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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Radio Personality
Radio Program Director

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Grits, Oatmeal
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Negril, Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
The best music of your life.

Birthplace

Born:
7/29/1943
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Radio Personality
Radio Program Director

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Grits, Oatmeal
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Negril, Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
The best music of your life.

Birthplace

Born:
7/29/1943
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Richard Pegue was born on July 29, 1943, in Chicago to a beautician and a policeman. His father died in the line of duty when he was only two years old. Pegue would go on to develop a strong career in radio.

This career began at age eleven, when Pegue's grandmother gave him a reel-to-reel tape recorder for his birthday. By sixteen, he was using his recorder to D.J. at dances at South Side schools. He even formed a doo-wop group, the Belvederes, at Hirsch High School. After graduating in 1961, Pegue worked bagging groceries at Del Farm Foods and selling records at Met Music. While working both jobs, Pegue still found time to attend radio broadcasting classes at Columbia College.

Pegue continued performing doo-wop with a group called the Norvells. In 1965, Pegue wrote and produced “I’m Not Ready to Settle Down.” Performed by the Cheers, the song still enjoys radio airplay today. In 1968, he became the music director at WVON Radio. When WVON was sold in 1975, Pegue found work at various radio stations in Chicago and Northwest Indiana, including WOPA and WGCI, where he worked as a program director and fill-in disc jockey. In 1987, he returned to WGCI and facilitated a popular format change to urban oldies, or dusties. He stayed with the station for thirteen years. Then in 1993, Pegue began appearing every friday at a Chicago dance club called Taste Entertainment, where he developed a following. In 1996, Pegue attended a movie theater with his wife, Sevina, and suffered a stroke. He spent six months recovering before recovering enough to work. In 2000, Pegue returned to WVON to spin his favorite tunes.

Pegue passed away on March 3, 2009 at the age of 66.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Richard Pegue remembers his parents and family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Richard Pegue recalls early childhood memories of the South Side of Chicago
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Richard Pegue remembers listening to radio as a child, including Chicago disc jockey Al Benson
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Richard Pegue talks about his family's move to a majority-white neighborhood in Chicago in 1951
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Richard Pegue talks about his passion for science fiction
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Richard Pegue looks back on getting a tape recorder at age eleven as an important life event
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Richard Pegue recalls his band "The Belvederes" in grammar and high school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Richard Pegue reminisces about the popularity of doo-wop music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Richard Pegue comments on the explosion of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers in 1955
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Richard Pegue talks about changes in pop music and recalls music of the 1950s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Richard Pegue unravels the changes in WVON's radio dial numbers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Richard Pegue recalls popular WGES radio DJs and his band's performances at parties and school events
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Richard Pegue remembers DJing at parties as a teen and describes how street DJs emulated radio DJs
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Richard Pegue analyzes the relationship between disc jockey and audience
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Richard Pegue remembers working at Maurie Alpert's Met Music store and Penny Record label
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Richard Pegue talks about attending Columbia College in Chicago during the early 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Richard Pegue recalls helping at WBEE radio station on weekends as a teenager
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Richard Pegue talks about his favorite music groups in the 1950s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Richard Pegue remembers meeting Leonard Chess and Herb Kent in the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Richard Pegue compares the Chicago sound with other distinctive regional R&B styles
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Richard Pegue praises Sam Cooke's business acumen and discusses music publishing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Richard Pegue lists fellow members of the Belvederes and Norvells and recalls the wild dance moves of The Vibrations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Richard Pegue praises Berry Gordy's mass-merchandising concept and wishes Chicago label owners had had his ability
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Richard Pegue discusses how WVON and Chess Records handled the conflict of interest issue over having the same owner
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Richard Pegue analyzes how WVON's black, "down home" image made it the number one radio station in Chicago
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Richard Pegue talks about crazy promotions at WVON radio, Chicago, in the 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Richard Pegue talks about his relationship with Herb Kent and others at WVON
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Richard Pegue recalls Leonard Chess and his relationship with black employees and artists
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Richard Pegue talks about Pervis Spann's entrepreneurship in concert booking and clubs
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Richard Pegue sums up the ups and downs of WVON
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Richard Pegue tells about commercial jingles he produced
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Richard Pegue explains his 1981 move from WJPC to Program Director at WGCI
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Richard Pegue talks about Taste Entertainment's dance parties
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Richard Pegue defines "dusties" and talks about his love for older music
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Richard Pegue recalls his experience as a performer and arranger and the influence of Johnny Pate
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Richard Pegue regrets the loss of the personal element in black radio