DeLuca // Co-Host
"DeLuca & Kathy In The Morning"
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Studio Line: 330-450-9400
Write: 550 Market Avenue South, Canton, OH 44702
Justin Timberlake's 20/20 Experience World Tour stops by Cleveland tomorrow night (December 12). Do you want a free pair of tickets?
You'll need to take to the streets and FIND FANTONE!
We'll send him out in the Mix 94.1 van somewhere within 20 minutes of Downtown Canton. You've got to call the studio and ask him questions to narrow down his location.
The first person to find Fantone in the 8 AM hour tomorrow will score a pair of these hard to come by tickets.
As I have gotten older, I've become more acutely aware of how we as people don't really seem to care about the health of our planet.
Cancer is an epidemic for which we have no cure. Many times we don't have any clue why we or our loved ones have developed such a terrible illness. I remember reading a study a few years ago about how if we live long enough the chances of us contracting some form of cancer are near 100 percent.
Humans aren't the only ones either.
Recently it seems more of our pets are becoming afflicted with various cancers and tumors too. Nearly all of us have lost a cat or dog to some form of cancer.
Have you ever stopped and wondered why?
And the more I ask questions the more I learn about the world around us.
Recently I've seen three documentaries that I recommend you watch. They'll probably scare the hell out of you - I know they scared me..
Tar Creek is available on NetFlix and tells the story of the world's biggest EPA Superfund site. Located in Pitcher, Oklahoma, piles of rock and chemicals left behind from mining companies dot the landscape - covering nearly 50 square miles. To date the government has spent over $250 Million trying to clean up the mess. The situation is so bad the EPA has classified the entire area as the most toxic place in America.
Another amazing film also available on NetFlix is The Atomic States of America. While being touted as "clean and safe" energy, nuclear power doesn't come without risk. Dozens of reactors are churning out tons of radiation per year into the communities that surround them. This documentary chronicles the cancer clusters that surround various still operating plants in the US.
For those of you with HBO, I recommend checking out Toxic Hot Seat. The doc begins with a San Francisco fireman telling his horrific story of developing a rare form of cancer which is later revealed to be caused by chemicals released by flame retardent materials found in nearly all of our furniture. Working in conjunction with the Chicago Tribune, the film exposes a dark conspiracy led by big tobacco to knowingly load up our homes with ridiculous amounts of chemicals known to cause cancer.
Think we're "safe" living in Ohio? Not quite.
Stark county has it's own EPA Superfund site. Right off of 619 and Cleveland Avenue is an old landfill that has been leaking over a million gallons of old industrial waste into the ground since 1959. In 2009 the property went up for sale and there was talk about making it public park land (???).
Just down I-77 south sits another potential cancer disaster - Dover Chemical. You can see it right from the highway, and this particular site has been causing environmental problems for years. It's even been called one of the most toxic sites in Ohio. A pollution risk assessment site called Scorecard says the chemicals released into the air and water from DoverChem rank the cancer risk upwards of 90 - 100 percent for people and pets ingesting the release, which is listed as carbon tetrachloride.
Currently three cancer clusters are being researched in Ohio. The most infamous is in a small town in the western part of the state called Clyde. Whirlpool operated a plant there until 2006. It is believed PCB's leeched into the groundwater and are responsible for 35 children developing cancer since the mid 1990s. A group of residents have taken up two class action lawsuits against Whirlpool Corporation, but one was dismissed at the beginning of November. Learn more here at their official facebook page.
While you and I aren't allowed to knowingly dump any chemical into the ground without possibly being arrested and jailed, for some reason we allow corporations to dump without little or any consequence. It sickens me that companies can ruin the health of innocent people and the worst that can happen is that company may be fined.
Does it bother you things happening right in your backyard can make you, your family and pets, even your children sick?
We're fast approaching my most favorite holiday EVER - Halloween.
In addition to my love for Halloween and all things spooky, I'm also a huge fan of history and really cool old buildings and eerie places. Below I've compiled a list of various (alleged) haunted locations around the Mix 94.1 listening area. As you scroll down, you'll read about purported hauntings in Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, Mahoning, Wayne, Medina, and Cuyahoga counties.
