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Veteran Urban DJ Donald Harris Pardon Sr. Dies

JefferiesDonald Harris Pardon Sr., known as J.J. Jeffries 1943-2009

Survivors: Wife, the former Willa Mae Owens; children, Donald Jr. and Monique, both of Cleveland ; four sisters and three grand sons Funeral: 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Thomas G. Smith Funeral Home Arrangements: Thomas Smith Funeral Home

Plain Dealer fileDonald Harris Pardon Sr. Don Pardon was known as J.J. Jeffries, the housewife’s dream, for 10 soft-spoken on WJMO /1300. Pardon died Thursday at the Stokes Cleveland VA after several years’ struggle with kidney problems. He was 66. The award-winning program director and daytime dj spun jazz, blues, the O’Jays and other favorites, which meant lyrics flaunting drugs. He broadcast in low light and bobbed his head like . He signed off with “light, peace and love.”

“J.J. was extremely personable,” recalled his director, Charm Warren-Celestine. “He reached out to his listeners.” Pardon, born in Cleveland , graduated from Glenville High School and served with the U.S. Air Force in Michigan. He took pre-law courses and wanted to practice criminal law, but couldn’t afford to continue. So he studied radio at Cuyahoga Community College, earning an associate’s degree.

Pardon caught on at age 28 at WJMO, where a station official coined his on-air name. He worked 12 to 16 hours almost daily, on and off the air, from about 1972 to 1982 Rival DJs began to call him “the lover.” His wife, Willa Mae, sometimes teased him: “Why don’t you bring some of that love home? Pardon left WJMO in 1982 for 10 years with the bigger KSOL in San Mateo, Calif.. Then came about six years with KZZO in Clovis, N.M.

Among several honors, he got the city keys to San Mateo and an award from a mental health group for promoting their causes. He often spoke at schools and churches, partly against drugs. About 1991, Pardon returned to his native Cleveland to take care of his parents and help relatives remodel homes. He often took his family camping, in the redwood forests or at Lake Pymatuning. He liked to tease his children with talk about Bigfoot with sound effects to match. He kept camping in years, even between sessions of dialysis. [source]

CEO of RF Focus, Radio and Music Industry Veteran. Radio DJ, Programmer, Musician and Voice Talent. Graduated from Performing Arts in Buffalo, N.Y. and worked at the legendary KKBT (92.3 The Beat) during its nationwide heyday in the early 90s. Also worked for Stevie Wonder at KJLH.


  1. To the Jefferies family you have our prayers and condolences.May God Bless you and keep you in his love and care.

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