THE DOWNFALL OF 

" THE WMCA GOOD GUYS"

The unofficial demise of the WMCA "Good Guys" started on Wednesday,9/18/68,
(though underlining rumblings were already there with the change in manage-
ment. In early August 1968, Terrell Methrney Jr. was named program director,
replacing Ruth Ann Meyer who had programmed WMCA since 1961)when after 3 & 
 years, Gary Stevens left WMCA to go to Europe. Gary had been a WMCA Good 
Guy since 4/8/65, which made him the longest nighttime personality since the
WMCA "Good Guys" began. On the surface, that may have not have been so bad,
because B. Mitchell Reed, who was an evening Good Guy for 2 years prior to 
Gary Stevens arrival from Detroit, left (3/25/65)and the Good Guys survived.
Music industry executives and recording artists got together for a going
away party for Gary Stevens at the Americana Hotel. Tickets were $20 and
were available through Joe Bogart or Frank Costa at WMCA. All proceeds
from the luncheon went go to the Westchester County youth organization.
ONLY THREE DAYS later(9/21/68), Harry Harrison left WMCA only to start at, 
of all places, RIVAL WABC that following Monday(9/23/68). Harry had
perceived a change happening at WMCA months before with the new management. 
So, even though he had a year left on his contract, he asked WMCA 
management if he could be released from his contract, and they reluctantly 
obliged. 
At this point, it seemed like things were changing every week. 
The very next survey to come out, (9/25/68),no longer had the "Sure-Shot"
or the "Long-Shot". "Sure-Shot's" were now classified as "Pick Hits. Then 
the week after (10/2/68), The phrase "Heard first on WMCA" was no longer 
being used,and the survey title was changed from the "Fabulous 57" to 
the "Famous 57". By the end of November(11/27/68), the survey was reduced
from 57 to 25 songs, with an additional "Five More Heavies", and a pick 
hit called the WMCace. The sweatshirts were gone at this point too.
WMCA program director Terrell Metheny Jr made changes to the sound of WMCA. 
No longer did "Benny" appear with Joe O'Brien and the WMCA disc jockeys no
longer voted on new records added to the playlist. In fact, the weekly
WMCA music meetings disappeared all together. Metheny picked the music 
with Bogart and Costa. Metheny also dumped the "Good Guys" schtick and 
moved out all the sweat shirts left-over from years of promotion. 
Interestingly, Metheny also dumped the "Good Guys" while PD at another 
station - WKLO in Louisville. About the music, Metheny said the DJ's were 
to have more freedom in pacing records through their shows. In the past, 
Bogart and Costa would program each show. Metheny stated- "We're playing 
the same music, more or less, except that we're trying to make the 
station a little faster in reflecting the popularity of individual 
records. WMCA was late going on some records and late going off 
others. We're going to try to be more immediate." 
WMCA's playlist was shortened considerably. 
The station also brought in Murray the K(11/2/68) to do 6PM-11PM on Saturday
and 2PM-7PM Sunday. To make matters worse, Joe O'Brien left WMCA sometime 
late that November also. Dean Anthony (who did 1-6 AM)'s contract
was not renewed. His last show was 12/31/68. So, by the beginning of January
1969, four of your seven core Good Guys(Gary Stevens,Harry Harrison,Joe
O'Brien and Dean Anthony the ones who were pictured on the 9/10/68 survey) 
were gone. The station no longer called themselves the "Good Guys".  Dean 
Anthony was replaced by Ed Baer and Ed Baer was replaced by the assistant
program director, Buzz Bennett. As for Joe O'Brien, he started with WNBC at 
the beginning of the new year in 1969(1/6/69). He stayed doing the 5-9AM 
morning show from that time until November of 71 when Imus was brought in to 
replace him(11/29/71).
He remained with the station for several months thereafter doing weekends.
The revised line up was as follows: Dandy Dan did 6-10 AM, Chuck(the 
Chucker)Browning did 10AM-1PM, Jack Spector did 1PM-4PM, Lee Gray 4PM-7PM
and Frankie Crocker did 7PM-11PM. There were so many things happening at
the station that fall it was hard to keep track. 
WMCA BECOMES POWER RADIO IN APRIL OF 1969 
WMCA became Power Radio on Monday, 4/14/69.


