The Magic 96.1 Personalities!

 

 

(1996 personalities in the main production studio, eventually there were three other production studios installed at 801 E. Morehead-L to R, Front Row:  Harriet Coffey, Patrick Callahan Back Row:  Bobby Lane, Mustang Sally, Ron Harper, Swinging Mac (Mark McGuffin), John Harder)

 

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Upon this page is a list of most of those who passed through the doors at "The Magic Corner" in the original walk up studios of Magic 96.1 in Charlotte.  It was on the corner of Kings & E. Morehead Street in Midtown.  On Thursday September 1, 2004 the format on 96.1 FM changed.  Then later that very same day the building which housed the Magic Corner Studios was demolished to make way for Charlotte's new Greenway Project.  That irony is not lost on us.

Others on this page didn't arrive until after Magic moved the symbolic "Pink Cadillac" to the more spacious all new studios at 801 E. Morehead Street a few blocks towards uptown. 

If you were an air-staff member of Magic and we overlooked you, it was completely unintentional!   Attempting to chronicle every personality over 18 years is proving to be a more daunting challenge than we first realized.  We want you to contact us because we want this list to be as historically accurate as possible and because we need any content you can provide

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"Where Are They Now?"

We've tried to include everyone who ever cracked a microphone but memory fails after so many years, so contact us with additions and corrections!  The listings are in RANDOM order.   Magic People, let your old fans & friends keep up with you!  CONTACT US! 

* = Third party unconfirmed information as the site has had no direct contact or content contribution from the personality.

Information accurate to the best of our knowledge on December 22, 2006

Jim Shafer - Afternoon Drive Lite 102.9 Charlotte*

Eggman - Eggman wrote us September 7, 2007 to say, "I am the new National News Anchor and Editor for the Information Radio Network in Memphis, TN. The network syndicates news and talk programming to 500 - 600 stations across the US and overseas. It has been around for more than 10
years, and is a branch operation of a company called First American Monetary Consultants, a firm that specializes in precious metals (gold, silver) investing.  The closest affiliate to Charlotte is a station in
Asheville.Previously Egg was Production Director, Entercom stations KALC, KOSI, KQMT and KEZW in Denver Colorado.  He emailed us that he found the Denver job on the one-year anniversary of Magic's passing, which made it a happier day than it would have been otherwise.

Liz Luke -  Morning news anchor on Charlotte's new WDYT-AM 1220.

Harriet Coffey -  10 A- 3 P Mon-Fri at 95.7 FM "The Ride" (WXRC)

Boomer - Boomer's latest radio show is the host on the WBT "Saturday Night Time Machine" heard Saturday nights from 9 until Midnight on 1110 AM.  Boomer is dedicating every broadcast of that show to Rockin' Ray Gooding.  Prior to that he was on mid-days at Oldies 93 in Greensboro which flipped to country in the fall of 2006.  Boomer has been, and will continue to be, the only stadium announcer for all Carolina Panther home games since the first NFL game was played in Charlotte. 

Bobby Lane - Morning Drive V103.3 WMGV in New Bern, NC

Randy Rowland - Randy's "Sunday Night At The Beach" show found a new home at "Oldies 106.1" which is 32,000 watt WOLS-FM licensed to Waxhaw, SC with studios in Charlotte, Sunday from 5 until 8 PM.

Kenny McClain - Production Director, Clear Channel Charlotte 

Tom Sorensen - Sports writer with The Charlotte Observer*

Brother Dave - (David Vasser) Out of radio after 36 years, nearly 13 of those years were at Magic and 24 in and around Charlotte. Dave plays bass in Albemarle based Oldies band KOLLECTION and works full time for Stanly County Communications.

Rockin' Ray (Ray Gooding) - Died following an extended illness Monday May 14th, 2007. 

Chuck Boozer - Reported to have gone back to being an automobile sales representative in Charlotte and then later was seen on Channel 18 WCCB's Fox News Rising early morning TV show as a co-host.* (awaiting further)

Racin' Randy / Rich Harris- Magic's 2nd overnight jock ever as "Rich Harris" and returned later as weekender "Racin' Randy" and now working at Clear Channel's Charlotte Total Traffic Network Report Center.

