JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Funeral services have been announced for Missouri-based agricultural broadcaster and radio talk show host Derry Brownfield, who died over the weekend. He was 79.

The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports the funeral will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday at California United Church of Christ in California, Mo.

Brownfield died at his Centertown home on Saturday. Beth Schoeneberg, executive manager of his talk show “The Common Sense Coalition,” said he hadn’t had any health problems and died in his sleep.

Brownfield helped found the Brownfield Network, an agricultural news service that grew to serve more than 250 Midwest radio stations. He teamed with partner Clyde Lear to create the Jefferson City-based Learfield Communications in the early 1970s.


Information from: Jefferson City News Tribune,

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