Authored by Philadelphia Tribune reporter Kimberly Roberts, “Joy Ride! The Stars and Stories of Philly’s Famous Uptown Theater” is the story of disc jockey Georgie Woods’ spectacular R&B shows at Philadelphia’s Uptown Theater. Here, Kimberly remembers attending the joyous Uptown shows as a teenager.
Producer: John Myers
Photo: Abdul Sulayman
A pioneering disc jockey at WDAS and disciple of the legendary Jocko Henderson, Carl Helm also played a role in the creation of the Philadelphia Sound and can be heard harmonizing on albums by Blue Magic, Deniece Williams and others. Here, Carl remembers what it was like to be a jock on the hippest station in town during the city’s golden era of radio.
Producer: Alex Lewis
When longtime radio legend and civic leader E. Steven Collins died recently, he’d been working at Radio One as director of external relations and host of “Philly Speaks” on Old School 100.3. E. Steven had been on the radio airwaves in Philadelphia for more than four decades, most of that as an air personality, national sales manager and newsman at WDAS. Here, in an interview recorded not that long ago, he tells of visiting WDAS and radio personality Jimmy Bishop as a kid, and the impact that visit had on his career. We feel grateful we were able to visit with Mr. Collins. Like the rest of Philadelphia, we mourn his loss.
Producer: Yowei Shawlisten