PHILADELPHIA'S Original Beautiful Music Station
Sad news in Philly. David Kurtz co-owner of B101,
formerly easy-listening WDVR aka EAZY 101, passed away November, 24th 2005. A younger Dave was an engineer for the military
division of the Philco Corporation, who always had an interest in radio. In the early 60's he managed to squeeze the 101.1
frequency into Philadelphia, even though it's co-channeled with NYC. At one time WDVR was number 1 with their own beautiful
music format. Early partner Jerry Lee was still at the helm at the time of Kurtz death.
In 1963 Marlin Taylor developed the easy listening music for Philadelphia's WDVR 101 and the station was heavily promoted with billboards and 'The
Dial Card'. With rock and roll taking over the AM air, older adults were forced to FM where WDVR became a favorite. Taylor
asked R A Campbell, who grew up in the area, to record breaks which were played on the station while Campbell was really in
Korea. Campbell did 'live' fill in work there during the late 1960's. Some names on the air in the early years at WDVR included
Dave Shayer, Dick (Rich) Franklin, Fred Randall, Tom Stanwood, Joaquin Bowman, Frank Edwards, Ron Kirsch, Terry Wickham...