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12-27 Tom Bauerle Show Hour 1

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-- think at least eight weeks and I got to get these personal things more often you know I mean pointed. I kept saying. Really -- hopefully you're doing well it's. It took the week a few bombs but I'm here -- I burned my vacation and that is left. Bring it up to the business that would be a main player they wanted him I said this week. Anyway all everything as well with you and yours and this somber day -- it can't be a somber day. And you know. It's awkward position for me. To start in which define myself because this -- yesterday is this kid broadcaster. And it was 1982. And I had no idea what in the hell I was. Because. I guess this is going to be about me I'm gonna related that you hear momentarily. But when I was 1920 years old or older ones on this date. We we had a terrible tragedy in buffalo. And back -- those days folks talk radio was not what it is today. There weren't many people doing it the only talk show -- ever hurt his job now. Oh. The program director at the time to absolutely nothing about talk radio but very few people that's -- -- program director of yours that people just to know. And long story short. I'll never forget because as well as stupidest things I've ever done in -- in broadcasting 1983. Right. Huge propane blast. I commend the work before. With people saying what happened what happened what happened. And what why do. I want to hear I -- -- -- show with buffalo attorney Jeffrey Friedman and I know Jeff probably remembers this is vividly as I do and probably -- you -- believe it was thirty years ago today. And then I finally woke up after about a half hour earlier it's a Japanese produced duplicate commitment and your own time your own nickel but. You know a week we need to switch this story. Now obviously today I would have switched to immediately group that was back -- -- -- -- when I was wording of that went. But the magnitude. And that that is my part of the story appeared. But the magnitude of what happened this date thirty years ago can be overstated. It truly cannot be overstated there're certain stories that went on before you may have been born. That word tragic. And heartbreaking and devastating to the entire community. Now into the next room feisty Joseph beamer -- in his twenties and I see Chelsea who is in her twenties I realize that. The people with -- might work who are adults in the eyes of the law. Days and Ottawa. When this happened. And guys I just want -- to try to describe it as best as I can't. There was a massive. Paint an illegal propane tank in a warehouse. And it exploded. -- exploded with the force of a major bomb it was a major detonation. And it was felt not just -- but felt almost like query form miles around. People heard it. For miles around and -- that there are some people. Mentioned this once on the year and people sending me hate mail over -- but the battle of Gettysburg. The third date July 3018631. Of the most massive candidate volley ever in American history took place for two hours. -- between the union line and the confederate line. And believe it or not due to acoustical phenomenon. The cannon fire was actually hurt as far away as Philadelphia and other cities. Which people like apple crap. But it is that well documented. The Smithsonian's back. Investigated it I'm sure we have a better understanding of acoustics now that we did them. But you have to believe me I missed that you want a reference I would suggest. -- book HO KE SH. -- he actually oak about the battle of Gettysburg. And folks -- -- have no reason it just pull this out of my -- it really happened the battle of Gettysburg took place in Gettysburg Pennsylvania. And it was -- like 700 miles away. Because them. Atmospheric and acoustical phenomena. And I know that I'm gonna get hate mail you're you don't know what you're talking about your political OK you know what yes you're right I have no idea what I'm talking about even though -- decided to reference book from which got the information and many others. But. It's back to buffalo. This explosion thirty years ago today I cannot even begin to tell. The shockwaves. Not just a physical. But the emotional shock wears -- sent through the community. Because in our generation's. It's like ten years ago. We got a tragedy. In this area that kills many many people. And you don't have to act -- part epic about the Cleveland -- school -- Absolute tragedy. Devastating to our community. The -- at all explosion in a lot devastating to our community. What details we were close to appear at the time of the lose it'll explode O'Donnell. But I've heard the stories about what neighbors about their fortunes in the corporate it was a -- that explode huge bomb blew my mom. And so much for that she thought about it Bindra. Seriously. I kid you not yet small kids at that -- -- -- -- -- -- -- not -- here -- And that moving moving ahead folks I mean let's just races we've we've tragedies report back in the fifties. He's gonna remember this if you do please call but in the black rock American well black rock channel a a boat blew up and killed like twenty people. There's this story when you look back at the history of buffalo you'll find that we've had many instances of -- grievous tragedies that have left indelible scars on those who experienced them. And of course if we will -- through generations with forget about those tragedies that preceded us. For example when I say this school fire people say pop. There's a -- -- a school that killed all those kids yes he was an annex building it was badly built. And there were some who wrote people that today who saved many kids as they possibly could unfortunately. And I and I know that we -- survivors who listen to the show because every time I bring this up. I get emails or phone calls