Pete Myers joined WNEW-AM in the early 1960’s. He had made a big name for himself in Cleveland radio during the height of the Rock and Roll craze. Ultimately the immensely talented Mr. Meyers moved to New York to become a radio talent at WNEW. Myers owned the afternoon slot.
Former WNEW-AM Dick Carr recently reflected on Myers: Dick Carr’s Big Bands Ballads & Blues, April 12 2012
“It was when I was being recruited by WHK, Cleveland in 1959 that I first heard “Mad Daddy.” He was really Pete Myers working in his character guise evenings on Color Radio WHK, one of the great top forty stations of all time. As “Daddy,” he was a wickedly rhyming, echoing, WHK rock and roll night time deejay.
Here in the land of Oohbladee,
Mad Daddy giggles with all the glee
Clappin’ and flappin’ to make it happen
Every night after every day,
On 1420…Color Radio…WHK.
In 1967 when he was no longer “Mad Daddy,” Pete Myers, was one of WNEW’s smoothest deejays. Once an actor who trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, Pete was one of my favorite WNEW people.
My office had a clear view down the hall towards the studios in the 565 Fifth Avenue, New York home of radio station WNEW. Pete’s on-air shift ended at 4 PM and when he left the studio, I could see him coming up the hall approaching my open door while wearing his unmistakable plaid hat with a little feather tucked in the ribbon over the brim.
Pete would wear a sly grin like he was sneaking out after his show trying to escape. Often I’d invite him into my office and always try to relax him…get him to laugh…let him know how much I enjoyed his work…make a suggestion here or there…but never fail to give him something positive to take with him.
Pete Myers was a complex individual that understood what made great radio. But he was at least two people, maybe more. His Mad Daddy character was a smash in Cleveland. Pete’s maddening rhymes, intros and clever bits in between fifties rock and roll were legendary. But, the guy who worked for me as the smooth mid-afternoon personality of WNEW was not Mad Daddy and could never be again after the memorable one night experiment that caused a negative uproar from the traditional WNEW audience.
The one night GM Jack Sullivan gave him a shot as Mad Daddy, the switchboard almost exploded. Jack felt the WNEW image was threatened and Mad Daddy could never be. But Pete returned to WNEW without his “Daddy” masquerade and smoothly handled the 1-4 slot between William B. Williams and Ted Brown.
A few months after I left WNEW, Pete ended his life in his New York City apartment. I was at WIP when I heard the news. No longer my open door for Pete Myers…I closed it and wept.”
Listen to a Pete Meyers sample on WNEW-AM for the new closeup segment from 1961: