Pubaffairs anchor departing Arizona Public Media for local radio

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Bill Buckmaster announced Tuesday (Oct. 5) that he is leaving his the Arizona Illustrated anchor chair after 23 years on Arizona Public Media. His last day is Jan. 1. Two days later, he’ll begin a pubaffairs radio show, Buckmaster, on AM 1330 KJLL. The Tucson Citizen website opined, “This will leave a gaping hole in our local television news. His knowledge, experience and professionalism were a far cry from the ‘two years and I’m out of here’ careers of too many people in our local television news.” (Fascinating factoid: Buckmaster is one of only two broadcasters with an asteroid named after him. The other is Walter Cronkite.)

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