from people and there are very emotional and they thank me for remembering. And if I don't stop talking about it -- to start the tear up because I can't. When it comes to kids I can't deal with with children and tragedy real well that's that's my Achilles -- I start talking about kids being hurt and I I I honestly you start to lose it. Grownups and we've lived we've experienced wife kids and just yet to start and it is it literally brings tears to my eyes and it's not phony it's not figures that brought it is absolutely genuine. But the tragedy of thirty years ago today. Which. If you are fifty or forty I hope you remember out of honor to those who lost their lives relevant -- backtrack for just the moment you remember. -- few years ago when we lost to buffalo firefighters they died. Because. And this. This is just. This is hard to even talk about. Are doing the morning show. And just after. These two men died I was going on the year. And they went into this fires a business fire. And there were reports of people screaming inside. And buffalo firefighters. The bravery the chivalry the honor. They went into the building and they did not emerge alive. Now those were two brave firefighters who died. Unfortunately. Needlessly because some somebody said they heard a scream. Thirty years ago today folks it was -- it was without warning. For all intents and purposes it was a routine fire call. These guys went over there right there right there right. That would over there. And the damn thing blew up. And five firefighters. Died instantaneously. And if you were a buffalo firefighter back then. I. Still think of you. And how that hostages destroyed. You. Inside outside what it did the York family even if you were fair because you are or were a buffalo firefighter. It's a hell of a job. And you know I had some issues with commissioner Lombardo in the buffalo firefighters. A couple of years ago because. I tried to be funny they didn't take it as a joke and we were and I think some of it was politically motivated but. The long and the short of it is mr. Lombardo is an honorable man and I were any different I had with the fire department believe me that they have long since it's been worked out. Apps and it positively worked out I'm a friend of the buffalo -- apartment and I'm proud. To be front of the buffalo fire department because you guys you guys make me look like a Pip squeak Howard -- to what you have to do on a daily basis. And if you were firefighter. Back in 1983. I hope that time. Has healed some of the new widget -- like at eleven. Now. Again I'm not trying to all over the place here folks but there there is this is all getting to -- If you were firefighter on 9/11 were police officer or FBI guy or CIA. Or FBI guy. And you lost people at the World Trade Center. To lose one guy or one woman is too much but what all of your friends get killed in a minute. When all of your coworkers died instantaneously. You wanna talk about that the message you want big time. Back and do. Look at the people with whom -- worker right now. And if all you guys. You know if it wasn't here and something happened and everybody was that I don't think I could go -- I really don't it would just it would devastate -- -- -- Because I love the people with whom I work for the most part. In the salespeople are huge bag but -- that. Well only my brother but other than that no seriously the the emotional scars. I I cannot imagine. And if you are the child of one of those brave firefighters who died thirty years ago. You know what I would really if you have it in you and this is really your call I would love to know how old. How we got through it. If you work with those guys how did you get through it. Because folks it was devastating. Five firefighters and two civilians I'm not forgetting about the civilians. The firefighters ran to the scene everybody else was running from the city. And for about a week after the tragic. And folks if you're younger I hope that you were spellbound by what I am saying I hope that I'm teaching is something new today about the bravery of the buffalo fire department and all volunteer firefighters as well. Because for a week after this tragedy. All the TV stations had portraits. Of the fallen heroes of the propane blast a north division street. It was a very down time in this city. All of us felt it each and every member of this community with half a brain cells to rub together at any semblance of human decency felt. The sorrow of the buffalo fire department. I don't was thirty years ago and I know for some of you you're probably -- and talk about obamacare talk about -- ST I'm not doing that today. I've done that I don't feel like politics today. Because they are just too many other things sad and happy I wanna get cute today. But I don't now -- today to go by. Without paying tribute to and getting your phone calls on what happened thirty years ago today because you know it shows on the blizzard of 1977. If you will remember. Sometimes in July when I did the morning show just to be asked I would I would talk about blizzard stories on a day when it was ninety degrees outside. Because I like to be a little different in a little bit eccentric so I'd wait for a ninety degree day in July and I do -- show on the blizzard of 77. Because that's just the way -- operate. But this is 88 a serious program. Today I don't -- to be maudlin. But at the same time I also wanna pay tribute to those brave fallen firefighters. Some of -- the younger generation has no idea why they -- how they died in what happened all the those that thirty years ago some firefighters died. And they weren't just some firefighters. They were men with families with loved ones with children. And they paid the ultimate sacrifice. For other people. Which is the definition of hero they gonna take jacked up I know they get a -- I know they do but you know what the person