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To my brother, Lee

JANUARY 10, 1951 - SEPTEMBER 11, 2015
You may remember him as EDGAR POE, the night time DJ on WSEA in the 70s. But he was also my older brother - a guy with so many great stories, a quick wit, a kind heart and a keen observance.

So turn on some music & c'mon in for a bit...

From My Perspective

Lee was many things, but first, he was my brother. I knew him for just a few days short of 59 years. I am his sister.

Lee, late 70sWhat many people may remember him for is his persona as Edgar Poe on WSEA FM in Georgetown, DE during the 70s. He was the coolest. He was our underground progressive rock DJ. The hottest thing to hit Sussex County back then and maybe since. He was ahead of his time. He was a visionary.

But before all that, he was Lee, my oldest brother. Growing up, it was obvious that he was ahead of his time: he skipped a grade in elementary school — maybe it was second grade. They simply moved him into the next grade, third grade.

As children, we grew up in the fifties and early sixties — a time when bad things did not happen to children. We walked to Rehoboth Elementary School on our own through the woods and fields across the street from our house on Robinson Drive in Rehoboth because we lived something like a quarter mile too close to the school to ride the bus. Heck, during those years, I didn’t even know school buses picked kids up. I guess I thought all of us walked to school.

We lived just a few blocks from the beach. It was our babysitter. Summer days were spent on the beach all day. We packed up our towels and our cooler and headed for Queen Street as soon as my Dad was fed breakfast and out the door to work. We came home in the afternoon, my Mom prepared dinner and often, we went back to the beach in the evenings with my Dad and our dog: first Colonel, then Spooky.

As kids, we dug tunnels in the sand under the boardwalk. Tunnels in the sand! The ever shifting sand. No one got stuck and no one got buried. Yes, we grew up as children in the fifties and early sixties when bad things did not happen to children.

Over the years, we moved a few times: from Rehoboth to Frankford, then Dagsboro. These last two towns put us in John M. Clayton school, later part of the Indian River School District. After graduating from John M. Clayton High School in ’68, Lee got a job at WSEA in Georgetown where he worked as the night time DJ bringing progressive rock music — sometimes interspersed with Aesop’s Fables — to Sussex County.

As explained by Kim T.

I have lived my entire life (60 years) on the Delmarva peninsula. During the late ’60’s and most of the ’70’s, there was a radio station in Georgetown, Delaware with the call letters WSEA. It was the FM affiliate of WJWL, the AM radio station located in the same building. When I was in junior high school and then through high school, WSEA was a rock station playing the mainstream rock music that was current at the time. Then at 9:00 pm every night until midnight, there was a DJ who called himself “Edgar Poe”. He referred to his three hour show as being “underground”, and he played a lot of album rock. A lot of it was pretty obscure. It was “Poe” who introduced me to “Tarkus” (Emerson, Lake, and Palmer). He would often play the whole 20 minute and 40 second A-side. He also played a lot of obscure Pink Floyd. I actually went out and bought the “Meddle” album because “Poe” played several tracks from that album a lot, particularly, the song “One Of These Days”. To this day, he has been the only DJ that I have ever known to play “White Bird” (It’s A Beautiful Day-1969) at least once or twice a week. Another favorite of his (apparently) was the obscure “Constipation Blues” (Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – 1969) as he seemed to get that song in at least once or twice a week.

Sadly, WSEA went Disco/Top 40 in the late 70s. No place for underground rock. Lee headed to Boston where he pursued a career in the music recording industry. He subsequently relocated to NYC and was involved in the recording of music for artists from several genres as well as commercials advertising popular products. He had brief affiliations with several recording studios in the greater Manhattan area and was an acquaintance of several celebrated artists from the music industry.

Lee passed away of natural causes in his apartment in New York City on September 11, 2015. He was 64 years of age. Way too young…

“And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor, Shall be lifted — Nevermore!”
~ Edgar Allan Poe

 

“Is all that we see or seem but a dream within a dream? ” ― Edgar Allan Poe

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20 entries.
Mike Moran from North Wales wrote on August 24, 2017 at 3:15 pm:
My condolences on the loss of your brother and thank you for creating the site that provides some of the history of WSEA. I had a short stint there as a weekend DJ in 1978, travelling down from Philadelphia just to be the late night DJ before it was handed off to 'Wolfman Jack". I wish I had the opportunity to know Lee, as he is definitely a kindred spirit with his musical tastes and approach to radio. I don't remember being tied to a strict format in 1978, I thought of it as AOR, and even played music from unsigned Philadelphia artists as part of a Philly sound introduction. I recently uploaded a segment or two to youtube. I understand better now why I fit in down there at the time. Unfortunately, I could not get a full time position there and eventually went into Cable TV. Link to WSEA segment below. Thanks for sharing your memories of Lee and the station.

