Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Mark Nolan's Radio Roots

He's much better known as long-time meteorologist - and now morning host and anchor - at Gannett NBC affiliate WKYC/3...but Mark Nolan is coming "back" to radio, and to an old radio home.

Umm, for one week.

Clear Channel Akron market hot AC WKDD/98.1 is announcing that Nolan will guest host the station's morning show, normally helmed by Matt Patrick, June 29th through July 3rd.

The vacation fill-in actually means something of a quasi-homecoming for Nolan, says WKDD program director, Clear Channel Akron/Canton operations director, and OMW reader Keith Kennedy in a station press release:

This is a semi-return to WKDD for Mark Nolan who hosted afternoons on WKDD in the early 90s while beginning his education to become a meteorologist. Mark eventually joined WKYC, where he is now the anchor for “Channel 3 News Today”, weekday mornings on WKYC Channel 3. For the past five years, Mark has been the on-staff meteorologist of Clear Channel’s Akron/Canton radio stations including 98.1 WKDD.

And a quote from Mr. Nolan himself:

“I’m excited to get back behind the controls of WKDD,” said Nolan. “Radio is where I began my broadcasting career, and WKDD was always where I had the most fun”.

The release says Nolan will be alongside WKDD morning co-host Krissy Taylor, and promises guests "including popular Northeast Ohio television personalities".

Of course, when Mark Nolan worked for WKDD, the station was "in a different place", both physically and electronically, than it is now.

'KDD was on its historic frequency of 96.5 in the 90's (now Clear Channel sister top 40 WAKS "Kiss FM", run out of suburban Cleveland), and we believe the studio facilities at that time would have been on West Market Street...just west of Acme #1, and on the other side of that supermarket from the Rubber City Radio cluster.

Or, WKDD could well have been in the old Barnstable location off West Exchange Street. (We can't recall when 96.5 and 1350 made that move to West Market.)

And as we've reported here, 98.1, now licensed to Munroe Falls, is about to plant its antenna on the former 96.5 tower on Bellaire what's now Cuyahoga Falls...


Chuck Matthews Blog said...

Mark did part-time at WMJI late 90s under PD Denny Sanders. Mark finally left allowing me to get a daylight weekend daypart. Mark also voiced part of a spot (that never aired) that won me one of two A.I.R. Awards in 1998 (thanks Mark!)

Great talent! Smoooovvvvvvvveeee on air.

Lee said...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but when there were rumblings Mr. Patrick was headed to WLTF in the early 90s, (I don't believe the morning host could contractually leave to WLTF, and of course it could have all been a marketing ploy), Mr. Nolan took over the dials as morning host (with Katrina Curtiss possibly?) and Matt Patrick moved to afternoons for a short time.

Next thing I knew, Mr. Patrick was back at mornings and Mark Nolan was telling me there was an 80% chance of showers!

Always enjoyed listening to Mark on the radio...