Former WBZ PD writes on how Dave Maynard became morning man

Kevin Vahey
Fri Feb 24 10:00:22 EST 2012

Bob Clayton also had a TV show on weekends ( Boston Ballroom ) which upset
my mother as he was playing records on TV he never would at MOR WHDH.

No shock about Mac Richmond being involved. I believe Arnie was approached
but wanted no part it.

I don't know if this was related in anyways but at least twice WBZ played
covers of 2 national hits to prove they could drive record sales.

The 2 I remember were 'Gimme Some Lovin' by the Jordan Brothers instead of
Spencer Davis and 'Winchester Cathedral by New Happiness.

Wiki states -'   The Jordan
Brothers, from Frackville, PA, recorded the song on Phillips. It proved to
be their biggest hit, especially in Boston and Baltimore.  Bruce Bradley
used to boast on the air how he was #1 in Baltimore.

On Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 12:41 AM, Kevin Vahey <> wrote:

> Donna did you get the files?
> The WBZ GM flat out said anybody involved in payola would be fired under
> Westinghouse policy and yet Dave wasn't.
> Dave also had a very popular TV show on Saturday afternoon which was
> 'bandstand' format.
> Dave must had proof that some Westinghouse bosses were involved as well.
> On Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 12:04 AM, Donna Halper <>wrote:
>> **
>> On 2/23/2012 9:37 PM, Kevin Vahey wrote:
>> I just sent Donna a couple of Globe articles from 1960.
>>  Prescott claimed he resigned - Westinghouse said he was fired as
>> company policy demanded it. Why Dave escaped even though he admitted
>> accepting car payments is not clear.
>> Joe Smith was also involved in the payola scandals.  Bob Clayton was
>> known for his squeaky-clean reputation and seemed to suffer no
>> consequences.  Mac Richmond and Mel Miller of WMEX were caught up in the
>> payola story too.  But Maynard's situation has always mystified me, as by
>> all accounts, he took more gifts & cash than most of the others, yet
>> nothing seemed to happen to him as a result.

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