Pioneering Pittsburgh-area DJ Porky Chedwick dies

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh-area disc jockey “Porky” Chedwick, who became a regional institution by promoting black R&B artists in the late 1940s and 1950s, has died. He was 96.

Chedwick, whose birth name was George though he informally changed it to Craig, was far better known as Porky, the nickname his mother gave him as a child and others he used on the air including “the Daddio of the Radio” and “the platter-pushin’ papa.”

Chedwick was hired as a sportscaster at WHOD-AM in Homestead in 1948, but became well-known when the station let him play music. Chedwick took “black” records which could be heard only on jukeboxes and popularized them on the station, which eventually became WAMO.

Chedwick worked as a radio and live event jock for more than 60 years.

He died Sunday of cardiac arrest at a Pittsburgh hospital.

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