Cleveland's First, Cleveland's Favorite!

Welcome to the Rebirth of the Cleveland Legend - WIXY 1260!


Many radio stations are touting their 'professional' backgrounds in radio. At WIXY1260Online our diverse professional backgrounds and true love for listeners and radio itself sets us apart from the money scoundrels of radio. At WIXY1260Online - The Future of Radio is Now!

Our Friends, Partners & Sponsors

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Judy Nupp of Howard Hanna
BGE Mobile Tech
Club House Pub & Grub
Cain Park Cleveland Heights
Brooklyn Animal Hospital
Fat Little Buddies
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Orban Optimod
National Fuse Products
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City of Mentor, Ohio
Thompson Raceway Park
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Our Mission

Bringing Back the Good Times!

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 have given WIXY 1260 new life...on the Internet (along with a great set of staff members, all of whom do this voluntarily). WIXY1260 Online 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! We have programmed the top hits and local favorites that were played on WIXY, many available in stereo for the first time, and you can hear them in high quality 24/7/365 on your computer, smartphone, iPod, PlayStation, internet radio player, Roku player, Apple TV, home assistant device or tablet pc.

We regularly conduct surveys and solicit feedback via our website in an effort to make WIXY1260Online the best it can be. Naturally, the feedback was from both those who believe we should do things exactly as WIXY did, and from those who realize that times have changed, and listening to the same stuff repeatedly becomes boring. To take advantage of modern technologies and keep WIXY1260Online fresh, we have added to the depth of our collection by creating new jingles and promos as if the station were still in existence. We honor the original format as practically possible while observing modern listening trends.

To further honor the feedback, we have launched WIXY1260Beyond to give listerns an new option to hear newer music (1980 and later). At this point, we have over 7,500 songs in our combined playlist (compared to the over-the-air radio industry average of 300 songs), so boring and repetitive is out of the question. With this many songs and listening options, combined with our commitment to minimal on-air advertising, we truly believe at WIXY1260Online and WIXY1260Beyond, "The Future of Radio is Now!"   For those of you wondering what happened to WIXZ 1360, WIXY 1260's sister station once based in McKeesport, PA, we have updated the website to preserve its historical information.

Over the past few years, we have been fortunate enough to develop a strong listening audience and we thank all of our listeners for tuning in! As great as the original WIXY 1260 AM, we feel the best way to move forward is to match the original WIXY spirit with today's level of professionalism. We will continue to "Honor the Past, Respect the Present and Plan for the Future." Thanks to some of WIXY's original jocks, our fans and, of course, a group of dedicated volunteers, all experts in their respective fields (many of whom are radio veterans), we are pioneering the Future of Radio and making it the way it was meant to be - fun and non-pretentious. WIXY1260Online is playing the best variety of the 60's and 70's (anywhere on the planet)!

Thanks For Listening!
Gary Schmitz, Owner & Founder

Our People Rock!

We believe our diversity and listener focus makes us better equipped to entertain listeners. Our talented group of dedicated volunteers, all experts in their respective fields (including radio veterans), is pioneering the Future of Radio and making it the way it was meant to be - fun, free and non-pretentious. WIXY1260Beyond is playing the best variety of the 80's and 90's (anywhere on the planet), and is dedicated to returning radio to the people, not a corporate balance sheet!

Management & Staff

WIXY1260Online Gary Schmitz

Owner, General Manager and Chief Engineer

WIXY1260Online TJ Chizmar

Assistant General Manager; Webmaster and Communications Director

WIXY1260Online Sam Samuelson

Technical Assistant

The WIXY SuperMen

WIXY1260Beyond Tony Zima

A true “WIXY-Fanaddict” and life-long Clevelander who grew up listening to WIXY 1260 AM, Tony Z. aka "The Z-Man" wanted to be a Radio DJ from an early age. Tony is a graduate of the WIXY School of Broadcast Technique and volunteered many hours at WIXY 1260. At the WIXY-May Co. Christmas Parade he escorted The Temptations to their parade vehicle! Tony has many WIXY collectibles including a "certified" piece of the original WIXY 1260 AM Broadcast Tower! His DJ credits include (WIGN) @ St. Ignatius H.S., B-W's WBWC 88.3FM and 15+ years of mobile DJ work in N.E. Ohio.

WIXY1260Beyond TJ the DJ

TJ is our Assistant GM and studied at both Penn State and Youngstown State Universities, leading him to his career as a legal business specialist. TJ grew up listening to his mom sing like a pro to the likes of The Carpenters and Patsy Cline, inspiring his love of music and leading him to join his school Chorus and Band where he traveled across Pennsylvania in competitions. TJ works tirelessly to build our web presence and professionalism and brings several years of high school announcing experience, public speaking skills and his willingness to play that funky music on the air whenever duty calls.

WIXY1260Beyond Jeff Strich

Ohio native Jeff Strich has been in broadcasting for over 20 years having worked at rock, classic rock and alternative stations in Cleveland and a jazz station in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Jeff graduated from the Ohio Media School with honors and also has play by play and color commentary experience in sports broadcasting for football, basketball and baseball. When he’s not chasing down a microphone, he is busy pursuing his number one goal of meeting Judy Garland somewhere over the Rainbow.

