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Of Lakewood Ranch FL, former Broadcaster and Program Director of WAMO, died peacefully on October 24 at the age of 78. Born in Pittsburgh, the son of Joseph and Betty Brown, he is survived by his wife of 58 years, Margaret; two daughters Angeline Brown of Sarasota, FL and Jeanine Chait of Atlanta, GA; four grandchildren; three great- grandchildren; one sister Betty Marable and a host of nieces, nephews, friends and other family. He was preceded in death by his son, H. Guy Brown, Jr. He was a 1952 graduate of Westinghouse High School, where he was inducted into the "Westinghouse Wall of Fame". He also attended Point Park College and the University of Pittsburgh. Throughout his career in radio, and later as Personnel Director at WTAE TV, it was his commitment and dedication to helping others into the media industry that brought him his greatest professional satisfaction. A memorial service is planned in Pittsburgh at a later date.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Oct. 28, 2011.
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October 27, 2012
Hi Dad. I miss you more than you could know. I still hear your voice talking to me when I find myself unsure of the challenges I face. You manage to walk me thru it. Thank you for still being here for me even in spirit. I dedicated my movie "Atlanta HEAT" in your memory. We're working on the next big one. I love and miss you always. Your loving daughter, Jaye Jaye
Jeanine Chait
October 22, 2012
Its been a year since I had to say good bye. The pain has not eased up yet.I miss you so much and this month is very bad.I know you are in a better place where there is no pain.Rest in Peace. I love you---Susie
Margaret Brown
February 22, 2012
January 24, 2012
Just found about HB today. He had a tremendous influence on my life as a young teen listening to him on WAMO and going to his dances in Uniontown. I'll never forget when he brought The Five Stairsteps to Brownsville just a few weeks after he brought them to Uniontown! And I'll never forget how he took time out of his busy schedule when he worked at WTAE TV to encourage me. He was special. There was something magical about him. RIP, my brother. You left a wonderful legacy.
Chuck Penn
November 24, 2011
Going to miss and already do miss sitting with you on all those Thanksgivings and talking about football and life. So much advice, life lessons, good conversations and love were present each and everytime we spoke or hung out. The times we spent sitting back just talking will be cherished forever. You are dearly missed and on this Thanksgiving I want to give Thanks for all the love and support you gave me my entire life. Love you always Pops
Neal Smith
November 13, 2011
You are dearly missed by so many. You were one of the strongest men I have ever known or had the pleasure of knowing.I admire how much you loved your family and how many great times we had together. I will always cheerish all the time you and I got to spend together while SuSu and Jaye were out doing their thing. I am so glad that you were brought into my life once Jaye Jaye and I started dating.Words can not fathom how sorry I am that I let life get in the way and did not make the trip with Jaye Jaye in October. The last conversation I had on the phone with you will be in my heart forevever. I know you will continue to keep an eye on your family and we will all have you in our hearts until the day we meet again. It was such a pleasure to have what I considered a second Father in my life,with all of your love and advice you gave me over the years.
Craig Chait
November 11, 2011
Sonny and I grew up together.We were best friends!My deepest condolence to the Family.
Gerald O. Strothers
November 8, 2011
To the family of the original tastemaker, my condolences.HB defined cool,professionalism,sense of community and Black pride. His broadcasts were legendary, as he exposed us to the complete Black music experience.When he left WAMO that signalled the death of Black radio.Thank you Mighty Burner for the lessons learned.
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November 7, 2011

Aunt Sue, AngieB and Jaye,

My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. Uncle HB lived his life to the fullest as he continued to battle to the very end leaving a legacy and memories that we can always be proud of; although you all had the distinct honor or having him as a husband and dad. My prayer is that God continues to bless you all with uncle HB continuing to live in your hearts forever with those memories that will always make your heart smile.
My fondest memory of my uncle HB was always being greeted with smile and a hug since my childhood that always made me feel kind of special even though I now know how he had the unique quality to make all that knew him feel special. Knowing how special he was to me, I cannot even imagine how blessed you all were to have him as a husband and dad.
I was blessed to have the honor of calling HB my uncle who just happened to be the best DJ to hit the airwaves in the City of Pittsburgh as well as set standards for DJs (although I may be just a bit biased) in my mind that hasn't been able to be matched since his departure from WZUM/WAMO

