In this week’s issue… Remembering the “Bearman” – WABC shuffles middays- New England translator sells – We’re on vacation
By SCOTT FYBUSH
*SIESTA KEY, Florida – We’re on vacation this week (mostly, except for the visiting stations and still doing consulting work part), and for the most part, the news is cooperating by staying relatively minimal.
So this week’s NERW (and possibly next week’s, too) is a brief one, but with some important and sad news to lead us off.
It comes from eastern PENNSYLVANIA, where Kevin Schutts has been a fixture in mornings on WZZO (95.1 Bethlehem). Known as “the Bearman,” Schutts died over the weekend, in what the station called a “sudden and unexpected passing.”
Schutts started in radio in the Lehigh Valley back in 1972, when 95.1 was still WGPA-FM, paired with WGPA (1100). His pairing with Kevin Moyer at WZZO started in 1988, was interrupted by a move back to his native Buffalo in 1990, then brought him back to WZZO to stay two years later.
As news spread of Schutts’ death on Sunday, WZZO asked listeners of the “Kevin and the Bearman” morning show to share their memories in voicemails, which we’d expect will make up much of today’s broadcast. We send our condolences to WZZO staff and listeners, and we’ll have more details on Schutts’ life and the station’s future plans in the morning in upcoming editions of NERW.
Schutts was 64.
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