This ad appeared in the Daily News 4/14/69
Ed Baer & Jack Spector were let go in April 69(Sunday 4/13/69 being their
last shows). From 10pm-10am WMCA was talk & from 10am-10pm they played 
music. Talk shows included Dominic Quinn doing AM drive.  Alex Bennett & 
Leon Lewis were alternating the overnights. Barry Gray's late night show 
remained in tact. With WMCA being talk from 10PM to 10AM with Chuck 
Browning, Dan Daniel & Frankie Crocker playing music the remaining hours.
Lee Gray switched back & forth from talk host to DJ. 
POWER RADIO DIDN'T LAST LONG.
Power Radio ended when WMCA decided to make one last run at the Good Guy 
format that summer.
Slowly, the old format was being brought back. The survey for 7/2/69 was 
called "WMCA Radio 57" instead of "Radio WMCA Music Report".
The survey during the week of 7/30/69 saw the return of the Top 57, along
with "The Sure Shot" and "The Long Shot".
The station began bringing back as many of the guys as they could.  
Ed Baer was the first back and he was brought in to replace Chuck Browning.
This occurred around mid July of 1969.
The departure of Chuck Browning and return of Ed Baer was especially 
interesting. Chuck disappeared one summer morning and they played music
with no jock for about an hour and a half. Then Ed Baer appeared in the 
middle of the mid-day shift. The understanding is that he was a few blocks 
from the station when he somehow got the call that they needed him in a 
hurry.
Jack Spector returned on September 6th. of 1969.

This ad appeared in the Daily News 9/11/69
The station dismissed Dominin Quinn who was hosting a 6-10AM morning
show (which was a phone in talk show) during the first week of Sept.69,then
Dandy Dan took over the morning show. The show was being billed as Dandy Dan
with Newsman Michael O'Neill. Jack Spector was back, or so the promotion 
went, as Jack took over the 2-6 afternoon drive time slot. Jack had to get 
out of a commitment with WNBC which had started to list him as their early 
evening host.
Alex Bennett did a music show on Saturday from 6-11 during the late 69, 
early 70 period. Later, Dean Anthony was added to their Sunday line-up and 
for a very brief period, Bill Beamish also returned doing the 6-10AM show on
Sunday. Lee Gray left around this time too. Ed Baer did middays until July
11th. of 1970 when Dan Daniel left and then Ed Baer switched to mornings for
the last two months of their music format. Johnny Michaels was brought in to
replace Dan Daniel in the final days of WMCA as a music station. He took 
over the 10AM-2PM slot while Ed Baer was moved to 6AM- 10AM. This all 
happened in July of 70. To show you the way things have changed with respect
to radio contests, WMCA ran a contest on the air to see if anyone could name 
the newest Good Guy, the 	prize was $5.70. Johnny was the next to last DJ on 
the station. The station played music 	through the early part of September 
1970,though in August, it was announced that WMCA was going talk.

This article appeared in the N.Y. Times 8/25/70

WMCA SWITCHED TO TALK AS "DIAL-LOG RADIO57" SEPTEMBER 21st. 1970.
The switchover actually took place at 11PM on Sunday(9/20/70),
right after the Frankie Crocker show. Johnny did the 2PM-7PM shift that day. 
Jack Spector stayed on to do a one hour sports show and Ed Baer remained
with the station on a part time basis.

NOTE! If anybody reading this article would like to add or correct any
facts, please E-Mail me  PORCAROCPU@Aol.com.


Acknowledgments:I'd like to thank the following people for contributing to 
this article: Bob Gale, Joseph M., Gary Liebish, John Belfi, Peter Kanze & Vince Santarelli.
But most especially Allan Sniffen(who,if it was not for his New York Radio Message Board,
& WMCA Surveys the accumulation of this information would not have been possible).
Most of this information is available on the WMCA web site in one form
or another,I just did some embellishments.

LONG LIVE THE GOOD GUYS !
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