Gene Colliflower, one of the founders and directors of radio station KZGM in Cabool, died Sunday. He was 66.

Gene Colliflower, one of the founders and directors of radio station KZGM in Cabool, died Sunday at Texas County Memorial Hospital.

He was 66.

Colliflower, who grew up in the St. Louis area and graduated from Belleville (Ill.) High School in 1962, hosted a jazz program on KZGM (88.1 FM) but was also known for his humorous “traffic reports” that ranged from “a yellow truck just went by” to “traffic was so heavy the only way to get into the other lane was to buy the car next to you.”

The G in the radio station’s call letters represented Colliflower’s name (KZ represents Kazie Perkins and the M comes from Myron Jackson). He had been fighting a lengthy battle with the disease Progressive Supranuclear Palsy.

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