Bringing Back the Good Times!

WIXY1260Online Thanks our Fine Sponsors

Our Sponsors allow us to bring you more music and entertainment online and throughout Northeast Ohio. Our sponsors are as passionate as we are about honoring those great memories of WIXY 1260 AM (and their sister WIXZ 1360) and radio history we strive to keep alive.

The AirChiefs
BGE Mobile Tech
Big Productions, Inc.
Cap & Corks
City of Mentor, Ohio
Cleveland History Center
The Cyrkle
Euclid Beach Park Now
Frank's Auto Body  & Repair
Howard Hanna - Judy Nupp
Liverpool Lads
Mentor Cruise-In
National Fuse Products
The Outsiders
Piston Power Show
The Current Year

Our Mission

"Honor the Past, Respect the Present, and Plan For the Future."

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). WIXY1260Online 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.

Over the 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 - free, 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 & Ray Glasser, Founders

Our People Rock!

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!

Management Team

Gary Schmitz
Gary Schmitz
Owner; General Manager; Chief Engineer
Ray Glasser
Ray Glasser
Production Manager; Historian; Videographer
Eric Rath
Eric Rath
Sales Manager; Senior Engineer; Quality Assurance Assistant
Tony Zima
Tony Zima
Lead DJ; Quality Assurance Manager; Historian
TJ Chizmar
TJ Chizmar
Webmaster; Communications Manager
Dave Ryder
Dave Ryder
Ambassador; Operations & Communications Assistant

Air Personalities

Visit the Happenings Section for Upcoming Show Times for our Jocks.

Tony Zima
Tony Z
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.
Ray King Glasser
Ray King
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).
Ray Twardy
Ray Twardy
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.
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Marc Flanagan
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. In his free time, Marc enjoys filling in for other WIXY DJs and spreading the WIXY word any way he can.
Dave Ryder
Dave Ryder
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 close by. 
Scooter - Scott Kriska
Scooter
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.
Mac Gilbert
Mac Gilbert
Mac is a graduate of the University of Mount Union and the Ohio Media School and currently resides in Chippewa Lake. While at Mount Union, Mac hosted a radio show and was a DJ at events on campus. More recently he has done work for All Sports Cleveland and the North Coast Underground and interned at WOBL/WDLW in Oberlin. Mac found his way to WIXY1260Online through fellow attendees of the Ohio Media School and is excited to play this music and bring back a big part of Cleveland's Radio History.
Kevin O'Neill
Kevin O'Neill
Kevin’s radio life began in October 1970 when Free's "All Right Now" became the first record he ever played on the radio at Notre Dame University's WSND-AM. After spending his college senior year at a couple of South Bend radio stations, he went on to Cleveland, Akron, Oberlin (Ohio) and back to Cleveland for the overnight show on Cleveland's 'Big 1220' WGAR.
Later, Kevin became a part of the Detroit MI radio community of which he is still a part of! He works with Mitch Albom on his 5-7 show on Newstalk 760 WJR.
Kevin’s talents extend to writing and stand-up comedy, and he specializes in song parodies.
A Cleveland native, Kevin has always had a special place in his heart for WIXY 1260 as he listened faithfully while at St. Edward High School in Lakewood, OH. 
TyeDye Guy Gary Frederick
The TyeDye Guy
Your Old Tye Dye Guy, Gary Frederick, grew up in a musical family in Medina County, with records and instruments everywhere. His musical tastes began early seeing Elvis on TV, BUT...The Beatles and the whole British Invasion snagged him. Gary attends many "Appreciation Days" live music shows like Chippewa Lake and has made lifelong friends with many of the bands.
Having listened to many station’s DJs, early on he began to mimic them and play for family and pets. His early thoughts of "Wow! I could be a DJ!" have finally been realized at WIXY.
Some other tidbits: Played with and served many positions with bands; Has a diverse resume as a Volunteer Firefighter/EMT; Humane Officer, Assistant Dog Warden, and Emergency Rescue Tech; Very devoted to Turtle rescue; and, with his ‘authentic beard’, is a Santa's Helper.
Keith Gehring
Keith Gehring
Being an oldies DJ has been a lifelong dream of Keith's. He grew up with the oldies, and starting at the age of five he began recording over the intros of songs on cassette tapes. In recent years, thanks to the internet, he has become a fan of 60s and 70s Top 40 AM radio.
Prior to joining the staff, Keith was (and continues to be) one of the station's Super Fan's on social media, so being a DJ on WIXY1260Online is a perfect fit for this easygoing music dynamo.
Jimmy Kaye
Jimmy Kaye
Lifelong Northeast Ohio native and proud John Marshall High School graduate, Jimmy Kaye's love for music had many influences from Ed Sullivan, Dick Clark, Don Kirshner Soul Train, as well as any radio that was tuned to WIXY 1260 back in the earlier days.
Working in the paper communication industry (mail delivery), enabled Jim to re-connect with WIXY 1260 (Online) doing his daily rounds listening to the tunes, and re-acquainting folks to WIXY 1260 when asked where such a great playlist could be heard.
Jimmy's passion and knowledge of the music, and great personality, make him yet another fine addition to the WIXY1260Online lineup!
Lisa Jordan
Lisa Jordan
Long time WIXY1260Online listeners will remember our first SuperWoman, Lisa Jordan, who co-hosted one of our earliest live shows from our humble beginnings in our founder's home office. Lisa rejoins the WIXY family part-time as a busy grandmother of an amazing granddaughter. Lisa is a 1985 graduate of Anderson University with a BA in Communications, and a 2012 graduate of the Ohio Center for Broadcasting. The voice of the Norton High School Marching Band, Lisa sold advertising in Muncie and Anderson, IN, and has worked for WHBU in Anderson, IN, WAXT, Alexandria, IN, and most recently at WKJA in Barberton, OH.
Don Woods
Don Woods
(On Hiatus)
Don comes to us with a life-long passion for music, especially the golden age of rock, the 60's and 70's. Growing up in Dayton, Ohio, his go to station was WING 1410, with a format much like WIXY 1260. After spending the last 35 years in Cleveland, he is proud to call Cleveland home and his hometown! Raising two children with strong interests in music, he became involved with their high school music program and has been "The Voice" of the Olmsted Falls Marching Band for the last 7 years. Don believes that music is the key to peace and looks forward to building an audience in his Sunday slot and being active in live events across Northeast Ohio with the rest of the WIXY1260Online Crew.
Michele L.
Michele Lee
Michele has fond memories of listening to WIXY 1260 with her mom. In grade school, Nancy Zingale, daughter of co-owner Joe Zingale, invited her class to tour WIXY 1260. This amazing experience instilled the radio bug in Michele. She interned at WGCL/G98 FM and assisted Mike Love in his Sunday Public Affairs show. She then earned a permanent position at their sister station WERE News Radio, then went to WCSB 89.3 FM. Michele also held a series of fun roles including, 3WE Radio, DJ'ing at the Euclid Roller-drome, Fun-n-Stuff Amusement Park, and working with the legendary DJ Freddie James. Totally supporting Cleveland, she was a ball-girl/dancer for the Cleveland Indians. She also holds extensive dance experience, performing with the Morgenstern Dance Troupe and as a competitive figure/freestyle roller skater. Michele is proud to go full circle and continue her love of WIXY and radio at WIXY1260Online.
David Van Tuyl
Victor Tango
David Van Tuyl first heard WIXY 1260 on his transistor radio when he was about 11 and was instantly hooked. He fondly remembers listening to and watching the DJs in the WIXY 1260 remote broadcast trailer. He listened to the Beatles, Stones and other rock groups and it inspired him to start playing a “broom” to his favorite Beatles songs. David enjoys singing and is the lead singer and guitarist in a local rock band. Re-introduced to WIXY 1260 while strolling through an auto show at the IX Center in Cleveland, David gladly volunteered his technical skill set and musical expertise. David also enjoys riding his Harley, holds a Private Pilot’s certification, and builds and repairs guitars for fun.

