Remembering Danny Stiles: Vintage Record King and Longtime Radio Host

Friday, March 11, 2011

Danny Stiles, host of Danny Stiles, host of "Danny Stiles' Music Museum" (Marco Antonio/WNYC)

Listen to WNYC's tribute to Danny Stiles, which includes rare audio of Danny from his early days in radio, tributes from his friends and colleagues like Joe Franklin and Uncle Floyd, as well as his loyal “Devotees.”

Danny Stiles, long-time radio personality and WNYC host of "Danny Stiles' Music Museum" has died. He was 87.

His death was confirmed by Gene Heinemeyer, general manager of multi-cultural radio broadcasting, on March 11.

Stiles was known as the "Vicar of Vintage" and hosted a show every Saturday night playing records from the 1920s-1950s and occasionally beyond.

According to a report in The New York Times, the cause was a respiratory ailment. He had been in declining health for several months.

"Danny was more than a radio host. He used his voice and his musical taste to create a radio landscape that felt fully three-dimensional to his many fans. He could simultaneously evoke radio's golden age and make it still seem very much alive," said WNYC Program Director Chris Bannon.

The Newark, New Jersey, native was a tireless broadcaster and promoter of American popular song from the early days of radio. He hosted radio shows on WNYC and three other AM stations, as well as hosting a website where he streamed his "virtual music museum."

Listen to WNYC's Karen Frillman paying tribute to Stiles:

Danny Stiles in the WNYC studio in the mid 1980s.
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Danny Stiles in the WNYC studio in the mid 1980s.

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Comments [286]

Mark D

Please bring back Danny's show. There is nothing else of its kind. Please....

Feb. 14 2015 07:49 PM
Mary k

I went to see Danny at a restaurant in New Jersey in 2005. He was so nice. He seemed especially impressed that my Mom and I had come from Brooklyn just to see him. I taped many episodes of his radio show on cassette for my father - and still have them at home. My Dad passed away 8 weeks ago and I often listen to Danny's cassettes. It reminds me of the good times I shared with my Dad. And I keep discovering old gems!

I was just wondering about something. I know that Danny was not a big fan of rock and roll and didn't play any hard rock on his show. But I'm wondering how he felt about Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven." I assume he knew about it and must have heard it. I ask only because it was such a beautiful melodic song that even people who don't normally like rock music like "Stairway." I could kick myself now for not thinking to ask Danny this question when I met him!

Also, does anyone else here feel as if they knew Danny's wife Barbara simply by the feeling you got when Danny would say "and goodnight dear sweet Barbara?" I often would think to myself "yeah, I kind of miss Barbara. She was a great gal." Then I'd think "what am I saying? I never knew her." But this was the effect Danny had on his listeners!

Sep. 10 2014 08:44 PM
Bryan from Nova Scotia

There is nothing left to say about Danny Stiles that has not already been said! have lost a gem but he still lives on. Thank you for keeping has legacy alive.

Jun. 16 2014 09:16 PM
Nicholas Petraglia from New York

I miss hearing Danny live but happily listen to the old broadcasts on NPR every Saturday night!

Dec. 06 2013 02:56 PM
Jack Rescoe from Portland, Oregon

I want to thank WNYC for continuing to broadcast Danny Stiles' wonderful programs. I sorely miss Danny. For 59 years, by my recollection, I followed him on his career on the airwaves over many radio stations. I was a "charter" member of his "Kit Kat Club" in 1955. What a wonderful man!

Sep. 07 2013 09:29 PM
Cathy from Massachusetts

I have just started listening to Danny on WRCA in Watertown, Massachusetts. I absolutely love this music! Thank you so much for keeping this tradition going. When I got on this site, I was saddened to read that Danny is gone. This music is as important as the art which was created during the Renaissance period in history. Danny, you have truly made a difference during your lifetime. And, personally, thank you.

Sep. 01 2013 03:31 PM
Ron from Glen

Sorry to hear of Danny leaving us so soon. I remember him from WCTC, NEW Brunswick, N.J., a program called the Sunny Side of the Street, mainly 1950 rock and roll for high school crowd . I got impression heliked Artie Shaw band. After school was out. My father advertised on the station. I came across him when I was doing a medical residency in Morristown Hospital. One nightshirt I cameacrossaradio and started scanning the dial....30 years later. There he was on WEVD, I called him up on air....and he wanted to discuss Aids. Fond memories , God Bless you, Danny and save me some music.

Jun. 20 2013 10:01 PM
Jeffrey from Queens, NY

Wow...I started listening to "Stiles on your Dial" the Monarch or Majestic Melodies, yes the Vicar of Vintage discs, many years ago. WEVD I believe here in NYC before the afternoon simcha. Oh yes. How wonderful to listen to this lover of the best music of our times. What a wonderful voice and clever turns of phrase as he introduces all those classics. His warmth came thru the microphone and into our hearts. Like a friend you never saw. Besides Joe Franklin I can not think of anyone else who kept the great music of a time gone by alive.
I have lost touch with our dear friend over the past years and haven't listened in quite awhile. One night listening to the Jonathan Shwartz show, that I heard his show came on AM 820. I thought it was a live show and so happy to have found him once again. Not until a conversation with an old timer buying a radio at a retail job I worked a few months back did I find he had passed. Danny's name came up in conversation about old time radio, and I was so saddened to hear from my customer the news. I listened to the tribute here and the heart felt comments of the fans and my eyes are filled with tears. Thank you for such a nice tribute.
It's so wonderful that WNYC continues to air his shows. It's so soothing to hear his sweet voice, and to hear those joyous records.
I wonder what became of his massive collection of LP's? Yes, they are heavy I know. There is no one else like him. and certainly no one who can do or does a show like his.
All I can say is the Angels are singing a new tune now. Believe me when I say, the music from that era of the 30's and 40's was a favorite on many planes, here on earth and elsewhere.
Thank you so much Dear Heart for all the many years of Joy.

Jun. 16 2013 01:57 AM
John E Rescoe from Portland, Oregon

I guess I'm a bit late on this, but I want to thank you for continuing the legacy of Danny Stiles. I am proud to say I have listened to WNYC-820 since my early childhood, circa 1943, thanks to my mom. About 1955 I became a fan and a friend of Danny Stiles through his Kit-Kat Club record program on WNJR in Newark. I was a charter member of his fan club in '55! I miss that wonderful man, and now so many years later and living in Portland, Oregon I still listen to my friend Danny via live-stream on WNYC. Thank you all back there on Varick Street. I remember the old studios in the NY Municipal Bldg on Chambers Street. Distance doesn't dim good memories.

May. 25 2013 08:37 PM
chuck goldberg from Westport Point, Ma

Thank you, WNYC, for continuing to provide the pleasure and fond memories of Danny Stiles programs. Listening to his shows gives pleasure and relaxation that's hard to describe, but very important. His gentle presence is a welcome respite,

Mar. 24 2013 10:15 AM
David W. from Hasting on Hudson.

Thank you WNYC for continuing the Danny Stiles Music Museum. It is even better now. Each week I listen and enjoy his commentary and especially his musical selections. It is poignant and emotional to hear his voice speaking. What would be a better show to replace it with? None, keep it going please. I also listen to Rich Conaty on Sunday nights and his music is great too, but Danny... you just love the guy.

Mar. 16 2013 10:00 PM
Steve from Spring Hill Fl.

I did not know much of Danny Stiles,but my father did.He always listen to his show. He enjoyed the music and he enjoyed Danny.Thanks for the good times.

Jan. 04 2013 04:58 AM
Corey Breier from Miami,Florida

Danny I miss you SO much..Listening to WNYC from Miami every Saturday night keeps your memory alive for me and thousands of listeners throughout the world. ..Your programs are the best thing on radio,even with you being in heaven. Thank you WNYC for keeping these historic shows on the air.
Danny I will NEVER forget you! You were one of the best friends of my lifetime.
With so much love,
Corey (Gedalye)Breier

Sep. 29 2012 09:13 PM
Glenn Nocera from Brooklyn NY

I love Danny Stiles. You will be missed. After over a. Year of your passing I still enjoy your radio show on Saturday nights. I hope they continue replaying your shows.

Jul. 28 2012 09:56 PM
Robert from Brooklyn from New York

I was also very sorry to hear that Pauly Teardrop passed away just two months before Danny. May both of these great individuals rest in peace. I will always listen to the great music Danny played because I have many of his shows recorded on audio tapes. I hope WNYC continues to play his archived shows as well so I can listen to the balabot of great songs and music (especially the big bands).

May. 09 2012 04:17 PM
Jimmy from Manhattan

March 11th 2011 makes one year. Rudy Camarota is gone, Dr. taylor, Billy Sharon, Agnes, Dr. Ray and so many have passed. It is the music that Danny played --lets hope that the music can be passed on to another generation. Danny would hope so.

Apr. 03 2012 12:58 PM
Robert from Brooklyn, New York

It is almost a year since Danny has passed on to the other side and we miss him dearly.

We are very happy that you continue to play his favorite tunes and crooners and big bands because there is no other place in the world where we can listen to this music in one place; especially Charlie Barnett, Harry James, Glen Miller, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and a young Frank Sinatra. Today the phenoms just shake their voices and sing the rap music: sometimes you can't even understand the message.

There is one young singer who I like and that is Adele. She has a beautiful voice and her words and message in the songs are clearly communicated. Sometimes you want to play the songs over and over again. So far she writes music with a sad message but I am sure she will have better things to come: she is only 23 years young, which is just a baby to me. She won most of the important Grammy Awards this year.

Once again, I love Danny's radio shows and I hope you will continue to rebroadcast them. Please see if you can rebroadcast some of his older ones that were on the air prior to the year 2000.

Thank you Danny and may you rest in peace knowing that you still have devoted listeners who listen every week.

Mar. 02 2012 08:06 AM
Marvin from Queens, NY

The shock of Danny leaving us may have abated, but our joy and appreciation has only increased when listening to Danny's inimitable presentation of our favorite music. We are very grateful.

Feb. 29 2012 03:42 PM
bruce from new rochelle from new rochelle

even though i recently discovered the danny stiles show, i quickly became addicted. my priority on saturday night is to tune in. i am so very grateful wnyc is playing the past shows, and i pray they will continue on forever. thank you for keeping danny alive.

Feb. 25 2012 11:10 PM
Bob from East Flatbush from Brooklyn, New York

I refer to my email in August 2011 where I requested a replay of a show from 2000. I think the listeners will like it a lot because he plays Manhattan Tower in its entirety. So far all I heard were shows from 2002 and 2004. We want to listen to some of his older where he was in rare form.

Feb. 24 2012 04:05 PM
Corey Breier

Thank you WNYC for continuing to air these wonderful programs featuring the best of popular music. Listening to the "Danny Stiles" Saturday night show is part of my life for so many years and I am thrilled that even though our beloved Danny is no longer with us your station still features his shows. Please continue to air these historic musical gems.
Cortey Breier,Aventura Florida

Jan. 28 2012 10:04 PM
Kimberly Miller from Manhattan

Thank you, WNYC, for continuing to air Danny's program on Saturday nights. Please keep on giving the people what they want -- we're listening!

Jan. 19 2012 11:02 PM
nina deutsch from leonia,nj

Thank goodness you are playing his shows of american music. He has a great talent for mixing different syles of mainstream music and a great love for his audience.

Dec. 14 2011 01:07 PM
ANDRES from newark nj

DANNY thank you for all the joy that you brought to our family and city of newark nj says thank you we are honor..........andres

Nov. 20 2011 12:56 AM
joe dorinson from brooklyn new york

I love Danny's music and enjoyed his trilingual (Yiddish, Italian, and English) wordplay. True, some of his jokes were corny; but his passion for vintage vinyl resonated with listeners who valued good music instead of contemporary trash. Though Danny has crossed the Jordan River to eternal rest, his melodies, like a welcome refrain, linger on. Thanks for the memories, Danny, and the music on WNYC.

Nov. 12 2011 11:26 PM
Bob from Flatbush from Brooklyn, New york

We love you Danny and miss you very much;. Thank God the music continues every Saturday night.

I was listening to one of many old tapes I recorded of Danny's Show and I had one from "1999" that had "Manhattan Tower" in its entirety for the complete 16 minutes and 22 seconds. The symphony was by Gordon Jenkins from the late 1940s, and it was a masterpiece. I know it was a favorite of Danny's.

I read in a recent posting [in September] that Rudy passed on. Can anybody tell me if this was Rudy Camarota? Rudy was one of Danny's best loved singers at the contemporary level.

Danny will never die in our hearts so continue to spin those records in his memory.


Oct. 28 2011 02:18 PM
Kristen Burkholder from Bayside Northport Maine

I am so pleased to see Danny Stiles' broadcasts are still being aired. I was just listening to a clip of his from two years ago, and got all misty-eyed, remembering his wonderful personality and his fantastic music selections -- and now I see I can still partake. Thank you, WNYC.

Oct. 22 2011 06:50 PM
Wyndee from Oregon

I miss Danny! I had the great pleasure of visiting Danny on some Saturday's while he taped his show when I lived in NYC. We also went to dinner at the restaurant with "the postage stamp size dance floor". I would love to be able to download his shows to my Ipod.

Oct. 13 2011 12:39 AM
Kathy from Clifton, NJ

Dear Danny, I heard that your friend, Rudy, as joined you in Heaven. I know he is singing to you all of your favorite songs, as he did at your appearances at various locations. Still enjoying Saturday nights with you. Thank you...........

Sep. 11 2011 09:28 AM
Bob from East 57 Street in Brooklyn

This is for Kelly and Pavel and their cat:

I recorded many of Danny's radio shows and I always remember the good things he said about Kelly and Pavel. He mentioned, if I am not mistaken, that he received a picture of you two with your cat and he mentioned it was such a nice cat and that you take a beautiful picture. .

Danny will live in our heartd forever. Keep playing those wonderful songs of yesteryear as a tributr to Danny and all his fans.

Sep. 06 2011 08:57 AM

Mr Stiles lives on. Anyone that ever listened (or cared to) WNYC or AM 820 remembers. We listen to his stuff today, and he is not dead.

Sep. 06 2011 03:29 AM
Bob from Brooklyn again! from Brooklyn, New York

As you replay Danny's radio broadcasts, could you try to find the one from February 26, 2000. In this broadcast, he plays "Manhattan Tower," by Gordon Jenkins and his Chorus in its entirety.

According to Danny, the piece is 16 minutes and 20 seconds long and it is one of the most beautiful compositions that he ever heard. This piece was from the late 1940s and is something I will always remenber: I associate it with Danny's show. I think the other listeners would like to hear it as well. I am positive Danny would appreciate all the listeners hearing the composition for at least one more time.

