AT WIXY1260ONLINE WE'RE NOT JUST BRINGING BACK THE GOOD TIMES, WE'RE SHAPING THE FUTURE OF RADIO! WIXY1260ONLINE IS PLAYING THE BEST VARIETY OF THE 60'S AND 70'S (AND SOME 50'S TOO)! WE'RE STREAMING LIVE ON THE INTERNET 24/7/365 AND OFFERING SERVICE, PERSONALITY AND ENTERTAINMENT OPTIONS NOT FOUND WITH TRADITIONAL RADIO STATIONS. OUR AUDIO QUALITY SETS THE BENCHMARK IN THE INDUSTRY FOR QUALITY AND MINIMAL DATA USAGE (WHEN NOT ON A HOME NETWORK) AND WE NEVER CHARGE A LISTENING SUBSCRIPTION OR A FEE TO USE OUR MOBILE APPS, NOR DO WE DROWN OUR LISTENERS IN ADVERTISING. THE MUSIC IS THE STAR AT WIXY1260ONLINE!
Many radio stations are touting their 'professional' backgrounds in radio. At WIXY1260Online our diverse professional backgrounds and true love for listeners and radio itself sets us apart from the money scoundrels of radio. At WIXY1260Online - The Future of Radio is Now!
From 1965 to 1976, WIXY 1260 AM was an incredible force in the Cleveland, Ohio, radio market, and has never been forgotten. Now, two WIXY fans from Cleveland have given WIXY 1260 new life...on the Internet (along with a great set of staff members, all of whom do this voluntarily). WIXY1260 Online has been active since October, 2011, and offers the same high-energy music and fast pace that made the original WIXY a legend in the annals of Top 40 Radio! We have programmed the top hits and local favorites that were played on WIXY, many available in stereo for the first time, and you can hear them in high quality 24/7/365 on your computer, smartphone, iPod, PlayStation, internet radio player, Roku player, Apple TV, home assistant device or tablet pc.
We regularly conduct surveys and solicit feedback via our website in an effort to make WIXY1260Online the best it can be. Naturally, the feedback was from both those who believe we should do things exactly as WIXY did, and from those who realize that times have changed, and listening to the same stuff repeatedly becomes boring. To take advantage of modern technologies and keep WIXY1260Online fresh, we have added to the depth of our collection by creating new jingles and promos as if the station were still in existence. We honor the original format as practically possible while observing modern listening trends.
To further honor the feedback, we have launched WIXY1260Beyond to give listerns an new option to hear newer music (1980 and later). At this point, we have over 7,500 songs in our combined playlist (compared to the over-the-air radio industry average of 300 songs), so boring and repetitive is out of the question. With this many songs and listening options, combined with our commitment to minimal on-air advertising, we truly believe at WIXY1260Online and WIXY1260Beyond, "The Future of Radio is Now!" For those of you wondering what happened to WIXZ 1360, WIXY 1260's sister station once based in McKeesport, PA, we have updated the WIXZ1360Online.com website to preserve its historical information.
Over the past few years, we have been fortunate enough to develop a strong listening audience and we thank all of our listeners for tuning in! As great as the original WIXY 1260 AM, we feel the best way to move forward is to match the original WIXY spirit with today's level of professionalism. We will continue to "Honor the Past, Respect the Present and Plan for the Future." Thanks to some of WIXY's original jocks, our fans and, of course, a group of dedicated volunteers, all experts in their respective fields (many of whom are radio veterans), we are pioneering the Future of Radio and making it the way it was meant to be - fun and non-pretentious. WIXY1260Online is playing the best variety of the 60's and 70's (anywhere on the planet)!
Thanks For Listening!
Gary Schmitz, Owner & Founder
We believe our diversity and listener focus makes us better equipped to entertain listeners. Our talented group of dedicated volunteers, all experts in their respective fields (including radio veterans), is pioneering the Future of Radio and making it the way it was meant to be - fun, free and non-pretentious. WIXY1260Online is playing the best variety of the 60's and 70's (anywhere on the planet), and is dedicated to returning radio to the people, not a corporate balance sheet!
