Early in his career, Jerry Blavat was a disc jockey at WHAT, one of the two Philadelphia Black AM radio stations at the far right end of the dial. Here, the Geator with the Heator, still rockin’ the big tick-tock today, talks about the influence pioneering disc jockeys like Jocko and Georgie Woods had on his radio style. Producer: Alex Lewisread
Louise Williams, the “Gospel Queen of Philadelphia,” began her broadcasting career at WHAT radio as the youngest voice in radio. Moving to WDAS, she hosted “The Louise Bishop Program” for 49 years, one of the highest-rated programs at the station. Bishop was elected to serve in the state House of Representatives in 1988 and has been re-elected 13 times by her Philadelphia constituents. Here, Louise remembers her earliest days on radio. Producer: John Myerslisten
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