Longtime Kansas City Rock Jock Loses Cancer Battle


A 33-year veteran of Kansas City radio who most recently served as the afternoon host of top-rated Cumulus Media Classic Rocker KCFX “101 The FOX” in Kansas City has lost his battle with blood cancer.

Brian “Slacker” Adams was 59. Adams was a mainstay at The FOX, spending 16 years at the station, including as its morning host — a role he earned in January 2008. Before that, he spent 17 years in afternoons at KYYS “KY102,” once a major Album-Oriented Rock station serving Kansas City.

In a statement released by KCFX midday Wednesday, KCFX shared the cause of Adams’ death as Acute Myeloid Leukemia, one of the more common forms of the blood cancer. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer, and daughter, Brianna. “Slacker had two great passions — his family, and his time on the air in Kansas City,” the station said. “For over 33 years, the last 16 at 101 The Fox, Slacker loved to entertain his radio audience. He helped Veterans with Cars 4 Heroes and many other charities. He pointed out the little absurdities we all deal with, making us laugh at him and ourselves. Named ‘Radio Legend’ by his peers, Slacker was a voice of, and for, Kansas City. Sadly, that voice is now silent. If you choose, Slacker asked that you pray for his family, and all who are affected by cancer. And pick up the phone and talk to that friend you haven’t gotten around to talking to, today. Slacker would like that.”

Adams is a Southwest Missouri State University graduate of the Class of 1985 and also operated Slacker Enterprises as a radio advertising agent.

In memoriam, KCFX will air an hourlong Slacker Special tonight at 6pm Central. It can be listened to via the station’s webstream: https://www.101thefox.net/.


April 21 is World AML Awareness Day. To help bring cures to those with blood cancers, please consider a donation to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Kansas City chapter. For more information please click here.


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