Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Mar. 31, 2009

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Detroit Free Press:

So long, baaaby! Arthur Penhallow, the deep-voiced DJ who has been a fixture at WRIF-FM (101.1) for 39 years, has parted ways with the station. But the legendarily rowdy personality who helmed the afternoon drive at Detroit's signature rock station said Monday he's not ready for retirement just yet. According to a WRIF press release Monday afternoon, the station said it was moving on without Penhallow, variously known as Arthur P, the Grand Poobah and Big Daddy. Along with being the station's most senior employee, Penhallow was a signature voice (and sometimes face) for WRIF's commercials and marketing promotions -- particularly the booming catchphrase baaaby! ... Penhallow referred to his time at the station as "39 charmed years." "I'm sad to be leaving, for sure," he added. "But I'm leaving with all my honor, dignity and integrity." Dick Kernen, now vice president/industry relations for the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts, was program director at 101.1 when he hired the station's first on-air talent 39 years ago: Penhallow. Kernen now calls him one of a dozen or so distinctive personalities in Detroit radio history, along with Dick Purtan and Jim Harper... Bye-bye baby; Arthur Penhallow leaves WRIF (Tue, 3/31)



We all have are opinions about Arthur P, Big Daddy, The Grand Pooh Bah of Detroit afternoon Rock and Roll. It was inevitable that the day would come when his authoritative and rumbling voice would have to leave the Detroit airwaves; at least he walked away and wasn’t carried away.

Those of you who have the negative opinions got to admit; 39 years at the same radio station and give or take an hour, in the same time slot, the guy did it right on. There are not many who can claim that. Arthur Penhallow is worthy of being inducted in to the Radio Hall of Fame and perhaps the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non performer.

"We are disappointed that we couldn't come to a contractual agreement with Arthur," said Greater Media market manager John Gallagher, who oversees WRIF. "He is obviously a legend in the market and his many years of service to the industry are deeply appreciated. He will be sorely missed."

The comments by John Gallagher is such two faced BS! Take a look at the WRIF website, Arthur P is no where to be found. No gratitude for someone who was a major impact on making WRIF what it is. If WRIF wasn’t the radio station that it became, it wouldn’t be owned by Greater Media and there would be no John Gallagher.

Daryl of Waterford






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