Thursday, April 17, 2008

Buddy Rubbish Dead at 57

Just heard this bit of bad news from Brian Anastasi:
Western Mass. radio legend "Buddy Rubbish", whose real name was Louis
Roscher, passed away last Friday night, April 11th. He died of a brain
aneurysm at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. Buddy was best
known for hosting "The Oldy Show" on WRSI-FM, back in the days when
it was at 95.3 FM and had studios over the Rite Aid drug store in

Every Friday and Saturday night, Buddy and his friend "Bobby Darling",
whose real name is Joe Leda, would get to the station an hour before
the show began and spend the hour writing comedy routines.

Once the show started, people who were downtown could pull into the
alleyway next to the drug store, which he called "Memory Lane", and
honk their horns. Bobby would hang a mic down to the people who got
out of their vehicles and interview them on the air and play their
request. He would also give them free 45's by tossing them out the

I (in the persona of Mal Thursday) had the difficult task of stepping
into Buddy's shoes as host of "The Oldy Show" on WRSI from 1990 to 1993,
I carried on the tradition of Memory Lane and personality-driven
rock n' roll
radio. I later worked with Buddy on several of the annual
"Transperformance" concerts at Look Park in Northampton.

Buddy later went on to be the morning host at WRNX-FM back when it was
in Amherst. In fact, he was that station's first morning host when it
first signed on the air. Buddy later went on to be the morning host at
WPVQ-FM in Turner's Falls.

Louis Roscher was born in Long Island, New York in 1952, and moved to
the Pioneer Valley in the late 1970s. He was divorced and leaves behind
two young children. Although no formal funeral service is planned, a
celebration of his life is planned for Sunday, May 18th, probably at the
Northampton Center for the Arts.

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