Favorite And Longest Running Cleveland Disc Jockeys?

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  • #94678
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    Timothy Blanks
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    OK, we already did the talk show hosts, what about Cleveland DJs?

    1. Who is your favorite current DJ?

    2. Who is longest running local DJ?

    My vote first:
    1. I like LeeAnn Summers on WGAR.

    2. Michael Stanley on WNCX? Not sure on this one.

    #94876
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    Dan Deely has bounced around the dial in Cleveland since the early 80s.

    He and his then wife Kim Scott were the morning team on WMJI in the early 80s until this Lanigan guy came in…whatever became of him anyway? ;)

    Deely then spent a decade plus at WQAL (seeing the station’s evolution from easy listening to the Hot AC Q104). He was the original morning host on the then new 95.5 “The Fish” from 2001-2007, had a cup of coffee at WDOK, and has been then has been the morning host at WNWV since 2012, when the Smooth AC “Wave” format was implemented.

    #95102
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    Dan Deely has bounced around the dial in Cleveland since the early 80s.

    He and his then wife Kim Scott were the morning team on WMJI in the early 80s until this Lanigan guy came in…whatever became of him anyway? ;)

    Deely then spent a decade plus at WQAL (seeing the station’s evolution from easy listening to the Hot AC Q104). He was the original morning host on the then new 95.5 “The Fish” from 2001-2007, had a cup of coffee at WDOK, and has been then has been the morning host at WNWV since 2012, when the Smooth AC “Wave” format was implemented.

    Dan also voicetracked a Sunday afternoon shift for three years on WDOK after his PMD shift was taken, and left that gig to join WNWV. I’d vote for him as longest running DJ.

    My favorite current jock is Desiray Cross on WDOK. Always liked her since she was doing mornings on WLTF (now WHLK).

    #95482
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    Timothy Blanks
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    Does anyone know how far back Michael Stanley and some of the other long-time WNCX jocks go?

    #95516
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    vjm1
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    Does anyone know how far back Michael Stanley and some of the other long-time WNCX jocks go?

    Stanley goes back to 1990 as PMD DJ (and prior to that he hosted a 1-hour evening show called “In the Heartland”, which focused on songs with the blue collar MSB Heartland rock style)

    Bill Louis also has been at NCX since the late ’80s as well.

    Outside of the post Howard Stern AMD merry-go-round (which really wasn’t the fault of WNCX), 98.5 has been as stable as they come in Cleveland radio.

    #95521
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    Timothy Blanks
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    Thanks for the insight vjm1. So other than Deely, Stanley and Louis; are there any other Cleveland DJs that go back to the 80′s? We already know about Lanigan, who is more of a talk host now.

    #96444
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    Timothy Blanks
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    What about Rick Allen, currently on AOR WONE 97.5 ? Seems like he goes back awhile.

    #96449
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    What about Rick Allen, currently on AOR WONE 97.5 ? Seems like he goes back awhile.

    Back to the 80s on the original WKDD, as a matter of fact. Allen joined Q104 in the early 90s, and eventually hosted shows on Q, WDOK and WNCX before moving back to the Rubber City (and WONE/WAKR).

    Mark Ribbins has been a mainstay at WNWV since the mid 90s, excluding the two years 107.3 was “BOOM!/107.3 Cleveland/V-1073.” Prior to that, Ribbins was a host on the old WRDZ/1260.

    WFHM morning host Len Howser has been at The Fish since its’ launch; prior to that, he hosted afternoons at the old WZLE/104.9 Lorain for most of the 90s.

    Sue Wilson did most of her work at WDOK (1987-1999) in programming, but she was the stations’ imaging voice for most of that time. Similar story at WFHM in the early part of the 2000s, now she’s the morning host at WQMX.

    Tim Daugherty has been affiliated with WAKR, WONE and WAKR-TV/WAKC in some way, shape or form since the 80s.

    Jeff “Vietz” Vietzen has done mornings on WOBL/1320 Oberlin from 1992-2012, and at co-owned WDLW/1380 Lorain since 2012.

    WMJI swing host Jim Hart goes back to the 80s as well. Definitely remember hearing him on WLTF and WMVX. Eventually he moved to WMJI, was let go a few years back, then rejoined.

    And you can’t forget the core of the WCLV air staff. They single-handedly trump WNCX in the stability category. Mark Satola and John Simna have both been at WCLV since the early 70s, and Robert Conrad helped sign on the station 52 years ago.

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    #96499
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    I’d be remiss not to forget Chuck Collins, who programmed M105 in the late 70s/early 80s, programmed WKDD throughout the 80s and 90s, and has been a fixture on WAKR since that station’s rollback to oldies a few years back. (WAKR is now a hybrid of soft AC and oldies.)

    Lynn Kelly – midday host on WQMX and who also voicetracks evenings on WNWV – was also the longtime midday host on WKDD throughout the 90s.

    It’s debatable whether or not to include Jeff Kinzbach, as he was completely out of radio from 1997 until WONE brought him back last year. But his career started in WMMS production back in 1971.

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