John Stephens Burk
February 26, 1952 - January 2, 2016
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“Your father is John Stephens? The John Stephens?” My husband’s uncle had been a fan. He approached my father as others might have John Lennon or Elvis Presley, shaking and star struck. The year was 2012, and John Stephens had been off the air for years, a casualty of evolving radio formats. Dad was surprised…

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David Good left a message on January 7, 2016:
I was wondering about him just a few days ago for some reason. I loved his DJ-ing at KTTS and remembered him also from church when I was still in Springfield. One time he was fussing that all the new singers sounded alike. He was spot on as usual. He was a great man.
Joy left a message on January 6, 2016:
God bless you John and thank you for the memories that you have left us with- especially when i was young and listening to you on KICK. Prayers to your family and friends.
Mike Morris left a message on January 6, 2016:
I worked with John at KICK in the early 80s, A class act indeed. A favorite memory was when a group of us from the station occasionally would go out to a club and John would always order “just an orange juice” Rest in Peace John!
Russ Tidlund left a message on January 6, 2016:
John was a great human being with a huge sense of humor loved him very much. He loved the 3 Stooges and Johnny Carson. He allowed me to live with him and his beautiful wife Kim when I was going thru a really ugly divorce, His sense of humor kept me going. He attended both my parents funeral and that touché me deeply. You are loved and will be missed. To Kim and the children. Our deepest condelences go to you. YOUR HUBBY and father was wonderful and we will always cherish the memories he gave us. He was a true friend loving and forgiving God bless you all and know that you will see him again one day in the next life love to all Russ Tidlund
Ralph Hasty left a message on January 6, 2016:
My sincere condolences to John’s family and friends. I worked with John at KTTS during most of the 90’s and up until the stations were sold. He was a true pro with an understanding of how to keep radio listeners staying tuned for longer periods of time. This is an art that few on-air broadcasters ever grasped. John and I both dropped out of broadcasting at about the time all the stations began being gobbled up by a few corporate giants with no concept of what the radio listener was really in search of……companionship! John knew how to do that! Too bad it’s not needed anymore……or is it?
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Roy Abney left a message on January 6, 2016:
I remember John Stevens very well. I talked to him several times when he worked at KTTS. He was a great DJ, and will be missed very much. Rest in peace John, and may God comfort your family.
Deb Gallion left a message on January 6, 2016:
Holly, what a wonderful tribute to your Dad. It was lovely to work with him, and to be his friend. My heartfelt condolences to you and all his family.
Martin Schwartz left a message on January 6, 2016:
I had the pleasure of working with your father in 1986 at the Radio Ranch. He’d always come into the continuity office after his morning shift and joke with us for a little while before going on to do his production chores. Whenever I wrote a comedy spot, I invariably assigned it to John because I knew he’d find a way to make it even funnier. John had a natural gift for making people laugh and while he sometimes said things out loud that surprised people, he never did it to hurt anyone. I always felt his humor was more like Johnny Carson — he could say “naughty” things but you couldn’t help but shake your head and laugh at his observations. I had the opportunity to work with him at the watermelon booth at the KTTS Family Fair and got to watch him with his “fans.” They loved him best when he would tease them. He was the best at what he did and he accomplished it without displaying any ego or attitude. I’m happy to have known him. He will be missed.
Gary left a message on January 6, 2016:
So sorry for your loss. I listed to John on Ktts for years . I loved hearing him . He got us through alot of milking times in the barn with his humor . He will and is missed.
janis Garton left a message on January 6, 2016:
Thoughts and prayers to the family Love Jan.
Donovan Marsh left a message on January 6, 2016:
First off please let me say that my heart and prayers goes out to John’s family, to say he will be missed is putting it lightly. I remember listening to John on KTTS every day because that was my mom’s favorite radio station and I like his style. I got to meet John back around 1990 when I went to the Southwest School of Broadcasting and imagine my surprise when I found out my teacher was going to be John, he taught me a lot and made learning fun. John touched my life like no other person has and I shall never forget him. I love you John, keep them laughing up in Heaven
Patricia Rolufs Jones left a message on January 6, 2016:
I remember Mr.Stephens on KTTS in our house thats the only station that was played in our home, my thoughts and prayers to family and friends
Tom Wahl left a message on January 5, 2016:
I am deeply saddened by the news of John’s passing. At the same time, thinking of working with him at KTTS AM/FM brings back many memories and a smile. Off the air, John was a quiet friendly and kind gentleman. BUT, when he turned on his mic and the on-air light came on, he became a crazy wildman to the delight of his listeners. I had the great pleasure of working with and knowing John Stephens. We all are much better and happier for knowing him. John, thank you and rest in peace my friend. Your work on earth is done. My heartfelt condolence to John’s family, friends and colleagues. May God comfort you. Shalom.
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Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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