William F. Buckley Dies; Owned WNCN/New York
February 27, 2008 at 3:34 PM (PT)
Condolences to family, friends, and fans of legendary conservative commentator, writer, and TV host WILLIAM F. BUCKLEY, who died WEDNESDAY in his NEW YORK study at 82.
BUCKLEY was best known as the host of PBS' "FIRING LINE" for 33 years, the author of over 50 books (including the seminal "GOD AND MAN AT YALE" and 11 BLACKFORD OAKES spy novels), and the founder of NATIONAL REVIEW. In addition, BUCKLEY was the Chairman of STARR BROADCASTING, which owned Classical WNCN/NEW YORK in 1973-75, briefly (and controversially) flipping the format to Rock as WQIV before settling a license challenge by the WNCN LISTENERS GUILD by returning the Classical format and selling the station to GAF BROADCASTING. The station flipped to Rock again in 1993 as WAXQ (Q104.3), long after BUCKLEY was no longer the station's owner.
Among BUCKLEY's survivors is son CHRISTOPHER, author of several best-selling satirical novels, including "THANK YOU FOR SMOKING."