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Bud Ballou, WKBW 1520 Buffalo | 1967


Another Frank Davis presentation…

Bud Ballou would become legendary in Boston, at Fairbanks Communication’s WVBF. But before his stint at 105.7 in suburban Framingham, Ballou was heard all up and down the Eastern Seaboard on WKBW AM 1520 Buffalo. KB itself is legendary, with a signal that blankets the eastern half of the United States and Canada, from the Maritimes to Florida, WKBW, and its present-day relative WWKB, on 1520, easily has the strongest signal on the AM dial. It was a station known for launching the careers of many artists just by virtue of their records being heard on KB.

Ballou has always been… himself. He was one of those jocks who had his own way about him on the air. Like many jocks of that era, Ballou made a name for himself with his audience, one that listeners remember to this day. There was nothing generic about Bud Ballou. Sadly, Ballou passed away in 1977 at the young age of 34.

So, here’s a really young 24 year old Bud Ballou on KB Radio. KB sounded much different in ’67 than it did just a couple of years later in the 70s, so listen and enjoy a very rare aircheck indeed!


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  1. BEFORE HE WAS AT KB BUD BALLOU WAS KING OF THE NIGHT TIME AIRWAVES AT WNDR IN SYRACUSE. HIS MAIN COMPETITION AT THE TIME WAS OF ALL PEOPLE DALE DORMAN AT TINY 250 WATT WOLF.

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  2. KB was a big deal all across western NY back in the day. A high school classmate of mine in high school in Rochester got a boost in status when we found out he was Buf Ballou’s cousin. (And more than one of us in that class gave radio a try as a result of that sort of second-hand brush with greatness…along with the fact that the top morning man in the city back then, Jack Palvino, had also attended our school as a teen.)

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  3. bud ballou went on to wolf -theme all syracusans know what to do they tune in wolf and bud ballou !

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