Thursday, February 9, 2012

Longtime WBZ personality Dave Maynard passes away at 82

Dave Maynard, popular Boston radio and TV personality for over three decades, has died in Citrus Hill, Florida after a long battle with Parkinson's disease earlier today. He was 82. 
Maynard's death was announced by WBZ 1030 and WBZ TV4, where he hosted long-running programs. WBZ-AM aired an interview  with Maynard's son, Mike.

Maynard, a Larchmont NY native, joined WBZ 1030 in 1958 as a disc jockey. In 1979, he became stations's overnight talk show host. In January 1980, he began hosting WBZ's morning show which became Boston's most top rated programs for the entire decade. In January 1990, Maynard switched to midday shift(9am-NooN) while Tom Bergeron(currently host of ABCs Dancing With the Stars) then took over the morning drive(5am-9am).

Maynard retired on June 14, 1991 but came back to host a weekend show on WBZ two months later. Maynard left radio altogether in late September 1992 when the station switched to current all-news format on weekends. He also originated WBZ's cooking show "Phantom Gourmet" show, and wrote three books. 

On the TV side, Maynard was the host of the long-running talent show "Community Auditions" which ran on WBZ-TV4 from 1950-1986. Maynard was its host since 1957. WBZ dropped the show in 1986 and the program moved to WCVB-TV5 where it became known as "Dave Maynard's Talent Showcase". WCVB stopped production of the show in late 1989. Maynard and his "Talent Showcase" then briefly returned to air in the summer of 1990 on Worcester's WHLL-TV27(now WUNI).

Maynard was inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2009.

He had degrees from Emerson College and Boston University, where he taught 17 years.

Maynard is survived by his wife, six children and nine grandchildren.

BRW Notebook :

WRKO Shuffle : WRKO 680 juggled its line-up this week. Starting Monday(2/6), financial guru and founder of Armstrong Advisory Group, Barry Armstrong gave his "Lunch Money" hour(12pm-1pm) and debuted a new show called "Financial Exchange" which now airs from 9am to 11am. Armstrong's shift to midday means syndicated Laura Ingraham loses an hour and is now heard from 11am to 1pm. Rest of the program schedule stays the same.

Bon Voyage : A longtime morning fixture on WMJX 106.7, news anchor Gay Vernon signed off the Morning Magic last Friday(2/3) after nearly 21 years at the station. Vernon who also co-hosted station's public affairs show "Exceptional Women" and produced "Boston Life" is retiring from radio.

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