Marty (With the Party) Wheeler - Stayed with Clear Channel Total Traffic Network working in the Charlotte Center until 2007.  Will be working as one of the new train operators for Charlotte CATS new light rail system beginning in the fall of 2007.

Samantha Stone - WEND Jock.

Mike (BIG Mike) Sochacki - Magic traffic reporter, now at Clear Channel's Traffic Center.

Jim Radford - Last full-time program director whose only responsibility was Magic.  Left Magic in 2003 to become Operations Manager of Clear Channel's six station cluster in Panama City, FL. 

Doctor Michael "Doc" Geressy - Clear Channel Charlotte producer (Former overnight jock on "The Ovenright Oldies Party" and later on "The Overnight Jukebox")

Scott Tadlock - Former overnight jock on "The Ovenright Oldies Party" and later on "The Overnight Jukebox."  (awaiting word*)

Nicole Anthony - Overnight DJ and resident Elvis Expert, her "Elvis at 11" feature is available for syndication.  Contact us through this site and we'll have her contact you.

Ron Harper - Voice-Over artist and host of his own nationally syndicated Beatles daily feature.  Ron lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Wolfman Jack - Gone but not forgotten.

Darren (The Big Dog) Stevens - Independent businessman.

Marty Thompson - Recently departed as Program Director KQOL in Las Vegas and Clear Channel Oldies Brand Manager.  Moving to Cincinnati we're told.  More news later!*

Becky Kent - Co-owner Concentrix Music and Sound Design in Charlotte with husband, Fred Story.

Bill Conway - Program Director KOIT San Francisco*

Pamela Hart - (awaiting word*)

Patrick Callahan - Evenings at WODS Boston

Roman Gabriel - (Yes, the Roman Gabriel of NFL fame who was the morning show sports announcer.)  Now Carolina Panthers Radio analyst*

Tony (The Tiger) - (AKA Tony Surface) Tony wrote us in December of 2006 to say, "In May (2007) I started a new career with Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office. I graduated from the academy in September and started working at Jail North in Charlotte. I am doing well and enjoying a career in Law Enforcement.. I enjoyed your website and appreciate all the nice comments from our fans. I do miss radio and someday I might get back to it. Thank you."

Sky King - Sky did traffic reports for a long time.  You might have noticed Sky's voice seemed to change over the years, because several different reporters all used the Sky King name!  One of the Sky Kings was Mark McGuffin who was also a Magic weekend DJ using the name Swinging Mac and is now afternoon drive personality at Magic 94.1 in Lexington.  See his Swinging Mac profile below.  (He's the only person listed twice because he did two completely different jobs!)

Mustang Sally - Sally followed Sky as the Magic 96.1 traffic reporter image (awaiting word*) 

Jane Scott - Magic 96.1's last traffic reporter.  (awaiting word*)

Linda Austin - Insurance sales in Lake Norman area*

Ron Riley - (awaiting word*)

Blaine Kellis - Now works in accounts payable for Coca-Cola in Tampa, Fla.  Out of radio for a while.

Tom Terrific - (awaiting word*)

Gary Michaels - At last report, still working at 96.1 as a board operator, full-time in security.*

Mike Riley - Construction Supervisor based in Charlotte building golf courses in the Carolinas.* 

Swinging Mac - Majic 94.1 in Greensboro as "The Shark" in afternoon drive.

Harley David - Steve and Harley's Armadillo Radio Hour based at KRVL Kerrville TX.  Station website Click Here (awaiting further)

Jeff Phillips - (awaiting word*)

Bo Newsome - Part time personality hired as one of the fill-ins during Harriet Coffey's illness 1999-2000.  Former WLAT-FM Rock 104 Myrtle Beach, SC morning show personality and he also worked at Beach 106.5 based in Salisbury which was purchased by The Dalton Group who moved the studios to charlotte and it shortly after became WEND, sister station to Magic in same studio complex at the Magic Corner and then at 801 E. Morehead St.  Currently Bo works for the NC Department of Motor Vehicles.   

