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Radio Facts Year-End: Those We Lost in 2012

Those We Lost in 2012

Unfortunately, we lost a LOT of industry greats in 2012. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of those who left us. (click next after each person)

Dee Harvey December 2012

dee harveyOne of my favorite R&B songs of all time is Dee Harvey’s “Leave Well Enough Alone” I found out he died this past weekend. He as 47 and lived in North Hollywood, CA. He had been doing backing vocals for many major acts   over the years including Rod Stewart. No word on what happened. Here’s the video for his biggest hit.

November 10

Major Harris’ biggest smash was a song that is still popular today and has been recorded many times by other artists. That song is “Love Won’t Let Me Wait” a killer ballad about a man who can no longer stand the angst of not making love to the person that he has been dating for quite some time. The former Delfonics singer died this past Friday at the age of 65 in Richmond, VA. His death was confirmed by his sister Catherine Thomas. She stated that Major was rushed to the hospital on Friday where he later died from congestive heart and lung failure. Love Won’t Let Me Wait (video below) was a Top Ten single which peaked at #5 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1975.

(Blaque) October 27
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Natina Reed (born October 28, 1979 – October 27,2012) was an American actress, rapper, singer, teen idol and songwriter in the R&B trio Blaque. On most of Blaque’s songs, Reed is featured as a rapper, except on “Mind of a King” where she sings the song entirely on her own. She is also known as Blaque’s rapper and a similarity to Left Eye. Sources state she was hit by a car while crossing the street. Ironically, she was almost the same age as Left Eye who was also killed in a car accident. She had a 10 year old son by rapper Kurupt and died a day before her 33rd birthday.

October 10
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Radio Facts is sorry to report that industry vet Danny Sims has died. We are awaiting further details.

Once married to model Beverly Johnson,  Danny Sims has been in the music business since the early ’60s. He signed Bob Marley and the Wailers to a 5-year contract back in the days before there was reggae music. A longtime business partner of Johnny Nash, the early reggae pioneer, Sims has a controversial, colorful past, and seems to be sitting on the greatest treasure trove of unreleased Bob Marley material there is. When he sold Chris Blackwell the remainder of Bob’s contract in 1972, he launched the modern era of Reggae. His recent release, an ECD called  Bob Marley: Soul Almighty the formative years Vol. 1  has at long last begun to unlock vaults which have been closed almost 30 years! To read more about Danny Sims’ involvement with the original Wailers, read the  liner notes  to the album mentioned above. Danny runs JAD Records in Santa Monica, CA, which will be releasing early (and RARE!) Bob Marley music in the future. (information courtesy of Hermosa Records)

Wayne Brown, October 6

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Radio Facts is sorry to report that the story we ran this week asking industry people to pray for one of our own has taken a turn for the worse. He lost his battle with liver cancer and passed on Saturday October 6. Friends state he had been struggling with health issues for quite some time.

Brown is best known for his GM position at CBS Radio stations with a long stint at WPEG in Charlotte, NC as the GM and Brown served many years as the VP of Marketing for Radio One‘s Atlanta stations. After leaving Radio One, Brown started his own business and recently resurfaced with his most recent post was working with Steve Hegwood at a hip hop station in Atlanta, Streetz 94.5 FM. Brown, a native of Washington, DC, was a recipient of a number of media awards. He leaves behind a wife Nyesa, two sons and his extended family. It’s a sad irony that Nate Quick, a former coworker and DJ at WPEG Charolotte, who worked for years with Wayne there, passed from the same cancer in 2009. Radio Facts will keep you posted on Mr. Brown’s arrangements.

Rev. Benjamin Cone Jr., Sept 16

 src=ackson, MS  (September 18, 2012) – It is with heavy hearts and treasured memories that Malaco Music Group announces the passing of beloved Minister and Gospel Recording Artist ““ Rev. Benjamin Cone Jr. He died peacefully at his home in Jackson, MS on Sunday, September 16, 2012 after an extended illness.

