The Floyd G. Henderson Big Band Weekend is an annual Richmond, Virginia tradition that began in 2018 as a joint venture between Virginia bandleaders Joe Enroughty and Glen Boswick. Floyd Henderson was a fixture on local radio playing the music of the great Big Bands for many years and was a supporter of live Big Band music throughout Virginia. During his time on the air, Floyd interviewed some of the great Big Band leaders of the past as well as many of the current Big Band leaders. Whenever a Big Band came to town, Floyd was always there to MC for the band and would always promote the concert or dance on his show.
When Floyd Henderson passed away in June of 2017, Glen and Joe got together and created this tribute weekend to perpetuate the memory of Floyd and continue the tradition of the great music he loved.
“On the air I’d say, ‘I’m Rosie’s wayward son, yours for a song, where there’s no cover charge, no minimum. All I need is you. And every seat is a box seat.’ It’s not just the music, it’s a package thing. I’ve known my listeners for over 25 years.” – Floyd Henderson
Floyd Henderson was a fixture on local AM radio stations and was the morning “DJ” over radio station 1380 AM (WTVR) in Richmond, Virginia from the mid-1980’s through the early 2000’s. That is where I remember hearing Floyd the most. Floyd played music that was part of “The Great American Songbook” and featured many of the Big Bands of the 1930’s and 1940’s on his program. One song he particularly liked to play was Artie Shaw’s swingin’ arrangement of “It Had To Be You“. The show ran from 6 – 9 on weekday mornings and I spent many days of my youth walking to school, listening to Floyd. Floyd left 1380 AM in the early 2000’s and took his show to several other radio stations, finally landing on WHAP in Hopewell, Virginia. The show was easily accessible throughout the Tri-Cities area by way of radio and online streaming. After nearly 40 years as Richmond’s only Big Band Radio DJ, Floyd finally retired to spend time with his family and enjoy what life had to offer. On June 20th, 2017, Floyd Henderson passed away at the age of 81. We’ve decided to dedicate our Richmond Big Band Weekend to Floyd since he was such an inspiration in my life and so influenced the musical direction that I would take. -Joe Enroughty