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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Radio DJ

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Rib Eye Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
May
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cancun, Mexico
Favorite Quote:
Man Don’t Pay No Overtime And I Don’t Do None.

Birthplace

Born:
7/20/1943
Birth Location:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Radio DJ

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Rib Eye Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
May
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cancun, Mexico
Favorite Quote:
Man Don’t Pay No Overtime And I Don’t Do None.

Birthplace

Born:
7/20/1943
Birth Location:
Pittsburgh
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Biography

Radio DJ Bobby Bennett was born on July 20, 1943 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. From a young age, Bennett knew that he wanted to be a radio DJ. Following high school, he enrolled in a broadcasting school in Pittsburgh.

In 1967, Bennett worked as a news reporter for Pittsburgh's WAMO-AM and WZUM radio stations. One year later, in 1968, he moved to WOL-AM in Washington, D.C., where he became known to radio fans as “The Mighty Burner” and hosted a show until 1980. Bennett then hosted a sports talk show on WTOP in the early 1980s, and served as program director for WHUR-FM from 1987 to 1992. After his time at WHUR, Bennett was hired as a morning talk show host at WXTR; and, in 1997, he became the host of an R&B radio show on WPFW-FM. In 2000, Bennett created the “Soul Street” channel for XM Satellite Radio, and served as its program director until 2010. During his career, he also was employed as a record executive and as a voice over narrator.

Bennett was the co-author of The Ultimate Soul Music Trivia Book: 501 Questions and Answers About Motown, Rhythym & Blues, and More, which was published in 1997. In 1988, Bennett was presented with several awards from Washington, D.C., Maryland and Pennsylvania. In 1972, he was named Billboard magazine’s R&B Disc Jockey of the Year, and, in 1973, was recognized as Disc Jockey of the Year by the Gavin Report.

Bennett passed away on September 8, 2015 at age 72.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Bobby Bennett recalls how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Bobby Bennett talks about his father's military service
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Bobby Bennett recalls his father's duty in the Korean War
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Bobby Bennett describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Bobby Bennett recalls his family's reaction to his aspirations of becoming a disc jockey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Bobby Bennett describes his brothers, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Bobby Bennett describes his brothers, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Bobby Bennett describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Bobby Bennett recalls living in a housing project in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Bobby Bennett remembers his early encounters with segregation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Bobby Bennett remembers his favorite high school teacher
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Bobby Bennett recalls the fashionable clothing of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Bobby Bennett describes his maternal great uncle
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Bobby Bennett recalls his early interest in baseball, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Bobby Bennett remembers being scouted by the St. Louis Cardinals
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Bobby Bennett recalls the high schools he attended in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Bobby Bennett remembers playing basketball
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Bobby Bennett recalls his early interest in becoming a disc jockey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Bobby Bennett talks about the music scene in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Bobby Bennett talks about the influence of the Pittsburgh Courier
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Bobby Bennett remembers his challenges at Gladstone High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Bobby Bennett recalls his high school activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Bobby Bennett describes WAMO Radio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Bobby Bennett remembers his early work in the radio industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Bobby Bennett remembers working at WZUM Radio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Bobby Bennett talks about the movie 'Get on Up'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Bobby Bennett talks about movies about the African American music industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Bobby Bennett remembers transitioning to WOL Radio in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Bobby Bennett recalls Al Germany's guidance and advice
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Bobby Bennett remembers receiving a draft deferment
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Bobby Bennett talks about Petey Greene
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Bobby Bennett recalls his disc jockey contemporaries
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Bobby Bennett remembers being given the nickname The Mighty Burner
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Bobby Bennett talks about his time as an afternoon radio host
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Bobby Bennett recalls singers that he enjoyed working with, pt. 1
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  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Bobby Bennett remembers the decline of Sly Stone, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Bobby Bennett remembers the decline of Sly Stone, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Bobby Bennett talks about maintaining his integrity in the radio industry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Bobby Bennett describes WOL Radio's place in the changing radio industry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Bobby Bennett recalls his coworkers at WHUR Radio in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Bobby Bennett remembers his friendship with Chuck Brown
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Bobby Bennett describes his work experiences after leaving WOL Radio
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Bobby Bennett recalls working at Capitol Records in New York City
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Bobby Bennett remembers joining WXTR Radio in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Bobby Bennett describes his experiences at WXTR Radio
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Bobby Bennett remembers hosting cruise concerts
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Bobby Bennett talks about go-go music
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Bobby Bennett remembers working at XM Satellite Radio, Inc.
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Bobby Bennett talks about the future of radio
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Bobby Bennett recalls moving from Washington, D.C. to Punta Gorda, Florida
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Bobby Bennett reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Bobby Bennett describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Bobby Bennett talks about his family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Bobby Bennett reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Bobby Bennett describes how he would like to be remembered