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BYRON MacGREGOR

Born: March 3, 1948, Calgary

Died: January 3, 1995, Detroit

Also known as: His birth name is Gary Lachlan Mack

Stations: CKLW Windsor, Ont.

Notes: At 19 was the youngest news director in major market radio. At 22 recorded 'The Americans" a narrative recording that sold threee million copies. He gave all of the profits to the American Red Cross. His wife, Jo-Jo Shutty MacGregor, was the first female helicopter traffic reporter in North America at CKLW and was still doing traffic in Detroit in the 2000s. Died of complications from pneumonia.


ANGUS MacKAY

Died: January 3, 2016

Stations: CHOM-FM, CJFM Montreal

Notes: One of the first DJ's when CHOM-FM launched in 1970. Moved to CJFM in 1974, but left to move to England and Jamaica. Returned to CJFM in 2005 to co-host the show Rhythms International. Around the same time as he started at CHOM, Mackay and Peter Starr started the city's first rock magazines, Gumbo and Side One. Died of cancer at age 67.


PHIL MacKELLAR

Died: January 26, 1983, Mississauga, Ont.

Also known as: That Feller MacKellar

Stations: CKFH, CKEY, CKFM, CJBC Toronto

Notes: Hosted "All That Jazz" for years at CKFM. A 34-year broadcast veteran, his career all-but ended when - thinking the microphone was off - he repeated a racist remark on the air at CKFM on July 31, 1982. A broken man, he died a few months later of a heart attack.


DON MacKINNON

Born: January 2, 1934

Died: June 24, 1965, Malibu, Calif.

Stations: KIOA Des Moines, KDEO San Diego, KROY Sacramento, Calif., KABC Hollywood, Calif., KEWB San Francisco, KLAC, KFWB Los Angeles

Notes: Native of Yonkers, N.Y. Don Imus said he was inspired to get into radio by listening to MacKinnon. Died when his car went over a cliff in Malibu, Calif., following a personal appearance.


BOB MacRAE

Born: November 2, 1949, Buffalo, N.Y.

Died: December 4, 2007, Vesper, N.Y.

Also known as: Birth name was Robert Henry Zdrojewski

Stations: WKBW, WBNY, WGRF-FM (97 Rock), WBEN, WZIR Buffalo, N.Y.

Notes: Probably best-known for his time at WKBW in the 1970s and 1980s. Was program director at WZIR and WGRF. Owned production company called Limelight Productions. Did voice-over work after moving to Central New York in 1990. Semi-retired following a heart valve replacement in 1992.


ANDRE MAISONNEUVE

Died: October 21, 2016

Also known as: Katfish Morgan

Stations: CFCN (AM 106) Calgary, CKFM Toronto, CHOM, CJFM (Mix 96) Montreal, CILV (Live 88.5) Ottawa; also worked in Halifax and London, Ont..

Notes: Born in Quebec and raised in Thunder Bay, Ont. Spent 35 years in radio, the last 11 at Live 88.5. Died of cancer at age 55.


JOHN MAJHOR

Born: November 28, 1953, San Bernadino, Calif.

Died: January 23, 2007, Young America, Minn.

Stations: KKLS Rapid City, S.D. (as Curt Martin), WAPE Jacksonville, Fla., CHUM, CJEZ, CITY-TV, CFMT-TV Toronto, KLAC, KCBS Los Angeles, KSFQ Santa Fe, N.M.

Notes: Spent 11 years at CHUM - mostly in drive shifts - from 1975 to 1986. A pioneering veejay, he played videos on his "Video Singles" show on CFMT in 1983. From 1984 to 1986 he hosted the  "Toronto Rocks" video show on CITY-TV. Was one of the original anchors of the "E" Network in the U.S. Known as the "barefoot disc jockey" because he liked doing his shows without shoes or socks. Was 53 when he died of cancer.


JOHN MANZI

Died: July 18, 2010, Providence, R.I.

Also known as: Big Ange, Andy Jackson

Stations: WJAR, WPRO, WICE Providence, R.I., WHIM East Providence, R.I., WKRI West Warwick, R.I., WINR Binghamton, N.Y., WELM Elmira, N.Y., WASY Gorham, Me., WZON, Bangor, Me.

