Wednesday, June 29, 2005

You Can't Keep An Ohioan Away TOO Long

We try to get away, but we come back, for whatever reason, to Northeast Ohio. There's something that brings native sons home. And as such...

AllAccess.com reports that Kasper, the one-named former afternoon drive/MD/APD sensation at Cleveland's 96.5 KISS FM is headed back to that position and back to Cleveland. He's been doing afternoons at WIOQ "Q102" in Philadelphia. For listeners, Kasper wasn't gone as long, as he's been voicetracking nights at KISS for a few months. AllAccess reports that the move will be effective by late August or early September.

Nights at the Clear Channel Cleveland CHR station now go to a guy going by the name of J-NIICE, a weekender at sister WIHT "Hot 99.5" in the Washington, DC market. "Stick", who'd been doing afternoons in Kasper's absence, exits.

We're not sure if Kasper didn't like cheesesteaks, if he missed Jacobs Field or being able to drop in on Youngstown from time to time, but it's good to have him back. CHR really isn't our format, but from what we've heard of his show, he's scary talented.

By the way, in This Space's Small World Department: We're spending this next week or so in the same building Kasper worked in at one point in his career...only they've remodeled it somewhat since he left. He wouldn't recognize the place!

In another Scary Coincidence, Kasper and I have both been heard on one of the same frequencies in another market, many years apart. And we've never met!

4 comments:

Jerry Stevens said...

I'm proud to be from Northeast Ohio.. but sorry, I'm not going back!

Kasper said...

To each his own! :-)

For me, it was a matter of REALLY missing the programming side of things. Q102 and Philly have been GREAT; but having a chance to go back and dive into the creative side again at a station I was lucky to help build from scratch (and in an area I love) was too tough to say "no" to.

Love the blog, OA - and yep, we've got Roanoke in common!

Kasper
WIOQ Philadelphia
soon to be..
WAKS Cleveland

Neil said...

Kasper??? Stick??? J-Nice???

Don't these people have names???

Kasper said...

Can't speak for Stick or J Niice, but I'll give you a hint, Neil: Kasper IS 1/2 of my REAL name (which I used at WHOT and WBZZ when I first started in the biz back in the day)

Kasper