Betty Stoddard-Muncie dead at 90


Betty Stoddard-Muncie was a legend in Reno, NV radio and television, honored last year by the city with an official day in her honor. She has now died at age 90 from a stroke suffered in May.

Stoddard-Muncie began here radio career in the Midwest, but hit Reno in 1946 at KOH-AM and became a local icon, working at KATO/KBET-AM before moving to television in 1955 as host of the daily “Be My Guest” talk show on KOLO-TV. Notable guests ran the gamut from Eleanor Roosevelt to Liberace. After an 18-year run she took the show to KTVN-TV in 1972 for its final two years.

Both KOLO and KTVN ran video tributes in their newscasts Thursday, following her death Wednesday night (9/15). Her son, Dick Stoddard, is a weather forecaster at KOLO.

According to the obituary in the Reno Gazette-Journal, Stoddard-Muncie’s body was cremated and a memorial service is set for October 4th at St. Therese Church of the Little Flower in Reno.