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Mike Trivisonno, of WTAM 1100 Cleveland’s Newsradio, dies at the age of 74

Published: Oct. 28, 2021 at 4:05 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 28, 2021 at 11:15 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Mike Trivisonno, the radio host for WTAM 1100 Cleveland’s Newsradio, has died, according to an announcement from the station.

It was a heartbreaking day for the crew at WTAM.

“Please grant us some grace as this is the most difficult show that we will ever do,” said Executive Producer Carmen Angelo.

They struggled to go on with their radio show just hours after the death of their beloved colleague and radio icon Mike Trivisonno.

“He was more than that person that would go and turn on the microphone and make you laugh because he was also that person that would teach you about life,” said Trivisonno’s coworker, Ratto.

The 74-year-old better known as Triv was an iconic conservative radio talk show host in Cleveland for decades. 19 News spoke with some of his loyal listeners.

“I used to call into his show a lot,” said Mary Jane Ferris. “Mike Trivisonno was the voice of reason. He had common sense and he had the courage to say what nobody else said in Cleveland and I pray that his family can manage through this and most importantly that his voice and legacy of what he believed and what he built in Cleveland will continue to go on.”

Lyndhurst police said he was taken from his home to a nearby hospital following a medical incident around noon on Thursday. His colleagues told 19 News he passed away within 30 minutes.

Trivisonno was a caller to the Pete Franklin Radio Show and earned the name “Mr. know it all” that led to a job WNCX and eventually to his job at WTAM.

“He’s sort of like synonymous with Cleveland radio,” said listener Vince Ferrini. “I mean that’s what he is. I mean if you know about Mike Trivisonno that’s what he was. He was Cleveland radio he really was.”

The talk show host leaves behind a wife, children, and grandchildren. Aside from his impact in the Cleveland media industry his coworkers spoke a lot about his charity work, they said he raised millions of dollars for coats for kids over the years.

“He did it because he had a big heart,” said Keith Hotchkiss, Market President IHeart Media Cleveland. “He didn’t have to raise millions of dollars for charity. He did it because he wanted to. He didn’t have to use his platform for anything other than just entertainment and he did for so long, but he did it for so many other reasons too.”

WTAM paid tribute to the conservative talk show host during the afternoon radiocast.

The 74-year-old was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2008 and had surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. He repeatedly stated on air that he was vaccinated against COVID-19.

This is a developing story.

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