Philly Legend Hy Lit Dead At 73
November 19, 2007 at 5:24 AM (PT)
HY LIT, 73, one of PHILADELPHIA's pioneer disc jockeys, died yesterday at PAOLI MEMORIAL HOSPITAL of what his son termed "bizarre complications" after a knee injury, reports THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER. SAM LIT said his father fell on NOVEMBER 4th and was admitted to LANKENAU HOSPITAL to have the knee drained. What followed, the son said, was a "terrible situation that should have never happened."
"HYSKI," or "HYSKI O'ROONEY MCVOUTIE O'ZOOT," as he called himself -- or HYMAN LITSKY, as he was born in SOUTH PHILADELPHIA -- came of age with rock-and-roll, in an era when disc jockeys talkedlikethis. He got started in the business in 1955, fresh out of the UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI.
It's said that in the 1960s, LIT's nighttime show on "WIBBAGE" (WIBG) drew three-quarters of the listening audience, many under covers defying parents' direct orders to shut off that music and go to bed.
The roster of Mr. Lit's stations -- WHAT, WRCV, WIBG, WDAS-FM, WPGR, WSNI and WOGL -- reads like a roll call of PHILADELPHIA music. LIT also had the distinction of re-launching the oldies format on WCAU-A.
Besides his son, he is survived by a daughter, BENNA, three grandchildren and a sister. LIT was divorced from the former MIRIAM UNIMAN in the 1970s. His second wife, MAGGIE, died in 2000.
SAM LIT said funeral arrangements were incomplete.