DJs David Dye and Tom Cunningham to discuss ‘Bruce Springsteen on the Radio’


Joe del Tufo


More than 40 years later, Bruce Springsteen is still appreciative of David Dye’s early support. In his 2016 autobiography “Born to Run,” Springsteen wrote: “… we were playing an empty house gig at the Main Point in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, when in walked David Dye. He was a deejay over at WMMR, Philly’s local FM station. He watched us play to thirty people, approached us and said, ‘I love your band.’ That night we heard Greetings from Asbury Park being spun to music-loving insomniacs as we drove out of town in our tour bus.”

Dye and fellow disc jockey Tom Cunningham will discuss the early part of Springsteen’s career and the role that radio played in it in “Bruce Springsteen on the Radio: 1973-21st Century,” a talk that will take place at the Present Day Club in Princeton, April 6 at 7 p.m. The event is co-presented by the Princeton Public Library and Morven Museum & Garden in conjunction with Morven’s current exhibition, Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey.

Photographer Frank Stefanko, whose work is included in the exhibition, will also take participate in the talk, discussing his experiences working with Springsteen early in both of their careers.

Dye is the longtime host of the daily “World Cafe” on WXPN (88.5 FM) in Philadelphia, though he recently announced he will step down at the end of this month (he will continue to host his “Funky Fridays” show and add a new weekly show, “Dave’s World”). Cunningham hosts the Sunday morning “Bruce Brunch” on the shore radio station, 105.7 the Hawk.

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