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Personalities

Paul Oates

Paul K. Oates returned to WLVL in January 2003 following a one year hiatus as Clerk of the Niagara County Legislature. He now hosts the morning show, weekdays from 6-9am, as well as Tradio, the station's buy-sell-swap show, from 9:15 til 10 a.m. Previously, he worked at WLVL as assistant news director (1982-84) and as production director (1988-2001).

Paul is a 1982 journalism graduate of St. Bonaventure University. He started his career in radio at the campus station (WSBU-FM) and at nearby Salamanca, N.Y. (WGGO-AM).

A milk bottle collector for over 30 years, Paul published his book, "A History of Lockport, N.Y. Dairies: 1895-1970" in October 2000. Oates Dairy, begun by his great-grandparents, was in business for 62 years.

Paul and his wife, Cheryl, were married in 1986 and they live in Lockport.
On-Air Schedule
Monday 06:00am - 09:00am Lockport's Early Morning News
Monday 09:15am - 10:00am Tradio
Tuesday 06:00am - 09:00am Lockport's Early Morning News
Tuesday 09:15am - 10:00am Tradio
Wednesday 06:00am - 09:00am Lockport's Early Morning News
Wednesday 09:15am - 10:00am Tradio
Thursday 06:00am - 09:00am Lockport's Early Morning News
Thursday 09:15am - 10:00am Tradio
Friday 06:00am - 09:00am Lockport's Early Morning News
Friday 09:15am - 10:00am Tradio

Hank Nevins

Hank began his radio career working summers at the former WUSJ while attending Grahm College in Boston. He was a broadcast specialist with AFVN Radio/TV in Vietnam and then had on-air stints at WGR, WKBW and WBEN. He came back to "1340" as program director and then GM from 1978 to '83. He programmed WQCR in Burlington VT for former WLVL owners - Hall Communications - before joining WBEN as operations manager (1985 to '91). He worked several years in music promotion before moving to Albany to program WGY/WRVE for Dame Media. Hank has had successful non-radio jobs as well. He's done marketing/PR for the former Lockport Memorial Hospital, Presbyterian Homes of WNY and Western Regional OTB. Hank and his wife Mary are grandparents of four.

Ron Raetz

Niagara County native Ron Raetz can be be heard on Super Dial-A-Deal as well as Ask the Pro.

Raetz graduated from Newfane Central School and was a journalism major at SUNY-Morrisville.

In 1972, Raetz began his radio career at WUSJ, which later became WLVL, serving as sports director, talk show host, and on-air personality. After a 33-year hiatus, Raetz returned to the WLVL airwaves in 2012.

Raetz is a former chairman of the Niagara County Youth Board. He says his proudest moment is being the father of his kids, Savannah and Andrew.

Norm Palmer

Norm has been announcing high school sports since 1982 when he was a P.A. announcer for Lockport High School. That quickly turned into a broadcast career - beginning as a play-by-play announcer on cable TV in 1984 ... leading to him hosting "The Sports Magazine" cable talk show ... and culminating in Norm's current tenure as WLVL's sports director.

Norm has won numerous awards, including the WNY Sports Writers Cornerstone Award in 1988, the Cable TV Volunteer of the Year Award for Sports Broadcasting in 1992, the Section VI Sportsman of the Year Award for Sports Broadcasting in 2006, and the prestigious Stan Barron Award for Outstanding High School Sports Broadcasting in 2007.

Norm lives in Lockport with his wife, Becky, who broadcasts with him at times. He retired from Delphi in 2005 and has six adult children: Dalena, Ricky, Jodi, Freddie, Amy and Mary.

Racin' Ray Sherman

Ray Sherman started working for WLVL in 2000 as a board operator. Since then he has done just about every job here at the station. There is not much that goes to air without Ray's involvement. He is often heard as the stand by host all of WLVL's local programming.

Ray is a graduate of Letchworth High School and studied at Alfred University soon after. Ray is best known for his involvement and passion for auto racing.

Ray is our local racing expert, often lending his expertise not only in the news of the sport, but also a seasoned driver on the local dirt track circuit.

He knows racing because he's been around it for years. Our audience refers to him as "Racin' Ray" and he has become a household name in the WLVL family.

