OBITUARY

Bud Eldridge Buschardt Jr.

September 19, 1941March 15, 2021

B.E. (Bud) Buschardt, a loving brother, uncle, mentor, and pop musicologist, passed on March 15, 2021 at the age of 79. The son of the late B.E. and Mable Buschardt, he became an avid lover of music at a young age and developed his passion into a successful career in radio and television in the Dallas-Fort Worth market. His quick wit and encyclopedic knowledge on a variety of musical genres resulted in a 35-year career as a national radio producer, writer, and on-air personality. In 2010, he was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.

Bud’s dedication to his craft also made him a favorite professor at the University of North Texas, where he taught radio and television production for 46 years. In addition to a fun, sometimes irreverent, approach to teaching, Bud’s innate kindness established him as a supportive mentor who was always available for guidance and an encouraging word, even years after students left his classroom. Bud is survived by his sister, Sue Ann Harris of Winston-Salem, NC and brother George Buschardt (Sharon) of Houston, Texas, along with many nieces and nephews. He was a member of Chapel of Cross Church. Many thanks to all his friends who provided assistance, especially Doug and Diane Shackelford of Dallas, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, a scholarship has been started and you can donate to: Bud Buschardt Endowed Scholarship (checks payable to UNT Foundation), University of North Texas, 1155 Union Circle #311250, Denton, Tx. 76203-1250. Attention: Holden Walker.

Memorial Services: Houston- Saturday 4-10-21, 2PM @ St. Francis Episcopal Church, 345 Piney Point, Houston 77024. Dallas-Thursday 4-15-21,4PM @ Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206.

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  • Bud Buschardt Endowed Scholarship (checks payable to UNT Foundation)

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Barry sheft

July 25, 2021

Bud was a great guy. Many fun memories at KUHT and KUHF at the University of Houston.
Rest In Peace

Michael David X-Rey

April 17, 2021

The music and academic world has lost one of its greatest professors. Bud and I could talk music and records for hours at a time. Bud became a mentor when i handled music at KVIL in the '70s after my cousin Sidney Gail Benton introduced us at WFAA. I was just a teen looking to break into television and his sage wisdom directed me to talk to the folks at this 'little' start-up AM/FM station in Highland Park. Bud came up to our studio the day Elvis died to offer his expertise and stories on 'The King' as we paid tribute over the next few days with many songs Bud contributed on short notice. {Pictured is Bud during a KVIL alumni Zoom call we had October 29, 2020.] R.I.P. my friend.

Ed Busch

March 29, 2021

I guess the simplest way to sum up bud, for was his generosity. He ended up directing many TV shows I did. He also was the Musicologist on my radio talk shows. Both national and local. He never was too busy to help with any of this. He didn't just come to the studio and tell stories, oh no. He had to do preparation. He would bring mystery musical cuts from very famous singers, but early in their career. So he had to constantly go through his unbelievable music collection to prepare for that. In a business that can be petty and people be jealous of other people's success, I never heard a bad word ever about Bud. He was a true gentleman.

Robert W. (Bob) Robinson

March 26, 2021

I'd like to think Bud and I grew up together. Although, when we first met, Bud was a director at WFAA-TV in Dallas. I was fresh from the military. The year was 1969. I was on my way to New York, looking for a job. Bud suggested I stop at WFAA. He vouched for me since we had both graduated from the University of Houston School of Broadcasting. I got the job and spent the next 25 years at WFAA. Bud was an inspiration! We lived through many happy years at WFAA including life at the "WFAA Dorm" (Bud's vast music collection was a party time draw), stage door passes at the Louisville Pop Festival and rec time on water skis at the lake, my wedding (Bud was a very supportive best man), and worked hand in hand with many talented WFAA employees.

Even after I left WFAA, Bud and I stayed in touch. Bud was always there when events forced us together. He will be missed. Rest In Peace, Bud!

Carol McDonald

March 25, 2021

My husband worked with Bud at KVIL which is how I got to know Bud. He was always so nice and fun to be around. RIP

Ray Whitworth

March 24, 2021

Bud was a quirt gentle soul always willing to give a hand up not a hand up to help many start a career in television and at times radio. I knew him for 46 years,and never once have I ever seen him get very angry or demean someone in public. His knowledge of rock and roll was an encyclopedia Britanica that only he could write. He looked at students as his equal,and only made them better. His skills and work ethic helped WFAA CH 8 Dallas win several prestigous awards in journalism,such as the Dupont which is like the nobel prize for journalism. Anyone whoever met him,immediately liked him. His reward was seeing a students eyes light up when they learned something from him,and seeing them get hired at a network. His oldies shows brought many great memories to many who tuned in,and there were hundreds who did. I will miss him at our DFW RADIO TV MEDIA LUNCHBUNCH, for he attended each one except for two due to surgery. There will never be another Bud,but we still have him in our hearts and memories. He was a gift to us all that will be eternal. Your wings unfurled,fly high and touch the stars my friend,Ray

Jane Dobkins Bilberry

March 24, 2021

I grew up across the street from B.E. - what a super nice guy. We were all family friends - I have such great memories of George, Sue, B.E. and their parents. It makes my heart happy to hear of his incredible career and the love that everyone has for him. To the family, know that you are surrounded by my love, condolences, and prayers.

Ira Lipson

March 21, 2021

Many happy memories of working with Bud at WFAA radio and so many great conversations about music and juke boxes and whatever. A truly fine man. He will be missed.

David Faulkner

March 20, 2021

I became a fan of Bud listening to "57 Nostalgia Place" Sunday nights on WFAA (570AM.) That was in the 70's. In the 80's I listened to his KVIL Oldies Show, also on Sundays. First time I met Bud was in 1984, he taught a class one Saturday at the Dallas Columbia School of Broadcasting when I was a student there. For about the last 10 years I would see him at the quarterly DFW (now North Texas) media lunch bunches. It was always good to chat with Bud. He was (as many have said) one of the nicest people around, in addition to being a walking encyclopedia. Outside of the lunch bunches we mainly communicated by email. He seemed to always have time to respond. I was thinking of Bud a couple of days before he passed and emailing him was on my to do list. Rest in Peace my friend, you were a blessing to many. Prayers of peace and comfort for his family and many friends. - The photo is from a DFW media lunch bunch in 2011.

MItch Carr

March 20, 2021

I knew Bud during our mutual time together at KVIL...and saw him from time to time in the following years. ALWAYS a wonderful smile and a warmth that so many of us knew and admired. He will be missed...but always remembered.

FROM THE FAMILY