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Personalities

Tom Severino: morning wake-up show personality with a great sense of humor. Began tradition of honoring birthdays of listeners by giving them a wake-up call on their special day. Often hosted the Sound Off program.

As of February 2004, Tom Severino (right, holding microphone) is in Indianapolis as Vice President and General Manager of WIBC radio and the Network Indiana and AgriAmerica radio networks. He's been at these management positions since June 1994 when Emmis Communications bought WIBC and WNOU.

WIBC is the rights holder to the Indiana Pacers, the Fever, Indy 500, Brickyard 400, the IRL and the U.S. Gran Prix Indy. It operates the largest newsroom in Indiana (WIBC is the flagship station for the statewide news network, Network Indiana).

Prior to his time in Indianapolis, Tom spent 5+ years as General Manager of WCKY in Cincinnati. Before that he spent 7-1/2 years as Vice President and General Manager of WIRE, WXTZ, Network Indiana and was Director of FM stations for Mid-America Media.

Tom also served as Vice President of WFOG, Norfolk, VA.. He began his career as morning personality and news director at WRWR. He was also an account executive and Local Sales Manager for ABC's WRIF in Detroit and WDAI in Chicago. He graduated from Murray State University in Murray, KY in 1973.


Tom Shannon: Weekday evening personality originally from Sandusky. Went on to station KADQ in Rexburg, Idaho after a few years.

Tom generously allowed 12-year-old me to visit him at the station in the evening hours so I could watch him work and begin to understand how radio stations operate.

He is shown at left in 1975 in the WRWR air studio. Two turntables were located to his right; the control board and main station microphone are behind him. Cartridge machines, the station audio limiter, weather radio receiver, reel-to-reel machines, record bins, and other miscellaneous equipment were located at his left.


John Schaffner: John began work at WRWR in 1969 during the summers. He was hired fulltime in October of 1972 as Sports Director and Announcer. In 1975, he was promoted to the position of Operations Manager in charge of scheduling air shifts and some programming. It was around that time that he created the "Vacationland Connection" weekend programming format on WRWR that promoted weather forecasts four times per hour, along with such features as a fishing report, reports from Put-in-Bay, the Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce, the Coast Guard, etc.

He was the voice of Port Clinton High School sports during the early and mid 1970's. He broadcast such events as the Men's Bowling Championships, the Ottawa County Track Meet and High School Wrestling (with Tom Severino at his side).

John left WRWR in 1977 to take the position of General Manager of the Port Clinton Press newspaper. In 1979, he purchased an interest in what was WAWR in Bowling Green (the call letters had been changed to WKIQ).

John now edits and publishes The Beacon, a free weekly newspaper for Ottawa County, Ohio. Continues the name "Sound Off" through regular columns.


Randy Hugg (at right in photo): Colorful evening personality in later years at WRWR. Went on to WCPZ in Sandusky, where he still makes his living working on the air. The lady in the photo is Tosha Lynn, who worked in the morning with Randy for several years. (Photo from the WCPZ website.)

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