Ed Sciaky, a Philadelphia disc jockey who helped bring attention to artists such as Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel, died Thursday (Jan. 29) in New York, his employer said. He was 55.

Ed Sciaky, a Philadelphia disc jockey who helped bring attention to artists such as Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel, died Thursday (Jan. 29) in New York, his employer said. He was 55.

The cause of death was not immediately known, according to Greater Media Inc., which owns WMGK-FM, the classic rock station where Sciaky worked since 2002.

"Artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Yes may never had been heard on the radio if it weren't for Ed's ability to hear new talent and bring it to his listeners," said Rick Feinblatt, Greater Media's VP for radio.

Sciaky was born in New York and raised in Philadelphia, where he graduated from Central High School and Temple University. He began his radio career in 1966 at the university's station, WRTI-FM, then got his first professional job at WDAS-FM in 1968.

He moved to WMMR in 1970, where he became known for recognizing and promoting new artists. He moved to WIOQ in 1977, then to classic rock WYSP in 1986 before switching to WMGK, where he hosted a show dedicated exclusively to Springsteen's music on Sunday nights.


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