From October 1965 through May 1966, WDAF-TV launched a Sunday morning television program focused on religious, interfaith, literary, and community issues. The program, known as “The Thomas More Show,” was a collaborative effort between WDAF and Rockhurst College. The title was derived from the Thomas More Centre at Rockhurst, which featured speakers of religious, literary, and community interest.

“The Thomas More Show” aired on Sunday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Weekly topics included “Signs of Life,” “Faith to Faith,” lead by Fr. Bob Lakas, S.J., “Open Sesame,” and “What’s What.” “Signs of Life” was a program about Catholic religious beliefs and practices. The other three programs involved panel discussions surrounding, well-known literary classics, community affairs, and faith perspectives on various topics.[1]


[1] Walt Bodine, My Times, My Town (Kansas City: Kansas City Star Books, 2003), pp 60, 119-29, 134-35. Quotations from Kansas City Star article, “Public Affairs Theme for New Talk Show”, September 1964. Exact date not known.  Quote from Nick Bolton, GM of WDAF, letter to Guillot, May 25, 1965.