For nearly 90 years, KMOX radio has been “The Voice of St. Louis” and a voice heard not only across America but also as far away as New Zealand and South Africa. The 50,000-watt station helped put the Gateway City on the broadcasting map and in the minds of listeners from coast to coast, and its signature programming, including Cardinals games, made household names out of such individuals as Jack Buck, Harry Caray, Art Fleming and Mike Shannon.
Now comes a new picture book titled “KMOX: The Voice of St. Louis,” by former KMOX newsman and Hall of Fame broadcaster Frank Absher, recounting the glory days of the “Mighty MOX” and the personalities who made the station great. Frank will introduce his book to the public for the first time at noon Thursday, March 15, as special guest of SPJ’s monthly luncheon at Carmine’s Steak House, 20 South Fourth Street, a block south of the Old Courthouse, in downtown St. Louis.
As part of Frank’s presentation, he will host a slide show highlighting portions of the book and sell copies afterward. Each copy is $21.99. A portion of the sales will go to SPJ’s scholarship fund.
The cost for the event is $12 for SPJ members and $15 for guests, including coffee and tip. Other beverages are extra. (SPJ accepts only cash and checks.)
Parking is free along the south side of Carmine’s or in the restaurant’s underground garage.
As a bonus, SPJ will raffle off a cartoon book donated by the chapter’s special January luncheon guests.