In the spring of '64 I was trying to track down interviews with
the Beatles no matter who conducted them. Our listeners had shown
us that they wanted to hear the voices of them as much as hearing
their music, but the interviews we had gotten with them ourselves
at the Plaza Hotel in February were getting stale being played over
and over again. I contacted Beth Coleman in New York. She was the
Brian Epstein. In conversing with her on the phone she said she'd
be happy to ask Brian if any other interviews were available. I
asked her then if I could have a ticket on the Beatles' plane for
their summer U.S. tour. She said she could ask but their were no
sure things. A month later she called back saying I could go on
Kane with Paul McCartney
and John Lennon.
So you landed a spot on their month-long American tour plane.
Were other radio people on it as well?
The only 2 American radio people to take the whole tour were
myself and WFUN (Miami) newsman, Larry Kane. On board also
were two journalists from London newspapers. For part of the
trip we had Art Schriber(sp?). I think he was from Cleveland,
and from the same station, dj Jim Stagg. Those last two covered
50 per cent of the tour each. There were various other dj's
who climbed on board the plane at the city just before their
own so they could deplane in their own home towns for the
Murray the K is often referred to as "the fifth Beatle," but you
told me he wasn't on that 1964 tour.
Murray was not on the summer 64 tour.
You said you had to "sell" DRC management on letting you go for
a month - what convinced them?
The cost for going on the tour, for making hotel and transportation,
and so forth was $5,000. I convinced WDRC management to resell my
reports to other stations across the country which they did to 11
While you were touring, Don did your show. What was it like having
a brother act on the air?
I don't remember what arrangements were made for my brother to do
my show while I was on the tour, but that exposure got him the morning
show when Ron Landry decided
Do you remember your introduction to the Beatles? What was their
reaction to your being there?
I don't remember my first introduction to the Beatles but I know
they were suspicious. In February, Murray the K had attempted to
bug their rooms and they distrusted all those connected to the media.
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Did you get backstage passes for every concert? What did you think
of the bizarre crowd reactions?
We got news passes for each city which meant we could travel between
back stage and audience at will. The crowd reaction was surprising
at first...ear splitting, flash bulbs going off producing a gigantic
light show, but after a few concerts with the same reactions from
the same show each time I got used to it...sort of numbed.
During the tour, did you get the feeling the boys were trapped in
their hotels? Did they actually get to see any of the USA?
Yes, they were trapped in hotels, back stage, in police cars, and
such. They did not get the chance to be tourists.