Buddy Diliberto was on the New Orleans media sports scene for almost half a century. A native of New Orleans, Buddy was a graduate of Jesuit High School and Loyola Univerisity, where he majored in journalism. He served in the U.S. Army from 1952-54 and was an Army correspondent for Stars and Stripes during the Korean War and earned the Purple Heart.
In 1998, Buddy was named the “Sportscaster of the Year from Louisiana” for the twelfth time by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. He was also named the “Sportswriter of the Year from Louisiana” in 1963, while working as the daily sports columnist for the Times-Picayune, which he did from 1951-1966. He joined WVUE (Channel 8) television in April 1966 and served as the sports director and nightly sports anchor until 1980.
In 1980, Buddy joined WDSU-TV as the sports director and sports anchor and served in that capacity for ten years. He was with WWL radio since 1991 and hosted a nightly talk show “Sportstalk.” He also had weekly football-season radio show with Coach Jim Haslett of the New Orleans Saints.
Buddy won numerous writing awards as a columnist for the Times-Picayune and wrote a weekly sports column for the Bayou Catholic (Houma) and a bi-monthly column in the Clarion Herald, the Catholic paper in New Orleans.
Buddy Diliberto died on January 7, 2005 at the age of 73.
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