A former WHAS-TV General manager has died after a battle with cancer.
Robert “Bob” Klingle, who served as general manager from 2000 to 2007, died Monday, January 14 in Scottsdale, Arizona where he was undergoing treatment for prostate cancer.
During his time in Louisville, he led the station with special coverage of the September 11, 2001 tragedy and signed a new deal with the University of Louisville to make WHAS11 the home of the Cardinals for several years.
Klingle also expanded the WHAS Crusade for Children by creating the first-ever Crusade Endowment to help ensure the Crusade’s future.
His wife Jean told WHAS11 News, “Bob felt very fortunate to have lived and worked in Louisville and was glad to have been part of the Crusade.”
Klingle would say right up until his final moments, “I am the luckiest man in the world”.
The family will hold a celebration of life in Louisville this spring.
He was 62-years-old.
Expectant parents hope and pray that their child will be born perfectly healthy. And that was the case for the Eckstein family. However, when their son, Leo was born with hearing loss they say the initial diagnosis took them completely by surprise.
Thanks to funding from the WHAS Crusade for Children, Heuser Hearing Institute has been able to provide equipment and therapies to give youngsters like Leo every chance to fulfill their potential. Since 1979, Heuser has received Crusade grants totaling more than $1 million, which have helped thousands of children with hearing issues.
To make a secure online donation, CLICK HERE or call (502) 582-7706.
Donate by mail:
WHAS Crusade for Children
520 West Chestnut Street
Louisville, KY 40202
The perfect gift! A brick on the WHAS Crusade Walk of Fame
To commemorate the 50th annual WHAS Crusade for Children, the sidewalk that surrounds the WHAS11 building at 6th and Chestnut Streets in downtown Louisville is now a place of tribute.
The WHAS Crusade for Children Walk of Fame is constructed of paving bricks available to engrave with your special message.
Your donation of $100 for a 5” X 8” or $500 for a 12” X 12” brick will pave the way for the WHAS Crusade for Children Endowment.
Each 5” X 8” brick can be engraved with three lines of text to honor:
Each 12” X 12” brick can include up to five lines of text or an engraved company or organization logo. Call (502) 582-7706 for details.
Order your brick
CLICK HERE to order a personalized brick securely online.
CLICK HERE to download a PDF of the brick brochure and order form.
Then follow these simple steps:
Mail the brick order form and payment to:
WHAS Crusade for Children
520 West Chestnut Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Questions? Call the WHAS Crusade for Children office at
Pave the way for children with special needs
Help make a difference FOREVER. The WHAS Crusade for Children Endowment fully funds the Crusade’s future.
It guarantees that 100% of the Crusade’s annual telethon collections continue to go directly to agencies that help children with special needs. It ensures that millions more children will be helped for decades to come.
Beyond your annual contribution, the Crusade needs your Endowment donation now. To change a child’s life forever, support the WHAS Crusade Endowment.
Certificate of ownership
For each brick purchased, a certificate of ownership is issued to you or to whomever you designate.
About the WHAS Crusade for Children
The WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc. established in 1954 by WHAS-TV, raises money for schools, agencies and hospitals to better the lives of special needs children. In its first 65 years, the Crusade has raised more than $180 million.
Thanks to generous contributions of goods and services, the Crusade is able to return 100% of all donations to organizations that serve special needs children in all 120 Kentucky counties and more than 50 southern Indiana counties. Fire departments raise more than 50 percent of the money each year by staging road blocks and other events.
Millions of children have been helped by the Crusade since 1954.
The WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Gifts are tax deductible as permitted by law. The Crusade is the most successful and oldest local telethon in America.
To make a secure online donation, click here or call (502) 582-7706.
Sign up for the Louisville Triple Crown of Running and receive $15 off your entry fee now until January 14, 2019.
The runners of Kentuckiana make magic happen each Spring supporting children with special needs in Kentucky and southern Indiana like Addy (see her video below).
Save the dates for the 2019 race series:
Saturday, February 23rd – Anthem 5K Fitness Classic
Saturday, March 9th – Rodes City Run 10K
Saturday, March 23rd – Papa Johns 10 Miler
All three races benefit the WHAS Crusade for Children.
Join Team Crusade
Call the Crusade office at 502-582-7706 for more information on how to join Team Crusade. Team Crusade is a running team that takes part in all three races. Your running skill level doesn’t matter. You’ll join a fun group that just wants to help children with special needs. 100% for the kids!
The 10th annual WHAS Crusade for Children “Building the Future” mini-telethon will air Saturday, December 8th 6:30 to 8:00pm on WHAS11.
The program is devoted to the WHAS Crusade Endowment. It will feature contributors from across Kentuckiana who are making a difference. The program will be hosted by WHAS11’s Rachel PLatt and 840 WHAS Radio’s Terry Meiners.
