UPDATE (7/9): Services for Bruce Efron will be held at 10 a.m. this morning at the Chapel at Kehilath Israel Blue Ridge Cemetery. 1901 Blue Ridge Boulevard, Independence, MO. (OBITUARY)
For 14 years from 1990 to 2004 Bruce Efron was a major radio personality at the highly popular WDAF Radio in Kansas City.
We have learned that today he lost a long bout to brain cancer. He was 61.
Efron worked with a series of notable Kansas City radio personalities during his career including Mike Shanin, Ted Cramer, David Lawrence, Matt Elder and Scott Parks. Since 2005 he held the title of “Music History Annunciator” at KOFO 1220 AM radio in Ottawa.
“He was my right-hand man at 61 Country for several years,” Ted Cramer told Bottom Line. “He was always a gentleman and a great broadcaster. We were like brothers. I can’t tell you how much I’ll miss him.”
During that time he also served as a popular greeter at the New Theare Restaurant and also as a customer service representative at UPS.
“Having listened to Bruce over the radio as a kid, he always came across as exceptionally friendly and laid back,” noted Matt Elder, former producer at KMBZ for nearly 11 years. “When I started at Entercom in 1998 working overnights at KMBZ, Bruce was one of the first people I met and I immediately discovered he was just as at ease in person as he was on air. Bruce was very well thought of by the people who knew him.”
Current afternoon KMBZ talk show host, Scott Parks, posted his thoughts about Efron on Facebook.
“I remember him for his kindness, his humor, and his encouragement,” wrote Parks. “I did the news on Bruce’s show for about a year in the late 90′s. He was the consummate gentleman and disc jockey. He was funny, fun, and real. And he will be missed.
“Bruce, may God give you a tenth of what you gave me….and you will be blessed.”