The big luncheon with Buffalo Broadcastersâ€™ Hall of Famer Joey Reynolds is right around the corner. The deadline for reserving your seat is THIS Friday, April 10th. So, make your reservations RIGHT NOW, RIGHT HERE! Remember, the luncheon is Friday, April 17th, 12noon, at Chefâ€™s Restaurant.
Weâ€™re looking back at Reynoldsâ€™ legendary career. Last week, we explored his three years at WKBW Radio in Buffalo from 1963 to 1966. From his start at WNCO in Ashland, Ohio in the late 1950s, Reynolds worked at more than 25 radio stations. Up until his last radio job at WOR Radio in New York City, Reynolds spent no more than four years at any one radio station. Most of his stints were for a year or two.
Following his departure from KB, Reynolds made his way to some of the biggest markets in the country, including Philadelphia, Los Angeles and New York City. In 1986, he arrived at the old WNBC in the Big Apple taking over afternoon drive from Howard Stern. The station was then making its move to a more talk intensive station. Reynolds fit in perfectly with his strong personality and comedic bits.
After leaving WNBC in 1987, Reynolds spent three years at two Miami radio stations before returning north to WFLY in Albany, New York. After four years at WFLY, it was back to Florida and WBZT Radio in West Palm Beach.
In 1996, Reynolds arrived at WOR in New York City, where he spent 14 years hosting an overnight talk show that was nationally syndicated. Here in Buffalo, the show ran on WGR and then WWKB. During the three years when KB had its nostalgic oldies format, Reynolds was once again on a radio station that featured his old friend, Danny Neaverth, plus such other KB legends as Jack Armstrong, Sandy Beach, Hank Nevins and Steve Mitchell. Even after KB changed formats to progressive talk, Reynoldsâ€™ overnight show was retained. By this time, he had mellowed from his previous â€œshock jockâ€ image. Tuning in each night, listeners felt like they were listening in to a conversation among Reynolds and his New York City friends.
In 2010, WOR dropped Reynolds for â€œCoast to Coast AM.â€ Reynolds, who had dabbled in TV at various points of his career, launched â€œAll Night with Joey Reynoldsâ€ on a digital sub-channel of WNBC-TV. But that lasted less than a year.
Reynolds wrote a memoir titled in honor of his famous radio sign-off, â€œLet a Smile Be Your Umbrella, But Donâ€™t Get a Mouthful of Rain.â€
Reynolds, who was inducted into the BBA Hall of Fame in 1999, will share stories of his career and answer questions at the April 17th luncheon. So, make sure you reserve your seat. This is an event you wonâ€™t want to miss!