Celebrating the life of a radio legend, Ed “Uncle Buck” Buchanan
1949 – 2018
Ed Buchanan was the man responsible for putting the mighty Classic Rock 97LAV on the air, and known as one of the first DJ’s to play rock and roll music.
Buchanan hired local radio legends Tony Gates, Kevin Matthews and Tim Steele, having taught all three at Grand Valley. Reporters Corky Meinecke and John Keating also came through the school. He also hired Aris Hampers.
He claimed his staffers tended to work with him for a long time because “I hired good. If you hire good, you don’t have to fire.”
He joined WLAV-FM (96.9) in 1970, left the station in 1979 to work at WCUZ, then rejoined WLAV in 1995, and has been here since. After “retiring” from the Tony Gates Morning Show with Michelle McKormick, Ed continued to host “Breakfast in the Basement” on LAV on Sunday mornings.
Ed was the first to rename Jonathon Edwards’ song “Shanty”, the FRIDAY SONG. He started a tradition that spread nationwide by playing it at 2PM to kick off his weekend, and it has since moved to kick off the weekend for all shift workers at 12 Midnight, 9AM, 12PM, and 5PM.
Ed Buchanan will be fondly remembered in the LAV studio, walking down the halls of the stations and seeing his photos, in Grand Rapids, and across the country for his influential time here at Classic Rock 97LAV
Rock in Peace, Uncle Buck.