December 2, 1923|
Newark, New Jersey
|Died||March 11, 2011(aged 87)|
|Show||Big Band Sounds|
|Time slot||Saturdays 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.|
|Show||The Danny Stiles Show|
|Time slot||Weekdays 10 p.m. to 12 a.m.|
Danny Stiles (December 2, 1923 – March 11, 2011) was a radio personality at WNYC, WNSW, WJDM and WPAT in the New York City market. He worked on the radio for 63 years in the New York City area, up to the time of his death.
Danny Stiles was born and grew up in Newark and Linden, New Jersey, during The Great Depression. After graduating from high school in 1941, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy after the Bombing of Pearl Harbor. After being honorably discharged due to an injured hip, Stiles went to college and held several jobs before starting his radio career.
Stiles's first radio job was at WHBI in Newark on December 2, 1947, buying the air time for $65 a week. His career took him to WHOL in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and stations in New Jersey before returning to Newark on WNJR (AM) as the "Kat Man." At WNJR, Danny met a young Brooklyn native who worked as a gofer, Robert Smith, who would later move to the border blaster XERB-AM and broadcast as Wolfman Jack.
Stiles, who called himself The Vicar of Vintage Vinyl, had a loyal fan following and a distinctive radio presence. Immediately prior to his death, Danny was heard on four stations in Metro New York, as well as streaming 24-hours-a-day on the Internet. The broadcast material came largely from his personal collection of over 250,000 albums, many in their original 78 rpm format.
Stiles died on March 11, 2011, when he was also being heard on WRCA, AM 1330 serving Metropolitan Boston, Massachusetts.
Danny Stiles continues to be heard on the airwaves, with vintage shows aired Saturday nights at 8pm Eastern time on WNYC AM 820, and his website dannystiles.com offers a stream of archived shows.