Brother Wease

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Brother Wease is the on-air name of Alan Levin (born November 1, 1946 in Rochester, NY), a radio personality from Rochester, New York. He is currently heard on WAIO "Radio 95.1" in Brighton, as well as WHTK AM 1280 in Rochester and the Finger Lakes. (Both of these stations serve the metro Rochester area and are headquartered in the same building.)

Radio career[edit]

Levin began his on-air career as a late evening host and soon moved to the morning show in 1985 on Rochester's WCMF (96.5), using the name "Brother Wease." His show, called "The Brother Wease Morning Circus," was among the highest rated shows in the Rochester market. He also hosted a Saturday music show entitled "Radio Free Wease." He was forced out of that show and the station in January 2008 when his contract ran out as the station was being sold from the CBS radio group to Entercom Communications.[1] Levin and officials from station owner Entercom Communications tried but failed to negotiate a new contract.[2] His co-hosts remained and took over the show, which was renamed "The Break Room."

Shortly after leaving WCMF, Levin accepted a job as a sales executive at Clear Channel Communications due to a "non-compete" clause in his previous contract.[3] He then returned to the airwaves on November 17, 2008 on WFXF "95.1 THE FOX"[4] with a new supporting cast, including female co-host Lilly Hisenaj (formerly on XM's Ron & Fez Show), Jamie Lissow, a local Rochester stand-up comic and executive morning show producer Anthony Caiazzo This new incarnation is called "The Wease Show." [5]

From March through September 2004, Wease hosted both his WCMF music show and a similar program on WBUF, WCMF's Buffalo sister station in the CBS station group which was using a FM talk format. He was also heard weekends on New York City's WNEW-FM during its days as a hot-talk station in the middle of the last decade. He hosted a three-hour music show on XM Satellite Radio's Virus channel in December 2006.

Gregg "Opie" Hughes of Opie & Anthony worked with Brother Wease early in his career. BJ Shea, and current syndicated liberal talk radio host Stephanie Miller (then known as "Sister Sleaze") have also worked with Brother Wease.

Lawsuits[edit]

Levin was sued twice by former co-workers in the late 1990s over comments he made about them on the air. Cindy Pierce, a former co-host, said his lewd remarks about her forced her off the air. Account executive Jodi Strada claimed Wease humiliated her by on-air sexual references.[6] Both suits were settled out of court for huge sums of money

Personal life[edit]

Brother Wease came by his stage name from his school nickname, which was "Weasel". Wease is known for his openness with listeners, including sharing much of his personal life. He is a war veteran who completed three tours of duty in Vietnam.[7] He has been married three times,divorced twice and has six children. He also has a child with special needs in the state of Pennsylvania . He met his current wife Doreen when she was a guest on his show. He is a motorcycle enthusiast and an avid poker player.

Wease served as an emcee for Woodstock '94 and Woodstock 1999.[8] His work history also includes stints as a concert promoter and a mail carrier, and he is part owner of a tattoo parlor in Rochester called Physical Graffiti [1].

In 1997, Wease founded the Wease Cares Children's Fund to raise money for children in need.[9]

Cancer[edit]

Wease announced on his February 2, 2005 show that he had been diagnosed with nasopharyngeal carcinoma, a rare form of sinus cancer. [10] Wease underwent seven weeks of radiation treatment at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, during which he intended to broadcast from a makeshift studio in his apartment for as long as he was physically capable.[11] Wease never missed a show, despite being able to broadcast for only a few minutes on certain days. During his treatment, WCMF established "Kick Cancer's Ass," a campaign which raised nearly $100,000 for children with cancer. Wease returned to Rochester following his treatment. He learned in August 2005 that the treatment for his cancer had been successful.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brother Wease out at WCMF. Archived November 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. - Radio Insight, February 7, 2008
  2. ^ Brother Wease may not return to WCMF[permanent dead link] - Messenger Post News, February 7, 2008]
  3. ^ Brother Wease to join WFXF Archived November 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. - Radio Insight, February 27, 2008
  4. ^ Brother Wease is Back - RNews, February 27, 2008
  5. ^ Brother Wease.com - official site
  6. ^ Radio News
  7. ^ War Letters: Rochester Writes Home - Wease shares some of his own letters.
  8. ^ About.com Radio Personalities
  9. ^ Wease Cares Children's Fund
  10. ^ Wease Reveals He Has Cancer on Wease's cancer in the Democrat and Chronicle, 2 February 2005
  11. ^ Wease Continues to Broadcast on Wease's broadcasts from New York, Democrat and Chronicle, 10 March 2005
  12. ^ Wease Returns Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, August 3, 2005

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