RIP: Scruff Connors
The infamously famous Canadian radio jock known as Scruff Connors, born Jeffrey David Newfield, died Sunday at age 64 of bladder cancer, according to various social media reports.
A legend who became famous for his unorthodox on-air pranks and inventive on-air shenanigans tested the patience of his bosses, unnerved corporate employers, and undoubtedly provided inspiration for a then-aspiring New York shock jock Howard Stern, during his heyday in the 1980s with a morning show on Toronto's upstart and entirely unconventional Slaight Communications-owned FM, Q-107.
Newfield/Connors went on to work in St. Catharines ON, Winnipeg, Philadelphia, and Edmonton--but in every way he was an an anachronism, cast from an era when personality radio was king of the road, but living in an era when corporate conformity frowned on his unorthodoxy and existential exuberance.
Q107's million-dollar morning man John Derringer, on his passing, tweeted "one of Canada's all-time radio characters, thanks for all the laughs my friend," and long-time associate Andy Frost on the same platform yesterday tapped "I understand from reliable sources that longtime Q107 morning man Jeff "Scruff Connors" Newfield has sadly passed away, at age 64."
Toronto Mike collects more ruminations, and his Facebook page houses a collection of heartfelt remembrances of a gifted man who lived life to its fullest.