WIXY had more than its share of disk jockeys during its 10-year run...our list counts over 70! And since WIXY was known as SuperRadio in its early days, of course its jocks were the WIXY SUPERMEN!
The jocks are listed alphabetically. Where no info is given, we couldn't find any info or aircheck on him. If there is a speaker in the right-hand column, click it to play an aircheck of that jock.
All of the airchecks are "scoped", meaning the songs and commercials are removed, leaving only the DJ, jingles, and in some cases, newscasts.
A NOTE ON QUALITY
(or lack thereof):
One of the original WIXY jocks, doing the 8-11 evening shift. Got drafted after only 2 months at WIXY, and was replaced by Joey Reynolds. Went to Chicago rocker WCFL in 1970, using the name Bob Dearborn. Currently residing in western Pennsylvania, taking a break from radio.
Mark can be reached at TheMagicOfRadio@aol.com.
This aircheck is from Feb. 2, 1966, and features Mark watching and commenting on a live "Batman" show on TV...while on the air!
Photo is Mark's original 1965 WIXY publicity photo..
The second Mark Allen (not his real name). Currently working as Bob Charles, in both radio and TV, still in Northeastern Ohio. (The aircheck is spliced together from different sources.)
Photo is from a 1975 WIXY Survey
Worked at WIXY for a time in 1967 before moving to Montreal, Canada. Continued to work in radio in Canada until his untimely death in the late 1980's.
"Your Leader," Jack is an absolute legend in radio, known for his shotgun-rapid-fire delivery which made the Guinness Book of World Records (at 500 words per minute!). Jack was at WIXY for only one year, moving to Cleveland's WKYC in 1967 (where he was known as Big Jack), and was replaced by Dick "Wilde Childe" Kemp. The December 1966 aircheck is short, but shows Jack at his absolute best!! Jack passed away after falling down a flight of stairs in March, 2008.
Screenshot from the 1988 WIXY Reunion.
Photo is current.
Billy did overnights, replacing Bobby Magic. Had a very low-keyed and relaxed style. Currently runs his own photography business in Cleveland; website is
Screenshot from the 1988 WIXY Reunion.
Was also WIXY's Program Director for awhile
Came to WIXY in 1966 from California, and had a real "announcer" style. Father of the "Brookeburger," two records played back-to-back. Did most of the voice-over work while at WIXY. Left after one year to go to Cincinnati. Jerry passed away in the early 2000s.
Photo taken from the 1967 WIXY Super-Oldies album
Also worked at WIXZ-McKeesport
Known as "The Birdman." Currently running a lifestyles website in West Palm Beach, FL, at http://www.palmbeachlwp.com/.
Part of WIXY's original line-up, was the first afternoon man. Left in Dec. 1966 to move to Minneapolis-St. Paul, where he now runs Canton Communications and still works in radio part-time.
Johnny Canton had a small role in the 1970 Universal movie "Airport." Click here to see some screenshots of him in that movie.
Photo is current, taken from the WLTE website.
Pseudonym for Mike Reineri!! Somewhat different persona, but this is Mike!
Worked the midnight to 6 am shift and did voice-over and commercial work
Photo is current.
Another upbeat yet personable WIXY jock from the early 70s. This aircheck is from Feb. 13, 1974, and was supplied by Gary himself, who now resides in Alabama.
Photo is Gary's WIXY publicity photo from 1973.
Chuck came to WIXY in 1968 and stayed for years. Also was the Program Director of WIXZ-1360 in McKeesport, PA for a time. Known for his upbeat, personable delivery. Got out of radio in 1994. You can read Chuck's memoirs of his long radio career at http://www.firststrategy.com/chuckdunaway1.htm
Photo courtesy of Chuck Dunaway's website.
Did mornings for about a year at WIXY. Sadly, Joe passed away on Dec. 20, 2006:
Al "Gatesy" Gates and his sidekick "Feathers" were Cleveland's first morning "team" and Al was WIXY's first Morning Man, before moving to afternoons in early 1966. Low-keyed, relaxed style best describes Al Gates, who now resides in Connecticut and does voice and announcing work.
This aircheck includes a commercial for the now-defunct Giant Tiger discount store!
Photo taken in 1999.
Like Steve Hunter (directly below), left CKLW to join WIXY
where he did all-nights. Left WIXY to join Steve in Boston.
Came to WIXY after a stint at Canadian powerhouse CKLW. One of the most popular jocks at both CKLW AND WIXY, known for his exciting, upbeat announcing style.
You can read Steve's memoirs of his CKLW and WIXY days here.
The aircheck is spliced together from two different recordings, both from Steve's first day at WIXY, Monday, Sept. 13, 1971.
Mike worked the all-night shift at WIXY, from midnight until 5:30 am. During his show, Mike kept a list of phone numbers handy so he could refer troubled callers to the proper agencies for help. Mike left WIXY after 1 year and went to a few stations in California. He is now living in Utah.
|DICK "WILDE CHILDE"
The Wilde Childe WAS wild...probably one of the loudest DJs ever on WIXY! Stayed at WIXY for 2 years, then went to WIXY's sister station WIXZ in McKeesport, PA. Dick is now retired and living in Alaska.
The second aircheck is from Feb. of 1969, and is much better quality than the one from 1967. Also notice that the overpowering reverb is gone!!
Photo taken from the WIXY Super-Oldies album from 1967.
