Thursday, July 28, 2005

There was a Joe O'Brien who was the announcer on a few game shows in the late 40's/early 50's (Messing Prize Party and Anyone Can Win). I wonder if this is the same person?
July 27, 2005
Joe O'Brien, 90, Radio Disc Jockey, Dies
Mass., July 26 (AP) - Joe O'Brien, a disc jockey who was one of the WMCA Good Guys on WMCA Radio in New York City, was killed in a car crash this weekend in this town in the Berkshire Hills. He was 90 and lived in Rhinebeck, N.Y.
Mr. O'Brien was pronounced dead on Sunday at a hospital in Pittsfield after his car collided with another at an intersection in Lenox, the police said.
Two passengers were not injured.
Yonkers native, Mr. O'Brien began his career in 1935 when he got his first radio job with WMCA-AM in New York City.
He worked at the station for 34 years and became one of the Good Guys team of disc jockeys in the late 1960's. They played Top 40 hits and became nearly as popular as the music they played.
They had the same clean-cut hairstyles, wore matching suits and worked together at record hops and personal appearances. They also sang as a group and released an album. During that time, Mr. O'Brien was the No. 1 morning man in
New York City.
In 1970 he left for WNBC-AM, where he handled morning duties until he was replaced by Don Imus in 1972. Mr. O'Brien then went to WHUD in Peekskill, N.Y. He retired in 1986, but continued to do weekend specials for WHUD until 2000.

Submitted by Dave Schwartz