New York Radio Personality Vaughn Harper Has Passed
July 11, 2016 at 4:07 AM (PT)
ALL ACCESS wishes to express condolences to family and friends of legendary NEW YORK radio personality VAUGHN HARPER, who died early SATURDAY morning (7/9) at age 71.
Services are set for this Saturday (JULY 16th) at RIVERSIDE CHURCH 490 Riverside Dr. NEW YORK, NY 10027. Viewing will be from 9-11a (ET) and the funeral will take place at 11a (ET).
HARPER started his radio career at WBLS/NEW YORK in 1976. During the early 80’s his name began synonymous with the stations QUIET STORM. He suffered a stroke in 1993 and after extensive rehab, worked at several other NEW YORK stations before returning to WBLS in 2002. He retired from the station and radio in 2009.
WBLS PD SKIP DILLARD told ALL ACCESS, “VAUGHN was one of the most iconic DJ's in radio history. His voice is forever imprinted in my mind".
GRAY COMMUNICATIONS Pres./Consultant TONY GRAY added, "When you talk about Urban radio "THE QUIET STORM" and the voice of VAUGHN HARPER will always be the gold standard."
Prior to a career in radio, the native NEW YORKER was a standout high school basketball player and led BROOKLYN’s BOYS & GIRLS High School to a city title as a junior. He went on to play at SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY and was drafted in the 5th round in 1968 by the DETROIT PISTONS; unfortunately, he failed to make the team.
Highlights of his broadcast career include; emcee for AMATEUR NIGHT AT THE APOLLO, hosting local telethons, a basketball fund-raiser called the WBLS SURESHOTS, the voice of VIBE RADIO in the video game GRAND AUTO THEFT IV, the winner of numerous local awards, induction into the LIVING LEGENDS FOUNDATION HALL OF FAME, serving as a DELTA AIRLINES in-flight announcer for A JOURNEY OF SOUL, the voice of GREAT KINGS OF AFRICA (BUDWEISER BLACK HISTORY MONTH SPECIAL), host of JAPAN's SUNTORY QUIET STORM, and HARPER established the annual CELEBRITY TOY DRIVE that provides gifts to underprivileged children in the NEW YORK area during the CHRISTMAS holidays.
Information concerning his funeral have not yet been announced. You can listen here for an aircheck of VAUGHN HARPER.