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Buzz Kilman

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Buzz Kilman
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Kilman in 2008
Born (1944-08-19) August 19, 1944 (age 76)
Detroit, Michigan, United States
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Julian "Buzz" Kilman (born August 19, 1944) is an American, Chicago based, radio personality.

Radio career[edit]

He started in radio as the public service director for WBUS-FM, "The Magic Bus" in Miami Beach, Florida. Kilman remained there until station management discovered many of his late night interviews were spoofs. In 1974, he was at WSHE in Ft. Lauderdale, where he did morning news and a weekend public service talk show that had many comedic spoofs.

On April Fool's Day, 1980, he went to WLUP-FM in Chicago and did news for The Steve Dahl Show. After Dahl was fired in 1981, Kilman did news for a series of morning personalities until he teamed up with Jonathon Brandmeier in 1983 on WLUP. As newsman and sidekick, Kilman broadcast with Brandmeier for 14 years on the Loop and AM-1000. Buzz became the morning man at the Loop for one year when Brandmeier left the station during a contract dispute in 1997. Kilman moved to WCKG in January, 1999 to rejoin Brandmeier. Stalled contract negotiations between CBS and Brandmeier in January, 2001 caused Kilman to do the mid-day show alone, and thus the Temporary Buzz Kilman Show was born. Shortly thereafter, Wendy Snyder was brought on as a co-host for the now temporary-less Buzz Kilman Show. The show culminated with the "Blobus Festivus" outdoor music and variety show. On April 1, 2002, the duo moved to afternoons as sidekicks for the Steve Dahl show, replacing Joy Masada and Dave McBride. Wendy's contract was not renewed in the winter of 2007.

On November 5, 2007, Buzz followed Steve Dahl to WJMK as they became the new morning team.[1] This lasted until December 5, 2008 when Dahl announced the end of his show.[2][3]

As of September 6, 2012, Buzz is back on the air with Jonathon Brandmeier on WGN.[4]

Buzz has continued with Brandmeier, now on Westwood One's nationwide talk radio lineup on 100-plus affiliates, including airing on WLS-AM in Chicago.

Musical interests[edit]

When Kilman came to Chicago, he brought his harmonica and a predisposition to the blues. In 1988 he formed the All Bubba Blues Band and played around the area for the next five or six years until the band broke up in the mid 1990s. In 2001, he formed the Blues Rocket Scientists and continues to play.

Appearance in films[edit]

As a result of his friendship with director Jonathan Demme, Kilman has appeared in a number of bit parts in Demme's films. For instance, he played a paramedic in The Silence of the Lambs. In the scene where Hannibal Lecter, impersonating a wounded guard, is taken away to an ambulance, one paramedic can be heard referring to the other as "Buzz."

Year Title Role Notes
1986 Something Wild TV Newscaster
1988 Married to the Mob Ruthless Sniper
1991 The Silence of the Lambs EMS Driver
1993 Philadelphia Crutches
2004 The Manchurian Candidate The Guy with the Shades
2004 Outing Riley Uncredited

Drive-In Reviews[edit]

Always a movie fan and occasional critic, he and noted artist Tony Fitzpatrick did a weekly radio segment on WLUP called Drive In Reviews in which they coined the phrase "quality kill." In October 1993 they took the show to television for a two-season run on Comedy Central, during which they featured particularly gruesome film clips from their favorite horror movies.

Personal life[edit]

Kilman is widowed and resides in Chicago with his daughter, Piper. His wife Aimee died due to breast cancer on November 20, 2018.[5]


  1. The Steve Dahl Show on 104.3 JACK FM Archived 2005-11-25 at the Wayback Machine
  2. Rosenthal, Phil (2008-12-05). "Steve Dahl out at CBS' WJMK-FM". Chicago Tribune.
  3. "Steve Dahl Leaves JACK-FM Radio". 2008-12-05. Archived from the original on 2008-12-08.
  4. [1] Archived November 11, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  5. O'Donnell, Maureen (November 27, 2018). "Aimee Johnson-Kilman, massage therapist, wife of radio newsman, dead at 53". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved December 21, 2018.

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