Buck started acting a fool on the radio at his college station on the Campus of The University of California Santa Barbara – a notorious party school for the rich white elite youth of California. With its lovely beaches, and surfing all day, Buck didn’t fit in at all (surprise – he can’t even swim!) But he somehow escaped and headed back to his hometown of Oakland, and conned the station he grew up on to hire him. He was young and very rebellious, and the station was just about to fire him when he lucked into a job in DC, then got fired. Then he made it to New York City, and he got fired. (See a pattern?) After being fired in Indianapolis in 1996, a company was starting a new radio station in Tuscaloosa called 95-7 JAMZ. They knew Buck because they had fired him in Jacksonville, Florida a few years before, but they felt sorry for him and gave him another chance. With “Buck Wilde and Afrika in the morning with Comedian Rickey Smiley” the station was unlike anything Alabamians had heard before. It started its reign of domination in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham. You can guess what happened? Buck got fired … then re-hired and he somehow managed to stay for a total of 13 years. He left and went to Dallas, and … well, you know! Most people in Alabama remember Buck for the infamous “April Fools Helicopter Money Drop” which led the local news – every station – for almost a week. Or people know him for giving Rickey Smiley his start in radio, along with Ebony Steele, and Roy Wood Jr. (who is now on Comedy Central weeknights.) But YOU might know Buck as the guy you grew up listening to – the guy you never knew what he’d say or do next. Buck isn’t as rebellious as he used to be, and cares more about helping people and making a difference in people’s lives. He currently lives in Atlanta, working as a high-level video and audio producer and occasional writer. You can always reach him on Facebook (wildebuck2) or @wildebuck on Twitter.
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