OMW hears that long-time Northeast Ohio radio personality Tom Sullivan has passed away at the age of 53. Tom, born Tom Farrar in Canal Fulton in 1954, died Friday afternoon.
From the Canton Repository's online obituary listing:
Tom spent over 30 years in radio and was known by his stage name Tom Sullivan. Tom worked for WKDD, WQMX, WHBC-FM and the old M105 in Cleveland and others. "If I put a smile on your face or made you laugh at one of my stunts, then it was all worth while"
Tom's last known radio job, as far as we know, was as the morning man a while back at Tuscarawas Broadcasting CCM outlet WNPQ/95.9 in the Canton market.
In addition to the above, Tom also opened the microphone in that market fairly recently at D.A. Peterson top 40 WZKL/92.5 "Q92", where he did weekend/swing as recently as a couple of years or so ago. Outside the region, the 1976 Kent State University graduate was also once heard in Fort Wayne IN and Charleston WV.
We don't have many details on Tom's condition before his death, but we know he's been fighting illness for some time.
A memorial service for Tom will be held this Wednesday at 7 PM, at Canal Fulton's Swigart-Easterling Funeral Home on East Cherry Street.