There are few people who truly inspired me as a young kid growing up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Then one day I turned on the television and found that inspiration. His name was Ed Buggs.
If you grew up in Baton Rouge in the 80’s he was the most prominent and #1 anchorman in town at WBRZ TV2. Ed was the man!
When I was a teenager doing my thing at the competition (WAFB) he wrote congratulating me for getting such an start in the broadcasting field.
As recent as March 2010 he became a friend of Facebook and wrote me this brief note:
Isiah Hey Ed…my hero from Baton Rouge!
Ed Buggs March 11 at 5:55pm
Boy, where are you? With your talent, there is no telling.
Remember this, “Stay humble and stay hungry” and you will go far.
Peace be with you.
I’d actually ran out of space for friends on my FB page but I decided to dump someone to make sure Ed got in.
My friends from Baton Rouge say Ed likely died from a heart attack.
He’d gone from television news to talk show host. He was also at one point simulcasting his popular radio show on television as well in Baton Rouge. He was always a success as a journalist.
Ed is survived by several of his family members including his wife Debbie and brother Clarence Buggs who I worked with in radio for several years.
I wish the Buggs family the very best in these very trying times. Mr. Buggs you will be missed and you inspired at least one. Ed was 55!