WQYK The Mayor Does “Thriller” (and more!)

wqyk_daveveronica_500x350With the passing this week of my very good friend, Dave McKay, from Dave and Veronica, WQYK, Tampa, I wanted to honor him with our weekly audio post of an all-time favorite.  I loved Dave because he had the biggest heart and always (!) put everyone of us in the team over himself.  Dave was an immensely hard worker, very creative, and never adverse to getting stuff done.  The number of contacts he had in his cell always astounded me – we’d come up with an idea for a local celebrity and Dave would make the call to make it happen.  There are a slew of segments I could post to celebrate Dave, but this is one of my all-time favorites.  Not only for its creativity, but for the sheer balls it took to pull off.  We hatched an idea to get a local mayor to do the Vincent Price poem at the end of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” as a Halloween bit.  Dave shows up unannounced at a Meet the Mayor Town Hall and convinces a handler to let him ask his question last.  What happens is one of the most fun things we ever did – it’s edge of your seat silliness as listeners wait to hear how the mayor will react and if Dave will get thrown out.  I’ve included other breaks Dave did which I believe are fun, innovative, and memorable so you can hear his genius and the talent of his team (Pen of the Day, interview with Garth Brooks,and his mom’s outgoing voicemail).  Dave McKay had one of the biggest hearts I’ve ever known – to his listeners, coworkers, teammates, and his community.  There was never a time after we stopped working together when we talked that he didn’t thank me for all I did for him.  I always thanked him back, because he made me a better person and a better talent coach.  I’ll miss that dude.  Hope you enjoy these.