Mad Daddy appeared briefly on WJW-TV Saturdays in the summer of 1958 as the host of the Shock Theater show (long before Ghoulardi). He was dressed in a Dracula cape and did tricks like inverting the picture so it appeared he was hanging upside down and switching to a negative image. Sadly, no kinescopes of the show are known to exist. I saw this show on cable TV in London, Ontario.
On Monday, June 2, 1958, I listened to what was to be Mad Daddy’s last show on WJW, turning it off before his midnight sign off. On Tuesday the Mad Daddy show disappeared and was replaced by a ‘middle of the road’ show with no explanation. I heard later that he had signed off his Monday show with the poem:
Hang loose, Mother Goose
Dipped her rag in tomato juice
Goodbye, Mad Daddy, Goodbye!
It appears that Myers, having signed a new deal with WHK and being told by WJW management that they would enforce the 90 day no compete clause in his contract, decided to get even with the station by angering WJW management and perhaps even getting them in trouble with the FCC. He reappeared on WHK in August.
Popular radio hasn't been the same since Mad Daddy has gone. It wasn't video that killed the radio star. It was a combination of the payola scandal, the Drake formula of top 40 songs, and the supression of individual DJ personalities by the networks.