From: "Robert W. (BOB) Pepper"
RIPPED FROM THE PAGES OF SMOKE SIGNALS
Speaking of Dewey Phillips, we were, weren’t we; “Does anybodywanta buy a duck?” Born in Hardin County Tn in 1926, the first “Wild Man” of the air waves moved to Memphis and began working as a record store clerk at W.T. Grant’s Department Store, downtown. He eventually moved across the street to the Chisca Hotel where the studios of WHBQ Radio were housed. Memphis radio was in for some big-time shock and awe
Dewey raised the bar for DJs with his absurd, seeming maniacal antics. In 1949, Red Hot and Blue began its nine-year run. Airing nightly from nine to midnight, Phillips played a mix of R&B, Country and the newest music fad, Rock and Roll. His hyperactive on air persona was, according to many, no act. Some have described him as ‘nuts’. When Ivory Joe Hunter’s “Since I Met You Baby” was released, Daddy O Dewey made a double track recording which he aired billing it as “The first Stereo radio” broadcast.