Dan Daniel (radio personality)

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Dandy Dan Daniel
Dandy Dan Daniel.jpg
Brooadcasting as a Good Guy at WMCA
Born Vergil Glynn Daniel
(1934-12-18)December 18, 1934
Buffalo, Texas
Died June 21, 2016(2016-06-21) (aged 81)
Larchmont, New York
Cause of death Complications following a fall
Nationality US
Years active 1951–2002
Employer Armed Forces Radio, KXYZ, WDGY, WMCA, NBC, WHN, WYNY-FM ABC, CBS
Known for Radio and TV presenting
Spouse(s)
Rosemary Bialon (m. 1959)
Children Chris, Paul, Jennifer

Vergil Glynn "Dan" Daniel (December 18, 1934[1] – June 21, 2016) was an American radio disc jockey, known on the air as Dandy Dan Daniel and Triple-D.

Career[edit]

Daniel started as a disc jockey at age seventeen on Armed Forces Radio with the US Navy. His first commercial job was at KXYZ in Houston in 1955 and he then worked at WDGY in Minneapolis before moving to WMCA in 1961.[2][3]

His first broadcast at WMCA was on August 18, 1961. He started on the graveyard shift overnight but from 1962 to 1968 he played the top 40 hits from 4 pm to 7 pm — the evening drive home slot.[4] The station produced a survey of the current sales in New York record stores and Dandy Dan gave the countdown of the week's best sellers every Wednesday in this late afternoon slot.[5] In 1966, he participated in a tour of Africa to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Peace Corps.[4] Then, from 1968 to 1970, he did the early morning drive-to-work slot before leaving WMCA after nearly nine years; his final broadcast was on July 11, 1970.[6]

Daniel was heard coast-to-coast on NBC Radio's Monitor in the summer of 1973 and was the announcer on the 1974–1975 game show The Big Showdown. He subsequently worked on WYNY-FM where he hosted the mid-day slot[7] and later morning and afternoon drives. He then did a stint at WHN playing country music before returning to WYNY-FM. Finally, he moved to WCBS-FM in 1996.[8] He retired from WCBS on December 31, 2002.[9]

Style[edit]

Daniel was one of the personalities promoted as the "Good Guys" while working for the New York Top 40 radio station WMCA in the 1960s, when bands like The Beatles were transforming the music scene.[10] He performed too and was the first to record the song "Is That All There Is?"[11][12] He was tall –6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)— and so his theme tune was "Big Boss Man", as performed by Charlie Rich. One of his catchphrases was "I love you ... and especially you, size nine."[13][2] "Size nine" was once revealed to be his wife, Rosemary.[8]

One technique used by Daniel was to research his audience.[14] He felt that it was important to communicate in a personal way with them:[2]

A deejay can be excited, use sound effects, voices, whatever. But when you talk to people, you've got to relate to them ... I make it a point to spend time with the average type of people to learn more about them ... to improve myself.

— Dan Daniel

Death[edit]

Daniel died on June 21, 2016 after falling in his home the previous day. He was 81.[15][16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Slotnik, Daniel E. (June 23, 2016). "Dan Daniel, AM Radio D.J. and One of the Good Guys, Dies at 81". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ a b c "WMCA's Daniels Plugs Insecurity", Billboard: 24, 28, June 10, 1967 
  3. ^ Stephen Warley (2006), Serving their communities: 50 years of the New York State Broadcasters Association, Fordham University Press, p. 150, ISBN 978-0-9776117-0-6 
  4. ^ a b "Dandy Dan in Africa", The New Yorker, 42: 38, 1966 
  5. ^ Allan Sniffen, History of WMCA's Good Guys 
  6. ^ Greg Lance; Bob Gale, The WMCA Air Staff Time Line 
  7. ^ The Music Journal, 38: 50, 1980  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ a b Allan Sniffen, The Individual Good Guys 
  9. ^ "Inner Tube - New York Daily News". Articles.nydailynews.com. 2002-12-20. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  10. ^ Jim Shepard (2010), "Get away from me", Brothers, John Wiley & Sons, p. 157, ISBN 978-0-470-59964-8 
  11. ^ "A relative matter for the Daniels", South Florida Sun, October 21, 1990 
  12. ^ "Some voices can change your life", The Record, May 27, 2005 
  13. ^ Gil Faggen (May 16, 1964), "Vox Jox", Billboard 
  14. ^ Claude and Barbara Hall (1977), "Research", This business of radio programming, ISBN 978-0-8230-7760-1 
  15. ^ http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2016/06/21/dan-daniel-dies/
  16. ^ http://www.adweek.com/fishbowlny/rip-dandy-dan-daniel/378716

External links[edit]

  • Music Radio 77 — numerous excerpts of Dandy Dan and the other Good Guys broadcasting on WMCA.
  • Reel Radio — an 18-minute excerpt of Dandy Dan broadcasting on WMCA on April 22, 1963.