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UMKC’s Chuck Haddix Receives 2012 Pinnacle Award

Oct 18, 2012 #135
Contact: Kristin Pitts
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Award given by Johnson County Library Foundation

Chuck Haddix, the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Marr Sound Archives Director and beloved host of KCUR-FM ‘s Fish Fry, has received a 2012 Pinnacle Award from the Johnson County Library Foundation.

Awards were given in four categories. Haddix won in the foundation’s Excellence in the Arts category.

The four award categories – Literacy and Education; Business and Entrepreneurship; Arts; and Advocacy and Public Engagement – reflect the focus of the foundation and the library’s work in the community. According to the foundation, the 2012 Pinnacle Awards honorees were selected because they demonstrate excellence in their professional fields or philanthropic pursuits.

Haddix received the award for a combination of his professional work and his contribution to an array of arts projects. Haddix is the director of the Marr Sound Archives, a collection of more than 300,000 historic sound recordings housed in the Miller Nichols Library at UMKC. Haddix also hosts “Fish Fry” a popular radio program featuring the blues, soul, rhythm and blues, jumpin’ jive and zydeco. The program is broadcast from 8 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays on KCUR-FM 89.3.

Over the years, Haddix has contributed to a wide variety of theatrical, recording, video and film projects including “Cronkite Remembers,” a biography of Walter Cronkite; Robert Altman’s “Kansas City” and Merchant-Ivory’s “Mr. and Mrs. Bridge.” His articles have appeared in DownBeat and Living Blues Magazine. In 2005, he co-authored “Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop – A History.”

The Johnson County Library Foundation hosted the 2012 Pinnacle Awards Dinner to honor the winners on Thursday, October 18, in the Regnier Center at Johnson County Community College.

About the Johnson County Library Foundation

Established in 1998, the Johnson County Library Foundation’s mission is to build an endowment for the Library’s collection and secure support for life-long learning programs offered at Johnson County Library. Funds have been provided for 6by6 Ready to Read Early Literacy, Legacies of the Civil War, civic engagement programming, Changing Lives through Literature, Court Assisted Reading Encouragement (CARE) and the purchase of library materials.

About the University of Missouri-Kansas City

The University of Missouri-Kansas City, one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience. For more information about UMKC, visit You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.


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