Nat Wright dead at 82


The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that long-time Philly radio host Nat Wright died of a stroke on Thanksgiving Day at his home in Glenside, PA. He was 82.

Wright hosted WIP-AM’s “Dawn Patrol” for 17 years and spun his last platter on the station in 1984 as the station switched to a Talk format. Wright had been at WIP since 1961, working first as the fill-in “swing man” for other DJs.

According to the newspaper obituary, Wright did host a Talk show himself for a while on a Trenton, NJ station. Never quite leaving the public stage, Wright was a volunteer tour guide at historic Christ Church in Philadelphia for 16 years, until 2004. His funeral, though, will be Saturday (12/5) at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Glenside, where he was a lay reader.