Kathryne H. "Kitty" Broady, a gospel radio show host who was active in community affairs, died at her home last Thursday in a fire that police say was deliberately set. She was 76 and lived in the 3700 block of Liberty Heights Ave.
Services for Mrs. Broady were being held today at Union Baptist Church, 1219 Druid Hill Ave.
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.
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.
She left broadcasting for a period to work in the Upton Mayor's Station.
She also ran a program to provide Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets for the poor.
She was a founder of the Provident Hospital Community Mental Health Clinic and served as president of the Baltimore Black United Front.
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.