Bobby O’Jay The Legendary Dj Passed Away At The Age Of 68

Bobby O'Jay

Bobby O’Jay, the King of Memphis Radio, died on May 3 at the age of 68. Until today, the cause of death has remained unknown. Bev Johnson, a radio personality, verified the report, saying that O’Jay died while at work. Wanda Thomas, O’Jay’s niece, said that his family is in disbelief. She said,

“We’re doing about as well as could be anticipated. We just listened to him this morning, you know, and he sounded perfectly fine. It’s a procedure.”

Wanda also stated:

“He was our ‘when I grow up, I want to be exactly like him.’ He was our public figure. Our link has undoubtedly been severed. My happy recollections are what will keep us going, what will carry us through this difficult period.”

Bobby O'Jay

Bobby O’Jay was regarded as a hero by many in the community.

Joe Louis Jones was Bobby’s true name. In 1972, he made his professional debut in Montgomery, Alabama, and in February 1983, he landed his dream position. He drew millions of listeners by discussing his personal life and issues near to his heart. O’Jay was nominated for induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame. He was one of Memphis’ most recognized radio voices, having spent almost four decades on America’s first black radio station, WDIA.

Bobby O'Jay

Bobby’s radio job enabled him to interview celebrities such as Muhammad Ali, Whitney Houston, Rufus Thomas, Johnny Cochran, and others. In 2015, he was instrumental in WDIA’s induction into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame. WDIA was America’s first radio station that solely broadcast African-American programming. It also gave influence to a large segment of the people that had gone unnoticed until the late 1940s. Tan Town Jamboree, WDIA’s initial radio show, became well-known among listeners. In 1949, A.C. Williams, the station’s first full-time African employee, presented the program.

Twitter users give their respects.

Because of his radio broadcasts, Bobby O’Jay became a household name. When word of his death spread, Twitter was inundated with tributes: