Legendary Philly DJ Don Cannon dies at 74

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Legendary Philadelphia DJ Don Cannon has died. He was 74 years old.

Legendary Philadelphia DJ Don Cannon has died. He was 74 years old.

A spokesperson for 98.1 WOGL said Cannon passed away peacefully Friday morning at Lankenau Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at Levine Funeral Home in Trevose, Pa.

In a statement, WOGL said:

Don Cannon's voice was a top rated morning radio fixture in Philadelphia spanning five decades starting in 1969 with WIBG through his retirement in 2004 from 98.1 WOGL-FM. "Cannon in The Morning" entertained millions of people each day for thirty five years as the handsome and entertaining radio star on WIP, WFIL, WIFI, and WSNI and Oldies 98.1 WOGL.

Don also spent time on the management side of the industry as Program Director of WSNI and WPGR. From 1990 until his retirement in 2004 WOGL FM 98.1 was home to the legendary "Cannon in the Morning" show.

Cannon's signature voice with a smile was part of a pivotal scene from the original "Rocky" motion picture. As Sylvester Stallone readied for his run throughout the city it was Don Cannon's energetic voice on then WIBG that was Rocky's soundtrack to Rocky drinking his signature raw egg drink.

Don often joked that people missed his cameo because they were so grossed out by the drinking of the eggs that they were yelling during the scene and missed some of his announcing!
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