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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


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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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26. grand wizard rasheen said... on May 16, 2014 at 01:55PM

“grand wizard rasheen was first to invent battle style djing ...teacher of dj cash money and jazzy jeff and he had the first pirate radio station in southwest philly to play hip hop -break beats- live conventions from ny ..
he was a dancer from franchise dance group and had a rap group called superbad disco”

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27. Swarovski outlet said... on May 26, 2014 at 03:51AM

“This post is very good, I like http://www.swarovskisshop.co.uk”

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28. paul mc guire ("duck) said... on Jun 10, 2014 at 07:59AM

“I was a regular, along with my crowd from "gino's on frankford avenue that went to "concord on sunday night and edgeley firehall on Saturday night. the greatest time of my life during this time, but as usual we never really remember those times until we are older.
someone asked what the last song ron played at "concord' and it was "i can"t leave you", from "the destinations", which ron broke the song and it is still popular today.

I hope ron comes back to the area, so all of us can have a great reunion.”

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29. Anonymous said... on Jun 10, 2014 at 06:38PM

“I would never want to argue with a former Diamond Dancer from Concord, but I am pretty sure that the last song played on Sunday nights was "I'm on the outside looking in" by Little Anthony and the Imperials. My crowd went to Concord in 1967 and 1968, so maybe he changed the last songs when "duck" went there if he went before or after those two years.”

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30. Anonymous said... on Aug 11, 2014 at 11:15PM

“Mid 70s Astro DISC”

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31. Tony S said... on Aug 22, 2014 at 01:59PM

“not sure of the criteria, but John Dibella was one of the hottest DJ's ever to hit the airwaves back when he first joined WMMR.....who doesn't remember the Hawaiian Shirt Fridays and all of his other bits?”

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32. Anonymous said... on Dec 1, 2014 at 12:58AM

“Many good radio people who worked on the airwaves in Philly too many to mention but the best of them all is never mentioned. He was Dangerous Dan Donovan of WFIL fame. Dan was the best and anyone who ever cracked a mic
or was anybody would tell you that. No one even comes close. Dan recently passed away out in Minneapolis,where he spent years as being the top personality in that city after he left Philly.”

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33. Anonymous said... on Dec 5, 2014 at 07:45PM

“Ron Diamond..........The Best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

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34. Anonymous said... on Dec 11, 2014 at 08:35PM

“Please let me know if there will be a reunion dance in Phila. I know at least 10 people who will attend who used to go Concord ballroom every Sunday.”

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35. Rich said... on Feb 27, 2015 at 09:56AM

“I was one of Rons record spinners along with Frank, Jim, and Mike
The last song was "I can"t leave you" by the Destinations
Myself, Frank, Jim, and Mike also ran Father Judge, Cardnal Dougherty, Jardel we also keep Concord runnig ever Sunday night for years after after Ron left With Dave Parks of WFIL”

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36. Anonymous said... on Mar 13, 2015 at 10:37AM

“Like I said in my previous comment, the years that my crowd went to Concord, the last song played was "I'm on the outside looking in". He may have played I can't leave you after 1969 but prior to and including 69, that was the last record of the night.”

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37. Rich said... on Mar 13, 2015 at 01:29PM

“Anonymous your are correct Destinations I can't leave you came out in 68”

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38. L. Lumar said... on Mar 13, 2015 at 11:29PM

“We attended a 60's themed show in Wildwood, NJ a few years back. Anthony and the Imperials were there. There was a small group of us who used to dance at Concord Ballroom that were at the concert that night. Someone sent a note to the Imperials saying that their record, Outside looking in, used to end the dance every Sunday night and they asked them to sing it. Not only did they sing it at almost the end of their performance, but they surprisingly dedicated it to us Concord dancers. It was awsome and we all felt like teenagers again.”

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39. Pat Miller said... on Oct 2, 2015 at 12:46PM

“I used to dance at just about every place Ron Diamond spun records. I can still remember one of his favorite slow tunes "I could never love another" being played and the girls would have tears in their eyes. He was a great dj and a good friend. He was the best!”

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40. L. Lumar said... on Oct 19, 2015 at 10:09AM

“Well Pat Miller you and I probably crossed paths once or twice then at Concord on Sunday nights....Me and my crowd were there every single Sunday night for about 5 years!!!!

I always loved how the girls and guys would line up on opposite sides and do our crazy line dances. How we would all practice each new dance that came out in each other's houses till we learned all the steps....LOL!”

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41. Arlene said... on Oct 27, 2015 at 06:20PM

“The last dance of the Sunday night dance at Concord was "I Can't Leave You" by The Destinations. Listen on You tube as they sing on the Hy-Lit show. Also a clip of the lead singer performing a few years back.”

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42. Arlene said... on Oct 27, 2015 at 06:30PM

“The last song of the night at Concord was "I Can't Leave You" by The Destinations and I am 100% certain about that. You can watch an old clip on You Tube from the Hy-Lit show.”

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43. Anonymous said... on Nov 2, 2015 at 02:32PM

“Like I said in my previous comment, the years that my crowd went to Concord, the last song played was "I'm on the outside looking in". He may have played I can't leave you after 1969 but prior to and including 69, that was the last record of the night!”


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