November 28, 2015
WDAS Holiday Jam The folks at WDAS-FM (105.3), "Philly's Best R&B & Old School" station, have looked at the weather forecast this week and seen that things need warming up. As Thanksgiving comes stomping toward us, the impulse to get into the holiday spirit quickens - which is where the WDAS Holiday Jam comes in. This year, the station has gathered some incredibly strong talent. Jill Scott will headline. The incomparable North Philadelphian, friend to the Roots and Erykah Badu, and operatic vocal powerhouse dropped a low-key fifth album in July.
November 4, 2015 |
Sarah Frances Nolan, 91, formerly of Philadelphia, a seamstress and the mother of WDAS radio personality Patty Jackson, died Tuesday, Oct. 27, of complications from Alzheimer's disease at her home in Wyncote. Born in South Philadelphia to Samuel and Carrie Jones, "Pat," as she was known, graduated from Bartram High School and Apex Beauty Academy. In 1941, she married George Johnson, and the couple had two daughters before divorcing. George Johnson died in the 1980s. She later married Robert A. Nolan.
August 15, 2015 |
Iconic neo-soul songstress Erykah Badu didn't make it to the Dell Music Center Thursday, to the disappointment of about 6,000 Philly fans. The reason given was flight difficulties. Badu tweeted her apologies and said she would play the Dell Friday night. 215 ILLADELPHI I've never missed a show in 18 years. I know how you guys must feel... Send prayers. I will be there tomorrow. Forgive me. — ErykahBadoula (@fatbellybella) August 14, 2015 Patty Jackson of WDAS made the announcement and didn't mince words about Badu's absence, calling it "dumb" and "disrespectful" to Philly fans.
December 11, 2014 |
NOTE TO VISITING CELEBS: If there's one way to get Philadelphians to love you, it's to publicly disparage any football team that is not the Eagles. Yesterday, comedian Chris Rock , a brilliant man, started his introduction of his new movie, "Top Five," with a rousing "Go Eagles. F--- the Ravens. " The crowd at the Ritz Five went wild. Of course, the next stop on Rock's five-city promotional blitz was Baltimore, where he tweeted, "You guys were great. " Could it be that Rock was being insincere about his distaste for the Ravens in order to promote his movie?
December 2, 2014 |
The late Don Cornelius would've dug Friday's Soul Train Music's first WDAS Holiday Jam at the Liacouras Center. Cornelius, the man who created the African American dance program, loved Philly. The band MFSB's 1974 hit, "TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)" was once Soul Train 's theme song. This city loved Cornelius back, evidenced in part by Philly's Questlove's having penned Soul Train: The Music, Dance, and Style of a Generation in 2013. It made sense then that DJ Questlove was the glue holding Soul Train's WDAS Holiday Jam together, spinning vintage funk and rap between sets from '90s soul classicists Faith Evans, Joe, Ledisi, Kem, and Philly's own Jill Scott.
March 17, 2014 |
Alan E. Lott, 67, a legendary music promoter who began his career in the Philadelphia record business, died from a heart attack Wednesday, March 5, in Pasadena, Calif. Mr. Lott climbed the industry ranks to become one of the first black record promoters, said his longtime friend Philadelphia radio personality Sonny Hopson. "He got to be one of the top promoters," said Hopson, who was a major radio personality at WHAT-AM when Mr. Lott got his start. "He was good at that. He was a likable person.
September 11, 2013 |
THERE HE WAS, a big, robust, happy guy, bubbling with energy, manning the grill for a pool party Saturday at his home in Laverock. E. Steven Collins, one of the most recognizable radio personalities and community activists in the city, was, as usual, the host with the most at the annual end-of-summer gathering of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists. The next day, he dispatched a tweet to Serena Williams congratulating her on her fifth U.S. Open singles victory: "You are unstoppable.
August 29, 2013 |
THE SUN HAD yet to rise on that warm 1963 morning. In the darkness, dozens of amped-up WDAS staffers and radio listeners converged at the station's Fairmount Park headquarters. One by one, they boarded buses - 13 in all - bound for Washington, and destined for the pages of history. The Philadelphia contingent, organized by the city's premier black radio station, was singular in size and scope. No other area radio station rivaled the amount of resources dedicated by WDAS in its coverage of the March on Washington 50 years ago today, according to WDAS historian Wynne Alexander.
October 24, 2012
THERE WAS the time in 2008 Tyler Perry showed up in the lobby of the WDAS radio station in Bala Cynwyd asking to see on-air host Patty Jackson. She'd met him years earlier when he was still producing stage plays and only dreaming of getting into the Hollywood scene. But Jackson hadn't seen him in ages. When Jackson walked out into the lobby, Perry greeted her and explained, "I had to come by and see you because you were there for me from the beginning. You talked with me when nobody else would talk with me. " Her stunned reaction: "You hang with Oprah and Gayle, and you remember me ?"
August 3, 2012 |
THE OBJECT wrapped tightly in Terri Choplin's hands on Thursday as she stood outside the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul wasn't a rosary. It was a cassette tape. On the tape was the voice of the man she was there to mourn — longtime WDAS disc jockey Joe "Butterball" Tamburro. The tape held his last broadcast before his death on July 27. Choplin, 53, of the city's Bella Vista section, said that she has almost every one of Tamburro's broadcasts on cassette. "Anybody who listened to him was truly blessed," she said.