Hats off to Danny and may he live in


Aug. 11 2011 04:30 PM
Marvin Glassberg from Queens, NY

I continue to faithfully listen to all of the rebroadcasts, imagining that Danny is still delighting us with his charm and music selection.

Finally, the recording of I'll String Along With You, which was never available in the US, arrived. I'm sure that Danny would have loved this version. I am not equipped to transfer it to disc, etc. It would be appreciated if somebody could suggest how this could be made available for WNYC to play it for Danny and his listeners.

Danny has a very special place in our hearts and in our memories.

Jul. 29 2011 02:44 PM
Bob of Brooklyn

Keep the music playing to commemorate the great moments for this precocious teenager who loved listening to Danny's music and comments and stories.

I think you should play more voice comments from his adoring fans like you did when he passed away in March.


Jul. 19 2011 11:52 AM
Kathy from Clifton, NJ

I am also still listening every Saturday night. Please don't stop airing Danny's show.

Jul. 07 2011 08:33 PM
rob from teaneck, nj

thank you for still playing his have an awfull lot of listeners......

Jun. 28 2011 01:07 PM
stephen from ny

a treasure just like his music

May. 22 2011 07:09 AM
Alan Constantine from Philadelphia, Pa.

Danny was a wonderful inspiration to all of us. His wonderful music and memories of the past will be missed by all of us. He was a wonderful person. I listened to Danny for several years, and had the pleasure of talking with him one weekday afternoon on the phone. What sincere person he was. Danny you will always be remembered, and you and your music will always be in our hearts. Saturday nites will never be the same. I hope WNYC AM will continue to air his shows.

May. 14 2011 10:44 PM
Rich Cook from Indiana

I listened to Danny starting when he was on WEVD and the lead in was a jingle by the DeMarco Sisters. Followed him since then and will really miss him. Listening to Danny on an hot summer night with a cold glass of ice tea is a very fond memory.

May. 07 2011 12:18 PM
rob from nutley, nj

thank you soooo much for continuing the shows, you have more fans than you can even program like this anywhere.....thanks from all the fans.....

May. 03 2011 11:30 AM
Marvin Glassberg from Queens, New York

I spoke one time with Danny on the telephone and mentioned that I had once heard the most beautiful version of I'll String Along with You, the name of the vocalist was uncertain but the supporting choir sounded like angels. I told him that I would send it to him if I ever found it. Next thing I knew, we were harmonizing that song together on the telephone. What an experience!

Danny, I've been able to identify the vocalist, but the recording, unavailable in this country, is also out of print. If I can obtain a copy, I'll play it in your honor and try to have WNYC and/or WPAT include it in our tribute to you.

You will always live on in our thoughts and memories.

Apr. 21 2011 09:36 AM
robert from Brooklyn New York

Keep playing the BIG Bands and rusty relics as a tribute to Danny. He knew all the great musicians, songwriters and singers from the past.

I especially loved the way he presented the numbers he was going to play. He had a tremendous knowledge of the music of the 20th century,, and I don't mean rock and roll or the Beatles.

I hope I will meet him some day in heaven since I was never able to meet him in real life.

Take care Danny.Old Boy. you will be sorely missed by your devotees.

Apr. 19 2011 05:39 PM
Jerome Gilchrist from Jersey City,N.J.

D.S. i will miss your legendary voice. I have listened to your show since i was 11 years old in 1972. You have been the greatest man i have ever heard. I will sorely miss u. God bless and R.I.P.,D.S.!!!!

Apr. 18 2011 04:47 PM
Frank Adams

We listened to Danny almost every Saturday. He was funny. I am ten, and I enjoyed the music he played. He was a great radio broadcaster and listening to him was something that my dad and mom and I always did together. We'll miss him.

Apr. 16 2011 09:01 PM
bort from Manhattan

Danny Stiles' shows were timeless, and I join others in expressing thanks that WNYC will continue to air shows from the archive. Saturday night without Danny (followed by Oscar Brand) is unthinkable!

Not to nitpick, but that first photo above has to be from 1995 or later. That's gotta be Cal Ripken (2,131!) on the photos on the wall behind Danny, right?

Apr. 09 2011 01:13 PM
Hank walker

I will miss you every Saturday night. Rest in peace.

Apr. 06 2011 01:18 PM
Bobby Bavero from Staten Island n.y.

I first met Danny about ten years ago,in a little Italian restaurant called Three Guys From Italy.He had a young singer there by the name of Michael Roselli.Danny was a great guy,who was loved by everyone who knew him.Friday and Saturday nights are the best nights of the week because Danny Stiles was on the radio. Rest in peace Danny,we love and miss you. Bobby B.

Apr. 03 2011 09:51 PM
Bobby Bavero from Staten Island n.y.

I first met Danny about ten years ago,in a little Italian restaurant called Three Guys From Italy.He had a young singer there by the name of Michael Roselli.Danny was a great guy,who was loved by everyone who knew him.Friday and Saturday nights are the best nights of the week because Danny Stiles was on the radio. Rest in peace Danny,we love and miss you. Bobby B.

Apr. 03 2011 09:41 PM
Bob Hall

When Danny's archives programs go off - NPR goes off.

Apr. 02 2011 10:37 PM
Shannon Kelly from Yonkers, NY

We miss you, Danny! Your show always gave us a good feeling. Wonderful music with a warm, knowledgeable and witty host. You are a treasure. We'll always think of you when we hear Beautiful Ballads.

Apr. 02 2011 09:27 PM
Felix from Brooklyn

I am saddened to hear of Danny's passing. I'm 27 now and fondly remember listening to his show with my dad and falling in love with the music as a child.

Danny, I simply cannot thank you for your show and for the connection it fostered between myself and my dad. You will always be missed and remembered.

Apr. 02 2011 09:16 PM

Mr. Stiles-
I am kicking myself for not writing you one of those postcards with my name and phone number and all, telling you just how much you enriched my Saturday nights. I am one of those "precocious youngsters" in my 30s and you, and the night, and the music left all my other "precocious youngster" friends wondering who this secret octogenarian boyfriend was! I will miss you terribly Danny, but thank you--from the bottom of my heart--for the music and the memories. :)

Apr. 02 2011 09:13 PM
Francis Tabone from NY

I am so happy they are still playing the show. Danny introduced me to a love a music I knew nothing about. I wish his family all the best. His work really gave pleasure to many.

Apr. 02 2011 05:26 PM
Andy B from Nw Haven CT area

I can't believe Danny Stiles is no longer with us! At least he is in spirit and his archived radio shows can remind us of his legacy left to us for years to come. Simply put, most of us were spoiled and expected maybe that Danny would live forever and he seemed to be all over the place and on at all hours of the day or night. I listened to him for years on WEVD as well as WPAT and WNYC. I used to work in radio but have not for at least a decade and people like Danny were my inspiration and motivation for trying to stay in the business.
Danny always sounded the same and was consistent from show to show.

Mar. 30 2011 10:56 PM
John from Hoboken

I'm in my early 40s and only became aware of Danny in my 20s and 30s, after moving to the NYC area. I appreciated his light touch and sense of fun and most of all his ability to surprise and delight. To me he was a wonderful example of the good that one can do, and the light one can spread around, when doing what one loves. To me Danny meant lifelong learning, warmth, love and generosity. I'm grateful and I'll miss him.

Mar. 30 2011 04:26 PM
Robert from East Flatbush in Brooklyn

I was wndering about a lstener that Danny used to refer to as "Harriet Wilder and her father Max." Harriet always wrote Danny some nice letters and he always sent a shout out to her [and her father]. He asked Harriet several times for a picture to place up on his "Wall of Fame" but he never said he received one. I noticed that she did not reply in this email chain and I was just wondering if she was still alive.

Keep playing the great passionate pathetic platters from the past and keep the precocious teenagers attuined to the beautiful music.

Mar. 30 2011 01:03 PM
Peter G. Balazsy from Haledon NJ

Danny was a friend and a great man.

I started listening to him back when I was only 13 years old in 1955 when he was a DJ at WCTC in New Brunswick.

I remember my first early hints at Rock N Roll music after school as Danny played The Penquins "Earth Angel" and many more.

I went to the New Brunswick HS auditorium one memorable snowy night for the Rock Concert that Danny organized in 1955 with Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers

I've been listening to him a great deal now lately in my late 60s while I restore old radios now for a hobby late at night. And the best part was listening to Danny play all the old standards as I sit up late at night repairing these old radios.

I'd join him quite often lately on Friday nights at many local restaurants where I got to know him personally.

I'll miss him dearly.
Everyone will.
Goodbye Danny... I'll remember you very fondly.

Mar. 30 2011 03:05 AM
Olive from Brooklyn, NY

R.I.P. Danny.
You made 'at home with the radio' the coolest place to be on a Saturday night.

Mar. 29 2011 06:55 PM
Bob from Bob from Brooklyn

I miss the master of dusty disks very much. He kept my Saturday nights filled with those great songs from the 20s, 30s, and 40s, which I love the most.

Not only did he play the music, but he told a little bubbermisa (little story) about the artists and he even told us when he met them, if at all. He even told us that he met Perry Como at his home in California after he suffered a slight stroke. He said that Perry sat down at the kitchen table with him and had a glass of milk and a cookie. I thought this was a lovely touch after he played one of Perry's first hits, "That Old Gang of Mine," and told us that he left the barber shop around that time (I think it was in 1933). . Also, I loved it when he referred to Rose Minio Cici (I do not know if the spelling is correct) as Rosi, Rosi.... I especially love her rendition of the Godfather. Please play it for me and Danny in heaven....

Keep the memories alive and continue with the good work. We need to keep his name alive and I am sure he will continue to have a following. Continue with the archived radio shows and shout outs from those who remember him. We will all miss him.

Mar. 29 2011 02:45 PM
Ken from Clifton NJ

i truley hope that WNYC will continue to run past shows of dannys , there mush be years worth of ols shows. Its a nice saturday Night thing and a real piece of genunie new york WNYC please keep his show going PLEASE

Mar. 28 2011 02:18 PM
Ken from Clifton NJ

I've been a listenner for years and hope you will keep his achueves running for years to come> You must habe years worth, please keep then coming until the the future Dann y rises up. Untill then lets enjoy all the years we enjoyed with this great man. I love this music and Danny

Mar. 27 2011 11:49 PM
Doc Severinsen from Los Angeles


Keep this music museum going 'round n round' as a memorial to Danny and his legacy at your station and more importatnly...for his listeners

Mar. 27 2011 02:19 PM
Barbara Kellerman

Danny - dean of Saturday night delights - will be dearly missed.

But... NPR could contribute to the cause by keeping him in place for years to come.....

Barbara from Connecticut

Mar. 27 2011 02:13 PM
Richie Camp from Staten Island ,N.Y.

What a terrible loss to anyone who loves music . I go all the back to "TheCat Man"
1954 WJRZ . The only thing good about this is he will be reunited with his dear sweet Barbara . I will miss him very much,
rest in peace Danny .
I don't know if it is possible,but I hop WNYC
can continue to air Danny's recorded programs .

Mar. 27 2011 07:24 AM
R from Manhattan

My boyfriend and I ADORED Danny Stiles. When we listened to the first show broadcast after his death, we sobbed, and even now I am getting teary as I listen to the program. I am so sad that he is gone and so happy that he was able to do what he loved for so long.

Mar. 26 2011 09:52 PM
ann from brooklyn

I join the may voices who are lamenting the passage of the great vicar, and requesting that his memory be kept alive through rebroadcasts and archived programs. Danny has been an important part of my life for the last few years, and I hope to be able to turn to him for comfort, wit and great music in the future:)

Mar. 26 2011 09:51 PM
Tonero Williams from Brooklyn, New York

Dear Danny, You brought me many nights of happiness. Your joyous and insightful banter in what you seemed to truly love.The great American songbook and it's singers, rubbed off on me and I thank you for it. You have made my life all the better for it.
Thank you, Thank you.....
Tonero Williams

Mar. 26 2011 09:40 PM
Annie B from Flatbush, Brooklyn

Danny kept me and my cat Dexter Gordon company every Saturday for the last 4 years. He will surely be missed. A toast to Danny and many thanks.

Mar. 26 2011 09:26 PM
Richard Maiman from Flushing

I've already commented but may I further urge you at WNYC to please consider rerunning all your encore broadcasts going forward of Danny Stiles. His memory will remain, and the music is timeless. Use it to the station's advantage as a perk for membership. Surely there is no valid replacement, and you will be rendering an incalculable resource to the quality of life for all your dedicated listnership.
His broadcasts have gotten me and my late elderly father through many tough evenings. Nothing save his rebroadcasts can take his place. Package them in cd's. You watch, people will join just for the music. Thank you, dearly, Rick, Queens

Mar. 26 2011 08:31 PM
paul moulton, sr

will miss the great tunes you played for us
in your unique style. may god bless you !

Mar. 26 2011 08:20 PM
Deborah from NYC

My husband and I had the honor of meeting Danny in NJ about four years ago at the restaurant he spun records at. I was giddy when I met him and he graciously posed for a photo with us. He was such a wonderful person. He sat with us for at least 20 minutes and came by a few times during the evening.
My husband mentioned that he was teaching himself the trumpet, and so the next night, he played a Louis Armstrong track and dedicated it to us!
He is missed.

Mar. 26 2011 08:06 PM
Henry Gottfried from New York City

Thanks for all the great memories, Danny. There's no one today like Danny Stiles. He was one-of-a-kind. He was a mensch.
Rest in peace with your loving wife, Barbara.

Mar. 25 2011 12:28 PM
robert hartman from Bob from Flatbush in Brooklyn

I would like to express my deepest sympathies to the family of Danny Stiles on his passing. I have been listening to his radio program on WNYC since 1999 religiously. Please keep playing his old radio shows with the beautiful music. I particularly liked it when he announced that he was playing the suite called "Manhattan Tower' in its entirety that was played for more than 16 minutes straight. in fact, I recorded many of his shows and the one I have where he played manhattan Tower in its entirety was from the show that was broadcast on February 26, 2000. If you play more of his old broadcasts please play this one.

Danny will live in my heart and sould forever. He was a real character and even though i never met him i feel that i know him. Keep up the good work at the radio station.

