The Radio Facts Top 10 Best Urban DJs of All Time WINNERS!!

Kevin Ross - Posted Tuesday, November 30th, 2010. Category: Top 10 Features
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18 comments

  1. Mitch Faulkner

    Hey Kev,
    Another home run on this piece! It is good to see these folk get some props today! Man this industry treats us like coke cans, when it is all gone we toss it in the trash and dont look back! Lot of talent in these top 10, and to think that most folk on the air may not know these folk or have heard their legacy. Thanks for sharing!

  2. rosey velt

    Kevin, I enjoyed reading about these legends although I’m disappointed that another guy who came through Buffalo wasnt on the list Eddie O’Jay as well as Jocko Henderson,who was before a lot of people’s time, I heard Jocko through airchecks,also since radio then was really local(now we can hear a lot on line),a lot of greats went unnoticed

  3. Jae Jackson

    I can not believe you didn’t include the Magnificent Monteque who coined the phrase “Burn Baby Burn” and so Los Angeles did just that during the riots of the 60’s…He was on KGFJ in LA…

    God Bless

  4. Kevin
    Author

    Thanks to all of you. Jae, Magnificent was on the list but not quite enough votes. Please read KEVIN’S SUMMARY on the contest and why it was done this way. Off to the gym my friends.

  5. brianCarter

    not a bad choice in the bunch…the fact is there many ways to lay out the greats…i’d like to see the best talent by decade as well so you could see some of the more recent talent..igends a lot of these let’s sad that lot of the younger cats (and kittens) have never heard examples/airchecks of what made them great

    otherwise well done Kevin…and long overdue

  6. Wanda

    Half of these people I have never heard of. I think that there are several DJs that should have made the list. Certainly the late Mevin Lindsey, Kevin “Slow-Jammin” James and Alvin John Waples. Both Kevin and alvin John have been on both coasts.

  7. I thoroughly enjoyed this article. Great work Kevin. Being from buffalo I can surely say that Frankie and Gary influenced me greatly. By the way where’s Mark Vann Superman on that list? LOL

  8. Khateeb Jamal Dakar

    Hello Kevin
    I just stumbled onto your page. As an “Old School” DJ from New York I appreciate the effort you put into your research. It must have been quite challenging to come up with a list of “Top 10 Best Urban DJs of All Time “..
    There have been, and are currently, so many radio pioneers, personalities and innovators, in our history. I hope your future articles will expand on this and include some of the great business men and women who have helped to build and nurture urban radio over the years.
    Keep up the good work
    KJD

  9. Jae Jackson

    Nice list, but aside from Walt Love, I don’ see any legends from the LA area, like the Magnificent Montague…He coined the phrase “Burn Baby, Burn” and we all know Los Angels did “Burn”…

    What about Levi Booker “Levi Loves You Los Angeles”, or The Jammin Jay Rich, Mr. Kicks…

    Just a thought…

  10. Ms Hat

    Just wanted to say that Hank Spann graced the Atlanta area for a couple of years as well (as Hank Spann The Ladies’ Man) and let me tell you, Atlanta (teen aged girls, anyway) just LOVED him. It would be good to see you focus on other major cities as well. Great article.

  11. Does anyone remember Ken ‘Spider’ Webb?

    *WBLS Morning Man 1971-1996
    *Kiss-FM (NY) Morning Man 1983-89
    *WWRL (NY Morning Man
    *SiriusXM Morning Man Soul Town SiriusXM 49

    Did he get any vottes?

  12. Hamp Morris

    Back inn the day when KGFJ was #1 in USA…with Roland Bynum was voted #1 Air Personality
    along with Larry McCormick, Tom Cross,Tom Reed, Lee Vonce, Jim Woods , Magnificent Montique and Soul Finger(aka) Roland Bynum…when Radio was Real…Rick Holmes..KBCA FM..Ron Wilson KTYM FM…Yes and The NY Rocker…Frankie Cocker breifly..KGFJ

  13. Hey Kev…Awesome Idea! However vote by the decade is a great idea… Big ups to my Chicago Mentors,Chi Town Born, Chi Town breed, Herb Kent “The Cool Gent”.Herb Kent is a graduate from my high school… Hyde Park High School..Alumnae include Herbie Hancock,Minnie Ripperton, and Chaka Khan for Summer School.. Big Ups to Tom Joyner! Great Memories with the Morning Drive on AM 950 WJPC,sponsored by Martha White Corn Muffin Mix.Big ups to Doug Banks for his rookie years in a major market on 102.7 WBMX Chicago. Last but not least, Big Ups to Walt “Baby” Love. He engaged in show syndication before Tom Joyner, and the rest of the syndicators…

  14. Big Ryde

    Here in Chicago we was bleessed in the late 80s to the early 90s with Tom Joyner in the mornings then Doug Banks in afternoon! I a kid would wake to Tom and I think Bonnie Deshawn. Do school then turn on Doug on the school bus going home! Right now I as write we got three(3) of the all time greats on air here in Chicago with Herb Kent on on the weekends and I been big fan of his since about 92 when I first heard what a Dustie was! But I’m hearing changes abound with Tom getting replace by Ricky Smiley! This a great read my friend! You got a new reader!

  15. Doc Foster

    This was really good but I think you need to expand this to the top 100. I am 60 years old and have been following black radio DJs for many years. By the way I work in urban AC radio at this time. I can’t help but think about guys like E.Rodney Jones Jolt’in Joe Howard Shelley Pope(The Black Pope)A C Williams and don’t forget Jacko Henderson. These guys were good mentors so if you can please expand the list.

  16. Thanks for including 2 of my Mentors Vaughn Harper and Frankie Crocker ,Ive received a Wealth of Information from those Men and I am Eternally Grateful..Afterall who gets to work with those Radio Giants in One Lifetime !!!
    I am soooo Blessed …

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