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Still stunned by the death of icon David Bowie, today we got the news of the passing of another star Glenn Fry. After suffering and battling through several health issues, the leader of The Eagles lost his life.

Eagle drummer Don Henley was the first to admit that Glenn was the real leader of The Eagles. In a statement released through Glenn Fry’s website Don said in part the following: “He was like a brother to me. The bond we forged a bond 45 years ago was never broken. We built something that lasted longer than anyone could have dreamed. Glenn was the one who started it all. He was the spark plug, the man with the plan.”

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speaker 430Listen: David Bowie - Space Oddity Vinyl Cut

The world fell in love with David Bowie in 1972 as a result of the “Ziggy Stardust” tour. The highlight of that tour was David’s appearance at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby. The shows went beyond sensational. The concerts were captured on record in a double LP/CD simply called LIVE AT THE TOWER THEATER. For more on this visit my story in the archives on the Top Ten Most Memorable Concerts in Philadelphia.

Long before David Bowie’s worldwide success he was a star in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia radio stations played his earlier records that didn’t sell elsewhere, but were very popular with the rock fans in this city. In fact I am sure that listeners to Philly radio thought that “Space Oddity” was a hit and would be shocked to know that record sales outside of the Quaker City Area were so poor that his record company dropped him.

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Standing outside on that very cold November 24th morning has paid off big time. The WMGK listeners came through again for this year’s 14th Annual John DeBella Turkey Drop.

Thanks to the generous outpouring of the listeners and our many sponsors, we were able to collect over 9,400 turkeys! Aside the birds, there was also a great deal of cash collected to buy turkeys. That means that not only on Thanksgiving, but for the upcoming holidays City Team will be able to feed many needy families right here in the Delaware Valley.

John DeBella was stationed in Love Park where he broadcasted his morning show. He was joined by his crew of Jen, Rob, and Dave. The rest of WMGK air staff were collecting turkeys at various other locations.

I was located at the Giant store in St. David’s. Before the sun even came up a guy in a truck came up and handed me an envelope. Before I could even open it he was gone into the darkness. It was only then I saw that he gave me $300 in cash. I wish I had time to get his name, but maybe that’s the way he wanted it.

Below you can see pictures of some of the many who came out to donate $3,345. It was a real pleasure meeting all of you, but I’d like to single out Ellen Evans and Pennsylvania Trust who were particularly generous with their donations.

Thanks so much to all of you!

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On November 20, 2015 the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia had their Annual Hall of Fame and Person of the Year Awards Dinner. It was held at the Hilton Hotel on City Avenue in Philadelphia.

There was a record sold out crowd in attendance to honor those who were selected for the Hall of Fame. This year the Person of the Year was Bob Pantano who has been in Philadelphia radio since 1971. His Saturday Night Dance Party has been running continuously since 1977 on WOGL.

Among those honored was Pierre Robert from WMGK’s sister station WMMR who was inducted into the Hall of Fame. He has been on the air at the Greater Media station for 33 straight years.

Joe Tarsia, Chief Engineer and the owner of the world famous Sigma Sound Studios, was a great selection. A real living legend, Joe used his studio to record the Gamble & Huff Sound of Philadelphia, Hall & Oates, Stevie Wonder, BB King, Steely Dan, The Talking Heads, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, David Bowie, Robert Palmer and an album that I produced by Thunder & Roses called KING OF THE BLACK SUNRISE.

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There was electricity in the air as you walked from the parking lot to the Susquehanna Bank Center on September 5, 2015. The fans were tailgating and getting ready to enjoy the night.

They certainly were not disappointed. Work Release, the WMGK house band for the past year, played their last gig as the house band and was pumped to play before such a large crowd and were at their best.

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On July 16, 2015 the night was perfect for being at a semi-outdoor concert at the Susquehanna Bank Center.  With Low humidity and a cool summer breeze blowing, it was ideal weather for a concert.  Neil Young did not change the delightful atmosphere.

The concert started with Neil, wearing his now signature hat, walking out on stage and sitting down at the piano. “After the Gold Rush” started a splendid acoustic set that included “Heart of Gold” , “Long May You Run”  (a Stills-Young Band song) , “Old Man” and it concluded with Neil on the pump organ doing “Mother Earth”.

At that point Neil’s backup band called Promise of the Real came out to join him.  You might have anticipated that mellow portion of the concert was done.  Not so, Neil kept playing his acoustic guitar and the evening continued on a slow build.  The highlights were “Hold Back the Tears”, Harvest Moon”, “Words” and he even dipped back to the Buffalo Springfield song “Flying on the Ground is Wrong”.