Mar. 23 2011 05:32 PM
Liz from New York City

I am a 23-year-old graduate student who moved to New York just 8 months ago. I found Danny on a Saturday night in, and immediately fell in love. I am so sad that he is gone. I haven't had many opportunities to catch his show, but I always had a wonderful time when I did.
Please, WNYC, keep his show going. Is there any archive of his shows anywhere? I hate to think that the brief exposure I had to his wonderful show will end.

Mar. 23 2011 01:19 PM
henry gottfried from New York City

From Henry Gottfried, formerly from Brooklyn.

It took me a long time to get over the passing of my friend, Danny Stiles .I'm still in shock I have been listening to Danny since the 60's from WVNJ and WEVD.
I'm Danny's age and was a musician from the big bands of the 40's. There's very few of 40's muscians left in this world.

Mar. 23 2011 12:39 PM
Mariette Bermowitz from Brooklyn,NY

There is a great need during these stressful times to recognize all the wonderful people who have made a difference in our lives. I can think of no better homage than to honor the teachers who have motivated us as young people and have made us believe in our dreams. Do you think you could have a special program where people would call in with such tributes to their teachers. It could shed some light on what a truly GOOD teacher invokes and what it means for the future.

Mar. 21 2011 04:06 PM
Doug Douglass from Manhattan

In the Monday, March 21st Daily News David Hinckley reported ...

"WNYC (820 AM) isn't replacing the late Danny Stiles yet in its 8-10 p.m. Saturday slot. It plans to re-air archived Stiles shows until further notice."

Mar. 21 2011 09:08 AM
Corey Breier from Aventura,Florida

Dear friends at WNYC,
I appeal to you in the name of thousands of long time listeners and even new listeners,please keep the programs of Danny Stiles on the air. Saturday night has been special for so many years just by listening to the wonderful nostalgic music that our beloved Danny brought to us for over a quarter of a century. There is no one to take his place.But there is an answer. Heed the pleas of your listeners and keep Danny's old shows on the air. The music is timeless. What a tremendous mitzvah (good deed) you would make by keeping Danny's programs alive.
Corey Breier,President
Yiddish Theatrical Alliance

Mar. 20 2011 10:56 PM
Pordy from Florham Park NJ

Terrible loss... I do hope his shows make it to podcasts or rebroadcast somehow. I first heard him only 2 years ago when I was 37 and would rock my newborn to sleep Saturday nights. I have been listening to wnyc for 20 years day And night but never ventured over to AM at that hour. Sorry I didn't catch more.

Mar. 20 2011 10:33 PM
Carl Rabbin from Olney, Maryland

For the record, Danny Stiles' other show is still streaming on the Internet 24/7, but it's a bit hard to find a link to it. Here it is:


He was one great guy!

Mar. 20 2011 01:35 PM

I've been listening to Danny for over 25 years on a number of various NY area radio stations on weekdays, weeknights & weekends. I was 34 years old when I first started listening to him at work and some of my fellow workers were not big fans but put up with it. Listening to Danny Stiles was like taking a trip through the history of music. It was his own personal museum and he was a tour guide. I'll miss hearing the wonderful music on the radio that he so carefully selected. I'll miss the stories behind the music that he carefully scripted. But most of all, I'll miss his kind, warm voice. Like a teacher, a grandfather, a friend...Thank You Danny & Good Night Sweet Man, Good Night...and God Rest.

Mar. 19 2011 10:54 PM

I've been listening to Danny for over 25 years on a number of various NY area radio stations on weekdays, weeknights & weekends. I was 34 years old when I first started listening to him at work and some of my fellow workers were not big fans but put up with it. Listening to Danny Stiles was like taking a trip through the history of music. It was his own personal museum and he was a tour guide. I'll miss hearing the wonderful music on the radio that he so carefully selected. I'll miss the stories behind the music that he carefully scripted. But most of all, I'll miss his kind, warm voice. Like a teacher, a grandfather, a friend...Thank You Danny & Good Night Sweet Man, Good Night...and God Rest.

Mar. 19 2011 10:53 PM
Donnie "Bix" from NYC

Danny's gentle kindness and humane decency is what truly drew people to him. The records were an after-thought. I shall miss Danny dearly. He spoke for all of us meek who are supposed to inherit the Earth, but never do.

PS: Danny, I never sent those Willie Howard and Harry The Hipster Gibson sides I promised for you. I feel terrible. They sat in my work pile for ages. I have no excuse and now it's too late. I should be whipped. But I will complete the mastering and send them out anyway to WNYC in your name. Perhaps someone will like them. Perhaps, through the magic of the U.S. Post Office you will get them...

Mar. 19 2011 10:37 PM
John G. from South Park, PA

Danny Stiles was a fine gentleman and is irreplaceable as a radio presence. I had the pleasure of meeting him at Seppi's Restaurant in midtown several years ago. Regularly scheduled (and long-term as opposed to temporary) re-broadcasts of his program would be a fitting tribute, and would be greatly appreciated by his many devoted listeners.

Mar. 19 2011 10:22 PM
Van Vollmer from Greenpoint, Brooklyn

I just learned of Danny's passing. He was my Saturday night for the last 20 or so years. At eight- two I look forward to meeting him again at the big turntable in the sky. There aren't many like him left. A true entertainer.
Many of us old folks loved him even if we never knew him. He will truly be missed.

Mar. 19 2011 10:17 PM
Lawrence from Elizabeth, NJ

Tonight's tribute show should be made available, in perpetuity. Its playlist was great, and we would be blessed to be able to access that music which was presented whenever we seek it on-line. Thanks!

Mar. 19 2011 10:16 PM
Charlie Barrett from Los Angeles

What an eternal gem WNYC has in Mr Danny Stiles. I urge the station to continue playing his timeless shows, such as the one you aired this evening. I enjoyed Danny's music since I first found him in the 1970s late one evening while dialing the clock radio. We became friends in 1995 after my long stint with THE TONIGHT SHOW in California and had been in touch so many times over the last 15 years via phone, and while he was visiting Palm Springs a few years ago. Your show tonite truly illustrated how this man was so unique and touched so many people, from the young to the old.

Charlie Barrett

Mar. 19 2011 10:10 PM
John from Frenchtown, New Jersey

Tonight was my first time listening to Danny. It was so sad to know that he's gone and I've been missing him for all these years.

With your help though, Danny will live on for decades! (and I'll still get to know him)

Tonight's show was priceless.

Mar. 19 2011 10:10 PM
Cathy J from Bayside

I can't believe how long Danny has been a part of my family's Saturday night entertainment. Listening to his show every week, it was a rare Saturday when a song from a singer, my mother hadn't heard in years, wouldn't inspire from her a memory about her youth.
Sometime in the mid-90's, Danny announced that The Street Singer wasn't feeling well and that he had a birthday coming up soon. Danny was sure if people sent him a birthday card The Street Singer would love to hear from us. I had never heard of The Street Singer but my mother informed me his was my grandmother's favorite radio show. To my knowledge this was the only time in my mother's life that she ever wrote a fan letter.
Danny, you will be missed!

Mar. 19 2011 10:09 PM
El Guajiro from Havana, then Manhattan

I agree with Anna, Herbert and Judy - there should be eternal re-runs of his shows and there should be a possibility of podcasting - Danny who was so computer-un-savvy will enjoy the irony, and podcasts will NOT be excruciatingly heavy, a few kilobytes of happiness, right?

Mar. 19 2011 09:56 PM
Judy from white plains

Many thanks for tonight's tribute. I hope you will keep it online for a very long time so we can go back and listen to it over and over. Repeats of his former shows would be nice too. Who can replace Danny after all....

Mar. 19 2011 09:42 PM
Herbert Ouida from River Edge, NJ

Please keep the golden age of music alive by continuing the Saturday night program. I met Danny once at a restaurant on a Friday night where he was for many years. It was like we were lifetime friends. We put our arms around each other and walked over to my wife andf=friends where he warmly greeted with his special warmth. I wish he were on every night and I thoroughly enjoyed his commercials as I felt he was speaking to me as a friend,

Mar. 19 2011 09:33 PM
Anna from New York/Paris

Since so many of us loved his shows (I would change my flight to/from Europe to be in NY on Saturday morning or else I had to stay till 4 am on the old continent) - why doesn't WNYC simply take all those Danny's programs and rebroadcast them all over again? Those who love him will enjoy listening again and young devotees will have their chance... There is nothing "current" in his broadcasts and his mumblings about New Jersey diner encounters with some Italian couple - whose name he cannot recall - are part of the charm and should be preserved! In times of financial difficulties for public radio, re-running will be a inexpensive way of providing us all with heaven! If not that then at least let us all download the DS "opera omnia" - please...?

Mar. 19 2011 09:18 PM
Wendy from Manhattan

I miss you Danny, my charming date many a Saturday night!

Mar. 19 2011 09:17 PM
Heloisa from Montreal

I was a devotee and Leander and I will miss him.

Mar. 19 2011 09:14 PM
Mark from Brooklyn

He was a time traveler taking us to places that existed many years before alot of us were born. Every Saturday night at 8pm I would look foward to the wonderful music the " Vicar of Vinal " would play. Thank You Danny Stiles. You will be missed, truly.

Mar. 19 2011 09:09 PM
Ann Moss

Danny Stiles brought me to WNYC over two decades ago. I heard his show and Folk show that follows, I had to put up with the rest of that stuff until he would return. Benny Goodman and Harry James played at my grandmother's first wedding. I felt a bond to the music and so, a bond to Dr. Stiles. His passing will leave a hole in my Saturday and my heart. Though only a precocious teenager, I caught almost every night for twenty years. I love the music and recordings of old shows, but mostly his memories. Something is different about the recorded show. They lack something vital, A something I will call "STILE". He called me once. When I wrote in condolence on the passing of his long time co-host there at the penthouse. He was such a gracious and personable man. His passing only makes me hope I can do the thing I loves so much, right up to my final breath. If any man has done this, Danny has.

He will be missed by millions,
some as yet unborn

Mar. 19 2011 09:08 PM
Peg Simone from New York, NY

I had the fortunate pleasure of meeting Danny Stiles in person and will always cherish the opportunity I got to watch him broadcast live.
That, for me, is something which I will never forget. The love and enthusiasm he had for the music he played and listened to, filled every corner of the room. The joy Danny brought to so many Saturday nights, not only through what he played, but also through listening to his vast, historical knowledge of the music and artists he featured, will be sorely missed. Thank you Danny for sharing your love of this music, and for sharing yourself with so many people.

Mar. 19 2011 08:52 PM
Robert Stinerock from West 71st NYC 10023

As all these tributes make abundantly clear, Danny Stiles was so very special to so many of us. I never met Danny, but I feel like he is a family member. I first listened to him back in the mid 1970s, and during his WEVD days. Twenty years ago, I used to record on tape his afternoon programs (from WNYC), and mail them weekly to my father (who was about Danny's age). As to Danny's passing, as much as I will miss him (and now New York somehow seems a bit impoverished without him), most of wish we could do what we love and do it with such passion until the age of 87, and leave the audience begging for more. My life has been richer because of you, Danny, and I am so so fortunate to have had you as long as I did. Good night dear heart. See you on the other side.

Mar. 19 2011 08:33 PM
Michael Puglisi from Montclair, NJ

For over two decades Danny Stiles was a welcome guest in my home. Though each weekly visit was always comfortably familiar, I looked forward to experiencing a long forgotten musical memory or being pleasantly surprised by a new show business factoid from Danny’s vast archive. He was a perfect guest. Whenever he visited the room was filled with the generosity of his spirit and the warmth of his manner. That his broadcast persona was a multiple presence on New York radio for over 60 years is ample tribute to his belief in purpose. We are all the more rich because of his devotion to the music and culture he cherished. What a fabulous run! God keep you, dear friend.

Mar. 19 2011 07:35 PM
Nancy Melt zer

I loved listening to Danny Stiles radio program. The music he played was absolutely marvelous and his stories were funny and fascinating. He was one of a kind and I am going to miss his wonderful voice. My sincere condolences to his family.

Mar. 19 2011 06:16 PM
Sheila Michaels from New York City

I have listened to Danny Stiles since the '80s, with my late companion & ever since, on Saturday nights when I'm in. This is hard to believe & I shall miss him.

Mar. 19 2011 05:43 PM
Chris B

Danny Stiles had many dedicated listeners, but not all were human. We once owned a rabbit that was addicted to the Stiles Music Museum.

My wife and I started listening to Danny in 1989. A spin of the radio dial one night was our introduction to Danny Stiles, who at the time held down overnights on WEVD. Who better to drift off to than Glenn Miller or Claude Thornhill? Numbers that didn’t add, or pages that refused to compose didn’t matter, we were in dreamland and work was a world away.

One day, while in Ferrara’s in Times Square, we heard Dick Powell over their speakers followed by the voice of Danny Stiles. Once we discovered he was on WNYC 820, every Saturday was Danny Stiles time. By then we owned a rabbit, who couldn’t run from the radio regardless of what we played.

When 9/11 took place, WNYC AM was off the air for a number of weeks. The first Saturday without Stiles, at 8pm, that rabbit had a fit, hopping about in the hutch. We put tapes of Stiles on to maintain a bit of normalcy for ourselves, and it was also the only thing that calmed the critter. We figured we were just imagining this. After all, she was just a rabbit.

Well I tell you, the first night WNYC and Stiles returned live that critter jumped up, sat and stared at the receiver, ears focused on the speakers for his entire show. Al Bowlly and early Frank took that rabbit to places unknown.

Danny Stiles was more than just an old record spinner. The standards he played from the 20’s-40’s would be extinct without people like him and radio stations that give them a whirl. His shows on the many radio stations featuring him were always appreciated.

Our recordings of Fats, Louis, Noble, Frank and many more serve as magnificent entertainment. We owe that to Danny Stiles, as many listeners do. He reminded listeners of memories, and introduced many to a world of music we otherwise never would have heard.

Little did he know, that for seven years one of his most dedicated fans was a gold dutch rabbit.

Mar. 19 2011 12:12 PM
Jean from Staten Island, NY

I have been listening to Danny for about 30 years. He mentioned my name on the radio back in the 70s. THAT was exciting to me. My husband and I met him a few years ago and were impressed with his warmth and "down to earthness". I know that's not a word...but who cares? He will be missed! No more WNEW AM, and no more Danny Stiles. No more of THAT type of music. Now it can only be found on CDs and computer. Fewer and fewer folk on the radio know ANYTHING of this type of music.

