Frank Cerami’s Philadelphia Radio Bio

 Frank began his career in  Philadelphia radio in the 1980’s joining Philadelphia’s Power 99 as  Music Coordinator for the station as well as hosting the "The 70’s  Spotlight Dance Party" broadcast every Saturday night from 7 PM until  midnight. The music featured much of the Disco, R&B and Funk of the  1970’s.

Shortly thereafter, current music from the 1980’s was included with the  70’s music and the name of the show was renamed "The Weekend Dance  Party." In the mid 80’s Frank’s show was taken out of the studio and he  began to broadcast live from The Ripley Music Hall located on South  Street in Philadelphia. Within two years the show moved to The Trocadero  night club located at 10th and Arch Streets in Philadelphia where it  remained until 1988. From its inception, Frank’s show continually ranked  #1 in the ratings until late 1988 when he decided to leave Power 99 and  help launch a brand new station in Philadelphia called Q102.

Frank was the first employee hired at Q102 by then owners Easy  Communications. Most of the music and the music direction of Q102 for  the first year were a result of Frank’s influence and based on his  experience with audience and music research combined with being a club  DJ for many years. Unlike many of his predecessors Frank has always  embraced the insights that research could offer him, especially tempered  with the "street knowledge" that he acquired at all his dance parties.

As a result, Frank was named Q102’s first Music Director. He was also  awarded numerous gold and platinum records for his role in discovering  and breaking new recording acts that later became national hits. He  still has fond memories of meeting many new acts including a very shy  and slightly pudgy girl named Janet Jackson. Frank also moved his  Saturday night show to Q102 and renamed it "Club 102."

In 1990 Frank left Q102 after a management shakeup and went onto work  part time at Philadelphia’s 104.5, then called Star 104.5. He  simultaneously garnered his first Program Director job in Allentown,  Pennsylvania at a CHR (or Top 40) station named Hot 99.

In 1994, then Q102 Program Director, Glenn Kalina asked Frank to come  back to Q and host a Sunday Night dance party called "The Back in the  Day Dance Party" featuring music from the 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s. The  show was first broadcast from a nightclub called Gotham located on  Delaware Avenue, then moved up the street to Maui nightclub and finally  to the 8th Floor night club on Delaware Avenue. Like Frank’s previous  dance shows, this show continued to garner high ratings and draw record  crowds especially during its tenure at the 8th Floor.

In 1999, after another management change at Q102, Frank was invited to  bring his show to 95.7’s new station, Jammin’ Gold. The show was moved  to a Saturday night but continued to broadcast from the 8th Floor  nightclub. Frank later continued on 95.7 even though the format of the  station changed and it became known as Mix 95.7.  With the format  change, the dance music now included current hits as well as "Back in  the Day" music. Frank began broadcasting from Michael’s Cafe'  in  Bensalem, Pennsylvania and he added a second broadcast from Adelphia  nightclub in Deptford, New Jersey.

With the demise of Mix 95.7, Frank first moved his Friday and Sunday  night shows to 94.5 PST and most recently, returning to Q102's sister  station, the brand new, 106.1, now called Mix 106.1. Most recently, he  broadcasted from the Coastline Nightclub in Cherry Hill, NJ.

The one constant through all his years in radio and the live dance  parties is his love for music; especially dance music (he also has a  vast personal collection of Jazz, Classical, R&B and Pop).

“I still get the same thrill listening to a new Katy Perry, Rihanna,  Gaga, or Usher song as I do when listening to a Madonna song from a  couple of decades ago,” Frank commented. The other great pleasure for  him is meeting thousands of Philadelphia area residents over the years  who have enjoyed the music featured on his shows and who frequent his  live broadcasts.

“Every week they’re all there, from aged 25 to 50. After all these  years, I feel privileged to still be the host for these listeners and  for making their weekends something special to look forward to.”

Frank spends his weekdays operating his marketing/advertising company located in Center City, Philadelphia and founded in 1995. Click here to connect to his company's website.