“Long” John Wade, 56 WFIL Philadelphia | August 1970

“Long” John Wade, 56 WFIL Philadelphia | August 1970


Philadelphia’s Famous 56 WFIL, the Delaware Valley’s Pop Powerhouse, was the home of many broadcasting legends. Jim O’Brien, Dr Don Rose, George Michael, Jim Nettelton, Dick Heatherton, Frank Kingston Smith, & the jock featured on this aircheck, Long John Wade. Wade landed in Philly from Hartford’s WDRC in late 1966. He worked on air at 56 WFIL for almost 5 years, before doing a short run hosting PM Drive at WIBG. Between ’72 and ’74, Long John Wade did mornings on 98 WCAU-FM when the station shifted from automation to live jocks. Then John did something completely different, jumping to 1210 WCAU, where he did talk radio. After a stop at Top 40 at WIFI-92, John Wade founded the American Academy of Broadcasting in Philadelphia, where he helped others get into broadcasting. John’s brother, Don Wade, was a longtime staple in the morning at Chicago’s WLS.






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