Mar. 19 2011 10:32 AM
Rina Giancaspro from Hoboken

I'd like to take this time out to honor Danny Stiles and say Thank you for all of the many years of playing such wonderful music. My first experience hearing Danny actually started when I was somewhere about 10 years old and I used to listen to a transistor radio that I kept under my pillow when he would come on late at night on the Kit Kat club, he being the Catman. He played obscure oldies back then and I used to send away to the Relic Rack to get a record here and there. Fast forward about 40 some odd years and I, along with my mother Rina, my brother Dom and my sisters Vicky & Mary met him at Five Guys and he had become friends with us all, es-
pecially with my mother. Since that time, we spent many Friday nights with him and a small group that seemed to follow wherever he was. We always shared his anniversary/birthday party with him also at John's pizzeria. We are so very sorry to say Good Night Dear Heart for the last time.

Mar. 18 2011 09:23 PM
walter elliott from orange, nj

There's an obituary for Danny Stiles in the current editions of and

I met Danny Stiles once while I was working for Shadow Traffic Network in the mid-1980s. My chance meeting with Mr. Stiles at WEVD confirmed that the man was a hard-working night owl.

We Shadow field reporters doubled as off-shift couriers, dropping off client ad copy to radio stations.

Mr. Stiles answered the door one night or early morning while EVD was still on East Eighth Street. I remember Stiles having a five o'clock shadow on his chin and his half-glasses around his neck. One of his Big Band recordings could be heard on-air and in the studio background.

Mr. Stiles was courteous and efficient.

Thanks for the memories,

Walter Elliott,

Mar. 18 2011 12:56 PM
Roy from Queens

What a sad loss of a great NYC radio legend. :(

Mar. 18 2011 11:42 AM
Lynn Kaye from New York

Danny Stiles introduced me to music I never would have known about and just loved. Such a diversity, from the 20s until just a few decades ago. And I loved how he connected with fans like me. He always returned phone calls or emails (with a phone call of course!). I spoke to him about music I liked, like Nina Simone, and he would mention me on air, which was amazing! I will truly miss Mr. Stiles, and am so grateful to him for sharing his passion with us.

Mar. 18 2011 10:06 AM
Terry Mares from Keyport, NJ

Danny has been a part of my Saturday night radio nostalgia ritual for years, starting with "A Prairie Home Companion" and finishing with "The Music Museum." Although I'm 49, I loved the music Danny played, but I mostly enjoyed his passion for the music and his encyclopedic knowledge. Saturday nights will never be the same. I will miss him deeply.

Mar. 18 2011 09:33 AM
pmaidment from Manhattan, NY

He knew and loved the music he played and that shone through in his broadcasts. So many fond memories of Styles On My Dial and that welcoming, timeless voice bringing back to life a world of music and musicians that would otherwise be long gone. He was a radio original who will be irreplaceable.

Mar. 18 2011 09:28 AM
robert rosenblatt from New York City

Danny was the real living history of radio broadcasting and was the number one fan of great lasting music. There's lots of us who will miss him and what he represented to music and to the great American life.

Mar. 18 2011 12:33 AM
Kathy from Clifton, NJ

I was so saddened to hear news of Danny Stiles passing away. I have been listening to his show on Saturdays and fell in love with the man and his music. He had such a wonderful gift of music history and stories that he shared with his audience. I had the honor and pleasure of meeting him on night at Seppie's. He was a true gentleman with manners. A wonderful man of days gone by. They don't make them like him anymore!! Everytime I hear Gilbert O'Sullivan's song, "Alone Againl, Naturally" I will always remember how Danny loved that song and said "I don't know why but that song always makes me teary eyed". I am so happy I got the chance to meet him and got a little kiss on the cheek from him. He was such a sweet, sweet man. He will be missed.

Mar. 17 2011 10:10 PM
Sharon from Nassau County

Thank you Mr. Stiles for so many enjoyable hours of music. You will be missed.

Mar. 17 2011 08:19 PM
Joseph McConnon from West Village, Manhattan

Danny show became a big part of my families' Saturday nights. My 7 year old daughter Katilin refused to go to bed until Shirley Temple finished singing "Good night, my Love" and Danny wished good night to "dear sweet Barbara" and "Shirley."

I told Danny this on one of the occasions I got to meet him. The next night on his radio show after Shirley sang, Danny said "Hey Kaitlin, your parents Joe and Rosie want you to go to bed"
Thank you, Danny.

Mar. 17 2011 05:38 PM
Nicholas Di Brino ; Yonkers, N.Y. from Yonkers, N.Y

Danny and yours truly go back to 1969 starting at Dennis Careys old Red Blazer ;3rd avenue, Manhattan: one day 1970 circa I received a phone call from Dan; he received a threating letter; of sorts, and did not feel confortable being at the Red blazer that night Dan:: requested I come down( never meet Dan) till that night; he requested I hang around; as I was still not retired from The NYPD; that night was a big night as Herb Saltzman at the time:, owner of WVNJ was there as was Dan's brother a dentist: and others after that we became friends: ; a very nice man; A- CLEAN MAN of values: OF THE OLD SCHOOL and he loved what he was doing; but most important; he always would put a person at ease; if he felt it was needed; Over the years I always supplyed Dan with vintage newspaper articles, that from time to time we would all share with others over the radio waves: I was honoed to be able to attented: the services for Dan at Short hills and to have meet his son Gary: , and will miss him as most others will: ; the only connection I have now: are the 100 or so tapes that I recorded:over the years, of almost each and ever broad cast : from: WNYC. I also must point out radio station WNYC stood by Dan no matter what: ; and never stoped a broadcast;as long as Dan felt he was able, no matter what his condition was: He will never be replaced; he was the one and only; with: Respect Nicholas Di Brino; Yonkers, New York:

Mar. 16 2011 04:16 PM
Carolyn from Englewood, NJ

Growing up in New Jersey, I remember listening to Danny Stiles, “the Cat Man, swingin’ and swayin’ on the backyard fence.” Decades later, while studying ballroom in Manhattan, I had the privilege of meeting him in person. He had come to the dance studio with some friends, and it was clear that he enjoyed that WE enjoyed the old music.

To lovers of this music, Danny was a national treasure that is irreplaceable. A lovely human being as well. Condolences to his family. He will be sorely missed.

Mar. 16 2011 02:54 PM
Joanna from New York City

Three generations (7, 50, 80) of the Romano family loved the man and his music. He even danced with us all one night in a restaurant in Belleville, NJ.

In tribute to Mr. Stiles, find a way to keep his tradition going -- on the radio & on Saturday nights!!!!
There are a lot of us listening (and yes, donating).


Mar. 16 2011 01:29 PM
Tom Miller from Flushing, Queens. N.Y.

I listened to Danny Stiles for years. I"m sorry to hear of his passing. In the 80s we would go to a bar/restaurant on 2nd. Ave in Manhattan called The Red Blazer. On a weekday evening Danny Stiles would be there holding court. He would do a trivia quiz show for the diners sitting at the tables. I won a belt buckle by answering correctly the last and usually hardest trivia question. I still wear that buckle. I can't remember what the question was, but I remember Danny.

Mar. 15 2011 06:36 PM
Marvin Glassberg from queens, NY

I'll never forget when Danny returned my phone call. I told him that I was trying to locate a recording of "I'll String Along With You" that I heard many years before that could only be found in England; it had a choir of angels supporting the male singer. I told him if I found it, I would give it to him. I hoped to find a secind one for me.

We were on the phone for over fifteen minutes. We even harmonized singing that song. That's how down-to-earth he was, taking the time to sing with a total stranger. Like his voice, he was priceless.

I never did find that record. Maybe I'll try to find his friend, the Record Detective from Nagle Avenue, and make him the same offer.

Danny, the song said "You may not be an angel..." but I'm sure they welcomed you with open arms.


Mar. 15 2011 02:33 PM
Edwin F. Gonzalez from North Carolina

On Saturday nights, Danny Stiles reigned supreme. I absolutely loved his show on WNYC AM radio. I listened to it on the radio when in New York, but at home in North Carolina I listened to it online at

He was a great host and an engaging story teller of the golden age of radio. No one could drop names like Mr. Stiles. From Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Glenn Miller, Judy Garland, Bunny Berigan, Count Basie, Bette Davis, Sophie Tucker to Artie Shaw. The floor was littered with the names of stars of the golden age when you had to have talent in order to stay on top of your game. And, oh yes, his anecdote about when he met Greta Garbo at Saks Fifth Avenue was priceless!!!

For nine years I listened to him EVERY Saturday night and if I was traveling I would listen to his show online at My friends and family knew they would be better off by NOT calling me until after the show was over. And now that it's all over I'm glad I didn't take the calls.

Good Night Mr. Stiles, and Thank You.

Edwin F. Gonzalez

Mar. 15 2011 12:39 AM
Warren Chiasson from Manhattan

Danny was one of a kind and I had the great pleasure of working with the Metropolitan area.

At the MELI-MELO restaurant in NY.I played Digital Piano in the owner's small office unseen by the regular customers.
It was cramped and both the Computer and the Digital Piano were embedded in the wall.
There was a small fan to alleviate matters.
Danny or the musicians called out the tunes to me and the Piano was heard in the main room accompanying the rest of the band.
Danny fully in charge!.
The customers got a real kick out of it.
By the way the French food was terrific.

Mar. 14 2011 11:39 PM
Robert from Bayonne, N.J.

I was at several Danny Stiles events over time, including most recently in May 2010 at the Bayonne Jewish Community Center (in Bayonne, N.J.). I had fun listening to him especially when I was scheduled to report to work on night shifts. I recall when you could hear his show up until 5 AM on weeknights. There may be others who play this music, but Danny was truly irreplaceable, and I will very much miss hearing him on the radio.

Mar. 14 2011 10:39 PM
William F.Guthrie from Brooklyn N.Y

I have been listing to Danny since 1971 i am 48 years old the will never be any one like him he was the king of radio
Rest in Peace Danny.

William guthrie

Mar. 14 2011 05:19 PM


Mar. 14 2011 03:16 PM
Gary Matson from Sunnyside

Not that many years ago, WNYC had listener volunteers answering phones & taking pledges during fund drives. There were rows of long tables set up in the Municipal Bldg offices, with maybe 40 (more or less) people on the phones. During one drive, I looked up to see a man pushing a shopping cart full of LP records across the front of the room. "Danny Stiles!" I exclaimed. The room burst into applause. It's good to remember how we made him happy that day.

Mar. 14 2011 01:43 PM
PryceM from Fair Lawn, NJ

I heard Karen Frillman's show on Danny, it was very good. My dad, before he passed, and both my brothers are musicians and played with a 20 piece 30s and 40s Jazz band on LI - the Harold Hoffmann Orchestra. Danny sponsored or attended many shows when they were playing. I used to do sound for the band in High School, that was how I got involved in tech. It was obvious how much he loved that music.
Anyway, Karen's tribute was really nice and it reminded me of many good times with my dad and the band. I especially remember one show that Danny hosted where Sol Yager, a jazz clarinet player. Danny had my older brother Alan, an amazing musician, have a duel on his soprano sax. It is one of my fondest memories, Danny egging my brother and Sol on as they played shorter and shorter riffs at each other with a huge audience around them and cheering them on.... and my dad watching looking very proud.


Mar. 14 2011 10:36 AM
marty from Long Island NY

Danny may be gone but his kind of music is still on thr air every Sunday night from 8 to midnight on WFUV on the Big Broadcast hosted by Rich Conaty for the past 40 years. Rich and Danny were good friends and the Big Broadcast is now the only program in the NY metro area of this kind that is still on the air. It is also streamed worldwide on the net.

Mar. 14 2011 09:11 AM
Geoffrey Arend from New York

My friend Danny Stiles died this week. He was 87 years old.
Danny was an old-fashioned, two-fisted vinyl record playing disc jockey. In his final years he hosted a show on WNYC, New York Public AM Radio .
Before that, Danny was heard at a number of local radio stations – some were big name and some you probably never even heard of.
Danny was the self proclaimed “Vicar of Vintage” and he specialized in uncovering recordings you could not hear anywhere else, let alone buy in a store or online.
Over the years, Danny brought his music out from the small box into the real world by hosting a series called “The Big Band Dance Party.”
Danny would rent a room in a hotel at the airport (usually Newark International near his home in NJ) and for one night, it was the old times all over again. The grand ballroom of a Holiday Inn would fill up with three or four hundred people, mostly seniors, and everyone would eat and laugh and drink the night away while a series of 12- and 14-piece big bands played on and on.
I remember one night with Danny and his good friend Sol Yaged at Newark. During the break the two talked and carried on with everybody coming and going at the hotel as Sol noodled his clarinet in the lobby.
Later the first Monday of every December, Danny would hold his Big Band Dance Party at John's, Times Square In Manhattan to celebrate his birthday.
His following of older folks who still dug big band dancing would fill the place up.
Our daughter Flossie (FT Managing Editor) handled the party for Danny for many years, speaking to the attendees, planning the menu and getting the birthday cake.
Flossie handled the party with kid gloves, respectful and easy, while talking to all the folks who religiously attended the annual event.
Sometimes the conversations would turn to the fact that a spouse or other loved one that had attended the party had passed on.
Flossie always seated people attending alone at a table of friends so that at some point during the evening everybody got to dance.
I thought while watching these people dancing around in midtown Manhattan, many of them in their 80s,:
'What a lovely touching way to spend an evening.'
The last time I saw Danny was on a particularly hot, sweltering August day as Big Pete turned 70.
Although most everyone else was in shirt sleeves, a couple of us even wore jackets, and Danny was in his seersucker suit and bow tie at 86 years of age - and he was the coolest cat in the room.
“I can’t believe last December was Danny’s last birthday party at our place,” said a stunned Peter Castellotti Jr., Big Pete’s son, who runs the restaurant in Times Square.
“You just thought Danny would go on forever because he was so young at heart,” Peter said.
Somewhere in my cassette tape collection, I recorded several of Danny’s great radio shows.
I guess I will be listening to the reruns for a while.
73 Danny.

Mar. 14 2011 08:36 AM
Lisa from New York NY

We're crushed to hear that Danny is gone. Saturday nights, at home in new York City, will never be the same. Rest in peace, dear Vicar.

Mar. 14 2011 01:56 AM
tom blair from Battle Creek, MI

I began listening to Danny in Bay Ridge in '98. You really felt like he was sitting right next to you. I believe he still is!

Mar. 14 2011 12:27 AM

Ahhhh, how sad to hear of his passing. I LOVED to listen to Mr. Stiles when I lived in NYC back in the 80's and 90's. I even taped a few of his shows, which I still have. VERY fond memories listening to Danny Stiles on my radio dials.

