ROBERT M. "BAREFOOT BOB" KINNEY, known to his fans as
simply 'Barefoot', passed away in Springfield, MO, on December 3, 2003.
Bob was retired from KTTS in Springfield, MO, and was voted the most popular
Disc Jockey in Springfield during an annual promotion. He was the first country
music DJ to greet the public when KTTS went on the air with its new country
The owners of the station also owned KFDI in Wichita, KS, where Bob had worked
for many years.
Bob was a decorated World War II veteran of the 82nd Airborne Division. He began
his career in radio on WCHN in Norwich, New York, about 1950. In the 50-plus years
to follow became one of the foremost country music historians. He was often
called upon to supply words and titles to oldtime country songs.
He hosted countless country music shows and radio interviews throughout the years.
Bob had a few recordings of his own. Throughout most of his career
hosted a Saturday morning program featuring old style country and western
favorites that he liked to call 'Pickin's from the Past". He also sang and
played his old Martin herringbone and had amassed a large and faithful
following throughout the years, from the state of New York to Kansas and Missouri.
These were fans who continued to stay in touch with him even after he had moved
to another station far away.
Bob was preceeded in death by his loving wife of over 50 years.