Photo: [l to r] Ginny Strausburg and Jim Bucher at the “Sugarplum Festival of Trees”
OK, let me explain that headline.
No, I’m not a hall of famer in baseball, football or racing, but rather I’ve been humbly nominated into the Dayton Area Broadcasters Hall of Fame. A true honor for me. This year’s class is a who’s who of your favorite on-air folks that reported and entertained on our local airwaves.
First, a little on the hall: It was founded in 2003 by two former colleagues of mine at WDTN Channel 2 – reporter Retha Phillips and Community Services Director Sharon Howard – and WDAO Owner Jim Johnson.
“After much conversation, we founded this organization to honor the achievements of great broadcasters who have served the Dayton Region with exemplary talent.” Howard said.
And the business we all loved broke a lot of ground.
For instance, Dayton’s first broadcast radio station was WDBS, Dayton’s Broadcast Station. Later it became WING radio – named after Dayton’s rich aviation heritage – which is still broadcasting to this day. We were the first broadcast market to televise live auto racing at the old Dayton Speedway, among many firsts.
And who can forget broadcast icons Phil Donahue, who began his nationally syndicated talk show at WLW-D (WDTN), and Don Wayne, WHIO-TV Channel 7’s long time news anchor who dominated the ratings back then? If you’re old enough to remember, WKEF’s Clubhouse 22 with Malcolm McCleod, Duffy the Dog and the rest of the kids show gang. Lots of great memories.
The class of 2013 includes:
Larry Baily – host/producer of Channel 7’s “Summer Nights” variety show. Larry is also a founding member of the Hall of Fame. In 1980, Larry and broadcaster Gary Mouse created and produced the first entertainment television special giving local talent in the Dayton area a chance to be showcased on WHIO-TV.
John Beaulieu – known as “B-Man” on WTUE, John has been in broadcasting for 32 years and counting, plus has contributed countless hours of service to the people of the Miami Valley serving on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Dayton, The Epilepsy Foundation of Western Ohio and the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.
Jim Johnson – a radio broadcast legend that began as a DJ and is now owner of WDAO radio. Among his many duties, Johnson has made an impact in the Dayton community where he contributes his time to many community service projects, including hosting he annual “Holiday Dinner,” free for anyone in the region.
Ed Krahling (posthumous) – for over 44 years, he was an icon in the Dayton community, serving as a news anchor on WHIO-TV alongside the legendary Don Wayne. His career began at WONE radio as Sports Director, then soon after he moved to WKEF-TV
where he was a newscaster, and later became News Director. He later joined WHIO-TV in 1967, and the rest is history.
David G. McFarland – “Good ol’ friendly” David G. began his broadcasting career in Dayton in 1975. He was chosen by WDTN to host the local edition of “Bowling for Dollars.” The show aired weekdays at 7 p.m. for two years. Everyone from syndicated talk show host Phil Donahue to “The King of Soul” James Brown appeared on the show, but it was McFarland’s morning shift on WONE radio that made him a household name.
Cheryl McHenry – One of the most recognizable anchors in the Dayton community. McHenry started her broadcasting career while in college working as an intern at WKRC radio in Cincinnati. Later she was hired at WHIO radio and television working as a news reporter. McHenry loved covering the news “on her beat” but was soon selected to sit at the anchor desk at WHIO-TV alongside the greats including Don Wayne, Ed Krahling and, later, Jim Baldridge. McHenry has committed her time and efforts to a number of community events and is always willing to help out when called upon.
George Wymer – Wymer began his broadcasting career at WING radio 1410, now known as ESPN 1410. He worked his way up in the industry to become general manager at several Dayton-area radio stations. Over the years, Wymer has worked as a reporter, sales executive and general manager. He is a member of a rich broadcasting family, including his father – the late Jack Wymer of “Man on the Street” fame – a true broadcasting legend.
A special award is presented at the bi-annual induction ceremony to a friend of the media. This year, former Judge Bill Littlejohn is the recipient.
By the way, the induction ceremony is Thursday, Oct. 31, at the Dayton Art Institute. For more information, please visit daytonbroadcasthalloffame.com.
Now, to the final inductee – a guy by the name of “Jim Bucher.”
An icon in the Dayton community, Bucher was known for his popular segments on WDTN called “Bucher’s Beat.” A native Daytonian, Bucher has been in the broadcasting industry for over 30 years. He used his popularity and TV segments to showcase Dayton’s rich history and talent. Bucher has given so many service hours to the community, making appearances and hosting numerous fund raising events throughout the region.
Remember – their words, not mine.
Although, I do think it’s appropriate for my editor Kyle here at the DCP to refer to me now as “icon.”
This is “Buch” signing off … ‘til next week my friends.