After decades of stability, broadcast veteran Bill Buckmaster's career has become as active as a pinball.
A little more than three months into his new radio venture, having started the round-table news show "Buckmaster" on KJLL 1330-AM in January, Buckmaster announced he's uprooting his show and headed over to KVOI 1030-AM, where his program will be simulcast to KAPR 930-AM in Douglas and KJAA 1240-AM in Globe.
The latest announcement comes after Buckmaster spent 23 years hosting "Arizona Illustrated" on KUAT.
"This is not about KJLL. I am grateful for the opportunity given to me by my friend (KJLL general manager) John C. Scott to transition from TV to talk radio. After all, John is the dean of Tucson radio news," Buckmaster said via email. "But as John well understands, this is about taking my business to the next level."
When I spoke to Scott on the phone, he indeed seemed to understand the reason for Buckmaster's departure and harbors no ill will toward him.
"KVOI made him a great offer. … I'm really happy for him," Scott said. "We are going to miss him."
A reader called in and speculated that Scott was also on his way out, unhappy with the climate at the station, but Scott said, "I haven't made any decision at all."
Dawn Avalon, vice president of KJLL owner Hudson Communications, did not return repeated calls.
Buckmaster will stay on KJLL in the 9 to 10 a.m. slot through the end of the month, then go off the air in May to retool the show before re-emerging on KVOI June 1. The show will air weekdays from noon to 1 p.m.
Murphy-Darling wins award
Environmental advocate Gina Murphy-Darling - who hosts the radio show "Mrs. Green's World" Saturdays at 790-AM KNST and appeared in a Tucson Electric Power-sponsored ad campaign on KOLD that wrapped up in February - has won an award for her advocacy.
TheDailyGreen.com, a website owned by Hearst Magazines, gave Murphy-Darling a "Local Hero" award. The site's readers voted her as the People's Choice winner for best Local Hero, selecting her from among 25 nominees.
She kept impressive company. The only other two People's Choice winners were Jane Goodall for Lifetime Achievement and Leonardo DiCaprio as Greenest Celebrity.
"I am such a huge fan of The Daily Green so I was thrilled about that," Murphy-Darling said via email. And of any award that I could receive, the People's Choice is the one that touches me the most. After all, I am bringing green to mainstream."
Murphy-Darling said she did not campaign for the award.
Contact reporter Phil Villarreal, who covers local media for the Star, at 573-4130 or email@example.com