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  • Dick Wilson honored for community service

  • Dick Wilson is up long before most of Kansas City is.



    “There are times when I leave on Noland Road in the morning when I’m the only car there, and that’s a religious experience,” he says.

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  • Dick Wilson is up long before most of Kansas City is.
    “There are times when I leave on Noland Road in the morning when I’m the only car there, and that’s a religious experience,” he says.
    It comes with the job. He’s the morning voice of KMCO, the oldies station at 94.9 FM, from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. He been a familiar voice on the radio in the area for 42 years.
    Last Friday, however, Wilson, an Independence resident, was honored for his other work in the community.
    “Dick Wilson has been part of our scenery for a long time in Independence,” Independence Mayor Don Reimal said during ceremonies at the Truman Library. “Whenever we’ve called, he’s been there.”
    The ceremony was for the presentation of the annual Truman Public Service Award, this year presented to Adm. Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
    In addition, a special recognition was given to Wilson.
    “It was quite an honor,” he said.
    Wilson has been active with the Child Abuse Prevention Association and for years has been president of the board at the Music Arts Institute. Both groups are in Independence.
    He’s also called upon to emcee many events.
    “I guess what my talent might be is talk loud to get people to quiet down before an event,” he joked.
    At Friday’s event, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II, who is a Methodist pastor, also took note of the distinctive Wilson sound.
    “Over the years, I’ve wanted his voice,” Cleaver joked. “... He has one of the most powerful voices in the community ... and he has used it for community service.”
    Wilson said that’s the key: Find your talent, and put it to use.
    “There’s a lot of things that you can do that help out the city. ... Say yes when someone asks you,” he said.
    Wilson said he still enjoys morning on the radio and plans to go “as long as the voice holds out and people still want me around.”
     
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