Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie


Curator's note: Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie died February 6th, 2003 at the age of 82. Chicago radio listeners will remember him from his days at WAIT, WMAQ, WAAF and WJPC.

1956 WMAQ logo

Hey, old aware one---and you too, square one. Do you remember WMAQ disk jockey Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie, your musical host who loves you the most?

1956 Daddy-O photo

Daddy-O signed on with WMAQ in 1956, filling his late-night slot (following Jack Eigen's "Chez Show") with contemporary jazz and hip patter.

Daddy-O was the first African American to regularly host a show on one of Chicago's network owned-and operated stattions.

Daddy-O ranks among the premier black disk jockeys of Chicago---along with Jack L. Cooper, Al Benson and Sam Evans.

The photo above appeared in a WMAQ promotional program schedule distributed in February, 1956 to prospective buyers of radio time. Anheuser-Busch became Daddy-O's sponsor shortly thereafter---one reason why I drank Bud (at least while I was in high school).

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