Mar. 13 2011 10:56 PM
rob from nutley, nj

I just learned of mr stiles passing latethis everyone else has posted, he will be missed, as he is the last of his kind.....I he meet Danny on 3 occasions, and each time he was nothing short of regrets to his son and family.....and almost just as important, my regrets to all of the people who listened to his one of a kind program....I would hope that WNYC would continue to air his program, it will never be duplicated and is an NY treasure....I also hope there is some kind of public memorial in the works, as that would be a fitting tribute to a man who truly loved being in the spotlight.....Sleep warm Mr Stiles.....

Mar. 13 2011 10:20 PM
Sara from Born in Newark, raised in Maplewood, living in Virginia :)

I dreaded this day. Not that I'm a person who hangs around waiting for people to pass, but Danny has always been a link to my dear, recently (within the last couple of years) departed parents. And now he's gone too.

My Dad always listened to his show, and when my Mom died, he would listen with tears in his eyes. I knew he was remembering times when they were younger or maybe when he was a boy living in Newark and missing his family.

Even though I'm not yet 40, at a very young age I fell in love with the era of the music that Danny played. I thank him for keeping the music going all these years. Especially the times recently when I could just log in to the internet, stream his show through my laptop, close my eyes and remember the times I had with my parents. During the week after my Dad's funeral, I listened to webcast each night, hearing Danny's voice and the music he played helped lessen the pain of losing my last surviving parent.

I agree with most people here who say we need to keep his voice and the music he brought to us going. Please, WNYC, keep Danny's show alive.

Rest in peace, Danny. I wish I would have been able to go to one of your shows at the restaurant to tell you in person how much your show meant to me and my parents.

Thanks for everything,


Mar. 13 2011 07:55 PM
Alex from Staten Island, NY

Hold those gates open God, Danny's carrying heavy 78's into heaven.

Mar. 13 2011 07:52 PM

Just found out about Danny Stiles and was shocked to read about his passing. I never knew he was ill. I worked with Danny for a short time in 1993 at
W-E-V-D. He sort of took me under his wing. He was a great guy and a great friend. He loved his work, his music and promoted his sponsors very well. We used to kid him about his commercial spots. We would tell him that he was the only DJ that did a 60 second commercial spot in 3 minutes. He also loved his Barbara and son Gary. When he lost his Barbara, he was deeply heartbroken. Now, he and Barbara are together again.

Rest in peace, Dear Vicar of Vintage Vinyl. Now you have a greater audience to play you golden platters. And, your Barbara will always be by your side.

My deepest sympathies to their son, Gary.

I would love to hear from some of Danny's listeners. I may be reached at


Mar. 13 2011 07:12 PM
Kimberly Miller from Manhattan

Right now I'm listening for the first time to Ron Forman's "Sweet Sounds" on WKRB, as he plays Danny's list of 25 greatest recordings of all time in tribute to our departed Dean of Déjà Vu. Thank you so much for this wonderful program, Ron!

If others out there would like to listen, tune in to 90.3 FM in the NYC area, or go to Ray Noble's "The Very Thought of You," Danny’s number 17, is ending as I type this.

I cannot stop crying; honestly, I feel as though I’ve lost a friend. Even though I met Danny in person just twice, when I attended his annual “surprise” parties at John’s Pizzeria, I listened regularly to his Saturday-night program for the last 15 years. I marvel at—and am grateful for—the power of the personal, intimate bond forged via these radio airwaves between DJ and listener.

Danny, I very rarely missed your WNYC show over the last decade and a half; now I will miss your warm, wonderful companionship on Saturday nights for the rest of my life. To me, you were an inspiration, a joy and a wonder to behold, and a direct link to a time that I was born too late to have experienced, but to which I’ve always felt a deep connection. Thank you from the bottom of this heart of mine for giving voice and harbor to my nostalgic yearnings, and for being a true gentleman and a fine human being, besides.

Blessings and peace to you always, Dear Heart!

Mar. 13 2011 06:52 PM

I think what made him unique was the fact that he wasn't just a record spinner. He liked to talk -a lot- about the records he was playing, regaling us with wonderful anecdotes of things that were happening at the time the record came out, which is of some importance for today's audiences who were not there to witness it.

Good Night Mr. Stiles and Thank You.

Mar. 13 2011 06:40 PM
jim symons from Bradley Beach, NJ

We heard the sad news when I tuned in Sat night for my weekly dose of the Vicor of vintage vinyl. He was the last of the great ones- We will really miss him. Me and the rest of the precocious teenagers that is.

Mar. 13 2011 05:34 PM
JOHN MCGOWAN from Rockaway Beach NY

We had a crew at the Bushwick central office in the 60's and 70's that had Stiles on our dial on all floors of the central office. We had old men and also young guys that were just hired that loved his music and chatter.
All good things come to an end, thank you Danny and REST IN PEACE.

Mar. 13 2011 05:22 PM
Barbara from Brooklyn, NY

I have a heavy heart as I am sure many of Danny's listeners do. The Vicar of Vintage Vinyl has left us. How can I thank him for all the great music he played. It was not only hearing the music, but, Danny's knowledge of the songs. He would tell us the date, the singer(s), the label, and if was music from a TV show, he would share that information too.
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family.
This devotee already misses you Danny. Goodnight Dear Vicar and Goodnight My Love. I hope that you are with your Dear Sweet Barbara, spinning some records for some more precocious people.

Mar. 13 2011 05:09 PM
julie sinatra from Santa Fe, New Mexico

I only spoke on the phone with Mr Stiles once. It was a few years ago. It was about my book UNDER MY SKIN. Mr Stiles was a kind and lovely man to speak with. He was a kind and warm person and a talented radio personality who played my father's records over and over

Mar. 13 2011 03:23 PM
Diane from Manhattan

There is only one Danny Stiles and he brought us so much pleasure every Saturday night at WNYC, I loved hearing music that I actually knew and knew the words. Thanks Danny for all the wonderful music and for sharing your vast knowledge of the music with us. With deepest sympathy to Danny's family and his many friends.

Mar. 13 2011 02:39 PM

Danny will truly be missed. I have been a listener for many years. He was a warm, sincere and kind person. I will always remember the names and phrases that he used over the years. I can hear them now
the Bayonne bunny
the Kennelworth crooner
the nostalgic roofer from Nutley New Jersey
my fifth cousin on my mothers side
Johns pizza
the red blazer
holiday inn north
good night dear hearts

good night Danny

Mar. 13 2011 02:22 PM
Bob from Brewster New York

I will always remember Danny from the way he talked about his sponsors, it was if they were his personal friends and most of them probably were.

Those Big Band Dinner Dance partys at the Holiday Inn North near Newark Intl. Airport that Danny put on were nothing short of excellent. This was the only place I have ever been able to experience the performance of an authentic Big band Orchastra made up of original Big band musicians. The food was exceptional, The entertainment fantastic.

I first met Danny at one of these partys and every time since then he would always say hello to me by name. With all of the people Danny knew, this really surprised me.

God Bless you Danny Stiles. You were a one of a kind Broadcast Professional that will be remembered I am sure by the millions you have entertained during your lifetime.

Mar. 13 2011 01:41 PM
George Bessinger from Spring Valley CA

Danny was one of those inexhaustible d.j. characters from the '50s and '60s. At one point he was doing his afternoon pop show on WCTC, then driving up to Newark to do the Cat Man rhythm and blues show on WNJR. In my circle at the time I suspect I was the only one who knew of his two "lives". Both came across totally authentic with complete, knowledgeable enthusiasm for both playlists. Been gone from New Jersey for almost four decades, but never forgot him.

Mar. 13 2011 12:56 PM
Peter Cappiello from Dumont,NJ

I have listened to Danny for more than 40 years on the radio and recently on the computer. He was a nice man and will be missed.

Mar. 13 2011 12:46 PM
Elfriede Nagy

I believe it was Friday March 4, 2011 when I was listening to Danny on WPAT, he was reciting the 'reduction' of names that the word PIZZA had gone through. I emailed him that the word pizza has further been reduced to ZA. Courtesy of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, Fourth Edition - Merriam-Webster. A long-time listener. Elli

Mar. 13 2011 12:44 PM
Paul Griffin

Danny was an icon of the airwaves and Saturday nights will not be the same without him. My condolences to his family and friends.

Paul Griffin

Mar. 13 2011 12:40 PM
Eddie Haskell from Bronx, NY

danny Stiles was an Alta Kaker.

Mar. 13 2011 12:20 PM
Steffen from Riverdale, NY

I started listening to Danny some 35 years ago - back in the WEVD says. I was a ham radio operator and a collector of antique radios. Saturday evening was the time to fire up one of my old Fada, Philco or Zenith radios and tune in Danny as I repaired or built yet another piece of equipment. My Dad and I were able to share an appreciation for music due to Danny's way of educating his audience. I wrote an email to him recently in order to thank him. I hope he read it along with the thousands of others he must have been receiving on a regular basis. Danny was the last of the original greats of authentic radio DJs. If the station were to play encore segments of his former shows, they would still be far fresher than so much of the pre-programmed meaningless stuff splattered across the dial today. Clear Channel, you may have bought and monopolized most of radio, but you never were able to buy or silence Dany Stiles.

Mar. 13 2011 10:56 AM
Keith from Manhattan

Along with WNYC, Danny was heard weeknights on WPAT-AM 930. This Friday, March 18th, they will broadcast a tribute from 7:00 to 10:00 PM, when his program aired. It will be streamed live at

Included will be people who knew Danny and/or worked with him sharing their memories.

Mar. 13 2011 10:36 AM
Bob Chatelle from Roxbury MA

I can't remember how many years ago it was that I discovered Danny while exploring internet radio. He was playing the music that my mother loved so well when I was a small boy in the 40s. I started listening for the music -- and then I started listening just to hear Danny. He told wonderful stories -- such as helping Greta Garbo return a pair of shoes at Macy's. He soothed away the troubles of my week. My mother is now 90 and lives in Minnesota. She has no computer and never heard Danny. She would have loved him even more than I did.

Mar. 13 2011 10:22 AM
Roz Kupferman

Sooooo many years!!!!What will saturday nite from 8 - 10 be w/o you.My AM dial has a verrry 'schitcy'personality.It works sometimes and then again it sometimes stops.Well....saturday nite it stopped. Good nite dear sweet Danny.

Mar. 13 2011 09:47 AM
Paul Sussmann from Jersey City

I listened to him for so many years on WNYC and I loved what he did. To me he was and always will be The Merry Moderator Of Marvellous Melodious Musical Masterpieces. May he rest in peace together with so many of the radio people and performers he admired so much

Mar. 13 2011 06:58 AM
Frank from Leominster MA

I live in a small town way out in Western Massachusetts and started listening to Danny way back in the 1980's on WEVD. There was an old man in town back then who picked cans all day long and listened to Danny Stiles nostalgia on tape while he did his route. Danny's shows became an enjoyment that both me and the old man shared on a daily basis. I must have listened to thousands of Danny's shows but now Danny and the can picker are gone. I hope the old shows will be rerun, or maybe streamed online so that the whole world can enjoy the Danny Stiles Show.

Mar. 13 2011 06:41 AM
Jim C from Nutley NJ from Nutley, NJ

I have been a fan of Danny Stiles for more than 25 years and have followed his shows all over the AM dial. He became my late night musical companion during all those years. I once had the pleasure of meeting him a few years back when he celebrated his “birthday” at one his Friday night get-togethers at Three Guys from Italy in Belleville, N.J. – what a kind gentleman and a wonderful night, I will always remember it.
Listening to Danny’s show on Saturday night became a family ritual over the years as we would all listen to him while having our Saturday family dinner. We always felt as if he was joining us - and he was!
When I read the news about Danny’s passing in the NY Times, I was stunned. One knows this was going to happen someday but it’s still shocking when it does happen. I was at my daughter’s swim meet and it was about 7:45 PM. I just had to find out what was going to happen with tonight’s show, so I went out to the car and turned on the radio, it was the end of Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion – and what did I hear? One of the most beautiful version of “Danny Boy” I ever heard! I couldn’t believe it! With goose bumps and tears welling up, I soon broke out into a broad grin and starting chuckling thinking about how Danny would think that a perfect way to start his show and let us know all is OK! Thank You Danny for all you gave us these many, many years.

Mar. 13 2011 03:04 AM
Lucrezia from Manhattan

Like other posters, I've been listening to Danny "forever" too. He introduced me to so many recording artists and I loved his commentary.

Good night, Mr. Stiles. You were so loved and appreciated.

Mar. 13 2011 01:39 AM






Mar. 13 2011 01:19 AM
Robbie from Elizabeth, NJ

Good night, dear heart.
I knew something was wrong when I last heard a live show - Danny's voice sounded weaker. I hope that WNYC will always keep broadcasting vintage shows. All of us who loved and admired his acumen and dedication to spreading not only his vast knowledge of great music but the stories and history behind that music, will sorely miss him.

Mar. 13 2011 01:10 AM
Josh from Brooklyn

Danny sweetened the airwaves and brought romance to the hardest hearts. Part of me hopes that the archives will keep playing, on some lonely AM station, or less romantically but more likely, across some streaming internet URL, forever. Even the ads. Even commercials had heart in Danny's voicescape.

Mar. 13 2011 12:02 AM
Julie from Burbannk, CA

Been listening to him on Saturday evenings for several years. Rest in peace Danny -- gonna miss your voice.

Mar. 12 2011 11:40 PM
Joe Ruggirello from Staten Island

It was not just the great music, but hearing Danny's wonderful voice with all he had to say and how he said it. I am sorry that I never called Danny on his lukewarm phone line to tell him how much the music museum meant to me. Please WNYC, make his shows available.

Mar. 12 2011 11:29 PM
Linda Sanders from Manhattan

To the family of Danny Stiles:
I am so sad to learn that the one and only Danny Stiles, the mensch of musical memories, is gone. He played the music of my parents' generation -- the greatest generation -- of which he was a part. I lost my parents in the last few years and his program was like a wonderful bridge back to them. As important and meaningful as the music, was the one-in-a-million host, Danny Stiles. His voice, anecdotes, sense of humor and authenticity are irreplaceable. He called his listeners "dear hearts." He truly was a dear heart and a sweet soul. I will miss him. Deepest condolences to the family. Linda Sanders

Mar. 12 2011 11:13 PM
Sandra Cain from Brooklyn, New York

I was in total shock of Danny's passing. His voice was very soothing and I really enjoyed the records and the stories to accompany them. Danny had a great spirit and he will be greatly missed. May his legacy continue. Rest in Peace. Sandra

Mar. 12 2011 10:51 PM
Judy from NYC

How I miss Danny already! So happy that Danny's music won't die with him and that WNYC will continue to play his music on Saturday nights. What a lovely tribute to Danny and his fans.

