Who do you send to interview a local celebrity? Who will give them the respect they deserve, not be intimidated in their presence and yet push to get the answers to the tough questions everyone wants to know? Well, how about having them interview themselves?We did and here goes, Dayton Most Metro presents Jim Bucher on Jim Bucher:
BUCH: so how have you been?
BUCH2: good, it was a bit of a surprise to be out of the TV biz after almost 30 years.
BUCH2: yes, it’s funny, I’ve seen many people come and go and guess it was my turn.
BUCH: so what have you been up to?
BUCH2: about 6.1! Lol No, really I’ve been reinventing myself. Launched a website buchtvguy.com that sells my unique services.
BUCH: and those services are?
BUCH: sounds cool, but let me ask you Buch.
BUCH2: yes Buch shoot.
BUCH: so what’s changed and what is the most memorable moment or event of your career in broadcast news.
BUCH2: wow great questions.
BUCH2: well, when I started there was cable TV and a few channels but now with satellite and Internet there are so many choices.
I think the biggest change is, it’s still commercial TV, so advertisers support it. The pie is the same, but now the pie is cut up in little teeny tiny slices so everything is sold.
Weather brought to you by, sports is sponsored by, etc.
I was waiting for ‘the following knife fight is courtesy of the knife show this weekend!’
For instance, way back a certain station’s investigative reporter reported on an alleged Used Car Lemon that was sold to a woman that wanted her money back.
So this certain reporter did his job and tried to get compensation from the local dealer.
Well the stories on problem used cars stopped when the dealer pulled his ads and money.
So what stories aren’t getting told?
Back when TV stations and investigative units went after everyone and everything if there was an injustice. That’s gone for the most part.
BUCH: and what about events you have covered?
BUCH2: wow, been so many. The Wire to Wire Reds run to the World Series in 1990.
The Oklahoma City bombing.
Miamisburg train derailment and the list goes on.
BUCH: a favorite?
BUCH: you made a career out if corny.
BUCH2: watch it, but I’ve met and interviewed many stars, Tony Randall, Carol Channing. Chris Rock, Phil Collins and tons of comics, but my favorite is talking to the people in my hometown about fairs, festivals, new local businesses or a charitable event to help someone or an organization raise money.
And the opportunity to tell those stories where I grew up and live and all the great local history here.
Stuff I didn’t know about.
One thing about the job that I’m forever grateful for is the opportunity and support channel 2 gave me and the TV platform in which to do it.
BUCH: bravo Buch!
BUCH: always a jokester.
BUCH2: wouldn’t have it any other way.
BUCH: say goodbye Buch.
BUCH2: goodbye Buch, but not so long.