Danny Neaverth

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Dan "Danny" Neaverth (born May 11, 1938[1]) is an American disc jockey and television personality from Buffalo, New York. He is best known for a run of over 40 years as a morning disc jockey in Buffalo, including 25 years at heritage top-40 and oldies station WKBW/WWKB and another 15 years at oldies/classic hits WHTT-FM.

Radio career[edit]

Neaverth was personally trained in the art of broadcasting by Jack Curran of Syracuse, New York and did not attend college. (As a running gag, Neaverth often claims he "went to Syracuse" when asked about his education.) began his career at WFRM in Coudersport, Pennsylvania in 1957, where he served as afternoon jock.[2] In 1959, he went to WDOE and then on to WBNY in Buffalo, the city's first rock and roll station. By 1961, WKBW had lured him to host the afternoon drive time slot, but very shortly he would become the station's morning host. Becoming known for the tagline "Danny moves your fanny in the morning!" and the catch phrase "I got up early so I could be the first kid on the block to say good morning to you" among many others, Neaverth spent 26 years at WKBW through top 40, adult contemporary and oldies formats before an ownership change and a format change to talk radio led to his termination in the late 1980s. During his time in Buffalo, he co-recorded a comedy record, "Rats in my Room" (an expanded and rearranged cover of a Leona Anderson song) along with fellow WKBW jock Joey Reynolds, that was a regional hit, in 1963.

Neaverth, on behalf of WKBW, was offered the chance to bring The Beatles to Buffalo Memorial Auditorium on February 10, 1964 the day after the band had appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show. It would have been the Beatles' first concert in North America. Neaverth, not willing to risk the $3500 appearance fee for a Monday night concert in the poor February weather for an unproven band he did not expect to sell out the auditorium declined the offer. It was not until after Beatlemania swept the nation that Neaverth acknowledged that his move was a mistake as the city would never again have the opportunity to bring the Beatles to Buffalo and it would be over five decades before Beatles co-founder Paul McCartney would perform in the city.[3]

His absence from radio in the late 1980s was short-lived, as he would quickly find his way to WHTT-FM, which was launching an oldies format of its own. Neaverth spent another decade at WHTT, again as morning jock, until being dismissed in a cost-cutting move in 2002. Shortly thereafter, he came out of retirement for another three year stretch at a revived "WKBW," where he (along with the oldies format in general) quadrupled the station's Arbitron ratings.[4] After three years, WWKB's owner decided to pull the plug on oldies again, and Neaverth spent the next decade in semi-retirement.

On May 4, 2017, Neaverth was added to the airstaff at WECK, hosting a weekly oldies program on Friday afternoons.[5]

Neaverth is a member of the Buffalo Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame and the New York State Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame.

Other appearances[edit]

Neaverth also had a very long run as the public address announcer for the Buffalo Bills for 13 years.[6] He also served as the public address announcer for the Buffalo Braves throughout the team's existence.

Neaverth has also been seen frequently on television. Neaverth, while still doing disc jockey work at WKBW, also served as noon weatherman for sister station WKBW-TV, despite taking all the forecasts from Accuweather and admittedly not knowing at all what he was doing. Later, in the 1980s, Neaverth moved to WGRZ-TV and hosted the talk show Nearly Noon with Dan Neaverth, and in 2016, he began producing a series of segments called I've Been Thinking for WBBZ-TV.[7]

Neaverth can also occasionally be seen hosting infomercials and commercials.

Personal life[edit]

Neaverth, who originally came from South Buffalo, resides in Orchard Park, New York. His wife of 59 years, the former Marie Seifert, died August 17, 2017.[8] Two of his four sons, Dan Jr. and Darren, have also worked in the radio industry (David and Dean did not); Dan Jr. was also a fire chief for Orchard Park.[9] Neaverth is a registered Democrat[10] but also identifies as a regular listener to conservative talk radio shows on WBEN.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Happy Birthday, Danny!
  2. ^ Neaverth traces radio career from Coudersport to Hall of Fame. Olean Times Herald. 21 July 2007.
  3. ^ Brown, Scott (February 8, 2012). The Beatles in Buffalo? It almost happened!. WGRZ. Retrieved February 9, 2012.
  4. ^ Violanti, Anthony. War coverage gives WBEN a boost. The Buffalo News. 30 January 2003. "WWKB-AM 1520 had a positive response for its return to an oldies format. The station tripled its overall rating to a 1.5 from a .5. Dan Neaverth was the big reason for KB's rise. The veteran local broadcaster, who had been off the air for almost a year, posted a 2.0 morning rating, up from KB's .5 in the last book. Although those numbers are low, they are the best for KB in recent memory."
  5. ^ Fink, James (May 4, 2017). FCC approves WECK sale; Danny Neaverth coming back. Business First. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  6. ^ Radder, Joseph. Buffalo Wouldn't Be the Same Without Dan Neaverth. Living Prime Time. January 2004.
  7. ^ I've Been Thinking with Danny Neaverth Promo. WBBZ-TV official YouTube account. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
  8. ^ http://buffalonews.com/2017/08/20/marie-neaverth/
  9. ^ Arena, Joe (2011-05-03). Is lightweight construction dangerous? WIVB-TV. Retrieved 2011-05-03.
  10. ^ Spina, Matthew (November 5, 2011). Neaverth says politics by Collins cost him emergency services job. The Buffalo News. Retrieved November 4, 2011.
  11. ^ Kwiatkowski, Jane (January 24, 2016). Retirement doesn't seem to slow Dan Neaverth down. The Buffalo News. Retrieved January 25, 2016.

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