like I get a paycheck and if this you know if it happened here. You know I suppose apparently would be pretty upset about it. Probably some people would enjoy it but if it happened you know my -- -- And I can't imagine what you guys were family members of those brave firefighters. Have been through in the last thirty years. And if again if you have it in you. I personally and I think my audience would like to know. If if our creator. And I do believe and a creator. I don't adhere to any religion but I believe any creator. I hope that the creator or god has given you comfort. And has made their sacrifice. Has given it some affirmative value in your life. I'd love to know you guys are doing thirty years later because this is. It's a benchmark anniversary of horrible horrible tragedy in our city. And -- to tell you something else. The tragedies in the buffalo fire department did not end with the two gentlemen who walked into the building who did not walk out because somebody wrote -- reported screams from the building. You remember the chlorine warehouse fire on Niagara street a couple of years ago. Your -- people calling and my show who had just driven through the cloud for a few seconds on the Niagara thruway. And said oh my god I could even breathe. I remember that vividly do you know that even today in 2013. There are buffalo firefighters who have never been the same did you know that. There are buffalo firefighters today with breathing issues with long issues from that -- they never ever ever recovered I don't know why that hasn't gotten coverage I don't know why there hasn't were in the news about that. But there are several buffalo firefighters who were badly. Respite or early injured in that chlorine -- And our member at the time when I was doing the show and people were calling them our members saying. You know if you wanna see the bravery of the buffalo fire department folks I sent him it was like one of those 85 or ninety degree humid days is that were called very hot. And they were where all their gear and when you -- that your use sweat like African -- because this heavy geared. And while everybody else was hacking cough and -- and driving through the cloud chlorine. Those guys were there on the job to make it short that is Brett and some of them have never been in the same sense. And -- at all. We have an obligation. Here -- gonna sell a flaming liberal. But I don't think this is really a liberal viewpoint. I think that we as a community have an obligation to make sure that those firefighters received a fair deal. That they get a fair break and that they get their health needs taken care of for the sacrifice of their loans in their breathing they made on that day. In fact let me -- election and a little inside story here I I mentioned the issues with that mr. Lombardo. And again I said something I was joking around. It was one of those light -- -- -- act and I said words to the effect of well you know. I can't gasoline and matches would take care of that at a house on your street. And people got wind of that -- and based it it turned into one of these top -- supports felony arson. Now anybody who's with that might show knows that I have long had respect for firefighters in people the emergency work. And that I was clearly being facetious and not serious in anyway but it became a political issue. And mr. Lombardo. Look out for his people I have no issue at at all that -- Up Lombardo. Which is up and he at a news conference thing I -- -- out of town. He was very pissed off me for what I said and I understand from where he was -- I'd want my -- to do the same thing. Long story short. Mr. Lombardo is eight I don't late for the break joke and I I don't really hear what will make it up somewhere. But because this is more important I you know it's it's it's got to be sick. So when mr. Lombardo -- the news conference. I did some research on and try to figure out OK it -- what is this guy all about to see some political act is he just -- a jerk here. What I found out about it was the man is highly respected and still years. In the firefighting community he has more accommodations. And awards than you can shake a stick at the man is a consummate professional. So he was simply looking out for the best interest of these people. And he did not find humorous when -- that. Whether he was egged on by politicians. I don't know but I understand where he was coming for a after the up fire on Niagara street. I wrote a letter. And he was he set of very nice response back to. And any issue I ever had with the buffalo fire department. It is long forgotten believe me it's long forgotten and I'm proud that some of the well known buffalo firefighters on the job now. Understand from where I was common and understand my respect for what they do. And this day thirty years away from the propane blast. I'm getting choked up just remembering that night and remembering the sacrifices. Of those men. Who will be commemorated this evening thirty years later. And I hope you'll forgive the length of this monologue I hope my boss will understand that the -- to this monologue had to be this way because. It could not be truncated it could that be abbreviated it had to be said all wants. And I know that might target audience. Most of my target audience remembers that night and I know that you buffalo firefighters remember that night especially if you on the job in 1983. I would really like to hear from you guys today. Let me give me the phone number so -- and stopped walking and you can start remembering because of -- go on and tell yourself that I can be an emotional guy. I will start crime it is it upsets me to this day. I'm just to civilians 8030930. Start at 3180616. WB Ian. We'll look. -- -- -- Yeah. -- Now. These guys were a bunch of Mexican Americans who started as a garage band that was there one big hit. And that was eight trade and said and