The Cool Oldies 1450 Team
Michael Betteridge – General Manager
Bob Steele – Program Director
Mike Ridenhour – Account Manager/DJ (Bigg Mike)
Chris Leon – Account Manager/DJ (Cruizin’ Chris)
Chad Merrill – Meteorologist/DJ
John Kovach- Account Manager/DJ (JohnnyB)
Tim Groft – DJ/IT services
William Warren – Director of IT Services
Susan Kay Mason – Sales
Bob Steele is a 45 year on-air broadcast veteran, consultant, and educator who has worked in markets up and down the East Coast; from New York to Florida, Myrtle Beach to Ocean City, New Jersey to Nashville, as well as a two-year stint in Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas. Combining a Rock & Roll attitude with a huge music knowledge base and a well-honed sense of promotion, Steele believes strongly in the local approach to radio and maximizing the “Fun Factor” anywhere he works. Following college Steele started his career as a broadcast journalist, working for then WJWL-AM and 93.5 WSEA-FM in Georgetown, Delaware. Steele’s career has taken him from News (local to Network levels) to On-Air Radio Personality (small to major markets) and Talk Show Host, to Operations and Station Management. Steele is an Oldies” junkie” having worked and programmed at such outlets as at BIG 100 Washington DC, WQSR Baltimore, Oldies 1047 (Monmouth Co NJ/New York), Max 92.9 (Hagerstown/Hancock, MD), and Scorpion Radio Group’s “The Oldies Vault”. Steele believes in giving back to the industry, and has taught future broadcasters at Salisbury University, Connecticut School of Broadcasting, and The Community College of the Bahamas. As a hobby, Steele road races Sports Cars with the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and his Scorpion Racing Group team (with Steele at the wheel) is three-time Mid Atlantic Road Racing Series (MARRS) Champion in GT-Lite. Steele’s energetic “The 5X Over-Caffeinated Radio Show” has been a Nielson number one rated favorite of audiences everywhere he goes.
Originally from New York. Cruizin’ Chris’ love of oldies music started with his Dad, who always played 45’s and 33’s on his record player. Radio was always a love, as he used to pretend to be a DJ using his Dad’s record player. Chris is happy to be sharing his love for oldies music in the community he lives in and loves. When not playing music on the radio, Chris is an avid sports fan (Mets, Jets, Nets, and Islanders) he also enjoys taking care of his pet frogs, and spending time with his wife, and two beautiful daughters.
I was born and raised in the Pittsbugh PA area . I was a radio DXer and my favorite hobby was picking up the signals of the large 50,000 clear channel stations at night. During the 50’s and 60’s Pittsburgh was a fertile breeding ground for oldies and doo wop music. I developed a passion for this music and lived with it, ate with it, and slept with it. As an adult, I decided I wanted to MC my own radio show. After receiving my Master of Public Administration (MPA) from American University in 2003, I landed my first broadcasting job at WPFW in Washington DC. I am currently on the radio every Saturday at 3pm on COOL Oldies 1450’s Muscles of Soul.
Johnny B has come “full circle” in his love for music and radio from growing up in Bethesda, Maryland, to now being part of the WTHU Team. As a young teen in the early 70’s, Johnny would often “hang out” at the WHFS radio station located in Bethesda. There, he would watch, listen, and got to know such legendary DJ’s as Cerphe (pronounced Surf) and Damian. Bethesda was a “hot bed” of music at that time and it wasn’t unusual to see “not yet famous” musicians such as Linda Ronstadt, Bruce Springsteen or Livingston Taylor, relaxing around the studio after an interview. This experience helped nurture a love of music that has only grown over the years. Johnny is excited to now be able to share his passion for music with the Thurmont community and beyond on WTHU. Besides music, he is an avid supporter of Arizona State University football and basketball. Johnny lives near Thurmont with his wife, Renay, 2 cats and a dog.
Since 2001, Pat Gwinn has hosted and produced Pat Gwinn At The Beach, a two-hour syndicated show celebrating Rhythm & Blues and Carolina Beach Music. Pat Gwinn at the Beach has been nominated multiple times by the Carolina Beach Music Academy for the Best Syndicated Show. Pat is a partner in Kool Winds Entertainment Group Pat Gwinn now joins our Cool Oldies 1450 team weekdays from 10am to 1pm.
Pastor James Coblentz – Pioneer Baptist Church
Gary Cox – Family by Design
Joel Fischer – Family by Design
Donna Betteridge – In Memory Of
Michael Betteridge – High school sports announcer
Tom Geppi – High school sports announcer
Dave Stieren – High school sports announcer
Rick Little – High school sports announcer
Michael Rajnik – High school sports announcer