The Music Explosion Continues
Today, the sound that ruled the Cleveland airwaves from 1965-1976 is back - join the future of radio at WIXY1260Online!
In August 2005, this website received its first high-profile exposure!! The Cleveland Plain Dealer published a short article on this site (and its webmaster) on Friday, August 12th, 2005. Click here to read a plain text version. The article was written by Plain Dealer media writer Tom Feran, who also co-authored the 1997 Ghoulardi book, "Ghoulardi: Inside Cleveland TV's Wildest Ride."
On Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006, your WIXY webmaster was interviewed on an Internet radio program from Legatocafe.net. The show is Chuck Benjamin's "Collectors' Corner," focused on WIXY 1260, and featured interviews with myself and former WIXY DJ Larry "The Duker" Morrow!
Published in early 2007, Dave Schwensen's "The Beatles in Cleveland" book mentions WIXY radio, and our lil' ole website, more than once. WIXY brought the Beatles to Cleve-town in 1966, and all the craziness is detailed in words and pictures in this comprehensive book! www.beatlesincleveland.com
FOUR TIMES! WIXY-1260 is fondly remembered in radio circles. In March and December of 2005, and again in December of 2006 and yet again in January 2008,, XM Satellite radio's "60s on 6" channel devoted an entire afternoon to re-creating the sound of WIXY, using WIXY jingles and airchecks, and playing songs from the WIXY era.; Every Friday afternoon this XM channel spotlights a classic rock station, and we are delighted that WIXY was among them!
From mid 1966 to early 1967, WIXY ran the infamous "Chickenman' right before their Triple-Play, at 5 minutes before each hour. Chickenman can now be heard on WIXY1260online on Fridays!
And you can listen to Chickenman shows here:
www.reelradio.com and www.wixy1260online.com
Although WIXY was around for only 10 1/2 years, it was a major force in the Cleveland, Ohio radio market. High-energy WIXY pulled in great numbers, had some amazing air personalities, sponsored some wonderful contests and concerts (including bringing the Beatles to Cleveland), and was a major radio presence in Cleveland! WIXY 1260 will never be forgotten, and this site is a long-overdue tribute to this great station!
This site is affectionately dedicated to the late George Brewer, former program director of both WIXY and WIXZ; and to "Fightin" Jack Armstrong, Mike Reineri, Paxton Mills, Howie Lund, Jerry Brooke, Bob Ancell, Chris Quinn, Bill Bailey, Joe Finan, Mark Allen (II), Johnny Canton, Tim Byrd, and Chip Hobart - 14 former WIXY DJs who gave us hours of entertainment and are now spinning the hits in Radio Heaven.
I am always looking for more materials to add to this site, especially DJ and News airchecks, newspaper articles, collectibles, etc. If you have anything to contribute to WIXY1260.com, let me know, WIXY fans everywhere will appreciate it!