A: We preceded
Arthur Godfrey on the air. Eddie did a great Godfrey impression,
so we often had him on, doing silly stuff before we signed off.
Sometimes we'd fake a phone call and Eddie would imitate Godfrey
sounding temperamental, mean and nasty, bawling us out for something.
Then Godfrey would sign on, laughing and charming.
What was the music presentation like? Formatically, how much emphasis
on the Top 10 (or 20 or 30) was there? Was the station called "The
Big D" yet?
A: While we
were there, WDRC initiated the Swinging Sixty Survey and
began to include some new music, but didn't ballyhoo the upcoming
dumping of CBS and format change. I don't recall them printing any
surveys at the time. I do recall everyone at the station being extremely
excited about us playing, "Good Timing", by Jimmy Jones. At first,
Eddie and I programmed our own music, but when we played, "Praise
The Lord And Pass The Ammunition," a World War II standard, Charlie
Parker nearly drove his car off the Merritt Parkway and had Bertha
Tell me what you remember about Charlie Parker.
Parker was a good guy, who never critiqued our comedy and praised
us a lot. Never any pressure, but lots of one-on-one, post show
meetings in his office. He was always open to our goofy publicity
stunts and promotions. Charlie worked tirelessly on my pronunciation
of several words. To this day, I think of him whenever I utter the
word, "sale." He never grew tired of saying, "Pronounce it as if
it's spelled "S-A-Y-L-E" Ken." He even said it one morning when
we crossed paths in the men's room. In the late 60's I ran into
Charlie and Bertha in Chicago, at a Gavin convention and we had
some laughs talking about the early days.