Harry Harrison, ‘Good Man’ Radio D.J., Is Dead at 89

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Harry Harrison Jr. was born on Sept. 20. 1930 in Chicago to Harry Sr. and Mary (McKenna) Harrison.

Along with his daughter, Patti, he’s survived by his son, Patrick. His spouse, Patricia (Kelly) Harrison, died in 2003. Two different kids, Brian Joseph and Michael, died in 1996 and 2017, respectively.

Harry attended a seminary, aspiring to turn out to be a priest. However he determined to make broadcasting his profession after spending almost a 12 months as an adolescent glued to the radio whereas bedridden with rheumatic fever.

As soon as he recovered, he job-hunted from station to station till he landed a summer season intern stint at WCFL in Chicago. He remained there eight months. In 1954, he joined WPEO in Peoria, the place he grew to become program director, hosted a present wherein he started his morning routine, and remodeled the station into the highest rated in its market.

Phrase of Mr. Harrison’s success unfold to WMCA, the David going up in opposition to the WABC Goliath, and the station lured him to New York, including him to a lineup of self-styled Good Guys that included Dan Daniel and Jack Spector.

Recruited to WABC by the pioneering program director Rick Sklar, he transplanted his present there in 1968, filling the 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. slot. His fellow broadcasters included Johnny Donovan, Charlie Greer, Dan Ingram, Ron Lundy, Bruce Morrow and Scott Muni. Mr. Harrison left in 1979 after a administration change.

After a number of months, he joined WCBS, the place he remained, taking part in oldies, till 2003. He then hosted a weekend program that includes music by the Beatles till he retired in 2005.

On April 25, 1997, Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani proclaimed “Harry Harrison Day” in his honor. In November, Mr. Harrison was inducted into the Nationwide Radio Corridor of Fame.

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