Bob Buchmann Signs Off
August 12, 2008 at 4:27 PM (PT)
CLEAR CHANNEL Classic Rock PD/afternooner BOB BUCHMANN signs off TODAY, and gets a nice farwell piece written about him by DAVID HINKLEY in THE DAILY NEWS. HINKLEY writes, "Ten years ago, when BOB BUCHMANN was program director at WBAB (102.3 FM) on LONG ISLAND, he read a statement from a manager at WNEW-FM (102.7 FM) that Rock radio could no longer work in NEW YORK. "
"I found that so totally wrong," he says, "that I called the people at AM-FM, who then owned WAXQ (104.3 FM), and asked if their programming job was still open. It became my personal mission to prove that statement wrong."
Mission accomplished, pardon the phrase.
"We always took the long view," said BUCHMANN, "You can get a quick bounce by a TV ad campaign, but that's not the way we wanted to do it. If you build one listener at a time, they'll stay with you."
"I grew up around here," he says. "I remember WPLJ and WNEW. I know what people liked to hear on those stations, and how they liked to hear it.
From 2 to 4 this afternoon, then, he will host his final WAXQ shift -- from the house of old friend BILLY JOEL, which is a nice touch.
From there, he takes a vacation in MASSACHUSETTS and thinks things over.
"I'll be back in NEW YORK this fall for a fund-raiser," he says. "Otherwise, I don't know. I love radio. I love programming and I love being on the air. So I may not be out of the game for long."
To hear BOB's last show, just click here.