OTB, after TV – the journey continues

Becoming a master of epic transitions

By Jim Bucher

I could see the writing on the wall or rather TV screen back in late 2012. My television news station boss left for greener pastures and my news director was unceremoniously let go. They were both big supporters of my antics on the small screen.

I knew my number was up.

Like so many others in the broadcasting business with audience erosion in favor of other devices to receive content, it was time to “cut the budget.”

To be fair, I was offered a position at said station, off TV on a regular basis and into a sales position, which to be honest didn’t appeal to me whatsoever.

So, at the ripe old age of 52, too young to retire and not sure what the future held, I went out on my own.

What is there to do now for a guy who spent three-fourths of his life in local television? After a week or so of shutting out the world, pondering life, but never, ever feeling sorry for myself or giving up hope, it was time to act – especially with a mortgage payment looming. Can you feel my pain?

My great friend Jeff Klaene, who has a wedding videography business on the side, was my guardian angel. He had all the tools, and I had the “talent.”

So, we came up with this: Why not do what I was doing on TV online?

Jeff has all the camera equipment from Steadicams to a drone, so a no-brainer.

We produced a video for a local festival, and the new profession and journey were off! Now, am I a rich man? By no means, but I am making my bill payments, which is all that matters.

Adding to my cash flow is writing. Now, whoa there, pardner – I was a TV news writer, which wasn’t too complicated, and remember, I had video to go along with it.

This writing a column deal would take much more descriptive, in-depth communication in words instead of pictures.

Well, along comes Paul Noah, our illustrious publisher here at Dayton City Paper. He got wind I was available, but not sure I could make the switch.

Paul gave me a shot and now almost five years later, I’m still plugging along.

It’s been a wonderful experience and by your comments and reactions, you are enjoying what I do: a slice of life here in Dayton and the Miami Valley.

Paul gave me the chance to write about fairs, festivals, local history, nonprofits, and everything from A to Z. Correction: Don’t believe I’ve written anything that begins with a Z, but you get what I’m saying.

I want to give a big thanks to Amanda and my wonderful editors for cleaning up my grammatical errors. Again, six years of high school and not paying attention in English class probably contributed to my “epic fail” in this category.

But while perusing through some 250 columns I do believe I’m getting a bit better. Especially looking at my first few articles. Yikes, they were awful, but the City Paper staff hung in there with me.

You know the paper has morphed into the “go to” weekly for all things pertinent to life in the valley. Entertainment ideas, latest trends, music, relevant topics, controversial subjects, and things which make great “water cooler” talk the next day.

It really is a marvelous publication which is put together by a small band of warriors who amaze me how they do it week in and out. Incredible.

But we couldn’t do all this without people reading the paper. Too numerous for an accurate count, but I can’t tell you how many times someone came up and said, “love your column” and “look forward to it every week.” Plus, all the Facebook comments, emails, and texts.

You all make it worthwhile.

And I can take criticism too. You let me have it if something is amiss or I hit a nerve you don’t agree with. All comments are welcome.

I think one of the most fun reader interactions was the search for the artist who painted the murals inside the lobby of Talbott Tower.

I put the word out to our readers if anyone knew to let me know.

Next thing I know, a phone call from a gentleman comes my way with information on my request.

Not only did he know, but it turns out it was he.

The power of the press, right?

So, what does the future hold? God only knows, but in the meantime I’m weighing my options.

Thank you again to our readers for making DCP a huge success – I couldn’t do it without you.



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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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