Trucking radio icon ‘The Truckin’ Bozo’ dies

Aug. 27, 2012

Popular radio truck show host Bruce Dale Sommers, known to trucking listeners as “The Truckin’ Bozo,” died Friday, Aug. 24, in a hospice facility near his home in Hernando, FL. He was 68.

Sommers was known for his radio career than spanned more than 50 years and was geared toward informing and entertaining over-the-road truckers. He suffered from Addison’s disease and was an insulin-dependent diabetic. Ill health had forced Sommers into retirement in the spring.

According to Land Line magazine Editor-in-Chief Sandi Soendker, Sommers was a lifetime member of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Assn. In August 2010, OOIDA Executive Vice President and “Land Line Now” Host Mark Reddig traveled to Cincinnati to present Sommers with an OOIDA Lifetime Contribution award. The framed plaque commended Sommers for his career during which he “stimulated, amused and motivated thousands of long-haul truckers, making him a valued friend of truckers and someone who made the miles less lonesome.”

Sommers is survived by his wife, Sharon Sommers; three sons, Dave Sommers, Steve Sommers and Sean Compton; one daughter, Krissy Sommers, and three stepsons.

Services are scheduled Sept. 8 at Christ Church Mason, 5165 Western Row Rd., Mason, OH. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. Services will begin at noon. According to OOIDA, the church has parking available for big rigs. The phone number for the church is (513) 229-3200.

About the Author

Deborah Whistler

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of FleetOwner, create an account today!

Sponsored Recommendations

Report: The 2024 State of Heavy-Duty Repair

From capitalizing on the latest revenue trends to implementing strategic financial planning—this report serves as a roadmap for navigating the challenges and opportunities of ...

Fleet Industry Benchmarks: How does your fleet stack up?

Discover how your fleet compares to industry benchmarks and gain insights from a 2024 Benchmarking Report on maintenance spend, turnaround time, and more. Join us to identify ...

Build a Tolling Program to Manage Toll Fees and Risks

Fleets looking to effectively manage their operational costs should consider their tolling costs. Download the PrePass whitepaper, “Build a Tolling Program to Manage Toll Fees...

Reducing CSA Violations & Increasing Safety With Advanced Trailer Telematics

Keep the roads safer with advanced trailer telematics. In this whitepaper, see how you can gain insights that lead to increased safety and reduced roadside incidents—keeping drivers...