Friends, household and followers are mourning a Philadelphia radio legend and icon.
Cody Anderson, the primary General Manager of WURD, Philly’s solely African American owned and operated speak radio station, died peacefully on Saturday, in line with his household.
Anderson was additionally the longtime GM and president of WDAS-FM 105.3 FM and a former proprietor of WHAT-1340 AM.
“Cody was instrumental in breathing life into WURD and shepherding it over our almost 20 years, first as General Manager and most recently as a beloved host, mentor and friend,” Sara Lomax-Reese, president and CEO of WURD, stated. “Like his biological family, the WURD family will miss him deeply. But we are grateful for his tireless and generous support of independent Black media, which he championed every day of his life, especially through his advocacy of WURD Radio.”
Anderson remained actively concerned with WURD after serving as GM. He co-hosted the Electric Magazine with Vikki Leach each Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. He additionally co-hosted the bi-weekly 9 a.m. Saturday morning reveals with Philly City Council President Darrell Clarke and Philadelphia School Superintendent Dr. William Hite.
He additionally served as co-host of the weekly Laborer’s Live present each Friday from 4 p.m. to five p.m.
WURD honored Anderson again on Dec. 4 with a 3-hour celebration at their annual Empowerment Experience occasion as associates, household and radio pioneers who labored with him spoke on his affect and legacy.
“His office was in the same building, on the same floor and just a few doors down from WURD’s offices,” Lomax-Reese stated. “He flowed in and out of the WURD headquarters, offering gentle but firm guidance to our hosts, producers, sales team — all of us. He offered me wise counsel cultivated from a long career as a radio manager, entrepreneur and community servant.”
Anderson was additionally the daddy of Fox 29 anchor Bill Anderson
Several native lawmakers and radio personalities paid tribute to Anderson on Twitter.