This just in from Roger the Plumber…
Kansas City broadcasting legend Mike Murphy has suffered a stroke and is gravely ill, Roger reports.
"Mike Murphy had a stroke and he’s in a complete non responsive state," Roger says. He’s at his house and he had asked that he not be resuscitated. So he’s at his house waiting to die."
A sad eventuality that could go down any minute, Roger says he’s been told.
Murphy’s stroke comes on the heels of the recent deaths of Chiefs icons Tony DiPardo and Bill Grigsby.
Murphy lorded over KC’s radio roost for decades, From the days of crooners like Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra to his UFO-loving, critter catching days in talk radio on KCMO-AM with guests like Marilyn Maye, Dale Robertson and Lamar Hunt.
"I’ll say this," Roger says. "Mike is one of the funniest guys I’ve ever known. He made me laugh for 40 years and he never told me a single joke. He epitomized radio in Kansas City. Before he went into talk radio, he had ratings in the 25 percent area – higher than anybody else in the country percentage-wise. And talk radio’s just not the same anymore – everybody wants to talk politics. But Mike was in touch every aspect of Kansas City. He had a lot of friends and he was in touch with the pulse of Kansas City.
"I think these guys – Hank Stram, Lamar Hunt, Tony DiPardo and Bill Grigsby – those people were all strong and out there building the city, making a difference for the rest of us. And what do we have left? You know, we have Charlie Wheeler."
Oh and a gentleman who goes by the name of Walt Bodine…