Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Newsletter 5/6/2020: Long Overdue Update - The Show Must Go On

Greetings WIXY Family,


We hope everyone is doing well and finding healthy ways to cope with the unprecedented situation facing us.  We're finding that many of you, and many new folks, are tuning into WIXY1260Online as a coping mechanism.  So, the toilet paper may be in short supply, but the best music ever recorded can always be found in plenty supply!  Thanks to everyone who has been tuning in and sending in those song requests - we always want to play what YOU want to hear.  


STUDIO SHOWS TO RESUME
It's been a little over a month now that our Live Show lineup went into "survival" mode, or as our morning DJ, Jeff Strich, likes to call it, "DJs without borders."  A big thanks to our DJs for stepping up to work remotely to keep our live shows going as we put the studio into lockdown mode.  I am happy to report that, while this was a resounding success, we will be returning to the Studio on Friday, May 8th at 7:00 PM ET with Tony Z & The ChickenMan House Party.  Be assured that we are doing this in a safe manner and taking extraordinary steps in sanitizing the studio and enforcing social distancing measures.  We understand it may be a long time before things are semi-normal, but the feasibility of doing remote shows for an extended period of time is not practical given our programming needs.  Nonetheless, our team is committed to being diligent for the health and safety of all while returning to some sense of normalcy for our listeners.

Our regular show schedule is always available on our website's main page (www.wixy1260online.com) and we will post it on Facebook very soon.

FACILITY & TECHNOLOGY UPGRADES
At the end of last year, I announced we would be upgrading many technological components of our operations.  Despite the hurdles presented by COVID-19, things have gone as well as or better than we could have expected.  While some of the upgrades are not noticeable to our listeners, some upgrades should be.  We launched a new website in the last quarter of 2019 which improves mobile usability as well as download times by consuming less of your data.  Similarly, we launched new mobile apps that have been a resounding success.  The new apps are free and available for download in your app stores and were designed to keep you connected to us on the go while consuming even less data than our old mobile apps.  Currently, we are putting the finishing touches on our remodeled Production Office and my office too.  We've invested in new equipment and applications to make things more efficient, cost effective, and yes, more technologically sophisticated because at WIXY1260Online - The Future of Radio is Now!

REMOTE SHOWS / LIVE EVENTS / YOUR HELP NEEDED
Unfortunately, the pandemic forced us to cancel our appearance at this year's IX Piston Powered Auto-Rama as well as many of the events we love to see you at.  Please continue to tune in and visit the Happenings section of www.wixy1260online.com as things slowly come back online and we can once again commit to future events.  Two of the ways we pay for this station to operate at no cost to our listeners are through limited advertising and paid events.  Since events have been canceled indefinitely, we have had to be creative to keep the Station online.  A way you can help is to buy our Merchandise through the link on our website.  Proceeds from sales directly impact our bottom line and keep us as your best option for listening to this great music.  Thanks to everyone who has supported us through the years, we have no intention of giving up the ship anytime soon - we just love doing this too much!

Prior to the pandemic, we were fortunate to have visits from Larry Morrow and Cleveland's own, The Outsiders.  Needless to say, we had A LOT of fun and a lot of new listeners discovering what we've known all along.... fun radio is better than paid and corporate radio any day!  Let's keep it that way.  We are patiently waiting for the time to come that our friends from The Outsiders and other original WIXY 1260 AM DJ's can pay their visits (and yes, MORE LARRY MORROW!) - stay tuned, we'll let you know as details emerge.

A heartfelt thanks to everyone reading this and to all who have entered the Wild World of WIXY.  Our hearts and thoughts are with you, those effected, and those serving on the front lines during this pandemic.  

Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay strong!

