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Surprise Death. Legendary Ag Broadcaster Derry Brownfield Dies at 79.

March 14, 2011

The Missouri-based agricultural broadcaster and radio talk show died Saturday at his residence in Centertown, Brownfield was the host of his own radio talk show titled "The Common Sense Coalition" and a co-founder of the Brownfield Network, an agricultural news service for radio stations in several states. A post on Brownfield's Facebook page says this was a total shock to the family.

From Brownfield's website "For over 20 years Derry Brownfield’s not-so-gentle talk show, “The Common Sense Coalition,” has offered politically incorrect opinions intertwined with country humor. Derry’s show has challenged and taken on big government, corporate agriculture, the stock market, global government, the United Nations, and anything else his listeners were riled up about. His advocacy for rural America and one-of-a-kind Midwestern country-boy style adds unique and special elements to the show. Derry’s amusing yet endearing character has won over the hearts of countless listeners, friends, and neighbors, and as one of his friends says, “He can charm a possum right out of a tree.”

Brownfield and Clyde Lear created the Jefferson City-based Learfield Communications in the early 1970s. The Brownfield Network debuted on January 2, 1973, with 10 radio stations broadcasting farm facts, crop data, weather reports, commodities news and opinions. The network ultimately boomed to 190 stations and Derry’s own show was carried by more than 80 stations nationwide."

"Today we lost an icon and a patriot," wrote one of Brownfield's fans on Facebook. "Derry was a champion of free market principles and property rights with a voice of common sense."

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