If you have any additions to the list, please email me a firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'll make sure to get them up!
Keep in mind that some areas and places listed below are private property, which means you need permission from the owner to investigate. If you don't get that permission you could be dealing with the police or - worse yet - end up injured or even killed.
Here we go:
University of Akron
The past few weeks have been an absolute whirlwind and I haven't had time to sit down and reflect on return to terrestrial radio - until now.
Friday, August 9th, I signed a 2 year contract with Mix 94.1. In less than a week I was hosting a 36-hour live broadcast in the parking lot of Thursday's Plaza to benefit Wishes Can Happen.
I've never - in my 11 year broadcast career - sat in front of a microphone that long. It was definately an experience, but one that I'll never forget. It was an amazing feeling to be a part of something so special, and the fact that we were able to raise over $138,000 to grant kids with life threatening illnesses is something I've never had the honor to witness.
When it was all over I was tired, almost to the point of hallucinations. It was quite a personal accomplishment however - I did it! In 36 hours I never stepped away from that microphone.
The Wish-A-Thon was over, but I didn't have time to rest. Monday morning I was set to begin my morning drive tenure with Kathy at 6 AM.
I've been given a tremendous opportunity. Kathy and Rik had built a sizable audience in the 5 years they were together, and I'd been "off the air" terrestrially for 18 months. Better not screw this one up DeLuca!
Luckily for me, Kathy Vogel is an amazing partner and I'm honored to be working with her. She knows the station, the audience, and we share a clear direction - to create an informative, funny, relevant, and listener interactive morning show.
Almost two weeks in, we're getting there! You've been so gracious in welcoming me to the station and the show. Management has been fully supportive and I couldn't ask for a better group of co-workers. Mix is really an amazing station and I'm honored and humbled to work at such an institution.
To those of you who've listened to me for years - welcome back! To those that have enjoyed Mix 94.1 for years - hello. I hope you all will continue to listen, tell your friends about your newest Northeast Ohio morning radio option, and will interact with us - whether via text, email, social media, or by picking up the phone and letting us hear whats on your mind.
Talk to you soon!
|DeLuca's 6th Grade Yearbook Picture|
Born in 1982 to a mechanical engineer of a mother, and a carpenter of a father, DeLuca has had an interest in broadcasting since before he could speak - his mother bought an old school tape recorder and gave her boy the mic when he was barely old enough to keep up his head by himself. From then onward, DeLuca's had a deep love for the radio business.
He attributes his career to having broadcast media in his blood via his grandfather, Anthony "Jack" DeLuca, who ran a weekly radio variety show from his restaurant in the North Hill area of Akron, Ohio back in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. Jack always felt comfortable with a microphone in his hands, and so does Pat.
While attending high school, DeLuca worked full time at a ski resort in Northeast Ohio called Boston Mills. His first claim to fame was voicing the “snow report” phone message that was recorded daily.
Shortly before graduation, DeLuca and a group of friends began producing a weekly "show" that would broadcast on the internet. The Pat DeLuca Show aired via ShoutCast for around 6 months back in 1998-99, and was his first real experience behind a mic and controls. The tapes still exist, but DeLuca won't allow them to be heard... yet.
In June 2002, Patrick answered a classified ad in the local paper for part time work at an AM radio station in Canton. He scored an interview and was hired – without any experience – on the spot. The job came with weird hours, and Patrick spent much time in the production studio airing prerecorded high school football games until the overnight girl on the sister FM station had to return to college for the fall. He jumped at the opportunity, and held the overnight shift working 7 days a week for around three months.
A new program director named John Stewart was hired from Tampa and the station changed formats, from Hot AC to CHR.
The first day John was in the building was a late day. Around 2 AM - while DeLuca was on-air doing the overnights - Stewart walked in and asked, "What do you think about losing your first name?"
Pat responded, "I don't like it."
