OTB, so long, but not goodbye

Buch jauntily tips his hat farewell

By Jim Bucher

Remember a few years back, when WDTN Channel 2, where I called home for almost 30 years, was bought by a new broadcasting company? The general manager at the time was quoted as saying, “You won’t notice any difference. Channel 2 will still be Channel 2.” It is, then, with mixed emotions I am calling it quits here at Dayton City Paper (DCP). Yep, all good things must come to an end. The paper will continue, with all your favorite writers and columnists presenting their views on happenings, controversial topics, and cutting-edge editorials. It’s in good hands. My reason for calling it a day is simple. What once was a joy to write weekly, has now become a burden because my business, buchtvguy.com (blatant plug) is doing quite well. Last thing I want to do is sacrifice a quality column for some slapped-together piece of crapola. I do want to thank publicly my publisher, and owner of DCP, Paul Noah. Paul gave me a chance to share, as he said, “Your TV stuff you did prior in print.” And, of course, the Jack (Or is it Jill?) of all trades, Wanda Esken. She is one-of-a-kind, a gem of a person who runs the paper almost single-handedly. Talk about your multi-tasker…Plus, she keeps me in line. That in itself is a full-time job. A tip of the hat to all the fine folks behind the scenes who put this paper together every week, and of course to you wonderful readers who gave me great feedback, or stopped me on the street to say how much you enjoy the paper and my weekly column. Looking back at a few of my diatribes, a few favorites were writing about the old days, businesses, and great Miami Valley restaurants that have shuttered. Upcoming events, the Sex issue, pets, and a couple of rants on my wi-fi issue. My personal peeve ‘Revenue Enhancing Red-Light Cameras.’ Calls ‘em as I sees ‘em. Some of the more popular columns, as far as feedback, included writing about my friend and confidante, the late Dayton Daily News columnist, Dale Huffman, and also his colleague, Bob Batz, who was the radio/TV writer for the paper. Although some of Bob’s best columns were a little slice of life, mom and pop stops in our area. Another good one was on Jim Boz, a wonderful neighbor and friend who lived and breathed the Five Oaks Neighborhood. Miss him dearly. And of course, the ever popular ‘Where Are They Now?’ columns about past local radio and TV personalities. The Dayton Area Broadcasters Hall of Fame was another fun one to write. Maybe I’m a little biased being in the business, but it’s always nice to recognize those early trailblazers who came way before me. And a few I grew up watching like many of you. It was always nice to have an outlet to expound on all the great fairs, festivals, and happenings in Dayton and beyond. We have a lot. And one of my favorites, the Victoria Theatre, and its rich history, along with stories on NCR’s recreation park ‘Old River,’ its counterpart the, old Frigidaire Park, where employees and their families would enjoy the great outdoors after a long week producing appliances. Carillon Park was another subject near and dear. Turns out my great uncle Robert Edgar assisted George Newcom in constructing his tavern. Turned out he was a bit of a drinker because I’m betting a portion of Newcom’s Tavern leans a bit to the right and is the possible handiwork from Uncle Bob. It was super nice to connect with long-time grads of Wilbur Wright High School where my grandfather was the long-time assistant principal. They all had stories of the stocky 5-foot six-inch Tom Hermann who wielded a mean paddle. Can’t imagine that today can you? Lawsuits would be flying. Was always nice to remind folks about our rich history here and the big names who called Dayton home. Orville and Wilbur Wright, poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, John ‘cash register’ Patterson, Colonel Edward Deeds, Charles Kettering who made the crank to start your car obsolete. Did you know the Kettering family receives a check every time you start your car? Heard it here first. It has been a wonderful 5 years. I will miss it, but like Sean Connery, aka James Bond said, “Never say never,” and returned to play 007 one more time. Who knows, I may pop back up when you least expect it. It’s Bucher, Jim Bucher. Cheers and see you soon in the funny papers, Buch.

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For over 25 years, Jim Bucher has been a regionally known and loved local television icon. “Buch’s” followers describe him as trustworthy, fun, the guy next door, a friend and role model. You can promote your business with Buch and grab your customer’s attention! Reach DCP freelance writer Jim Bucher at JimBucher@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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