A (HIGHLY BIASED) PHILADELPHIA DJ HALL OF FAME

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LADY B: The first DJ to play rap on the radio.

JIMMY BISHOP: One of the WDAS-AM soul sound originals, he's still recalled fondly by the city's old-heads.

BUTTERBALL: Too round to get around, Butter still spins his soul sounds Sunday nights on WDAS.

JERRY BLAVAT: My man, pots and pans! Only one Geator.

RON CADE: His Sunday-morning Elvis and Friends show on WOGL is a must for all King fans.

RON DIAMOND: His distinctive rock 'n' roll show on WIFI had a serious cult following.

DAVID DYE: From the Flashback on WIOQ to the World Cafe on 'XPN, he's been part of the Philly sound in all its many incarnations.

JOCKO HENDERSON: Radio's original hepcat.

DAVE HERMAN: The city's first true underground DJ.

HARVEY HOLIDAY: First at 'DAS and now at 'OGL, Holiday has been a the main force in keeping doo-wop and soul alive.

SONNY HOPSON: The Mighty Burner was all the rage at WHAT. He could sing Jackie Wilson better than Jackie Wilson.

WAYNE JOEL: Successfully made the transition from "underground" to an urban format at WDAS.

DR. PERRY JOHNSON: Once a WDAS staple, he had the sexiest voice on Philadelphia radio.

HELEN LEICHT: One of the few female DJs with staying power, and always a calming presence.

HY LIT: Hyski-O-Roonie-McVouty-O-Zoot! 'Nuff said.

GEORGE MICHAEL: WFIL boss jock who went on to sports broadcasting fame.

JOE NIAGARA: One of the biggest original WIBBAGE "Good Guys."

JOEY REYNOLDS: Early AM-radio rebel had two separate tours on Philadelphia radio.

PIERRE ROBERT: The longtime gentleman of Caucasian rock.

DR. DON ROSE: Wacky morning man at WFIL.

MY FATHER'S SON: Perhaps Philly's only true gonzo DJ.

ED SCIAKY: Ultimate boomer jock. He introduced us to Springsteen.

JERRY STEVENS: A WIBBAGE original who went on to program WMMR.

MICHAEL TEARSON: The most unmistakable voice on Philadelphia radio, and one of the most knowledgeable.

DEAN TYLER: A WIBBAGE "Good Guy" who could talk the talk.

LONG JOHN WADE: A WFIL "boss jock" and Blavat TV sidekick.

GEORGIE WOODS: Big on the air, big in the community and big on the stage of the Uptown Theater.

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1. Anonymous said... on Feb 28, 2010 at 09:08AM

“THE ORIGINAL DJ FINESSE WAS ONE OF PHILLY'S BEST DJ'S. HE WAS NEVER GIVEN PROPER RECOGNITION FOR HIS AMAZING SKILLS.HOWEVER HE HAD BEEN CROWNED THE PRINCE OF SCRATCH ON W.H.A.T. HOSTED BY BOBBY CONN IN 1984,HE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST DJ'S TO BE SIGNED AS AN ARTIST ON A MAJOR INDEPENDENT RECORD LABEL(TOMMYBOY RECORDS/WARNER BROS) IN 1988. HE DESERVES PROPER RECOGNITION AS ONE OF PHILADELPHIA'S FINEST.HE SHOULD BE INTERVIEWED,PROPERLY RECOGNIZED, AND INDUCTED INTO PHILA. DJ HALL OF FAME.HE CAN BE CONTACTED AT djfinesse1980@gmail.com”

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2. Anonymous said... on Nov 15, 2010 at 03:26PM

“Glad to see Ron Diamond mentioned here. He never got the recognition he deserved.”

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3. Anonymous said... on Feb 16, 2011 at 06:46PM

“What ever happened to Jerry Stevens:)”

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4. Anonymous said... on Mar 28, 2011 at 07:55PM

“I agree with #2. Ron Diamond was the best! It took years, but I bought almost all of his "Diamond exclusives."”

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5. mar said... on Apr 2, 2011 at 10:56PM

“ron diamond,
bring back parkology. what a great flow of music, your transiaction with one great song into the next was outstanding.”

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6. Burt said... on May 24, 2011 at 02:42PM

“Ron Diamond was the best! He was my introduction to what he called "the class sound of rock 'n' roll" (what later was called doo-wop) shortly after I moved to Philly from the N.Y. Area. I thought WABC was the greatest station in the world. I really had a lot to learn.”

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7. legendjoe said... on Jun 10, 2011 at 11:42PM

“it appears that Ron Diamond was really underrated ,who remembers gotta find a way by Thersa Lindsay and the pleasure of your company by sn and the cts they were Ron Diamond exclusives and still are to this day”

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8. Anonymous said... on Apr 21, 2012 at 05:50PM

“I'm 46 years old and I still remember listening to Dr Perry Johnson on "DAS" as a teen.”

