Rodney D. Harris

Rodney D. Harris


Rodney D. Harris was born May 29, 1956 in King City, Missouri, the son of Albert Donald and Ruby Irene (Gillespie) Harris. He passed away on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas at the age of 63. 

He was a graduate of Albany High class of ’74, and he went on to earn his Bachelor of Science Degree in Broadcasting in ’78 from Northwest Missouri State University.

Rodney began working for the Shepard Broadcast group in 1978 and he continued his career in broadcasting in the Northwest Missouri region for over 40 years. He became Station Manager of KAAN radio in Bethany in the early 80’s and later also became Station Manager of KMRN and KKWK, Cameron. For the last 11 years of his life, Rodney was Director of Broadcast Services of KXCV-KRNW on the campus of Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, fulfilling a lifetime dream to go back to the University that first gave him his love for the radio industry. Once A Bearcat, Always A Bearcat.

Rodney was committed to the betterment of the Albany community and took on many roles. For eight years, Rodney served on the Albany Rhythm and Roots Committee.  He coordinated all radio advertising, interviews with the performing artists and emcee of the event. He was also instrumental involving multi-media students from Northwest to produce a CD of Asleep at the Wheel.

Rodney deeply loved his friends, family and community, as they loved him. He was a member of the Albany United Methodist Church, Athens Lodge #127 A.F. & A.M, Albany Booster Club, Rotary and the Moila Shrine Temple in St. Joseph. He also served for many years on the Albany School Board, several of which were in the role of President.

He was preceded in death by his mother on May 22, 2019, as well as his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Survivors: son, Payden (Britany) Harris; grandson, Tucker Harris; all of Kansas City, Missouri; father, Donald Harris, Albany; sisters, Donna (Randy) Teel, Liberty, Missouri; Terri (Nick) Tompkins, Albany; nephew, Brett Teel, Liberty; along with many aunts, uncles and cousins. 

Funeral Service:  11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 27 at the Roberson-Polley Chapel, Albany with burial in the Carmack Cemetery, Albany. The family will receive friends 6:00–8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening at the chapel, where friends may call anytime after 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to KXCV-KRNW on the campus of Northwest Missouri State University. Donations can be made to the Roberson-Polley Funeral home or by visiting

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