Radio personality ‘Buddy Russ’ dies

Touch-A-Truck event Saturday to benefit Conrad family
Published: Mar. 31, 2023 at 5:12 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 2, 2023 at 3:46 PM CDT
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Lake Charles, La. (KPLC) - SWLA radio personality Russ Conrad - whom most knew as “Your Buddy Russ” - has died.

Russ was diagnosed with cancer in December of 2021.

He openly shared his journey, and just last month a benefit was held for him. More than just a host and emcee, he was well-known for his outreach in the community.

Originally set to support Russ, Saturday’s blood drive at the Touch-A-Truck event will benefit the radio personality’s family.

Lifeshare officials say blood collected will be given to local hospitals, while the Conrads will benefit monetarily from each unit of blood donated.

The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles.

Touch-A-Truck Burton Coliseum 7001 Gulf Hwy Saturday, April 1, 2023 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
(Junior League of Lake Charles)

We will have an update when memorial services are announced.