Longtime print and broadcast journalist Bud Wilkinson is a native of Harwinton, CT. He is a graduate of Vermont Academy in Saxtons Rivers, VT and Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, OH where he earned a B.A. in journalism.
Early in his career he was a reporter and TV/Radio Writer for “The Columbus Dispatch” in Ohio. He then spent 10 years as TV/Radio Columnist for “The Arizona Republic” in Phoenix. That was followed by an eight-year stint as Entertainment Reporter/Critic-At-Large for KSAZ-TV/Fox 10 in Phoenix.
While at Channel 10, he covered Super Bowl XXX and the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. He also won a regional Emmy Award for commentary and a Scripps Howard National Journalism Award for a series on adult literacy.
During his years at Channel 10, he also served entertainment reporter for news/talk KTAR radio and as “off-ice” reporter for Phoenix Roadrunners’ International Hockey League telecasts on the regional ASPN sports network.
In 1997, Wilkinson launched the radio show “Broadway’s Biggest Hits,” which became nationally syndicated a year later. It aired nationwide on such stations as K-Surf in Los Angeles, KABL in San Francisco, KEZW in Denver, CKWW in Detroit, KOY in Phoenix, KIXI in Seattle and WOKY in Milwaukee. In Connecticut, it was carried by WDRC in Hartford, WQUN in Hamden and WINE in Brookfield.
For the past 17 years, he has written the monthly “RIDE-CT” motorcycle column for “The Republican-American” newspaper in Waterbury, CT. For the past six years, he has written the weekly “My Ride” classic car feature for the newspaper. He currently rides a 2014 Triumph Bonneville and a 1987 BMW R 80 RT and drives a 2010 Mazda Miata and 2008 Ford Ranger.
Among some of the other bikes that he’s owned in his 18 years of riding are a 2011 Moto Guzzi Norge, 2008 Suzuki V-Strom 650, 1994 Moto Guzzi California, 2003 Harley-Davidson V-Rod, a 1994 BMW R100RT, a 1974 Honda CB750 Four, 1999 Triumph Legend, a 1985 BMW K 100 RS, 2004 Triumph Sprint ST and a 1969 Triumph T100R Daytona.
Over the years, he has also freelanced for “Arizona Highways,” “Motorcycle Classics,” Arizona “Diamondbacks” magazine, “Arizona Golf Journal,” “Electronic Media” and “Variety.”