A Celebration of life service open to the public will be held on Saturday (May 14) for WDIA Program Director Bobby O'Jay, a member of the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame. (Photo: Warren Roseborough/The New Tri-State Defender Archives)

WDIA radio listeners used to jumpstarting their days with Bobby O’Jay and “The Fun Morning Show” are being treated to taped recordings of the show this week in tribute to O’Jay.

The station’s program director and iconic radio personality, O’Jay suffered a massive heart attack last Tuesday (May 3) while hosting the show.

Mark Stansbury, a WDIA staple as a gospel music personality, said the station thought of a way to honor O’Jay over the course of this week, May 9-13.

“I think it is absolutely wonderful,” said Stansbury. “Fans of ‘The Fun Morning Show’ have heard Bobby once more on the air during the program’s regularly scheduled time.  One of Bobby’s taped morning shows is played. Then, Stormy Taylor comes on with the weather report as she is accustomed to do. 

The weather report is current, giving listeners the feeling that the actual on-air show is being aired that day, said Stansbury.

“Also, the commercial breaks play current advertising from commercials which would play as scheduled this week. It is a wonderful tribute to a legendary radio host and program director as we get closer to Saturday when we say our last goodbyes.”

The public is invited to a Celebration of Life service at 11 a.m. Saturday (May 14) at World Overcomers Church, 6655 Winchester Rd. Flowers may be sent to the church only on Saturday.

Other arrangements and memorials, along with interment, are private and reserved for the family.