For 28 years Michael Buckley created and produced a unique, weekly multi-disciplinary radio show at WRNR-FM in Maryland. The Sunday Brunch was a mix of folk, jazz, bluegrass, rock, world music and classical music, with artist interviews and live performances with world-class musicians and artists (including Emmylou Harris, Peter Rowan, Rhonda Vincent, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, and Del McCoury).
Now Michael brings his singular talents to Bluegrass Country with a new show, Americana Voices, every Saturday afternoon from 2 to 4 eastern time.
Michael Buckley has devoted much of his life to preserving and presenting the oral history of the Chesapeake Bay. He is founder, editor, writer and host of Voices of the Chesapeake, an epic radio series of interviews that entertain and edify, enchant and illuminate life on the Bay. He recorded about 700 interviews over two decades for the project, produced the CD Songs of the Chesapeake Bay and published a book with 53 interviews and photos. Soon the Voices project interviews will be housed and preserved with the Special Collections at the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis. You can listen to many of the interviews online at voicesofthechesapeakebay.net.
From 2008 to 2020, Micheal was oral historian and program manager for the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College in Chestertown, MD. Buckley coordinated public and educational programs for the Starr Center, including American Pictures, a partnership between the Starr Center, the National Portrait Gallery, and Smithsonian American Art Museum.
He produced an annual Riverfront Concert Series, coordinated week-long teacher training summer bus tours, coordinated weeklong Sultana historic ship excursions each year for incoming students, and recorded over 30 interviews for a Smithsonian Institution Museum On Mainstreet program.
Michael got his start in the DC area as big top muscle and soapbox barker for Cirque du Soliel, and as music store manager for Borders Books & Music flagship store (60,000 CD titles), and as retailer at Planet Music Baltimore/Memphis (100,000 titles).