The City of Brotherly Love is invited to join air personality Patty Jackson of WDAS-FM as she celebrates 30 years in radio. The musical salute, starring Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gladys Knight, takes place at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19 at the Dell Music Center.
Joining the party will be Breakwater, Enchantment, Glenn Jones, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes and The Delfonics, along with the seductive and soulful Freddie Jackson.
“She has a great radio personality — she knows music,” said Freddie Jackson, who was speaking to me from Harlem. I am very fortunate to be in this industry for so long and have people like Patty Jackson to spin Freddie Jackson records. So Patty is a great person ‘cause she learned from the best — Butter. What an incredible person. He kept me alive on radio. He [played] quality music on radio. And Patty is doing the same thing.”
“I have enjoyed every day of the past 30 years on the radio and I am truly honored,” said Patty Jackson, who first stepped up to the microphone on Jan. 24, 1982, when she joined the staff of WSSJ in Camden. “I love what I do, and appreciate my mentors over the years, including WDAS’ Joe ‘Butterball’ Tamburro, who I will never forget for all that he taught me.”
Music icon Kenny Gamble, who plans to join the celebration on Sunday, had high praise and appreciation for the “The Midday Queen of Philly.”
“I remember the first time I heard her voice,” said Gamble. “I said, ‘Boy, what a voice for radio!’ I hadn’t met her, but I think she was on Power 99 when she first came here. I used to say to Butterball, ‘Butter! That’s the best voice in radio — Patty Jackson!’ Some people have just got voices like that.
“I’d just like to congratulate her. She’s for Philly,” Gamble continued. “She’s really there for everybody, and you don’t have many live local deejays anymore, like you used to. Everybody’s syndicated, so it’s not that personal touch anymore. In fact, Black radio has been almost dismantled because of its power. Black radio is responsible for civil rights, it’s responsible for leadership in our community — for everything!
Gamble said Jackson is following the tradition of radio icons like Philadelphia’s Georgie Woods, New York’s Frankie Crocker and Chicago’s Rodney Jones.
“You had all these different personalities that were in the community. And so Patty is still keeping up that tradition. She’s still in the community — and she plays our music, which I really like! She plays our music all the time, so we love Patty!”
To celebrate 30 years with Philly’s favorite daytime diva, call the Dell box office at (215) 685-9560 or visit www.mydelleast.com. Tickets are also available at www.wdasfm.com.