Michael Kaiser from Addison Texas wrote on March 27, 2017 at 8:03 am:
I worked at WSEA for 3 years in the mid 1970's. I started in the afternoon and later switched to the evening slot. This meant that I had interaction with Lee. He was a cool guy. Our broadcast styles were very different but we were all there because of the music. For its time WSEA was far ahead of its competition. The management never realized what it had. Lee was ahead of them fully understanding a trail that only he was free to blaze. I was humbled to be a part of WSEA. Those years and that station were very special. Lee was special too. Lee did things on his show others like me could only dream of doing. I remember all the guys we had there. We were young and we were doing what we loved. Somewhere in heaven at the end of another show The Last Puff is playing. RIP Lee
Kim Taylor from East New Market wrote on January 28, 2017 at 9:35 pm:
So glad to see this tribute page to Lee, AKA Edgar Poe. I feel honored that you included my words about Lee . While I never knew him personally, it was his radio program that influenced my taste in music for the rest of my life. I discovered "Edgar Poe" on WSEA when I was 13 years old. I would sit on my rural back porch on summer evenings watching the lightning bugs (fireflies to those not native to Delmarva - lol) while listening to "Poe" on my little green GE transistor radio. It was the first radio I ever owned that picked up FM. "Poe" played stuff you never heard on any other local radio stations. Artists like King Crimson. Emerson, Lake, and Palmer. Jeff Beck. and Dave Brubeck, just to name a few. 99% of the record albums that I purchased with my weekly "allowance" were albums that I heard on Poe's nightly "underground" radio program. The late 1960's and early 1970's was a great time to be alive as far as radio was concerned, and "Poe" was in a class by himself. Southern Delaware listeners were so fortunate to have a local DJ who was truly ahead of his time when it came to sending music out over the airwaves. There was no Internet. There was no Pandora. There was no Spotify or YouTube. Finding your favorite music genre was not as easy as it is today. Searching for your favorite tunes did not involve a simple click of a mouse. You had a radio dial, and if you were lucky, you found an occasional favorite song or artist. Once I discovered "Poe", there was no need to change the radio dial between 9 and midnight. It was all right there on WSEA. Rest in peace, my friend whom I never actually met. Your influence has indeed lasted me a lifetime.

I meant to include this video with my post in memory of Lee.

Gregg Sherow from REHOBOTH BEACH, DE wrote on January 11, 2017 at 8:47 am:
I just found this site this morning.

I knew Lee because he followed me on WJWL in the afternoons. I did the shift M-F 12 noon until 4 PM. I had lived on a farm outside of Milford 1974-1978 and worked on both stations in Georgetown. After Lee left, due to a disagreement with management, I was tapped to replace him on the late night progressive show.

I remember my 1st day of work as "Country Don" on the afternoon shift & discovering the Edgar Poe also did time on the AM station, he & I met that afternoon.
Lee followed my shift everyday for almost 2 years.

He turned us on to a lot of music that you might only hear in DC, Philly or NYC. Some music like Fairport Convention's "Bring 'Em Down" could only be heard on Lee's show. We discussed music a lot. We had a similar tastes, although I liked the Dead more than he did.

I was shocked to hear he had left one afternoon when I showed-up to do my afternoon country show. The GM, Ed Marzoa was a tough, old-school management type.

I still play Spooky Tooth's "The Last Puff" once in a while, and remember the years that I listened to Lee & then finally had the pleasure of working with him.

RIP Lee "Edgar Poe", I wish that we could've caught up again after you moved on. - Gregg Sherow

PS: Working on those stations during that era was a blast, there are many great memories of the people, Helen, Tom Thumb, RB Bird, Bob Bernard, Bob Smith, Jeff T???, Steve the Engineer Wallace, Jack Randolph.

