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Interview Date

September 10, 2014

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

Interview Date

September 10, 2014

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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