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A founding member and the only member to appear on every Yes album, Chris Squire died in Phoenix, Arizona on June 27, 2015.

It was just in May of this year that Squire revealed the very sad news that he was recently diagnosed with acute erythroid leukemia. The killer disease forced him to miss the band’s summer tour but hope was still held out for his recovery. This was the very first time in the band’s history that Yes performed without him.

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The Doobie Brothers, who have been together since 1970, will be appearing at WMGK’s Big Gig along with The Steve Miller Band to help us celebrate Labor Day at the Susquehanna Bank Center. After 45 years the band is still cooking and just received ASCAP’s Voice of Music Award this spring. ASCAP, who keeps track of royalties for writers, gives the award to those writers whose music gives spirit to generations with their music.  

The Doobies join a prestigious list of other Voice of Music Award recipients including Ashford & Simpson, Burt Bacharach & Hal David, Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, Billy Joel, Annie Lennox, Sir Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Tom Petty, Smokey Robinson, Carly Simon, Patti Smith, Steely Dan, Rod Stewart, James Taylor, Steven Tyler & Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Tom Waits, Ann & Nancy Wilson (Heart), Stevie Wonder and Neil Young. 

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Once again T. Morgan would like to thank everyone who recently participated in the May 17, 2015 Philadelphia Bar Association's 5K Run / Walk.  The race is held every year on the third Sunday in May and benefits the Support Center for Child Advocates.  

This was the 36th Annual race and each year it draws a huge crowd.  T. has been the Grand Marshall for the race for the past six years.  

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If you visit the B B King website you will see the simple headline “The Thrill is Gone”.  The death of the great Blues legend B B King was hardly to big surprise.  Aside from the fact that he was almost 90 years old, he was in very poor health. In fact he had been in hospice care for some time. Even though he knew he was on his way out Riley (his real first name) continued to thank fans for their well wishes and prayers. He was that kind of man.

When I first met B B he had already been singing and playing the blues professionally for over 20 years and yet was still not a household name.  In my in my interview with him on WDAS-FM he gave me an absolutely stunning account of his life to that point. Since I only knew him by his early music, I was very interested to hear his background.

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Sometime in November of 2014 word got out that there would be a new Bob Dylan album coming out shortly in early 2015.  A new album from Bob Dylan will always peak my interest. That interest was somewhat diminished when it was also revealed this new album would not be one of original material, but of all things old Frank Sinatra remakes. 

An album of nothing but Frank Sinatra covers?  Really?  Didn’t Dylan already do a covers album with SELF PORTRAIT that most critics still call it his worse LP?  And then there was the Christmas album. That seemed somehow out of character, but then the man who changed rock music forever has always been full of surprises. 

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An amazing outpouring! A new record was set when 10,685 turkeys were donated to Cityteam Philadelphia in this year’s 13th Annual John DeBella Turkey Drop.

On November 25, 2014 John DeBella was stationed in Love Park where he broadcasted his morning show. He was joined by his crew of Jen, Rob, Dave and Turtle. The rest of WMGK air staff were collecting turkeys at various other locations.

I was located at the Classic Jaguar dealer in Cherry Hill, NJ. Even in the dark listeners came out to donate. It was a real pleasure meeting all of you, but I’d like to single out Steven Shivick of Cherry Hill, John Faford and Ed Marcinkevich of Mt. Laurel, NJ who were particularly generous with their donations.

You can click here to see pictures from all the locations on the WMGK website, but I have posted some of the pictures we took in Cherry Hill below.

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On November 21, 2014 the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia had their annual Hall of Fame and person of the year awards dinner. It was held at the Hilton Hotel.

This year one of those inducted into the hall of fame was WMGK’s own morning man, John DeBella. Many of the WMGK staff were there to support and cheer him on. This is an enormous honor for John who has been the Philadelphia radio market for many successful years at WMMR and WYSP prior to joining the WMGK air staff. It was an honor that was more than due.

While many just know John DeBella as the man who gets them up every morning with a wide variety of humor, music and general craziness, John is much more than a voice on the radio. Those who know him well, know that he is very active in the Philadelphia community helping people from the veterans to the hungry. Though his untiring efforts, thousands of local people have been helped. This year’s turkey drop is just one example. Once again 1,000’s upon 1,000’s of turkeys were donated by DeBella’s listeners.

John was joined on stage at the dinner with the rest of this year’s deserving inductees and gave a rousing acceptance speech. He now joins an amazing array of very talented radio and TV people.

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