Local radio legend dies

6:55 PM, Dec 20, 2006   |    comments
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Finan, who was on local radio up until October of this year, was 79 years old. He reportedly died at about 5 a.m. in Cleveland where he had recently undergone a medical procedure. Joe Finan first signed on at WISR radio in Butler, Pennsylvania in 1949, and for nearly 60 years, never stopped talking. In 1951, he was the first TV weatherman in Ohio, on WNBK-TV, Channel 4, which would soon become KYW Channel 3. In 1953, he did the first format "Top Forty" show in Cleveland. He was Program Manager and part owner of KTLN in Denver. Finan returned to Cleveland in 1968 as the morning man on WIXY and established the Ohio School of Broadcasting. After selling his interest in the school, he was the Vice President and General Manager of KTLK-Welcome Radio in Denver. After ten years with WHK, he joined WNIR-FM, "The Talk of Akron," in 1984 and remained there until his retirement on December 22 of 2004. As a host at "The Talk of Akron", WNIR, Finan led a varied and exciting career. He came out of retirement for his last radio job with WARF-AM 1350 in Akron, as a midday talk show host, from February to October of 2006. Joe Finan is survived by his sons and grandchildren.


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