WIXY1260Beyond Ray Twardy

Listening to WIXY 1260 in 1967 ignited Ray's interest in radio so much, that while others were playing sports, Ray was playing "radio station" by spinning his brother's records and pretending to be one of the jocks. At high school he played records on the school public address system and announced for home basketball games and wrestling matches. While at The Ohio State University, he worked at the school's station, WOSR. After returning to Cleveland, Ray worked at CRRS (later CSCN) and WMIH (1260 AM) and produced a program for WELW.

WIXY1260Beyond Moe

A Cleveland native and Ohio Media School graduate, Moe brings a fun and unique personality, which can be described as, "Laid Back with Wholesome Originality," to the crew of WIXY Supermen. Listening to Moe, you'll understand why he specializes in Voice Overs with his deep and warm voice, but he also specializes in audio editing as well. When Moe is not swooning with that voice, he enjoys fried foods, alcohol, Transformers and comic books. He's not fond of cold pizza, miserable people, bad drivers, tight pants or wet socks.

WIXY1260Beyond Tim Kulik (Shaggy)

Cleveland born, Ohio Media School Graduate, Tim Kulik moved to Tennessee at a young age and graduated from Perry County High School. Afterwards, he became a licensed piercer he moved back to Ohio in 2004 to work at a local tattoo shop. If you meet Tim, you’ll see himself as an artful expression of his capabilities. Tim toured the country doing 28 shows with one of his favorite bands, and worked for Hungry Hustler Records, touring with a Grammy nominated rap artist.
Tim currently works in the print industry and his diverse experience and willingness to do whatever he can to be successful is why he's such a great fit at WIXY1260Online.

WIXY1260Beyond - Scooter

Scott Kriska, a resident of Medina, Ohio, graduated from Highland High School in 2007. While at Bowling Green State University, he majored in Broadcast Journalism. Scott's previous radio and TV experiences include working as a DJ for WBGU 88.1 FM, BG24 News and 1590 WAKR in Akron. Since his college graduation in 2011, he has been writing freelance for two local newspapers, The Post Newspapers in Medina and the West Side Leader in Akron. Scott is also planning on starting a podcast in the near future, in which he hopes to interview local celebrities, public figures and other interesting people in the Northeast Ohio area.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Regardless of position or background, our team members are expected to adhere to a strong, yet fair set of guidelines and principles. Our goal is to have a fun yet responsible environment where all can be encouraged to succeed and work in harmony, free of prejudices or acrimony of any kind. We welcome talent of any skill level and will work to place persons in a position best suited to their skills, and, our team members are all expected to work together to elevate the success and image of the team and the station as a whole.

All team members must live in or near the Cleveland, Ohio, area and have a reliable form of transportation and communication tool (phone, e-mail, Facebook, etc.) Likewise, our team members will be trained to be technologically savvy so as to be able to help us in our mission of ushering in the next generation of Radio.

Our success lies in our team's cohesion and conduct; our team members are professionals in their fields and maintain this standard at WIXY1260Online & WIXY1260Beyond as outlined in our 5-5-2014 Press Release: [HERE]     Review current openings below and APPLY NOW >

We believe in delivering an honest and valuable sales product to our customers that is based on actual quantifiable statistics which are not colored to give false impressions and not truly able to benefit either party. WIXY 1260 did things differently, and they were very successful as a result - we intend to do the same. We pride ourselves on our honesty, clarity and no non-sense approach to our on air products, our internal and external interactions and our sales.

The Sales Assistant will work with our Sales Manager and Station Management to develop streams of revenue, inlcuding, but not limited to: website advertising sales, traditional radio spots sales and event sales. They will also strategize to deliver and create business relationships that benefit both the station and the customer in an honest, down to earth, no smoke & mirrors approach. A modest amount of compensation may be involved.

Sales Assistant

Do you enjoy interacting with people and spreading the word about hip things? WIXY1260Online is working to appear live at venues across the area. As such opportunities occur, we will need assistance with location setup, guest interaction and demonstration/promotion of the ‘new way’ to listen to radio. Duties may include setting up promotional displays, banners, decorating, connecting engineering equipment, reporting site issues to Management, site security and safety, assembly and distribution of promotional materials and prize packets. Lifting heavy items may be necessary and reliable transportation is required. For some assignments, fuel and drink reimbursements may be given at Management's discretion.

Tech / Engineer

Do you enjoy interacting with people and spreading the word about hip things? We're looking for people to help us get the word out by any (legal) means necessary, including outdoor ad campaings, flyer distribution and the like.

Street Team

Are you interested in volunteering and developing your audio and video production skills? Whatever your time permits, we are seeking responsive and capable Production Assistants to help produce jingles, spots, promos and the like, as well as capture, edit and share video.

A/V Production

We are currently looking to add new DJs to our team. Do you have excitement and passion for the music of the golden WIXY Era (60's & 70's rock/pop chart toppers)? If you have a desire to be a part of a fun team of DJs who enjoy what they're doing yet can be professional and follow guidelines and station format, then you might be just what we're looking for!  

Volunteer for as few as 4 hours per month as a Special Guest DJ or Substitute DJ. These slots are generally reserved for known local talent and professionals, but may be adjusted as practical.

Air Talent


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