Mike Osterhout Passes On
June 29, 2010 at 6:57 AM (PT)
ALL ACCESS is very saddened to report the passing of TAMPA radio veteran MIKE OSTERHOUT (6/26) following a battle with cancer. OSTERHOUT was 62 and is survived by his wife MARCIA and daughter SIDNEY, as well as many radio folks that he worked with for many years when he ran then-EDENS Top 40 WRBQ (Q105). Most recently OSTERHAUT was CEO at MORRIS COMMUNICATIONS, based in AUGUSTA, GA.
CITADEL VP/Programming and WPLJ/NEW YORK PD/morning co-host SCOTT SHANNON told ALL ACCESS, "MIKE was part of the TAMPA MORNING ZOO glory days, and one of the best radio radio managers you could ever work with."
Teamed with SCOTT SHANNON as co-host of the MORNING ZOO was CLEVELAND WHEELER, who commented to ALL ACCESS, "MICHAEL OSTERHOUT was 'one of the guys'". I have worked for few General Managers that would let you close enough to hang with. But you never had to try to make that happen with MICHAEL. He loved being in the thick of it all.
MIKE was a real renaissance guy in a buttoned down world. The phenomenon that was Q105 could not have happened without the unconditional support and encouragement that he gave the extraordinary talents on that staff. He was a champion and defender of talent. He placed a lot confidence in people to produce something exceptional and they did.
"He drew quite a circle of friends from the business, sports and celebrity community. His entourage became notorious and affectionately called the MIKE-ETTES. MICHAEL OSTERHOUT was simply the best of the best and had that quintessential 'je ne cest quoi' that made that station the exceptional radio it was in the 80s."
MASON DIXON, who was part of Q105 back then, is ironically back doing mornings at Q105, now a CBS Classic Hits station. He commented to ALL ACCESS, "Putting the last part of 1989 aside when WFLZ came in, we had a decade of dominance at Q105 under MIKE, that can never be duplicated. He was a terrific manager and mentor."
MICHAEL was a longtime member of the CRB (COUNTRY RADIO BROADCASTERS) BOARD.
Services are set for NOON on THURSDAY (7/1) at BLOUNT & CURRY FUNERAL HOMES -- MacDill Avenue Chapel -- 605 South MacDill Ave., TAMPA, FL 33609. Phone: (813) 876-2421.
Memorial funds can be made to the HUMANE SOCIETY or the AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY.
You may visit MIKE OSTERHOUT's memorial page, by clicking here.