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Local DJ Celebrates 30 Years On-Air

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By Jennifer Weber

Howard Boundy is your typical Western New York resident who loves the Buffalo Sabres hockey, Buffalo Bills football, local auto racing, attending car shows and camping.

For the last 30 years, Boundy has been a staple of the Springville Area community, working not only at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, where he met his wife Vivian, but also as the owner of the Boundy NASCAR Racing Museum and a photographer at Holland Speedway.

Oh and in his spare time? He’s celebrating his 30th anniversary working for WSPQ AM Classic Hits 1330.

WSPQ plays the “Greatest Music Ever Made” and includes NASCAR Racing, Buffalo Bills football and local high school sports programming. It’s the only station that reaches the multiple counties within the Southtowns and Southern Tier of Western New York.

Boundy got his start in radio in 1986 by being in the right place at the right time. “I was working for a doctor who was the landlord for the radio station when it was back on Franklin Street,” said Boundy. “He needed someone to work the boards at the radio station; I was available and that’s how I started.”

In the beginning of his tenure at WSPQ, Boundy worked at the station every Sunday evening for two hours and would play 33 1/3 records of Dr. Demento for an hour, followed by the Weekly Top Ten and music by Weird Al Yankovick. “Yeah, that didn’t last too long,” he said, chuckling.

Later he would cover the local high school sports play by play and the Buffalo Sabres, Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Bisons, NY Mets and NASCAR racing, and read the local news. “There were some times I read the same line twice, but for the most part, nothing crazy has ever happened on air.”

A lot has changed in radio since Boundy started. “I’ve seen it all, 8 tracks, 45 records, you name it,” said Boundy. “The one thing that never changes is you have to look to the future.  There’s never blank air; you always are looking ahead.”

The radio station is currently building up their presence on social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, keeping in line with the changes that other media outlets have been exploring over the years. It’s not just radio anymore.

Boundy doesn’t anticipate leaving the radio station (or any of this other jobs in the community) any time soon. He enjoys doing the work, can do it well and sees himself there “until they fire me.” And we all know that’s not going to happen after 30 years of dedication.

For more information about WSPQ AM Classic Hits 1330, please visit www.wspq1330.com.

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