saw. I mentioned Richie Valens. Last week and he was of course you know Obama I'm sure your voice in the movie. But we have had a a history from the West Coast in particular. Mexican American or Hispanic American rock and roll stars who never really got their full -- question mark in the experience one of them. In many years later after that song was hit. They had that a video and those guys still look pretty damn good considering his forty years activists on record at least. All right it is at 339 -- news -- 930 WB EN we are commemorating -- sad that moment in the history of buffalo. And thirty years ago today this that he lost five brave firefighters. And this starts the emotional trauma. The memories of that night are resonating loudly and clearly with many office in Western New York. And let's go to -- -- can more on WB and Larry thank you for remembering them your stories that day. Yes they do time I was looking for cable company cable scope -- expand hate that we can't happen beyond call. And at the let me in my life that we got home from shopping. Who lived in the -- delicate area got out of my truck and we felt the rumble like it was an earthquake. And -- ten minutes after that I was called I'm like this particular cable system was down and in that area in north division south division street. And and that conduct exit area to find out what's going -- and nice everything that was going on air after the explosion that happened. Can you tell me what you sought to the best of your recollection I think our audience that was not at ground zero would be interest. Well I saw the building that could be demolished. It was completely leveled one ladder truck. Was all destroyed the building on top of that the light on top -- still spinning when I was down there there was so a lot of police fire respondents ambulance. People and their houses had blown out windows some houses were actually actually spent the who you know -- from the explosion apparently bent over. And they were sitting on the -- is now leaving her out not. It. They're warm clothes and between the entire crew he had a heart attack compared to where we the Red Cross can be helped -- And that is just everything was just extraordinary look like a bomb had gone out and destroy the whole neighborhoods. Well exactly I mean that's what a bomb does have -- causes blast damage in shock wave damage in a propane tank is just you know another name for a bomb when it goes off. Oh yeah -- I mean that we just got -- could have done at the time we did at -- start. In OPEC and pick up then we would downer of an extended. Unfortunate that pictures of everything around though we -- down their -- and that in the daylight looked a lot worse is that it was incredible -- -- -- Getting the -- -- their turn. We went -- a -- -- partner and we went down there we just kind of like -- and -- -- You know we just. We wait and see you know we just saw a couple of fire up the vehicle one ladder truck was destroyed notre was destroyed also -- well. It was just something now I'll never forget it and when it was -- -- these thirtieth anniversary -- like. I got to try to go on and be governor half hour after it happened. Can you believe it's been thirty years because to me and and I think to use it seems like it was just yesterday and I think many of us are looking in the mirror today saying it. Was that really thirty years ago. It do you have any of those pictures and -- -- -- anyway you could scan them and send them to me sort of put him up on FaceBook. Yeah I -- and picked the way. If I have to do the -- up and I am not at all right now but I got to dig them out trying to find them. Well -- not too much of a pain in the gas I I would appreciate it and you know and I wanna do that for the younger generation that has no memory at all. Of the sacrifices of those five firefighters and -- two civilians who were just simply innocent bystanders as well now. Not implying that the firefighters were innocent please don't take it. No no no no I understand -- and gave it. You're gonna hurt anybody with on a personal and solid it was like it was like being in a war zone it's it's it was just like. I like it I didn't -- I just I had -- I took they knew the and so firefighters got. There -- ambulances down there and they probably put him in the ambulance and I'm like oh my god you gotta be kidding me. I am. So glad you called and you've painted a very vivid picture and I really wanna give these five. Firefighters who sacrificed their lives. Some commemoration today passed a ceremony that will get to -- coverage on the news. Because this -- this tragedy Larry. And you're alive you saw it I was working that night talking to people. Who'd been through similar experiences just after it happened after it realized Davis is really a big story can that was a stupid young broadcasters. But now I gotta tell you that. And them but you know -- a genuine guy and I'm getting choked up even remembering that night and thinking about the devastation. Of the families involved. Oh yeah it was it was if you were down -- I mean. You know it's just incredible effect that I was. 25 I believe. So like Greg I actually am a graduate categories also 77. I was has 45 this -- a school that is in Dublin. Well actually cables to open. About the little little motive trivia you were working at -- -- probably at the same time as I worked in the recording studio that did the cable scope jingle. Cables -- a more beautiful view of the world does that ring a bell. -- what are -- -- MBA. -- boy international hey thank you up for the call surround I'm happy to hear from you and and you know what on behalf of the buffalo fire department I'm not the spokesman obviously but. I know that every one of the men and women in that department appreciate your words. No problem how much how low look at those pictures and I can now turn them over. He got just