Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Veteran Southern California radio executive Richard McIntosh pays tribute to Rich Buhler, who passed away on Monday, aged 65
Buhler was known as the ‘Dean of Christian Talk Radio’
By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
ANTA ANA, CA (ANS) -- On hearing the news that Southern California’s beloved Christian talk broadcaster, Rich Buhler, had died in a local Orange County, California, hospital at 10:30 PM on Monday, a veteran Southern California radio executive has recalled for the ASSIST News Service his memories of Buhler.
In the posted message, Keith said, “Beloved friends and family, Rich is now face to face with Jesus. Last night (May 7th) at 10:30 p.m., in the hospital, our daddy completed his life's course and enters now into the rest of our Lord.”
Richard McIntosh, General Manager of the KWVE Radio Network and KWVE 107.9 FM (www.kwve.com), agreed to share some of his fondest memories of the man who was known as the “Dean of Christian Talk Radio.”
He began by saying, “In 1980 I was managing K-PRAISE 1150 AM in Los Angeles. We had a Christian format on the station. Across town a radio station affectionately called K-BRITE (KBRT-AM 740) was purchased by Don Crawford and Don began airing Christian programming on the station.
“K-BRITE played all music, but the station had the unique perspective of hiring general market talent to work on the Christian station. One of those people was Rich Buhler, who was the newsman for K-BRITE. Rich had worked at all news KFWB station. The music format did not work well and the big time disk jockeys were let go and programs were added. Rich had a unique idea to air a Christian oriented talk show in the afternoon and he survived the firings. The program was called ‘Talk From The Heart’.
“As K-BRITE was winding down, Rich had already started an advertising agency called Branches Communications. I had done business with Rich’s agency over the years and even when I was not managing a radio station Rich and I would go to lunch and discuss mutual friends, matters of faith and radio.”
McIntosh went on to say, “Rich was a radio man to the bone. When I came to K-WAVE (KWVE) in 2006 Rich was still in business with the agency and we renewed the business relationship. A year or so ago Rich came down with the cancer that claimed his life on Monday. What I know is that Rich knew Jesus as his savior and today Rich is in heaven free of pain and suffering.
“I miss Rich Buhler. He was a fellow broadcaster, business associate and brother in Christ. Rich, I will see you some day in Glory. Thank you for setting the standard in Christian Talk programming in Southern California and in America.”
A colleague of Richard McIntosh, Deloy Sterns, who is the program loader for KWVE/KSDW Radio and K-Wave Radio Network, told ANS, “Rich Buhler was to Southern California Christian radio, what Walter Cronkite, Chet Huntley and David Brinkley, were to the U.S.TV Network Evening News Broadcasts.
“I also loved his website Truth or Fiction (www.truthorfiction.com),” said Sterns. “It was a great resource for broadcasters to track down those e-mail urban legend stories.”
Sterns also revealed that Rich Buhler was listed in the end credits for a 70s film called “Kathryn Kuhlman - A Tribute To A Yielded Life”, which can be viewed at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtHxCkYQYDg&feature=youtu.be
Helen Elli Cardoff, a close friend of Rich Buhler, has paid her own tribute to the late broadcaster. On her Facebook page, she posted, “As a Christian radio personality, his wisdom and compassionate heart for those in emotional pain, helped me incredibly in my steps to recovery. Later he joined my church and we worked together creating a program helping the homeless and lost to get back to the society.
“He was a great man who crossed my heart and left his footprints forever. Bon voyage! See you in Heaven Pastor Buhler!”
The funeral for Rich Buhler is planned for May 19 at the Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Anaheim, California, and is open to the public.”
Note from Dan Wooding: Please pray for Rich’s wife Dianne, who herself has been dealing with breast cancer, and their families, as they come to turns with their great loss.
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