Night Diner News
3WS Radio Pittsburgh Pa.
Chedwick The Daddio of the Raddio has died, he was 96 years old.
Platter Pushin Poppa was taken to a local hospital Sunday morning
complaining of pain and then he just stopped breathing.
Chedwick started his career in 1948 on Whod which became Wamo in
Porky was the
first white Dj to play what they called "Race Records"
back in the early 50's.
attracted a white male audience of teens which have been his fans to
songs were called the Dusty Discs and he was the first Oldies Dj.
the early years Porky played some real obscure songs like Bald
Head - Roy Byrd, and drinking songs like Hey Bartender - Floyd
Dixon, Drunk - Jimmy Liggins, Bloodshot Eyes - Wynonie Harris, and
Last Call For Alcohol by Hot Lips Page.
was also known for a few controversial records like Work With Me
Annie & Annie Had A Baby along with the now banned song Baby Let
Me Bang Your Box by The Bangers.
the mid to late 50's many parents didn't allow their children to
listen to Porky Chedwick because they felt he was a bad influence.
the late 50's Porky started playing some current R&B Hits along
with R&B Hits of the early to mid 50's. Porky made local
hits out of Two People In The World - Little Anthony & The
Imperials, Sweet Pea's In Love by The Stereos & Road Runner by
Bo Diddly just to name a few.
record hops in the 60's were mostly sellouts and by the early 70's
his record hops were so popular he hired other Dj's to play music
while he went from venue to venue.
music changed in 1964 when The Beatles arrived Porky was ready for
it with an updated sound of some great R&B tunes. Songs
like Whip It On Me Baby - Billy Guy, Anyway You Wanna - Harvey,
Shake A Tail Feather - Five Du Tones were just a few of the songs
Porky was playing. There was no British Invasion songs played
became divided as the South Hills & North Hills were very
R&B oriented where the East Hills & West Hills were British
is a copy of a 1965 Wamo Weekly Hit List
Porky Chedwick worked with Sir
Walter (John Christian), Hal Brown, Anderson Little, Bill Powell
& Brother Matt & Ray Coleman during the 1960's.
the summer of 1967 music changed again as Album Rock came on the scene.
Porky Chedwick and some other local Dj's cut way back on playing R&B ande
started playing Heavy Rock artists like The Fugs, Lollipop Shoppe, Blind Faith
and others. This didn't go over real well and most of the local Dj's
lost their jobs. Porky Chedwick left Wamo in 1971 and relied on his many
record hops to support himself throughout the 1970's.
Chedwick ended up on Kqv in late 1971 and kicked off the year end countdown on
an overnight shift. Porky did not sound comfortable at all playing The
Partridge Family or The Carpenters.
was back at Wamo sometime in the 1970's until 1984. He was then asked to
come back to the station in 1992.
3ws Sunday Night Oldies Diner featured Porky Chedwick once per month in the
late 1990's along side regular host R.D. Summers.
1990 Porky had a large benign brain tumor, he had surgery at West Penn
Hospital and many artists he helped put on a fund raiser to help him pay for
During the 2000's Porky
continued to do some public appearances and in 2008 he & his wife moved to
Florida. Porky returned to Pittsburgh quite often and he went back on
the air on Wedo. This was a short lived as Porky was not able to get any
sponsors for his show.
joined Terry Lee's Internet Station and that lasted until Terry Lee himself
got sick and passed away.
Chedwick made his final appearance at the final Roots of Rock & Roll Show
at The Benedum just six days before his death.