Report: Buffalo Talk Host's Behavior Draws Police To Home
January 13, 2014 at 3:36 PM (PT)
The BUFFALO NEWS published a report on SUNDAY indicating that police were called to the home of ENTERCOM Talk WBEN-A/BUFFALO host TOM BAUERLE on WEDNESDAY morning (1/8) in response to a 911 call, and that he told them he was under surveillance by Gov. ANDREW CUOMO.
BAUERLE has been critical of the Governor over gun control legislation, and police sources told the NEWS that officers took a licensed loaded handgun from BAUERLE and that the host consented to a voluntary psychiatric exam later that day. BAUERLE was off the air WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY but returned on FRIDAY, saying that he was "very, very exhausted lately." The station offered no comment about the incident.
Neighbors told the paper that BAUERLE spoke to a neighborhood meeting a week ago SUNDAY about his concerns that he was being watched, but that they thought his fears were "quirky ... (they) made you scratch your head." BAUERLE's brother DICK, a sales representative for ENTERCOM, told the paper that he was unaware of any incidents and that his brother told him he had the flu.
On his FACEBOOK page FRIDAY, BAUERLE wrote, "This FRIDAY's topic has really touched a nerve: Are you exhausted dealing with organization and paperwork?... If it isn't that: What is the bane of your life that leaves you drained and exhausted (and you feel silly just admitting it!)?"
And at the outset of MONDAY's show, BAUERLE told listeners about the NEWS article and said, "It has been zero freaking secret, zero secret... that I've been under a lot of physical duress and situations over the past year or so. As I said on FRIDAY, I have dealt with a great deal of exhaustion in dealing with the physical situations, which, by the way, I've kept you up with every step of the way, let you know exactly what's going on. I just want to assure you and everybody who has cared about me and even the people who don't care about me, that I am clinically and mentally fit... I am cleared to be here. If I wasn't, I wouldn't be here." He said that ENTERCOM offered him as much time off as he wanted, but he wanted to be on the air "because this is where I belong, end of story." He thanked all of the people who reached out to him and added, "I'm a strong little bastard."