What to Know
- Philadelphia sports talk radio icon Big Daddy Graham has died, SportsRadio 94WIP said Thursday morning.
- Graham worked the overnight shift on 94WIP for about two decades. He also was a published author, comedian and TV personality.
- "WIP lost one of its best people, and this city lost one of its cherished, most talented entertainers," 94WIP morning show host Angelo Cataldi said.
Big Daddy Graham -- the beloved Philadelphia sports talk radio host, author and comedian who ushered graveyard shifters through the ups and downs of fandom and life -- has died, SportsRadio 94WIP said Thursday morning.
"WIP lost one of its best people, and this city lost one of its cherished, most talented entertainers," morning show host Angelo Cataldi said to start his Thursday show, according to the radio station. 'We all here at WIP are devastated by the news."
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WIP didn't reveal a cause of death, but Graham has battled health issues in recent years.
Born Edward Gudonis, Graham manned the early morning hours on WIP for about two decades, known for his humor and sports knowledge. He was more than just a radio host, he was a personality on and off air.
"Big Daddy was also known for his love of music, his stand-up comedy routines, the many books he wrote and the television shows he stared on," WIP said.
The Philadelphia native even at one point did a segment on NBC10 News.
NBC Sports Philadelphia and NBC10 sports anchor John Clark expressed his condolences and admiration for a "Philly treasure."
Longtime colleague Glen Macnow remembered his friend as "a gem of a man" who was sweet and had "no filter."
Fellow Philly sports radio icon Howard Eskin called Graham "one of a kind."
Among those Graham leaves behind is his daughter, Ava Graham, who is part of the WIP radio family. She tweeted photos with her father: "I have no words right now other than I love you Dad."
WIP said no memorial service plans were immediately available.