More about the WHAS Crusade Endowment
In September, 2002, the WHAS Crusade for Children Board of Directors voted to create the new Crusade Endowment.
It guarantees that 100 percent of the Crusade’s annual telethon collections continue to go directly to agencies that help children with special needs. It ensures that millions more children will be helped for decades to come.
– 100% of each donation to the WHAS Crusade for Children helps children with special needs.
– The Crusade Endowment Campaign fully funds our future.
– Beyond your annual contribution, we need your Crusade Endowment donation now.
– Change a child’s life forever, support the WHAS Crusade Endowment.
Watch this video about Jane Charmoli. See why she made the decision to include the WHAS Crusade for Children in her estate plans.
You’ve heard of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday…now today is GIVING TUESDAY!
Make a difference in the life of a child with special needs with a tax-deductible donation to the WHAS Crusade for Children.
Honor a loved one.
Give a gift to the person who has everything.
Make a year-end tax deduction.
Just CLICK HERE!
Thanksgiving Day at 4:00pm on WHAS11, watch a 2 hour WHAS Crusade for Children special program showing your generosity at work helping children with special needs.
Plus you’ll see great performances from past Crusades.
Join Terry Meiners and Rachel Platt for this heartwarming holiday special and see how you are making a difference.
IT’S THE ANNUAL WHAS CRUSADE FOR CHILDREN YARD SALE presented by Tri City Van & Storage and The Kentuckiana Corvette Club to benefit the WHAS Crusade for Children.
Friday, October 12th – 8:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, October 13th – 8:00am to 2:00pm
Tri City Van & Storage
632 Industry Road
Louisville, KY 40208
Something for everyone!
Lip Sync Challenge video debuts!
“Don’t Stop Believin'” in the WHAS Crusade for Children! #GiveForGoodLou is on September 13, 2018. With your support it’s going to be “A Beautiful Day.” Don’t believe us? Just watch!
The WHAS Crusade for Children will help make history on September 13th by participating in the 5th annual Give for Good Louisville, a 24-hour day of online giving for local nonprofit organizations. We invite you to take part by rallying around the Crusade and to help connect us to the larger community.
Please join our campaign and help us raise thousands of dollars to make life better for local children with special needs. Donate, spread the word, be our social media champions – there are so many ways on this day to promote the impactful work the Crusade has been doing for 65 years!
How can you help?
• Click here for the Crusade section of Give for Good Louisville. Visit any time between midnight-to-midnight on September 13 to make a donation to the Crusade. Remember, 100% of your gift will go directly to the thousands of children who benefit from our funding.
• Become a “Crusader for Children” – and start your own personal fundraising page for Give For Good Louisville. Contact email@example.com for help in setting it up.
• Simply tell your friends and family about Give for Good Louisville – in person, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, anywhere!
Thank you to your generosity to the WHAS Crusade for Children on September 13th. Now, let’s go make history!
The WHAS Crusade for Children announces its grants for 2018 – 2019. 229 grants have been awarded totaling $5,675,000. That matches the tote board at the conclusion of the 65th annual WHAS Crusade for Children which took place on June 2 – 3, 2018.
Grant funds become available as the Crusade for Children begins a new fiscal year on September 1, 2018.
Click here to learn more about the WHAS Crusade for Children grant process.
Click here to see a recap of the 2018 65th annual WHAS Crusade for Children.
>> SEE HUNDREDS OF PHOTOS FROM CRUSADE WEEKEND ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE, CLICK HERE.
