Bob Pantano

Bob Pantano

From ABC 6 Action News

Bio

Bob Pantano is the host of the Saturday Night Dance Party in Philadelphia on 98.1 WOGL 98.1 FM. This is the first and longest running radio dance party in the nation, now celebrating 40 years.

Bob Pantano, a South Philadelphia native, started spinning at the record hops in the late 1960s and then the nightclubs in the '70s. His professional radio career began on WCAM in Camden, New Jersey in 1971. Bob pioneered the live-radio broadcast, The Saturday Night Dance Party, in 1977, which airs every Saturday night live from 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. and has enthralled and entertained Philadelphia audiences with its upbeat dance music.

Bob's entertaining and engaging banter have kept the crowds returning year after year, building a captive and loyal audience. Over the past 40 years, his Live Radio Dance Party has been broadcast from various hotels, nightclubs, and casinos. Hundreds of thousands of Delaware Valley residents have met, danced and even fallen in love to that special mix of music that Bob Pantano's Saturday Night Dance Party is so well known for. Bob's knack for playing the best record hop tunes of the '60s along with the dance club classics of the '70s & '80s has made him a celebrity in the Delaware Valley.

Bob is the host of The Vendemmia Festival in South Philadelphia. Bob keeps the concert circuit hopping with his well-known "Sounds of Philly Show" which features some of the best local and national recording artists. Bob has hosted shows at the Wachovia Center, Trump Plaza, Wildwood Convention Center, Penn's Landing, summer concerts in the Philadelphia and South Jersey parks, Harrah's Atlantic City, Resorts Casino Hotel, and numerous corporate functions and charitable events.

Bob hosts an annual radiothon on his Saturday Night Dance Party benefiting Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Bob, who is an honorary Deputy Police Commissioner, is the MC of the Hero Plaque Program in Philadelphia, which commemorates the heroism of Philadelphia Police officers who gave their lives serving in the line of duty. He has also been the MC for the annual Hero Thrill Show benefiting the families of our fallen heroes (Police and Fireman families). Bob is involved with Church of the Holy Family, Washington Twp. NJ (where he hosts the annual Primavera Festival, plus numerous other charitable events.

In 2007 Bob was inducted into the Temple University School of Communications and Theater Hall of Fame and received a sidewalk plaque on the Wildwood Avenue of the Stars.

In 2008 Bob was inducted into The Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame.

On June 25th, 2014, Bob was honored with The Phillies' Gamble & Huff Community Partnership Award during the 11th annual Phillies African American Heritage Celebration presented by The Sound of Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park.

On November 20th, 2015 Bob was honored as the Broadcast Pioneers' 2015 Person of The Year.

On March 4th, 2017, Bob celebrated 40 years hosting the Saturday Night Dance Party.

From Bob's days of spinning records at the hops in the late 1960s, to his move into the nightclubs in the '70s, to bringing those nostalgic moments back to packed audiences today, his highly-acclaimed reputation in radio, television, and area concerts is unsurpassed in the region, making him a celebrated Philly success!

Press Releases

June 20, 2017
FROM ATLANTIC CITY TO WILDWOOD, BOB PANTANO TURNS UP THE HEAT AT THE JERSEY SHORE THIS WEEKEND AS SATURDAY NIGHT DANCE PARTY 40th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION REACHES 'FEVER' PITCH FOR SUMMER SEASON

Join 'Mr. Saturday Night,' the Delaware Valley's #1 Rated Saturday Night Radio Host of the First and Longest-Running Dance Party in the Nation:

Grand Marshal of North Wildwood Italian-American Festival, and host of a Tribute to The Trammps, THIS FRIDAY!

Saturday Night Dance Party Summer Simulcast LIVE from the VÜE on the Claridge Rooftop in Atlantic City, EVERY SATURDAY!

FREE Sunday Concert Series at Fox Park in Wildwood EVERY SUNDAY!

Sunday Night Dance Party at 2nd Street Annie's in Wildwood EVERY SUNDAY!

... And the Best Dancers at the Jersey Shore!

LIVE Radio Simulcast at the Jersey Shore on 96.1 WTTH and 93.1 WEZW
Continues Every Saturday Night from the Adelphia Restaurant in Deptford, NJ

From Atlantic City to Wildwood, "Mr. Saturday Night," BOB PANTANO, ushers his year-long 40th Anniversary Saturday Night Dance Party Celebration into the summer season by reaching the beaches at a 'Fever' pitch.