Notes: While at WPRO, he described himself as the "Cadillac of PRO radio." Died of cancer at the age of 68.


TERRY MANN

Born: December 21, 1936, Wingham, Ont.

Died: June, 1973

Also known as: His real name was Bill Henning.

Stations: CKLB Oshawa, Ont., CKFH, CHUM Toronto, WKBW Buffalo, N.Y., WNDR Syracuse, N.Y.

Notes: Died of diabetes-related complications.


LEE MARSHALL

Born: November 28, 1949, Ventura, Calif.

Died: April 26, 2014, Santa Monica, Calif.

Stations: KABC, KGFJ, KDAY, KBLA, KHJ Los Angeles, WOR-FM New York, KCBQ San Diego, CKLW Windsor, Ont., CKGM Montreal, KVEN Ventura, Calif., KOY, KRIZ Phoenix

Notes: Voice of Kellogg's Tony the Tiger after Thurl Ravenscroft's passing in 2005. Also the voice of "Buff", buffalo head at Disneyland's Country Bear Jamboree attraction. Pro wrestling announcer for the AWA and WCW. Former Los Angeles Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda said of Marshall, "If God ever wanted to make a speech, Lee Marshall would get the call." Died of cancer.


HARRY MARTIN

Died: January 5, 2009, Point Loma, Calif.

Also known as: Happy Hare

Stations: KCBQ San Diego, WXYZ Detroit, KGBC Galveston, Tex., KLAC Los Angeles, WADO New York, KYW Cleveland

Notes: Had four different stints at KCBQ. In addition to his air work, also spent over 20 years selling air time for various stations. Teamed with Specs Howard (Jerry Liebman) on a popular morning show on KYW, then moved to Detroit where the program was successful (but Howard continued to own the legendary Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts in Southfield, Mich). Inducted into Ohio Radio/TV Hall of Fame in 2006. Received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004 by the San Diego Radio Broadcasters. Still active in 2008, when he hosted a weekly show at signonsandiego.com. The native of Galveston, Tex, died of liver cancer at age 81.


KEN MATZ

Died: January 23, 2010, Harrisburg, Pa.

Also known as: Ken Matts (WRAW), Gary Smith (at WFEC)

Stations: WRAW Reading, Pa., WFEC Harrisburg, Pa., WIBG Philadelphia, KYW, WCAU-TV Philadelphia, WITI-TV Milwaukee, KGO-TV San Francisco, WCIX-TV Miami, WMAR-TV Baltimore

Notes: Started broadcasting career at WRAW in 1964. Won several AP Awards and an Emmy over his long career which ended in retirement in 1997. Died of throat cancer.


DAVE MAYNARD

Died: February 9, 2012, Citrus Hills, Fla.

Stations: WHIL, WORL, WBZ-AM, WBZ-TV, WCVB-TV Boston

Notes: A native of Larchmont, N.Y., Maynard spent 48 years in Boston radio and television. Hosted the talent show "Community Auditions" at WBZ-TV for 21 years beginning in 1965. Began overnight shift at WBZ in 1979, moving to morning drive the next year and to middays in 1990. Retired from full-time duty in 1991 but continued at WBZ in fill-in shifts. While doing overnight talk at WBZ, he saved the life of a suicidal caller by keeping him on the air until help arrived. Boston mayor Kevin White declared December 1, 1983 to be "Dave Maynard Day" in honour of Maynard's then 25-years at WBZ. Was named the Massachusetts Broadcaster of the Year in 1999, and was inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2009. Graduate of Emerson College and Boston University, he also taught at BU for 17 years. An avid chef, he wrote three cookbooks. Died after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease.


BOB McADOREY

Born: July 24, 1935, Niagara Falls, Ont.

Died: February 5, 2005, St. Catharines, Ont.

