KC Broadcasting Legend Mike Murphy Dies

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Kansas City broadcasting legend Mike Murphy died after a brief illness on Wednesday at the age of 71.

Murphy suffered a stroke at his home, and died on Wednesday evening. Murphy, a long-time radio host, most recently at KCMO-AM where he retired after 36 years in 2004, helped to resurrect the Kansas City St. Patrick's Day Parade in 1973, an event that has since grown to one of the largest Irish celebrations in the nation.

Parade officials said during this year's parade, a special tribute in Murphy's honor will be held.

In 1998, Murphy won a Marconi Award for radio broadcasting excellence. His broadcasting career began in a peculiar way in 1956.

"He had taken a job as a shoe salesman, and a gentleman walked in to buy a pair of shoes and Mike says, 'What size do you want?' and the gentleman said, 'You have a decent voice. How about you come work on the radio in Ottumwa, Iowa?' and that started it all," said Andrew Yates.

Murphy also cowrote a book with Steve Jackson called, "Mike Murphy: I Could Write a Book, So I Did; Inside Stories from My 46 Years in Radio!" 

There is no word yet on a memorial service.

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