Born in Larchmont, NY in 1929 and educated in Boston (with degrees from Emerson College and Boston University), Dave Maynard was a friendly face and voice in the Boston media landscape for nearly a half-century. After early stints as a rock ‘n’ roll DJ for WHIL and WORL, he began a two-decade-plus gig in 1965 as host of local talent show Community Auditions for WBZ-TV, also anchoring WBZ-AM’s radio morning show from 1979-1990. He was a passionate foodie, penning three cookbooks and creating the “Phantom Gourmet” radio show, and used his power and love of connecting with people through the radio and television to raise money for dozens of regional and national charities. Maynard was named the Massachusetts Broadcaster of the Year in 1999 and was inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2009. Maynard passed away in February 2012 at the age of 82, having touched the lives of thousands of New Englanders.
(by Stephen Haag)
Published on February 19, 2013