Big Daddy Graham Biography – Big Daddy Graham Wiki
Big Daddy Graham (born Edward Gudonis) was a longtime 94.1 WIP sports host and Philadelphia radio icon. He joined WIP in 1997 and spent two decades as the station’s overnight host, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. He wrote books, hosted a music podcast and performed his “Two Funny Philly Guys” stand-up comedy show with another WIP contributor and stand-up comic, Joe Conklin.
Prior to joining WIP, Graham co-hosted The Sports Attack alongside Scott Graham and Neil Hartman on 1210 AM, which at the time broadcast a largely syndicated all-sports format as WGMP The Game.
Over the course of his career, he was a well-known comedian, recording artist, and author, most recently cowriter of a revised edition of The Great Book of Philadelphia Sports Lists with fellow WIP host Glen Macnow.
In 2019, Graham was paralyzed from the waist down following a spinal cord injury, and never fully recovered. He continued to host his own podcast, Big Daddy Graham’s Countdown, which went through the 100 greatest albums of all time.
Graham was born and raised in Southwest Philadelphia and graduated from West Catholic High School. He eventually settled in Mullica Hill, N.J. where he and his wife, Debbie, raised two daughters — Keely and Ava. Ava has continued in the family business as part of WIP’s morning show alongside Cataldi.
Big Daddy Graham Age
Edward Gudonis was born and raised in Southwest Philadelphia. He passed away on September 8, 2021. He was 68 years old.
Big Daddy Graham Wife
Big Daddy Graham was married to Debbie Graham.
Big Daddy Graham Daughters
Big Daddy Graham and his wife Debbie have two daughters — Keely and Ava Graham. Ava is a member of 94WIP’s morning show.
Big Daddy Graham Death
SportsRadio 94WIP icon and beloved Philadelphia legend Big Daddy Graham died on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at age 68, SportsRadio 94WIP announced. Angelo Cataldi and his co-hosts began the show with the news of Graham’s death and their memories of him.
“WIP lost one of its best people, and this city lost one of its cherished, most talented entertainers,”Angelo Cataldi said to open his show Thursday morning. “We all here at WIP are devastated by the news … we lost one of the greats.”
The news of Graham’s death led to an outpouring of support from longtime listeners and radio personalities across the city. Fellow WIP host Glen Macnow: “I learned last night of the passing of my friend Big Daddy Graham. A gem of a man. A diamond in the rough. A funny, hard-working and quirky sweetheart of a guy with no filter. My pal, my co-author. We will all miss him.”
Former radio partner Neil Hartman: “I am heartbroken over the passing of my friend and former colleague Big Daddy Graham. What a unique, loving guy that had a heart of gold. I will always cherish the times we had together and the years of laughter he brought into my life and many others. He was truly one of a kind!”
Fellow Philly sports radio icon Howard Eskin said: “Woke up this morning to very sad news with the passing of @BigDaddyGraham on Wednesday evening. So many things to remember about Big Daddy but everyone and myself will never forget he was one of a kind. My condolences to Ava Graham and the family. #RIPBIGDADDY.”
WFAN executive Spike Eskin wrote on Twitter: “Big Daddy Graham was a truly great guy who will forever be an enormous part of our lives and @SportsRadioWIP’s history. He was immediately welcoming to me and I am glad I was able to know him. Rest In Peace BDG.”
Natalie Egenolf tweeted: “Was blessed in my radio career to work with many of the sports radio greats. Big Daddy Graham was one of them. Thoughts and prayers to his family and all who love him. RIP.”
Former SportsRadio WIP Marketing Director Cindy Webster said: “If you can make someone laugh, you pretty much have the key to life. Big Daddy Graham spent his life making people laugh. Rest In Peace, my friend. No more pain. I know you’ll be making everyone laugh in heaven.”
SportsRadio WIP Host Jon Johnson wrote: “Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my colleague,& friend, Big Daddy Graham. Some things you can never prepare for.Hope we all can be there for the Gadonis family in anyway we can during this time.Will do my best to honor a great man in the coming days, weeks, months ahead.”
KYW host Dave Uram: “After I found out about Big Daddy Graham’s passing last night, I put together some thoughts on a man I admired very much. It was an honor to be his friend and produce him. Thinking of Debbie, Keely, Ava, and the rest of his family and close friends.”
AP writer Rob Maaddi: “Heartbreaking to hear Big Daddy Graham passed away last night. One of the nicest, biggest-hearted guys I know. Every kind word you’ll read about him today is exactly who he is. Rest peacefully, BDG.”
Big Daddy Graham Cause of Death
Big Daddy Graham’s cause of death was not revealed.
Big Daddy Graham Illness – How did Big Daddy Graham become Paralyzed
In 2019, Graham was diagnosed with a blood clot in his spine, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. He previously had beaten throat cancer.
Big Daddy Graham Net Worth
Big Daddy Graham’s net worth is estimated to be $1.5 million.