Graham Armstrong, former program director at Chicago’s WGCI-FM and a veteran R&B journalist, died March 1 in Los Angeles of complications after a long bout with pneumonia. He was 60 years old.
The Chicago native, born Dec. 21, 1952, graduated from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. A DJ whose music appreciation stemmed from spinning records in his aunt’s juke joint, the Armstrong Coke Bar in Boonville, N.C., Armstrong spent most of the ‘80s as PD of mainstream urban powerhouse WGCI-FM. His extensive resumé also includes working at Prince’s Paisley Park Records and R&B editor posts at The R&B Report, Hits and Urban Network. Funeral arrangements are pending as of this time.
Writing on The Urban Network, colleague A. Scott Galloway remembered his long association with Armstrong, which you can read in full here. What follows is an excerpt:
Graham Armstrong was a staunch advocate for the history of African American people and was very proud of the library of literature he amassed, piece by piece - from thrift stores to E-Bay - on our legendary greats - particularly in music. His favorite artists were Sam Cooke, Bob Marley, Jackie Wilson, Teddy Pendergrass, Al Green and the Tall, Tan and Temptin' Temptations. It does not surprise me one bit that Graham ascended this earth in the same time frame that we lost two members of that sparkling superstar quintet. In his heart he was one of them.