Dayton Hall of Fame Broadcaster Passes Away

Longtime Dayton-area radio personality John “Bucks” Braun passed away unexpectedly the morning of Thursday, January 4, 2018. Mr. Braun was a broadcaster in the Dayton market for nearly 30 years and entertained audiences throughout the country for over 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.

Since January 2004, Mr. Braun hosted the morning show at Classic Country Radio, a network of five southwest Ohio radio stations headquartered in downtown Xenia. Legions of loyal listeners throughout the region relied on the detailed news, weather, and traffic reports, mixed with country oldies featured each weekday during the Bucks Braun Morning Show. Dozens of Miami Valley businesses enjoyed a professional relationship with Mr. Braun as their daily pitchman.

He was a 2011 inductee into the Dayton Area Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame and was also a community service leader who worked diligently on behalf of Shriners Hospitals for Children, Angel Flights, and numerous Veterans organizations. Bucks loved his audience and all of the people he worked with every day.

Mr. Braun is survived by his wife Joy House Braun and her children and grandchildren, son Sam Braun (Nan Whaley), daughter Sarah Braun (Jason Hesley), granddaughter Athena Braun Hesley, and sister Barbara Hinson (Danny Hinson).

A public visitation will be held Sunday, January 7th from 2-6 pm at Westbrock Funeral Home, 1712 Wayne Avenue, Dayton, OH 45410. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his name to the Dayton VA Medical Center, Voluntary Services (135), 4100 West Third Street, Dayton, OH 45428.