Also known as: Birth name was Robert Joseph McAdorey

Stations: CJCD Dawson Creek, B.C., CHVC Niagara Falls, Ont., CJOY Guelph, Ont., CHUM, CHFI, CFTR Toronto, CFGM Richmond Hill, Ont., Global Television

Notes: Did afternoons at CHUM during its glory years of the 1960s and was music director at the influential station. Found a second career in television at Global in the 1970s, and went on to spend many years there as entertainment editor. Predeceased by his wife and two of his children. Spent his final years in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. Read his Toronto Star obituary here.


ROGER McCALL

Died: December 12, 2003

Stations: WCMF Rochester, N.Y.

Also known as: Unkle Rog

Notes: Spent three decades at WCMF, mostly on the all-night show. A big supporter of local music talent, he recorded six albums of Rochester bands during a 25-year period. Died after he was shot during a robbery. He was 52.


COYOTE McCLOUD

Born: August 31, 1942

Died: April 6, 2011, J. Percy Priest Lake, Tenn.

Also known as: Birth name was William Lehmann but legally changed his name to Coyote William McCloud. Known as Bill Scott at WGOW-AM.

Stations: WGOW-AM Chattanooga, Tenn., WQXI Atlanta, WMAK-AM, WMAK-FM, WYHY, WWKX, WZPC, WRQQ Nashville

Notes: Wrote the song "Where's the Beef" as a promotion for an advertising campaign featuring Clara Peller. Was the first imaging voice of Country Music Television in the '80s. Was once profiled on CBS' 48 Hours in a segment on shock jocks. Coyote nickname came from friends who saw him as a younger Wolfman Jack. Died of cirrhosis of the liver on his houseboat on J. Percy Priest Lake, Tenn., outside Nashville.


LARRY McCORMICK

Died: August, 2004

Stations: KPRS Kansas City, KGFJ, KDAY, KFWB, KLAC, KMPC Los Angeles

Notes: Named 4th most popular R&B deejay of the year in 1967 by Billboard. Made successful transition to television with stops at KCOP, KABC and KTLA. Winner of many awards, including the "Torchbearer" award from the Black Journalists Association of Southern California.


JAAN McCOY

Born: June 21, 1954, Sao Paolo, Brazil

Died: October 18, 2014, Farmers Branch, Tex.

Also known as: Birth name was Jaan Kalmes

Stations: WFBL Syracuse, N.Y., CKOC Hamilton, CFGO Ottawa, WLGZ Rochester, N.Y., KPBC Dallas, KAAM Garland, Tex., KIXT "The Coyote", KGVL Greenland, Tex.

Notes: Began radio career at age 16. Hosted The Breakfast Club morning show on KAAM. Spent more than 30 years in Dallas radio including time at FM Classic Rock, Rock Hits on the ABC Radio Network in Dallas. Died of a heart attack while in the broadcast chair at Westwood One, where he was a producer of their 24-hour classic hits format.


EARL McDANIEL

Born: 1928

Died: March 26, 2014, Arizona

Also known as: Earl The Pearl

Stations: KFVD/KPOP, KLAC, KDAY, KFWB Los Angeles, KEWB San Francisco, KFMB San Diego, KGMB/KSSK Honolulu

Notes: Credited with breaking Elvis's Heartbreak Hotel nationally. Believed to have been the first deejay to play The Chipmunk Song (he got fired for playing it twice an hour!). First deejay to host record hops and dance programs on Los Angeles television. Hired both Robert W. Morgan and The Real Don Steele at KEWB, before their success at KHJ. Gave away $1,000,000 to a single listener while at KGMB/KSSK in a promotion for the new morning team of Larry Price and Michael Perry. Became president of Heftel Broadcasting and helped programmed WLUP Chicago, KQV Pittsburgh and KTNQ Los Angeles (the former KPOP, where he began his career). Died at the age of 85.


KEVIN McGOWAN

Died: August 8, 2012, Toronto

Stations: CKWW Windsor, Ont., CFCF Montreal, CJRN Niagara Falls, Ont., CIFX (The Fox) Winnipeg, CKKL-FM (KOOL-FM) Ottawa, CIFX (BOB-FM) Winnipeg, CKKO-FM Kelowna, B.C., CHMY (myFM) Renfrew, Ont., CIMY (myFM) Pembroke, Ont.

