Peter Cavanaugh to host Toledo radio reunionWritten by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The voices of Toledo are getting together for an informal reunion.
The Toledo Radio Reunion is an unofficial party for people who have worked in local radio and avid listeners. Peter Cavanaugh, the former executive vice president and chief operating officer of Reams Broadcasting, will lead the pack.
The reunion will be Cavanagh’s first time back in Toledo in a dozen years.
“It was a very highly-energized city,” Cavanaugh said. “The energy level, I cannot tell you how exciting it was not only to be in Toledo but to have an opportunity to be helpful and really pushing things forward.”
Cavanaugh invited locals Ragtime Rick, Lyn Casey of Cumulus and Becky Shock of WRQN for the get-together. He said he is not sure who will attend.
“I don’t know if it’ll have just you and I sitting around having a beer or two or a whole bunch of people, but let’s give it a try,” Cavanaugh said.
Cavanaugh started as a DJ in Syracuse, N.Y., in 1957 and eventually moved to Flint, Mich., before making his way to Toledo. In Toledo from 1983 to 1992, he was a part of making WIOT-FM, become a success nationally and, with sister facility WCWA, produced dozens of “River Rallies” in Promenade Park.
“I must say, back in that period of time, you had local ownership with Frazier Reams doing stuff that was simply [unheard of] … I tell my younger radio friends about this now and they think I’m crazy,” Cavanaugh said. “Frazier really ran the radio properties not just to make a couple dollars … but to truly serve the community. You just don’t see that anymore.”
Cavanaugh is now part of Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He currently lives with his wife in Oakhurst, Calif.
The event is set for 5 p.m. May 28 at Manhattan’s, 1516 Adams St.