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9. records said... on Jun 25, 2012 at 05:49PM

“days at the starlite ballroom with no other than RON DIAMOND.
stanky & star revue and of course the pleasure of your company on sunburst label and most of all comotions with sonny”

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10. Anonymous said... on Sep 7, 2012 at 02:41PM

“How about Ron Diamond's Parkoutogies (spelled wrong). He was the man with good sweet music. I remember listening to his last show here before he went out west. Me and my girl always listen to his sweet music at night.”

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11. T.S.O.P MUSIC LOVER said... on Nov 18, 2012 at 08:22AM

“To the city of the greatest music artist, arrangers, orchestras as well as great radio personalities. I remember one of your citizens returning to Florida A&M with a couple of eight tracks with Dr. Perry Johnson's live shows on them. I was grateful to receive one of the 8 track tapes. I like his flow. I have been searching the internet over the years for the intro-music that he played at the beginning of his show named "The Good Doctor Perry Johnson's radio show. Remember the name of the disco style tune was "Poinciana". I have reseached and listen to many version of the "Poinciana" and I've yet to find the exact version out of almost 500 recording from various artist worldwide. If anyone has the artist name please reply. I would sincerely appreciate it. It will help bring back the memories of a great air personality in Mr. Perry Johnson as well as a great fanfare intro song that accompanied him as he spoke over the airwaves.”

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12. Anonymous said... on Apr 11, 2013 at 11:31AM

“Funny how one of the top DJ's back in the day and the #1 Jock today isn't even on this list..... BOB PANTANO”

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13. a former Ron Diamond dancer said... on Apr 15, 2013 at 11:34PM

“Ron Diamond will always remain the #1 Philly DJ of all time. His Diamond exclusives are still the best songs and bring back the most awsome memories. His dances every Sunday and Wednesday night at the Concord Skating Rink, and at Edgley Fire Hall in Levittown on Saturday nights were the highlights of my teenage years. He was great with us kids and would actually jump down off of his stage and dance with us. I hear he is a very successful author now and would love to plan a reunion with his former dancers. I'm hoping he is sincere about this!!!!”

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14. Anonymous said... on Apr 19, 2013 at 11:26PM

“That's because Bob Pantano is an asshole and a thief and will get his someday but if you treat people and club owners better you would be in”

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15. Anonymous said... on Jul 11, 2013 at 01:32PM

“Does anyone remember the last song Ron Diamond played each Sunday night at the Concord ballroom?”

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16. Linda said... on Jul 20, 2013 at 07:02PM

“Yes. It was "I'm on the outside looking in" (Little Anthony and the Imperials)”

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17. Anonymous said... on Aug 6, 2013 at 06:46PM

“Thank you. Went there many time in the late 60s but didn't remember that...”

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18. Linda said... on Aug 6, 2013 at 07:56PM

“I can remember those dances like they were yesterday. My whole crowd (guys and girls) looked forward to Ron Diamond's dances every week. Concord was definitely the place to be in the late 60's. I really feel sorry for the kids of today, because they don't have anything that even comes close to Concord!”

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19. Mack said... on Oct 1, 2013 at 01:11PM

“The City was jamming with Dr. Perry Johnson version of Hamilton Bohanan. I'm still trying to find a copy for a keepsake.”

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20. LJM said... on Feb 3, 2014 at 08:08PM

“Ron Diamond would end his dance at the late, great Starlight Ballroom with "Theme for a Summer Place" by Percy Place. What a great ending, a great make-out tune down the shore.”

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21. Anonymous said... on Feb 15, 2014 at 01:07AM

“Hey, did anyone out there ever go to Ron Diamond's dance at the Edgley Fire Hall in Levittown on Saturday nights during the summer? It was Diamond at The Concord Ballroom on Wednesday (during the summer) and again on Sunday night, and then Edgley on Saturday. Our whole week was planned around Ron's dances!

Great times and great memories!!!!!!”

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22. Ed said... on Feb 20, 2014 at 06:19PM

“A lot of excellent DJs were not named here ... Don Cannon (longtime jock at WFIL, WSNI, and WOGL), Jay Cook (programmed WFIL and was a jock there), Jim O'Brien (began his Philly career at WFIL), Tom Moran (WIP, WPEN), Joe Grady and Ed Hurst (WPEN), Ken Garland (WIP, WPEN), et al. Also, Long John Wade was NOT a TV sidekick of Jerry Blavat (who came up with that information?)”

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23. Anonymous said... on Feb 28, 2014 at 02:50PM

“Don Cannon, Jay Cook, Long John Wade, Jim O'Brien were all jocks on WFIL radio. The other guys were on WPEN....Again not a "Philly style" radio show. I wouldn't classify them with DJ's like Jerry Blavat and Ron Diamond, who played mostly "Philly" exclusive records. They played more bubble gum music.

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24. Joanie baby said... on Apr 7, 2014 at 10:14AM

“Spend many a Friday night at Edgely Firehall with Ron Diamond. Our crowd loved him.”

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25. Anonymous said... on Apr 17, 2014 at 07:12PM

“Saturday night dances at Edgely in Levittown and Sunday nights at Concord Skating Rink in Northeast Philly. Ron was the best. I've recently been in touch with him via email and he would love to plan a dancers' reunion in Philly, but he's afraid that no one would come.....Boy Ron are you ever wrong!!!!!!!”

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