Sam made his start into Baltimore broadcasting during 1963 as an apprentice to 'Long Tall Lean Lanky Larry Dean'. WITH Radio is where Sam learned the fundamentals of personality radio. While in high school Sam devoted a lot of time between 8 p.m. - Midnight during Larry's air shift assisting Henry Sampson in taking telephone dedications, music requests from hundreds of Larry Dean's loyal listeners, and gathering news reports from the Associated Press and the United Press International teletype wire services for the hourly newscasts.
A true pioneer, in February 1964, Sam was the first teenage DJ to hold a full
time radio program on Baltimore radio. He held down the 10 a.m. to 12 Noon mid
morning slot Monday through Saturday until Kitty Broady was hired to begin
Gospel Melodies in that daypart. Sam then took on Saturday and Sunday while
the station continued to build a staff of other well-known veterans in Baltimore
radio. As a Teenage DJ, Swingin' Sam was among giants in the industry! Larry
Dean, Paul "Fat Daddy" Johnson, Al Jefferson, Maurice "Hot Rod" Hulbert, Kitty
Broady, "Rockin' Robin", Kelson "Chop-Chop" Fisher, Vernon "Mr. Vee" Blackmun and
sports director Colts #24 Lenny Moore. You could hear Swingin' Sam at anytime
as he was the main DJ to fill in for any of the major personalities while they
took vacations. Sometimes you could even listen to Swingin' Sam in two different
day-parts on the same day! To this day he remains friends with Henry Sampson, "Sir Johnny O" Compton, and
Joltin Joe" Parker whom also began their on air careers thanks to Larry Dean.
He lost his friend and part of his crew of the 60s Champ "The Seventh Son"
By 1969, Sam was the morning drive voice on 1010 AM WSID while attending Morgan
University. Later, he was hired away by the man, whom launched his broadcasting
career, Larry Dean, then General Manager at WEBB 1360 A.M. Radio until James
Brown, the 'God Father of Soul' bought the station.
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