Philadelphia Radio Legend Hy Lit Dies
November 17, 2007 (WPVI) -- For more than a half century Hy Lit was one of the most popular disc jockeys in one of the greatest music cities in the country. He died today at the age of 73.
He was a pioneer in rock and roll broadcasting. Hy's son Sam remembers The Beatles sleeping over at their house."They couldn't find a hotel where they wouldn't be inundated. So they came back to the house in which we lived. And they slept on the floors and stuff like that," said Sam. "So as a kid, I may have been more preoccupied with wanting to play with my Tonka trucks. But I will tell you this: When I realized that the sheets and pillow cases that they slept on were being given away the next day, the impact of the whole endeavor began to settle in on me." Hy mc'd shows with The Four Tops, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys and many, many others. His weekly sock hops were very popular with teens in the 60's. He was on several radio stations, most notably WIBG and then WOGL, during a career spanning 5-decades. He was also on syndicated television shows across the country. Hy was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia Hall of Fame 4 years ago. Hy lost his wife to cancer some years ago, and about 10 years ago Hy was diagnosed with Parkinsons disease. In recent years Hy has been a leading spokesman for finding a cure for Parkinsons. Over the past few years Hy and his music could be heard, and still can be heard at his website, HyLitRadio.com. He died this morning from heart and kidney failure at Paoli Hospital. Funeral services for Hy Lit will be held this afternoon at 2 o'clock at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd. Family and friends are welcome.
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