Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Remembering Radio Personality Dan Daniel (1934-2016)

I was at the Met game last night and as I was looking at my phone I saw the announcement that longtime radio personality Dan Daniel just passed away.  Over the years Dandy Dan Daniel (DDD) was one of my favorites.  Here are some notes about him:

  • He was a WMCA Good Guy in the 1960s and was on the air from 4 PM - 7 PM and played the Top 25 survey.  Wednesday was new survey day.  I believed he left the station a few years before it flipped to all talk in 1970
  • He had two  tenures at WHN when it was a country station
  • He was with WYNY when it was at 97.1 FM as an Adult Contemporary station in the 1980s.  He was doing morning drive for a while but the morons running WYNY dropped him for a couple of clowns named Harris and Harris.
  • He returned to WYNY when it was a country station at 103.5 FM.  He was there at the time the format and calls were changed to WKTU.
  • In 1996 he came to WCBS-FM and did fill in worked until Ron Lundy retired in 1997.  At that time he was on the air from 9 AM - 12 noon.  He stayed on that shift until the end of 2002.  For a few months in 2003 he did some weekend work at CBS-FM, but then retired.  He came back in July 2012 for the 40th anniversary of the oldies format.
I saw Dan a few times in person:
  • WMCA reunion at the Museum of TV and Radio now known as the Paley Center.
  • WYNY day at Shea Stadium in early 1983
  • He did one morning show at the Port Authority Bus Terminal.  I was working at NYPL at 5th Avenue and 42nd Street at the time.
  • He was the MC at a concert that WCBS-FM gave at the World Trade Center.
Below is a tribute produced by Radio's Best Friend Art Vuolo

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