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Calvin Hicks/Mitch Zano, WSSX 95SX Charleston SC | November, 1996

Charleston, SC is an under-rated market. I say that knowing that there are a lot of Large and Medium sized markets that did and still do have plenty of talent gracing the airwaves.

This time, we have a pretty long late afternoon/evening composite of 95SX. At the time of this recording, it was pretty much the lone survivor of the CHR war that once was between 95SX and the former WKQB Q-107 which flipped to Country as WBUB in 1990. That 80s CHR war was not so much won by 95SX due to ratings, but thanks to divine intervention in the form of Hurricane Hugo, which devastated much of the Lowcountry in 1989. Q-107 took six months or longer to get back on the air, and when it did, it was for about a month before going bankrupt and the station purchased by a group which included Charlie ‘Bird’ Lindsay and Larry Farina, former jocks at WEZL. Don’t ask me how I remember that, other than either TJ Phillips or Rhett Bledsoe told me the story when I was at WEZL around 1993… I digress.

This is about 95SX. The afternoon personality heard here is Calvin Hicks. Great pipes and a pleasant personality, perfect for PM drive. This moves right along into the night show with Mitch Zano. We get to hear ALMOST the entire “Top 8 at 8” countdown… except for number one. You could probably guess what that song was if you remember the hits from around Thanksgiving, 1996.

95.1 FM Charleston 95SX WSSX Calvin Hicks Mitch Zano 2 Girls and a Guy in the Morning

Courtesy of Contributor Robyn Watts

Steve West

Heard on great radio stations like WGKX "Kix 106" and WMC-FM Memphis, online at HitOldies.com (and once upon a time at RadioMaxMusic.com), loosely contributed to some yearly countdowns at MusicRadio77.com, and most importantly, Webmaster of this great Radio Historical site, Airchexx.comLook for me on the Ham bands. Perhaps one day you'll have a QSO with K1FRC. Happy DX and Happy Listening!

6 Responses

  1. mi za says:

    correction: the jock’s name is not Mitch Zano, it’s MITCH ZATTO

  2. alex yaeta says:

    doesn’t anybody ever maintain this website? MITCH ZATTO was the most innovative, no-bull-taking, original and unique radio personality to ever cross paths with such a sorry town as Charleston! MITCH was a free thinker who kept everybody guessing, and that’s to his credit. MITCH ZATTO was also known as HOLLYWOOD HAZE (NOT “HAYES”), KYM LANDERS (THE ONLY K106 JOCK THAT B-104 COULDN’T BEAT), and MITCH RYDER AT WSDO “STUDIO-107” IN FT.LAUD.-MIAMI). He’s dropped out of sight, but, I betcha he’s somewhere keeping things REAL.

  3. a. teleford says:

    zatto, mitch – top rated personality 1983-99 as “Wild Child” (WFEC), Boss Baby (CK-101), Kym Landers (WMAR-FM), Hollywood Haze (POWER-95), Mitch Zatto (WSSX), Bobby Mitchell (WXTC), Slick (FLY-94), Boss Hoss (Oldies 102.5, and WEZL; also on ALICE 104.5 and WPTP (The Point) 2001-2003.
    Unique, Creative, Always one step ahead of the crowd. Mitch Zatto is an original, not afraid to step out from the pack, an audience favorite.

  4. j.j.bishop says:

    deejay Kym Landers is actually Mitch Zatto, sometimes misspelled “Kim Landers”, although he spelled it with a ‘y’ . Why? Y-100, of course! Does anybody have any of his cool tapes doing nights at WMAR-FM in Baltimore? He was a blast there- high energy, super creative, and the only jock worth remembering at WMAR, from 1984-1986. I would pay for these.


    Zatto is a Ridley High School grad back in the 1960’s! He used to hang with the jocks at WHAT 1340 in Philly, and worked there in some capacity from 1967-71, but as what I ‘m not certain. He was really into Soul music, jingles, and radio formats, especially stations like WOOK, WOL, WMID, WHAT, etc. I saw him at the WFIL studios with Jay Cook once.

  6. Jay Norris of WNBC says:

    Mitch Zatto! Wow! I haven’t heard that name in years! Since way back to the Citi Rhythm 1310 AM days in 1981. He was using the name ‘Night Ryder’ there, and
    understood the Soul Sound inside and out. Didn’t he eventually go on to WKTU in
    New York with program director J.D. Holiday? I think I heard him there once. As the Stylistics song resonates “People Make The World Go Round”, Mitch was without a doubt a truly unshackled free spirit light years ahead of everyone, and a really nice guy, too. Where are you, Mitch? Please check in!

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