The Missouri Senate has honored a longtime Warrensburg morning radio host for his 50 years of service.

Woody Woods (left) with State Senator David Pearce on Friday at KOKO Radio

Woody Woods (left) with State Senator David Pearce on Friday at KOKO Radio (Photo courtesy of KOKO)

State Senator David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) has presented Marion “Woody” Woods with a Senate resolution honoring Woods’ service at Missourinet affiliate KOKO Radio (AM 1450). Woods didn’t expect the recognition.

“It’s kind of flattering to get rewarded for something that you just do everyday out of habit, I guess. I’m used to coming to work, I just come to work and do what I have to do,” Woods says.

The 75-year-old Woods began at KOKO in October 1966. He says he initially turned the job down.

“And they called me back and asked me to come back and talk to them again, and I eventually took the job. Started October 3, 1966 and been here ever since and haven’t been sorry for one minute of it,” Woods says.

Pearce praises Woods, who hired him years ago.

“I have known Woody for decades. I can’t imagine the station or community without him. Woody hired me for my first job as a janitor at the radio station. Believe me, he had plenty of reasons to lose his temper, but never did. A great boss and friend,” Pearce says.

Woods has been entrenched in the community, serving as past President of the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce and the Whiteman Air Force Base Community Council. He also is a member of the University of Central Missouri Athletic Hall of Fame, and was recognized as the 1974 Billboard Small Market Air Personality of the Year.

Woods golfs everyday and has no plans to retire.