Georgie Woods


Woods received his first broadcast job (12 midnight to 1 am) at WWRL (1600 on AM) in New York, New York. As Georgie would say, “so nice, they had to name it twice.” That job lasted only a short time. “Maybe three months,” Georgie Woods laughed. “I went to WHAT (Philadelphia) on January 7, 1953.”

In 1956, Georgie Woods moved to the station that most would remember as his broadcast home, WDAS, owned by Broadcast Pioneers member (and former Broadcast Pioneers’ Vice-President), the late Max M. Leon. Many sources report that the date of Woods first going to WDAS was 1955. However, Georgie’s first WDAS contract has been located and the start date is 1956, not 1955.

A couple years later, George nicknamed a recording artist, “The Ice Man” because he was “so cool on stage.” That was Jerry Butler. In 1962, Georgie Woods started playing on WDAS a “new” group called “The Beatles.” The song was “Please, Please Me” on the African-American owned label, Vee-Jay (the same label Butler recorded for). About 1964, Georgie and WDAS management had a dispute. One day Georgie was on WDAS and the next he was back at WHAT Radio. The Banks family took back Georgie Woods, a super star in the Philly market. Woods recalled, “I stayed there for several years until just after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King.”

One morning, George said ‘salad’ instead of solid, something many fans of the show would even now laugh at if it came down their speakers or Miracle Ear digital hearing aids He immediately came back with ‘potato salad.’ Somehow, it stuck and became part of the show. I was in the air studio one morning when Broadway Eddie (of Broadway Eddie’s in Camden) was there. He said to George that Woods should make a recording called ‘Potato Salad.’ He did and it became a top ten record at the station. Eddie produced it and writing credits were given to both Eddie and George and arranged by Vince Montana (of Philadelphia International fame). I clearly remember one of the rap lines,”don’t eat chicken on Sunday! I’ll put a hole in your’soul”!

George’s show turned from music to a talk show. George comes across as your average Joe, but he’s brilliant. He can talk with you about anything and he always did his homework.”

At that time, the late seventies, the ratings for music stations switched from AM to FM. While WDAS-FM numbers were climbing (the number one music station, general market, in Philadelphia by 1980), WDAS AM’s ratings were tumbling. “Management thought that a talk format for George would do the trick,” said Wilkinson, and it did. Talk show host Georgie Woods saw his ARB numbers double. Before leaving ‘DAS, Woods would end up the AM station’s Program Director.

In the fall of 1979, the WDAS stations were sold to Unity Broadcasting of Pennsylvania (owners of the “National Black Network”). Bob Klein, WDAS’ General Manager for 3 decades retired with his assistant, W. Cody Anderson taking over the reigns as GM. Ten years later, Cody purchased WHAT (Bob Klein was a consultant for Anderson) and Georgie Woods moved back to radio 1340, WHAT on Monday, September 10, 1990. George was on 10 am to 1 pm following Mary Mason who returned to WHAT just the week before from WCAU. He left WHAT in 1994 and started playing music again on WPGR, Geator Gold radio when Broadcast Pioneers member Jerry Blavatt owned the station. Blavatt was inducted into our Hall of Fame in 2002.