Owner, General Manager and Chief Engineer
Assistant General Manager; Webmaster and Communications Director
Production Manager and Videographer
Sales Manager; Assistant Engineer; Quality Assurance Assistant and Lead Remote Technician
Lead DJ; Quality Assurance Specialist
Senior Remote Technician; Sales Assistant
Remote Technician; Events Coordinator; Sales Assistant
Technical Support Specialist
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 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 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.
A lifelong Clevelander and lover of music, Gary has been in radio and the entertainment industry for over 20 years and owns the award-winning Chagrin Valley Entertainment, doing weddings and parties. He is a former instructor at The Ohio Media School where he’s trained the supermen and women of tomorrow! One of our longest- airing DJs, Gary recently relocated to Pittsburgh, PA, to be with his new wife and is embarking on an exciting new chapter of his personal and professional life. Gary can still be heard and seen at various remote events with the WIXY family.
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.
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.’s love of music spans more than just his 5 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.
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 over 30 years.
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.
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.
Cleveland born, Ohio Media School Graduate, Tim Kulik moved to Tennessee at a young age and graduated from Perry County High School. Afterwards, he became a licensed piercer he moved back to Ohio in 2004 to work at a local tattoo shop. If you meet Tim, you’ll see himself as an artful expression of his capabilities. Tim toured the country doing 28 shows with one of his favorite bands, and worked for Hungry Hustler Records, touring with a Grammy nominated rap artist.
Tim currently works in the print industry and his diverse experience and willingness to do whatever he can to be successful is why he's such a great fit at WIXY1260Online.
A graduate of Kent State University, Dave has worked as a broadcaster/art director on radio and television in New York and Youngstown, Ohio and as a writer/director and story artist in television animation at Disney, Warner Brothers, Cartoon Network, Marvel and Sony. He has also worked as a comic book artist/writer, author, spy/ instructor at the Acme School of Good Spy Teaching and Big Rig Driving. Other information has been withheld by government law enforcement organizations while Mr. Glick is still an active agent. When not on the air at WIXY1260Online he is making the world safe for rock and roll and 18 wheelers everywhere.
Ohio native Jeff Strich has been in broadcasting for over 20 years having worked at rock, classic rock and alternative stations in Cleveland and a jazz station in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Jeff graduated from the Ohio Media School with honors and also has play by play and color commentary experience in sports broadcasting for football, basketball and baseball. When he’s not chasing down a microphone, he is busy pursuing his number one goal of meeting Judy Garland somewhere over the Rainbow.
Elisa is a 1985 graduate of Anderson University with a BA in Communications, and a 2012 graduate of the Ohio Center for Broadcasting. Elisa is the owner/operator of "Get This Party Started" Mobile DJ Service and the voice for the Norton High School Marching Band.
Elisa has worked for WHBU in Anderson, IN and WAXT, Alexandria, IN, and sold advertising for the Advertiser in Muncie and Anderson, IN.
Mike Meszaros, a resident of Berea, Ohio, graduated from Padua Franciscan High School in 2012. Mike studied Communications and Integrated Media at Mount Union from 2012-2014 where he spent time as a DJ delivering the news, weather, sports, along with jazz music on top of a/v editing, camera operation and writing. Later he moved to and graduated from Bowling Green State University in May 2016, where he evolved his skills with social and interactive media and web design. Concurrently, Mike also worked for ESPN3 delivering storylines for athletic events. A big Cleveland sports fan, Mike also enjoys eating Chipotle and watching the Stranger Things TV show.
Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Dave is a proud Viking both from St. Joe's High School and Cleveland State University. After earning his degree in Communications from CSU, he spent over 30 years with the CSU Police Department from where he retired. Fulfilling his passion from the music, Dave DJ'd at WCSB and has amassed a sizeable collection of CDs, albums, 45's and even 78's. Dave now resides in North Olmsted, Ohio, with his wife of over 40 years, Doreen, with their loving family and grandkids closeby.
Scott Kriska, a resident of Medina, Ohio, graduated from Highland High School in 2007. While at Bowling Green State University, he majored in Broadcast Journalism. Scott's previous radio and TV experiences include working as a DJ for WBGU 88.1 FM, BG24 News and 1590 WAKR in Akron. Since his college graduation in 2011, he has been writing freelance for two local newspapers, The Post Newspapers in Medina and the West Side Leader in Akron. Scott is also planning on starting a podcast in the near future, in which he hopes to interview local celebrities, public figures and other interesting people in the Northeast Ohio area.
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