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Area DJ Porky Chedwick died

By: WJAC Web Staff and The Associated Press 

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- DJ Porky Chedwick, who promoted African American R&B artists in the late 1940s and 1950s has died at age 96.

Chedwick, whose real name was George before he informally changed it to Craig, was well-known as Porky, which was a nickname his mother gave him as a child and others he used on the air including the Daddio of the Radio and the platter-pushin papa.

Chedwick was hired at WHOD-AM as a sportcaster in Homestead in 1948 but became well-known when the station let him play music.

Chedwick took African American records which could be heard only on jukeboxes and popularized them on the station, which ultimately became WAMO.

Chedwick worked as a live event and radio jock for more than 60 years.

He died Sunday of cardiac arrest at a Pittsburgh hospital. 

(Photo courtesy Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) 

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times