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On the beat: 07/14

Mindi Abair: not your father’s jazz band By Jim Bucher   I hope you checked out my column last week on jazz musician Brian Culbertson coming to Fraze this Thursday night. He would be reason enough to spend an awesome night at the outdoor venue, but when teamed with saxophonist extraordinaire Mindi Abair well, then […]

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On the beat: 07/07

Brian Culbertson jazzes up Fraze By Jim Bucher   Culbertson and Abair… sounds like a law firm right? But what I’m actually talking about is jazz. I’m talking about pianist Brian Culbertson and saxophonist Mindi Abair’s performance at Fraze Pavilion Thursday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m. “I love the Fraze,” Culbertson says. And he’s played […]

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On the beat: 06/30

Parallel parking could be kaput By Jim Bucher This is the biggest news since the return of the Twinkie. OK, maybe it’s not that big of a deal, but it’s pretty darn close. This affects all of us who have a child at or near the driving age. The dreaded parallel parking portion of the […]

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On the beat: 06/23

My luck without women By Jim Bucher So, my assignment this week is answering a question: In all your years on the beat as Dayton’s TV guy, have you been approached by women who were more than a bit romantically interested? Well, that’s a bit personal isn’t it? And, certainly, if something did happen, I would […]

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On the beat: 06/16

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Some weird moments with Weird Al By Jim Bucher Photo: Weird Al Yankovic will perform Sunday at Fraze Pavilion A few weeks ago, I was perusing the TV dial — wait who says “dial” anymore? OK, I was scanning the 350 satellite channels and ended up watching the umpteenth version of the Odd Couple with […]

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On the beat: 06/09

Mattress madness By Jim Bucher This is one of those stories that will leave you thinking, “Where’s the fun-loving Buch from his TV days?” Well, that Buch is still here, sort of, but occasionally the old man rant slips out—and who can blame me? If you’ve read my articles, you know I love this region, […]

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‘Out’ on the beat: 06/02

By Jim Bucher Way back in 1977 when I graduated high school, being gay was a no-no. Can you imagine the scorn and ridicule in that earlier time? Well, we knew who was and who wasn’t, or who was suspected of being, but it was never revealed. Cut to today’s high school atmosphere and you […]

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On the beat: 05/26

A conversation with Chris Botti By Jim Bucher My many gigs after leaving the local TV news world include writing (or at least attempts at writing), producing and hosting social media videos, emcee work and, of course, changing urinal cakes (whatever pays the bills, right?). One of my ab-fab things to do is work for […]

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On the beat: 05/19

Patriot Freedom Festival returns By Jim Bucher One of the wonderful things about my 20 years plus as a TV feature reporter in Dayton was all the lifelong friends I made. From local business owners to nonprofit-owners, it was an eye-opening experience that showed me what’s here in Dayton and the Miami Valley. One of […]

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On the beat: 05/15

Late nights without Letterman By Jim Bucher May 20, 2015 is the day. The day – or rather night – my late evening viewing will be forever changed. Around 12:35 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, David Letterman will sign off on a remarkable 33 years of late night broadcasting. To be honest, I’m a bit misty eyed. I was […]

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On the beat: 04/28

Why is choosing not to have kids a bad choice? By Jim Bucher So, after writing some 125 columns for Dayton City Paper this one is a first. First in the sense that I’m not totally writing it – but the subject matter is something I can’t speak about. It’s a sore subject for some; […]

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On the beat: 04/21

Local Wheeler is on ‘The Wheel’ By Jim Bucher It’s “wheelie” a dream come true for Judy Wheeler. I mean after all, she plays the game well while watching TV from the cozy confines of her Barcalounger. What I’m referring to is America’s favorite game show – “Wheel of Fortune.” Millions of “Wheel” watchers tune […]

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On the beat: 04/14

Urban Nights defunct; now what? By Jim Bucher By now you’ve heard the news. Urban Nights, the wonderful twice-yearly Downtown Dayton promotional event is done. The everything-is-great-in-Dayton party pulled out all the stops, offering music, entertainment, shopping, dining and showing off its awesome central city housing. It was an offshoot of the old Downtown Dayton […]

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On the beat: 04/07

Putting a ‘stop’ to red light cameras By Jim Bucher Chances are you’ve seen them flash a time or two – hopefully when it popped off you weren’t the “pop-ee.” I’m talking about the loved or loathed red light cameras. Proponents say they cut down big time on accidents. Critics counter they’re nothing but revenue […]

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On the beat: 03/31

A look back at bygone businesses By Jim Bucher A while back in this very space, I asked our wonderful On the Beat readers here in Dayton City Paper to reminisce with me on some of the long gone restaurants from days gone by. You came through with flying colors. Now it’s time for those […]

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On the beat: 03/24

Are school snow days a snow job? By Jim Bucher I hope as of this writing that the 2014-15 winter season, and more specifically the snow, is in the history books. And speaking of, it is now official for our friends in Boston this was snowiest winter EVER, since the record keepers have been doing […]

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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]