Services set for Kitty Broady, activist, gospel radio show host

June 06, 1991

Services for Kathryne H. "Kitty" Broady, a gospel radio show host who was active in community affairs, will be held at noon today at the Union Baptist Church, 1219 Druid Hill Ave.

Mrs. Broady, who was 76, was found Thursday night overcome by smoke in the second-floor bedroom of her home in the 3700 block of Liberty Heights Avenue. Other tenants in the house escaped after the back porch was apparently set on fire.

For the past three years, she had an afternoon show on WBGR-AM. Earlier in her more than 25 years in the Baltimore area, she broadcast gospel shows on WEBB and WCBM in Baltimore and WANN in Annapolis.

Listeners and station officials described her as down-to-earth, pleasant and witty, and noted that though she played music from different periods, she would play her favorite, "The Lord Is My Light," every day.

She also took up causes on the air, once sponsoring a benefit to feed the hungry in the late 1960s, a time when she also helped to expose problems at Baltimore City Jail through letters sent by prisoners in her listening audience. She continued her interest by doing volunteer work with the prisoners.

Though she taught broadcasting courses at the College of Notre Dame and was a member of American Women of Radio and Television, she left the industry for a period to work in the Upton Mayor's Station.

She had also done public relations work at radio stations where she was on the air, and had served as public relations director for the Pennsylvania Avenue Lafayette Market Association, running a program to provide Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets for the poor.

A founder of the Provident Hospital Community Mental Health Clinic, she had also served as president of the Baltimore Black United Front and as East Coast regional director of the U.S.-China People's Friendship Tour Committee and was a member of the United Daughters of Africa, among other organizations.

The former Kathryne Holdman was a native of Greensboro, N.C., who was raised in Washington and graduated from Armstrong High School.

She later earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Antioch College.

She served in the Women's Army Corps during World War II.

Before coming to Baltimore, she and her former husband, Robert Broady Sr., who lives in Washington, operated the K & B Upholstery Co.

Her survivors include two sons Robert Broady Jr. of Baltimore and Stewart Guy Broady of Oxon Hill; a sister, Beatrice Turnborough of Chicago; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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