Ellis Feaster, May 10, 2017
WBLS 107.5 New York - Frankie Crocker - September 1972. Radio Aircheck.
Song - Soulful Drums
Artist - Brother Jack McDuff
This is a compilation of sound clips from several Frankie Crocker radio shows.
Edited by Azizi Powell
This pancocojams post presents three radio clips that are found on YouTube of famous African American radio deejays (djs): Frankie Crocker, Jocko Henderson, & Daddy-O Alexander.
Some information about these showcased djs. history of African American radio deejays is included in this post.
These radio clips aren't given in any particular order and the selection of these djs doesn't necessarily reflect any ranking of historical African American radio deejays (djs).
The content of this post is presented for historical and cultural purposes.
All copyrights remain with their owners.
Thanks to Frankie Crocker, Jocko Henderson, & Daddy-O Alexander and other African American djs for their cultural legacies. Thanks to all those who are associated with these YouTube clips and thanks to all those who are quoted in this post.
Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2016/10/the-early-history-of-african-american.html for Part I of a three part pancocojams series about African American radio djs. The links for the other posts in that series are found in that post.
SOME INFORMATION ABOUT FRANKIE CROCKER
"Frankie "Hollywood" Crocker (December 18, 1937 – October 21, 2000) was an American disc jockey who helped grow WBLS, the black music radio station in New York.
Early soul radio
According to popeducation.org, Crocker began his career in Buffalo at the AM Soul powerhouse WUFO (also the home to future greats Gerry Bledsoe, Eddie O'Jay, Herb Hamlett, Gary Byrd and Chucky T) before moving to Manhattan, where he first worked for Soul station WWRL and later top-40 WMCA in 1969. He then worked for WBLS as program director, taking that station to the top of the ratings during the late 1970s and pioneering the radio format now known as urban contemporary. He sometimes called himself the "Chief Rocker", and he was as well known for his boastful on-air patter as for his off-air flamboyance.
"Moody's Mood for Love"
When Studio 54 was at the height of its popularity, Crocker once rode in through the front entrance on a white stallion. In the studio, before he left for the day, Crocker would light a candle and invite female listeners to enjoy a candlelight bath with him. He signed off the air each night to the tune "Moody's Mood For Love" by vocalese crooner King Pleasure. Crocker, a native of Buffalo, coined the phrase "urban contemporary" in the 1970s, a label for the eclectic mix of songs that he played.
TV and film career
Crocker was the master of ceremonies of shows at the Apollo Theater in Harlem and was one of the first VJs on VH-1, the cable music video channel, in addition to hosting the TV series Solid Gold and NBC's Friday Night Videos. As an actor, Crocker appeared in five films, including Cleopatra Jones (1973), Five on the Black Hand Side (1973), and Darktown Strutters (Get Down and Boogie) (1975).
SHOWCASE YOUTUBE CLIP #2: WOV 1280am New York - Doug Jocko Henderson - 1957
Here's some information about Jocko Henderson from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jocko_Henderson :
"Douglas "Jocko" Henderson (March 8, 1918 – July 15, 2000) was an American radio disc jockey, businessman, and hip hop music pioneer.-snip-
Henderson grew up in Baltimore, where both of his parents were teachers.
Henderson began his broadcast career in 1952 at Baltimore station WSID, and in 1953 began broadcasting in Philadelphia on WHAT. He hosted a show called Jocko's Rocket Ship Show out of New York radio stations WOV and WADO and Philadelphia stations WHAT and WDAS from 1954 to 1964, which was an early conduit for rock & roll. He was known for a distinctive style of rhythmic patter in his radio voice, which he had learned from a Baltimore deejay, Maurice "Hot Rod" Hulbert. This fast-talking jive was exemplary of the style of Black Appeal Radio, which emerged in the early 1950s after black urban stations switched to playing bebop. With a heavy reliance on rapping and rhyming, the double entendres and street slang were a hit with audiences. Henderson continued on the stations WDAS and WHAT until 1974, deejaying in Philadelphia and New York as well as hosting concerts in both cities and a TV music program in New York. In addition to Philadelphia, New York, and Baltimore, Henderson was also broadcast on stations inSt. Louis, Detroit, Miami, and Boston."...
SHOWCASE YOUTUBE CLIP #3: Listen to DJ Oscar 'Daddy Oh' Alexander
Here's some more information about "Daddy-Oh" Alexander and WAAA-AM radio from https://newspapers.digitalnc.org/lccn/sn85042324/1995-10-26/ed-1/seq-26/ocr/ Winston-Salem Chronicle, Oct. 26, 1995 "Media Legacy Celebrates 45th Anniversary by cheryl Harry
" "I got a dog in the east, I got a dog in the west,., my dog can monkey just like yours, but can your dog do the monkey like Daddy-O's?" If you were in an earshot of Winston-Salem back during the late 50's and early 60's, I'm sure you can recall those words echoed by "Daddy Oh from his infamous Patio.
Oscar "Daddy-Oh" Alexander was among the early announcers for the legendary, WAAA radio station. WAAA (Triple A) was not only Winston-Salem's first all Black programmed radio station, but was also the only station in North Carolina with an all Black format. I would be remiss if I did not mention two other announcers who laid the foundation for WAAA's legacy. Robert "Bobcat" Roundtree who came to Winston-salem from WTMP in Tampa, Florida and Larry Williams who was a part of the station's first staff.-snip-
WAAA signed on the air October 28, 1950 at 1 p.m…
WAAA's format has been the distinguishing factor that has set it apart from other radio stations Its format has set the standard for other stations targeting the Black community. Many feel the hallmark of WAAA is its full day of Sunday gospel services and the daily obituaries. WAAA has been a concerned and caring station that stays tuned-in to the concerns of its listeners. The station continues to strive to promote excellence in meeting the needs and interests of Winston-Salem's Black community."..
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