Starting this weekend, the Delaware Valley's #1 rated Saturday night radio host will have shore-goers dancing on rooftops, in the park, and as always, the hottest nightspots with his unique blend of Motown, '60s Soul, and the Dance Club Classics of the '70s and '80s - custom tailored for every audience he welcomes.

Already packing them in at the NEW 2nd Street Annie's in Wildwood this summer with his Sunday Night Dance Party, Pantano kicks off his expanded Jersey Shore presence this Friday (June 23) at 6 p.m. as Grand Marshal of the North Wildwood Italian-American Festival, leading the official Opening Ceremonies of the three-day gathering of great food, family fun, and Italian-American heritage along Olde New Jersey Avenue. But that's not enough for Pantano. He wants festival goers to dance, too, so he'll follow his Grand Marshal duties by hosting a tribute to The Trammps with Night Fever featuring Jimmy Lee at 7 p.m.

On Saturday (June 24), the Saturday Night Dance Party adds a second South Jersey location in Atlantic City for the summer, simulcasting live from the VÜE Rooftop Bar & Lounge at the Claridge over 96.1 WTTH Atlantic City and 93.1 WEZW Wildwood, while the pioneering live broadcast originates, as always, LIVE from the Adelphia Restaurant and Nightclub in Deptford over Pantano's flagship station, CBS-owned 98.1 WOGL-FM. Hosting the Atlantic City portion of the live broadcast will be fellow WOGL personality Nicky G, the station's weeknight host. Pantano will make a personal appearance at the VÜE on Monday, July 3 for a special Holiday Weekend Edition of the Dance Party.

Come Sunday (June 25), Pantano starts bringing free concerts to Wildwood with the Fox Park Amphitheater Concert series, at Burk & Ocean Avenues. The series kicks off with The Business, and will continue with The Jersey Pops Patriotic Show, A Salute to the Stars and Stripes by Linda Gentile (July 2), The Infernos (July 9), The Blue Notes and Richie Rosato (July 16), The Sensational Soul Cruisers (July 23), Chicago 9 (July 30), Jeremiah Hunter (Aug. 6), Jimmy Lee & Night Fever's tribute to the Sound of Philadelphia, and Rainere Martin's tribute to Donna Summer (Aug. 13), Reign (Aug. 20), and the First Ladies of Rock & Soul (Aug. 27). All Fox Park concerts start at 7:30 p.m. and FREE. Bring a blanket or beach chair. More info at 609.522.2444 or www.WildwoodNJ.org.

The SUNDAY NIGHT DANCE PARTY starts at 8 p.m. each week all summer at the NEW 2nd Street Annie's, 3601 Pacific Ave. (at Schellenger), in Wildwood. More info at (856) 582-5006 or www.2ndstreetannies.us.

The Jersey Shore is the birthplace of the Bob Pantano Dance Party, beginning in Wildwood in 1973 at Phil and Eddie's Surf Club. It moved to the Oasis Club, and the Fairview and in 1976, launched the first discotheque in Wildwood at the Mansion on Garfield Avenue. Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. used to work the door at the Surf Club while Pantano was spinning there in the '70s. And going back to 1974, one of the regulars was Walter "Bruce" Willis, who would also hang with Pantano at his Wildwood dance parties at the Fairview and the Mansion. They played softball together in the bar league, as well, and remain friends to this day.

Pantano's celebrated role in Wildwood's music history was memorialized in 2007, when he was added to the Avenue of the Stars along Pacific Avenue, where inductees who have helped build the Wildwoods as an "Entertainment Capital" of the East Coast are permanently honored.

He's now #1 in his time slot "across the board" in the overall ratings as well and every age demographic - including the all-important 25-54 - in the latest Neilsen ratings book. Mr. Saturday Night is now the King of Saturday Night among Delaware Valley radio listeners.

The Saturday Night Dance Party is an award-winning Philadelphia tradition broadcast LIVE that originates on 98.1 WOGL and is hosted by the man who pioneered the Live Radio Dance Party in Philadelphia ... Bob Pantano.

Pantano started spinning at record hops in the late '60s and then nightclubs in the '70s, before taking the show to the airwaves in 1977 on 98.1 WCAU FM "Fascinatin' Rhythm." Over the decades, well over a million Delaware Valley residents remember dancing, meeting, and even falling in love to that special mix for which The Saturday Night Dance Party is so well known.

Complete schedule of all Bob Pantano events at the all-new www.bobpantano.com.

February 23, 2017
THE BOB PANTANO SATURDAY NIGHT DANCE PARTY 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Join Your Host, "Mr. Saturday Night" BOB PANTANO
The Delaware Valley's #1 Rated Saturday Night Radio Host
on the First and Longest-Running Dance Party in the Nation!

