,622 items
Content types:
Performed music, Sounds (Other than music & language), Spoken word, and Two-dimensional moving image
Pressed LP disc, Lacquer disc, Metal disc, and Motion picture film
Carrier types:
Audio disc and Film reel
Radio field reports, Nonfiction radio programs, Radio specials, Country music radio program, Radio serials, Radio commercials, Radio announcement, Audio equipment test recordings, Popular music radio programs, Radio rehearsals, Sound effects recordings, Religious radio programs, Special events radio coverage, Radio speeches, Public affairs radio programs, Live sound recordings, Political radio commercials, War radio program, Educational radio programs, Science fiction radio programs, Adventure radio programs, Historical radio programs, Variety shows (Radio programs), Western radio programs, Community affairs radio programs, Fiction radio programs, and Radio airchecks
Access statement:
Digital versions of all items listed in the catalog are available for this collection
Usage statement:
Open for research and educational use.
Inventory description:
Item level catalog records
Supporting documentation:
Print material from the collection is housed in LaBudde Special Collections at the University of Missouri-Kansas City
Historical relevance:
With news reports from WWII, speeches from world leaders, radio advertisements, entertainment shows, and music, this collection provides valuable resources for researchers of history, advertising, radio broadcasting, and musical studies.
Condition note:
Playable with proper equipment
Website URL:
View on library.umkc.edu
Local catalog record:
View on laurel.lso.missouri.edu