Subbing for Gary Drake in this aircheck. Also worked at Cleveland's WHK.
||"TRUCKIN'" TOM KENT
"Truckin' Tom Cookin' Kent" was at WIXY in its later years. Had a wild, crazy, and LOUD style!! This aircheck was taped on his last day at WIXY. Tom still resides in Cleveland, currently doing a syndicated satellite radio show, Hall of Fame Coast to Coast. Tom's show can be heard in Cleveland on Sunday nights on WMJI. See Tom's site here:
Photo is current
|LOU "KING" KIRBY
Enjoyed a good 4-year run on WIXY, working evenings. His style was wild and full of humor. Left WIXY to go to WMMS (FM) and do the morning show. Moved to Cancun, Mexico, in the 1980s, and is no longer in radio.
Screenshot from the 1988 WIXY reunion in Cleveland.
Known as "The Knapper," Chuck arrived at WIXY from WRKO in Boston. He has an upbeat and personable style.
This aircheck includes two promos for WIXY's Bridal Fair, which was a yearly WIXY event. Also included is a short newscast by Jack Mitchell.
This aircheck is spliced together from two different time periods from the same day.
Photo from the KTIS website, where Chuck worked until the mid 2000s.
Another jock who worked at both WIXY and WIXZ, McKeesport. Currently Program Director of WSBB, Daytona Beach, FL. This aircheck is spliced together from two different shows.
Photo is current.
Known as "Cleveland's Most Eligible Bachelor" and "The Music Professor" (due to his incredible knowledge of music and the groups of the '60s and '70s), Jim has a conversational, entertaining style. Jim's last radio gig was in Cincinnati, Ohio at WGRR, he retired in 2009.
Photo is from WGRR radio.
Dick worked at numerous Cleveland stations in the 1960s and 70s, playing oldies on his "Big Beat" show. He was part-time at WIXY in 1967, doing weekends. Now works in Las Vegas, under the name Mark Richards.
Photo is from 2002.
Known as both "Magic Man" and "The All-Night Satellite," Bobby's laid-back, personable style was perfect for overnights.
Photo taken from a 1967 WIXY Super-Oldies album.
Jeff came to WIXY from Milwaukee, at the ripe old age of 19, and replaced Chip Hobart on the evening shift. Left in 1973 to go to KNUS in Dallas.
Part of WIXY's original line-up, Johnny had a very easygoing,
laid-back style. This aircheck comes to us courtesy of former WHK disk jockey Dave Day, and is very good quality!
|PAXTON MILLS *
Paxton came to WIXY in 1974 and had a nice personable yet up-tempo style. Worked his last radio job in Denver, and passed away in 2001.
Photo taken in 1967.
|LARRY "DUKER" MORROW
Larry came to WIXY after two successful years as "Duke Windsor" at Canadian powerhouse CKLW. Keeping "The Duker" persona at WIXY, Larry gained a loyal following and WIXY listeners enjoyed his personable style. Larry left WIXY in 1972 to move to Cleveland's WKYC. Currently runs a company that produces seminars and sells promotional products, at www.larrymorrow.com. A great capsule of Larry's radio career can be found here.
Notice the huge contrasts in these two airchecks. The 1967 aircheck shows Larry as a fast-talking, high-energy DJ. The 1971 recordings (taken from 2 different recordings and combined) shows a much more subdued, low-keyed Larry....and thankfully, is much better quality than the 1967 recording!
Photo is current.
Also worked for many years at Cleveland powerhouse WMMS "The Buzzard"
Began at WIXY in Feb., 1966, as their second morning man. Now doing free-lance voice work out of New York. Website: www.rayotis.com
(Note: this aircheck was actually recorded by your webmaster, at 6 AM, on Feb. 28, 1966, and the reception that morning was terrible! I apologize for the lousy quality!!! Ironically, this is the longest aircheck on this page!)
Photo taken from Ray Otis' website.
Chris had knocked around Cleveland radio for decades, and unfortunately passed away in Sept., 2008.
|MIKE REINERI *
Had a long run as WIXY's ultimate Morning Man, perfecting the call-in morning show. Was opinionated and passionate about his show. His last gig was in West Palm Beach, Florida. Mike passed away in 2003 at age 60.
Photo from a WIXY basketball team photo, approx. 1967
Did a short stint on WIXY, working the 7 to midnight shift, in early 1966. A legend in his own right, known for his spontaneity and humor. Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in the early 2000s. Worked in New York City at WOR-FM until early 2010.
This aircheck is spliced together from two shows. During the first portion, he is chatting a bit with Al Gates.
Photo is current.
|"BIG" JOHN ROBERTS||1970|
Left WIXY to work at WIXZ, McKeesport
Photo is from 1976.
Also worked at WIXZ, McKeesport. This aircheck is from two different shows, spliced together.
Was at WIXY for a short time, while also working weekends at KDKA in Pittsburgh Left Cleveland for Minneapolis' KDWB, where he was the P.D. and morning man. Moved to L.A. in 1975, where he worked for 10 years. In 1985 he took a 15-year break, and returned to the airwaves in 2000 at LA's famous K-EARTH 101. Bob now runs The Actors Workshop in L.A.
Photo is from 1975.
Also WIXY's Program Director for a while
Another upbeat, yet personable, WIXY personality. After his 2-year stint at WIXY, Terry went to Cleveland's WHK for 4 years, then onto Chicago's classic WMAQ, where he worked through the mid 1980s. Terry now lives in Nashville, TN. See a more recent photo of Terry near the bottom of this page.
Photo is from Terry's WMAQ days
Came to WIXY in early 1966 after a long run at Cleveland's premiere Top 40 station, WHK. Got out of radio in 1966 and is currently living in Canada.
Photo taken from a 1963 WHK survey.
*passed on and is now in Radio Heaven
Here are some memories
of their WIXY days, as written by some former WIXY jocks....
BILL CLARK'S 70th