2000 Inductee

Dan Neaverth has racked up 42 years as one of Buffalo’s most listened-to radio personalities, constructing an almost unmatched legacy of creativity and popularity. After on-air gigs as a teen in Coudersport, PA., and Dunkirk, “Daffy Dan” was among the original jocks who established WBNY as Buffalo’s first fulltime radio rocker in 1957, etching his comedic identity alongside the likes of Lucky Pierre and Fred Klestine. Neaverth’s instant success triggered his hiring by WKBW, where he became a full-fledged star in afternoon-drive. His nightly 7 o’clock “changeover” crosstalk with Joey Reynolds soon became must-listening, and he recorded two local single hits – “Rats in my Room” (with Reynolds) and “Good Night, Irene.” Becoming KB’s morning man in the early 1970s, he quickly created a forerunner of the now-familiar morning radio team approach, highlighted by his “adventures” vignettes with newsman Jim McLaughlin. Neaverth was the first person to mount a serious audience-rating challenge to Clint Buehlman and eventually dominated morning drive among most age groups.

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