Bill Buckmaster, host of the Buckmaster Show on KVOI AM 1030 radio, announced that he will not take any political advertising on his show as the campaign season heats up in Tucson.

Buckmaster, who was host of KUAT’s “Arizona Illustrated” for 23 years, returned to his roots in radio in January at KJLL in Tucson. He moved to KVOI in June, where he hosts an hourlong interview-based show at noon. The show reaches eight counties in Arizona, and into New Mexico.

Buckmaster said he made the decision after he was approached by candidates for Tucson’s Nov. 8 general election. He said he will continue to interview candidates from all parties but won’t air political commercials.

“We allow our listeners to make their own decisions and try very hard not to influence them in any way,” he said in a press release. “To my knowledge, no other commercial radio show has ever refused to air political ads.”

Fill the Boot for muscular dystrophy

The Green Valley Firefighters Association Local 4125 has launched its Fill the Boot campaign to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Members will be out with boots in hand every Friday in August at the Safeway on Continental Road from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Saturdays, GVFFA members will be at the Safeway on Duval Mine Road from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Donors can also stop by one of the five GVFD Stations or at the GVFD administration building, 1285 W. Camino Encanto.

The association will also host its Annual Restaurant Day, Aug. 25 from 6 a.m. to close at Arizona Family Restaurant, 80 W. Esperanza Blvd. All tips and donations go to MDA. 

  Stephen Lane, Green Valley Fire District engineer/EMT is this year’s MDA coordinator for the group. Since 2001, the GVFFA has raised $30,015 for MDA and Jerry’s Kids. This year’s goal is $7,500.

Fill the Boot is a firefighter tradition and last year $27.6 million was raised by these boot drives and more than $450 million since 1954. Firefighters are MDA’s number one national sponsor.