A. Brahin Ahmaddiya, Radio And Tv Journalist

Posted: June 07, 2000

"Peace, power and prosperity" was the sign-off phrase used by popular talk show host A. Brahin Ahmaddiya during his years at WDAS (105.3-FM).

The star-crossed radio, print and TV journalist died Sunday of a heart attack in his Delaware County home. He was 57 and had lived in Boothwyn, Delaware County, for two years after spending most of his life in South Philadelphia.

"Brah" Ahmaddiya - known for his mellow voice and strident views on social, cultural and racial issues - broadcast his Insight Innercity show at WDAS from 1970-79. Most recently, he wrote a column called "The Ahmaddiya Files" for publisher Jimmy Tayoun's fledgling newspaper, the Public Record.

At the time of his death, he was awaiting sentencing on a drug conviction, although he denied the charges. In 1990, he was convicted of disciplining his 4-year-old son with a belt.

But colleagues remembered Ahmaddiya as a groundbreaking, hard-nosed newsman who was willing to share his knowledge, and fight for what he thought was right.

"Brahin was my mentor and teacher and, basically, helped launch my career," said Fatimah Ali, the morning drive news anchor at WDAS. "He put as much love into his students as he did into his day-to-day work."

"He could be forceful at times, but he always did what he thought was right," added Charlene Horne, a news editing supervisor who worked with him at KYW-TV. "He was as good as anybody else, but he never really got his due."

Born Bernard Joseph Carter in North Philadelphia, Ahmaddiya changed his name when he converted to Islam about 30 years ago. He graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School in 1960 and earned a broadcast management degree from Temple University in 1979.

During the 1970s, he worked for the Model Cities Program and radio station WWDB (96.5-FM) in Philadelphia and WEEZ in Chester. He spent nine years with WDAS and hosted short-lived TV talk shows for TV Channels 6, 10 and 48.

He worked in public relations for public housing in Wilmington from 1979-80 and the Office of Housing and Community Development in Philadelphia from 1980-82.

His broadcast career also included stints at KYW-TV (Channel 3) from 1982-90, the Tribune and the New Observer. He worshipped at the United Muslim Masjid in South Philadelphia and was an avid jazz fan who emceed and produced local jazz shows and once managed a local jazz group called the Visitors. He read biographies and autobiographies, watched Court TV and traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean.

Ahmaddiya is survived by his wife of seven months, Bernadette; seven sons, Khalil, Jamal, Faruq, Brahin, Anwar, Noor and Malik; a daughter, Khadija Ahmaddiya; a stepdaughter, Kenya Givens; two brothers, James and Donald Carter; two sisters, Jeanette Short and Thelma Washington; and seven grandchildren.

A Janaza Prayer Service will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Clara Muhammad School, 47th Street and Wyalusing Avenue. Burial follows at Chester Rural Cemetery in Chester.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Berean Institute, Ridge and Girard avenues. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Rev. L. James Mullen

Services will held today for the Rev. L. James Mullen, the resident chaplain at St. John Neumann Nursing Home in Philadelphia. Mullen was 73 when he died on Friday at the nursing home.

Born in Philadelphia, Mullen graduated from Roman Catholic High School before entering St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in 1945. After being ordained in 1953, he served as assistant pastor and parochial vicar at Mary Queen of Peace, in Pottsville, St. Frances Cabrini, in Fairless Hills, St. Mary of the Assumption, in Phoenixville, Our Lady of Victory, in Philadelphia, St. John of the Cross, in Roslyn, St. William, in Philadelphia and St. Ephrem, in Bensalem.

He also spent 20 years on the faculties of Monsignor Bonner, Cardinal Dougherty, Roman Catholic and Archbishop Carroll high schools. He was the principal of Little Flower High School from 1967-71 and was resident chaplain of the nursing home since 1991.

Mullen is survived by his mother, Veronica Mullen, and a sister, Shirley Mullen.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. today at St. Ephrem Church, in Bensalem. Burial follows at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, on Cheltenham Avenue.

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