Ray also enjoys hunting and fishing. Ray has two children, Raymond III and Brooke.
On-Air Schedule
Saturday 07:00am - 10:00am Super Dial A Deal

Chelsea

Chelsea started working with WLVL through an internship program offered at her university, since then things have taken off. She had moved up from Intern to Co-host of the Dial-A-Deal show and part-time employee to now, the Business/Traffic Manager of the historic station.

Chelsea studied media production at the State University of New York College at Buffalo and graduated in 2015. Chelsea is best known as the co-host of the Super Dial-A-Deal show held on Saturday mornings.

Chelsea also enjoys gardening and DIY projects and has a passionate love for her two cats Sebastian and Molly.
(to Paul Oates dismay)
On-Air Schedule
Saturday 07:00am - 10:00am Super Dial A Deal

Lance Melin

Born and raised in Western New York, Lancelot Melin started working at WLVL in 2017. He can be heard hosting Scholastic Bowl, Dial-A-Deal, and featuring on many WLVL programs.

Lance studied Media Production at Buffalo State, attended Harkness Career & Technical Center for TV and Sound Production, and is a graduate of John F. Kennedy High School.

Lance was an anchor for BSC-TV at Buffalo State, anchor for Harkness morning news, and continues to grow his passion with all forms of media.
On-Air Schedule
Tuesday 05:15pm - 06:00pm Scholastic Bowl
Wednesday 05:15pm - 06:00pm Scholastic Bowl
Thursday 05:15pm - 06:00pm Scholastic Bowl

Niagara University Purple Eagles Hockey

Date Opponent Location Time

10/6/2018 York University (Exhibition) Niagara Univ., NY 3:00 PM
10/12/2018 American Int. College Niagara Univ., NY 7:00 PM
10/13/2018 American Int. College Niagara Univ., NY 7:00 PM
10/19/2018 Penn State University University Park, PA 7:00 PM
10/20/2018 Penn State University University Park, PA 7:00 PM
10/25/2018 Air Force Academy USAF Acad, CO 7:00 PM (MT)
10/26/2018 Air Force Academy USAF Acad, CO 7:00 PM (MT)
11/2/2018 Robert Morris University Moon Township, PA 7:00 PM
11/3/2018 Robert Morris University Moon Township, PA 7:00 PM
11/9/2018 Holy Cross Niagara Univ., NY 7:00 PM
11/10/2018 Holy Cross Niagara Univ., NY 7:00 PM
11/16/2018 Canisius College Niagara Univ., NY 7:00 PM
11/17/2018 Canisius College Buffalo, NY 4:35 PM
11/23/2018 Army West Point, NY 7:00 PM
11/24/2018 Army West Point, NY 4:00 PM
11/30/2018 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI 7:00 PM
12/1/2018 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI 7:00 PM
12/7/2018 Colgate University Niagara Univ., NY 7:00 PM
12/8/2018 Colgate University Niagara Univ., NY 7:00 PM
12/15/2018 RIT Rochester, NY 7:00 PM
1/4/2019 RIT Niagara Univ., NY 7:00 PM
1/5/2019 RIT Rochester, NY 7:00 PM
1/11/2019 Holy Cross Worcester, MA 7:00 PM
1/12/2019 Holy Cross Worcester, MA 7:00 PM
1/18/2019 Mercyhurst University Niagara Univ., NY 7:00 PM
1/19/2019 Mercyhurst University Niagara Univ., NY 7:00 PM
2/1/2019 American International College Springfield, MA 2:05 PM
2/2/2019 American International College Springfield, MA 1:05 PM
2/8/2019 Sacred Heart University Niagara Univ., NY 7:00 PM
2/9/2019 Sacred Heart University Niagara Univ., NY 4:00 PM
2/14/2019 Bentley University Niagara Univ., NY 7:05 PM
2/15/2019 Bentley University Niagara Univ., NY 7:05 PM
2/22/2019 Canisius College Buffalo, NY 7:35 PM
2/23/2019 Canisius College Niagara Univ., NY 7:00 PM
2/27/2019 RIT Niagara Univ., NY 7:00 PM

Fox Sports Radio

FOX Sports Radio gives listeners the opportunity to step away from their everyday stresses of life and immerse themselves into the world of sports entertainment. FOX Sports Radio is THE destination for the ultimate sports fan, featuring legendary sports talk hosts and sports fan's audio nirvana.

