Bud Buschardt, 79, of Dallas, who served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Media Arts for 46 years, died March 15. He brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to students, drawing on his career as an on-air personality and producer. He got his start on Nov. 22, 1963, when, after graduating from the University of Houston, he covered the assassination of President John F. Kennedy for WFAA.
He hosted radio shows for WFAA and KVIL, including the The Sump'n Else Show, a 1960s bandstand show that he later wrote a book about, and he earned the title of “musicologist” of Dallas-Fort Worth.
From 1989 to 2007, he worked for ABC Radio Networks, hosting Night Train and the Saturday Oldies Show and serving as program director of the Stardust (later Timeless) format. In 2010, he was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.
He was an avid music fan, boasting a collection of 200,000 records, tapes and CDs in his house as well as his own home studio. His research for the 1977 movie The Buddy Holly Story earned him a screen credit.
Watch Bud give a tour in and around the Radio, Television, Film and Performing Arts Building. Share memories of him in this Facebook group.
A Dallas memorial service is scheduled at 4 p.m. April 15 at the Granada Theater on Greenville Avenue.
Memorials may be made to the Bud Buschardt Endowed Scholarship fund (checks payable to UNT Foundation), University of North Texas, University Advancement, 1155 Union Circle #311250, Denton, Texas 76203-1250, or online at one.unt.edu/giving.