The History of Idaho Broadcasting Foundation

 would like to invite you to our next public meeting which is a special  No-Host Luncheon & Program this Friday June 27, 2008 from 11:30 A.M. - 1:30  P.M. at Smoky Mountain Pizza & Pasta 415 S. Parkcenter Blvd. (at the corner of Mallard & Parkcenter).You may order anything off the menu at your own expense; prices are reasonable - food is excellent! The restaurant is located at the former Parkcenter Mall across from Albertson’s Corporate Office. Look for the sign at the stop light at Parkcenter and Mallard. It is on the Southeast corner of the intersection. Go to their web site (smokymountainpizza.com) and click on “locations” for a map.

 

 

The program will feature a special tribute to Dar Dodds, former morning personality of KDSH and KBOI Radio who died of natural causes at the V.A. Hospital in Boise on June 4, 2008 at the age of 89. Dar worked for Morrison-Knudsen building an airport on Wake Island where he was among those taken prisoner by the Japanese. After spending four years as a P.O.W., he returned to Boise in 1945 where he met and married Laura Reynolds. Dar then worked as a radio announcer for KIDO, KDSH, and KBOI in Boise. He and Bruce Whitehead hosted an early morning show called "The BRU-DAR Show" on KBOI.    Dar later worked for WGTO in Cypress Gardens, Florida and for KSL in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also worked in television and did commercials for advertisers with his wonderful speaking voice and great sense of humor.

We will play excerpts from actual airchecks from 1958 and 1959, a commercial or two, see an excerpt from the Oliver North Fox News Channel Television special on Wake Island, and hear Bill Gratton’s comments about Dar from June of 1968 when KBOI went 50,000 watts.

 

Join our special guests, Members Shanna Dodds-Jones and her husband Brent as we honor a great Idaho broadcaster, Dar Dodds, at this a no-host special luncheon. Call (208) 853-7756 for a free ride to and from the meeting. Email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

 

See you at Smoky Mountain Pizza at 11:30 A.M. at Parkcenter on June 27th!

 


 

 

In Memoriam

 

Darwin H. Dodds
 
May 2, 1919 - June 4, 2008
 
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Darwin Dodds died of natural causes at the V.A. Hospital in Boise on June 4, 2008 at the age of 89.

Dar was born in Meridian, Idaho on May 2, 1919 to J.M. (Mack) and Amy L. Dodds.  After moving to Boise where his father became an Ada County Commissioner,  Dar graduated from Boise High School in 1937. He worked for Morrison-Knudsen building an airport on Wake Island where he was among those taken prisoner by the Japanese. After spending four years as a P.O.W., he returned to Boise in 1945 where he met and married Laura Reynolds.

Dar worked as a radio announcer for KDSH, KIDO and KBOI in Boise. He and Bruce Whitehead hosted an early morning show called "The BRU-DAR Show" on KBOI.    Dar later worked for WGTO in Cypress Gardens, Florida and for KSL in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also worked in television and did commercials for advertisers on radio and television. With his wonderful speaking voice and great sense of humor he made a great radio personality.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Laura, his son Anthony Dodds (Tricia), daughter Shanna Jones (Brent), his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sister Evelyn Valenti and many nieces and nephews.

He was a very loving man, wonderful husband and a devoted father and grandfather. His terrific sense of humor and humble spirit saw him through a lot and he never complained. He enjoyed fishing, playing the drums, singing, harmonizing in a barber-shop quartet and spending time with his grandchildren and his Wake Island "buddies". He wrote several songs and made a record about Wake Island.

He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.   He was our "hero".

The family would like to thank the nurses and doctors at the V.A. Hospital for their loving care over the past few years.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, if you wish, a donation to a Veterans' charity of your choice would be appreciated.