With a career spanning more than 50 years in radio, Rick Buckley died last Sunday after suddenly falling ill on Saturday at his home in Greenwich Conn. He was 74 and had been President of Buckley Broadcasting since succeeding his father in 1972.
Though the company includes the flagship WOR in New York and stations in Connecticut, Mr. Buckley had strong links to Seattle radio. The Buckleys bought heritage rocker KOL (now KKOL) from teevee and game show moguls Mark Goodson and Bill Todman for $1 million in 1967.
Thus began in earnest, KOL's epic battle with KJR for no.1 Top 40 station in Seattle.
Heritage Seattle radio man, Dick Curtis told BlatherWatch about his memories working for the Buckley those years: