Buck Maggard - Deep In Tradition (1986-1999)
Buck Maggard never met a stranger. If you’ll pardon my using that cliché, it’s as close as I can come to describing the joy that Buck got from being with people, and the joy that so many people got from being with him. Buck was many things: storyteller, community organizer, historian, social commentator, practical joker, music lover. But what we remember most is how much fun he was to be around.
WMMT’s audience got to be around Buck from the station’s founding till his death in 1999. He was the most gifted radio person I’ve ever known. Listening to him, you felt he was talking directly to you. As he explained once, that’s exactly how he imagined it while he was on the air. As a result, many of us remember him fondly as a friend who came often to visit us. Which is the real point of community radio. The fact that the music was so great was just gravy.
Buck was an inspiration to me and to many other people who had never imagined that we could actually do radio. We miss him, but his inspiration remains.