This just in….
Tony Bennett will kick-off the first show of WOND’s re-launch of Ed Hurst’s Steel Pier Show on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 4PM, playing tracks from his new Duets II album, which includes the following duet with Lady Gaga on “Lady is a Tramp.”
One of Philadelphia’s most iconic radio & television personalities — Ed Hurst & his show The Steel Pier Show — airs on Longport Media’s newstalk station, 1400 AM WOND starting this Saturday, Oct. 8.
Ed was a pioneer of the American Bandstand-style dance party in Philadelphia in the 1960s and ’70s, hosting his popular television show on all the network affiliates in Philly, including Channel 3 and WCAU, before finding a home on WPVI ABC 6 for many years.
The biggest names in music of the time – from The Rolling Stones to Smokey Robinson to Frank Sinatra & Bing Crosby, all appeared on The Steel Pier Show. Throughout his long career, Hurst received numerous awards – including the prestigious Billboard magazine award; earning the title of the city’s top disc jockey and his TV show is often credited as the forerunner to Dick Clark’s American Bandstand.
Ed kicks off his first show on WOND this Saturday at 4PM, with his very first guest — music legend Tony Bennett. Bennett even personally cut the attached promo for the inaugural show this weekend (attached is a raw demo of the promo), which is really very neat as Bennett notes that Ed was one of the very first DJs to discover him & play his record.
During his radio appearance on the show this Saturday, Bennett will preview songs from his Duets II album, which features a host of high-profile music pairings including Bennett with Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse, John Mayer, Carrie Underwood and Mariah Carey.