SPIDER HARRISON is a native New Yorker and one of the most heard radio personalities during the 70’s 80’s and into the 90’s. The name “Spider” came from playing football at Hempstead High School as running back. Always singing in doo-wop vocal groups while in junior high and than during the summer months, Spider was groomed by a New York concert promoter, exposing him to the professional side of radio and record industries throughout New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut. He also promoted live show dances with social clubs and with professional broadcasters in the New York metropolitan area.
After high school Spider Harrison, interned at WWRL in New York and associated himself with radio personalities and at WABC, New York. Attending classes at CW Post College/ Long Island University, Spider Harrison received his broadcasting training at the college radio station WCWP-FM, New York. He created the program “Introduction To Rock n Soul” and shortly afterwards land his first professional gig at WTLC-FM, Indianapolis, Indiana.
At a young age Spider Harrison rose to prominence by replacing the legendary radio personality John R. at WLAC-AM, Nashville, Class A 50,000 watt radio station heard in 28 states, parts of Canada and in the West Indies. From WLAC’s early history, the station and it’s early nighttime personalities are in the Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame, Spider is still being considered. Also while at WLAC, Billboard Magazine purchased the station, during the seventies and Spider Harrison was able to launch the first Billboard Soul Countdown weekly syndicated show.
Moving to Los Angeles, Spider Harrison still in radio also worked with Sugar Hill Records the world’s first independent rap/hip-hop label and worked with their artist, Grand Master Flash and Furious Five who was also inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.
Today Spider Harrison has a BA Degree in Business Administration from the University of La Verne, in La Verne, California. Spider Harrison Productions was formed and is a media production company including, Spido Records. He is an active member in the Screen Actors Guild in Hollywood. Plus creator of the column, “What Ever Happened To…?” Which turned into a weekly syndicated radio show that has aired on broadcast and worldwide Internet stations. Plus a one-hour weekly Rock n Soul America that airs on www.kcaaradio.com, Sunday nights 11pm PST.