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Dayton radio personality Bucks Braun dies; Public visitation set for Sunday

Published: Thursday, January 04, 2018 @ 7:33 PM
Updated: Thursday, January 04, 2018 @ 8:46 PM

He was a broadcaster for nearly 50 years.

UPDATED @ 8:47 p.m.: Longtime Dayton-area radio personality John “Bucks” Braun died Thursday morning, according to Classic Country Radio. He was 68.

He was Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley’s father-in-law.

Mr. Braun was the morning show host at Classic Country Radio in Xenia since 2004 and was a broadcaster for nearly 50 years. 

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“A native of Ludlow, Kentucky, Mr. Braun earned his radio license before he was eligible for a driver’s license. 

He hosted radio morning shows in Ohio, Florida, Mississippi, Arizona, and Kentucky before joining WONE in Dayton in 1989,” according to Mr. Braun’s obituary posted on Classic Country Radio’s Facebook page. 

Mr. Braun was also a 2011 inductee into the Dayton Area Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame, according to the obituary.

According to Classic Country Radio, Mr. Braun was a skillful radio professional who played a variety of music and news.

His cause of death is unknown.

Tonight, Mayor Whaley posted about her father-in-law’s death on her Facebook page, asking for thoughts and prayers.

Joe Mullins, president and general manager of WBZI, said Thursday night that Mr. Braun had spent New Years day in the hospital. 

“It’s a sad day for the broadcast community because we’ve lost one of the best. He had a personal connection with dozens of businesses in the Miami Valley for many years. He put his heart into everything he did to engage his audience. He put his heart into a lot of community service,” according to Mullins.

Public visitation will be Sunday, Jan. 7, from 2-6 p.m. at Westbrock Funeral Home, 1712 Wayne Ave. in Dayton.

The family requests donations be made in Mr. Braun’s name to the Dayton VA Medical Center, Voluntary Services (135), 4100 W. Third St., Dayton.

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