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Cleveland's First, Cleveland's Favorite!

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!

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Our Mission

Bringing Back the Good Times!

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 WIXZ1360Online. WIXZ 1360 AM was WIXY 1260's sister station, based in McKeepsort, PA. To utilize this relationship in a new way, we've moved all newer music (1980 and later) to our sister station at www.wixz1360online.com. At this point, we have over 5,000 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 WIXZ1360Online, "The Future of Radio is Now!"

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 & Ray (Co-Founders)

Mobirise

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 & Staff

WIXY1260Online Gary Schmitz

Owner, Founder, General Manager and Chief Engineer 

WIXY1260Online TJ Chizmar

Assistant General Manager; Webmaster and Communications Director 

WIXY1260Online Ray Glasser

Co-Founder, Programming Coordinator; Production Manager and Videographer

WIXY1260Online Eric Rath

Sales Manager; Assistant Engineer; and Lead Remote Technician

Lead DJ; Quality Assurance Specialist 

Senior Remote Technician; Sales Assistant

Remote Technician; Archivist

Announcer

Ambassador

Remote Technician

The WIXY1260Online Mascot

SuperMen & SuperWomen

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 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.

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 also an instructor at The Ohio Media School where he’s training the supermen of tomorrow!

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.

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 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 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 two sons.

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.

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.

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 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.

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. 

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. We've grown pretty fond of Moe here at the station, and we hope you will too!

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.

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.

Cleveland born Tim Kulik moved to Tennessee at a young age and graduated from Perry County High School. Afterwards, he became a licensed piercer and in 2004 he moved back to Ohio putting his talents to work at a local tattoo shop. If you meet Tim, you’ll see himself as an artful expression of his capabilities. In 2010, Tim toured the country doing 28 shows and 2000+ miles with one of his favorite bands, and soon after began working for Hungry Hustler Records, and toured with a Grammy nominated rap artist. Not one to shy away from new opportunities, Tim worked in the print industry and became a journeyman press operator with the Teamsters. Ultimately, his love of music won out and he put some credentials to his music industry past by attending the Ohio Media School. Tim’s diverse experience and willingness to do whatever he can to be successful is why we’ve found him to be such a great fit at WIXY1260Online.

Contributors & Special Guests

Learn more about "Radio's Best Friend" at: http://www.vuolovideo.com/

An original WIXY 1260 AM SuperMan

Provides our AAC & MP3 Streams

Talented musician who appears as a guest during our live and remote shows. Find out more about Gary at garyleeworld.webs.comor visit his Official Facebook Page, "Cleveland Gary Lee".

Retired journalist famous in the Cleveland and vicinity market.

Famous Cleveland area Rock & Roll Celebrity

An original WIXZ 1360 DJ (WIXY 1260's sister station from McKeesport, PA)

"Shotgun Tom" Kelly is the stage name of Tom Irwin, a radio and television personality, two-time Emmy award winner, Billboard Air Personality of the Year winner and recipient of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. www.shotguntomkelly.com

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.) 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: [HERE]

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. WIXY 1260 did things differently, and they were very successful as a result - we intend to do the same. 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 our Sales Manager and 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.

Sales Assistant

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.

Tech / Engineer

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.

Air Talent / Special Guest DJs

Are you interested in volunteering and developing your audio and video production skills? Whatever your time permits, we are seeking responsive and capable Production Assistants to help produce jingles, spots, promos and the like, as well as capture, edit and share video.

A/V Production

Do you enjoy interacting with people and spreading the word about hip things?  We're looking for people to help us get the word out by any (legal) means necessary, including outdoor ad campaings, flyer distribution and the like.

Street Team
WIXY1260Online

Let's Rock This

Like what you hear on WIXY1260 Online? We have a crew of professional DJs and Staff who have the know-how and the equipment to make events rock!

We do: Reunions, Car Shows, Festivals, In-House (Bar / Restaurant) Entertainment, Weddings, Birthdays, etc. Indoors & Outdoors. Private, Public, Formal and Non-Formal, Commercial and Non-Commercial Events. ALL at very competitive prices!

Fill out our Event Request form to get a no-obligation quote, or to hire us or suggest an event and we’ll bring the music (and fun!) to you!