Notes: Was PD for My Broadcasting Corporation's myFM stations in Ontario. Spent 35 years in radio. Died at the age of 58.


ED McKENZIE

Born: January 20, 1911, Flushing, Mich.

Died: February 5, 2001, Flint, Mich.

Stations: WJBK Detroit

Also known as: Jack The Bellboy, Birth name is Edmond Thomas McKenzie


GORDON McLENDON

Born: June 8, 1921, Paris, Tex.

Died: September 14, 1986, Denton Co., Tex.

Stations: See below

Notes: McLendon is one of the co-fathers of Top 40 radio. He owned many stations including KLIF, KNUS-FM Dallas, KILT Houston, WAKY Louisville, Ky., KEEL Shreveport, La., KADS Los Angeles, KABL Oakland, Calif., WYSL Buffalo, N.Y., and WNUS-FM and WYNR Chicago. In addition to be an innovator in Top 40 radio, he was also ahead of his time in seeing the future of all-news radio. Pioneer of "beautiful music" programming at KABL. He also foresaw the advent of infocommercials at KADS. Also co-produced a couple of cult classic "B" films, "The Killer Shrews" and "The Giant Gila Monster."


JAY McPHAIL

Died: December 1996

Stations: CJJD Hamilton, Ont., CING-FM Burlington, Ont., CKEY Toronto

Also known as: Terry McPhail

Notes: Lead singer for the rock group Tenderness from 1969 to 1973. Was CHAM's all-night man from 1972 to 1974. Died of cancer in 1996.


BILL MEEKS

Born: March 2, 1921

Died: September 8, 1999

Notes: Founded the PAMS jingle company. Died of cancer. A tribute to Bill Meeks can be found here.


BILL "ROSKO" MERCER

Born: May 25, 1927, New York City

Died: August 1, 2000, New York City

Also known as: Rosko

Stations: WLIB, WINS, WQIV, WOR-FM, WNEW-FM, WBLS, WKTU, WBAI New York; KGFJ, KBLA, KMET, WHAT Chester, N.J., WDAS Philadelphia, WNJR Secaucus, N.J., Voice of America

Notes: First black announcer on both WINS and KBLA. Unhappy with the station's switch to a more restrictive format, he resigned on-air at WOR-FM. Soon after was hired by WNEW-FM where he spent three years. Did voice-over work for commercials and was heard in announcements for CBS Sports.


KEVIN METHENY

Born: June 1954

Died: October 3, 2014

Also known as: Michael Flowers (KWHP)

Stations: KWHP-FM Edmond, Okla., WKY Oklahoma City, KJR Seattle, WNOE-FM New Orleans (PD), KDEO El Cajon, Calif. (PD), WIBG Philadelphia (PD), WXXX Pittsburgh (PD), WEFM Chicago (PD), KSLQ-FM St. Louis (PD), WNBC New York (PD), KTKS-FM Dallas (PD), WSOK-AM/WAEV Savannah, Ga. (VP-GM), KFRC-AM-FM San Francisco (OD), KQQL-FM Minneapolis (OD), Clear Channel/Jacor's Jacksonville and Cleveland clusters, WGN Chicago (PD), WJR Detroit (PD), KGO, KSFO San Francisco (OM)

Notes: Spent 44 years in radio, mostly in management positions. Fired shock jock Howard Stern at WNBC in 1985, and Metheny became known to Stern fans as "Pig Virus."


RUTH MEYER

Died: January 22, 2011, Kansas City

Stations: KCKN, WHB Kansas City, WMGM, WMCA, WHN, WNEW-AM New York

Notes: Was hired at 250-watt KCKN to write commercials and help the programming staff after failing to find a newspaper job. Met Todd Storz, one of the founders of Top 40 radio, while at WHB. Joined WMCA in 1958 which became one of the leading Top 40 stations in the U.S. during the early-to-mid-'60s under her guidance. It was Meyer who designed the famous WMCA smiley-face sweatshirts. Left WMCA in 1968 to go into consulting, though she did return for a time during its talk era. Programmed WHN for a short time after it launched as a country station in 1973. Helped create the NBC Source Network and the Direction Network at ABC.