The Real Jack Flash - Morning Drive 96.1 KQBW-FM in Omaha, Nebraska as Ethan Stone.

Rich Michaels - Weekend night and overnight DJ in the 90's, under his real name Rich Lange he was promotions director for several years during the "Glory Days" of Magic 96.1.

Keith Abrams - Operations Manager for Clear Channel's Cleveland Ohio cluster including the Cavaliers, Browns and Indians networks.

Michael St. John - (awaiting word) Michael we had a request to put an MP3 of the bell sound effect you used to use on  your overnight show.  People remember that wicked sound.*

(Miss) Jane Fagan - Longtime Office Manager & sometimes contributor to Shaffer & Eggman (awaiting word*)

Cat Simon - was doing mornings at River 102 in Shreveport up to 2001. Moved to Paris, TX, but we lost track of him after that.  (awaiting further*)

Bill Curtis - Magic 96.1 newsman, now on the WEBN Cincinnati Morning Show*

Chris Beachley - filled in on Sunday nights for Rockin' Ray a few times.  This Beach Music scene VIP can usually be found at the Wax Museum collector record store in Charlotte.*

Janet King - (awaiting word*)

Bill (Magic Man) Young - Radio Retirement in Florida*

Bobby Knight - (An early Magic afternoon drive jock - awaiting word*)

Terry Seitzer - (awaiting word*)

Roy Rosen - Operates mobile music & party DJ service in Charlotte.

Jon Brent - Moved into Television News, awaiting further information.*

Don Gerrard - (awaiting word*)

Vicky Lewis - (awaiting word*)

Jim Reary - (awaiting word*)

Dale Richards - Gone, but not forgotten.  Onetime night jock at Magic whose real name was Dale R. Allenbaugh.  He was the son of long-time star radio personality Bobby Knight, whose real name is Dale G. Allenbaugh. (Bobby Knight is still working radio in New Smyrna Beach, Florida at this writing.)  According to an account in the "Orlando Sentinel" on November 7, 2005 Dale Allenbaugh died as the result of a drive-by type shooting in Port Orange, Florida in the early morning hours of Saturday November 5, 2005 only three blocks from his house while riding home from work with a co-worker.  Dale was returning from a temporary DJ job at The Shark Lounge, a gentleman's nightclub in Daytona Beach.  It appears the driver of the SUV Dale was riding in, nightclub security manager Kwad Brathwaite, was the actual target of the shooting.  Authorities believe the shooter fired at Brathwaite's moving SUV from a faded blue mini-van in revenge for being ejected from the nightclub following a disturbance.  Mr. Brathwaite was shot five times resulting in the vehicle hitting a utility pole with such force that it broke the pole completely into.  Although Brathwaite was seriously injured he did survive.  While Dale was also shot it is unknown if he died from the resulting crash or from the gunfire.  Dale was declared dead at the scene shortly after 3 a.m. according to police.  Authorities had two suspects in custody along with the mini-van and what is presumed to be the gun used in the slaying shortly afterwards in nearby Holly Hill.  Dale was looking forward to starting his next radio job doing afternoon drive at a classic rock station in West Virginia sometime in January 2006.  In addition to his father, Dale was survived by two sons age 14 & 15.

Charlie Morehead - (awaiting word*)

Arroe Collins - Production director Charlotte's "The Link" WLNK 107.9 FM*

Drew Lane - (Magic's FIRST afternoon drive jock.  Awaiting word*)

Don Schaffer - Said to be PD at a Christian AC station in Atlanta - Magic's first Program Director & 1st Morning Drive DJ.*

Bob (Bobalu) Lewis - Now living in Jacksonville, Florida and working in retail management for Publix Supermarkets.  Hosts the "Route 66" Public Radio program on WJCT 89.9 FM in Jacksonville, Florida Monday nights at 9 and Tuesday nights at 11.  Lots more information and an aircheck on Bobalu's Personality Page.  (Click his name.)