2018-2019 GRANTS LISTED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
A Chance to Dance $1,500.00
Adair County Board of Education $29,700.00
Allegro Dance Project $3,500.00
American Printing House for the Blind $9,000.00
American Red Cross Kentucky Region $22,000.00
Americana Community Center, Inc. $7,000.00
Anchorage Independent School District $20,000.00
Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Inc. $10,000.00
Archdiocese of Louisville $48,000.00
Asbury University $23,000.00
Baptist Health Foundation Greater Louisville, Inc. $96,173.00
Bardstown Independent Schools $29,000.00
Barren Co. Board of Education $2,400.00
Barren River Area Child Advocacy Center $10,000.00
Bath Co. Board of Education $10,000.00
Bellarmine University – Physical Therapy $35,000.00
Bellarmine University – Scholarships $18,000.00
Best Buddies Kentucky $11,000.00
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana $5,000.00
Bingham Child Guidance Clinic $50,000.00
Bluegrass Center for Autism $25,000.00
Bluegrass Chapter of National AMBUCS $500.00
Boys & Girls Haven $92,500.00
Boys and Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana $12,000.00
Breckinridge County Board of Education $30,000.00
Bullitt County Board of Education $54,000.00
Camp TESSA $7,000.00
Camp TESSA of Meade County $5,200.00
Campbellsville Board of Education $18,000.00
Canaan Community Academy $15,000.00
Carroll County Schools $7,000.00
CASA by the Lakes $4,000.00
CASA of Lexington $17,000.00
CASA of South Central Kentucky $6,000.00
CASA of the Bluegrass $4,100.00
CASA of the Heartland $11,250.00
CASA of the River Region $10,000.00
CASA Program for Bullitt County $15,000.00
Caverna Board of Education $8,000.00
Center for Courageous Kids $37,500.00
Center for Women & Infants at University of Louisville Hospital $38,171.78
Centerstone Kentucky $60,000.00
Central Kentucky Education Coop $36,015.00
Child Development Center of Bluegrass $3,000.00
Christian Academy School System $8,136.00
Clark County Youth Shelter & Family Services $12,000.00
Cloverport Independent School District $38,000.00
Commonwealth Theatre Center $5,000.00
Communities in Schools of Clark County $8,000.00
Community Action of Southern Indiana $14,000.00
Critically Loved $3,000.00
Cumberland Co. Board of Education $4,995.20
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation $5,000.00
Danville Independent Schools $7,000.00
Dorman Preschool $28,000.00
Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky $3,000.00
Down Syndrome of Louisville $15,000.00
Dream Riders of Kentucky $5,000.00
Dreams with Wings $7,500.00
Dyslexia Association of Pennyrile $3,000.00
Easter Seals Cardinal Hill $2,100.00
Easter Seals West Kentucky $4,000.00
Eastern Kentucky University – College of Education $12,597.78
Eastern Kentucky University – Develop. Dis. Clinic $5,600.00
Eastern Kentucky University – Scholarships $18,000.00
Eastern Kentucky University – Safety City $2,000.00
Elizabethtown Independent Schools $25,000.00
Elliott County Schools $9,000.00
Eminence Independent Schools $20,000.00
Englishton Park Presbyterian Ministries $4,000.00
Exceptional Equitation $2,500.00
Family & Children’s Place $29,280.00
Family Ark $25,000.00
Family Enrichment Center $9,000.00
Family Scholar House $15,000.00
Fayette Co. Public Schools $20,000.00
FEAT of Louisville $14,000.00
Flaget Memorial Hospital $40,000.00
Floyd Memorial Foundation $65,888.98
Franklin Co. Board of Education $17,000.00
Friends School $25,000.00
Fund for the Arts $5,000.00
Gateway Community Services Organization $8,500.00
Gilda’s Club Louisville $20,000.00
Graves County Board of Education $21,000.00
Grayson County Schools $20,000.00
Greater Clark County School $28,017.00
Greater Louisville Rowing $4,300.00
Green County Board of Education $14,200.00
Green Hill Therapy $20,000.00
Green River Regional Educational Cooperative $8,000.00
Hancock County Public Schools $4,000.00
Hardin County Board of Education $45,000.00
Hardin Memorial Health Foundation $75,000.00
Harrison County Exceptional Learners Coop $21,000.00
Harrison County Hospital $4,127.26
Hart Co. Schools $14,000.00
Henry Co. Schools $20,000.00
Heuser Hearing & Language Academy $30,000.00
Hindman Settlement School $13,400.00
Home of the Innocents $90,000.00
Hosparus Health $45,000.00
Indian Summer Camp $15,000.00
Indiana University $9,000.00
Jefferson County Public Schools – Assistive Technology Program $50,000.00
Jefferson County Public Schools – Autism Program $11,437.00
Jefferson County Public Schools – Communication Disorders Program $16,290.00
Jefferson County Public Schools – Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program $12,525.00
Jefferson County Public Schools – Early Childhood $6,783.00
Jefferson County Public Schools – Moderate to Severe Disabilities $29,316.00
Jefferson County Public Schools – OT/PT Program $46,260.00
Jefferson County Public Schools – Visually Impaired Program $7,348.00
Jeffersonville Township Public Library Foundation $4,900.00
Jewish Community Center $5,000.00
Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana $3,305.00
