Donatucci honors the 'Bob Pantano Saturday Night Dance Party' on Pa. House floor

HARRISBURG, May 24 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has recognized the "Bob Pantano Saturday Night Dance Party" radio program as the first and longest-running radio dance party in the United States, thanks to a resolution authored by state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware.

"Bob Pantano is a south Philadelphia native and Temple University graduate who is one of the most recognizable voices on radio today," Donatucci said. "Many of us grew up listening to his live dance party and have great memories set to the soundtrack of his program. I look forward to the continued success of greater Philadelphia’s favorite Saturday night radio tradition."

House Resolution 178, which was unanimously adopted by the House, notes that the "Bob Pantano Saturday Night Dance Party" program first premiered in 1977, and features music from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. The program is broadcast live from the Adelphia Restaurant and Nightclub in Deptford, N.J. It airs each Saturday night in Philadelphia on 98.1 WOGL-FM, and in New Jersey on 96.1 WTTH-FM in Atlantic City and 93.1 EZ-FM in Cape May.

Donatucci added Pantano has received a number of awards throughout his career, including the Kal Rudman Philadelphia Radio Milestone Award, Millay Club’s Man of the Year Award, and the Philadelphia Phillies Gamble & Huff Community Partnership Award. He has also been inducted into both the Temple University School of Communication and Theater Hall of Fame, and the Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame.