Jerry Boulding

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December 24, 1937 - November 28, 2013 Known as "The Doctor of Radio," Jerry Boulding had a legendary six decade career that took him from the air chair to program director for 16 radio stations including WWRL in New York and WVON in Chicago - and later as head of the Black division of MCA Records, and as a radio trade editor and publisher with Black Radio Exclusive, Urban Network, and Hits magazines and most recently with All Access Music Group - Boulding remained until his death one of the greatest influencers in radio and records of his generation. Born Jerrold Monroe Boulding in New Brighton, Pennsylvania, he graduated with a degree in Journalism from Duquesne University and warmed up his on-air career in smaller markets before going on the air as Jolly Jerry B at station WOL in Washington DC. He would go on to serve as program director in markets ranging from New York, Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco and Richmond and later found success as a network programming and syndication executive with American Urban Radio Networks as executive producer of his annual Kickin' It at Christmas holiday radio show, as well as A Century of Soul, a retrospective of Black music hosted by Donnie Simpson. Boulding is survived by his wife, Maggie of Marina del Rey and his son, Aaron and granddaughter, Sage of Long Beach, Calif. A memorial service is set for 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 10 at West Angeles Church of God In Christ, 3045 Crenshaw Blvd. in Los Angeles. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Living Legends Foundation, a charity Boulding co-founded to recognize and honor music and radio industry professionals, and also in memory of Jerry Boulding to the .
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 8, 2014
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