The long-awaited announcement is official at CBS Radio classic rocker WNCX/98.5. The new local morning show starts Friday, and will be called "The WNCX Morning Show with Mud, Mihalik and Mike".
"Mud", as expected and reported earlier here, will be the artist formerly known as "The Mudd" on then-WWWM/105.7 "M105". He's also used the on-air name Wynn Richards at stations like then-WGAR/1220.
"Mihalik" is indeed Kim Mihalik, the former co-host to WTAM/1100 afternoon driver Mike Trivisonno. Kim joined the CBS Radio cluster earlier this year as a weekend afternoon personality on WNCX sister AC station WDOK/102.1.
"Mike" is Cleveland radio veteran Mike Olszewski. Though he's also worked at AM stations like WERE and WRMR, Olszewski is best known for a seven year stint at rocker WMMS/100.7.
The official press release from WNCX is reprinted, in full, below:
August 3, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
98.5 WNCX MORNING SHOW IS M…M…M… GOOD!
"Mud, Mihalik & Mike” to Debut Friday, August 4
CLEVELAND, OHIO- 98.5 WNCX…Cleveland's Classic Rock today announced the debut of "The WNCX Morning Show" featuring Mud, Mihalik & Mike beginning Friday, August 4 (5:30- 10:00AM). The show marks the first time in 14 years that a locally hosted morning show is broadcast on the station.
“We are pleased to be able to present a live and local morning show that reflects the rock heritage of Cleveland. This town is going to love waking up to these three Cleveland radio pros,” commented Tom Herschel, WNCX - Vice President & General Manager.
The new line-up features the return of host "Mud" a Cleveland radio veteran with many Ohio ties. Mud is a 1973 graduate of Beachwood High School and attended Ohio University for one year before being thrown out by the Dean of Communication who informed him he needed to reassess his life.
And reassess he did, entering the field of broadcasting as the youngest booth announcer for an ABC affiliate to date, at WEWS - Channel 5 in Cleveland. Following his booth announcing duties, Mud's voice could be heard on Cleveland radio stations M-105 and WGAR. He also held the position of Program Director at former Cleveland call letters WLYT and WDMT.
"This is a dream come true for me. Not only will I be able to reconnect with my friends and family, but I will be given the chance to work with an assembly of broadcast professionals at America's premier Classic Rock station," commented Mud, "WNCX is part of Cleveland's rock heritage and to be given such a great opportunity to join Kim and Mike in waking up Cleveland is truly exciting."
Mud and his wife have two sons, Jeramy and Robert, who are both employed in the broadcast industry.
Joining Mud as co-host in the morning is Cleveland radio veteran Kim Mihalik, who arrives at WNCX after spending eight years partnered with WTAM's afternoon host Mike Trivisonno.
"Music is a very personal thing," said Mihalik, "and I don't think there is any audience that understands their music more than a classic rock listener. I look forward to bringing them a compelling show which includes the music they know and love."
Prior to her radio career, Kim influenced many young lives as a 5th grade teacher in the Berea school district. Mihalik and her husband Brian reside in the Cleveland area with their two children Jake and Mackenzie.
Rounding out the team is Cleveland radio news veteran Mike Olszewski.
Olszewski started his radio career at AM talker WERE followed by a brief stint at WRMR before joining the team at WMMS for a seven year run from 1988-1994.
Mike also served as General Assignment/Entertainment Reporter at WOIO/WUAB television. In addition to his broadcasting career, Mike is a published author including the book "Radio Daze: Stories from the Front in Cleveland's FM Air Wars" which is currently being developed into a television documentary.