Former WJBK Radio 'Good Guy' Clark Reid dies
Clark Reid, who had been one of the last surviving WJBK 'Good Guys', died Friday, February 3, 2012 at his Novi home. Back in the 1950's and early 1960's, WJBK Radio 15 was one of Detroit's big top 40 hit music dynasties. Their personalities were known on-air and around town as the Good Guys; In addition to Reid, the lineup over the years included jocks Marc Avery, Robert E. Lee, and "Jack The Bellboy" - a pseudonym used by several different jocks on WJBK radio including Ed McKenzie, Dave Shafer, and Robin Walker - among others.
Mr. Reid was surrounded by family. Survived by Barbara, his wife of 63 years; children Cathy (Kevin) O'Neil, Jody (Doug) Johnston, David (Carol) Reid, Libby (Jim) Dieterle, and Tim Reid; eleven grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Clark also worked at WJR along with WJBK between 1952-1965. He was a marketing communications specialist with Wilding and Ross Roy until retirement in 1991. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 25 at 11 a.m. at Nardin Park Methodist Church on 11 Mile west of Middlebelt in Farmington Hills. Memorials suggested to Nardin Park Music Program or Fox Run Benevolent Care Fund.
Art Vuolo comments, "It's rather eerie that this one-time popular radio personality passed on what most radio people consider to be The Day the Music Died - the February 3, 1959 plane crash near Mason City, Iowa that killed three big rock & roll stars: Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and JP Richardson (aka The Big Bopper). It would be nice if a number of Detroit radio people attended his service. If you are so inclined, send a card to his wife Barbara Reid at 41360 Fox Run #201, Novi, MI 48377."
Motor City Radio Flashbacks has posted a couple Reid airchecks in remembrance.