TIR 103: Funk Broadcaster Bares His Dayton Soul


Brought to you by FUNKNSTUFF.NET and hosted by Scott Goldfine — musicologist and author of “Everything Is on THE ONE: The First Guide of Funk” ― “TRUTH IN RHYTHM” is the interview show that gets DEEP into the pocket with contemporary music’s foremost masters of the groove.

Featured in TIR Episode 103 (3 parts): Dr. John “Turk” Logan, the legendary Dayton, Ohio, area radio personality and accomplished media communications figure who was instrumental in putting the city on the map as the funk capital of the world. Beginning his radio career in 1970 at WDAO-FM Radio (107.7), he eventually became the station’s program director and would later be credited for creating and promoting what is now known as The Dayton Sound of the 1970s, for which in 2009 he was inducted into the Dayton Area Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Logan pushed, drew attention and helped break through first The Ohio Players with a string of hits that included “Funky Worm,” “Skin Tight,” “Fire” and all the rest. He then was key in getting a string of funk bands on the airwaves that subsequently scored hit records, achieved fame and in the process brought focus and prosperity upon the Dayton area. Those acts included Heatwave, Dayton, Faze-O, Lakeside, Roger Troutman and Zapp, Slave and Sun, all of which whose members Logan also befriended.

Here, Logan gives his firsthand account of the events and people that forged what he calls the Soul of Dayton, which is also the name of a movie script he is shopping around, as well as amazing, amusing and arresting insider stories surrounding that once-in-a-lifetime scene and the unfortunate recent failure of a new Funk Center & Museum.