Longtime WIP radio host “Big Daddy” Graham has died after battling a series of health troubles.
“WIP lost one of its best people, and this city lost one of its cherished, most talented entertainers,” morning show host Angelo Cataldi said to start his Thursday show, according to the radio station. ‘We all here at WIP are devastated by the news.”
RIP to a legend in Philadelphia entertainment. We will miss you, Big Daddy. https://t.co/4Vsn1aqTaj
— SPORTSRADIO 94WIP (@SportsRadioWIP) September 9, 2021
Born Edward Gudonis, Graham manned the early morning hours on WIP for about two decades, known for his humor and sports knowledge. He was more than just a radio host, he was a personality on and off air.
“Last Call,” the book Graham wrote about his father, has sold over 30,000 copies in the Philadelphia area. He adapted Last Call into a one-man show, which he has performed to audiences at Society Hill Playhouse and the Media Theatre.
I learned last night of the passing of my friend Big Daddy Graham. A gem of a man. A diamond in the rough. A funny, hard-working and quirky sweetheart of a guy with no filter. My pal, my co-author. We will all miss him.
— Glen Macnow (@RealGlenMacnow) September 9, 2021
Among those Graham leaves behind is his daughter, Ava Graham, who is part of the WIP radio family. WIP said no memorial service plans were immediately available.
I have no words right now other than I love you Dad pic.twitter.com/0i4qNxUgy9
— Ava Graham (@_avagraham) September 9, 2021
Woke up this morning to very sad news with the passing of @BigDaddyGraham on Wednesday evening. So many things to remember about Big Daddy but everyone and myself will never forget he was one of a kind. My condolences to Ava Graham and the family. #RIPBIGDADDY https://t.co/bE1ByTV669
— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) September 9, 2021
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