The Dave Maynard Spin: Dave Maynard, Suzan Franks: 9780978797485:Amazon.com: Books
Mon Sep 17 12:29:09 EDT 2012
The date is correct. I was also put on overnights doing news for Dave
because G.M. Bill Cusack was angry because of falling rating. Why he picked
us is still a mystery. When he got canned because of an alleged
affair with a staffer (Bill was married to Don McGannon's daughter, Chairman
of Group W...not a smart career move), the much feared Bill Hartman came on
board. He liked me a lot and the next thing I knew I was
morning drive reporter and replacement anchor for Gary.
Strange world broadcasting, but it is still show business.
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Subject: Re: The Dave Maynard Spin: Dave Maynard, Suzan Franks:
> If my memory banks are still intact I believe WBZ moved Dave to overnights
> in late 1978.
> Westinghouse hated to fire people back then - they hoped they would quit.
> Best example was Streeter Stuart who they put overnight and he LOVED it
> it allowed him to open a health food store in Belmont.
> I got to know Dave in my teens as he had a summer cottage next to where my
> parents in Onset ( Buzzards Bay ) - he was a nice guy with no ego.
> What I find fascinating is that years later there is no love for *Carl
> deSuze. The man did morning drive for 40 years and Jess Cain could not
> topple him.
> *Today Cain is remembered fondly and deSuze is totally forgotten.*
> On Sun, Sep 16, 2012 at 11:53 PM, Don <Donald_Astelle@yahoo.com> wrote:
>> Has anyone read this book about Dave Maynard?
>> I just finished it. I was a bit dissappointed as I was hoping for some
>> his insights into broadcasting, his career, Westinghouse, dealing with
>> different brass over the years at WBZ, and to what he attributed his
>> success, his move to overnights, his move of Community Auditions from WBZ
>> WCVB, and maybe what his personal and family life was like having 'dad'
>> being "Maynard in the Morning" (he had 8 kids and step-kids).
>> Instead, it's full of Dave Maynard stories of some of the stars he has
>> over the years...and politicians, and some of the recipes, anecdotes and
>> In that regard it was enjoyable. They are all told in "Dave Maynard
>> Fashion"...so you can hear his voice, wit and style as you read the book.
>> One thing I will say about Dave Maynard's career....after being the "odd
>> out" and put on the overnight...he came roaring back full force as
>> in the Morning". Apparently Westinghouse at that point saw him as
>> expendable and put him on the overnight and wait for him to
>> leave........and it's
>> amazing they changed their mind and then built the station round him!
>> not often that a station (or ownership) is known to change their views on
>> something or someone. (WBZ has done so on 3 occaisions I know...with the
>> Brudnoy/Snyder incident...the Leveille/Grayson move, and their change of
>> opinion on Dave Maynard.)
>> And boy did they promote the heck out of him!
>> I always thought those TV spots were silly and hokey....but I guess they
>> the trick! The station spent a lot of time and energy promoting Maynard
>> the Morning. (Having Larry Glick as the late night recycle into AM drive
>> didn't hurt either! Last thing they listened to at night...the first
>> they heard in the morning when they woke up.)
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