Long-time Cleveland TV and radio host Bill "Smoochie" Gordon has passed away at the age of 83.
The station which carried Gordon's "One O'Clock Club", Scripps ABC affiliate WEWS/5, confirms his death in a story posted on its NewsNet5 website. The Plain Dealer's Michael Heaton has an obituary which was just posted on Cleveland.com.
The Cuyahoga County Coroner's Office says Gordon was found dead in his Euclid apartment Thursday, and that the death is believed to be of natural causes.
In addition to his TV fame, hosting "One O'Clock Club" with legendary WEWS personality Dorothy Fuldheim, Gordon had an extensive radio career, and was heard on stations like WHK/1420 and WERE/1300, the latter one of the pioneering talk radio efforts.
Our Swiss Cheese Memory(tm-"Sam Beckett", "Quantum Leap") tells us we also heard Gordon do talk on the old WBBG/1260 "SuperTalk 1260", the former WIXY which later took a big band format ("Big Band Grandstand") - after a stint as religious WMIH, it's today's Radio Disney O&O, WWMK...