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Cleveland radio legend Jeff Kinzbach calls it a career after epic 50-year on-air run

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — One day.



Jeff Kinzbach standing in front of a computer: "It was just great to be part of it," says Jeff Kinzbach of his nearly 50-year career in Cleveland radio. "I can't thank everybody enough. I've met so many great people, and had so many great experiences. I'm very fortunate."


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“It was just great to be part of it,” says Jeff Kinzbach of his nearly 50-year career in Cleveland radio. “I can’t thank everybody enough. I’ve met so many great people, and had so many great experiences. I’m very fortunate.”

That’s how long Jeff Kinzbach says it took him to get used to not having to wake up at 4 a.m. after hosting morning radio for 30 years. The legendary disc jockey called it a career on September 30 after spending parts of six decades on the local airwaves.



a group of people posing for a photo: Jeff Kinzbach, left, and Ed "Flash" Ferenc of Cleveland's WMMS 100.7 in February, 1978.


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Jeff Kinzbach, left, and Ed “Flash” Ferenc of Cleveland’s WMMS 100.7 in February, 1978.

“It’s a funny feeling,” Kinzbach says one week into his retirement. “But as every day goes on, you kind of pause for a second and say to yourself, ‘Wow, I don’t have to work. I don’t have to get up in the morning.’ That’s a damn good feeling.”

Kinzbach worked mornings on Akron’s 97.5 WONE since 2013 but is best known for hosting “The Buzzard Morning Zoo” with Ed “Flash” Ferenc on 100.7 WMMS from 1976-1994. He and his wife Patti are planning to literally ride off into the sunset by traveling the country in their recently purchased RV.

“We just started to realize that we really should retire and do a lot of the things that we want to do now because you just never know how long you have,” he says. “There’s a lot on my bucket list, from Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon and all the points in between. The radio business isn’t what it used to be. It’s not fun as it used to be. It was still very satisfying for me, but