Vincent “Bud” Miller was born on November 11, 1922 in Rochester (NY).
He was BDN’s oldest staff member – in terms of service with the network; he joined the station in 1945 while in the military stationed in Vienna. “I started on Aug. 16, 1945, in Vienna, then moved to Linz, then to Vienna and then to Salzburg and back to Vienna before returning to Salzburg. I married my wife in Salzburg in the Mirabell Castle and had the wedding party in Schloss Klessheim.”
Mr. Miller was not only program director of BDN and also hosted shows like “Doctor music”, “The judge is you”, but also worked as “Area Cmd. Sports Director” with BDN (successing Gar Fairbanks, who returned to the states in 1954). His extraordinary memory was (and is) legend – he could recall the results from sports events dating back about five years without any problems and also give the names of players.
Bud Miller also initiated “Luncheon Matinee” – a mid day request programme, which was also named „Noontime notes“
In 1955 Bud Miller moved to Germany and worked as program director of the Armed Forces Network in Frankfurt.
In 1980 Bud Miller gave a radio interview about his time with the Blue Danube Network. Here is the beginning of the interview with the unmistakable identification of “Record Shop” and the very last welcome of Bud Miller on the Blue Danube Network.
Shortly before his death, Bud Miller received a tribute from then US President Barack Obama – here is a link to a video (which his grandson gratefully provided on Facebook) with the tribute and a short interview with Bud Miller.
Bud Miller passed away on January 23, 2015