Dick Clark died yesterday…
He was 82. The ageless one is gone. Forever a teenager on American Bandstand, our DJ Hero Dick Clark has left the studio forever.
Kansas City has its own forever-young idol – his name is Johnny Dare. Dare has no equal in local radio. Nobody has held his popularity in the KC radio biz. Sure there were some great names who were popular here. Names like Mike Murphy and Randy Miller. Even Max Floyd and Tanna Guthrie had their time.
Yet nobody has captured this city like our man Johnny Dare. He is forever young.
And this is the 18th year for Rock Fest, the nation’s biggest one-day musical festival. It is the biggest by the way, with over 55,000 people in one spot – not a stadium, but a park, Liberty Memorial.
Two years ago year Parks and Rec’s Aggie Stackhaus tried to put an end to this citywide extravaganza.
No such luck!
And last year Dare renamed the toilet area Aggieville.
Aggie felt the large crowds injured the area by tramping around in the mud and leaving trash, but the mayor felt the park had been cleaned up and the crowds were well behaved. So ON WITH THE SHOW!
As usual Johnny Dare and program director Bob Edwards have delivered the goods.
Fifteen name bands. A show that runs from noon until midnight. Fireworks at 11 PM.
Some of The Rock’s current big names will be there; Shinedown, Chevelle, Five Finger Death Punch, Rev Theory, Black Stone Cherry – even Slash – that’s right from Gun’s N Roses. So once again it’s an all-star cast.
And The Rock has kept ticket prices down, just $35 bucks and five buck beer. So it’s affordable. They care about their listeners and out of town guests.
It’s so big they even have hotel packages online to take care of a few thousand folks late night after the concert. There’s tons of city support. It’s a smash hit.
The concert kicks off the summer in mid May, so even the timing is excellent and it’s sold out again!
I can’t think of a bigger local star than Johnny Dare and that includes ALL of our sports stars.
Wherever I go I hear, "Oh my God you are that guy on Johnny Dare? Glazer"
It’s true. I do several other shows that are top rated, but Dare’s has made me the best known in this city.
Then comes the questions like, "What’s he like? " and "Is he really crazy outside of the radio station?" Or, Does he really hate you or is that an act?" On and on.
And oh, Dare is the darling of our law enforcement, trust me – they love him -me, not so much. I’m the bad guy.
So I think it’s fair to compare our boy Johnny Dare with the nation’s Dick Clark.
Dare has earned his stripes at 43 and is our biggest media star today, no question.