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May 13, 2012

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Kip W

I was driving home from work and turned the radio on in the middle of "All Things Considered," and they were talking about Don McNeill. I was thrilled! I loved his cornball show, which Mom had on the radio every morning when I was a kid. They played little clips from the show, and it was like going back. They even played from the prayer section of the show, where he urged everyone to pray, "each in his own words, each in his own way. Pray for a world united in peace."

Then the NPR announcer came back on and I realized I was listening to an obituary, and, well, the rest doesn't matter, really.

Ultimajock

...actually, at the time this record came out -- and most of the years before -- McNeil's "Breakfast Club" wasn't heard in Chicago on WLS, but on WCFL. The original Blue Network/ABC-owned station in Chicago was WENR, which shared frequency time with Prairie Farmer's WLS until 1959. As "The Breakfast Club" was sent out by the Blue Network/ABC at an hour when WLS had its own morning programming, WCFL agreed to carry it in Chicago instead. It was only for the last nine years of the program's ABC run, 1959 to 1968, that WLS carried it; after its last broadcast in December 1968, "The Breakfast Club," with McNeil's customary "Peace" closing, was followed up by fill-in disc jockey Larry Lujack's pointed playing of The Beatles' "Revolution"...

Alan Gunther

I was one of the scouts in the recording and have been trying to get a copy. If America could hear it today it is just as appropriate today and it was back than. As I remember the words, I believe it became part of JFK's acceptance speech, As not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country.

King Daevid MacKenzie

...BTW, Archie Bleyer was fired by Arthur Godfrey from his radio and TV shows on the same day Godfrey dismissed Julius LaRosa on the air; the two reasons given were Bleyer's romantic relationship with fellow "Little Godfrey" Janet Ertel of The Chordettes (both CBS and Godfrey had strict non-dating policies regarding employees) - who Bleyer married the following year - and the Cadence Records contract with Godfrey's direct competition on the ABC Radio network, Don McNeill, which the insecure Godfrey saw as disloyalty on Bleyer's part. Godfrey's records were distributed at the time by Columbia, and to my knowledge he never cut a single note for Cadence (although later on Godfrey did do some material that was released on Vee-Jay)...

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