Mar. 12 2011 10:49 PM
Jessica from Manhattan

Goodnight My Love, God Bless My Love

May he rest in eternal peace as he has brought so many of us, from so many generations and backgrounds so much joy over the years.

I will always love Danny Stiles. Part of my heart broke today when I first heard the news but I'm so glad he was able to do what he loved most for so long.

He was an inspiration to me and remains one. Such an original, our radio vicar.

Mar. 12 2011 10:49 PM
Walter Whitmore from Yonkers, NY

I have been listening for more years then I can remember. All I can say is Danny was
Saturday nights for me; my family knew that from 8 to 10 pm it was Danny Stiles time, and don't bother me unless it was super serious. Danny brought his love for music to us and that's what made his program extra special. We all loved him. I will miss
his sign off just before picking up the "excruciatingly heavy records". He mentioned the names of celebrities from the past. God bless Danny, Barbara and family.

Mar. 12 2011 10:45 PM
Walter Whitmore

I have been listening for more years then I can remember. All I can say is Danny was
Saturday nights for me; my family knew that from 8 to 10 pm it was Danny Stiles time, and don't bother me unless it was super serious. Danny brought his love for music to us and that's what made his program extra special. We all loved him. I will miss
his sign off just before picking up the "excruciatingly heavy records". He mentioned the names of celebrities from the past. God bless Danny, Barbara and family.

Mar. 12 2011 10:41 PM
Evan from Staten Island, NY

My wife and I have been listening to Danny for some time now after stumbling across his show one late night while twisting the am radio dial out of boredom. We were enchanted with Danny and his show from the get-go, it was old school radio with personality and charm. I enjoyed the music, the local ads he did, the kibbitzing, the stories, the silly jokes, when he sang or laughed over the records, his wonderful sign off with Shirley and the golden-age entertainers and actors he'd name-check (Mischa Auer!) before heading off with his 78's. I've spent many late nights working while listening to the Vicar, and I knew I'd regret not writing him and telling him how much I enjoyed his broadcasts. Somehow you thought he'd always be there. My heart has been excrutiatingly heavy since hearing the news yesterday, I feel like I lost a friend, as corny as that sounds. His presence will be missed. But I'm happy he was able to do what he loved for so long, and touch so many people, and know he was loved by so many listeners. Rest in peace, Danny. And thank you so much.

Mar. 12 2011 10:32 PM
phil from New York City

In the late 1980s I was asked to develop a playlist for a dance party using music from the 1920s to the present. I left a voicemail message for Danny requesting advice. He rang me up the very next morning, ready to share his great knowledge. What a kind and generous man.

Mar. 12 2011 10:24 PM
JKaram from white plains

Danny Stiles is a great loss for me and family. My 20-something son would come home to share the joy with Danny before going out with friends. He was with us tonight to mourn the end along with his wife and baby daughter. We would really appreciate an extensive Cd set to keep DANNY and the music alive. We somehow thought Danny would be there for us forever. Very sad in White Plains. Danny, you have left behind many memories.

Mar. 12 2011 10:23 PM
Eleanor and Bob

Our Saturday nites will not be the same without you. You left a lovely mark on our being.
The music was the very best!!
Goodnight Danny!!!!!
Eleanor and Bob from Brooklyn Heights

Mar. 12 2011 10:18 PM
Barbara Ahrens from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

I feel I have lost a dear friend. I own a health food store in Brooklyn and advised Danny many times over the phone about eating healthy foods because he was a vegetarian. He kindly mentioned my store's name in Bay Ridge on air many times in return - the kind of advertising I could never afford to pay for, and he knew that. He gave all his listeners something to look forward to. I think many of us are not going to know what to do on Saturday nights from 8 to 10pm without him. Good night, dear sweet Danny. Barbara from Bay Ridge

Mar. 12 2011 10:13 PM
Eleanor and Bob

Our Saturday nites will not be the same without you.
Your passing is a loss to all nostaglic nuts.
We will surely miss you.
Eleanor and Bob
Brooklyn Heights

Mar. 12 2011 10:12 PM

Sad news - and hope that WNYC keeps the show on - so few places to hear the Great American Songbook -- but here on WNYC there was Danny Stiles and still is Jonathon Schwartz.

The Music Museum was the first place I ever listened to music online.

The music is timeless. His knowledge was legendary. May he rest in peace.

Mar. 12 2011 10:09 PM
Ian Tattersall from Manhattan

Danny: I'm sorry I never got to thank you personally for enriching my Saturday evenings all these years. Stay on the air!

Mar. 12 2011 10:08 PM
Matthew Gross from Manhattan

I discovered Danny 10 years ago when I moved to the city. He has been a fixture of my Saturday nights ever since. My now wife and I would have "mini dates" making dinner and listening to the Music Museum with our Dean/Vicar/King Danny Stiles.

Oh, your red scarf matches your eyes
You closed your cover before striking
Father had the shipfitter blues
Loving you has made me bananas.

Goodnight, dear sweet Danny.

Mar. 12 2011 10:05 PM
Penelope from New York, NY

Good Night Dear Danny. We'll all miss you

Mar. 12 2011 10:00 PM
Jennifer from Brooklyn, NY

My boyfriend and I have been listening to Danny Stiles since we moved to Brooklyn 9 years ago. Last year we refurbished a 1940s Grundig radio to put in place of our television as the centerpiece of our living room - the better to hear the Vicar of Vintage. We are so very sad, but hope that his recordings will be made available by WNYC so that we can continue our Saturday night ritual.
Thank you, Danny

Mar. 12 2011 09:56 PM
Joseph B from Staten Island, NY

Danny we are very sorry you passed away I listened to your radio broadcasts for many years, now G-D is with you. You will be missed.

Mar. 12 2011 09:52 PM
Ann Hall Every, CCP from Forest Hills

We've listened to Danny Stiles on Saturday evenings for so many many great memories of listening to Danny and his incredible music collection. Thank you for giving us so much joy over the years.

I hope that WNYC will create CD's of all of your programs so we can enjoy listening to you even though you are no longer with us.

Mar. 12 2011 09:50 PM
edziu from Oak Ridge N. J.

I started with the Cat Man Show on WVNJ out of Newark N.J. we don't hear enough of "JEEPS BLUES " & I Hope CHEROKEE doesn't fade away. Now the man upstairs has all that enthusiasm.You will be missed but your VOICE will live on.Say hello to Barbara for me.

Mar. 12 2011 09:50 PM
Michael Kingon from New York, NY

We've lost a great legend, a wonderful person, and a true man and master who knew about the music of the early 20th Century in the sounds of Big Band classics. My father grew up with that sound when he was a young boy which you just don't hear anymore as Danny would say.

Well Rodney, now you're really going to have to make adjustments to keep that door open. Even though Danny's 78s are excruciating and valuable, they will always stay with us and never be broken.

Dear Danny, I was listening to your program in May of 1998 after the passing of Frank Sinatra, when you did the tribute to him, you've mentioned to Frank he will never be forgotten. Now it's sad to say it's now your turn to go. We all love you and we're sorry to see you leave this world and now it is my turn to say on behalf of your listeners, your family, your friends and loved ones, you will never be forgotten.

May God Bless you and your wife Barbara and much love goes out to your family. Keep those doors open Rodney!!

Mar. 12 2011 09:43 PM
Amy from Richmond, CA

I've been crying all afternoon. Danny kept me company on many a lonely NYC Saturday night 3000 miles from my California home. I will miss him. Rest in peace, lovely man.

Mar. 12 2011 09:42 PM
Giancarlo from Brooklyn, NY

Once a colleague said something like "I love the music, but Danny Stiles talks too much." This poor person completely missed the point: anyone can spin records, but few can immerse the listener into the experience and history of the music and their own life connections to it. Danny was a wonder, a and he will be missed. Please... WNYC... keep the show running via online archives or "best ofs" and archived broadcasts.

Mar. 12 2011 09:30 PM
Scott B. from Washington Heights

Vicar of Vinyl -

Every Saturday night while washing dishes after dinner with my family, your music, your verbal acuity, your distinctive voice would keep usentertained. You reminded us of simpler times. You introduced us to rare recordings and vocalists from generations of yore. Thank you WNYC.

Tip O' the Hat to you,
Danny Stiles


Mar. 12 2011 09:29 PM
Richard from Red Bank

Danny Stiles has been in my life since the 1950s when he was the Cat Man and I was a ten year old in Elizabeth just getting my feet wet as a radio listener. It's almost like losing a close relative. It is impossible to overstate his importance to maintaining a variety of cultural perspectives on NY radio, and diversity in WNYC programming in particular. We need the Music Museum to continue, preferably following Prairie Home Companion on FM so that the program would not have to compete with quite so much static. Rest in peace, Danny and thanks for everything.

Mar. 12 2011 09:27 PM
Mary K from Brooklyn, NY

This is a devastating loss. I only met Danny once 5 years ago, but I feel like I've lost a dear friend. Thankfully I have a lot of his old radio shows on cassette that my Dad and I can still listen to even when his show stops being broadcast.

I went to see him the day after Thanksgiving in (I believe) 2006. He came over to my table and spoke kindly to us. He was so impressed that we came from Brooklyn to see him at the restaurant that when he found out he turned to a friend of his and shouted across the room "They came from Brooklyn!".

What was it about Danny? His "Goodnights" to Barbara were so heartfelt that he almost made me feel as if I knew her and missed her too!

He seemed to love the Gilbert O'Sullivan song "Alone again naturally." I never did, but won't be able to hear the song again without thinking of Danny. Fortunately, he'll never have to be alone again. He and his dear sweet Barbara are together forever now.

Rest in peace, Danny.

Mar. 12 2011 09:27 PM
Angelo Vetrano from Middle Village, Queens, NY

Oh my goodness, I am stunned and truly heartbroken. Danny and his show have meant so much to me and my family. Every Saturday night we have shared with him his absolute joy for the music, the movies, and the personalities of a long gone, never to be repeated, era. Danny was our genuine, legitimate link to that Golden Age that ended before we were even born.

I first discovered Danny in 1982 when I was 19 years old, working the overnights in a toll booth on the Throgs Neck Bridge. He accompanied me through those lonely hours and played music that for some unexplainable reason appealed to me.
I followed his show on and off through the years, growing both in age and in my appreciation for his music and all things nostalgic.

Now at 47, I couldn't be a bigger Danny Stiles fan or appreciate more the wonderful gifts he shared with us. I feel priviledged to have been aware of Danny and the Danny Stiles Show and to have enjoyed it for so many years. Two years ago I had the tremendous good fortune of meeting Danny at Seppes. It was my wife's Fathers Day gift to me. I'm so lucky to have had that opportunity. Thank you again, Mayra. I'm also proud as punch to say Danny actually called me a few times and spent some time with me on the phone. My family jumped with joy when Danny mentioned our names on the show the following Saturday night.

As I finish up, Danny just introduced the Bagelman Sisters. They are singing in Yiddish and I am wondering who else is going to play the Bagelman Sisters? No one else. Danny was one of a kind or should I say the Last of his kind.

God Bless You Danny. We will miss you, we will never forget you, and we will always love you.

Most Sincerely,
Angelo Vetrano
Middle Village, Queens, NY

Mar. 12 2011 09:21 PM
Barbara Staudt

Oh, Danny Boy the pipes have called, but you live on as the music in your museum lives on - thank you for bringing it to us all - and let us hope there is someone around who will continue to cherish the sounds of the past as you have. May you rest in peace, and Thank you for your musical treasures, which reflect your heart. Shalom.

Mar. 12 2011 09:13 PM
Adele from Allenhurst, NJ

I turned on 820am tonight at 8pm and discovered a replay of a former Danny Stiles Radio Show. I hope this show continues forever in reruns. Danny was one of a kind, a gentleman, a charmer. We will miss his wonderful way.

Mar. 12 2011 09:12 PM
Stewart from Paramus, NJ

Another great one is gone. So sad to hear the news. Mom and I are really going to miss Danny. Saturday nights will never be the same...Hopefully someone is helping you Danny with them heavy 78s up there...

Mar. 12 2011 09:08 PM
Jim Foley from Oradell, NJ

One of my few pleasures during law school in the late 80's was a few hours of Danny every Saturday afternoon. Swallowing mountains of case law was a bit more enjoyable while he was on. I had the priviledge of meeting this great patriot at a dinner with Bob Grant during Operation Desert Storm. I told him how I listened to him for years on a cathedral radio while studying at a roll top desk, and he got a great laugh out of the image. Shalom, Danny. You remain as timeless as your music.

Mar. 12 2011 09:07 PM
Joe & Pauline from Brooklyn

Danny---a legend---you will be sorely missed! Our Saturday nights will NEVER be the same--something special is missing. Thank you and God bless you for all the beautiful music you brought to us. RIP with your beloved Barbara.

Mar. 12 2011 09:04 PM
Jesse Lemisch from Upper West Side

What a loss, especially for those of us who grew up on Martin Bloch's "Make Believe Ballroom," and "Listen to Lacy," and whose parents sang the songs of earlier in the 20th century. Not too long ago, I talked to Danny about what would become of his extraordinary collection of records. I hope they can be kept together and placed in some repository where they will constitute a magnificent source for the study of US popular culture. Does anybody know of the disposition of the records? Let's do something about this. Please let me know at

Mar. 12 2011 09:01 PM
Connie Couchon from Brooklyn , New York

My deepest condolences to a dear long time friend and devoted master of ceremonies of vintage old time records from years back. Its has been such a pleasure meeting and listening to his broadcasts through many many years. He will be sorely missed.

Mar. 12 2011 09:00 PM
Marvin Glassberg from Queens, NY

Danny will be missed for many reasons. He was a mensch, a caballero, a gentleman's gentleman. Danny kept alive the beautiful music and, with his warmth and humor, made sure we enjoyed it. I think that Danny would be pleased if one of his younger listeners were to try to carry on his glorious tradition. So would we. Danny will never be forgotten.

Mar. 12 2011 08:57 PM
Linda Giuliano

Mr. Stiles has lent elegance to my Saturdays nights and a reminder of a time where the personal mattered. He has been a gift. May his family experience comfort in knowing how many lives he has touched.