Toni Trueblood - (awaiting word*)

Drew Thomas - Voice tracked the night show & still at WMKY Majik 105 in Lexington KY

Kain Cameron- Voice tracked the mid day show near the end on Magic from the studios of Y102.5 FM where she worked in Charleston, SC at that time.  She has since switched stations and is now on Sunny 96.9 in Charleston doing 10 AM until 3 PM.*

Mike Finn - (70's Big Ways guy who did weekends in Magic's early days-awaiting word*)

Honorary Personalities!

Betty Smith - Gone but not forgotten.  For over 15 years as Magic's receptionist, Betty Smith's honest open smile graciously greeted visitors to Magic's offices and studios.  She also greeted fellow employees in exactly the same manner even though some of them were being paid far more money.  She had a genuine warmth and honesty while always was businesslike and courteous with visitors.  Betty met more Magic listeners than all of the on-air personalities combined and was the best PR person Magic ever had!  For many listeners Betty was the only Magic person they ever actually met and everyone came away from meeting her with a good feeling about their visit and about the station in general.  Over the years Betty delivered enough prizes to on-air contest winners to fill a fleet of tractor trailers, answered an estimated minimum of 400,000 phone calls and solved uncounted crossword puzzles and word jumbles when there was nothing else to do.  Betty was the sunshine that lit the Magic reception area almost right up until she lost her battle with cancer at age 43 on May 20, 2004.  Betty was never paid much money and in fact rode the bus to work for most of her Magic career.  Near the end of her life she did finally get her own car.  Radio stations get some real strange phone calls and even stranger visitors, but Betty handled each one with courtesy, warmth and professionalism.  As a testament to her popularity, the Charlotte Observer published a feature story on her a few months after her passing.  She's probably the only radio station receptionist ever to get a feature story in the Observer just for the way she did her job and lived her life.  Not only was she the best receptionist a radio station could have, she was a fun, smart, kind and just plain nice person.  She was everything a Magic employee should be.  How lucky Magic was to have her around for so long!   A photo of Betty is now posted in Harriet Coffey's Gallery, click HERE. (Harriet Coffey is on the LEFT, Betty Smith is on the RIGHT.)  Thanks to Betty's daughter Shentell for submitting the photo! 

Chandler Allen - Gone but not forgotten.  Chandler Allen was on the air so often that perhaps he belongs in the bona-fide "Personalities" section.  Chandler was Magic's "biggest little fan."  Chandler was a child who though blind and bravely battling a multitude of other eventually terminal health problems always had a smiling voice for us on the phone and then a big hug when he visited with us in person.  Chandler was about 16 at the time of his passing.  Some may remember the Elvis outfit which Chandler wore to one of the Rock 'n Roll reunion shows Magic produced at Ovens Auditorium & Cricket Arena.  For at least 5 years Chandler was Magic's #1 fan and he made us his fans too.  You could count on Chandler phoning in almost daily.  If you didn't hear from him you got worried.  His favorite songs were "Black is Black" by Los Bravos and any song by Elvis.  Magic 96.1 never had a more faithful fan of any age.  Listeners heard his voice on the air often, phoning in a request or dedication, although we might not tell you who he was.  Chandler got a real kick out of hearing his voice on the air because Chandler wanted very badly to be a DJ on Magic when he grew up.  The few of us that had talked to his parents when Chandler was out of earshot knew he never would live to see it happen.  So by the power vested in us as the editors of the Magic 96.1 Tribute website we declare that Chandler Allen is henceforth to be known as an "Official Magic 96.1 Personality!"  A photo of Chandler can be seen in Bobby Lane & Nicole Anthony's photo gallery, click HERE.  (Chandler Allen is on the LEFT, Nicole Anthony CENTER and Bobby Lane RIGHT.)  An on the air tribute to Chandler and what he meant to everyone at the station can be heard compliments of Eggman of the Shaffer and the Eggman morning show by clicking HERE.

