Jerome C. (Jerry) Wells, Philadelphia native and Philly based media professional, is probably best known for “The Morning Party,” his highly rated morning show heard on WDAS-FM from the mid ‘70’s to mid ‘80’s. His radio roots go back a little farther, however, to his college days as a DJ at Temple’s 90.1 WRTI; and as a KYW Newsradio “student reporter” back in high school. The “radio bug” bit even earlier, he says, “I was on a youth group trip to WHAT radio when I was about 9 or 10. Mary Mason was on the air and asked for members of the group to go ‘on mike’ with her. I stepped up and did it, and I remember thinking how cool it must be to work there. I guess it stuck.” Indeed.
During his Temple days, Jerry began his “second career” as a voiceover talent after being invited to narrate a video of OIC founder Rev. Leon Sullivan’s first trip to Africa. It was his first exposure to this highly competitive field and over the years, Jerry became a respected and sought-after voice talent, both locally and nationally. He recently voiced TV promos for the Philadelphia Eagles’ 75th Anniversary Season and can also be heard as the “Imaging Voice” of Philadelphia’s Smooth Jazz, 97.5, WJJZ. Jerry’s voice appeared on recent political spots for Bob Casey, Camden Mayor Gwen Faison, Philly Mayoral primary candidate Tom Knox, and several judges and city council candidates. His commercial and “industrial” voice credits are numerous as well, from voicing the audio versions of the Keystone HMO and Americhoice member handbooks, to narrating the William T. Coleman biography video for the National Constitution Center, to Time-Life Music collection TV ads. In addition there’s his work as WDAS’ Production Director, working on dozens of radio spots daily for over 10 years.
The next challenge? “Making all my experience and whatever talent I have work…for me,” Jerry says. He’s freelancing full-time these days and the client list is growing. His voice is heard locally, nationally, in Europe and Africa, and on the internet. “Whenever I do a project, whether it’s writing, voicing or producing; I try to bring all my skills and experience to that project. When my name is on it; it has to be my best.”