Mar. 12 2011 08:49 PM
Charlie B in LA from Los Angeles

Good night sweet prince of the nostalgia music airwaves...may a "band" of angels carry you home...and you will always be with us when we hear your music

Charlie B
publicist for Mr Carson

Mar. 12 2011 08:48 PM
Angela Canales

My husband and I just learned of Danny's passing and we are saddened to hear this news. We just learned of his program this past summer while channel surfing and became instant devotees. Each Saturday we made it a point to tune in to listen and learn from the Vicar of Vinyl. Our Saturday evenings will no longer be the same. Our heartfelt sympathy goes to his family and his listening family. Good night Danny may you and your Dearest Barbara rest in peace.

Mar. 12 2011 08:46 PM
Irene Trudel

I had the pleasure of working with Danny many Saturdays over the past 15 years at WNYC. Danny's enthusiasm for the music was always heartfelt, even if the delivery was sometimes a bit cornball to my ears. I admired the fact that he was still able to operate radio equipment (not without a few technical difficulties ;D ) at an age when most of his contemporaries had long since retired. Danny always sounded like he was having fun making radio. I was very fond of him.

So long, dear heart!

Mar. 12 2011 08:41 PM
Nathan Lichtwar from New York, NY 10023

Just found out we lost Danny Stiles, Miss you Danny...I hope someone picks up the wonderful work Danny did in bringing us music and it's History of years past.

Mar. 12 2011 08:41 PM
Gary from Brooklyn

Saturday nights will never be the same. I'm going to miss you Danny. God Bless.

Mar. 12 2011 08:40 PM
John Titta from Staten Island NY

I have been listening to Danny for about 30 years. I am a music publisher , and I've listened to the program as a fan, and as a pupil. I have learned so much from listening to Danny, and discovered so many great songs and recordings on the show, that I might not have ever heard. I will miss going back in time on Saturday nights. Bye Danny, and thanks.

Mar. 12 2011 08:40 PM
Maddy from Manhattan

An original arbiter of taste and musical pop culture of 1920-1990s who introduced us sharp NYC listeners rarely played numbers and stories behind the music. His personal LP collection and another's from Nagle avenue where I grew up as a teenager, who knew, were invaluable gifts. I also loved his old time new york accent so recognizable to us natives. He was often better than the programming on TV on Saturday nights because he made it feel so local.

Mar. 12 2011 08:39 PM
Nathan Lichtwar from New York, NY 10023

Just found out we lost Danny Stiles, Miss you Danny...I hope someone picks up the wonderful work Danny did in bringing us music and it's History of years past.

Mar. 12 2011 08:39 PM
Sam & Toby

We love him so much: he makes our weekends. Rest in peace and we will miss you.

Mar. 12 2011 08:37 PM
Just another radio friend at a total loss for word from NYC

It's 8:15PM and I've just turned on the radio to 870AM and hear this news instead of hearing Danny........ Rest in peace,Danny-and somehow I know you're right up there with the stars.

Mar. 12 2011 08:35 PM
William Briggs from New York City

We thought he would go on forever.

My tribute can be found at:

Mar. 12 2011 08:31 PM
Margaret K. from Bayonne, NJ

Oh Danny, I miss you already. Not to hear your sweet voice again makes my heart sad. I enjoyed all your programs. I would go to bed w/my small radio & ear phones in my ears to listen to you on weeknights till I fell to sleep. Saturdays was great to hear you as I fussed around the house.It sure was nice to go back in time when your parents & grandparents were young. I remember them singing those songs. As I say this there is a tear in my eyes & it is for you. Thank you sooooo much for being part of our lives . You will be sorely missed.
Good night my love & pleasent dreams. Say hello to Barbara for us.

Mar. 12 2011 08:30 PM
Mary from Cedar Grove, NJ

I feared that this day would come eventually. Danny's passing is a great loss. I had the pleasure of speaking to Danny on the phone as a devoted fan, and it was very special. He was dearly loved by so many listeners and will be greatly missed.

Mar. 12 2011 08:28 PM
Angie C from New York City

Danny Stiles made my Saturday nights, I didn't want to go out Saturday nights because I hated to miss his show. Danny always said his show was the fastest two hours you'll ever find and it was so true. Time just flew and it was always a shock when it was over. That "rock and roll band" in heaven now has some real competition. My condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. Danny, say hello to Rodney for me.

Mar. 12 2011 08:27 PM
Devorah Gil from ny

Having your show on added a wonderful touch to our malav malka each saturday night. We will miss you rest in peace, you had become a regular part of our home.

Mar. 12 2011 08:26 PM
katharine's daughter from brooklyn

So sad and missing you Danny Stiles as I listen to your warm kind voice so alive on the radio intermingled with the songs you loved, we love and bring romance every Saturday night -- don't leave us! We LOVE you, always well Mr. Vicar of Vintage. Thank you -- thank you for all the romance and sweetness and music you have given all these years.

Mar. 12 2011 08:22 PM
Bernie Casey from Bronx,N.Y.

I was in such shock to learn of Danny's passing tonigth while tuning in his show - I loved him and his music so much, its like truely loosing a friend. I am 44 years old and I broke down crying cause he made me so happy every week thru his show and all his terrific gems of records he played-it gave me a chance to feel what life might of been like in the 1930's and 40's and we spoke a few times on the phone ''God Bless you Danny I love you so much'' your fan bernie casey

Mar. 12 2011 08:22 PM
Fred Arthur Tenzer from Brooklyn, New York

R.I.P. Danny Stiles. I miss him very much. I was fortunate to have seen him in person, face-to-face on Friday night September 1st, 2006 at the now-defunct restaurant Three Guys from Italy in Belleville, New Jersey. He is now together with Barbara in Gan Eden.

Mar. 12 2011 08:20 PM
Joanna Nowakowski

I "discovered" Mr. Stiles a few years ago one Saturday night. I'm so glad that I did. I love the music that he played. My condolences to his family. Heaven has one cool cat spinning the vinyls now.

Mar. 12 2011 08:17 PM
Sally P from Cresskill NJ

I am a senior who moved to Jersey in 2003. My daughter lives in NY, so I am pretty much alone here. Then I discovered Danny - I played him loud and proud many a Saturday, let me tell you!

When I heard of his passing I cried, it's like losing a friend. I never thought about his demise - he was so vibrant. It's going to be a big loss to me, and a lot of others I am guessing...

Thank you Danny, for all the many Saturday's of company and music. I miss you already.

Mar. 12 2011 08:16 PM
LEO RETTIG from Cedarhurst,NY

I have tears for Danny.He will be sorely missed for the music we don't hear anymore.R.I.P. Danny

Mar. 12 2011 08:15 PM
Tylak from Red Bank, NJ

What a classy guy *tear* I hope he knew how many people appreciated him.

Mar. 12 2011 08:06 PM
Nina from NYC

So sad. I kept hoping he would go on forever.

Mar. 12 2011 07:53 PM
Robert W. Lobenstein from Brooklyn, NY

Tonight, March 12, 2011 when Danny was to start his show, our Ham Radio Group, on 1.871mhz, will hold a moment of silence in tribute to this fine gentleman.
I am a youngster of 58 and listened to Danny for years as we shared the same appreciation for music. Rest in Peace my dear friend and say HI to Glen Miller and Frankie... for us all! You are already sorely missed.

Mar. 12 2011 07:44 PM
JoMarie from New York City

Goodbye my dear friend. Danny always asked me to sing at the various restaurants he entertained at in New York City. He was so complimentary and always made me feel like a million bucks. He graciously would mention my name the next Saturday evening along with the other people he met at these spots. He held court at his table telling us wonderful stories of days gone bye. There is no one with his knowledge and love of the music he taught us to love. I will always have a fond memory of our time together. I pray for his family to find comfort at this difficult time. I will miss you, Danny... Love JoMarie

Mar. 12 2011 06:38 PM
Bill kilawatt Zerden from passaic park nj

I met Danny Stiles,at 3 guys from Italy,in nj. I was his electrical contractor. We became friends,I would call him,and give him ideas,for his show,he would humbly,accept them,and use what he liked.for me it was a lot of fun,no nicer person,than danny have i met in a long time. he coined me with the nickname Bill Kilowatt. I know that Danny is playing,music for the angels,and he will be missed here on earth,by all of his fans. May you rest in peace Danny.

Mar. 12 2011 06:36 PM
Bebe Spanos Ikaris from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

Danny, You were a matchless national treasure. We will never stop missing you. You were a scholar and a gentleman - a rare blend. Without you, America is diminished. Always love to you and your family. Love, Bebe from Bay Ridge

Mar. 12 2011 06:25 PM
Robin from Palisades Pk, NJ from Palisades Park, NJ

Danny Stiles was like the great artists he played -- and like them, there will never be another - like him. What a terrible loss for music lovers everywhere.

He kept musical voices alive long after they had departed. Please keep his voice alive by making his shows available in some form. He deserves it. And so do we who loved him.

Mar. 12 2011 06:22 PM
Kimberly Miller from Manhattan

My heart is not "excruciatingly heavy"; I'm afraid that it's broken. I've just heard the sad news on Jonathan Schwartz's "Saturday Show": We've lost our dear Danny Stiles.

First, I offer my most sincere condolences to Danny's son and his family, and to the rest of Danny's family, and to his friends, loved ones, and associates.

Starting as one of those "astute youngsters in their 20s and 30s," I've been listening to Danny on Saturday nights for nearly 15 years, and have looked forward to and savored every minute. Starting with this one, Saturday night IS the loneliest night of the week.

I was fortunate enough to have met Danny on two occasions, at his annual "surprise" birthday/radio-anniversary parties, and he was a lovely gentleman--humble and dapper, with an irresistible twinkle.

On the air, Danny's sharing of his knowledge and deep love of this treasured music of ours has made us all the richer and happier. Sometimes during his broadcasts, he'd sing along with the record, or, when particularly moved, let out a passionate "WHOAH!" How could we not sing and shout right along with him, caught up in two hours of pure sonic bliss?

Two hours. Each week, Danny would remark that his Saturday-night program was the "two fastest hours in radio," and I always had to agree with him.

Ah, but there was always next Saturday! New alliterative names for the Vicar of Vintage Vinyl, more shout-outs to friends old and new (some of whose names I recognize among the comments here, some he'd met just the night before, at one of his Friday-night appearances), another save-the-date announcement of his next "surprise" party at John's Pizzeria, and more priceless reminiscences of his Newark "matriculation" days and of his long, colorful career--all interspersed among records, and excerpts from films, and rare clips from radio broadcasts, which "you won't hear anywhere else." And always ending so very sweetly with Connee Boswell's "I'll Never Have to Dream Again," Shirley Temple's lullaby "Goodnight My Love," and Danny's goodnight to his "dear, sweet Barbara."

Danny, I thank you for all the joy and illumination you've brought to my life. "What'll I do when you are far away, and I am blue, what'll I do?" I guess I'll seek comfort in the grace and blessed balm of music, which, I'm pretty sure, is what you would do, too.

Now, dear Vicar, I bid you goodnight, and I wish you a mellifluous journey and profound peace.

Mar. 12 2011 03:40 PM
Lou from Brooklyn

Now there's only The Ol' Codger on WFMU playing these great old tunes on 78 RPM records. Rest easy Mr. Stiles.

Mar. 12 2011 02:55 PM
Clifford Scharff from Queens, New York

My mother, Shirley Scharff, and I used to listen to Danny prior to her passing in January 2010. When Danny was about to sign off, he always played "Good Night My Love" by Shirley Temple and at the end of the song Danny would say "Good Night Shirley and good night sweet Barbara (his late wife)". After Danny said good night to Shirley (Temple), my mother Shirley would playfully say "Good Night Danny". After my mom's passing, I emailed Danny and told him this story. He personally called me and menioned that he would say something about my mother on his Saturday evening radio show. Sure enough, at the end of the program Danny said, "Good Night Shirley and Good Night Shirley Scharff and Good Night Dear Barbara". My dear friend Barbara and I were listening to the program and had a good cry and a wonderful memory. Thankfully, we taped this part of the show and I will treasure it always. Now my mother has someone she admires to listen to on the radio in Heaven. My prayers go out to Danny's family.

Mar. 12 2011 02:36 PM
UWS Jimmy

No one, not WillieB, or Martin Block or anyone in radio, had the depth of knowledge of the record being played. No dj had the vast library he presented. I will miss the non-commercial Danny Stiles, who was best when he did not step on the music when he introduced a record. Where do I go now to hear Sophie Tucker?

Mar. 12 2011 02:21 PM
Stephen Folkson from Oakland Gardens, NY

I figured he was in declining health, but it still came as a surprise to me. This was a person who did what he believed in and this world will be a lesser place without him. His theme song should have been"This Heart of Mine, which he loved so much. We have lost a mensch, and that is very, very sad. Rest in piece, Danny.

Mar. 12 2011 01:46 PM
Chris Ikaris from Brooklyn, NY

Danny was the last of the greats of old time radio, the last giant still standing. I listened to him for about twenty years and had the privilege of meeting him several times over the years. I will treasure his memory always as he should never be forgotten. New York radio will never be the same, and can never be the same, without him. Good night, Danny. We miss you, and always will. God Bless You, Pleasant Dreams. Love, Chris from Bay Ridge

Mar. 12 2011 01:43 PM
Mary Shaw from NY

I never met him but my Mom would love to listen to him, she was a big FAN. I wrote to Danny many years ago for a pix autograph for her. She was so happy, she framed it. He said "Hello Ann Welcome to my World" My mom passed away 1999 she had his pix and then I took it. RIP Danny and My love and prayers go out to his family, friends and fans!!! He will meet my mom now!!

Mar. 12 2011 01:31 PM
Scott Glenn from Sea Bright, NJ

No! Noooooo...

Who will play the music? It's over.

Danny Stiles was like a delightful Grandfather who arrived every Saturday night with brightly warpped presents of startling music. That music will now fade with old family pictures no one recognizes anymore.

Danny is gone. His music is gone. I mourn for him. I loved him. Every Saturday night I would breathe a sigh of relief to hear he was still on the air. I sigh no more.

Scott Glenn

Mar. 12 2011 01:28 PM
PeggyB from Brooklyn

I just heard from Jonathan Schwarz's radio program that Danny died and am shocked, I thought he'd live forever. He kept the tradition of the American Song Book after Willie B Williams and WNEW-AM left the air. Only Schwarz now carries the torch, don't ever leave us!

Mar. 12 2011 01:27 PM
Brian from New York City

I will miss my uncle. He and my father who we lost two years ago had such a wonderful life together. His smile always made you feel special and like a celebrity. He had a way of making people feel extraordinary; and always the most famous of whatever you did.

