Veteran Air Talent Valerie Smaldone Remembers Radio Executive Rick Buckley’s Many Positive Qualities
As we reported last week, Rick Buckley died on July 31. As head of Buckley Radio, his biggest purchase for the company was WOR Radio.
At WOR, Valerie Smaldone came to know Buckley well. The longtime WLTW DJ says he loved what he did.
“[He was] truly passionate about WOR and all of his stations,” Smaldone says. “He loved local radio.”
But even though a 70-something executive, Smaldone says Buckley embraced the future of radio.
“Rick understood completely the value of the WOR [web] stream and downloadable podcasts,” Smaldone says. “Rick not only wanted to bring original talk content to the WOR stream, but he built a separate online country music station.”