After morning drive, a lot of CBS material was still on the air
(Godfrey, Young Doctor Malone, Ma Perkins, etc.). Did you do much
cross-promoting of the other local personalities?
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?
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.
Charlie 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