IT'S JUST ANOTHER DAY

A blog about a life awakened and rejuvenated around Western New York.


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BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF… DAN NEAVERTH

You talk Buffalo radio, and the talk will invariably turn to the legendary Dan Neaverth.

Neaverth began his career in Coudersport, Pennsylvania in 1957, a relatively short distance away from his South Buffalo roots to span a sixty year career for the radio veteran. In the early 60’s, WKBW (1520) had lured him to host the afternoon slot, and to eventually become the morning host. Danny enjoyed “looking at you through the hole in the record”, “moving your fanny in the morning” and “getting up early to be the first kid on the block to say good morning” to his listeners. Neaverth spent 26 years at WKBW until a format change to talk radio led to his termination by the late 1980s.

In an interesting sidebar, as a surrogate for WKBW, Neaverth had the chance to bring The Beatles to Buffalo on February 10, 1964, the day after their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. It would have been the Beatles’ first concert in North America. Danny did not think it wise to risk the $3500 appearance fee for the then “little known” band and declined the offer. Neaverth would later admit that his move was a mistake.

He moved his talents to WHTT on the FM dial for another long stint, until the economic side of things force Danny off the airwaves again. He had come out of retirement as a part of the revival “WKBW,” but after three years, WWKB’s owner ditched the oldies format again, and Neaverth became “semi-retired”.

Earlier in 2017, it was announced that Neaverth was being brought aboard as an on-air personality at “Buffalo’s Very Own” WECK (1230), hosting a Friday afternoon (3 – 7 PM) oldies program.

Neaverth is a member of the Buffalo Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame and the New York State Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. It will be good to hear his familiar voice again.

 


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A FAIR TO GREAT DAY

Erie County Fair

Erie County Fair

Some days are better than others. Today was a better day than most. First, it’s County Fair time in Erie County (Western New York). It still holds an allure all these years even though so much has changed. After 175 years, it sure as hell better have. I’ve always enjoyed the exhibits (and the food) and told myself I would enter SOMETHING at the fair to see how I’d…well, fare. My daughter Andrea has enter photographs in competition and did earn an Honorable Mention ribbon. I figured I’d join her this year. This year, Andrea entered a rather colorful photograph of Niagara Falls, She also experimented with an abstract black and white shot with some interesting colorations incorporated. Her Niagara Falls picture took Second Place in her category. NiagaraFalls2nd I had placed my shots in a “Floral” category and one in “Informal Portrait” The “Floral” entry was the photo of my tea rose with its glowing center and pink highlighted edges. It was taken in series – a daily progression of its growth through the course of a week. From an opening bud to this magnificent bloom the series is capped nicely by this final shot. This earned a Second Place finish as well. TeaRose2nd   The “Informal Portrait” was my photograph of original Beatles drummer Pete Best. He was headlining a show with his Pete Best Band. I had captured this pic up close during his performance and had the opportunity to chat briefly with “The Best of the Beatles”. By my calculations, that’s one degree of separation from John Lennon and I think that is way cool. The Pest Best portrait earned me an Honorable Mention ribbon. All-in-all, a good haul.

PeteBestHM

I’m looking forward to the 176th edition of the Erie County Fair. If I can find the right subject, I’ll try it again. It was a fair to great day.


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GROWING UP TO BE A K-BIG KID…

I was born a bit too late. I missed its inception and hung on every word and lyric of its heyday. Those who know me, know music is a big part of my life. For those who don’t know me, music is a big part of my life. You might say that back then music was a K-Big part of my life. I , like many youngsters of their day grew up listening to WKBW-AM 1520. “KB” was the 50,000 watt blowtorch that lit up the airwaves of Buffalo. On a clear night, the signal could be heard up and down the eastern seaboard and into Canada.

The music could have been heard anywhere along the dial, but the personalities that performed their magic at KB were as much the reason to listen .  The likes of Joey Reynolds, Dan Neaverth, Sandy Beach, Brother Shane,  Jackson Armstrong  were extraordinary talents, and the booming voice of then PD the late, great Jefferson Kaye , were well worth the trouble.

And highlights such as the KB Radio’s re-creation of H. G. Wells “War of the Worlds” (Based completely on Buffalo locations) and “Paul McCartney is Alive and Well… Maybe!” became must listen to features year after year at Halloween time.

My biggest (K-Biggest) complaint about radio these days is the lack of personality on radio. Everything is so sterile and that is the saddest commentary on our time. With even FM radio being more pre-programmed, the sound becomes a bastardization of what was once good.

I could listen to the music anywhere (on my computer, on my iTouch/iPhone). But I miss the humanity of a familiar voice you could grow to love.

Growing up a K-Big kid with 1520 was a rewarding  thing. I miss KB. (And all other radio that was once good!)

For more info and photos about WKBW-AM 1520, click HERE.


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IN THE BEGINNING…

So I begin today. May 1st, 2013.

It’s a bright and sunny day in Orchard Park NY. Mid-to-high seventies and a slight breeze. A beautiful day…

Why I decided to blog/journal is beyond my comprehension. It just felt sort of… right; a set of sympathetic (some will say pathetic) ears to “hear” these rants or offer the chance to comment in my own words (hopefully neither poetically or to read like a novella).

Why today? Today is just when the spirit moved me. The design may be altered from time to time… until I find a look that feels right for this resting place. But the content here will be purely me. (He said, as they all rush for the locked exits!)

This design displayed is called “Yoko” which is rather fitting and quite telling. I have been, I am and I will always remain a Beatles fanatic. (I flip-flop my favoritism between John and Paul, but the Yoko connection still fits either way.)

Also rather cryptic is the Beatles influence expressed in the title of my journal – “It’s Just Another Day!” And in as such, special days will be highlighted as “A DAY IN THE LIFE”, reminiscences will be labeled “YESTERDAY” and of course things of a wishful and curious nature fall into the “TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS” vein.

So since I have the bases covered, I’ll gladly send this page off into the “blogiverse”.

I ask that you be civil, “Be Excellent to Each Other” (Thanks, Rufus!) and remember these bits o’wisdom:

“All you need is love!”

and

“The love you take is equal to the love you make!”

(I had to throw those in!)