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Gary Jeff Walker Taking Over WLW-AM Night Shift


Versatile radio veteran Gary Jeff Walker takes over WLW-AM's 9 p.m.-midnight slot Monday, Oct. 2, with "The Nightcap with Gary Jeff Walker."

Walker, who came to Cincinnati in 1994 for Clear Channel (now iHeartMedia), says he will continue hosting news/talk 5:30-9 a.m. Saturdays on the station, "so the Friday show may be different."

Walker calls the late-night show "a one month experiment." He told WLW-AM listeners Thursday that "we'll see how this works out."   

"The Nightcap" replaces Rocky Boiman, who moved to 3-6 p.m. with Eddie Fingers when Tracy Jones was let go earlier this month. Apparently Boiman's move to afternoons is permanent.

In the late 1990s, Walker was a classic rock DJ on WOFX-FM seven days a week, including hosting "Breakfast with the Beatles" on Sunday morning. At the same time he was doing Saturday morning on WLW-AM, and doing weekday recorded shows by satellite on sister Clear Channel stations in Louisville, San Diego, Atlanta and Rochester. Here's a link to my 2001 Enquirer profile, "Hardest-working man in Tristate radio."

Since leaving radio full-time sometime after the sale of WOFX-FM to Cumulus in 2009, Walker has filled in for most WLW-AM personalities as a part-timer around his bartending schedule at Huddle's Café, 628 Monmouth St., Newport.

John Kiesewetter, who has covered television and media for more than 35 years, has been working for Cincinnati Public Radio and WVXU-FM since 2015.