"I don't care. You're now just DeLuca." Stewart made his decision. In the next few weeks, Pat was offered his first full time position with the station. The offer was weeknights from 7 to midnight for $20,000 per year. He jumped at the opportunity.
|On the cover of "The Ticket", 2003|
Patrick’s brand was edgy and listener intensive. In an average shift, he’d take upwards of 300 phone calls. Early contests included "Cell Phone Rodeo" where listeners had to throw their phones in the dryer on the air, "Ceiling Fan Salad" where listeners had to throw stuff into ceiling fans, and "Drive Thru Hell" where listeners were encouraged to have fun with the fast food drive-thru speaker box.
That interaction and content quickly resulted in ratings, driving the station to number one at night in nearly every demographic imaginable.
When the opportunity became available to move into the morning drive position at WDJQ-FM, DeLuca lept at the chance. In February 2006, DeLuca In The Morning first signed on the air - with DeLuca barely able to speak because of severe laryngitis.
As with his night shift, listener interaction was key but mornings brought new opportunities for discussion with an older audience. No topic was off limits, and the show began to be notated as "the show of opinions".
The audience steadily grew and the final ratings book for DeLuca In The Morning showed numbers higher than anyone in the building - or the market - had seen since the 1970s.
On February 5, 2012, DeLuca began the next chapter of his life. Due to a well-publicized contract dispute, DeLuca was "released" from employment after 10 years of faithful service to the company.
DeLuca quickly regrouped and formed an online network of streaming radio stations to continue his broadcast to Canton and beyond. For 18 months, The DeLuca Show continued online.
After morning show host Rik Elliot tendered his resignation from Mix 94.1 in late July 2013, DeLuca was given the opportunity to return to the terrestrial radio dial. Paired with radio veteran and former co-worker Kathy Vogel, DeLuca & Kathy In The Morning launched on Monday, August 19th.
While the station and audience are slightly different than what he was used to, DeLuca is excited to bring his brand of interactive morning radio to Mix.
“Working with Kathy on a station such as Mix that penetrates from Cleveland to Parkersburg, WVA, presents an amazing opportunity to create a unique, listener intensive show unlike any other around,” says DeLuca of the move. “I’m so excited to work for such a historic station that has an incredible group of professionals that work within its walls.”
While unmarried, DeLuca is happily in a relationship and lives with his two cats in Alliance.
SAVE THE DATES ...
Mix 94.1's special dates, special activities, special programming, plus contest reminders!
Mark your calendars!
MIX 94.1 HAS YOUR GAGA / GOO GOO TICKETS the week of December 9th! One concert is sold out and the other isn't even for sale yet! Listen to DeLuca & Kathy, Kayleigh Kriss and John Stewart for when and how to win tickets! It all happens the week of December 9th. Click through for details.
Mix 94.1 Supports the Canton Ex-Newsboy's 54th Annual Charity Newspaper Sale. 7am-7pm, Friday, December 13th. The Canton Ex-Newsboys will be hawking the streets collecting cash donations for the Charity Newspaper. Stop by The Repository downtown Canton or look for them at other participating locations and donate. Click through for more info.
Mix 94.1 and Santa @ Fannie May/Harry London! 10am-Noon, Saturday, December 14th. Joins Kayleigh Kriss for savings up to 70%! Plus plenty of prizes including $50 gift baskets. The aroma of chocolate will envelope you as soon as you arrive, whetting your appetite for some of the finest chocolates in the world.5353 Lauby Road, North Canton.
It’s a Mix 94.1 Share & Like & Win ... an iPad Air! From now until Sunday, December 15th, share and like the video of Mix 94.1’s DeLuca & Kathy! And you could possible win an Apple iPad AIr valued at $600! Click through for details.
It's a Mix 94.1 New Music Monday (December 16th)! Win a Mannheim Steamroller " Christmas Symphony II" CD. But that's not all! We'll throw in a canister of Mannheim Steamroller's one of a kind cinnamon hot chocolate mix. If you don't know the gameplan to win by now, click through!
Mix 94.1 presents the Goo Goo Dolls Live At The Palace Theatre, Downtown Canton. Tuesday, December 17. Doors at 6:30. Opening act Hey Monea! Performs at 7:30pm and the Goo Goo Dolls follow at 8:30pm. It's sold out but you could possibly win tickets! Stay tuned for details!