INCOMING: Schuylkill Expressway To Your Soul


WXPN will broadcast Going Black: The Legacy of Philly Soul Radio, a new radio documentary produced by Philadelphia nonprofit organization Mighty Writers, on Monday, February 3rd from 8pm to 10pm. The documentary is narrated by legendary “Sound of Philadelphia” producer Kenny Gamble and features conversations with disc jockeys, radio professionals, record company executives, musicians, journalists and scholars. Listeners will hear first-person accounts of civil rights events, including a 1964 interview with Malcolm X just a few months before his assassination. The documentary also features rare archival audio of such pioneering disc jockeys as Douglas “Jocko” Henderson, Georgie Woods, Louise Williams, Jimmy Bishop, Harvey Holiday, Sonny Hopson, Butterball and others. “These great disc jockeys played records the white stations wouldn’t,” says Tim Whitaker, Executive Director of Mighty Writers and the documentary’s executive producer. “They relied on their dynamic personalities and unique broadcasting styles to drive ratings. The stations they worked for—WDAS, in particular—routinely covered news and events the mainstream media ignored. Maybe most remarkably, station management and the jocks viewed community service as a shared responsibility.” “Going Black: The Legacy of Philly Soul Radio documents how vibrant radio was and continues to be, the electrifying soulful musical sounds of a culture, and the legendary pioneering deejays who held our imaginations captive,” says Bruce Warren, WXPN Assistant General Manager for Programming. MORE