Radio PD- August

 src=UPDATE: We are sad to report that Citadel Broadcasting’s PD (KRRQ-FM and KNEK-FM) AJ Appleberry suddenly died this morning of an apparent heart attack. We are being told he passed out while buying tires and was rushed to the hospital where they were unable to revive him. Several industry people who talked to him over the last few days state he was complaining about being tired as well as having chest pain. Ironically, he requested my friendship on FaceBook this very weekend and I put him in this morning. His sister Elaine left this heartfelt message on AJ’s FaceBook page: “This message is from Elaine Appleberry… I’ve just returned from the hospital where I’ve left one of my best friends, my big brother, my heart.. A.J. I’m in his bedroom and here is his computer with FB on… Please know how much A.J. loved all of you. He enjoyed throwing out those crazy questions to sparks controversy. I miss him with all my heart. I don’t believe that I can live a day of my life without thinking about him.”

No further details are available at this time.

Joe Butterball Tamburro July 27

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Butterball has died

Urban radio legend Butterball passed early this morning. He had been struggling with health issues for some time, station reps state and the station was in the process of planning his 50th anniversary in radio. He was still doing a show on WDAS AM part time at the time of his death. He was 70-years-old. You can post your condolences on his FaceBook page. Here is a detailed bio on Butter.

Sherman “George Jefferson” Hemsley July 24

 src=The man that brought the character George Jefferson to life, Sherman Hemsley has died in his El Paso, TX home. Sherman went on to appear on a handful of other classic television shows including “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and “The Hughleys.”

The Philadelphia born and raised sitcom actor was also an accomplished singer, recording the 1989 single “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head” and releasing his R&B album, “Dance,” in 1992.

Before becoming a household name, Hemsley served in the Air Force for four years — dropping out of high school to do so — before going on to work for the post office for eight years. The cause of death is unclear at this point but Sherman Hemsley did pass away with no wife and kids.

Ms. Melodie – July 18

 src=Ms. Melodie, ex-wife of KRSONE and a prominent member of the Boogie Down Productions crew, passed away today according to numerous news sources.

Ms. Melodie, born Ramona Parker, was a member of the original  Boogie Down Productions crew and released her first album, Diva, in 1989 on Jive Records.

She is best known for her song “Live On Stage” and her hit single “Hype.”

Her most memorable performance was on the 1989 single “Self Destruction” and she also has a cameo in Queen Latifah‘s video “Ladies First.”

Ms. Melodie was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and is survived by two sons. At this time, her cause of death is unknown.

Lisa Coleman

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Lisa Coleman, a former Def Jam and Arista employee battled cancer for several years as we pointed out and even helped raised money for her in Radio Facts. We are sad to report that she lost her battle this morning. Rest is peace Lisa.

Maria Cole (Nat King Cole’s wife, Natalie Cole’s mother) July 12

 src=Maria Cole, the widow of the legendary Nat “King” Cole, the mother of Natalie Cole and in her own right a former Big Band singer, died Tuesday in Boca Raton, Fla., after a brief battle with cancer.  She was 89 years old.

“Our mom was in a class all by herself. She epitomized class, elegance, and truly defined what it is to be a real lady,” said Natalie Cole and her siblings, Timolin and Casey Cole, in a statement.

“We are so blessed and privileged to have inherited the legacy that she leaves behind along with our father. She died how she lived ““ with great strength, courage and dignity, surrounded by her loving family,” the Coles further stated.

Gabriel Hardeman, June 20

 src=Singer-songwriter, Gabriel S. Hardeman, best-known for co-writing R&B star Stephanie Mills‘ 1987 #1 hit “I Feel Good All Over” and Teddy Pendergrass‘ “Truly Blessed”, died Saturday, June 16th in the Philadelphia area from complications of interstitial fibrosis. He was 68 years old. He was diagnosed with the illness in May 2000 but with medication functioned well until 2005 when he started intermittently using a portable oxygen tank. His condition improved after a 2009 single lung transplant at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital but he recently began contacting friends to say that his prognosis was grim and to say goodbye.

 

He is survived by his wife, Annette Hardeman, and their son, Michael.

Rodney King – June 17

 src=Rodney King, the man who was at the center of the infamous Los Angeles riots after people reacted to a controversial verdict, was found dead this morning in Rialito, CA. He was 47.

