John N. Klohr writes the Billboard March, which becomes a well-known
circus theme and the music for the
Joy Boys theme.
WRC radio signs on the air.
April 23 - Ed Walker born in Forrest, Illinois.
March 7 - Willard Scott born in Alexandria, Virginia.
Ed Walker and Willard Scott, unknown to each other, are each operating
low-powered radio stations and playing disk-jockey in their
respective basements. Broadcasts can be heard by a few neighbors.
Willard Scott is heard on the air for real, on WPIK Alexandria. Later, he announced
for a 15-minute high school news program on WCFM Washington.
Willard Scott and Roger Gordon host High School Hit Parade
on WOL radio. Their show is introduced by Frank Blair, who later
worked at WRC and then NBC's Today Show.
Ed enrolls in American University.
September - Willard starts work as a "page" (errand boy) at WRC.
Willard visits American University and the campus
radio station. While Ed is on the air,
their mutual friend Roger Gordon brings Willard Scott into the studio.
Willard sits down at a microphone across from Ed,
and begins their first conversation.
Ed and Willard start a weekend radio show at WOL. The show
is called Going AWOL and runs Sundays at 11 PM.
They earn $25 per show.
Willard becomes a summer relief announcer for NBC,
then replaces Frank Blair as full-time staff announcer.
Ed graduates from American University, majoring in communications.
Willard Scott hosts Barn Party,
one of several television shows he hosted on WRC-TV (then called WNBW-TV).
For more, visit Kaptain Kidshow's
Willard Scott page.
June 4 - Ed starts working the morning show at WPGC radio.
Willard graduates from American University, majoring in philosophy.
March - Walker and Scott do an on-the-air audition at WRC.
July 11 -
Two at One,
the first Walker and Scott show on WRC, makes its debut at 1 PM.
Willard co-stars with Jim Henson's Muppets on the WRC-TV show
called Afternoon, also starring Mac McGarry.
November 23 - the last Two at One show. Willard departs for
his hitch in the Navy.
Willard Scott is stationed near Norfolk Virginia. He moonlights
radio station WAVY.
Ed Walker continues at WRC, inheriting Willard's show called
Willard returns from the Navy.
The Joy Boys reunite and work the afternoon drive time slot, 4 to 6 PM
The WRC studios move from the basement of the
Sheraton-Park Hotel, where they
had been located since 1952, and into a new $4 million building at
4001 Nebraska Avenue.
August - Willard becomes Bozo the Clown on WRC-TV. Different
cities had various actors playing Bozo on local children's shows.
The Joy Boys begin a regular half-hour show on WRC, 7:05 to 7:30pm.
It continued in this time slot until mid-1961. Our
of CDs contains most of these shows.
Armed Forces Radio/Television Service
rebroadcasts many of the half-hour Joy Boys shows overseas,
giving the program world-wide exposure.
The 7:05 PM timeslot is renamed to the WRC Showcase.
The Joy Boys show is heard only once per week at 7:05 PM,
alternating with other personalities on different nights.
The Joy Boys begin hosting WRC's
timeslot from 8:00 PM to midnight.
The Bozo Show is cancelled, but with minor changes, Willard
carries on the character in the guise of
Former Joy Boys engineer John Hickman launches
Recollections on WAMU-FM, Sunday nights.
The program features old-time radio shows and
later becomes known as the Big Broadcast.
Rock-and-roll stations rule the airwaves. WRC is one of the
few holdouts, still playing MOR (Middle Of the Road) music for adults.
Willard Scott becomes the WRC-TV weatherman, adding this to his
list of radio announcing duties at WRC.
WRC can hold out no longer. Format changes begin.
The Joy Boys are required to play more popular music and
do less of their famous comedy routines.
January 7 - the last nighttime Joy Boys show. The show moves
October 6 - the last Joy Boys show on WRC. It's a memorable event
with lots of guests and friends, and even news coverage on a competing
TV station. We have the entire show in our library on CDs
October 9 - the Joy Boys make a guest appearance with Johnny Holliday
on his WWDC show.
October 23 - the Joy Boys begin a regular show on WWDC.
July 26 - the last WWDC show. The Joy Boys would make
guest appearances on WMAL and WWDC, but there would be no
more regularly scheduled shows.
Ed Walker begins hosting A.M. Washington,
the local morning show on WJLA-TV channel 7.
He also works at WMAL radio with a show called
Play It Again, Ed.
Willard becomes the weatherman on the Today Show.
Willard announces his first 100-year-old birthday on Today.
It becomes a regular feature.
WRC radio changes to an all-talk format, comes under new management,
and changes its call letters to WWRC. The news/talk format is
replaced with MOR music.
WWRC calls itself the "Station of the Stars" and refers to itself
as WRC except for the once-per-hour station ID.
Ed Walker returns to WRC to do afternoon drive from 4 to 7 PM
playing MOR music. His "Play it Again, Ed" program also moves to WRC.
WRC changes format back to talk radio, and Ed Walker
hosts their morning show with Bruce Allen.
August 1 - Ed Walker and John Hickman host a special edition
of the WRC Morning Show celebrating the 65th birthday of WRC radio.
(Thanks to Dave Howell, Ed's board operator,
for the WWRC details.)
With John Hickman retiring due to illness,
Ed Walker takes over hosting the
on WAMU radio,
returning to American University where his broadcasting career
began nearly 40 years earlier.
Al Roker replaces Willard Scott as the regular Today Show weatherman.
Willard continues to appear twice a week, with his salutes to
www.thejoyboys.com opens for visitors. The audio collection
quickly grows from one tape to over a hundred CDs.
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Willard and Ed share an office at NBC (WRC-TV, channel 4) for many years.
Willard continues doing birthday announcements, and occasionally the weather, at the Today Show.
Ed continues to work at WAMU.
October: Ed Walker, diagnosed with cancer, records his last episode of The Big Broadcast for WAMU.
A few hours after it airs, Ed passes away.
December: Willard Scott retires from the Today Show.