Former KY3 "Children's Hour" host "Aunt" Norma Champion is now a Hall of Famer. The Missouri Broadcaster's Association will induct Champion into its Hall of Fame at its annual convention in Branson next month.
Most people who grew up in the Ozarks in the 1950s, '60s, '70s, and '80s know Norma Champion as "Aunt Norma". She was the beloved host of the popular and successful Children's Hour program on KY3 from 1957 until the show left the air in 1986. Champion also had a distinguished career as a professor at Evangel University in Springfield and continued to serve the public as a Springfield City Councilwoman for 5 years, a Missouri State Representative for 10 years and a Missouri State Senator from 2003 until 2010.
Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame quarterback Len Dawson will also be inducted for his work as a broadcaster. Dawson became Sports Director of KMBC-TV in Kansas City in 1966 while still playing with the Chiefs. He went on to become analyst for NBC Sports AFC coverage and hosted Inside the NFL on HBO for 24 years. He continues today in the Chiefs Radio Network Broadcast booth as a color analyst.
Champion and Dawson are among eight broadcasters who will be honored June 7 at the Branson Convention Center.