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Loved ones, colleagues remember Travis Coffman

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Longtime K-57 radio host and former news director at the Pacific News Center, Travis Coffman, has died.

Patti Arroyo, the host of K-57’s “Patti on the Radio” program, announced Coffman’s death on the air Wednesday morning. Coffman was 50 years old. He was found dead at his home Tuesday evening, said Arroyo, who was a friend and co-worker.

Coffman first arrived in the Marianas in 1992 when he joined Saipan Cable TV as a reporter. He also worked for KMCV 7 before joining the Commonwealth Ports Authority as its public information officer.

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He came to Guam in 2001 to work for the Sorensen Media Group, where he became familiar to listeners as the host of K-57’s afternoon talk radio program, which Coffman dubbed “The Big Show.”

Arroyo devoted her program Wednesday to callers who dialed in to remember Coffman. Many spoke about his provocative, larger-than-life, on-air personality, his sharp and sometimes abrasive interviewing style, and a biting wit that never failed to provoke and entertain his listeners.

“He was a force to be reckoned with on Guam,” said Arroyo. “We all benefited from his presence.”

In a statement, Sorensen Media Group CEO Jay Shedd called Coffman “a one-of-a-kind personality who was made for the radio.”

After leaving “The Big Show” in 2014, Coffman served briefly as the news director of the Pacific News Center from September 2014 to May 2015. He also worked part-time as an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Guam.

Beyond his broadcasting career, Coffman helped found Autism Community Together, the first local group dedicated to helping and celebrating children on the Autism spectrum.

Coffman was a native of Illinois. He graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in radio and television.

Coffman is survived by his three children, Taylor, Cain and JoAnn Coffman, who called in to Patti’s program to say “words can’t express how touching the tribute paid to our father on the air today is.”