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Howie Lund

Howie Lund

As early as 1946, the Press Local Radio Poll named WJW’s Howie Lund the favorite announcer in Cleveland. Lund had just 2 years radio experience then, having started at WJW when it moved to Cleveland from Akron. By 1947, Lund had moved to WJWO and was “the Frank Sinatra of the city’s jocks”. It was here that he perfected his “scat talk”-rhyming words and chatter between records. Following a four-year break from announcing, “Happy Howie” returned to Cleveland radio at WDOK. Despite the change in the public’s perception in the roll of a disc jockey, he did so well that in 1959 he was named the top disc jockey by AFTRA. In 1963, Lund received AFTRA’s George Roberts Memorial Award for the best all-around radio performer. Howie’s daily work was to make people happy-but he wasn’t afraid to take a stand. During a bitter strike at WIXY, he honored the picket line. Management fired him, but labor negotiations included a demand for his return. He later served a term as President of the Cleveland Chapter of AFTRA. In 1972, Lund retired from the air to write. He later returned to WERE to serve as Director of Community Involvement. Howie Lund died in 1974 and is still considered Cleveland’s first and finest disc jockey.

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