Tony Z. - Fridays 7-11 PM
A true “WIXY-Fanaddict” and life-long Clevelander who grew up listening to WIXY 1260 AM, Tony Z. aka "The Z-Man" wanted to be a Radio DJ from an early age. Tony is a graduate of the WIXY School of Broadcast Technique and volunteered many hours at WIXY 1260. At the WIXY-May Co. Christmas Parade he escorted The Temptations to their parade vehicle! Tony has many WIXY collectibles including a "certified" piece of the original WIXY 1260 AM Broadcast Tower! His DJ credits include (WIGN) @ St. Ignatius H.S., B-W's WBWC 88.3FM and 15+ years of mobile DJ work in N.E. Ohio.
TJ the DJ
TJ is our Assistant GM and studied at both Penn State and Youngstown State Universities, leading him to his career as a legal business specialist. TJ grew up listening to his mom sing like a pro to the likes of The Carpenters and Patsy Cline, inspiring his love of music and leading him to join his school Chorus and Band where he traveled across Pennsylvania in competitions. TJ works tirelessly to build our web presence and professionalism and brings several years of high school announcing experience, public speaking skills and his willingness to play that funky music on the air whenever duty calls.
Ray is our Programming Coordinator, Production Manager and Videographer and is a founding member of WIXY1260Online; he's an avid WIXY 1260 AM historian / enthusiast and manages our sister website www.wixy1260.com.
-Ray Glasser has been interested in radio and pop music since the summer of 1960, when he was on a small AM station in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, WMFH, for 6 months. Ray studied TV & Radio at Ohio State and at one time had 3 part-time radio jobs in 1971!
-Ray enjoys collecting "oldies" and spinning tunes on the air and clipping up those videos on our Videos page (and his own).
Eric grew up in Parma, Ohio, listening to WIXY 1260 AM and developed a strong love and knowledge of the music of the golden WIXY Era. A bus mechanic by day and a drag racer (with his 1951 Chevy, Gasser Class), Eric also is a freelance DJ, having learned the trade from his father who operated a bootleg radio station for many years. Eric's strong knowledge of the music (he is often heard belting out the songs by fellow WIXY staff during his shows) and his pure passion make him an excellent SuperMan.
Gary Wenner - Mondays 7-11 PM
A lifelong Clevelander and lover of music, Gary has been in radio for 20 years and owns the award-winning Chagrin Valley Entertainment, doing weddings and parties. He is also an instructor at The Ohio Media School where he’s training the supermen of tomorrow!
Gene Briscoe - Wednesdays 3-7 PM
An Elyria-Lorain area native, Gene was drawn to music early on. A HUGE fan of the British Invasion in '64-'65, the Fab Four are his fave! Gene took piano lessons for almost 7 years, but found out his mom had aspirations for him to learn the accordion to play Polkas (YIKES!); he found dad's guitar and switched! By age 11, he was a licensed HAM operator. Gene spent 27 years in computer programming before graduating from the Ohio & Illinois Center For Broadcasting. He has been at WDLW AM-1380 since 2003, teaches at the Ohio Media School and is married to a beautiful lady.
Ray Twardy - Fridays 3-7 PM
Listening to WIXY 1260 in 1967 ignited Ray's interest in radio so much, that while others were playing sports, Ray was playing "radio station" by spinning his brother's records and pretending to be one of the jocks. At high school he played records on the school public address system and announced for home basketball games and wrestling matches. While at The Ohio State University, he worked at the school's station, WOSR. After returning to Cleveland, Ray worked at CRRS (later CSCN) and WMIH (1260 AM) and produced a program for WELW.
Keith Anderson - Thursdays 11-3 PM
Keith is a Cleveland son who left the area in 1973 for a career in the Air Force. Inspired by his heroes at the original WIXY 1260, he worked with the Armed Forces Network for 15 years. Spanning the globe with high flying adventures abroad, he landed in Hollywood at AFN World Headquarters and hosted an oldies program called “Retrotraxx.” After leaving the service, he moved to Las Vegas, worked for KLAS-TV, and also discovered he was only a mediocre poker player. A few more years in Louisiana dodging hurricanes convinced him that it was time to come home in 2012. Keith works as the Publicity Director for the West Tech Alumni Association, enjoys local cultural events, and writes reviews for food blogs.
Marc Flanagan - Tues & Thurs 7-11 PM & Fridays 10-2 PM
Marc grew up listening to WIXY 1260 and loves music! His radio experience includes the program syndication department of WCLV and production work at WBBG. This is in addition to his experience as a television camera man. Mark is a native of Northeast Ohio and currently lives in Cleveland with his wife and two sons.
Gretchen Holly - Sundays 6-9 PM
Gretchen's love of '60s and '70s music began with watching The Monkees at age 14. Since then, her passion has grown into a radio career, and she has worked at a number of stations, including WSHH/WJAS in Pittsburgh, WWCD in Columbus, WNKO/WHTH in Newark, and WLKR/WKFM in Milan, where she is currently a board operator and part time personality. When she's not on-air, Gretchen enjoys collecting vinyl records, visiting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and writing about midcentury pop culture for REBEAT magazine, where she even gets to interview some of her musical heroes. Although she was not alive when WIXY 1260 was on air, she is very interested the history of radio and is proud to help continue the legacy of this great station and all the fantastic music of its golden era.
