School of Communication alumnus and Visiting Committee member Richard D. Buckley, the president of Buckley Broadcasting and a champion for radio and education in broadcasting, died of a brain embolism on Sunday, July 31, 2011, in New York.
A generous supporter of the University of Miami and the School of Communication, Buckley, B.A. ’62, was also a member of the President’s Council and a former alumni trustee on UM’s Board of Trustees.
Buckley was a true fan of WVUM 90.5, the university’s student-run radio station, and the driving force behind current plans to increase the station’s broadcast power and coverage area. His legacy at the School of Communication includes The Richard D. Buckley, Jr. Audio Lab, where thousands of students learn essential radio broadcasting skills and go “on-air” with their reports.
“Rick Buckley’s involvement went well beyond his generous financial support and help in strategic planning,” says Paul Driscoll, vice dean of the UM School of Communication and the faculty advisor for WVUM 90.5 FM. “He touched the lives of many of our students in and out of the classroom and was a friend to many faculty members. He worked with SoC students in our New York Experience this summer and just last week arranged visits to his N.Y. headquarters for our students. It saddens me to think I’ll never again be able to tell a student seeking career advice to “Give Rick Buckley a call.”
A recent inductee into the New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame, Buckley began a career in broadcasting in 1960 as a page at NBC. In 1972, he succeeded his father as president of Buckley Broadcasting and headed the company that includes 20 radio stations in New York, California, and Connecticut, as well as WOR Radio Network. The network syndicates programming to over 400 radio stations.
Through his commitment to and love for a career in radio that lasted half a century, Buckley leaves an indelible impact on the industry and at UM.
" Rick Buckley was part of what made The University of Miami the great American institution it is today," says Donna Arbide, associate vice president for alumni relations and executive director of UM's Alumni Association. "His vision, passion, dedication and most importantly his loyalty to his alma mater will forever be remembered to those of us that admired and adored him. He will be missed."
Buckley, who lived in Greenwich, CT, is survived by Constance “Connie” Buckley, his wife of 37 years and their daughter, Jennifer. A memorial service in celebration of Rick's life will be held on Thursday, September 8, 2011, at 11 a.m., at The Christ Church, 254 East Putnam Ave., in Greenwich, CT.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Broadcasters’ Foundation of America (www.broadcastersfoundation.org) or to the Richard D. Buckley Memorial Fund to support radio broadcasting at the University of Miami. Please send donations to: Richard D. Buckley Memorial Fund, University of Miami, P.O. Box 248053, Coral Gables, FL 33124 or give online to the fund at www.miami.edu/rbuckley.