John Waugh, Baritone

     John is the founding member of Broadcast, having put the quartet together initially in 2002. He also has arranged many of the songs now sung by the quartet. Since then, he’s outlasted four basses, three tenors, and two leads. He has been singing barbershop since 1972 when he joined a quartet in Seattle. He was asked to join the group when he was “discovered” performing Mr. Bumble in the musical “Oliver.” 

     Before that John had a 37-year career as a singer/dancer. He was a child cast member of the original movie Music Man and has performed on stage throughout Europe and The United States. 

      Since then he’s always sung in a quartet. His love for barbershop is exemplified by having been founding member of five different choruses in Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Nevada. Before the Las Vegas Silver Statesmen was formed in 2013, he directed the Las Vegas Gamble-Aires for many years and was selected as  Director Emeritus. He is a founding member of the Society for the Preservation and Propagation of Barbershop Quartet Singing in the United States and a member of the Barbershop Quartet Preservation Association.H

     John, served with the United States Marine Corp in Vietnam achieving the rank as Corporal (E-4). Before retiring, he was a music educator in Pahrump for a number of years. He and his wife Phyllis have been married 25 years.

Rick Ives, Lead

     Rick’s barbershop “career” extends more than 45 years, having joined the Las Vegas Gamble’Aires in 1973 as a tenor. Like most young “boys” he underwent a voice change at the (age of about 35) to lead sometime while singing with one of the following quartets: “Silver Sound,” “The Golden Nuggets,” “Glitter Gulch Hamony Works,” “Gaslamp Revival”, “Once Upon A Time,” “Review,” Desert Sons,” "Entertainment Section" and “The Four Suits.” He’s been singing lead with "Broadcast" for nearly 10 years. He is a Founding member of the Society for the Preservation of Barbershop Quartet Singing in  the United States and a member the Barbershop Quartet Preservation  Associaton.

     A long-time resident of the Las Vegas Valley, he graduated from Basic High School in 1965. He is a graduate of University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a degree in accounting and management, in 1972. He served in the United States Navy on the USS Oklahoma from 1966 until 1970, having serviced on the USS Oklahoma City. 

     His work experience is as varied as is his quartet experience. He recalls shoveling cow poop, pitching watermelons, serving as a general worker for the City of Henderson engineering department, driving a Zamboni, working as a banker, and an accountant for a public utility. He finally settled in a position with the State of Nevada (27 years) as a manager for the Business Enterprise Program for the Blind, training and mentoring blind people to run their own small businesses.

     He and his wife of 41 years, Joan, have two sons and three grandchildren.

Dave Kennedy, Bass

     Dave was born long, long, ago (1940) in a place far, far away,  Warren Ohio, which makes him the oldest member of the quartet. His mother was a piano teacher and his father a violinist, which gave him a musical background that greatly influenced  his life. His family moved to Yerington, NV in 1954, and he has lived in Nevada ever since. After graduating from high school, he joined the U. S. Air Force, serving four years in an Air Force Band playing bassoon in the concert band and saxophone in the marching band. It was during that time he met and married his wife, Rae. After the Air Force, the couple settled in Yerington and in 1964, their daughter Laura was born.

     In 1967 he started college at the University of Nevada, Reno under the GI Bill as a “Cold War” Veteran. He graduated in 1971, earning a BS in secondary education with a major in math and a minor in physics. With teaching jobs scarce, he took a job with a bank and transferred to Las Vegas in 1973.  

     He left the bank in 1974 and worked in casinos until leaving that life to work in a drug store in 1977. That job lasted 30 years, while the name of the store went from Skaggs to Osco to Sav-On and finally CVS. In September of 2007 Rae became very ill and passed away  the following November. They were  married more than 45 years. Dave soon retired and has continued to enjoy six Saturdays a week ever since.

     During his adult life he's had several hobbies, having studied art, painting in several mediums and sculpture. He has dabbled in creative writing and done some woodworking and computer programming. In 1999 he joined the Las Vegas Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society and soon became a member of a several quartets including Broadcast. He started singing baritone but switched to bass sometime around 2010. 

     Despite the fact that he has a pace maker implant, and that he is a prostate cancer survivor, he considers himself quite healthy.

Roger Buehrer, Tenor

     Roger is the newest member of the quartet, having been with Broadcast since 2012, but he’s been singing barbershop since 7th grade (1957). (You can do the math.) He joined the  Las Vegas Gamble-Aires chorus in 1985 and the Las Vegas Silver Statesmen when the chorus was formed in 2011.

     Broadcast is his fifth quartet since moving to Las Vegas: He was the baritone for “Draw Four,” and “Hooked On Harmony,” switching to tenor for “Double Down,” and “Older ‘N Dirt.” 

     Originally, he called home Pandora, Ohio. He received a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University (Ohio), and master’s degree in Communications from American University (Washington, D.C.).

He taught high school English, and served as the city editor for a small daily newspaper before moving into public relations for Toledo Edison Co. (7 years), Southwest Gas Corporation (22 years), and Las Vegas Valley Water District, (nine years). 

His barbershop hobby activities are numerous: Chapter president, two terms, Vice President, Public Relations, Barbershopper of the Year, Director’s Award, and President’s Award. I is a charter member of the Society for the Preservation and Propagation of Barbershop 'quartet Singing in the United States, and the Barbershop Quartet Preservation Association.

     Roger has a passion for giving back to the community, having served on the following boards: President, American Red Cross two terms and a 17-year volunteer; Family and Child Treatment Center; Area Health Education Commission; Girl Scouts; LVMPD Use of Force Board and the RTC Bus Shelter Advisory Committee, and several service clubs. He has been a member of the Public Relations Society of America since 1978 and was elected to its College of Fellows in 2000.

     He and his wife Lana have been married 45 years, and they have two grown sons.