One Radio Station's Role in the History of the Civil Rights and Peace Movements




From 1949 to 1979, WDAS AM-FM Radio won hundreds of the most prestigious awards in broadcasting, news and public affairs. Among the long list are the Armstrong Award, Valley Forge Freedoms Foundation Medals, Sigma Delta Chi, dozens of  Associated Press Awards including a triple play in the 1962 AP awards, when WDAS  swept first-place honors in all three major categories -the only station in the city to do so. Not bad for the little independent against competition from CBS, Westinghouse, Metromedia and numerous other major networks.

The work of  these legendary communicators lives on today with  new generations of writers and  filmmakers who are inspired by the history and spirit found on these web pages.

National History Day Winners from Philadelphia's Masterman High School won city and statewide competitions with a documentary on WDAS History.

                  Filmmakers Katie Breiner, Laura Garcia and Sam Kopansky

    Their work was covered on KYW News Radio, the Philadelphia Daily News and was commended in a House resolution in the Pennsylvania Legislature.

                                                   --See and Hear More--   


Articles and Books Referencing WDASHistory

          50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington
                       Media Coverage


                                  The Philadelphia Daily News


         Banner Headlines and 3-page article in The Philadelphia Daily News


                  Critically-acclaimed  PHILADELPHIA  RADIO by Alan Boris

                                              Excerpts  and   Radio Reviews


NOBODY TURN ME AROUND offers the first comprehensive study of the 1963 March on Washington, where Martin Luther King delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” oration. Author Charles Euchner interviewed more than 100 organizers and participants to create a portrait of the civil rights movement at its peak. Euchner also delved into archives all over the country, FOIA records, and long-lost audio and video records. The book has received excellent reviews from leaders and scholars across the country.

 --Read Excerpt--featuring WDAS air personality "Bonnie Prince Charlie" Geter