RIP Uncle Sonny!
Peggy Hayes
October 31, 2011
Remembering my Brother-in-law, Harold Brown. One of my first memories of H.B and my sister Sue as a young couple, was of them taking us kids to Crooked Creek(WOW). Crooked Creek for swimming and a picnic. I had never been there before, never been there again, and I don't even know where it is. As I look back, most of my memories of H.B are of him doing something nice for me, or him just being nice. In recent years, when I went to visit him and my sister in Florida, he made me feel so welcome (I almost moved in). He was still just as nice. Though, he wasn't feeling quite up to par, he made his special broiled Salmon for me. I'll never forget the waffles he made for breakfast. He gave a lot of thought to which restaurant he took us to, because he knew I liked seafood. Remembering the Jazz festivals, the ice cream shop, the movies, and so much more... He wanted me to have a good time. When we talked, he was more serious than I was, but he laughed at my jokes and was interested in my family. I am going to miss him.
Dorothy Bey
October 31, 2011
I remember sitting with my Uncle HB at my cousins wedding. I was about 9. He teased that I would forget about him when I was old enough to learn about boys. I told him "We are much too close for that." Oh, how he laughed.
I'll never forget his laugh, his smile, his birthday wishes each year. He touched so many lives, as he did mine, and I will always cherish those memories. My prayers are with you Aunt Sue, Jaye and Angel.
Janora White
October 31, 2011
R.I.P To a Great Man. Harold Brown, a stylish man, a groundbreaker, a trendsetter, a man that any one person would feel fulfilled to be in the presence of. He was a teacher. He always had something to teach or lessons for us to learn. He commanded the crowd with a presence we all admired. He was such a Treat when I had the chance to spend time with him. I am proud to be his niece. His legacy will go on. My prayers are with our family he left behind, to heal with fond mememories of his awesomeness.
Nadia Bey
October 29, 2011
Susie, Angel and Jaye, I was so sorry to learn of H. B Home going. I have many fond memories of him and especially when he made fun of me in my blue and white dress. He will be missed. I will keep you all in my prayers.
Cheryl(Poose) Cosby
October 29, 2011
I am sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Brown. When I was a young teenager, Mr. Brown lived on the street behind me in Eastmont. Now so many years later, I find out he lived in Lakewood Ranch in Florida, only minutes from my brother's second home. My condolensences to all of his family and friends.
Jeff Roteman
October 29, 2011
my sincere sympathies to the family of HB, we graduated together at Westinghouse
walked to school together, saw him at our last High school reunion.Shirley Clarke Ross, family Kenny Bell and Valerie Bell..Pgh Pa
October 29, 2011
Dear Susie, Angee and Jaye, I am so sorry for your loss. I know this is a very hard time for all of you. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. If you need me to do anything to help please feel free to let me know. My love to you all, Sheila
October 28, 2011
Mrs Brown, I am very sorry to hear of your loss, I am very glad we had the oppertunity to talk this summer not knowing it would be the last time your husband will be greatly missed. May God bless and give you peace during this difficult time. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Cathy Buzzell
October 28, 2011
I miss my dad...He was a phenomenal father, coach and best friend I could have ever asked for. He taught me so many things and always had my back. His love for his family was unconditional. He is and always will be my father, my greatest hero. My love for him is eternal and the light will never fade. I'll see him again in due time. His loving daughter, Jaye Jaye
Jeanine Chait
October 28, 2011
You were the Love of my life. After 58 years of marriage, life to me is not the same. I sat beside your bed-side, my heart was crushed and sore I did what I could do till I could do no more. In tears I watched you sink away and though my heart was breaking I knew you could not stay. You left behind an aching heart that loved you so much. I shall always love you and never forget you. Susie
Margaret Brown
October 28, 2011
The Brown Family:
May I offer my deepest sympathies on the passing of Mr. B.
I was one of the youngsters he helped get into the "Media business" back in the 70's. It was due to his guidance and encouragement that I was afforded the opportunity to enjoy a 35 year career in Pittsburgh radio (the former WTAE Radio & ESPN Radio). Mr.B's kindness and dedication to his craft will live on forever through those of us who followed in his footsteps.
God Bless You.
Eartha Jackson-deBardelaben (Pittsburgh, PA)
October 26, 2011
Dear Margaret,
We were just devistated to learn of Harold's demise. What can we do for you to help you through this period of your life? Please let us know. I especially will miss Harold as I thought of his as a fantastic artist and so pleasant to talk to. Lionel and I will keep him in our prayers. May he rest in peace. We love you. Jean and Lionel
Lionel & Jean McMurren
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