GEORGE MICHAEL

Born: March 24, 1939, St. Louis

Died: December 24, 2009, Washington, D.C.

Also known as: "King" George Michael; birth name was George Michael Gimpel.

Stations: WIL St. Louis, KICN Denver, WRIT Milwaukee, WFIL Philadelphia, WABC New York, WRC, WRC-TV Washington

Notes: Replaced Cousin Brucie in the evening shift at WABC in 1974, spending five years there after an eight-year stint at WFIL. Hosted the sports highlight show "The George Michael Sports Machine" which was distributed for syndication nationally by NBC from 1984 to 2007 (it began in 1980 as a local show called "George Michael's Sports Final." on WRC-TV Washington, where he worked as a sports anchor for 28 years ending in 2008. Michael won an Emmy for "The George Michael Sports Machine." While at WABC in the '70s, he was also a sports anchor on WABC-TV and did colour commentary for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League. Was also a nationally known collector of baseball cards and early baseball photos. Died of complications of chronic lymphocytic leukemia.


JOHNNY MICHAELS

Died: February 8, 2002

Stations: WIXY Cleveland, WFAS, WOR-FM, WMCA, WCBS-FM, WNBC New York, WWDJ Hackensack, N.J.

Notes: A versatile announcer, Michaels was one of the last Top 40 jocks on WMCA and one of the first free-form announcers at WOR-FM. Also did the first shift, in mornings, when WCBS-FM switched to oldies in July, 1972. Died at the age of 60. Not to be confused with the Johnny Michaels who has worked at WTIC-FM, WDRC and WWYZ. Michaels' son, J. R. Moehringer, is a Pulitzer Prize winner and a national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times.


FRED MITCHELL

Died: June 9, 2001, Florida

Stations: WJLB Detroit, WOHO, WSPD-TV Toledo, Ohio

Notes: Brought many national acts to Toledo, including Elvis Presley. Left radio in 1963 to go into automobile sales. Died at the age of 85.



JOHNNY MITCHELL

Died: November 11, 1987

Also known as: Birth name was (Gerald) Edward Phillips.

Stations: WKSR Pulaski, Tenn., WBMC McMinnville, Tenn., KHJ Los Angeles, KCBQ San Diego, KFOG, KFRC San Francisco, WSIX Nashville, Tenn., WYDE Birmingham, Ala., KQV Pittsburgh, WOR-FM New York

Also known as: Sebastian Stone, Johnny Holiday and Mel Kent (WYDE). His birth name was (Gerald) Edward Phillips.

Notes: Stayed awake 195 hours at WYDE early in his career. Died of heart attack.


DICK MORELAND

Died: July 24, 1988

Stations: KRLA Los Angeles

Notes: Moreland was at KRLA from 1961 to 1969. In 1966, he won a Billboard award as the most cooperative music director, program director or music librarian in exposing new music. Started the very successful Music Plus record chain. Ended his show with "This has been a Desert Rose Production. Bye Bye. Buy Bottled in Bond. Bye Bye." Died of cancer at age 55.


BUMPER MORGAN

Died: October 26, 2005

Also known as: His birth name was Frederick Merrin

Stations: WXLO, WPIX-FM, WNBC New York, WENE, WNBF, WKOP-FM Binghamton, N.Y., KAHU Honolulu, WWSW, WWNL-AM (station manager), WSHH-FM, WJJJ-FM, WCTX-FM, WHTX-FM, WVTY Pittsburgh

Notes: Was announcer for TV show "Inside Edition." Did voice work for BBC. Filled in for Casey Kasem on American Top 40. The native of Endicott, N.Y., died of a heart attack at age 57.


ROBERT W. MORGAN

Born: July 23, 1937, Galion, Ohio

Died: May 22, 1998, Los Angeles

Also known as: Early in his career used the name Bob Morgan

Stations: WWST AM and FM, Karns, Tenn., KHJ-AM, KHJ-TV, KIQQ, KMPC, KMGG, KRTH Los Angeles, KEWB San Francisco, WIND Chicago, KMAK Fresno, Calif., KACY Oxnard, Calif,, KROY Sacramento, Calif., KMBY Monterey, Calif., KTEE Carmel, Calif., KOMY Watsonville, Calif.

