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Dancin’ Danny Wright

Dancin Danny Wright

Dancin Danny spent 17 years of his broadcast career in the Cleveland/Akron market. During his career, he was nominated by Billboard as the CHR Major Market Personality of the year and after 3 nominations, won the award. And while at WGAR, Danny was named by the Country Music Association as the Major Market Personality of the Year. Danny is the only on-air personality to win these coveted awards for both CHR and Country formats.[1

The majority of Danny’s career and success in the Cleveland/Akron market was during his stay at WGCL, where he was a Top 40 Disc Jockey known as "Dancin' Danny Wright." He departed WGCL when the station was sold by GCC Communications to Detroit. Michigan’s Metropolis Broadcasting. New management was brought in and the station itself became WNCX, with a rock/CHR hybrid format. While all of WGCL's personalities were let go, Wright's contract kept him from being bought out, so—due to his incompatibility with the new format—he was relegated to simply engineering the overnight shift for his remaining few weeks, with then-owner Harvey Deutsch referring to him as the "World's Highest Paid Board-Op."

During this period, Wright quietly had studied for a real estate license, and attained it after he left WNCX. He was soon hired by WRQC, but abruptly announced his "retirement" several months later to pursue a career in real estate. His "retirement" was short-lived, however, as he took the afternoon-drive slot on news/talk station WWWE from 1988-1989.

In the early 1990s, Wright moved to Akron-based Top 40 outlet, WKDD, for the evening timeslot. He later flipped to WQMX, which was at that time another Akron Top 40 station ("Mix 94.9"). When WQMX changed format to country music in the mid-1990s, Wright successfully modified his on-air approach for the format. He soon moved to Cleveland country powerhouse WGAR, where he enjoyed the highest ratings of his career. Wright stayed at WGAR-FM until being downsized in a mass budget layoff in November 2001.



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