Our condolences to family and friends of former Cleveland radio mainstay Ray Marshall, who passed away over the weekend of a heart attack at the age of 51.
Though Ray spent much of the past 16 years at Citadel's cluster in Lansing MI (as operations manager), his time here in Northeast Ohio was fruitful and long.
We're still trying to fill in all the blanks here, but we know he spent many years as program director of the old "3WE"/WWWE/1100, the station known now as Clear Channel talk WTAM.
After what regular reader/OMW tipster Nathan Obral tells us was Ray's participation in AM 1100's "final weekend of music programming", he eventually landed at the old WRMR/850 (today's WKNR) when it took up standards music.
Ray had been "on the beach" in radio terms, after being let go from Citadel in a series of budget cuts earlier this year. In addition to his work running the company's Lansing on-air operations, he also had a stint overseeing oldies stations for the company, which eventually went on to buy the bulk of ABC's radio operations.
Rubber City Radio country WQMX/94.9 program director Sue Wilson worked with Ray when she was programming AC WDOK/102.1 - at the time, a sister station of WRMR. Sue, and her late husband - WSLR/1350's Phil Cordle - became good friends with Ray and his wife.
Sue speaks much more eloquently about Ray on her personal "Voiceover" blog, which is available via Rubber City's AkronNewsNow.com website here...
This item will be updated later, as we get more information...