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Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

Jerry Braverman made Saturday nights the “Home of the Brave” on WLSW 103.9-FM in Scottdale.

Mr. Braverman spun oldies at the station for 15 years until last summer, making fans in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio, said L. Stanley Wall, the station's owner.

“I'm very proud to have had Jerry Braverman work with our family at Music Power 104,” Wall said. “I couldn't have found a better individual to be with me, as a broadcaster, but most of all as a friend to me and my wife Sharon.”

Gerald B. “Jerry” Braverman of White Oak died of multiple sclerosis Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. He was 65.

Mr. Braverman also worked at WEDO 810-AM and WIXZ 1360-AM before becoming a Saturday night fixture at WLSW.

“People wanted to sponsor the Jerry Braverman show because he got them results,” Wall said. “He had the same sponsors constantly.”

Mr. Braverman's connection to the station and his fans was evident even after he went off the air.

“I kept the Jerry Braverman show on the air using other DJs to fill in for Jerry,” Wall said. “I felt it would encourage Jerry to get better and give him something to strive for, to give him the strength to get through the MS.”

In addition to his radio gigs, Mr. Braverman had worked for his father's Braverman Arms Co. in Wilkinsburg, was a Forest Hills police officer and owned Swissvale Video and Braverman Enterprises, a company that bought and sold vintage vinyl records.

Mr. Braverman was born in Pittsburgh to Bernard and Edna Braverman. He graduated from Gateway High School in 1965 and served in the Navy.

“He really loved people that were in the service and served our country,” Wall said.

In addition to his mother, Edna, and wife, Lynn, Mr. Braverman is survived by his children, Lisa Adams of Bolivar and Robbyn Braverman of New Florence; sister, Beverly Braverman of Acme; and eight grandchildren.

Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Willig Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 220 9th St. in McKeesport. A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel.

Military honors and entombment will follow in McKeesport and Versailles Mausoleum.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

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