The Voice of the Chiefs Is Silenced

Bill Grigsby passed away early Saturday morning after battling against prostate cancer for the last year.

He was 89 years old.

Grigsby’s life story will be retold many times in coming days, including his more than 60 years in the radio business, which included more years broadcasting Chiefs games than anyone else over the franchise’s 50 seasons. He was without a doubt the Voice of the Chiefs, even in recent years when he struggled to get the same energy from his voice that he had going back to 1963 when Lamar Hunt moved his Dallas Texans to Kansas City.

Whether he had the strength or not, there was always another story from Grigs to tell, many of which had been told hundreds of times before. When it came to providing entertainment, few could match his energy, his repertoire or his shear refusal to be silenced.

A visitation for Grigs will be held Tuesday night from 6 to 8 o’clock at St. Therese Parish, 7207 NW State Highway 9 in Parkville. Services are scheduled for 10:30 Wednesday morning also at St. Therese.

We’ll have more on the passing of Bill Grigsby later on Saturday.

5 Responses to “The Voice of the Chiefs Is Silenced”

  • February 26, 2011  - Thomas says:

    I remember listening to Bill Grigsby when I was a little kid growing up in Kansas. He brought so much insight and energy to the Chiefs games. Chiefs nation will truly miss his presense.
    He was indeed a class act.

  • February 26, 2011  - bhive01 says:

    Truly a sad day. I also grew up with Grigsby on the radio and I’ll miss his banter for sure. Bob, you must know his family. Wish them the best from the Chief’s Nation.

  • February 26, 2011  - el cid says:

    No words, he was a special part of our community.

  • February 27, 2011  - J-Top says:

    R.I.P. Grigs! Your voice will never be forgotten in the ChiefsNation!!

  • February 27, 2011  - cowboyChief says:

    I’m another long-time Grigs supporter and fan. I never got to meet the man but did get to visit a couple of times on the phone. He was just Grigs, an avid fan of anything KC and avid sports fan. To know him was to love him (most of the time, LOL).

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