Powered by Create your own unique website with customizable templates. He did return to Cleveland radio in the early 1990s, working briefly again for WERE. Hired in 1966, he was known for his rapid-fire style, delivered in Southern drawl. (Plain Dealer file photo). He was also co-host of the Ohio Lottery's Cash Explosion show. He died in 2004. Kirby worked briefly for WMMS-FM/100.7 in 1970. After his run on WDMT, Rufus continued with another hugely popular live mix and specialty show, "Club Jamz" on Jammin' 92.3. He died in 2007. He also was the DJ for the Call and Post newspaper's ballroom dances and booked acts at the Play-Mor. WGAR radio was founded in 1930 by Geo. At first, he was on TV, working with Bob Neal, and then Harry Jones. Edwards is credited with being one of the first DJs to play an Elvis Presley record on Cleveland airwaves. "He was a brilliant performer," Randle told The Plain Dealer in 1993. Operating from a penthouse studio in the Hotel Statler, WGAR broadcast on 500 watts at 1,450 kilocycles. He died in 2003 at age 60. Kinzbach left the station in 1994. He broadcast from "the glass cage" at 5000 Euclid Ave., and dubbed the station's echo-chamber reverberation its "stratophonic sound." He was also a member of "The Buzzard Morning Zoo" in the mid-1980s. shows by year. Lund died in 1974. (Plain Dealer file photo). 1930s 1939 1938 1937 1936 1935 … His father, Herman, created Cleveland's legendary "Upbeat," an "American Bandstand"-style TV musical variety show which aired from 1964-71 and featured live performances of many of the great rock and pop acts of the era, from Simon and Garfunkel to Otis Redding. Also listen: 99.5 THE BREEZE, WGAR-FM HD2. (Plain Dealer file photo), An old-school, multi-talented showman, Barrett worked at dozens of stations from the mid-1950s into the 1990s, including WGAR-AM/1220, WBBG-AM/1260 and WQAL-FM/104.1. How does country verse other genres of music compare for you as a radio personality? A stand-up comedian, Malone partnered with John Lanigan and John Webster for the weekly "Knuckleheads in the News" segment on Magic 105.7 WMJI. (Plain Dealer file photo), An old-school radio newsman who began working in the 1950s, Danaceau was best known as the longtime news director at WCLV-FM. Jessica. In addition to doing nights at many of Cleveland's legendary clubs over the years, along with studio, voice and remix work in New York and Cleveland, Rufus was primarily known as one of the hosts of WDMT's extremely popular "Club Style" show, which gave local street and club jocks an opportunity to spin live on the radio ever night. Vocal star Ginny Simms is again the star of her own show heard each Sunday evening over WGAR. All rights reserved (About Us). cleveland.com is a partner of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. Large . WHK later became WMMS) (Plain Dealer file photo), Beginning in the late 1970s and running until the late 1980s, Victor "Uncle Vic" Blecman was a Sunday night staple for Northeast Ohio radio listeners on WGCL-FM/98.5. Kirby is second from left in this photo from a WIXY Supermen reunion. Home. Let us know in the comments section. 1 in the ratings, as Imus peppered the airwaves with a seemingly drunken flurry of sexually and politically provocative material. He worked the afternoon-drive shift until 1997 when he headed to Los Angeles. He kept that gig until 2014. Barrett also worked in TV, leading the band on WEWS Channel 5's "One O'Clock Club" with Dorothy Fuldheim and working as a weatherman on old KYW Channel 3. She got the job after recording commercials for the record shop she co-owned with Hymie Kaye on 55th and Woodland. He died in 2010 at the age of 62 of a cerebral hemorrhage. (Plain Dealer file photo), Longtime DJ, rock historian and ultimate Cleveland booster Norm N. Nite got his start more than four decades ago as host of the "Nite Train" show on the old WHK and WGAR-AM. In 2015, Patrick announced that he is suffering from esophageal cancer. He died in 2004 at the age of 81. According to her LinkedIn page, she now works as a freelance voice actor and author. More Information. He was so popular that the station renamed the program, "The Mike Trivisonno Show" in 1998. Tom Ford 1 week ago. But he was also a legend on radio, the voice of the Cleveland Browns for a generation of fans, starting in 1961. Gorman has also written a book about his days at WMMS, "The Buzzard: Inside the Glory Days of WMMS and Cleveland Rock Radio." He returned to Cleveland in 1971, working at WHK-AM/1420 and WWW-AM/1100. She introduced Rush when they got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in June 2010. Stream online for free, only on iHeartRadio! Sports. They changed the call letters to WIXY 1260 and went on to build one of the most popular radio stations in Cleveland history. Kat Jackson. He joined the station in 1982 when it first switched to an urban format aimed at black audiences. She now lives in Santa Monica, Calif. (Stile is pictured here, sitting next to Bruce Springsteen during his 1976 visit to the WMMS studios. Late in his career, he called Mount Union College football games for the cable network SportsTimeOhio. Franklin left Cleveland at the height of his fame in 1987 for New York, but he flopped there and was back in town by 1989. List of Canadian radio personalities. He jumped to WJW in Cleveland in 1951, where his late-night program, "The Moondog House," became a phenomenon. But drug and alcohol abuse, violent episodes and other bizarre behavior got him fired eventually and he headed back to Cleveland, this time to work as the afternoon-drive host at WHK. He currently hosts two Internet radio shows: "Just the 2 of Us and Friends" on voiceitradio.com, based out of Cleveland, and The Lynn Tolliver Show on 1067thebridge.com, based out of Houston Texas, where former Clevelander John Hairston serves as Program Director. He was on air locally for a brief time in the early 2000s, on WELW-AM/1330, playing oldies with another WMJI vet Ravenna Miceli. Kemp, a Texas native, may have been the fastest-talking of them all. Music." Sign In. He returned to the station, which had become WKYC, in 1969. His current roster includes Kenny Loggins, Marc Cohn, Dicky Betts, Simon Kirke, Richie Furay and others. He was laid off in 2001. He was 71. He tried two comeback attempts, but retired for good after a brief gig at WTAM-AM/1100 in 1998. He started his radio career at WAKR in Akron in 1945, playing jazz, pop and early rhythm and blues. Enter NOW, Wazz & Carletta Begin Announcing Winners on December 7th! This is a partial list of war correspondents who reported from North Africa or Italy in 1942-43, during World War II. Spero would go on to become one of Cleveland's early progressive-rock DJs, working first at WNCR and then at WMMS. He was in the booth for every Browns season through 1984. She even had a country radio show under the name "Cindy Lou." One of the first black DJs in Cleveland radio, he worked at WIXY-AM/1260, and became one of the WIXY Supermen. © 2020 Advance Local Media LLC. in Houston. He finally settled at WNIR in the 1980s and worked there until shortly before his death in 2006. Tom Hamilton has been a radio announcer for the Cleveland Indians since 1990, and worked with Herb Score until 1997, when Score retired. He eventually returned to England and resumed touring with Humble Pie. He later worked for WHHR in Hilton Head, S.C. He left in the late '80s to become program director for WRQK-FM/106.9 in Canton. (Plain Dealer file photo). Location: Rainbow City, AL. A CD of his most outrageous broadcasts, "The Mad Daddy Wavy Gravy!," was released in 2003. He also worked as an announcer and newsreader on Radio 4 during the mid-1970s, but was best known for his long-running drive time Radio programme, which began in 1976. Bobby Bones. Since leaving radio, he has worked as a voice-over artist and as an independent advertising consultant. The other DJs in the photo are, from left: Billy Bass, Doc Nemo, Vic Boc and Pat Mack. He came back to radio for fun in the 1990s and 2000s, hosting a show on oldies station WRMR. Edwards is at the far right in the above photo, along with fellow DJs Bill Randle and Chuck Young. From 1989 to 1997, he was a DJ at WNCX-FM/98.5, first with a weekend show, "The British Invasion," then later with a morning-drive program, "Mad Dogs and Englishmen." His ashes were brought back to Cleveland in 2002, where they were on display in an urn until 2014. He left WIXY in 1973 for WWWE-AM/1100, then worked at WERE-AM/1490. She was the news director at WABQ during the early 1970s She also ran for Cleveland City Council and led Black Political Women of Cleveland. He was soon a popular mainstay, doing double duty as the host of the "Prize Movie" on WUAB Channel 43. In 1986, Gorman and 12 other staff members left WMMS to start classic-rock station WNCX-FM/98.5. An influential figure in the black community, he inspired many, including a group of Canton, Ohio, musicians and future Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, The O'Jays, who took his name. By the time he left in 1973, for health reasons, it had changed call letters again to WWWE. He later spun standards on WBBG, WRMR and WCLV-AM. Runyon was also the early host of the WVIZ Auction. Trivisonno started working part-time at WNCX-FM/98.5 in 1987, becoming a full-time personality 1989. Every dollar buys four meals for the hungry. Frequently, he took a sales or sales manager job so that he could underwrite the shows he loved to do on radio. He came to Cleveland as both a DJ and the Buzzard's program director. She is also the wife of legendary WMMS programmer John Gorman. He can still be heard on the radio, too. Spero is still active as an artist manager. (Plain Dealer file photo), An original member of the British rock group Humble Pie, Shirley moved to Cleveland in the late 1980s to be near his girlfriend. He briefly worked for WHK-AM/1420 after leaving WDOK. He left WGAR in 1984 for a radio job in Tampa, Fla., but returned in 1985 to work at WMJI-FM/105.7, co-hosting "The Lanigan and Webster Show" with newsman and sidekick John Webster. He later pleaded guilty to a drug abuse charge and the dancers agreed to make a $600 contribution to the Salvation Army. One of Cleveland's first African-American DJs, Rudd hosted all-night record shows on WJMO, when it was an AM station at 1490 on the dial. He joined the program full time in 1991, and eventually became a co-host of the "Lanigan and Malone" show when Webster left the station in 1997. The first started in 1970 at WGAR-AM/1220 and lasted barely a year. Oct 2010 – Present 10 years. He also co-hosted the Saturday "Just the Two of Us" program with Tolliver for many years. (Plain Dealer file photo), Jim Mantel was the longtime morning man at country station WGAR-FM/99.5 - nearly 20 years before being cut in 2010 after his contract was not renewed. Lanigan retired in 2014, but Malone is still on WMJI as co-host of the "Nolan, Malone and Kullik" morning show, featuring Mark Nolan, Chip Kullik and Tracey Carroll. Afternoons on 99.5 WGAR Cleveland, Ohio. One of Chicago's most popular DJs during the late 1970s, Landecker took a job in Cleveland in 1989 with WPHR-FM/107.9 (Power 108). (Plain Dealer file photo), Lucy Grant and co-host Jim Mantel were the popular morning-drive team at country station WGAR-FM/99.5 in the early 1990s, regularly beating the syndicated Howard Stern in the ratings. McLean left WERE after a format change in 1961, heading to New York where he had an overnight show for many years. He built it into a ratings powerhouse with national influence. Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett, Maren Morris, Dan + Shay were some of other winners of the … He bounced between Denver and Cleveland for years, working locally at WIXY and WHK. Among other jobs, he teamed with Dennis Goulden on North Coast Cable for "Sports 101," a weekly series aired nationally for four years in the 1990s. His voice is also heard on a number of Cleveland area radio and TV commercials. RELAXING FAVORITES (Plain Dealer file photo), A veteran radio newsman, McIntyre got his start locally in the 1980s with WERE-AM/1300. His signature sign-off in Cleveland was "Bye-bye. WHK later became WMMS (Plain Dealer file photo), A 40-year veteran of Cleveland radio, the silky-voiced Perry is best-known for her 20-year run as host public radio station WCPN-FM/90.3's "Around Noon" and "Sound of Applause" arts-and-culture interview shows. Armstrong worked evenings and got his name because the DJ in this timeslot was always called 'Jack Armstrong' after the 1930s radio serial, "Jack Armstrong the All-American Boy." He sometimes flubbed his calls, but that seemed to endear him to fans, who loved his folksy style. News & Talk. She started at the Buzzard in 1976, and stayed until 1983, working mostly the evening shift. He shot to stardom in the Big Apple, serving up the same shock schtick. She also worked in TV production in LA, including at "Entertainment Tonight," and as a freelance producer, editor and writer for an audio book abridger. He died in 2008. He does the podcast under his real name, Philip Keller. Waaaaaay back! Korvan now lives in South Dakota. (Plain Dealer file photo), A popular DJ for urban-contemporary stations FM-108 WDMT and WZAK-FM 93.1 in the 1980s and '90s. Once in the 18 years of his radio In 1993, they were named "Broadcast Personalities of the Year" by the Country Music Association. (Plain Dealer file photo), One of Cleveland radio's most popular – and enduring -- morning teams, Jeff Kinzbach and Ed "Flash" Ferenc were a cornerstone of WMMS-FM/100.7 during its Buzzard heyday. Extra Large. (Plain Dealer file photo), Randle is perhaps the most successful and notable radio personality in Cleveland history, even more so than Alan Freed. He was also instrumental in bringing a young Presley to Cleveland for concerts at the Circle Theater. 0 27 . WGAR-FM (99.5 FM) – branded 99.5 WGAR – is a commercial country radio station licensed to Cleveland, Ohio, serving Greater Cleveland and much of surrounding Northeast Ohio.Owned by Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, WGAR-FM is the Cleveland affiliate for nationally-syndicated radio personality … A veteran of Cleveland sports-talk radio for more than 25 years, with high-profile gigs on both WKNR-AM/850 and WKNR-AM/1220. (Plain Dealer file photo), First woman on radio in Cleveland as a morning-drive time DJ at WNCR-FM/99.5 and WMMS-FM/100.7. 2.0K Favorites. In 2015, Hamilton received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 15th Annual Greater Cleveland Sports Awards. He died in 1998. (Plain Dealer file photo), "A swing and a drive! Tolliver, who was let go by WZAK in 2000 after the station was sold. The duo reigned over a zany – and revolving – supporting cast of characters on "Buzzard Morning Zoo" for 18 years from 1976-1994. He is now a professional photographer in Cleveland. Community Rules apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site. In addition to doing nights at many of Cleveland's legendary clubs over the years, along with studio, voice and remix work in New York and Cleveland, Rufus was primarily known as one of the hosts of WDMT's extremely popular "Club Style" show, which gave local street and club jocks an opportunity to spin live on the radio ever night. He now lives in Texas and works at an addiction recovery center, but he still does the Mr. Leonard character on former WMMS DJ Jeff Kinzbach's morning show on Akron's WONE-FM/97.5. (Plain Dealer file photo), Kasem was the legendary host of the syndicated "American Top 40" countdown, and the voice of Shaggy on the "Scooby-Doo" cartoons. He later took his groundbreaking progressive rock show to WNCR FM/95.5, working alongside pioneering Cleveland rock deejays Billy Bass and David Spero. The station is now owned by Ideastream, the corporate umbrella over Cleveland's WVIZ Channel 25 and WCPN FM/90.3. Over the years, he was heard on WGAR-AM/1220, WERE-AM/1300 and WHK-AM/1420. The former All-Star Indians pitcher got his start in broadcasting in 1964 a few years after retiring from baseball. (Photo courtesy of Norton Records), Was a fixture with his country music radio show, "Will the Roses Bloom Again," on WRUW-FM at Case Western Reserve University for more than 40 years. (Photo by Gus Chain, The Plain Dealer), For most of his 34-year broadcast career, Herb Score was just about the best thing about Cleveland Indians baseball. Her annual Kym Sellers Foundation Multiple Sclerosis Benefit remains a major event on Cleveland’s social calendar. Search. (Photo by John Petkovic, The Plain Dealer), Poole was part of the No. 0 45 . Lanigan was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2013. (Photo by John Kuntz, cleveland.com), A DJ in Cleveland in the 1950s, Norman Wain was a salesman at WHK-AM/1420 when he helped bring the Beatles to Cleveland for the first time in 1964. Mr. Leonard supposedly worked at the Buzzard, as the assistant public service director, but he was never able to make it into the office. In the end, he earned six degrees, even becoming a lawyer in 1987 at the age of 64. In 2008, the Indians honored him with a talking Tom Hamilton Bobblehead Night. He was vice president of education and public programs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum from 2000-2003. He loved to confront local politicians and had an ongoing on-air "battle" with Cleveland City Council's legendary George Forbes. He died in 2014 at age 82. In the baseball off-season, Hamilton calls college basketball games for the Big Ten Network. Nominate A Teacher to be the Raising Cane's "Teacher of the Week! He hosted a morning radio show and afternoon movie show and did weather in the evenings. Knapp left the station in 1971. The show was a blend of music, comedy, news and sports, all with a definitively Cleveland sensibility. He played a pivotal role in bringing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to town, acting as a bridge between New York-based music industry executives and civic leaders here. He's done play-by-play and sports talk at myriad local radio stations since: WWWE/-AM/1100 (now WTAM), WERE-AM/1490, WHK-AM/1420 and more. The flamboyant Freed was a showman who would growl, howl and pound phone books like drums when he was on the air. Some are still on the air. According to his LinkedIn profile, he's now based in Seattle, Washington, and working as a freelance producer, voice over talent and management consultant (Plain Dealer file photo), One of the young DJs legendary WMMS program director John Gorman brought to the Buzzard when he took over again as WMMS chief in the early 1990s. He then worked in syndicated radio, first with a show called "All Night With Danny Wright" and then with "The Live Ride With Danny Wright." Over time, the show's focus has shifted from sports to political issues and current events, with Triv as the irascible ringmaster. Patrick, whose real name is Michael Ryan, was a staple at Akron station WKDD-FM/96.5 from 1981-1995. He got fired from CBS from that gig