Photo Courtesy: WNIR -- Taken by Shane Wynn Studio
AKRON -- WNIR radio (100.1 FM) personality and former PA announcer for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Howie Chizek has died at age 65.
According to a spokesperson at WNIR, Chizek suffered a heart attack on a Florida-bound flight. For years, Chizek has been taking groups of underprivileged kids to Florida to visit Disney World.
That's where he was headed when he passed away. It was a trip that brought him a lot of joy over the years, said WNIR Preisdent, Bob Klaus "the future looks bright when you look into a child's face and I think that's something that he saw, a bright future when he'd look into their faces," Klaus.
According to WNIR, Chizek has been the leader of his timeslot for over 30 years. He was on air from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday though Friday. He also had a Saturday show that aired from 9:00 a.m. to noon.
For 17 years, during the 1980's and 1990's, Chizek also served as Public Address announcer for the Cleveland Cavaliers during their years at the Coliseum.
Chizek was an alumnus of Cleveland Heights High School and Ohio University.