Notes: Named Billboard Magazine's Air Personality of the Year in 1967. Co-produced and narrated the 48-hour History of Rock and Roll, which aired on KHJ in 1969. Inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1994. Died after a year-long bout with lung cancer, the same disease that killed The Real Don Steele and Bill Drake. Middle name was Wilbur.


MR. MAGIC

Born: March 15, 1956, New York

Died: October 2, 2009, New York

Stations: WHBI, WBLS, WQHT New York, WEBB Baltimore

Also known as: Birth name was John Rivas

Notes: When his "Rap Attack" weekend show debuted on WBLS in April, 1983, he became the first host on a commercial station to devote a show entirely to rap. The New York Times said in his obituary that he was to rap what Alan Freed was to rock 'n' roll in terms of popularizing his genre of music. Mr. Magic was also a producer and performer in his own right who worked with the Force MD's. Died of a heart attack.


HAL MURRAY

Died: September 17, 1988

Also known as: Emperor, as in Emperor Hal Murray

Stations: KQV Pittsburgh, KDWB Minneapolis, WINQ Tampa, Fla., KFWB Los Angeles, WNEW New York, WOKY Milwaukee, WILZ St. Petersburg, Fla., WKIS Orlando, Fla., WEEK Peoria, Ill., WHKK Akron, Ohio, WHLW Lakewood, N.J., WNOE New Orleans

Notes: Listeners to his KQV show were known as "Murray's Militia" and his show was known as the "Murray Go-Round". Died at age 67.


PAT MURRAY

Stations: CKEY Toronto, CING-FM (FM 108) Burlington, Ont.

Notes: Was at CKEY during its easy-listening era. Died in 1980s.


SCOTT MUNI

Born: May 10, 1930, Wichita, Kan.

Died: September 28, 2004, New York

Stations: Radio Guam, WAKR Akron, Ohio, WMCA, WABC, WOR-FM, WNEW-FM, WAXQ New York

Also known as: Nicknamed "Scottso" and "The Professor"

Notes: The gravel-voiced Muni was one of the first major Top 40 announcers to move successfully to the album rock format. Replaced Alan Freed at WAKR, then moved on to a run of more than 40 years in the New York market. Was on the scene broadcasting live for WABC when the Beatles first arrived in New York in 1964. Over 30 of those years were at New York's legendary album rock station, WNEW-FM, where well-known musicians often dropped in to be interviewed. Hosted syndicated programs "Ticket to Ride" and "Scott Muni's World of Rock". Voice-over work included the famous "How Do You Spell Relief" Rolaids TV commercial, and promos for Monday Night Football. Died nine months after suffering a stroke in January, 2004.


ERNIE MYERS

Died: March 8, 2016, La Mesa, Calif.

Stations: XETRA Tijuana, Mexico, KCBQ, KOGO, KPOP San Diego

Notes: First appeared on San Diego radio as KCBQ morning man in 1954. Was at KOGO for 19 years and KSDO 14 years. Called horse races at Del Mar north of San Diego and also hosted a satellite feed from the track. Received a lifetime achievement award from the San Diego Radio Broadcasters Association in 2001. Brother of "Mad Daddy" Pete Myers. Died at age 86 of complications from Parkinson's disease.


'MAD DADDY' PETE MYERS

Died: October 4, 1968, New York

Also known as: Birth name was Pierre "Pete" Myers

Stations: KCBQ San Diego, WHKK Akron, Ohio, WJW, WHK Cleveland, WNEW-AM, WINS New York

Notes: His Mad Daddy show featured the sound-effect of a bubbling cauldron, representing a vat in a laboratory. As Mad Daddy, he was one of the highest-energy jocks in rock radio history. However, while on WNEW - after one shift as Mad Daddy - he subsequently appeared as the mellow Pete Myers. Unhappy with being moved to the night shift at WNEW-AM, he shot himself in his Manhattan apartment. He was 40.


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