BODIMER: Saying goodbye to our friend Brett Blume

Thursday afternoon, our newsroom got the call we had been dreading for months ...

Fred Bodimer
October 04, 2019 - 2:01 pm

Thursday afternoon, our newsroom got the call we had been dreading for months — Brett was gone — taken from us way too soon.  

Anytime death precedes retirement it is a tragedy. It has happened too frequently in recent years here at KMOX — with the deaths of the beloved Norma Wallner and Al Stevens.  And so it is with Brett — our dear colleague and even more important, our close friend for the past 17 years.

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Brett died at the age of 55 after battling a ruthless rage of cancer throughout his body over the past seven months.

Our newsroom is a small place. Our six working spaces or cubicles here are only waist-high. There is little or no privacy here. We can hear every giggle, every gasp, every sigh, every cough. We can hear our goof-ups while recording ... and every personal phone call we make to a loved one. We know so much about each one of us in this tiny but close newsroom. And we knew Brett so very well.

He loved KMOX — but loved his wife Kathy and son Devin even more. We knew Brett feared clowns — but loved movies even more. Don't know how he felt about clowns in movies. We knew Brett loved coming into work — but loved going home even more. And for us, we love Brett so much — but will miss him even more.

We will miss Brett's commitment to radio, his love for his family, his bright white shirts and long dark ties, his witty comments, his fast fingers typing so loudly on his keyboard, and his oh so quiet exits. This man was built like a bear but was as gentle as a cub.

We love Brett dearly. We are all so much richer for having known him.

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