Richard D. Buckley, A.B. '60
1936 – 2011
Rick Buckley’s career in broadcasting began in 1960 as a page at the National Broadcasting Company. In the 50 plus years since, Buckley has guided the company that bears his name and served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Buckley Radio is one of America’s remaining privately owned and operated radio companies. Buckley’s portfolio includes seventeen radio stations across America in addition to the WOR Radio Network. The network syndicates programs to over 400 radio stations. Rick was inducted into The New York State Broadcasters Association’s Hall of Fame on June 27, 2011 for his excellence and commitment to broadcasting.
Rick was a former alumni trustee and a member of the prestigious alumni leadership group, President’s Council, and served as a member of the School of Communication’s Visiting Committee. Rick was instrumental in establishing the Richard D. Buckley Audio Lab at the University of Miami School of Communication in 2002. Rick’s greatest delight was WVUM-FM, the University of Miami student radio station where he was one of the pioneers during his days at the University. He was also the driving force behind the current plans to increase the station’s coverage area.
A public memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 8, 2011, 11 a.m., at The Christ Church in Greenwich, CT. The family suggests memorial donations to the Richard D. Buckley Memorial Fund to support radio broadcasting at the School of Communication. Donations may also be received via U.S. Mail to: Richard D. Buckley Memorial Fund, University of Miami, P.O. Box 248053, Coral Gables, FL 33124 or call 305-284-2873 for more information.
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