Friday, January 30, 2015

Bud Miller funeral February 5th 2015

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 program, 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.

Dave Stewart sends the following:

I forward this for your information since many of you knew or worked with Bud.

It is with regret that I share with you the news of the passing of Vincent “Bud” Miller.  Bud died peacefully in his sleep.

We are working to have an AFN representative attend the funeral next Thursday.

The funeral is set for Thursday, 5 February at 1400.  Bud's remains will be cremated and the urn
interred at the Using City Cemetery on that day.

The widow has asked that there be no flowers.  The attendance by a senior AFN Representative would
be a wonderful gesture to a Gentlemen that gave a large part of his life to the Network. Here is a
short bio that I sent to the AFN Group page yesterday.

"Bud was a legend in AFN history.  He started in military broadcasting with the Blue Danube Network
at war's end and served in the North Apennines and Po Valley Campaigns in Italy and Austria with a
Photo Squadron of the Army Air Corps.   Bud was discharged as a Sergeant in 1946 and started his
long civilian career with Armed Forces Radio serving first in the Blue Danube Network out of Linz
Austria and then with AFN Europe.

Bud was also a great COMREL conduit between the Americans and Germans.  He organized the annual
Fasching Club storming of AFN HQ during the Carnival season.  He also hosted a jazz program on
Hessischer Rundfunk for many years.

Bud served as the Station Manager for AFN Stuttgart before moving to take over the AFN Frankfurt
local affiliate."

Bud's widow is accepting condolences:

Jutta Miller

Beethoven Str. 4a
61250 Usingen, Germany

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