Kentuckiana Children’s Center $22,000.00
Kentucky Hemophilia Foundation $6,000.00
Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation, Inc. $16,000.00
Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies $21,500.00
KORE Academy $2,955.00
Kentucky Center for Special Children Services $66,000.00
Kentucky Center for the Arts Foundation $30,000.00
Kentucky Educational Development Corp. $14,000.00
Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency $4,000.00
LaRue County Public Schools $10,000.00
Learning Disabilities Association of Kentucky $1,800.00
Learning for Life, Lincoln Chapter $18,000.00
Lexington Hearing & Speech $10,000.00
Life Adventure Center of Bluegrass $8,000.00
LifeSpring Health Systems $2,500.00
Lighthouse Promise, Inc. $3,500.00
Lincoln County School District $14,000.00
Lovesome Stables $5,500.00
Madison Area Educational Special Services Unit $16,000.00
Madison Consolidated Schools $20,000.00
Marion County Board of Education $20,000.00
McLean County Public Schools $25,000.00
Meade County Board of Education $19,000.00
Meredith-Dunn School $15,953.00
Miracle League of Louisville, Inc. $50,000.00
Mountain Comprehensive Care Center $15,000.00
Muscular Dystrophy Association $12,000.00
Nelson County Schools $24,000.00
Newport Independent Schools $6,000.00
Northern Kentucky Children’s Law Center $12,500.00
Northern Kentucky Coop for Educational Serv. $3,500.00
Norton Children’s Hospital Foundation $650,000.00
Oldham Co. Board of Education $50,000.00
Orange Co. Rehab and Develop. Services $22,000.00
Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital $25,000.00
Our Lady of Providence Jr.-Sr. High School $14,000.00
Owen County School District $5,032.00
Owensboro Dance Theatre $13,000.00
Owensboro Health Foundation, Inc. $18,000.00
Paoli School Corp. $14,000.00
Paws with Purpose, Inc. $20,000.00
Personal Counseling Service $30,000.00
Pitt Academy $10,356.00
Providence Self Sufficiency Ministries $11,500.00
Puzzle Pieces $18,000.00
Rauch, Inc. $15,000.00
Rockcastle Regional Hospital and Respiratory Care Center, Inc. $30,000.00
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana $50,000.00
SAFY of Kentucky $2,590.00
Saint Joseph London Foundation $63,000.00
Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Foundation $10,000.00
Shelby Co. Public Schools $62,400.00
South Central Area Special Ed. Coop $22,500.00
South Central Kentucky Kids on the Block $4,000.00
Southern Hills Counseling Center $13,500.00
Special Olympics Kentucky $16,900.00
Spencer Co. Schools $34,000.00
Spina Bifida Association of Kentucky $20,000.00
Sproutlings Pediatric Day Care & Preschool $3,021.00
St. Francis School $7,500.00
St. Joseph Children’s Home $25,500.00
St. Vincent de Paul Louisville $14,000.00
StageOne Family Theatre $7,200.00
Summit Academy of Greater Louisville $8,000.00
Sunrise Children’s Services $17,000.00
Taylor Co. Board of Education $48,012.00
Telford YMCA $10,000.00
The Boys & Girls Club of Bowling Green, Kentucky $8,000.00
The de Paul School $25,000.00
The Deaf Youth Sports Festival $15,000.00
The Morton Center, Inc. $25,000.00
The REATH Center $5,000.00
The Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East $31,000.00
Trimble Co. Schools $7,500.00
University of Louisville – Capital $274,000.00
University of Louisville – Division of Child Neurology $75,000.00
University of Louisville – Endocrinology $15,000.00
University of Louisville – Hematology/Oncology $19,000.00
University of Louisville – Infectious Disease $9,780.00
University of Louisville – NeuroRecovery $30,000.00
University of Louisville – Obstetrics/Gynecology $53,000.00
University of Louisville – Pediatric Emergency Medicine $160,000.00
University of Louisville – Stonestreet Clinic $8,000.00
University of Louisville – Weisskopf/Learning Disorders $71,000.00
University of Louisville – Weisskopf/Nutrition Clinic $50,000.00
University of Louisville – Weisskopf/STAR Program $91,000.00
University of Louisville – Scholarships $15,000.00
Upside Therapeutic Riding, Inc. $17,000.00
Visually Impaired Preschool Services – Indianapolis $35,000.00
Visually Impaired Preschool Services – Lexington $40,000.00
Visually Impaired Preschool Services – Louisville $85,746.00
Volunteers of America Mid-States, Inc. – Clinic capital $70,000.00
Volunteers of America Mid-States, Inc.-Louisville Family Housing $15,000.00
VSA Kentucky $10,000.00
Washington Co. Schools $11,000.00
Wendell Foster $12,594.00
West Clark Schools $16,000.00
West Point Board of Education $20,000.00
Whitley Co. Board of Education $2,995.00
Western Kentucky University – Early Childhood Center $35,000.00
Western Kentucky University – Kelly Autism $21,000.00
Western Kentucky University – Scholarships $25,000.00
Woodford Co. Schools $3,100.00
Working the Puzzle for Autism $6,000.00
YMCA County YMCA Branch $7,000.00
YMCA of Greater Louisville $15,000.00
YMCA of Greater Louisville/School Age Childcare-IN $5,000.00
YMCA Safe Place $15,000.00
Youth, Ethics & Skills Center, Inc. $5,000.00
Youth, Ethics & Skills Center, Inc. – Capital $4,250.00
YouthBuild Louisville $2,000.00
TOTAL AMOUNT $5,675,000.00