Special Guest Performances by TAVARES, THE BLUE NOTES, KENNY JEREMIAH, CECIL PARKER, JIMMY PHILLIPS, TRAMMPS TRIBUTE with Jimmy Lee, DONNA SUMMER TRIBUTE by Rainere Martin, and Many Other Legendary Radio and TV Personalities, Public Officials, and More Surprises

... And the Best Dancers in the Delaware Valley!

LIVE ON 98.1 WOGL from the Adelphia Restaurant in Deptford, NJ
and Simulcast at the Jersey Shore on 96.1 WTTH and 93.1 WEZW

PHILADELPHIA (Feb. 23, 2017) - "Mr. Saturday Night," BOB PANTANO - the Delaware Valley's #1 Rated Saturday Night Radio Host - celebrates his milestone 40th Anniversary on FM radio as host of THE SATURDAY NIGHT DANCE PARTY during his LIVE weekly broadcast Saturday evening, March 4, with special guest live performances by Tavares ("Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel"), The Blue Notes ("The Love I Lost"), Kenny Jeremiah (Soul Survivors original lead singer), Cecil Parker ("I Think I'll Tell Her"), Jimmy Phillips ("Got to Get You Back"), A Tribute to the Trammps by Night Fever with Jimmy Lee, A Tribute to Donna Summer by Rainere Martin, and a host of other surprises. As always, Pantano will be broadcasting LIVE direct from the Adelphia Restaurant and Nightclub, 1750 Clements Bridge Road, in Deptford, NJ. The party starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door, and available online at www.adelphiarestaurant.com. For more info, call (856) 845-8200 or go to www.bobpantano.com.

And the timing couldn't be sweeter.

Making the 40th anniversary celebration especially sweet, Pantano is now #1 in his time slot "across the board" in the overall ratings as well and every age demographic, including the all-important 25-54 - for the first time ever, in the latest Neilsen ratings book. Mr. Saturday Night is now the King of Saturday Night among Delaware Valley radio listeners.

In 2015, Pantano was presented the Person of the Year Award by the Broadcast Pioneers Hall, and inducted into its Hall of Fame.

The Saturday Night Dance Party is an award-winning Philadelphia tradition broadcast LIVE on 98.1 WOGL and simulcast at the Jersey Shore on 96.1 WTTH and 93.1 WEZW from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. And it's hosted by the man who pioneered the Live Radio Dance Party in Philadelphia ... Bob Pantano.

Also on hand to help Bob celebrate will be numerous legendary radio and TV personalities, public officials, and of course, the best dancers from all over the greater Philadelphia region.

Pantano, a South Philadelphia native started spinning at record hops in the late '60s and then the nightclubs in the '70, before taking the show to the airwaves in 1977 on 98.1 WCAU FM "Fascinatin' Rhythm." Over the decades, well over a million Delaware Valley residents remember dancing, meeting, and even falling in love to that special mix for which The Saturday Night Dance Party is so well known. Pantano plays great uplifting dance music - a unique blend of Motown, '60s Soul, and the Dance Club Classics of the '70s and '80s - custom tailored for Philadelphians. "The Rhythm of Your Life," every Saturday night from 7 p.m. till 2 a.m., originates exclusively on 98.1 WOGL and is simulcast on 96.1 WTTH Atlantic City and 93.1 WEZW Wildwood, NJ.

Live from Adelphia Restaurant and Nightclub in Deptford! Come celebrate the 40th Anniversary with all those who have made the Bob Pantano Saturday Night Dance Party the No. 1 Show and still the best on Philadelphia radio.

WHAT:
The Bob Pantano Dance Party 40th Anniversary Celebration & LIVE Broadcast

WHO:
Bob Pantano - Host
With Special Guest Performances by:
Tavares ("Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel")
The Blue Notes ("The Love I Lost")
Kenny Jeremiah (Soul Survivors original lead singer)
Cecil Parker ("I Think I'll Tell Her")
Jimmy Phillips ("Got to Get You Back")
A Tribute to the Trammps by Night Fever with Jimmy Lee
A Tribute to Donna Summer by Rainere Martin

WHEN:
Saturday, March 4, 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

WHERE:
Adelphia Restaurant & Nightclub
1750 Clements Bridge Road, Deptford, NJ

TICKETS:
$25 in advance; $30 at the door, and available online at www.adelphiarestaurant.com. For more info, call (856) 845-8200 or go to www.bobpantano.com.

Bob Pantano

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