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Police Budget Battle | Randy Miller Radio

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Carlos Moreno
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KCUR 89.3
Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners member Nathan Garrett talks during a November 2020 meeting. The board voted Friday to file a lawsuit against Mayor Quinton Lucas and the city council.

The Board of Police Commissioners responds to Mayor Lucas' police budget revision with a lawsuit, and Kansas City radio legend Randy Miller has traded in his pranks for radio supporting America's military.

Segment 1, beginning at 1:00: The police board is going through the courts to stop the city's attempt to refocus the use of $42 million of the department's authorized budget.

The board says the council's action could undermine police operations. We outline the lawsuit that was filed on Friday, and break down how Governor Mike Parson and other Republicans in the state capitol are responding.

Segment 2, beginning at 26:30: In the 80's and 90's, Randy Miller cemented himself as a radio staple with his outrageous and shocking style.

Miller's pranks would often get great ratings, but would also get him fired. Then he would get hired by another station and do it all over again. He recalls some of his more memorable moments that he's written about in "Prizes, Pranks & The Purse Lady: The Misadventures of the Randy Miller Morning Show."

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Zach Wilson is the associate producer for KCUR's Up To Date.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.
Chris Young is an Assistant Producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at chrisy@kcur.org.