Our Weekday Line up consists of Clay Travis, Jason Smith and Ben Maller.

Our weekends feature Jonas Knox, Bucky Brooks, Jason McIntyre, Mark Willard, Brady Quinn, Lincoln Kennedy, Andy Furman, Ephraim Salaam Steve Hartman and more!
On-Air Schedule
Sunday 12:00am - 06:00am Fox Sports Radio
Sunday 12:00pm - 12:00am Fox Sports Radio
Monday 12:00am - 05:00am Fox Sports Radio
Monday 11:00pm - 12:00am Fox Sports Radio
Tuesday 12:00am - 05:00am Fox Sports Radio
Tuesday 11:00pm - 12:00am Fox Sports Radio
Wednesday 12:00am - 05:00am Fox Sports Radio
Wednesday 11:00pm - 12:00am Fox Sports Radio
Thursday 12:00am - 05:00am Fox Sports Radio
Thursday 11:00pm - 12:00am Fox Sports Radio
Friday 12:00am - 05:00am Fox Sports Radio
Friday 11:00pm - 12:00am Fox Sports Radio
Saturday 12:00am - 06:00am Fox Sports Radio
Saturday 12:00pm - 12:00am Fox Sports Radio

ABC News

Powered by the highest standards in journalism, the award-winning ABC News Radio team is committed to providing you the best coverage — at home and abroad.
On-Air Schedule
Sunday 08:00am - 09:00am ABC News Perspective

Dave Ramsey

Dave started on one station in Nashville back in 1992 sharing practical answers for life’s tough money questions. Word spread caller after caller, and so did the show. The Dave Ramsey Show is now on more than 586 stations from coast to coast and has more than 13 million total listeners. A lot has changed through the years, but Dave’s practical advice on life and money has remained consistent.
On-Air Schedule
Monday 01:00pm - 04:00pm Dave Ramsey Show
Tuesday 01:00pm - 04:00pm Dave Ramsey Show
Wednesday 01:00pm - 04:00pm Dave Ramsey Show
Thursday 01:00pm - 04:00pm Dave Ramsey Show
Friday 01:00pm - 04:00pm Dave Ramsey Show

Ben Shapiro

The Ben Shapiro Show connects listeners with the news they need to know in the fastest-moving daily program in America. A voice for conservative millennials, Shapiro covers America’s most powerful political personalities, brutally breaks down the culture, and never gives an inch!
On-Air Schedule
Monday 04:00pm - 06:00pm Ben Shapiro
Tuesday 04:00pm - 05:15pm Ben Shapiro
Wednesday 04:00pm - 05:15pm Ben Shapiro
Thursday 04:00pm - 05:15pm Ben Shapiro
Friday 04:00pm - 06:00pm Ben Shapiro

Mark Levin

Mark Levin has become one of the hottest properties in Talk radio, his top-rated show on WABC New York is now syndicated nationally by Westwood One. He is also one of the top new authors in the conservative political arena. Mark’s radio show on WABC in New York City skyrocketed to Number 1 on the AM dial in his first 18 months on the air in the competitive 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM time slot. Mark’s book Men in Black was released February 7, 2005 and quickly climbed to Number 3 in the nation on the New York Times Best-Seller list. When your book is endorsed by Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, you know you have a winner on your hands. In a short period of time, Mark has become one of the most listened to local radio Talk show hosts in the nation.
On-Air Schedule
Monday 06:00pm - 09:00pm Mark Levin Show
Tuesday 06:00pm - 09:00pm Mark Levin Show
Wednesday 06:00pm - 09:00pm Mark Levin Show
Thursday 06:00pm - 09:00pm Mark Levin Show
Friday 06:00pm - 09:00pm Mark Levin Show

Doug Stephan

On Air with Doug, Jen and Victoria - 3 Voices, 3 Views, 3 times the fun!

On Air with Doug, Jen and Victoria! The daily morning and day program provides listeners with pure fun and positive conversations to start their days.