King’s fiancée found him dead at the bottom of a pool. Law enforcement state they responded to a call at 5:25 AM PT. We’re told they physically removed King from the pool and attempted CPR.   King was pronounced dead at 6:11 AM.  Law enforcement sources say Rialto PD will open a drowning investigation. (Source TMZ)

 

Rodney Glen King (April 2, 1965 ““ June 17, 2012)[1] was the victim in a police brutality case involving the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) on March 3, 1991. A bystander, George Holliday, videotaped much of the incident from a distance.

The footage showed seven officers surrounding the solitary King, with several LAPD officers repeatedly striking a helpless King with their batons while the other officers stood by watching, without taking any action to stop the beating. A portion of this footage was aired by news agencies around the world, causing public outrage that increased tension between the local black community and the LAPD and increased anger over police brutality, racism and social inequalities in Los Angeles.

Four LAPD officers were later tried in a state court for the beating; three were acquitted and the jury failed to reach a verdict for the fourth. The announcement of the acquittals sparked the 1992 Los Angeles riots. A later federal trial for civil rights violations ended with two of the officers found guilty and sent to prison and the other two officers acquitted.

Death

On June 17, 2012, media outlets reported that King’s fiancée found him dead in his swimming pool. Police in Rialto, California, received a 911 call from King’s fiancee, Cynthia Kelly, about 5:25 a.m PST. Responding officers found King at the bottom of the pool, removed him, and attempted to revive him. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.[43]

Yvette Wilson (actress on The Parkers) July 5

 src=Actress/Comedian, Yvette Wilson, who you will always be remembered from her appearance on Def Comedy Jam, movies like “Friday,” shows including “Moesha” and “The Parkers,” has died at the age of 48. The actress was battling stage 4 cervical cancer.

Alvin Stowe – June 25

Alvin StoweAlvin (AC) Stowe made his transition this past Saturday June 23rd at 11:05am. Family, services for Alvin Stowe will be held on Thursday, June 28th, 1pm at the Union Baptist Church, 1200 N. Trade St. Winston-Salem, NC. Viewing will begin at 12 Noon.

Herb Reed “The Platters”
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The legendary, Herb Reed, the last surviving original member of the 1950s vocal group the Platters, has died. The group’s hits like “Only You” propelled them to a long-lasting career in the industry. Mr. Reed’s manager says he died Monday in a Boston area hospice after a period of diminishing health. He was 83 when he passed.

Reed was a Kansas City, Mo., native who founded the Platters in Los Angeles in 1953. Reed sang bass on the group’s four No. 1 hits, including “The Great Pretender,” “˜’My Prayer,” “˜’Twilight Time” and “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.”

Reed was the only member of the group to appear on all of their nearly 400 recordings. He continued touring, performing up to 200 shows per year, until last year. The Platters were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

Hal Jackson, May 23

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“He was an amazing pioneer who opened the doors for black radio announcers to work in radio. He was one of the first black announcers on the air and he was was determined after being told no black person would ever be on the radio.” Stated WBLS PD Skip Dillard a few minutes ago when describing one of the most respected radio legends in the industry.

“Man, this is just too much, I had so much respect for Mr. Jackson he helped me with so many of my acts at J Records like Alicia Keys. He was a pioneer and one of the nicest guys in the industry” Stated independent promoter Ken Wilson.

Mr. Hal Jackson one of the urban radio industry’s last great pioneers and revolutionaries died today, he was 96. Without a doubt his legacy is immeasurable in the urban radio industry.

Radio Facts will now change our editorial plans so that we can dedicate the Radio Facts 17th Anniversary issue to Mr. Jackson

Radio Facts has just learned that Industry legend Hal Jackson has died. No further details are available at this moment except to say Mr. Jackson was a radio legend. He helped break the careers of many artists including Alicia Keys. We will be adding a tribute to Mr. Jackson to the 17th Anniversary issue of Radio Facts.

 

Donna Summer , May 17

donna summerTMZ is reporting that Disco Queen Donna Summer died this morning.

We’re told Summer was in Florida at the time of her death. She was 63 years old.

Sources close to Summer tell us … the singer was trying to keep the extent of her illness under wraps. We spoke to someone who was with Summer a couple of weeks ago … who says she didn’t seem too bad.

In fact, we’re told she was focused on trying to finish up an album she had been working on.

