The broadcasting community is mourning the loss of Don Brown, a beloved sportscaster and anchor from WKEF in Dayton, Ohio. Don’s impact on the community and aspiring broadcasters alike was profound, and his sudden passing has left many in shock. Don’s on-air presence helped raise awareness and funds for important causes, earning him recognition in the form of two regional Emmy awards. He was also a member of the Dayton Broadcast Hall of Fame and the Stebbins Hall of Fame, his high school alma mater.
In this article, we’ll take a closer look at Don’s life and career, the impact he had, and the legacy he leaves behind.
Who was Don Brown?
Don Brown’s career in broadcasting spanned many decades and touched countless lives. His passion for sports, and for the Dayton community, was evident in everything he did. After graduating from Ohio University, Don worked his way up from small radio stations to some of the largest and most respected media outlets in the country. During his time as a WKEF anchor and sports director, he became a household name in the Dayton area and beyond, known for his insightful reporting and warm personality.
RIP Don Brown. I will never forget you my friend. I will never forget the night you brought us on stage at Gilly’s for The Elvis Birthday Bash. You were so enthusiastic and supportive of our tribute. I will always treasure our conversations about Tom Browning, Johnny Bench and the Bengals. Your Rodney Dangerfield impression epic and always cracked me up. May God bless you with eternal peace.
In addition to his work on-air, Don was also known for his commitment to philanthropy. He was a vocal advocate for many causes, including those related to children and animals. He was heavily involved with the Dayton Children’s Hospital, for example, and helped raise thousands of dollars for the institution through various charity events. Don was also a strong supporter of animal welfare organizations, and he and his wife were known for fostering dogs in need and advocating for spay/neuter programs.
How did Don brown die? Know more about his cause of death
While the family statement confirmed the peaceful nature of Don Brown’s passing, the exact cause of his death remains private. The family’s decision to keep this information confidential is a common and respectful one, preserving their privacy and honoring Don’s memory in the way they see fit.
Don’s sudden passing has left many in shock, and it’s clear that he will be deeply missed by the communities he touched. In the wake of his death, many tributes and messages of condolence have been shared on social media, demonstrating the impact he had on those around him. Among those paying their respects were former colleagues, fans, and community leaders, all of whom recognized Don’s unique contributions to the Dayton area and beyond.
This morning we learned that my dad Don Brown (or Don Brown/ Don Brown – the man never knew his FB password and proceeded to make 3…) passed away peacefully in his sleep yesterday. My dad did so much good and impacted so many lives during his time on earth. His work on the MDA telethon for 18 years is something I will never forget. We might not have always had the closest relationship over the years but I am so, so proud to call him my father. RIP Dad, I love you.
And most importantly, WHO DEY. I am so sorry you never got to see a Bengals SB win.
We will notify everyone of funeral details once we have them.
Don Brown Obituary
The loss of Don Brown is a reminder of how much impact a single person can have on their community and the broadcasting industry as a whole. His sudden passing has left many in shock, but his legacy will continue to inspire and motivate those who were fortunate enough to know him. Don’s dedication to sports, community, and philanthropy is something we should all strive to emulate, and his passion for his work serves as a reminder of the importance of doing something you truly love. While he may no longer be with us, Don’s contributions to the Dayton area and beyond will never be forgotten.
Don Brown was a very good friend and mentor.
He passed away in his sleep yesterday and was found in a cabin at one of his favorite places Indian Lake.
Don loved his girls Haley and Kinsey more than they will ever know. He loved his Cincinnati Reds and Cincinnati Bengals.
Don is a member of the Broadcast Hall of Fame here in Dayton and he his also in the Stebbins Hall of Fame his high school alma mater.
I met Don in 1985 while playing fast pitch softball for New Faces at Kettering Field. He played first base and I kept score.
In 1998 he asked me to come help him out getting high school football scores on a Football Friday Night. He always said that we had more score than the other guys.
Don, Ryan Brant and Mario Barson got me the job at ABC22/Fox45 as a videographer. Best job I ever had.
One thing that Don had me do was go out and shoot Jail and Bail for the Muscular Dystrophy Telethon. He also had me go to Indian Lake and shoot the Bass Tournament.
The Telethon was the thing he was most proud of in his career. For 18 years he would host the Telethon and bring in more money than the previous year.
He would always talk about his adventures to Las Vegas or Los Angeles where he would meet Jerry Lewis and they would go over the whole telethon with other local hosts.
DB my heart is breaking for you because you were such a good friend.
May you Rest In Peace and look down on the family and friends you left behind and we will see you on the other side.
Love you my friend!!!