I was out and about today and tuned into WBEN for a few minutes of Bauerle. It didn’t take long for me to tune out. It has been that way for a long time for me.
In 2005, I posted the below on SpeakUpWNY.com then. It really made me tune him out from my regular listening habits. Do you remember the Terri Schiavo case? You can read about it here—> Well this is what happened back on his show on 03/31/2005.
“Buffalo radio hit a new low this morning… Tom Bauerle had Terri Schiavo’s aunt & uncle as guests on his show. Regardless of where you stood on the issue, WBEN & Mr. Baurele did something that really illustrates how awful the media has become…especially the local media.
A growing trend over the last few years by our local media outlets is to get a local angle on a national story. No matter what the issue is, our local media can be counted on to find someone or something that ties the story into WNY. WBEN continued this trend this morning by lining up Ken & Linda Blake, Terri Schiavo’s aunt & uncle, one or both of them had lived in the Buffalo area at some point in the past. Having them on wasn’t the problem.
About an hour or so into TB’s show, the news came out the Terri Schiavo had died. WBEN & Tom Bauerle took it upon themselves to be the first to tell the Blakes that their niece had died. Instead of going to a break, telling them off air and letting them go, Tom Bauerle told them live on the radio. When I heard this, I was outraged. I couldn’t believe that even TB would sink this low. Tom had just got through a rant blasting people who were attempting to profit from this whole debacle and then there he goes creating the sound byte of a lifetime. Talk about an opportunist!
If the above wasn’t bad enough, I made my way over to WBEN’s website. The lead article on their site was about the death and A LINK TO THE AUDIO TO LISTEN TO TERRI’S AUNT & UNCLES REACTION TO HER DEATH when they found out. I’ve been searching for the right words to describe this. The only two that keep coming to mind are SICK & DISGUSTING.
Tom Bauerle took advantage of this situation for self-profit. To say this is appalling is an understatement. Tom comes off as some pious dude….looking out for you & me…. Well dude, you showed us what you are really all about today. You thought about yourself instead of doing what would have been the right thing to do.
If you are as outraged as I am about TB & WBEN & their handling of her death this morning, send them an email. Let them know… Ask them to remove the audio from WBEN’s site…”
To do this day, I think it is one of the worst radio moments in Buffalo history.
Bauerle is truly a sound that BITES.