As an outcome of being born and raised in Philadelphia during the 1950s, the popularity of Bandstand and Radio 99 (WIBG) created an early allegiance to the first generation of Rock and Roll music. The emergence and influence of legendary Philadelphia DJ Jerry Blavat in the early 1960s nurtured a deep love and appreciation for black vocal group harmony. Charlie Horner’s “Urban Harmony” radio show on WXPN (University of Pennsylvania) took him to the next level via exposure to the “rare” and “obscure” world of R&B vocal group harmony. Combined with a fascination for the magic of radio, these factors have had a profound influence on Frunzi’s life.
As a result, George Frunzi can be heard hosting ”Remember When” on WTDK – 107.1 – The Duck (Delmarva’s oldies authority) every NOON on Saturdays playing the first generation of Rock and Roll and vocal group harmony. Until recently, Frunzi was heard on WVLT – Cruisin’ 92.1—the same station that features Philadelphia icon Jerry Blavat. Later on Sunday evenings, Frunzi is the host of Gold Radio’s “Down-On-The-Streetcorner” from 8-10pm—a show that features rare, obscure, vocal group collector’s items. Both shows are “old-time” radio programs featuring vinyl from Frunzi’s original 45 rpm record collection consisting of 12,000 records. The music is “played the way it was made—on 45 rpm records.” Both programs showcase music from Frunzi’s early roots in Philadelphia.
A re-broadcast of Frunzi’s “Down-on-the-Streetcorner” can now be heard on “Jukin Oldies” on Friday evenings from 8pm to 10pm—enabling this great music to be heard and enjoyed by an even larger audience of music lovers.
Referred to as “The Doctor” (he has an earned Doctoral Degree from Temple University), he started his broadcasting career in the early 1990s at WAFL-FM (97.7) in Milford, Delaware. After 10 years at WKHS (90.5) in Worton-Chestertown-Baltimore, Maryland and 3 years at WESM (University of Maryland-Eastern Shore) he joined Gold Radio in 2004—bringing 25 years of broadcasting experience to the air-waves. He started with WVLT in 2013 before moving to WTDK – The Duck.
His primary career has been in education. Completing undergraduate work at LaSalle University in Philadelphia, a Master’s Degree from Villanova University and a Doctorate from Temple University. He taught at several colleges and universities—and spent twenty years as the Superintendent of a county-wide school district in Delaware.
He resides in Milford, Delaware with his wife Sandra—and their three dogs.