C-10 Podcast: Cynthia Boles, Ep. 109


This week, we’re turning over the interviewing to Dr. Max Utsler, our C-10 Curriculum Coordinator, who, like this week’s guest, spent several years in television before going into a second career. In Max’s case, that was about 40 years as a journalism professor.

For this week’s guest, it was television and into public relations.

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

See, as we close out International Women’s Month, it seemed like a perfect time to have this week’s guest join us.

A product of Raytown, Missouri, Cynthia Boles started working full-time in television in Wichita, Kansas, where she became the first female anchor in the state of Kansas. She also had career stops in cities such as Houston and Kansas City, Chicago and Los Angeles. (Not all in TV, as you’ll hear.)

Cynthia and Max worked together when Cynthia was getting her start in broadcasting at KOMU while she was a student at the University of Missouri. And, later, the two worked together, along with Cynthia’s husband, Kenny, at KMBC here in Kansas City.

After several years in Tyler, Texas, following the death of her husband Cynthia moved back to Kansas City. She has attended a few of our C-10 Mentoring & Leadership sessions. In fact, this particular interview was conducted on Wednesday night, March 23, in front of our mentors and students at Music Theater Heritage in Kansas City, Missouri.

Although we removed the students’ and mentors’ questions at the end, we think you’ll enjoy this chat about being a female pioneer and a great leader in TV and PR between two longtime friends.


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