Today’s radio giant in Kansas City without question is 98.9 The Rock’s Johnny Dare…
Nobody else comes close.
Johnny has high praise for his former on-air pal Mike Murphy.
"One thing they will never take away from Mike Murphy is that he was the all-time King of Kansas City Radio," Dare says. "His ratings were through the roof, more than a 20 share at times. Nobody will ever do that again, NOBODY."
Dare enjoys the top-rated morning show in Kansas City. In fact, Heck, it’s the the top rated show period with anywhere from a 9 to a 14 share. Of course there are a lot more channels and choices today than when Mike ruled local radio in the 70’s and 80’s.
"I worked with the giants of radio in this town, Randy Miller and Max Floyd," Dare says. "And nobody compares with Murphy. He was radio when radio was a bigger part of all our lives. Today we have 1,000 TV channels, tons of radio channels, Facebook, iPhones, on and on. In Mike’s world, he was who you listened to on a daily basis in this town, period.
"I’d see him in the hallway of Entercom almost every day. He’d always be telling me about a new UFO story. Maybe a tale about Big Foot on a space ship with baby Jesus as the co-pilot. Hell, sometimes I think he even believed it. But there was always a wink and a nod. Man, this guy had Charlton Heston on his show a few times. We always think about the local stars he had, but the man had the big ones as well. Hell, you don’t get any bigger than Frank Sinatra."
So from the new king to the one just passed: "I will always love that I knew him," Dare says. "Mike Murphy, the one and only king of Kansas City radio."