BEASLEY MEDIA GROUP Basic Rock WMGK morning radio persona JOHN DeBELLA stepped into the studio to host his closing morning radio present at this time. He’ll be retiring after greater than 48 years on the radio airwaves.
The ultimate present featured members of his household together with BEASLEY CEO CAROLINE BEASLEY.
To commemorate his closing month on the air, the station ran a particular tribute section to have fun his legendary profession entitled “41 & Performed!” with DeBELLA recounting a few of his favourite tales on the air. As well as, the station performed outdated reside performances from the MORNING ZOO broadcasts in ATLANTIC CITY and clips from the yearly reveals he would do in LONDON. He additionally learn just a few tear-jerking emails from longtime listeners.
THE WHO’S PETE TOWNSHEND, STEVEN VAN ZANDT, JOAN JETT, GRAHAM NASH, DON FELDER, STYX’s JAMES YOUNG, RICK WAKEMAN and CARL PALMER have been featured in recorded goodbye and thanks messages within the “41 & Performed!” flashback segments.
On JUNE twenty first, WMGK hosted a particular social gathering with listeners at PARX CASINO, the place followers may have a photograph taken, hang around and chat with DeBELLA one final time. As well as, this previous MONDAY, WMMR noon persona PIERRE spent your entire 8a hour of JOHN’s present recounting outdated tales with him from their time collectively on the air at WMMR.
The longtime morning present persona has been synonymous with PHILADELPHIA radio leisure for 41 years. Along with serving because the morning host of WMGK for the previous 21 years, he was a serious drive doing mornings from 1982 to 1993 on sister station, WMMR.
Recognized additionally for his legendary on-air feuds with HOWARD STERN DeBELLA created comedy for “The Nationwide Lampoon Radio Hour,” the syndicated radio program that starred JOHN BELUSHI, CHEVY CHASE, DAN AYKROYD, BILL MURRAY and others.
As one of many originators of the MORNING ZOO format, his present not solely turned an unprecedented top-rated present in PHILADELPHIA, however he additionally achieved the very best scores in native radio historical past at the moment.
In JUNE, DeBELLA was named among the many finalists for the NATIONAL RADIO HALL OF FAME and was formally inducted into the PHILADELPHIA MUSIC ALLIANCE WALK OF FAME in APRIL.
Mentioned DeBELLA, “Being on air 48 years in a enterprise the place another person normally decides your retirement date, I used to be completely happy to determine this alone. I’ve been blessed through the years with so many proficient coworkers and managers — all of whom helped me be my greatest and had my again once I wanted it. Mix that with a really supportive viewers, I depart grateful to all of them.”
Added BEASLEY MEDIA GROUP VP/Expertise Improvement and station PD BILL WESTON, “JOHN’s need to win and his efforts in prepping every present have by no means diminished. DeBELLA is only one of a form and I’ve been lucky to be his PD.”
Concluded BEASLEY MEDIA GROUP Chief Content material Officer JUSTIN CHASE, “In typical JOHN DeBELLA model, he’s leaving on a excessive. He spent his previous couple of reveals elevating a whole lot of 1000’s for veterans, will get a nomination for the NATIONAL RADIO HALL OF FAME and maintains high scores within the PHILADELPHIA market. Congratulations JOHN, you can be missed by everybody right here at BEASLEY!”