Dr. John C. "Turk" Logan, Jr. is a Forty one year veteran of Radio/TV Broadcasting. A recent Inductee into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio (9/09), Dr. Logan is retired as General Manager of WCSU-FM ("Your Urban/Jazz Connection"12/31/09) Central State Ohio. I am very proud to have created a successful format, Urban/Jazz 1986 c, and managed a great radio station for 24 years.
In his autobiography The Reality of A Fantasy, he spins a tale of a young man in love with broadcasting, whose early life seemed more than full of challenges. Losing his father at an early age, young “Turk” had to find it in himself to overcome those obstacles that race and education would put in his way.
Still, he overcame. In the early 1970's, “Turk” found himself in a sales position with Dayton’s pre-eminent Black radio station, WDAO-FM, "THE SOUL OF DAYTON" tm. Though sales was not his dream, he worked hard and persevered. His hard work was recognized when he was given a chance at an on-air shift. His rise was meteoric: from disk jockey to music director to program director in only a few years.
The clear pinnacle of his success was his guidance of a series "THE SOUL of Dayton" tm, music groups to National success. Such groups as “Johnnie Wilder Jr. and Heatwave," “Dayton,” “The Ohio Players,” “Lakeside,” “Platypus,” "Faze O," "Slave," "Zapp," with Roger, "Sun" and many others had their first exposure on WDAO-FM. The wall of gold records awarded “Turk” Logan over the years pays tribute to his uncanny ability to hear a million seller long before others.
Johnnie Wilder, Jr. was a dear friend of mine for more than 30 years. We work together at the Cosby Center at Central State University, before he passed away in 2006. When I was in Dayton Radio WDAO-FM, as program director and air personality, I always made sure that Heatwave was always on the air.
The Ohio Players
I have forty year history with the players. As Heatwave, we are all from the same town, Dayton, Ohio. I also was the first to play there music, and helped become National artist. One of there biggest hits was Fire, still being played today. The Funk.
Roger featuring Zapp
Also from Dayton, Ohio. Roger was a dear friend of mine I watched him grow from the tender age of 6. I'm always sadden when his music is played because like MJ, he left us to soon. I played first his biggest hit More Bounce to the Ounce.
Also from Dayton, Ohio, There first LP went Gold, because WDAO-FM played it first in the country, It's all the way live.
I sent there first LP to a friend of mine Henry Allen, (record company President), There single Slide went Gold.
Dr. Turk Logan
Inducted in The Broadcaster Hall of Fame in 2009. The Father of The Dayton Sound c. and "THE SOUL OF DAYTON". tm
I'm broadcasting my own Radio Station, wTRK_biz. I love every second of it.
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