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Disc Jockeys

Disc Jockeys:

  • Allen Quandee (AKA  AQ) WLAV
  • Andy Rent
  • Aris Hampers – WLAV
  • Becky Carlson
  • Bob King – WKMI AM  Kalamazoo
  • Bob Martz – WMAX
  • Bob Mason – WERX (1966)
  • Bob Thompson – WGRD
  • Bob Trapp
  • Bob “Jasiu” Whitcomb – WSBT-AM (South Bend, IN.), WGRD-AM, WOOD-AM, WJPW-AM, WOOD-TV. The Polks Pops. (RIP)  
  • Big Bud Lindemann – WJEF, WGRD, Announcer at the Grand Rapids Speedrome, Berlin Raceway, Kalamazoo Speedway, WZZM-TV, Car and Track Productions, Speed Channel. (RIP-1983)
  • Bill Adams and Wife Bunny (Battle of the Bands) WERX
  • Bill Barber – WOOD AM (Bill’s Barber Shop, Bill’s Barber Pole) 
  • Bill Bailey – WHLT-FM Grand Rapids, WGVU-Grand Rapids, WLS-Chicago, WDRQ-FM-Detroit and WXTR-FM Washington D.C. (RIP)
  • Bill Merchant – WGRD (Early to mid 60s), WLAV (Mid to late 60s), WTRU, WZZM-FM (Now WLHT), TV-13 (RIP)
  • Bobby Todd – WKFR AM Battle Creek
  • Bruce Grant – WJEF, WGRD, WOOD (RIP)
  • Bruce Michaels – WERX
  • Buck Barry – (RIP)
  • Byrion McGregger – WGRD
  • Dave Carson – WLAV
  • Dave James – WERX
  • Dave Thompson – WKMI AM Kalamazoo
  • David Forster – WKNR, WLAV, WCCW
  • David Shoemaker (AKA Lee Allen Davis – LAD) WLAV (64-65) WERX, Go Show dances Wyoming National Guard Armory.
  • Dennis Vogel – WLHT-FM
  • Denny Michaels – 8pm – Mid. Mon-Fri during the mid-60’s. WLAV-AM 1340.
  • Dick Howard – WGRD
  • Dick McKay – (RIP)
  • Don Anderson – WGRD
  • Don Michael
  • Dr. Soul (Lloyd Brown) WERX (RIP)
  • Ed Buchanan (Uncle Buck) – WLAV, WERX (Jan.-June 1968) (RIP)
  • Ed Fitzgerald – WMAX (RIP)
  • Gary “Hunt” Dean – WLAV-AM, WZZM-FM, WMAX-AM
  • George Arthur – WLAV
  • Greg Fabus (AKA The Fabulous One) WERX
  • Jack Evans – WLAV
  • Jack Hoppus – WMAX, WLAV, (RIP)
  • Jack Stack – WMAX, WERX (RIP)
  • Jackson Ross
  • Jasiu “Bob Whitman” – WSBT-AM (South Bend, IN.), WGRD-AM, WOOD-AM, WJPW-AM, WOOD-TV. The Polka Pops. (RIP)
  • Jay Walker – WGRD
  • Jeff Vance
  • Jim Francis – WGRD
  • Joel Hill
  • John Alan – WION, WZZM, WGRD, & WLAV (RIP)
  • John Balyo
  • John Records Landecker – WERX
  • John Leader – WGRD
  • John Russo – WERX
  • John Westman
  • Johnny Mack – WERX WLAV, WZZM- FM, WGRD and WZZM-TV in the 1960’s
  • Johnny O’Day -WERX
  • Karen Vanee’ – WCUZ
  • Karl G. Mickna– WION-AM, WYON-FM
  • Kevin Matthews
  • Lee Lyons – WMAX, WERX, WJFM / WCUZ. (RIP)
  • Lloyd Brown (Dr. Soul) WERX (RIP)
  • Lou Bond – WGRD (RIP)
  • Lowell George – (RIP)
  • MaryEllen Murphy
  • Mel Vande Gavel – WGRD
  • Michael Jay – WLAV (Mid-60s)
  • Michelle McKormick
  • Pat Boyd – WMAX
  • Pat Ford – WLAV (RIP)
  • Rick Beckett – (RIP)
  • Rob Brandt
  • Roger Cohagen – WION-AM, WYON-FM (News – Central Michigan Radio)
  • Ron White – WGRD
  • Ronnie Fray – WJEF – Worked Sat. & Sun. mornings back in the 70’s
  • Skip Bell – WGRD (RIP)
  • Skip Knight – WGRD (RIP)
  • Steve Aldrich
  • Timothy G. Adams – WERX
  • Tom Ambrose – WERX, WGRD
  • Tom Quain – WMAX, WLAV – (Pioneer days of top 40) (RIP)
  • Tom Roberts – WLAV
  • Tom Summers – WKMI AM Kalamazoo
  • Tony Gates – WLAV
  • Wayne Thomas – WGRD (RIP)

Disc Jockey List From Local Radio Charts (11)

WGRD radio 1960’s-’70’s mini reunion at the Cascade Roadhouse in Grand Rapids July 31, 2017 was great. Lot’s of radio and what’s up now stories were shared. Pictured are Jim Fleischer, Deborah McGowan (Mac), Ron White, Gary Hunt, Bob Becker, Bob Stickroe and Charlotte and Tom Ambrose.


22 Responses to Disc Jockeys

  1. Jim Francis says:

    John Alan was given his last name by me. My middle name ALAN. His actual last name was Giberson.