Staff & Contributors

Abby Doutt
Abby Doutt
Senior Remote Technician
Barb Kostya
Barb Kostya
Remote Technician
Corvette Don
Corvette Don
Graphic Artist
David Van Tuyl
David Van Tuyl
Engineer; Remote Technician
Ed Pugh
Ed Pugh
Remote Technician; Sales Assistant
Kim  Hoff
Kim Hoff
Graphic Artist
Cody
Cody
Security Guard

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Regardless of position or background, our team members are expected to adhere to a strong, yet fair set of guidelines and principles. Our goal is to have a fun yet responsible environment where all can be encouraged to succeed and work in harmony, free of prejudices or acrimony of any kind. We welcome talent of any skill level and will work to place persons in a position best suited to their skills, and, our team members are all expected to work together to elevate the success and image of the team and the station as a whole.
All team members must live in or near the Cleveland, Ohio, area and have a reliable form of transportation and communication tool (phone, e-mail, Facebook, etc.) and be able to commit to a minimum of 5 hours per month (DJs must commit 2 non-DJ hours per month). Likewise, our team members will be trained to be technologically savvy so as to be able to help us in our mission of ushering in the next generation of Radio.
Our success lies in our team's cohesion and conduct; our team members are professionals in their fields and maintain this standard at WIXY1260Online as outlined in our 5-5-2014 Press Release.

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Sales Assistant

We believe in delivering an honest and valuable sales product to our customers that is based on actual quantifiable statistics which are not colored to give false impressions and not truly able to benefit either party. We pride ourselves on our honesty, clarity and no non-sense approach to our on air products, our internal and external interactions and our sales.
The Sales Assistant will work with Station Management to develop streams of revenue, inlcuding, but not limited to: website advertising sales, traditional radio spots sales and event sales. They will also strategize to deliver and create business relationships that benefit both the station and the customer in an honest, down to earth, no smoke & mirrors approach. A modest amount of compensation may be involved. 

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Remote Technician / Engineer

Do you enjoy interacting with people and spreading the word about hip things? WIXY1260Online is working to appear live at venues across the area. As such opportunities occur, we will need assistance with location setup, guest interaction and demonstration/promotion of the ‘new way’ to listen to radio. Duties may include setting up promotional displays, banners, decorating, connecting engineering equipment, reporting site issues to Management, site security and safety, assembly and distribution of promotional materials and prize packets. Lifting heavy items may be necessary and reliable transportation is required. For some assignments, fuel and drink reimbursements may be given at Management's discretion.

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Air Talent

We are currently looking to add new DJs to our team. Do you have excitement and passion for the music of the golden WIXY Era (60's & 70's rock/pop chart toppers)? If you have a desire to be a part of a fun team of DJs who enjoy what they're doing yet can be professional and follow guidelines and station format, then you might be just what we're looking for!
Volunteer for as few as 4 hours per month as a Special Guest DJ or Substitute DJ. These slots are generally reserved for known local talent and professionals, but may be adjusted as practical. DJs are expected to be involved in other duties as deemed necessary. 

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Production Assistant

Are you interested in volunteering and developing your radio production skills? Looking to build your resume to prove your worth and capabilities? Whatever your time permits, we are seeking responsive and capable Production Assistants to help our Production Manager produce jingles, spots, promos and maintain our music database.

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