Summer was a 5-time Grammy winner who shot to superstardom in the ’70s with iconic hits like “Last Dance,” “Hot Stuff” and “Bad Girls.”

Summer had an amazing voice that translated many radio formats because of her crossover appeal. She remained in the Disco genre throughout her entire career offering very few ballads or R&B specific offerings.

Chuck Brown (“Bustin’ Loose’)

chuck brownChuck Brown, the bandleader who capitalized on funk’s percussive pulse to create go-go, the genre of music that has soundtracked life in black Washington for more than three decades, died May 16 at the Johns Hopkins University hospital in Baltimore. He was 75.

The death was confirmed by his manager Tom Goldfogle. The Washington Post reported earlier this month that Mr. Brown had been hospitalized for pneumonia.

 

Adam Yauch (Bestie Boys)

adam yauchRadio Facts has learned that Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch aka MCA has died. One of our heroes, Adam Yauch aka MCA of the Beastie Boys, passed away this morning after a long bout with cancer. Yauch co-founded Beastie Boys in 1979 with Mike D, Mix Master Mike and Ad Roc. The group has won multiple Grammys.

Yauch became a vegan at the recommendation of his doctors and is survived by his wife and daughter. He was 47. Our prayers go out to the family of Adam and the entire Beastie Boys crew

Read more: http://globalgrind.com/news/adam-yauch-mca-beastie-boys-dies-47-photos#ixzz1tvHJuXmO

Brian Carter, April 22
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Radio Facts is sorry to report yet another industry death. WUSL Power 99 industry legend Brian Carter one half of the morning team Carter and Sanborn passed this morning after doing an airshift just yesterday at WBLS.

Most well known for The Carter and Sanborn morning show on WUSL Brian told Radio Facts several months ago how much he really loved doing that show. No further details have been given about Carter’s sudden death. The duo was thrilled to fill in for a vacationing Michael Baisden in July of 2010 on WDAS revising the Cater and Sanborn show as reported in Radio Facts

UPDATE PRESS RELEASE FROM POWER 99:

FORMER POWER 99 FM AND WDAS FM MORNING SHOW PERSONALITY BRIAN CARTER HAS DIED
POWER 99 AND WDAS FM WILL PAY TRIBUTE

Philadelphia, Pa. ““ April 22, 2012 ““ Former Power 99 fm and WDAS FM morning personality Brian Carter has passed away early this morning at the age of 56 from a massive heart attack. Carter was one half of the popular morning show “Carter and Sanborn in the Morning” which aired on Power 99 fm from 1987 to 1999 and on WDAS FM in 2006. Ken Johnson Director of Urban Programming for iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) Media+Entertainment Philadelphia says” Carter and Sanborn are the reason Power 99 is the station it is today. They inspired me to recapture the presence in the community Power had when they were on the air. Brian was also an inspiration to me personally. He will be missed.” Loraine Ballard Morrill Director of News and Community Affairs and news anchor for the show when it aired on Power 99 says, “Brian Carter was a icon in radio with a love for the business and giving back to the community. This is not only a loss for his family and friends ““ it’s a loss for broadcasting.” Former partner Bill Simpson (Dave Sanborn) says, “I am devastated beyond words at the loss of Brian Carter, the best radio partner on the planet and most importantly one of my dearest friends. I send my heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones.”

Fans can post their condolences on Power 99 fm’s and WDAS fm’s Facebook pages. There will be a tribute to Brian Carter Monday Power 99’s morning show with Uncle O, Mikey Dredd and Mina and on WDAS FM with Patty Jackson. Brian Carter most recently worked at WBLS FM in New York and XM radio.

Fans can listen to Power 99 FM and WDAS FM on the stations’ websites, power99.com and wdasfm.com, as well as on iHeartRadio.com and the iHeartRadio mobile app, iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel)’s best-in-class customizable digital listening experience, offering more than 850 of the nation’s most popular live broadcast and digital-only radio stations, plus user-created Custom Stations which provide listeners more songs, better music intelligence, more user control and deeper social media integration, all combined in one free, fully-integrated service.

Mark Boyd – April

 src=One of the nicest industry people passed in April. We posted the industry should pray for him before he passed and it was a major problem with one of our (former) readers. This person has not spoken to us since but the bigger issue was Mark so instead of responding the way we REALLY wanted to, we simply took the higher road and removed the story and didn’t post anything else about Mark until now. We really liked Mark and he was a great supporter of Radio Facts.

