Who knows better than anyone what goes on behind the scenes in a funeral home? In this series, we’ll examine the stories behind some of KSST News Obituaries’ most famous names.
What are KSST News Obituaries?
KSST News Obituaries is a blog that tells the story of the people behind the namesakes of some of Kansas’ most iconic radio stations.
We’ll post an obituary for a person associated with one of Kansas’ radio stations each week. We’ll also include a brief history and some interesting facts about them.
This week’s obituary is for Phil Snyder, who worked at KSST from 1978 to 1997. Snyder became known as “The Voice of the Jayhawks” after he joined the station in 1978. He served as the station’s news director for many years and hosted a talk show called “Inside Track.” Snyder died in May 2018 at the age of 78.
KSST News Obituaries: How to Submit a Story for an Obituary
If you are writing an obituary, it is essential to remember that there are specific guidelines to follow. First and foremost, make sure that the information you include is factual. This means that you should provide accurate dates of birth and death, as well as pertinent information about the deceased such as their occupation or hobbies. Second, try to write in a personal style that will capture the reader’s attention. Use strong verbs and avoid flowery language; instead, focus on telling the story of your loved one concisely. Finally, be sure to submit your account along with a photograph of the deceased for use in our news stories.
The Process of Writing an Obituary
Writing an obituary can be emotionally taxing, but it’s important to remember that the deceased deserves to be recognized with dignity. Here are some essential tips for writing an effective obituary:
- Be aware of your audience.
Obituaries are usually written for family and friends of the deceased, so make sure you write in a way that they will understand and appreciate. Avoid using too many technical terms or making the writing difficult to read.
- Keep it simple.
When reading an obituary, many prefer detailed, factual information about a person’s life. Avoid flowery language or overly sentimental descriptions – these will only irritate readers.
- Get help from a professional if needed.
If you’re not comfortable writing an obituary yourself, consider speaking with a funeral director or contacting one of the local grief support groups in your area for assistance.
What to Include in an Obituary
When planning an obituary, it is essential to keep in mind the personality of the deceased and the individuals who will be reading it. You should include a few things in your obituary if you are friends or family of the dead.
The following items are some of the most common things people include in their obituaries:
-Date of birth and death
-Age at death
-Children’s names and ages
-Location of burial or memorial service
-Plans for future memorials or service plans
If there is anything else you would like to share about the deceased, please feel accessible to me!
Tips for Choosing the Right Name
There’s no one right way to choose a name, but following these tips can help you come up with something that fits your personality and will be easy to remember.
- Think about the meaning of the name. Do you want a name that reflects your personality or something meaningful to someone else? If you want a meaningful name, consider looking into astrology and reading about the meaning of names.
- Consider the sound of the name. Does it have a nice ring to it? Is it easy to say or spell? Words with tricky spellings or pronunciations may be more challenging for people to remember, so consider something less complicated if that’s what you’re looking for.
- Think about how popular the name is currently. If you want to avoid your name being taken by another person, make sure it isn’t in high demand! The more popular a character is, the harder it will be to get hold of it (unless you snag it before someone else does).
- Keep in mind what type of persona you would like your name to represent. Are you bubbly and fun-loving? Secondary nicknames work better for names like this since they are easier to remember than just your name. On the other hand, if you are more laid-back and chillaxed, choosing an easily recognized nickname might be better suited for you.
With heavy hearts, we report on the passing of some of our favorite people in KSST news. In this series, we look at some of the stories behind the names of our obituaries and learn about their lives and deaths. Some were well-known in their local communities, while others were less known but had an immense impact. We are grateful for all they taught us and the memories they left behind.