Springfield Broadcasting Legend Rod Kittleman Dies at 58

The voice of a Springfield radio legend has been silenced.

Rod Kittleman, morning show host and program director for Christian radio station KADI, passed away Friday in a Springfield hospital at the age of 58.

Kittleman, who had battled diabetes for many years, passed away from complications related to kidney failure according to his family.

Rod Kittleman (photo from his facebook page)

During his time at KADI, Kittleman was a leader in contemporary Christian radio. His views on new artists were frequently sought by Christian music record labels and he was often a key speaker at Christian radio conventions because of his success in the broadcast field. He also played a role behind the scenes in helping to launch the careers of several artists.

Kittleman also gave local Christian performers the chance to be heard on the radio during a time when many radio stations would not air local artists. Kittleman believed in the importance of local artists and the way they made a difference in the lives of those around the Ozarks.

Kittleman, who spent 40 years in the broadcast field, was also a musician who performed with many Christian artists and worship teams around the country.

Editor’s note: Rod & I worked together for a season at KADI. I knew first hand the depth he had for compassion, kindness and of his genuine love for the listeners of KADI. He was one of the few people I’ve known over my career that truly had radio “in his blood.” There was a true joy you could see on his face when he was behind a microphone.

I remember the many in-depth discussions we had of the craft of broadcasting. I can say without a doubt I was a better broadcaster for my time working with him. The prayers of my family and all those connected to OI are with the Kittleman family.