Much WIXY Love,

TJ

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TJ Chizmar
Assistant General Manager,  Webmaster & Communications Director
WIXY1260Online
www.wixy1260online.com | Business: 440-882-3050 | Studio: 216-744-9499
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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Special Announcement 3/29/2020: COVID 19 Operational Plan


All,

The past few weeks, and for unknown how many weeks to come, have brought a lot of stress and uncertainty to the nation and the world. This epidemic, regardless of whether you consider it to be serious or media-hype (I am stuck somewhere in between), has made everyone re-think a lot of things and alter our lives in ways we thought unimaginable.

Despite so much talent and dedication from all of our Staff, these times have forced us to make some necessary temporary adjustments to the way we operate. This coming week we are rolling out a temporary live-show lineup which maintains live shows during our typically peak listening hours. We have several DJs who have demonstrated remote capability and the schedule flexibility to make this work. Our normal studio operations have been suspended so that our DJs can work in a safe environment. This reflects a hard decision to act responsibly to limit everyone’s exposure and to yet maintain a personable presence with our audience.

During this situation, we will only be able to take song requests via our Mobile Apps, Song Request form on our website or through e-mail to requests@wixy1260online.com



We WILL get through this, and I encourage everyone to stay positive and hopeful for a swift recovery to everyone effected. Please continue to be vigilant in your daily lives and hygiene practices, and most importantly, BE SAFE!

MUCH WIXY LOVE!

TJ

TJ Chizmar
Assistant General Manager, Webmaster & Communications Director
WIXY1260Online
Office: 440-882-3050 | Studio: 216-744-9499
support@wixy1260online.com

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Special Announcement (2) 3/12/2020: Weekend of all Special Shows

Please pardon the interruption, but we have an update to our earlier announcement regarding the cancellation of this weekend's Piston Power Auto Rama:

 

Although the 2020 IX Piston Powered Auto Rama was cancelled due to Coronavirus concerns, as Three Dog Night says, "The Show Must Go On!" So, WIXY1260Online will be bringing the show to you from our Studios instead. We will feature the same DJ lineup as we would have done from the IX Show. 

 

See the below schedule for a complete listing or CLICK HERE

 

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Special Announcement 3/12/2020: Piston Powered Auto-Rama Cancelled for This Weekend

We are disappointed to learn the Piston Power Auto Rama show this weekend is cancelled, but we respect the decision given the concern for everyone's safety.

WIXY1260Online will try to make the best of a bad situation and we are attempting to organize an in-studio event with some of our originally scheduled special guests as well as our own DJs for your listening pleasure - stay tuned and more importantly, stay safe! www.wixy1260online.com


Official Statement from IX:

The 2020 I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama has been cancelled due to COVID-19

With anticipation of the order from the Governor of the State of Ohio to ban mass gatherings due to COVID-19, the 2020 I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama at the I-X Center, March 13, 14 & 15 has been cancelled.

To all attendees who purchased advance tickets: The I-X Center will issue a refund within 3-5 business days for all pre-sold tickets issued for the 2020 I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama. Advance tickets purchased using a credit card online (pistonpowershow.com) or Discount Drug Mart will be refunded automatically. Advance tickets purchased at Discount Drug Mart locations using cash, refunds will be issued at the store tickets were originally purchased. Advance tickets purchased at Summit Racing Equipment in Tallmadge, Ohio, can be returned for refunds in person at the store or by mailing the tickets to Summit Racing.

To all event participants, sponsors and vendors: I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama Management will be in direct communication regarding this year’s cancellation.

 
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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Press Release: Camping at the IX-Center with WIXY1260Online (3/3/2020)

Cleveland Internet Radio Power House WIXY1260Online to join the 2020 Summit Racing Equipment I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama for its 6th year.