 

Mike Bernado – March 15

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Mike’s children wrote: Our Beloved Mommy Mike Bernardo passed away this evening. We thank you all for your thoughts, prayers and warm wishes. Her daughter, Elissa Gabrielle will inform everyone of the date, time and place of her Celebration of Life service. Cards and offers of condolences can be sent to Elissa Gabrielle, PO Box 1152, Pocono Summit, PA, 18346, elissagabrielle@ptd.net.

Former Record Label Exec Dwayne Alexander Stabbed to Death

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Former Capitol records publicist Dwayne Alexander, 48 was fatally stabbed by a 22-year-old student at a job training program where Alexander was working as a counselor in Los Angeles. Alexander had been out of the music industry for quite some time and he had been working as a counselor at a Job Corps school. The students are shocked and greatly loved Alexander. The 22 year-old stabbed him multiple times. Alexander was rushed to the hospital where he died from his wounds. Other details are not available.

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James T. “Jimmy” Ellis

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James T. “Jimmy” Ellis – who grew up in a shotgun shack on Pond Street in Rock Hill’s Crawford Road neighborhood – died Thursday. He was 74. His lead on the signature song, “Disco Inferno,” will live forever. “Doesn’t matter where you go, who they are,” said Johnny Ellis, Jimmy’s younger brother. “everybody knows when they hear the words, ‘Burn that mother down!’ and ‘Burn, baby, burn,’ that the song is ‘Disco Inferno.’ The song was featured in “Saturday Night Fever” in 1977, and on the subsequent movie soundtrack that sold 15 million copies as it stayed atop the charts for half a year.

Jimmy Ellis, the oldest of six children whose father died when he was just a kid, got his start singing where all black kids did in those days – in church. “It was nothing for my father to finish a tour and to stay busy, work two jobs,” his daughter Erika said. “He was always humble. Just a country boy singing music.”

The Trammps recorded “Disco Inferno” in 1976, and it reached the top of the U.S. dance music charts in 1978. It won a Grammy and was a gold record – selling more than 500,000 copies. The group never had another hit afterr “Disco Inferno” but they group still toured the country and the world, even after Ellis moved back to Rock Hill in 2000. He performed with the Trammps regularly through 2008, when the early stages of Alzheimer’s started to manifest.

Jimmy Castor, March 9


Funk legend Jimmy Castor, a soul saxophonist, singer and songwriter whose tune, “It’s Just Begun,” morphed over 40 years into an anthem for generations of hip-hoppers and mainstream musical acts, died of apparent heart failure in a Las Vegas hospital, family members said Tuesday. He was 71. Hr was hospitalized in November after suffering a heart attack and undergoing quadruple bypass surgery. He died Monday at Saint Rose Dominican Hospital, his son said.

His work was sampled by other artists more than 3,000 times, his son said, and he continued to work and perform until last August, when he played at the Long Beach Funk Festival in California. Jimmy Castor Jr. said his father had booked dates for a European tour this year.

Whitney Houston – Feb

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Unfortunately the most SHOCKING death of 2012 was superstar Whitney Houston. Her mother Cissy predicted Whitney would pass to family members. Many tributes were done for Whitney since one just this week from VH1. Contrary to press reports she did not die broke, a so called friend who was invited to the funeral and the wake took pictures of Houston in the casket and profited from it when the Enquirer ran the photo of the Houston in a purple dress in the casket.

Whitney Houston’s goddaughter admitted that bad press devastated the singer and she hated the bad publicity.

Roland Edison

Best known for his tenure at RCA Records, he was responsible for breaking SWV. No further details were given on his death. We will keep you posted of any new information.

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David Peaston Feb 5

David Peaston radiofactsIt seems like it really does happen in 3s singer David Peaston who charmed the very difficult audience as he won during the Showtime at the Apollo contest with his memorable rendition of Billie Holiday’s “God Bless the Child.” Peaston enjoyed some chart success with “Two Wrongs Don’t Make it Right” in the late 80s then he vanished after that album. He died from complications of Diabetes in NY on Wed. He was 54 years old.

