The year was 1968…
The occasion was the release of one of several movies Dick Clark co-starred in and produced through his Dick Clark Productions.
I was the Marketing Director of Commonwealth Theatres, Inc. and Dick flew into Kansas City to promote his hillbilly moonshine exploitation film, "KILLERS THREE" which he co-starred with Robert Walker, Jr. and Merle Haggard. The movie was released by American-International Pictures.
My job was to take Clark around town to appear on several radio stations and plug the film. Naturally Top 40 stations were the target audience, which meant WHB (710 AM) and KUDL (AM) at that time.
Matter of fact it was home of a young, somewhat skinny DJ named Jeff Christie who we later got to know as Rush Limbaugh.
Anyway, it was one thing to take Dick to WHB in downtown K.C.—but another to try and find KUDL which was housed in a small outback building on some farmland close to I-35 out in Johnson County somewhere. I believe the location was behind what once was the Fox 50 Drive-In theater.
While driving south to find the station Dick had a puzzled look on his face—like where in the hell are you taking me? Yes, there were cows all around the building, but Dick was a trooper and hung right in here.
Years later at the opening of his American Bandstand Restaurant at College and Metcalf, Dick recalled his appearance at KUDL’s radio ranch by fondly remembering that he had come thisclose to making me turn the car around.
But like I said, he was a trooper.