Since the late 1960's native New Yorkers depended heavily on the voice of Ken ‘Spider’
Webb, one of New York’s most popular morning radio personalities, to get them going
early every morning with classic soul music, 'the color of the day', plenty of laughs
and family humor. Ken has made radio his life-long profession, beginning his on
air career in amateur radio at the age of 13.
Concurrently and after 6 years as a Television Broadcast Engineer/Instructor at Brooklyn
College (CUNY), in July of 1971 Ken became the very first radio ‘morning man’ for
Inner City Broadcasting’s flagship station, WBLS-FM (NYC). He has also worked at
WRKS-FM, WLIB-AM, WWRL-AM and most recently WQCD-NY (CD101.9).
By 1983, Ken had raised WBLS-FM morning ratings to the #1 position becoming a household
name in the city. He then moved to RKO Broadcasting’s WRKS-FM and brought it’s morning
ratings to the #1 position for the very first time in that station’s history, where
it remained until 1995 when he returned to WBLS. While on the air, Ken exceeded
exceptionally in the area of community service. He founded the WBLS Sure Shots Benefit
Basketball team in 1972 and the KISS Kards Benefit Basketball team in 1983 in which
he regularly coached and played. These teams literally raised thousands of dollars
for the local communities in the NY Metro, New Jersey and Baltimore-Washington areas.
Ken used his broadcast presence to raise needed funds for numerous community organizations,
ranging from community causes to needy families.
Ken has been consistently in demand to serve as Master of Ceremonies for numerous
major concerts on local, national and international stages. These include Carnegie
Hall, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, The Apollo, The beacon Theater, Westbury
Music Fair, the Nassau Coliseum and many other theaters and clubs in the New York
Metro Area. Outside the US mainland, Ken has served as master of ceremonies for
events and concerts in the US Virgin Islands, Japan, Mexico and more.
Along with interviewing these many artists, he has served as MC and host on stage
with entertainers such as; George Benson, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, James Brown,
Phyllis Hyman, Natalie Cole, Smokey Robinson, Nick Ashford and Valorie Simpson, Pattie
LaBelle, The Commodores, Barry White, Luther Vandross, Will Smith Vanessa Williams
and many more.These and more would attest to his solid reputation of working with
the best in the entertainment industry.
Ken takes great pride in his image as a wholesome role model, often lecturing to
students in schools and colleges, in and out of the US on the necessity of a good
education and the perils of substance abuse.
Ken has not only appeared many times on NY television but actively involved in TV
engineering and television production as well. He has appeared on VH1’s “Four On
The Floor”, “Lou Rawls Parade Of Stars”, “ABC Eyewitness News” (WABC-YV), “Midday
Live”, “Tony Brown’s Journal”, “The McCreary Report” (Fox TV), “Regis Philbin
& Kathy Lee Show” and others.
Ken also served as the Program Director of the Tropical Television Network, which
served over 1 million households in New York City and Miami Florida.
In 1985 Ken began syndicating his 2-hour weekly radio jazz show, ”Jazz From the City”
from his won studio in Long Island New York. The 2-hour weekly jazz show aired in
Japan on the 40-station network, [The Tokyo FM Network], the Philippines, the Caribbean
and 150 stations in the US. In connection with this, Ken thus produced numerous
sponsored jazz events associated with his JFC in New York City and the Caribbean.
He has recently developed an internet radio marketing and advertising company and
WIR (‘Webb Internet Radio Network’)
Currently Ken enjoys listening to jazz, golfing, water sports and electronics. Since
his early days as an audio and video engineer, he designed and constructed radio
and TV studios. Ken not only constructed and maintains his own studio, is an active
consultant for broadcast radio and television stations particularly in the Caribbean
and Africa. Ken has also served as Senior Director for ChaRosa Foundation and proposal
and grant writer for government funded non-profit organizations.
Ken manages to fit in hosting his daily Sirius/XM Satellite Radio show, 'Soul Town",
6 am to 12 noon,ET,
Mon thru Fri. Channel #49
Ken married Theresa Cannady in 1964 and has daughters Felicia (Teri Webb, Tracey,
Laurie, twins Kevin and Keith, Seth and Chanel. Ken and his family have resided
on Long Island since 1971. Ken considers Bible a primary part of life each day.