Dave Alan - Mondays 3-7 PM
Northeast Ohio native Dave Alan was brought up in a musical, broadcast household and played DJ with his Grandma's 45, trying to be like his uncle Bob who was a local radio DJ. As a kid, he would hear WIXY 1260 AM and in his early teens Dave started his successful DJ company of over 33 years. An Ohio Media School graduate, Dave received scholarships from both The Victor A. Cortes Memorial Scholarship and The Cleveland Association of Broadcasters Excellence in Broadcasting Award. In 2015, he earned the coveted Brian Schrader award. Dave's diverse experience includes radio and broadcast work at WMMS, WMJI and WHK, and production and editing for Jim Brickman Radio. A professional voice over talent, Dave is an Instructor The Ohio Media School, teaching a wide range of classes, reflecting his depth of knowledge of the field.
Lenny G. - Thursdays 4-7 PM
Being a native Clevelander who grew up during the WIXY years got Lenny interested in music and radio. While in both Jr. & Sr. High School, he worked in the radio rooms running the boards and playing music during lunches. Lenny graduated from the WIXY School of Broadcast Technique in 1974 and obtained his FCC license, but went on to other endeavors and has landed today working at the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center and living in Brunswick with his beautiful WIXY pixie.
Sean B. - Tuesdays 3-7 PM
Sean B.’s love of music spans more than just his 3 years in radio . He is a graduate of the Ohio Media School. During school he interned for WINT in Eastlake and became part of their permanent staff upon graduation. Sean’s humor and creativity can be expressed in his own words, “I'm from Parma (unfortunately), covered in tattoos, and pretty stupid 95% of the time. I like dogs, tacos and alcohol. I dislike cats, meatloaf (the food, not the musician), and not having alcohol.” Sean’s enthusiasm, willingness to be creative and thoughtful and easy-going attitude should prove entertaining to our listeners and help us usher in a new generation of WIXY lovers.
B.A. Bartell - Weds. 8 AM -3 PM, Sat. 7-11 PM & Sun. 11-3 PM
Born and raised in N.E. Ohio, B.A. has been an avid fan of rock & roll for over 45 years. After graduating from Cleveland State University, B.A. enjoyed a memorable 25 year career working for Cuyahoga County government. He also moonlighted as a mobile disc jockey during the 1990’s. B.A. comes to us as a 2015 graduate of the American Broadcasting School, and previously hosted his own successful Internet Radio show. B.A. resides in Fairview Park with his lovely bride of 30+ years.
Peter (Kafer) Bernardo - Saturdays 11-3 PM
Born in Germany, Peter moved with his family to Alabama when he was a toddler. The son of a father in the military, the family moved around a lot. He went to school in Virginia and later moved to Ohio where he graduated from Chanel High School and later attended Cleveland State University. He cites his love of music for getting into radio broadcasting and DJ-ing. "Kafer" as he is nicknamed, is a graduate of the Ohio Media School, and has over ten years of experience including a stint with Freddie James & Associates.
Matt Oravec (Moe) - Tuesdays 11-3 PM
A Cleveland native and Ohio Media School graduate, Moe brings a fun and unique personality, which can be described as, "Laid Back with Wholesome Originality," to the crew of WIXY Supermen. Listening to Moe, you'll understand why he specializes in Voice Overs with his deep and warm voice, but he also specializes in audio editing as well. When Moe is not swooning with that voice, he enjoys fried foods, alcohol, Transformers and comic books. He's not fond of cold pizza, miserable people, bad drivers, tight pants or wet socks. We've grown pretty fond of Moe here at the station, and we hope you will too!
Mike Holyko - Sundays 8-11 AM
Lakewood native and resident Mike Holyko brings nearly 30 years of experience and professionalism to our team (though you'd never guess it from his crazy, fun-spirited attitude, and we see that as a bonus!) Mike, who served in the U.S. Air Force, graduated from the Ohio Media School, where he was a lead instructor and coordinator, in addition to running his own production company. Add to his impressive education an acting degree, a double major grad from Cleveland State University and a Masters in Psychology. Mike holds an FCC license and has a long list of stints including the Armed Forces Radio Network, WZOO, WTAM, WMMS & WOIO/WUAB.
Alex Matt - Sundays 3-6 PM & Mondays 11-3 PM
An Ohio Media School graduate from Brecksville, Alexander Bedard, aka "Alex Matt", brings with him a strong, outgoing and funny personality which you would expect from a WIXY1260Online SuperMan. In addition to on-air experience, Alex also has experience in audio and video editing. Alex loves writing, playing video games, watching movies and eating chicken wings - which he is obsessed with. Alex promises to bring greatness to the station with his young potential, and we're confident you'll notice this as well!
Chelsea Lyons - Wednesdays 7-11 PM
A native of Fairmont, WV, Chelsea moved to Ohio at age 11. She is a self-described, "Good Crazy", which she blames on being raised around drunk hillbillies, truckers and bikers and her style is a mix of country and old school rock & roll. Her back story is just as entertaining as she is - she lights up any room (and the radio) with a personality she perfected with her experiences at WMJI, WQGR, and currently WINT. A graduate of the Ohio Media School, she has a fascination with the history of radio and loves the idea of working with the oldies music at WIXY and contributing her style and energy, which we're sure will help us continue to grow and evolve.
Tim (Shaggy) Kulik - Coming Soon to Saturdays 7-11 PM
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