Paul “Fat Daddy” Johnson, the “300-pound King of Soul,” was a popular Baltimore R&B radio personality. He often wore a long cloak and an Imperial Margarine crown when making appearances. He’d often say, “Hear me now! From the ghetto through the suburban areas comes your leader of rhythm and blues, the expected one – Fat Daddy, the soul boss with the hot sauce. Built for comfort, not for speed. Everyone loves a fat man! The Fat Daddy show is guaranteed to satisfy momma. I’m gonna go way out on a limb on this one, Baltimore. Fat poppa, show stoppa.” He was like an Urban version of fast talking Jack Armstrong. His baltimore radio career took him to WSID, WITH, and finally WINN, where he woke Baltimore every morning. Fat Daddy and his music were popular with African-Americans but also found a wide audience among whites. In 1971, Fat Daddy left Baltimore to do national promotions for record companies, working for Motown, Atlantic, and Capitol Records. Sadly, Johnson passed away in 1978 at age 40.
Since 1979, Ellis has been on the radio, mostly hosting morning radio shows across the country, from Philly to Salt Lake City, Tampa to Seattle, and for the last 25 years, has been waking Orlando & Daytona Beach.