On Air with Doug, Jen and Victoria delivers passionate discussions on items affecting listeners the most in their daily lives. Host Doug Stephan, Jen Horn and Victoria Keelan each bring a distinct perspective to their highly entertaining conversations. Additional contributors round out each hour by providing listeners with news they can use on entertainment, astrology, health, technology, pets, travel, finances, home improvement, cars and much more.
On-Air Schedule
Monday 11:00am - 01:00pm DJV Show
Tuesday 11:00am - 01:00pm DJV Show
Wednesday 11:00am - 01:00pm DJV Show
Thursday 11:00am - 01:00pm DJV Show
Friday 11:00am - 01:00pm DJV Show

Sal Tuzzolino

Your Host and Ringmaster is a decorated C-level sports and entertainment executive with decades of on and off the field experience. Sal is your host and Ringmaster for The Sports Circus.

His sports background is highlighted by servicing as Chief Financial Officer and Board Member for a notable baseball scouting and recruiting organization in addition to serving as Chief Operating Officer and Board Member for state-of-the-art football, basketball, and hockey coaching/play simulation technology utilized in all levels of both sports.

The Sports Circus brings a quirky blend of unusual variety to sports talk radio. The goal is to differentiate and entertain while getting the listening audience involved. That goes for the casual listener, community leaders, business owners, educators, students, student-athletes, sports enthusiasts and many others from ages 14 and up.
On-Air Schedule
Monday 10:00pm - 11:00pm Sports Circus
Tuesday 10:00pm - 11:00pm Sports Circus
Wednesday 10:00pm - 11:00pm Sports Circus
Thursday 10:00pm - 11:00pm Sports Circus
Friday 10:00pm - 11:00pm Sports Circus

Clark Howard

Clark Howard is a consumer expert whose goal is to help you keep more of the money you make. His national radio show and website show you ways to save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off.

‘Save more and spend less’ is more than just a motto for Clark; it’s a way of life. As a successful lifelong entrepreneur, media star and best-selling author, the Atlanta-based ‘consumer champion’ is dedicated to helping Americans of all means get ahead in life.

Clark’s career included stints in both government and private sectors. He was a civilian employee working for the U.S. Air Force at the end of the Vietnam War. He launched a travel agency in 1981 that grew into a chain with locations across metro Atlanta. In 1987, he sold the company at 31 and retired.

Clark found his way into the public eye almost by accident. While enjoying retirement on the pristine beaches of Florida, he was asked to be a guest on a radio show about travel. The response was so positive that he was given his own program, The Clark Howard Show. The show originates from Atlanta’s News 95-5 and AM 750 WSB and is syndicated by WestwoodOne.

He is a consumer reporter on Atlanta’s WSB-TV. In addition, Clark’s weekly newspaper column in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is syndicated throughout the country.
On-Air Schedule
Monday 09:00pm - 10:00pm Clark Howard Show
Tuesday 09:00pm - 10:00pm Clark Howard Show
Wednesday 09:00pm - 10:00pm Clark Howard Show
Thursday 09:00pm - 10:00pm Clark Howard Show
Friday 09:00pm - 10:00pm Clark Howard Show

Alan Taylor

THE DRIVE with Alan Taylor puts you in the driver’s seat for a unique, fast paced look at today’s automotive industry. Your pedal-to-the-metal, two-hour thrill ride devoted to the latest car news and test-drive results, how-to tips, auto show coverage, expert insights, and behind the scenes action.
On-Air Schedule
Saturday 10:00am - 12:00pm The Drive with Alan Taylor

Gary Sullivan

It's America's most listened to home improvement radio show. With over thirty years of home improvement know how, and over a decade of broadcast experience, Gary Sullivan will help you build it up, tear it down, fix it, or replace it.
On-Air Schedule
Sunday 09:00am - 12:00pm At Home with Gary Sullivan

Doug & Dr. Ken

Good Day Health with Doug and Dr. Ken is appointment radio featuring up-to-the-minute medical and wellness news. In addition to tons of calls from listeners across the country, Doug and Dr. Ken present the latest medical news and information in a fun and friendly format.

Dr. Ken Kronhaus is a trained medical scientist and researcher, and is regarded as one of the preeminent cardiologists in the country.
On-Air Schedule
Sunday 06:00am - 08:00am Good Day Health

Neal Asbury

Each week on Made in America, Neal gives his insight on the top news stories and their impact on the worlds of entrepreneurship, small business ownership and the overall economy. Unlike other talk hosts or pundits who only look at these issues through the prism of politics, Neal’s analysis takes a non-biased approach based on real life experience in business as an American manufacturer and exporter.

On-Air Schedule
Saturday 06:00am - 07:00am Made In America

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