Dale The Truckin' Bozo Sommers

November 26, 1943August 24, 2012

DALE SOMMERS, better known as "THE TRUCKIN' BOZO', whose overnight truckers' show aired on CLEAR CHANNEL Talk 700 WLW-CINCINNATI from 1984-2004 and in syndication before, moving to XM RADIO/SIRIUS XM RADIO's ROAD DOG channel for afternoons. SOMMERS, 68 years old, died on Friday, August 24, 2012 in the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County.

SOMMERS worked in radio in several markets, including EVANSVILLE, CHARLESTON, WV, KANSAS CIY, MIAMI and SAN DIEGO before, returning to CINCINNATI and launching the overnight show. His son Steve Sommers, took over the WLW overnight, "AMERICA'S TRUCKING NETWORK" show in 2004. Upon, retirement; closed a 45-year career in radio. For the past 20 years, Bruce Dale Sommers, who was born in Tennessee, on Friday, November 26, 1943 to Glenwood and Betty (Cosby) Council; moved to Cincinnati at age 13, has entertained truckers nightly from midnight to 5 a.m. on WLW. The station's strong signal, a network of about a dozen stations established through Clear Channel radio and satellite radio allowed him to build a national fan base.

Long-haulers loved listening to Sommers in the wee hours. Before the days of cell phones, they would call him from rest areas and truck stops. Sometimes, just to offer a hello, sometimes, in need of help.

Sommers has helped solve several crimes. In 1986, he was chatting off-air with a regular caller known as "Mississippi Lady," who was at a 24-hour convenience store near Camilla, Ga. Sommers heard her tell someone, "You can't come back here." The woman then hung up. Sommers called Camilla police, who knew a store clerk with that nickname. Within minutes, the robber was caught.

Before becoming the Truckin' Bozo, Sommers worked for several local radio stations, and elsewhere nationally, including Kansas City, Evansville, Ind. and Indianapolis.

Sommers' nickname reportedly came from his former boss at WLW, Randy Michaels. During a station remodeling, Michael saw Sommers kick a wall whose supports had been removed. The panel crashed across a desk.

"God, you're a bozo," Michaels said.

The name stuck.

Sommers was a Kentucky Colonel, enjoyed photography and was an amateur ham radio operator.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Sharon K. Sommers of Hernando, Florida; sons, David Sommers and wife Christine of Ohio, Steve Sommers and wife Lisa of Cincinnati, Ohio, Kevin Sommers and wife Charisse of Kentucky, Jason Sommers of Houston, Texas, Sean Compton and wife Rita of Chicago, Illinois and Brian Mitchell and wife Magda of Ft. Worth Texas; daughter, Crystal Sommers of Evansville, Indiana; nineteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Visitation, Saturday, September 8, 2012 beginning at 10:00 A.M. at Christ's Church, 5165 Western Row Road, Mason, Ohio 45040 with a Memorial Service of Remembrance following at 12 Noon.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eastgate Community Church Building Fund, 3235 Omni Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45245.

Arrangements entrusted to Fero Funeral Home


  • Visitation Saturday, September 8, 2012
  • Memorial Service of Remembrance Saturday, September 8, 2012

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Jo Anna Spencer

September 6, 2013

For many years as I traveled at night I listened to this man's advice, wisdom and humor. I first met him at a truck stop in Youngstown,OH. then again when he was at Louisville, KY at the truck show the year of the three. I listened everyday of his xm radio show and even when it became xm sirius. I miss him greatly and every day I hear something in the news and wish I could get his take on it. I loved him as a friend and miss him dearly. rest in peace dear one. God be with his family and Lovely wife.

July 9, 2013

We miss you Bozo good journey my friend

larry holt

July 4, 2013

Dale its been almost a year since u were taken from us and it still isn't the same though I never met u u were like the grandfather I never had u touched a lot of hearts of people that never met u u r still deeply missed rip

Don Huisman

June 5, 2013

See you soon, Dale!
HighRise (Don Huisman)

Elaine Surface-Russell, ( White Trash )

April 16, 2013

I learned of Dale's passing last night. I want to take this time to pass my greatest sympathies along to the family. I'm so glad i have some recordings of the shows just to hear that bigger than life voice. My friend you will be missed.

Charlie Cruciata

March 26, 2013

Dale Summers a great light that shown brilliantly in our live. A great blessing to our industry. I enjoyed listening to you for a number of years. A man of faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Our Lord will wipe every tear from your eyes. No more pain only a hope we believers share. My our Lord comfort your family in this season n that they have a reassurance we will all be together in our Lords glory. God bless you Dale n your family n thank you for sharing your love one n giving of his life and wisdom. He is a real good man. Charlie Cruciata

Lance Stanton

March 15, 2013

My deepest condolances to Sommers family, i met Dale (Boz) several years on the radio before i started driving truck. What a feeling to turn the radio on the midnite truckin radio net and hear a friendly voice. Spent so many nights listening you thought we were teaming. Dale was the 1st talkshow i ever started listening brought me thur many a dark night. Gods peace to your family

John Bolton

February 20, 2013

I just heard about this great loss, my thoughts and prayers go out for this wonderful man and his family. I spent many nights listening on the am side, as well as on Sirrus. I had an injury that has taken me off the road, in early July, at which time my subscription to Sirrus came to an end. I was informed by another driver just the other day. I'm truely sorry for your loss, he will be greatly missed! I realized that I'm late in expressing my sorrow for your family.

David (Cheeseburger) Roberts

February 14, 2013

You kept going for 4 million miles.RIP brother.

james butler

February 9, 2013

dale i met you when i rode with my grandfather as a kidd . i then had you in my ear for 750,000 miles i wish it could have been more but i look as it as god needed bozo up stairs and you have been permoted to the big radio in the sky . rest in peace my friend . we miss and love you . ill see you when my driving is done