Who is JB BROWN?
Written by Brian Costantini
The Dee Jay A Governor Dubbed
“The High Priest of Soul”.
JB Brown received a proclamation from Governor William Donald Schaefer in 1987. The proclamation not only heralded JB's years of entertainment & charity work but also dubbed him
“The High Priest of Soul”!
When JB takes the microphone and says, “Let's have some good, old-fashioned fun” you know you are in for a listening / dancing treat!
His knowledge of all genres of popular music runs deep. As a teen in Baltimore, his mentors were Paul “Fat Daddy” Johnson ,“Hot Rod” Hulbert, Long, Tall, Lean Lanky Larry Dean (an on-air star & Program Director at WWIN RADIO) and Chuck Richards who was instrumental in helping JB to become the house announcer at the Baltimore Civic Center by introducing him to Little Richard Brown and Sonia Simms, the stars of the Roller Derby Squad for the Baltimore Cats.
However, the DeeJay credited with launching his career was his mentor Sir Johnny O. JB became his protégé '
Johnnie B became JB's on-air persona. In 1972 JB was offered a job as a Gospel Dee Jay at WSID RADIO
and he never looked back.
1974 was pivotal for JB. He got to work for and know the owner of Baltimore's WEBB radio, James Brown!
5 years, JB worked at WEBB on the air & Music Director.
While on the air, JB frequently got calls from the“Godfather
of Soul” asking, “Johnnie, are you playing my new
Radio is a mercurial business and change came in 1979. An entrepreneur, JB spun records & produced shows for Baltimore area Clubs and served as a Concert Emcee throughout the mid-Atlantic region. JB shared stages with many super artists such as The Dells, BB King, Wilson Pickett, Junior Walker and the All Stars, The Shirelles, The Drifters, The Marvelettes, Sam & Dave, and many others!
In 1982 JB joined WWIN 's 1400 AM. There Johnnie B. became JB Brown. A year later, he segued to V103 (WXYV-FM) where he remained for 10 years. Double digit ratings pushed his show to #1 in his time slot. A wildly popular segment of his show was 'The Countdown to Love.. A show that addressed relationship issues.
JB also stayed busy with his 'Turn 'Em On Productions'. The company featured (What else?) music & a group of beautiful ladies called JB's Love Dolls. In the 90"s JB was back, bringing his eclectic blend of music to the air-waves at Oldies 1230 WITH, Oldies 97 WAMD, & 88.9 WEAA-FM. You can learn more about JB Brown and other radio legends at Ultimate Oldies Radio .Com. (ultimateoldiesradio.com)