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Longtime Radio Announcer/Manager Passes Away

Joe Denoyer - June 26, 2018 10:40 pm

Career radio announcer/manager Stu Melchert of Seward County Broadcasting,  passed away Tuesday afternoon following a brief battle with cancer.

Stu Melchert received his start in radio in the early 1960’s after being hired by former Governor and Presidential Candidate Alf Landon. Stu started with KSCB as an announcer and news man and eventually working in all aspects of the radio business. Stu served as President of the Kansas Association of Broadcasters and was elected into the Kansas Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1996.

Stu was instrumental in maintaining KSCB’s flagship station 1270 AM, and also adding KSCB FM 107.5 and in the mid 1990’s, launching KLDG FM 102.7 The Legend. Stu was very much a part of the day to day operations of Seward County Broadcasting up until the day he died.

Stu was also very active in the Community of Liberal serving on the Board at 1st National Bank now Equity Bank, Chaired the Republican Party, was a member of the Wizards of Harmony Barbershop Group, Ozfest Committee, Served as Chairman of Pancake Day, was elected into the Pancake Day Hall of Fameand served on countless other boards and civic organizations. He and his wife Janice helped start Liberal Hearing Aid Center.

Stu was an avid OU fan, and Senior US Senator Pat Roberts referred to him as, “The Voice”. Stu was respected and revered not only in the Broadcast Industry, but also in the Community he called home.

Stu leaves behind his wife Janice, his children David, Mike and Russ grandchildren and great grandchildren, his KSCB family, and countless other friends and acquaintances he met over the years.

Funeral services will be Saturday, July the 7th at 11am at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 127 NW 7th Street in Oklahoma City.

An obituary will be forthcoming.

 

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