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On The Beat: 4/11

A journey like the Amazon By Jim Bucher Chicago is my kind of town. Years ago, my dad occasionally had business there (all legal of course—you know, the organized crime stuff) and he would bring the family along, always staying at the Executive House in “The Loop.” It still exists after many a name change, […]

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On the Beat: 4/4

Guarding early morning memories Live at Winter Guard International By Jim Bucher   About this time every year, my friend Carly Davidson gets a little “verklempt,” choked up. “Buch, my kids are grown and in college, but for years I schlepped them around in the soccer mom van, with flags and costumes hither and yon […]

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On the Beat: 3/28

Where are they now? Back on the air with Z-93’s Jeff Wicker By Jim Bucher photo: (l-r) Producer Dave Redelberger, Kim Faris, and Jeff Wicker Anybody remember Eaton, Dayton, Springfield Alive: Z-93? Bring back memories? Well, in the ’90s, I became friends with the radio station’s morning madman, Jeff Wicker and his 1992-1995 Wicker in the […]

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On The Beat: 3/21

Class of ’17 Local Broadcasters Hall of Fame honors next class By Jim Bucher One of the cool things about growing up here with one of the few color televisions on the block was the fact that my boys and me enjoyed a slew of network shows and, of course, a wide variety of local […]

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On The Beat: 3/14

Bucher’s Almanac Local green thumbs sow spring wisdom By Jim Bucher So, is it me or has winter passed us by again? Could it be a temporary weather pattern or “climate change?” Seems like as a kid, we were out gallivanting in the snow on a regular basis from November through March. This year, as […]

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On The Beat: 3/7

First car, first love A drive on memory lane By Jim Bucher   What is it about a first car? For some it was our first true love. It was a time of freedom. Freedom from your parents lugging you around everywhere. The first time you could really feel independence. Mine was the parents’ two-door […]

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On The Beat: 2/28

7 days a week By Jim Bucher As we celebrate another Black History Month, I recall my reporting days at channel 2. Apologies first though, because this column is at the tail end of February. But can’t Black History Month be celebrated year round? Well, back in my reporting days at channel 2. My friend […]

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On The Beat: 2/21

You are 17, I was 17 By Jim Bucher When I was in high school, way back in 1977 at Dayton Christian (6 years, but I made it!), staring at the clock on the wall in Spanish III, I daydreamed about the year 2000, 23 short years away. I wondered what life had in store. Sort […]

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On The Beat: 2/14

The charitable Energizer bunnies move on Judge A.J. and Joan Wagner say goodbye By Jim Bucher Photo: May 8, 2012 DCP cover story on A.J. Wagner Hearing the news was like getting hit over the head with a shovel. (That hasn’t happened yet, but you get my drift.) My good friend A.J. Wagner is leaving […]

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On The Beat: 2/7

Angel of the Amazon By Jim Bucher The life story of Sister Dorothy Stang still resonates going on 12 years after her murder. Born and raised in Dayton, one of nine siblings, Stang was part of a traditional Catholic family, and it soon became apparent she would make the mission of the church her life’s […]

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On The Beat: 1/31

Solved The Talbott Tower Murals Case comes to a close By Jim Bucher In a recent column late last year, I asked you detective types for help solving a mystery. You see, inside the main floor of downtown’s Talbott Tower, at First and Ludlow Streets, there’s a series of murals depicting Dayton’s landmarks and industrial […]

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On The Beat: 1/24

A calling to youth Wahid Abdullah Memorial Fund continues to help college-bound students By Jim Bucher I think about Wahid Abdullah all the time. His image, as an 18-year-old heading to Ohio State University on a full ride, is etched in my memory. If he had lived, today this young man would be approaching his […]

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On The Beat: 1/17

Swearing-in Miami Valley will be well-represented at 58th presidential Inauguration Day By Jim Bucher OK, unless you’ve been living under a rock or a broken voting machine, you hopefully know by now we’re getting a new president this Friday, Jan. 20. (Was that commentary?) And I don’t really care what your politics are—that’s not the […]

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On The Beat: 1/10

My lunch with a princess On the beat with Carrie Fisher, 1956 – 2016 By Jim Bucher OK, I admit it. I’m star-struck. And I was super lucky during my TV career. Anytime a star came to town and was willing, I’d request a sit-down interview. Lots of times, the “stars” didn’t want to bother […]

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On The Beat: 1/3

This, that, and a wrap for 2016 By Jim Bucher Well, for this column it’s time to tie up some loose ends. First, what’s the old saying? “If I’d known I was going to live this long, would’ve taken better care of myself.” Looking back at my New Year’s resolutions for 2016, I’m zero for […]

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On The Beat: 12/28

All the fake news (not) fit to print By Jim Bucher Well, with all the talk of fake news out there, we thought we’d get into the act, too. If you can’t beat them, join them, right? By the way, you all know I love this city—and a few jabs here and there never hurt […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]