Gary Hattaway - Stayed with The Dalton Group when they sold Magic in 2000 to manage their communications tower facilities in Metro Charlotte.  Currently is Chief Engineer at Oldies 106.1 in Charlotte.  Gary Hattaway is the engineer that gave Magic96.1 the unique "Magic Sound."  He's played a part in designing and maintaining signature sound at many other important Charlotte stations including the "Flame Thrower," Z-100 which later became Charlotte's FOX.  Engineers have a tremendous impact on the overall sound of a station.  We feel fortunate to have had Gary around.  Gary also possessed a unique knack of convincing Magic management to buy only the very best equipment when other engineers would have gotten by with second or third best.  Magic always had only the best thanks to Gary.

Rob CaskeyStill on staff at Clear Channel Charlotte.  Rob is the computer savvy engineer who took the "Magic Sound" into the 21st Century world of computer audio.  Rob also helped build the fabulous 801 E. Morehead control room, which was Magic's last studio and one of the best studios ever built for any Charlotte radio station.  Rob is also the engineer who miraculously kept the station on the air after a serious fire started by malfunctioning equipment for a television station which shared space at the Magic tower site incinerated part of the transmitter building and much of Magic's transmitting equipment.  This fire resulted in the total destruction of one of Magic's two synchronized transmitters and serious damage to the second.  It took months to fully restore Magic's signal to the complete coverage area but Rob got the job done.  Well done Rob!

The Magic Band of Gold - Band vocalist Liz Luke provided the following information about the Band of Gold's history and current endeavors:

"The Band of Gold was the brain child of Jim Shafer back in 1996--Jim and the Eggman had formed a not successful country band while at WSOC-FM, and prior to that, Jim and Liz Luke( me) had formed another not successful country band while doing mornings at WTDR-FM  (now Kat Country).  By the beginning of 1997 the Band of Gold was beginning to practice in a storage garage off Westinghouse Blvd.  The lineup was Jim Shafer on bass and vocals; egg on keys and vocals; me on vocals; account executive Jinnie Forsythe on vocals; Robert McClure on lead guitar and vocals; David O' Donnell on rhythm guitar and vocals; and Rick Murray on drums and vocals.  We practiced every Thursday night with this lineup for about three months then lost Murray to Tracy Scism on drums.  With this lineup the band played maybe 6 gigs, including Gastonia's Fish Camp Jam, and Mint Hill Madness.  We girls wore poodle skirts and the guys dressed like greasers.  Jinnie left before '98 to take a job as an account executive with Kat Country, and Jim chose to fill the spot with sax man Jim Benham, a Ballantyne builder and buddy of O''Donnell's.  In '99 we recorded our first CD, "The Second Time Around", available on our website, (www.bandofgoldonline.com)  Our popularity grew as the gigs came in and over the years we've played all over the Carolinas, including big venues like Cityfest and Speedstreet.  Benham, a jazz enthusiast by nature, left the band in '01 and we replaced him with James Brown, who played for years with the Four Tops, The Temptations, and Gladys Knight.  O'Donnell stayed with the band even after Magic was bought by Clear Channel and he was let go as general manager, then quietly left the band about a year later.  Before he did we all recorded our second album "Rock and Soul House Party", also available on our website.  He was not replaced.  The current lineup is as such--Jim Shafer on bass and vocals, Me on lead vocals and percussion; Rocco Cefalo, a Philadelphia keyboardist, recently replaced Eggie, who left the band after our gig at the Cabarrus County Fair in September '04, just 10 days after the demise of Magic.  McClure continues to play lead guitar and Scism continues to keep the backbeat for us.  JB also wows the crowds with his sax solos and wonderful showmanship.  That's The Band of Gold in a nutshell.  We've dropped the word Magic from our title and are currently booking gigs for '05.  Magic may be gone but the band does indeed play on!  Anyone with any questions or comments, please feel free to drop me a line at lizluke@bellsouth.net." 
 

"And the band played on..."  "Ball of Confusion" By:  The Temptations

 


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