Farewell my big band daddy!
He used to love Ricky Ricardo and I would mimic to my wife "lucy you got a lot splaining to do" Danny seemed to think this was the funiest thing. Even this last week as he was not feeling well in the hospital I squeezed his ear a whispered it, he lit a smile that made me all warm in side. He always carried the light no matter even if he wasn't well- he could muster up a good joke. Well Danny " you got a lot splaining to do" keep sending us all your good 78's from upstairs.
As a child we spent numerous hours by the pool at my parents house in California, he enjoyed it so much and even in the last few years we would go to Palm Springs and hit the black Jack tables with he and dad and have lemonade by the pool. He was always cool cat in my eyes and he never aged in attitude. We will all see you by the big swimming pool for a drink one day in the future. Keep the records spinning!!

Dr. Brian and Pam

Mar. 12 2011 01:23 PM
George J. Robinson from New York, New York

So Long, Danny. Thank you for making life a little more bearable. I'm glad I met you, though belatedly, in what became the last year of your time with us.

Bon voyage! And keep on humming "Satin Doll!"

-George J. Robinson
WPAT, WNYC AM listener

Mar. 12 2011 01:18 PM
Dave Arnold from Statesville,NC

Danny Stiles on all dials-WNJR-'The Cat Man".He lived through many eras of popular music and played them all.

Mar. 12 2011 11:12 AM
Laura from Park Slope, Brooklyn

For years my husband and I have spent Saturday nights dining and dancing to Danny - Without fail, we would dance to the opening song at 8pm and then spend the next two hours eating and drinking and listening to our Vicar. Our Saturday nights will never be the same but what wonderful memories we are left with. Good night my love.

Mar. 12 2011 10:46 AM
Karla Gale from New York

It's so hard to lose Danny. Listening to his program, I felt that I got to really know him, because he would talk about anything. He was a dear man.

Mar. 12 2011 10:45 AM
Dave in Kingsbridge from Kingsbridge, Bronx

Danny, you were totally unique. You will be greatly missed. The nights I was unable to listen to your show I'd leave the radio on for my cat and say "you're lucky, you get to listen to Danny Stiles tonight". No wonder my cat is so generally happy. God bless you Danny and rest in peace.

Mar. 12 2011 10:23 AM
Marie from Manhattan

I listened to Danny Stiles on occasional Saturday nights, but appreciated what I heard and what I learned. I too, would like to hear a remembrance on Jonathan Schwartz, not because they were the same, but because they both provided a unique musical experience and kept alive music that we could not hear anywhere else. Thanks for your gift to us!

Mar. 12 2011 10:21 AM
BEVERLY from Wyckoff, NJ

I always looked foward to listening to him. He brought happiness, knowledge and nostalgia to his listeneners every Sat evening. I was shocked when he called me 2 years ago after reading an email I sent him. He was warm, genuine and like an old friend. I was so sorry to hear of his passing. We will miss him.

Mar. 12 2011 10:12 AM
Rob from Brooklyn

I'll miss Danny Stiles. He taught me most of what I know about Jazz and Swing. He was also the soul of Saturday nights here in New York. Who could ever replace him?

Mar. 12 2011 10:08 AM
Andrew Pal from Windham, Maine

I had the privilege of working with Danny for a few years at WVNJ back in the 70s. He was as sincere and humble a man as I've ever met in this business. His knowledge was exceptional, and his talent was unique. Rest in peace, Mr. Stiles.

Mar. 12 2011 10:05 AM
Helen in Queens

A treasure and a pleasure to listen to. All hail the vicar in the sky, where the records never skip or hiss.

Mar. 12 2011 10:00 AM
Marc from West Orange

I will miss hearing Danny live on Saturday nights. I've enjoyed the music he played for many many years. A lot of the songs on my iPod are songs I heard on his show. He even called me a couple times to answer questions I left on his hotline. My condolences go out to his family. I will always have the greatest respect for Danny. May he rest in peace.

Mar. 12 2011 09:29 AM
glenda from East Orange

I listened to Danny Stiles when he was "the Cat Man" on WNJR when I was a kid and was fascinated by his then-theme song, "listening to that cat howling on the back fence." I believe the song was "Jeep's Blues. I listened to him often on WNYC and caused me to purchase a Spike Jones CD. He opened my eyes to a lot of music and he will most certainly be missed.

Mar. 12 2011 09:20 AM

RIP Vicar! Gone way too soon.

Mar. 12 2011 09:19 AM
Tom Gettler from New York, New York

I loved listening to Mr. Stiles. Any chance his shows can be organized into an online WNYC archive (as has always been done with Brian Lehrer and Leonard Lopate, to name but a few) for the continued enjoyment of his admirers? I went to WNYC's shows list and did not see any reference to podcasts or any such archive. Fellow fans or WNYC, what say you?

Mar. 12 2011 09:18 AM
Jennifer from Harlem

Early on in our relationship, my boyfriend (now husband) and I spent many Saturday nights listening to Danny during supper. You'll never know how much you meant to us, Danny. Our hearts our heavy. Rest in peace, dear friend.

Mar. 12 2011 09:07 AM
Penelope Anderson from New York City

A dear, sweet and wonderful part of so many of our lives. He will be very missed. Condolences to his family and friends.

Mar. 12 2011 09:07 AM
Teresa from New York, NY

What a wonderful voice Danny Stiles had. I'll miss him and his professed fondness for the oldies but goodies.

Mar. 12 2011 09:05 AM
Joe Adams from Bergen County, NJ

The great Danny Stiles was uniquely wonderful. May he rest in peace. There is one guy, on the West Coast, who has a somewhat similar show. His name is Chuck Cecil, his program is "The Swinging Years" and its on K-Jazz Saturday and Sunday mornings at 9AM eastern time and it streams over the net. He is great but he is no Danny Stiles, but Danny was one of a kind. Irreplacable.

Mar. 12 2011 08:56 AM
Gerry Orlando from Syracuse, New York

Danny Stiles' passing is a huge loss, both to listeners who loved the great vintage music that he played and to his many friends who knew him personally. He was a unique personality who added enjoyment to the lives of many people, and he will be missed.

Mar. 12 2011 07:38 AM
bob grant from TomsRiver, N.J.

Danny was truly one of a kind. I remember when he said he wanted to meet me ever since he first heard me on WMCA while he was driving on the Pulaski Skyway. We became friends and I enjoyed being with him at his Saturday night dance parties. Nobody could do a radio commercial better than Danny.His fans really loved him.

Mar. 12 2011 07:35 AM
Dennis Frank from Fair Lawn, New Jersey

When Bob O'Brien called me with the news, I was so saddened. Radio will never be the same. Danny gave me a little tour of his office at WPAT last November. I am so glad I had the forsight to tape more than 500 hours of Danny's shows from all the stations he worked at. Check out Tony Dee's web-site. Now Danny joins his Dear, Sweet, Barbara.

Mar. 12 2011 06:39 AM
Jeffrey from Manhattan

Saturday night, tasteful radio wasteland. Except where Danny Stiles was at work. Emerson said, "Nothing great has ever been achieved without enthusiasm." Danny spread taste and happiness with a rare generosity and enthusiasm. He was a living angel. Rest in peace, dear Mr. Stiles. You will be sorely missed.

Mar. 12 2011 06:28 AM
Chieli Minucci from Forest Hills, NY

I listened to his broadcasts for the last 15 years, regularly. It was Danny Stiles who was responsible for my real education in classic music. I will miss his mellifluous voice!

Mar. 12 2011 04:00 AM
Barry from Manhattan

Thanks so much, Danny. You made me nostalgic for an era I was too young to know.

Mar. 12 2011 03:26 AM
Tony Dee from Ediosn, NJ

Danny Stiles WCTC aircheck is 1948 under Tony's Radio Friends. He's the announcer/board engineer for Tony Marano's Little League Show

Mar. 12 2011 02:23 AM
Tony Dee

Glad I had the pleasure to work with him at WEVD and run his tapes overnight. Check out my website for and aircheck of him in 1947 on WCTC Radio where he started his career and mine too. I have a few of his 10"reels from WEVD for rememberance when WEVD ended its music format and they sound great on my Ampex. Everytime you hear Cherokee by Charlie Barnett, his opening sound you'll always think of him. I will miss you Danny your were one of a kind on the radio famous for 8 minute spots when logged as a 60. Rest in peace.

Mar. 12 2011 02:11 AM
Stu Fink from Boston, MA

Stiles' tireless efforts proved the Big Band era was neither gone nor forgotten. His nightly broadcasts-both in New York and in Boston-only brought the golden days of radio back to the forefront. Even when a great artist passed, Danny always found happiness in the works that they left behind. Hopefully, we will continue to do so with him, as well. He will live forever in our minds, and in our hearts.

Mar. 12 2011 01:41 AM
bob o'brien from new york new york

danny, you will be missed. i was blessed with sharing studio f with you at am 930 wpat radio. bob o'brien

Mar. 12 2011 01:22 AM
Pamela K. Defelice from Scottsdale, Az.

I listened to Danny for years than I can count. I was so special to my Sat. nights. I will miss him so much, but am so very gratefull for all the wonderful hours he filled for me.

Mar. 12 2011 12:04 AM
mark flynn from West Village

I looked forward to dinner with my wife and Danny Stiles each Saturday. She won't remember him, but I'm glad my 18 month old daughter got to hear Stiles On Your Dial while he was so alive! Hopefully his passion and unique personality ( truly the last of his breed ) will have made an impression on her. It certainly did on me. He'll be greatly missed in the place I call home on Manhattan.

Mar. 11 2011 11:59 PM
Lynn Manheim from Queens, NY

A few days ago I came upon a batch of my mother's 78s from the era whose music Stiles presented so wonderfully. Not having a 78rpm turntable, I toyed with the idea of contacting him. I was stunned and very saddened to learn of his death. He was wonderful company on Saturday nights and he sounded perfectly fine just a few days before he died. It seemed as though he would go on forever. I hope his program does.

Mar. 11 2011 11:16 PM
Kyla from Harlem

I miss the Vicar already. This will be a tough Saturday night.

My tribute at:

Mar. 11 2011 10:48 PM

Danny I will miss you. How many countless wonderful times was I lulled to sleep on a Saturday night by the comforting sound of your soft voice playing those choice tunes as only you knew how to pick them, bringing me back to a better time, indeed. RIP.

Mar. 11 2011 10:31 PM
George from Manhattan from New York, NY

I began listening to Danny's afternoon show about 53 or so years ago,during my lunch breaks. I enjoyed his programs then but they didn't stand out as much as they would become later on. After all, Willie B and Martin Bloch were still very much with us, and most of the popular music was really good back then.. Times change.
I revere Danny for having kept the the flame alive with the standard of playing the enjoyable, albeit nostalgic, records that were the soundtrack of my life and I don't doubt quite a few others. Then there was his marvelous form of presentation, dare I say style, how very apropo his name.
It may be cliche to state that he was quite special, but I don't care, and I just did. Nobody can replace him and that's all there is to that.
Goodnight, Danny!

Mar. 11 2011 10:11 PM
Marvin from Queens

We have to accept that all good things come to an end, but tonight our hearts "are excrutiatingly heavy." Danny, you were a mensch in every sense of the word. I am sure that you will spend eternity in Heaven with "dear, sweet Barbara." God bless you both.

Mar. 11 2011 09:54 PM
Pete Bucky from Garfield, NJ

I had the pleasure of working with Danny at WVNJ.
If nothing else, he was a gentleman.

Mar. 11 2011 09:25 PM
Becky from Brooklyn

Danny will be missed. I enjoyed his show so much. Always something you'd never heard before. And his personality made it special.

Mar. 11 2011 09:25 PM
Pete Bucky

I had the pleasure of working with Danny at WVNJ.
If nothing else, he was a gentleman.

Mar. 11 2011 09:24 PM
dom from jersey city nj.

so long Danny we will miss you.

Mar. 11 2011 09:24 PM

Since moving to NJ 9 years ago, Danny Stiles has been my "Mr. Saturday Night" one could introduce a song better than he...feel like i lost a friend. Thank you Danny.

Mar. 11 2011 08:57 PM
Jean Wrobel from Clifton NJ

I am so sad to hear of my beloved radio personality's passing. He lulled me to sleep many Saturday evenings. He will be truly missed by so many fans and I am honored to be one of them. Rest in peace Dear Danny. Who will lull me to sleep now? :(

Mar. 11 2011 08:46 PM

I Listened to Danny on WEVD, The Vivar of vintage vinyl.

Mar. 11 2011 08:12 PM
Cary from Brooklyn NY

We were so sad to hear this news... My husband and I always looked forward to "Stiles on your dial"...He provided the soundtrack to many a Saturday night we spent renovating a little cabin in upstate NY. We will miss his wonderful warm voice and his fabulous taste in music.

Mar. 11 2011 08:09 PM
Lisa from Austin, Texas

Saturday nights will never be the same. You will be missed.

Mar. 11 2011 07:27 PM
Paul J. Bosco

I hope Jonathan Schwartz will do something on Danny. it's not that their musical tastes allign very closely, but they were both committed to keeping alive the richness of music that comes from the diversity of traditions.

--Paul J. Bosco

Mar. 11 2011 06:40 PM
Corey Breier from Aventura,Florida

I am very sad to hear of the passing of my beloved friend of over 25 years the "King of Nostalgia" Danny Stiles. He is one the very few DJ's of today who still had the love and respect for the golden age of American popular standards. I recently told Danny that he "must live till a thousand" because there is no one left who can take his place. Saturday nights will never be the same again without his marvelous program. May he rest in peace together with his late wife Barbara. His memory will always be in my heart.

Mar. 11 2011 06:40 PM
Barbara from New Jersey

A sweetest gentleman who saw a nice world.

Mar. 11 2011 05:49 PM
Seth K from Brooklyn

I was/am devastated at this morning's news. I would listen to the show and tell my wife that one day I would go meet him. He was a hero and a joy to listen to -- a scholar, a fan, an unrepentant booster of the music and his show. Radio's most direct connection to big band, the music of your life, to the great American song book is, I'm afraid, gone.

Mar. 11 2011 05:36 PM
Robert Cohen from Washington DC

I have been listening to Danny for almost 25 years. Many nights he entertained me while passing thru NYC on my drives from Massachusetts to Maryland. It was a real honor to finally meet him at his birthday bash in 2006. It's sad that Danny's passing is really the end of an era for vintage music, since he lived those years as well as presented them. I hope some stations will continue to feature Danny's shows as they will always be timeless.

Mar. 11 2011 05:22 PM
Andrew from Maplewood, NJ

Rest in peace, Danny, you will be missed.

Mar. 11 2011 05:08 PM

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