DALLAS -- Dave Michaels, the PD and midday host Citadel Media's syndicated "Classic Hits" service, has died at the age of 60, reports Radio-Info.com. For several years, Michaels and his "Workday Request Party" could be heard locally on Oldiez 96.1 (WODZ) in Utica.
Radio-Info says Michaels was battling cancer. The national site also notes that Michaels programmed the syndicated service for years, dating back to when the format was referred to as "Oldies Radio" and it was owned by ABC Radio Networks. In more-recent years, Michaels brought the playlist into the 80s, rebranding the format as "Classic Hits."
For many years, WODZ carried the syndicated format around the clock, only breaking away from the network for its locally-hosted weekday morning drive show (and for a few years, a local afternoon show). Not long after the "Oldies Radio" network feed evolved to "Classic Hits," WODZ switched networks, to Citadel Media's "True Oldies Channel" in May 2010. That didn't last long either -- the station now runs an all-local schedule, except for some syndicated specialty programs on weekends.
Our condolences to family, friends and colleagues of Michaels.