I was there when it went disco, there's long story behind that move. Cheers
Grier White from Lewes wrote on September 14, 2016 at 8:02 am:
I am the guy Fred Hazeltine was having the conversation with on FB. Edgar Poe (Lee) brought sounds on to the radio airwaves that I would not have heard otherwise. I wanted to play in a rock and roll band, and once off to college, I did. I still do at age 63! WSEA and Lee influenced me as a listener and a player. Thanks Lee Dick and God bless!
Craig Jarvis from Millsboro wrote on September 14, 2016 at 7:58 am:
Hi, I am so sorry to hear about your brother. I grew up in Millsboro. I started listening to Lee or Edgar Poe back in the 70's from the first show onward. It was my favorite part of WSEA radio. It was my night time sleeping pill or my ride around at night time listening pleasure. My sympathy to you and your family.
Fred Hazeltine from Dayton, Md. wrote on September 1, 2016 at 2:08 pm:
So sorry to hear about your brother. Edgar Poe show was a major influence on me and I think about it often. In fact we were talking about it just last week on FB. As a 14-15 yr old in the early 70s, fell asleep many nights with the radio on my chest and your brother and his music in my ear. Only place on the radio where they played not only Crimson, but McDonald/Giles with regularity. Good to hear the Blue Magoo opening song again on this site, had forgotten all about it. I just wish some archive tapes existed for the show, would give my left arm to hear them.
Chuck Manning from Las Vegas wrote on March 22, 2016 at 12:16 pm:
Just happened to think of Lee. Worked with him in Georgetown. After hours he would love toengineer the board while I did commercials. He was one of a kind but a kind and gentle man
Denise adkins hearn from georgetown, de wrote on November 17, 2015 at 7:13 am:
Hello Holly. I was greatly saddened when I learned of Lee's passing. My sympathy and concern are extended to you and John. As others, I too, enjoyed listening to "Edgar's" radio broadcast which exposed many of us to music yet unavailable to the 'masses' in our rural area. Please take care. Warmest wishes, Denise.
Dave Leister from Baltimore wrote on October 29, 2015 at 10:51 am:
Hi I started working at WSEA just as Lee parted ways with them, I had grown up on him and helped build up the radio station at Salisbury State College and got a job offer from WSEA and worked nights there for a few years. I am sorry to hear of his passing he was certainly a big influence on me and my career. It was a huge deal to me to attempt to be one of the guys that tried to fill his shoes. They let me go all out on Sunday nights for a couple years and that made the job worth it to me. Lee used to record bands around the shore and thats were I met him long before WSEA. He would show up at the Delmar Fire Hall or a dance in Salisbury with a reel to reel and a couple mics. He never talked much but I was an electronics geek and I would help him set up and position his microphones. He would record till the tape ran out and then pack up and quietly leave. I never put two and two together until later that it was him. I am sorry for your loss, I had tried to find him in recent years but never stumbled onto his website. Its funny, I mixed live shows for 25 years and also work in the recording industry. I still design and build sound systems for a living and will till I cant anymore. I so wish I had been able to connect with Lee.
Dave
Mike Reichenberg from salisbury, md wrote on October 28, 2015 at 4:59 pm:
I loved The Edgar Poe radio show. Lee helped form my taste in music. I can distinctly remember him playing Spooky Tooth's "Moriah" often. And the early Pink Floyd too. He was one of the best dj's I ever heard.
Patti from Geo/DE wrote on October 22, 2015 at 7:51 am:
did not know Lee personally, wished i had, sounds like a kindred spirit. i loved his Edgar Poe show on WSEA. my sister and i listened while we were young teens, and it helped to foster my continuous love for progressive rock, as well as, a wide array of eclectic music. his DJ voice was so soothing to hear late at night. am so glad to read on here that he followed his musical ambitions, wish I had! Now he is with many so many other creative minds/musicians checking out the newest celestial sounds and rocking the heavens. godspeed!
Denise Burns from Georgetown wrote on October 21, 2015 at 1:20 pm:
One of the coolest thing that ever came to Georgetown...thanks for keeping us in tune in a time of many great changes.
Beth bunting from Bishopville, MD wrote on October 16, 2015 at 10:04 am:
Thank you for this website remembering Lee. Yes -he was a free spirit - with a big heart!
renda jean (hickman) wise from Selbyville, de wrote on October 15, 2015 at 9:19 pm:
So sorry to hear of this loss. Such a free spirit.
Rest in peace my fellow classmate of John M. Clayton.
deborah timmons lowry, rn - jmc class of '68 from dagsboro, delaware wrote on October 15, 2015 at 5:59 pm:
Sorry we missed out on that next trip you were planning back to Delaware. I was looking forward to seeing you again.

Rest in peace, my friend! You will be missed! I will miss your emails with the pictures and tunes! I enjoyed them so much!
Bonnie T Decker from Frankford wrote on October 15, 2015 at 12:03 pm:
Hi Holly, I just saw Lee's obituary and pictures you have posted. I know this is a hard time for you and all the family. I will miss him and the times he would call, stop by, or e-mail. The website really touched me. Bless you all, Bonnie
David C L Vessels from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware wrote on October 14, 2015 at 4:14 pm:
Dear Family and Friends of Lee Dick: I Remember Allee Well , With others that grew up in that near His house on Robinson Drive >Chucky Baird, Billy Moore, Jimmy Hudson, and Steve Coleman. I also Remember and Listened to WSEA 93.5 FM in Georgetown, Delaware.
I am Truly Sorry For your Loss, As I remember Lee was a very intelligent Person and played Progressive Rock albums on the air back in the late 60's , I was truly Saddened by the news of his passing, Sincerely Signed: David C L Vessels RHS Class of 1967
charles Williams from 719 chestnut st. Milton de.19968 wrote on October 12, 2015 at 12:21 pm:
thinking about all the good times that we had as the group the Shadyside . You will be missed ,so rest in peace my friend until we meet agin
Holly from Hockley wrote on October 3, 2015 at 11:58 pm:
Miss you bunches, Lee!

“We gave the Future to the winds, and slumbered tranquilly in the Present, weaving the dull world around us into dreams.” ― Edgar Allan Poe

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    In Closing...


    “Even in the grave, all is not lost.” ― Edgar Allan Poe

    Lee Dick aka Edgar Poe, WSEA Georgetown DE