this can't have them and I won't get them up on FaceBook and again I just wanna do that just to make sure they're in the record of history because someday a thousand years from now. Somebody can say wow that really happened and really was devastating. Thank you protocols -- Folks it has been thirty years since five below firefighters. Died in the line of duty now think about how upset we get when a police officer dies in the line of duty like for example the trooper a couple weeks ago. The guys who died at -- were in the training exercise those are tragedies. Fired at wants. Five firefighters that wants. In our generation because we came after the Cleveland he'll play. Some of you might remember the Pillsbury explosion. My apparently played a role -- that. -- -- a long time. 803 on my third start at 3180616. WB -- if you are family member of one of the fallen. And you feel up to calling. And you would like to. You'd like to tell us your story and remember your loved one. I would be honored to hear from -- Are really would be and one of the greatest. Feelings that I have in this world. Doing my job. Is affected so many of you trust me. And you know that when you call him you know we have this bond we have this connection. And I welcome your call. And I'm I'm proud of that connection. I don't think I can have that anywhere else but my home town itself real life there. Starlet thirty and 180616. WBE and I'm taking it. Time today I know -- couple days after Christmas and we are still in the technically the Christmas season. And I cannot let this -- go unmarked 803 old I'm thirty WB. And AccuWeather here's what we look at it right now partly cloudy and windy sky -- -- this -- be windy. That was my bad that bears it will be partly cloudy in the sky and it will be windy tonight the overnight low 28 but the temperatures actually gonna go up overnight. Tomorrow some sun it will be breezy and milder afternoon. And forty will be the -- so there will be good data clean up the pigs I call -- -- -- I've never had a house is messy and as organized as it is right now because I'm one guy and just too much in my life. I -- a personal assistant. I -- them area Filipino woman. That's what I that's what I ate and where it was racist. Now it really lots of our I didn't want the -- out all right it's at 32 -- news radio 930 WB. The end it would be Philippine not by the way. And the languages Tagalog I know that now. We're talking about via a serious thing and it happened thirty years ago. Your memories of what happened thirty years ago five buffalo firefighters died in the line of duty in an instant in a propane tank explosion that can best be described as a bomb blast. It really that's what it was that was the effect in two civilians -- one name. The firefighters and the civilians who died because they deserve more than just that five firefighters. Mike Austin. Mike Austin was one. -- -- Zorro. Was another one. Read -- felt was one -- if I'm not mistaken. -- had relatives in the fifties in the buffalo police department. If it's the same family of which I am thinking. The -- valves were. One of the guys who was a buffalo -- was actually burst on the scene win the gasoline barge ran in to the freighter right by we're the Coast Guard bases these days I think it's the same family. Mehdi -- points. And I hope you'll forgive the fact that I am not sure. About how to pronounce this -- last name it's polish usually a very good with polish names but. I'm gonna screw it up I apologize and hope somebody's gonna correctly. Tony. -- -- -- Was the fifth firefighter in if I'm saying it incorrectly please let me know how to say it. And the two civilians who died -- Alfred and Jesse Arnold. And it was horrible horrible tragedy. Let's get back to the calls here is Paul in Belmont on WB and hello Paul. I don't. It's called I was if they're building is leaving to work law. I was really. Maybe connector parts that are elevators to -- that it was shortly in the building over. Was renovating it. It and one over to look at -- pixel art -- an elevator. They don't walk in -- -- guys that were. Building opposite the -- a lot. And they did that -- keep in place. -- -- force on -- America. So retooled candidate. Electric. Space -- Then we went up but I am able to look -- parts of McCain picked out and the guy that was moving pretty typical -- -- that. It dumped over. He would and a link to -- marvelous. Oh lead in the building. And it's and I would -- they should change its value didn't actually you know just what to repeat year. Or so. -- -- the -- we just moved in and around the world to another -- Estrada to that they what -- call it what quote fit that bill but it will. Me and you didn't know that after he left the building you had no clue what was going on right after you left and I don't say that like an ass I'm just curious. No I didn't I didn't -- and so the next day. They were just moving senators wanted to -- what you see outside you know for. What I don't exactly what you're talking about and think I mean have you ever thought to yourself -- but for the grace of god -- -- Oh sure sure that I wrote it up I'm a little. You know but it was put it would structure and everything in there that's. One quick question I have for -- is what was the time interval between the time you left the building. And the time it blew up. I don't know exactly which I was there there was fiction -- Those -- -- probably inside certain you're so -- There -- little later met because I I remember exactly where was as at Niagara Falls boulevard in willow average. -- eggs that that was the exact place I was as it blew up. Thank you very much I'm so happened here from view and I'm glad you're you made it through -- thank you were remembering. Thirty years ago today. A very very dark day in the -- history of the buffalo fire department.

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