Philly Radio Personality "Butter" Passes Away

Joseph "Butter" Tamburro worked at WDAS for more than 50 years

By Lauren DiSanto and David Chang
|  Friday, Jul 27, 2012  |  Updated 6:22 PM EDT
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Radio Personality "Butter" Passes Away

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Joseph "Butter" Tamburro passed away Friday.

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Clear Channel Radio called NBC10 to report the death of legendary radio personality Joseph "Butter" Tamburro.

WDAS 105.3 posted on their Facebook page about his passing.

"We want to sadly inform you that our on air personality, Butter, has passed away this morning at 10:00 am. We are honoring his memory by playing the music and the artists that he broke. RIP to our good friend, legendary broadcaster, civil rights leader, the soul of the station for 50 years and Philly icon, Butter. We'll miss you dearly."

Butter began his career at WDAS radio back in 1964 as a salesperson. He quickly became a household name. As a white man broadcasting on a black radio station, he was considered a civil rights leader by many. Butter was known for his warm and soothing voice and hosted the station's popular "Sunday Night Dance Party."

"One of the great things that really stood out for Butter was his love and you felt it," said WDAS radio host Patty Jackson. "That's why so many people are just feeling like an "ahh" in their heart because they truly felt the love that Butter gave." 

WDAS also posted a photo gallery in honor of Butter's long-time radio career.

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