in 2007 after making racist and insulting remarks about the Rutgers women's basketball team. (Plain Dealer file photo), As WMMS-FM/100.7 program director from 1973-86, Gorman led the Buzzard troops on a campaign of conquest that transformed an unknown, FM upstart into a rock 'n' roll powerhouse. In 2011, released his memoir, which he co-authored with Plain Dealer sports writer Terry Pluto, titled "Joe Tait: It's Been a Real Ball." Known as "Dancing" Danny Wright, he rose to prominence in Cleveland starting in 1983 on the old WGCL (now WNCX FM/98.5). Radio Personalities To learn more about Axis Sally, Tokyo Rose, and other radio personalities click the link to the left! (Photo courtesy of Alan Freed family), The legendary gravel-voiced, graveyard-shift DJ at WMMS-FM/100.7, Bill Lionel Freeman, is best known in Cleveland by his initials, "BLF." Among his books: "Radio Daze: Stories from the Front in Cleveland's FM Air Wars." He was voted the Country Music Association's Major Market Personality of the year in 2000, but was laid off in a cost-cutting move in 2001. 1940s 1949 1948 1947 1946 1945 1944 1943 1942 1941 1940. He billed himself as "Casey at the Mike," and peppered his show with the comedy bits, trivia and teasers that became his trademark. She worked there until 1999. (Photo courtesy Lou Santini), Saul is best known the "Get Down Man," whose Friday afternoon riffs and rants on WMMS-FM/100.7 made him a local celebrity in the 1970s. (He is pictured here with WGAR partner Michelle Maloney in 2005.) Perlich is second from right in the photo above, kickin' it with the WHK crew, circa 1968. Korvan was one of the notable rock jocks from the 1970s heyday of WMMS-FM/100.7. She moved to WJMO in 1952. He introduced Presley on his first national TV appearance on CBS' "Stage Show" in 1956. Wayne D. 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. (Plain Dealer file photo), Spitz was an on-air personality on WPHR-FM/107.9 (Power 108) from 1988-1990, but she is best known for her 1993-1999 run as Larry Morrow's co-host on WQAL-FM/104. Veteran Cleveland sportscaster and sports-talk host Les Levine has worked just about every gig you can imagine in his four-plus decades in the radio and TV business. She left in 1989 to work for Top 40 station WPHR-FM/107. (Plain Dealer file photo). (Plain Dealer file photo), Barry Weingart is best known as co-host with Steve "Doc Nemo" of an early progressive rock show in the late 1960s on WZAK-FM/106.5. After a brief relocation to Chicago in 2006, the show returned to Cleveland in 2008 to become a part of the morning programming at WMMS-FM/100.7, where it remains today. But the heartland rocker continues to draw good ratings and is a hometown favorite. He also worked at WWWE, and at Akron stations WKDD and WQMX before becoming the afternoon host at WGAR in November 1994. He is now retired. (Plain Dealer file photo). He eventually became one of the main players in Metroplex Communications, which owned radio stations nationwide, including WNCX-FM/98.5 in Cleveland. Music. Known as "The Knapper," Chuck Knapp came to WIXY in 1969 from WRKO in Boston. He died in 1989. WCLV moved to 104.9 on the FM spectrum in the early 2000s. Seeing the potential of pop music and radio, he quit his job and teamed up with partners Bob Weis and Joe Zingale to purchase WDOK-AM/1260 in 1965. Download: Small. His confrontational style – with fans and sports figures alike – made him controversial, but he was a consummate showman and listeners flocked to his program. He became a fan favorite during the Indians 1990s heyday, known for his baseball knowledge, enthusiasm and trademark calls. He presided over what many consider the first-ever rock concert, the Moondog Coronation Ball, held March 21, 1952, at the old Cleveland Arena. Favorite Share. A pioneering African-American DJ, Eddie O'Jay worked in Cleveland for WABQ-AM/1460 in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Armstrong is at far left in the photo above, along with fellow WIXY Supermen  Lou Kirby, Jim LaBarbara, Billy Bass and Chuck Knapp at a WIXY reunion. He now works for Progressive Insurance. DJs like Alan Freed and Bill Randle spread the gospel of rock 'n' roll in the 1950s, the WIXY-AM/1260 Supermen carried the torch in the 1960s and Kid Leo and his WMMS-FM/100.7 Buzzard compatriots kept the flames blazing in the 1970s. He was also the longtime public-address announcer for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The goal of this amazing radio journey was to eventually get back home and do radio in my home town. (Plain Dealer file photo), The affable Spero was born into rock 'n' roll. I was doing middays on 92.5 The Wolf in Denver, Colorado for a couple of years beforehand. 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