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Harold “Sonny” Hopson, who worked at the former WHAT Philadelphia in the 1960s has died at the age of 85. After his radio career, Hopson owned several area nightclubs and record labels, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. 

“My dad always had his ear on the street,” his son Harold “Dietz” Hopson III told the Inquirer. “He liked all genres of music. And he knew everybody… He was friends with Billy Eckstein and Teddy Pendergrass and James Brown. He marched for Civil Rights with Cecil B. Moore and he knew Muhammad Ali.”