Legendary WDAS FM Philly Radio On-Air Personality is celebrated with the reveal of Mimi Brown Way.
WDAS FM air personality Mimi Brown’s 40 plus years of experience were honored with the unveiling of “Mimi Brown Way” by Philadelphia City Councilmember Curtis Jones. She was feted on Friday afternoon by a host of colleagues, friends, family, and musicians on the corner of 61st and Vine St., near her childhood home. On WDAS’ website, Keith Sweat, Russell Simmons, Kenny and Faatimah Gamble and The Roots were included in a touching video tribute.
Prior to the event, the broadcast icon explained: “Nobody can hold on to their gift. Your gift is meant to be shared If you don’t share it you’ll lose it. And so that’s what it all means to me. And so the people that [where] here today and even those that can’t be here have sent love and congratulations because I was able to help them along the way and that to me is what life is all about. Period!”
Mimi’s radio career began in Philly at a recording studio where she was discovered by the legendary WDAS radio jock, Dr. Perri Johnson. As a result of his guidance, Mimi took to the airwaves at 94 WYSP-FM, playing music from Led Zeppelin to Jimi Hendrix. In no time at all, her talent attracted the attention of the General Manager and Vice President of WDAS-FM, a pioneering top-rated radio station. For decades, WDAS’ R&B and highly funkified format along with Mimi’s gifted delivery kept it a top urban market station.
With her smooth and sultry delivery, musical knowledge and interviews, she gained listeners worldwide. Over the years, Mimi has worked every shift on radio, from afternoons to mornings to evenings. Mimi’s voice was mentioned repeatedly in fan letters from Teddy Pendergrass to members of the armed forces. It engages your attention while softly dangling you in suspense wondering what she will say next. Also, Mimi was the first female Assistant Program Director in the history of WDAS-FM.
Despite this, Mimi’s radio career was brought to an abrupt halt when she was shot by an irate fan in 1997. After a decade of leaving the business, she realized she’d left her heart in radio. Mimi’s return to WDAS airwaves on Mother’s Day 2008 continues to reflect her belief that music heals and elevates.
Listen to Mimi Brown on Saturday Nights from 7 pm to 12 midnight and Sundays from 3 pm to 6 pm on WDAS.