Cleveland, OH, March 03, 2020 --(PR.com)-- The rebirth of Cleveland’s WIXY 1260 AM, legendary radio station now known as WIXY1260Online is scheduled to appear for a remote broadcast at this year’s Summit Racing Equipment Piston Powered Auto-Rama in Cleveland, Ohio at the I-X Center from March 13th - 15th. The event showcases the largest display of custom cars, trucks, motorcycles, antique construction equipment, tractors, planes, and military equipment totaling more than 1,000 vehicles. The Internet Radio station will be making its sixth appearance at the weekend-long event and is sporting a “WIXY in the Wild” theme. The WIXY1260Online Campground is set to feature a great line up of events. Former WIXY Disc Jockeys Billy Bass and The Duker, Larry Morrow, are scheduled to broadcast live on the air. Billy Bass will kick off the show at 3PM on Friday and The Duker, Larry Morrow will enter the WIXY airwaves on Saturday at Noon. In addition, exclusive interviews with The Outsiders and the Crykle band members are scheduled to take place. The WIXY1260Online Campground has all the amenities for a weekend filled with super 60s and 70s music, groovy guest appearances and top-notch promotions. WIXY1260Online will be located in the main hall at the IX-Center. The sights and sounds of WIXY1260Online are ready for a super experience and super memories.

About WIXY1260Online

From 1965 to 1976, WIXY 1260 AM was an incredible force in the Cleveland, Ohio, radio market, and has never been forgotten. Now, two WIXY fans from Cleveland, with a great set of volunteers, have given the station new life... on the Internet. WIXY1260Online has been active since October 2011 and offers the same high-energy music and fast pace that made the original WIXY a legend in the annals of Top 40 Radio. The top hits and local favorites that were played on WIXY 1260 AM can be heard once again at www.wixy1260online.com. All songs are in a high-quality format, many of which are available in stereo for the first time, and can be heard for free, 24/7/365.

WIXY1260Online
TJ Chizmar / Michael Meszaros
440-882-3050
Contact
www.wixy1260online.com

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Newsletter 12/20/2019: 20/20 Vision (Glasses not included)


Season's Greetings WIXY Friends,
We hope you've recovered from Thanksgiving and are ready for all those yummy holiday treats!  We're still managing to squeeze through the doors at the WIXY Studios to bring you the greatest variety of music you love (along with a light mix of Christmas music).

LOOKING TO 2020 - The Station with a Vision!
At WIXY1260Online, we continue to invest in station-wide improvements.  We love 'old' music, but we also love making sure you can enjoy it in more ways, and more often, than old radio or over-priced listening services.  As we continue to make upgrades to our technology system-wide, there have been some bumps.  Our streaming provider recently performed upgrades which effected our on-air time.  Additionally, we upgraded our internet data capacity which resulted in some unexpected downtime - fortunately this seems to all be resolved and we continue to maintain backup systems to ensure limited interruption.

What else can you expect from the station where "The Future of Radio is Now"?  Our recently modernized website will soon be accompanied by new mobile apps (still free!) that promise to greatly improve user experience, allowing for easier song requests and access to other station info.  (Don't worry, the old apps won't stop working, but we'll let you know when the new ones are ready so you can upgrade if you like).  Additionally, we continue to value our listeners' feedback.  While we're flattered by all of the positive feedback, we know there is always room to improve.  Our Management, DJs, and Staff have their marching orders going into 2020 and will be working collectively to improve the quality, variety and FUN that make WIXY 1260 a fan-favorite.

GET IN GEAR, BEFORE ITS TOO LATE
Get your WIXY1260Online gear from our Merchandise Page today!  Buying our goods helps us bring you the great music you love - please support www.wixy1260online.com and tell your friends!  Right now we are running a HUGE Clearance Sale, just in time for the holidays.  Many of our products are at clearance prices so we can make way for new stuff on the way, so get these deals while you can!

UPCOMING EVENTS (via our Happenings Page)
Join us at all of our great events!  We love meeting our fans and spreading the WIXY love!

From all of us at WIXY1260Online, have a safe and enjoyable season!  And, remember to help us ring in the New Year on New Year's Eve (Tue., December 31st) at 8 PM at the Club House in Parma Heights!  If you can't join us, be sure to tune-in and of course, sing along!

Warmest Regards,

TJ Chizmar
Assistant General Manager, Webmaster & Communications Director

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