Top of pageBottom of page   By dvdmike ( on Tuesday, February 11, 2003 - 07:26 am:

Daddy-O Daylie, the first African American to host a regularly scheduled network radio show in Chicago died last Thursday at Little Company of Mary Hospital in suburban Evergreen Park after suffering a stroke earlier in the week. He was 82. Before becoming a DJ at several local radio stations, Mr. Daylie was a hit in South Side spots as a rhyming bartender. During the 1940s at the DuSable Lounge at 764 E. Oakwood Blvd., he befriended many jazz greats including Billie holiday, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. But while working at the El Grotto Supper club at the Pershing Hotel on 64th & Cottage Grove, Mr. Daylie met radio host Dave Garroway who would needle him about squandering his talent. After taking some classes, he got his first radio gig on WAAT in the late 1940s. When Mr. Daylie joined WMAQ in 1956 playing contemporary jazz and adding his hip patter, he became the first African American to host a network radio show in Chicago. He later worked at WAAF at 950 AM and later WJPC at the same spot on the dial. During the riots that followed the Rev. Martin Luther King assassination in April 1968, he was called on along with other Black broadcasters to appeal for calm. In 1969, Mr. Daylie became co-owner of the Starlight Bowl on East 87th Street. In the early 1970s, when street gangs were shaking down merchants including his bowling alley, Mr. Daylie refused to give in. He is survived by Marchetta, his wife of 44 years and a brother, Oliver. A memorial service will be held at noon February 21 at the Harambee House, 119th & Loomis. Excerpts taken from the Chicago Sun-Times authored by staff reported Curtis Lawrence.

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Top of pageBottom of page   By KevGo ( on Tuesday, February 11, 2003 - 10:57 am:

Daddy O'Daylie was also a well-respected liner note writer for many jazz recordings from the 1950s & 1960s including the classic Verve LP "The Dynamic Duo" by Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery.

RIP, Daddy O...

Kevin Goins - KevGo

Top of pageBottom of page   By Sly fan ( on Monday, May 05, 2003 - 07:43 pm:

Props and Respect to the "Daddy O of The Radio".

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