Jimmy Castor – Jan


Funk legend Jimmy Castor, a soul saxophonist, singer and songwriter whose tune, “It’s Just Begun,” morphed over 40 years into an anthem for generations of hip-hoppers and mainstream musical acts, died of apparent heart failure in a Las Vegas hospital, family members said Tuesday. He was 71. Hr was hospitalized in November after suffering a heart attack and undergoing quadruple bypass surgery. He died Monday at Saint Rose Dominican Hospital, his son said.

His work was sampled by other artists more than 3,000 times, his son said, and he continued to work and perform until last August, when he played at the Long Beach Funk Festival in California. Jimmy Castor Jr. said his father had booked dates for a European tour this year.

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  1. U forgot Carlos DeJesus NY Radio Legend and Jammin Jai Rich James Richardson of KJLH,KBCA.KKJZ,at least/

    RICH, Jai: KBCA, 1969-72; KJLH, 1980-85; KKJZ, 2007-08. James ‘Jai Rich’ Richardson, whose sonorous voice and lively mixture of Jazz, Gospel as well as r&b helped formulate the background music for Black Los Angeles from the 1960s to the 1970s, died October 24, 2012. He was 78 years old.

    In an autobiography written for radio station KJAZZ, where he had returned to radio in 2007, after a 23-year hiatus, Jai talked about a childhood fascination with the broadcast industry at a time when all black music on the radio was lumped together into the category “race music.” That stricture aside, Rich gained an opportunity at an early age to appear on a local show called Blues at Sundown that aired from 3-6 p.m. on a station emanating from Fort Worth, Texas. He was only 9 years old.

    Rich was born August 15, 1934 in Marlin, Texas. He was raised and educated in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, graduating from Booker T. Washington High School in 1952. After that early radio experience, Rich said he was hooked. After serving in the Marine Crops as a radio-telephone operator and receiving commendations for outstanding service, he went on to complete formal broadcast training at the Don Martin School of Radio and Television Science, which also produced such graduates as The Real Don Steele and Bob Eubanks.

    Rich would become one of the first African Americans to obtain a FCC first-class radio telephone operators license in Southern California. “My career began in 1960 in Los Angeles when fm radio was in its infancy. Those were pioneer days in fm broadcasting,” writes Rich in his autobiography. “It was gratifying and rewarding, because you learned all sides of the business: sales, programming, production; You name it, you did it. “It was small market radio in a major market. We purchased time from the radio station, and then sought local advertisers in order to cover the cost. The local African American community was the hotbed for Jazz and Blues, and a natural supporter in advertising sales.”

    “During my career, I have enjoyed the pleasure of sharing the stage with some of Jazz’s best and greatest.” The early stations Rich worked for included legendary Jazz KBCA. Rich was also part of the founding crew of djs that created the sound of KJLH radio station—Kindness Love Joy and Happiness. The mantra in the early days was they played the music the people wanted to hear. Among the phrases Rich created were “music designed with you in mind;” “this is the lion’s den, suite 910, welcome my friend to the melodical, lyrical, powerful sounds of Jazz,” and closing his show as “Rozenia’s little boy,” saying “bye-bye, ta, ta, I’m gonna see you later, and tutaonana.”

    Moving from a a garage in Long Beach to 39th and Crenshaw in Los Angeles, the station would soon become the place to be in L.A. and drew celebrities of all statures to their studios. Radios throughout neighborhoods were tuned in, creating a simulcast feeling, and Rich was one of those right in the middle of the action. As a broadcaster, Rich was a voice for the disenfranchised and formed an association with the Nation of Islam, the US Organization under the leadership of Dr. Maulana Karenga, and co-founded the African-American Music Society. He joined the staff of KGFJ as local sales manager and helped establish many local businesses throughout his broadcast career, including coining the phrase for Mr. Jim’s Barbecue: “You need no teeth to eat my beef.” After leaving radio, Rich exploited the business side of his talents by becoming the marketing manager at Roscoe’s’ House of Chicken and Waffles and eventually full manager of the South Los Angeles store. He returned to the radio airwaves in Spring 2007 on all-Jazz KJAZZ (88.1 FM) where held down his favorite shift, midnight to 6 a.m. (From OurWeekly.com)

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