Rick Buckley Passes
Joe Bilotta Named President and CEO Of Buckley Radio
August 1, 2011 at 4:30 PM (PT)
As ALL ACCESS reported YESTERDAY (NET NEWS 7/31), BUCKLEY RADIO and WOR RADIO NETWORK President RICK BUCKLEY has passed on due to a brain embolism he suffered on SATURDAY afternoon (7/30) and he passed away peacefully on SUNDAY morning (7/31).
BUCKLEY RADIO COO JOE BILOTTA, who has been named President and CEO of BUCKLEY BROADCASTING in the wake of RICK BUCKLEY's death, wrote to the staff:
There is no more impassioned leader of any company than RICK BUCKLEY. He led the company that bears his name for over 4 decades and did so in a style and manner that reflected the family nature of his business.
He loved Radio, loved his company and cared deeply for all of his employees.
At this writing, CONNIE and JEN have not announced their memorial plans and we certainly will be advising everyone.
A company is an assembly of its parts and RICK had a favorite saying that, 'People are our most important commodity'. You are and were his company. I trust that you will have him in mind with good thoughts and prayers.
As we all soldier on, let's remember him as the caring, loving leader that he was and work to insure that the legacy he labored so hard for lives on.
NAB Pres./CEO GORDON SMITH commented, "NAB joins our colleagues in mourning the loss of RICK BUCKLEY, a true leader whose stations were shining examples of how Radio stations can succeed financially while staying committed to localism and public service."
At his death, BUCKLEY owned Talk WOR-A/NEW YORK; CONNECTICUT Talk simulcast WDRC-A/HARTFORD-WSNG-A/TORRINGTON-WMMW-A/MERIDEN-WWCO-A/WATERBURY, Classic Hits WDRC-F/HARTFORD; Talk KNZR-A-Hot AC KLLY (KELLY 95.3), Top 40/Rhytmic KKBB (GROOVE 99.3), and AC KSMJ (MIX 97.7)/BAKERSFIELD; AC KWAV, Sports KIDD-A (ESPN 630), and Oldies KYZZ (Z97.9)/MONTEREY; Country KUBB and Top 40/Rhythmic KHTN (HOT 104.7)/MERCED, CA; and Classic Rock KIOO and Top 40/Rhythmic KSEQ (Q97)/FRESNO. He sold Talk WFBL-A (CNY TALK RADIO) and Oldies WSEN-A-F/SYRACUSE to LEATHERSTOCKING MEDIA in late 2009.
"In JOE BILOTTA we enjoy someone who has unparallel institutional knowledge of our company and the radio broadcasting industry....He has our utmost confidence and we look to his leadership to continue the long broadcasting history we have with BUCKLEY RADIO," said Trustee Board representative MARTHA FAHNOE of BILOTTA's appointment.