  2. JANICE fitzgerald Zinn says:

    My father in law Ed Fitzgerald is on your list but missing some of his many gigs like Wood TV and Werx which he was part owner and Wyon.

  3. Is DJ. Denny Micheals still alive!? I believe from WBRN radio Big Rapids 1963-65? WLAV Grand Rapids Mi 1964-70s

  4. Atlen Sova says:

    Would love to get in touch with Ray hosier, WTRU
    Appreciate anything you can contribute. Thank you
    Al Aova former engineer in the early 60s wtru & wgrd

  5. Michael Tepastte says:

    I’d be interested in everything/anything WLAV late 70s to mid 80s during “the Rocker” period. The DJ line up during that time was the best I’ve ever heard (Tony, Tim, Allison, Aris, Steve, Lori and Kev’s All Night Record Cafe). Their freedom to play deep cuts from an album beyond “the hits” combined with their music IQ was educational and deeply formative in my personal music development. It is a period in radio that is sorely missed and probably never to repeat. It can only be canonized in a site like this.

  6. Michael Tepastte says:

    I’d be interested in everything/anything wlav late 70s to mid 80s during “the rocker” period. The DJ line up during that time was the best I’ve ever heard. The freedom to play deep cuts from an album beyond “the hits” with their music IQ was educational and deeply formative in my personal music development. It is a period in radio that is sorely missed and probably never to repeat. It can only be connonized in a site like this.

  7. OK ALL of you DJ’s, historian’s and anyone that wants to see this page continue!!!! There was 2 of us working the website at one time, there is just me (Doug Taylor) right now. I built this page, because I thought it was part of West Michigan’s Music scene/history. I do not know that much in this area of Radio & DJ’s, but the more I posted names, I kept getting people correcting me on this and that, but I can’t get anyone to help out on this page, SO I went and hide it (took it off the main menu), so the only way you can find it, is through a search or get to it through Sitemap in the top menu. I did this because I don’t think I should have it posted with all this incorrect info on it and I feel embarrassed with what is on it. On another note, I could have trashed it, but I don’t like doing that, SO I hide it for time being. I’m told that there’s a group of DJ’s that meet every month or so and have been told that I was going to get help from them!!! That was a couple of years ago, NO HELP has showed up. This is what I’m going to do!!! I going to give it a little more time, but if I don’t get help on it, it’s going to see the trash can, as I have a Huge website to look after, that I can’t even keep up with already!!! PLEASE leave comments about this, so I know that it’s reached people. This site just had over 7.8 Million hits since we launched it in August 2011, WHY can’t I get some help. Would someone start a thread about this topic on the Hysterical’s Facebook page. Thanks for listening to my RANT!!! Regards, Admin – Doug Taylor

  8. Dale says:

    What was Skip Bells theme song?

  9. Dave Sikkema says:

    Bob “Jasiu” Whitcomb is missing here. “Jasiu’s Polka Party”, Drewry’s Beer ad–“Drewry’s, brewed the ‘deutchfriesen’ way. In bottles, cans, barrels, or we’ll pipe it to your house!” ‘GRD

  10. Farah says:

    Also, you forgot Larry Aderley, Ray Hosier, and Bill Edwards. All were on WLAV-AM, 1340 during the early, and/or mid – late 60’s. They were part of the “Lively Ones”, that also included Denny Michaels, Jack Hoppus (on the list), and Dick McKay (on the list).

  11. Farah says:

    Denny Michaels isn’t on the list. Denny was one of the best dj’s in the history of G.R. radio. 8pm – Mid. Mon-Fri during the mid-60’s. WLAV-AM 1340.

  12. Ed Buchanan says:

    I worked at WERX in the final six months they were top 40.
    It was January – June 1968.
    Timothy G. Adams was also there.

    • Brad Fay says:


      You say Timothy Adams but was there not another guy there, Bill Adams, who promoted Battle of the Bands with his wife Bunny ?

  13. David Shoemaker says:

    Please don’t forget Allen Quandee aka AQ who worked at WLAV-FM during 1964 and 1965. He is the one that had the Beatles counting backwards on their intro to “Taxman”. Also don’t forget David Shoemaker aka Lee Allen Davis LAD for short working weekends at WERX Radio “On the Right Side of your radio dial”. As well as spinning records at the Go Show dances on the weekends in the Wyoming National Guard Armory.

    • Matt says:

      David Shoemaker, were you at WERX when Greg Fabos “The Fabulous One” was there in 66. Where are you located, would love to talk to you about your days there, and AQ at WLAV, do not recognize that name. I have some WERX recordings you might like to hear! Best, Matt.

  14. Tom Olejniczak says:

    John Alan (not Allen) worked at WION, WZZM, WGRD, & WLAV. He was NEVER at WERX!

    • Dave Arver says:

      Please add Dave Alexander to the list. Dave was encouraged by John to go into broadcasting. Dave Alexander also worked at WION/WYON, WGRD (Weekends – John worked 6 to 9 pm weekdays at WGRD) John and Dave both were hired at WZZM FM when they became the first commercially successful FM station in Grand Rapids. Dave Alexander worked the top 40 morning show and Saturday night Polka Show, Bill Holden worked afternoon drive and John Alan evenings. George Stag was the Newscaster on the morning show. If this site is still active or anyone knows of other efforts to capture early years of FM radio, I would like to contribute my stories.

  15. Jack Tiggleman says:

    Add Jack Hoppus to WLAV, and Ron White to WGRD. Also you need to add a notation for WERX, 1530 from Wyoming, MI. John Allen worked weekends for a while at ‘GRD. Not sure how long. Back in the late 60s I believe.

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