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Ray 'Satellite Papa' Brown dies at 82

A legendary Macon DJ has died.

Ray Brown, also known as "Satellite Papa" as he spun the rhythm and blues on WIBB radio station, passed away on Sunday.

Brown was one of the first African-American DJs at the station in the 1950s, along with King Bee and Big Saul.

They were known as the three horsemen and were inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame in 2012.

"Satellite Papa" was loved for his enthusiastic and fun on-air personality.

"He talked their language, he played what they wanted to hear, and he played it with a lot of flair and fun," said Alice Bailey, who worked with Brown. "He had a lot to say and a lot of sayings that made him stand out, like 'How sweet it is,' that was his favorite."

Brown was 82 years old.

His funeral is scheduled for noon Friday at Jones Brothers Mortuary.

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