It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of a member of the 98.1 WOGL family. Our friend and radio legend Don Cannon passed away peacefully on Friday morning, August 22.
Don Cannon got his start at WNLG-AM in Sag Harbor, New York. His voice was a top rated morning radio fixture in Philadelphia spanning five decades starting in 1969 with WIBG (WIBBAGE) through his retirement in 2004 from WOGL 98.1. “Cannon in The Morning” entertained millions of people each day for thirty five years as the handsome and entertaining radio star on WIP, WFIL, WIFI, and WSNI and Oldies 98.1 WOGL.
Don also spent time on the management side of the industry as Program Director of WSNI and WPGR. From 1990 until his retirement in 2004 WOGL FM 98.1 was home to the legendary “Cannon in the Morning.”
Cannon, born Dominic Canzano is considered by many as one of the main originators of conversational, irreverent humor based personality morning radio that opened the way for future talent like Howard Stern. First to release top selling comedy albums based on his on-air humor and listener pranks, Cannon is a member of The Broadcast Pioneers who regard him as the “Dean of Philadelphia Morning Radio” because of the benchmarks, success and contributions he made to the community and industry. Throughout his career and into his retirement, Don worked with hundreds of charities, raising millions of dollars throughout the region and was awarded the March of Dimes Lifetime Achievement Award. Cannon, an avid golfer, was also the host of “Inside Golf” on Comcast Sports Net.
His signature voice and style that was a morning staple for 35 years in Philadelphia is also a part of motion picture history. Cannon’s signature voice with a smile was part of a pivotal scene from the original “Rocky” motion picture. As Sylvester Stallone readied for his run throughout the city it was Don Cannon’s energetic voice on then WIBG that was Rocky’s soundtrack to Rocky drinking his signature raw egg drink. Don often joked that people missed his cameo because they were so grossed out by the drinking of the eggs that they were yelling during the scene and missed some of his announcing!
Don is survived by his wife Terri, two sons and two granddaughters. His family asks for privacy at this time. Services are public and will be held at Joseph Levine & Sons in Trevose on Sunday, August 24.
Tune in to The Breakfast Club on Monday, August 25 as we remember Don Cannon. To share your memories, please call 215-238-2098.
Listen below to some clips from 1992… Don’s early days at WOGL:
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