July 6th, 2012
Bruce Efron

     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.”




11 Responses

  1. David Lawrence says:

    Three words to describe Bruce: “Straight to Heaven”
    So happy to have known him. So sad that he is gone.
    His daughter Erica said it best. Bruce knew that he was loved.

  2. Roy Eastham says:

    Rest in Peace…see you soon!

  3. Bruce was a friend and has performed and emced some of our shows here at Middle Creek Theatre. We have made plans over a month ago to induct him into The Kansas Country Music Hall of Fame on July 28, 2012. We will still honor him in this way. He will be greatly missed.

  4. Barbara and Dennis Weed says:

    Bruce was a friend as well as a good neighbor. Our children played together and went to school together. We loved to listen to Bruce on the radio and we will really miss his good humor and friendly personality.

  5. Bruce Efron was a warm, friendly, talented man. I am glad I got to know him.

  6. Jim Cambron says:

    I met Bruce at Kansas University Campus radio station KUOK in 1970. He was everything a radio personality, friend and co-worker should be.

    Rest in peace, Bruce.

  7. Irene & Ed Blend says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing. He was a true gentleman and a great talent. Our condolences to his family. We will miss his beautiful voice with the KI men’s choir during the Holidays.

  8. Al Briggs says:

    God’s blessings I pray for the family – Bruce must have been a joy to work with. His conversing back and forth with the others was always very professional on 61 Country – David Lawrence said it best -

  9. Mike (Menashe) Efron says:

    This is Bruce Efron’s brother. We appreciate the beautiful article, and comments. Old friend Jim Cambrom said it so well, “He was everything a radio personality, friend and co-worker should be.” Add brother, son …

    • JohnLandsberg says:

      Thank you. I guarantee he will be the main topic at Friday’s Media Legends luncheon. Our prayers go out to you and your family.

  10. Larry Nation says:

    Bruce was my boss at KJLA. We may have had our differences, but he was a top notch guy and I really respected him. He was also my best man at my wedding. Now him and Cindy are together keeping an eye on me. The last time I saw him was several years ago at a night spot in Louisburg, KS. He had not changed still a great guy and little did I know he had a decent singing voice. Bruce will be missed by all and keep the hits going.

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