In 1996, Jack Gale did the morning show on WITH for the 3rd time, only this time from his studios
in Florida. To help his listeners understand the program Jack created the “GUYD”. All voices are Jack “live”. Below are
the characters who were part of the show. Not only can you read about them, but click the audio button and listen.
Announcer par excellance. Mr. Goodvoice got his early experience licking envelopes, and joined Mr. Gale in the 50s where he was the announcer on the soap opera "Life Can Be Miserable." He was also heard on "Bill & Betty" and other features. His television career was cut short when he was described as an "accident waiting to happen". John Goodvoice was sometimes called "Mustard" …….he goes good with ham!
Known as the "Fat Lady" from her many years in the Barnum & Bailey Circus, Lady Hortense joined Mr. Gale to assist with on-air programming and commercials. She also was a fashion consultant for radio.
The Poet Un-Laureate, known for his bouffant hairdo, wears a velvet smoking jacket and slippers. He can be seen
frollicking along the roadside carrying his musty, dusty, filthy dirty old scrapbook and dallying with the
daffodils and dandelions. Usually short of cash. Dawson likes to eat his cake and have yours too.
BILL & BETTY
Radio's happiest couple have been married for 21 years, but only
see each other at breakfast because they can't stand one another.
A non-famous singer from the 50s, Ralph appeared each morning on the show, but
never completed a song due to scheduling problems.
THE MAN IN THE THIRD ROW
Has shown up in the same seat since 1965. Is allowed into the studio
without a ticket. It is rumored that they named a town after him... Marblehead, Massachusetts.
The boss, never a fan of Mr. Gale, constantly interrupted the show
with a pop gun, given to him by his daddy.
Driving to work during the morning hours is always a hectic experience. To ease
the burden, we featured Helicopter Harry in his goggles and leather bomber jacket. Harry was a
retired war pilot, who shot down 22 planes. Unfortunately, they were shot down in peacetime. It's
the largest peacetime kill in history. He gave traffic reports every twenty minutes from his vantage
point high above the city. Problem was, the helicopter motor usually was so loud, it drowned
out Harry's reports. Only a few words could be understood over the motor noise. He probably hindered
traffic, more than helped it. Let's listen.
An over-the-hill disk jockey who longed for “Prime Time.” Visited the studio
on occasion to correct Mr. Gale on the English language. Buddy was a pioneer in radio and was the first
D.J. to be turned off.
A retired unlicensed meterologist who came out from "under the weather". Lowell joined the show to give an insight on the story behind the weather. He was sometimes referred to as "all wet". He featured his "riddle of the day".
A retired troubadour who claimed to have written a thousand songs but
knew only one, "Buckwheat Cakes". He sang it every morning.
A songwriter with no relationship to the late Cole Porter. He wrote songs like
"How would you like to be an eagle, and know that your mother was bald?". He’s been said
to sound like chalk on a blackboard.
OLD POP, THE OLD FAITHFUL STAGEHAND
Old Pop was the faithful stagehand of the
famous "Failure Theater". He remembers when Howard Johnson had only 2 flavors.
FRANK THE FROG
Frank began his radio career when he joined Mr. Gale on Saturday mornings. His duties included programming and scheduling, when he was not trying to sing along with the songs.
LIONEL THE ENGINEER
Lionel joined Mr. Gale to assist with program traffic flow.
JAN PIERCING-AMERICA'S WIDELY DISGUSTED TENOR
A frustrated would-be opera singer who began negotiations with the Metropolitan Opera in 1965. Talks have been at a standstill for years. Instead of singing the "The Road to Mandalay" he should have taken it.
The Dr. joined Mr. Gale one morning in the early years where he offered advice. No one knows what he was the doctor of, since he never produced any medical records of authenticity.
POLICE INSPECTOR TOM GRAFT
The police inspector burst into the program many times attempting to arrest the entire cast. When he was informed by Mr. Gale that they had done nothing wrong....he apologized and said things were boring down at headquarters, and he was just rehearsing in case there was a crime. He forbade us to show his face, fearing criminals would recognize him.
Want to make Mrs. Gale happy? <click here>
RECORDED “The Sloppy Madison” on Columbia Records in 1962
PRODUCED original “Oh Happy Day” by Don Howard in 1953
MANAGED & PRODUCED Johnny Cymbal “Mr. Bassman”, “Teenage Heaven”, etc. in 1963
PRODUCED “Elephant Walk” The Kings on RCA Records in 1960
“another unfortunate listener”
Jack has taken 50 years of radio craziness and put them in one book, SAME TIME...SAME STATION.
That was radio. I've read it twice"