(Photos in this article courtesy of Andrew Melia)
Kay Melia, one of the founding members of the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) and long-time general manager of KLOE radio in Goodland, passed away Thursday, July 19, 2018 at the age of 88.
Kay worked with many Kansas broadcast legends like Bob Schmidt, Pat Powers, Arden Booth, Grover Cobb and others in forming the Kansas Association of Radio Broadcasters (now known as the Kansas Association of the Broadcasters) in the early 1950’s. The association was formed primarily because tax payer supported colleges were charging broadcasters fees to cover their games and the industry needed a group of leaders to lobby against this. Kay eventually served as the President of the Board of Directors for the KAB. He was honored with “KAB Distinguished Service Award” and voted into the organization’s Hall of Fame in 1981.
For those in northwest Kansas, Kay was heard for many years as the host of the “Good Neighbor Hour” on KLOE-AM. He, alongside his son Marty, were fixtures in Goodland radio and served the communities of the Tri-State region for many years.
Kay was a master gardener and accomplished author, writing “The Gardners Common Sense Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Midwest.” In recent years he hosted a podcast in conjunction with Northwest Tech called “Gardening on the High Plains.”
Kay Melia was preceded in death by his wife Marilyn, who passed in 2014. Funeral arrangements are pending.
Curtis Duncan, current host of the KLOE-AM morning show, shares some of his thoughts on Kay’s passing: