Bill Louis 10:00am To 3:00pm


Bill Louis is known to Cleveland radio listeners as the host of Cleveland’s Classic Café, serving up lunch requests and a bit of rock and roll trivia every midday on WNCX. Bill followed the classic prescription for a successful career in radio…leave Cleveland, get experience in smaller markets and come back home to a long-running, successful 21+ year career and a prominent position in the community.

In addition to Bill’s on-air and programming contributions to WNCX, Bill is the station’s community service ambassador. Bill works hard with numerous non-profit organizations and community groups to help raise funds and extend their message to the community.

In 2007, Bill received the Cleveland Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame Award for Excellence in Broadcasting, The Free Times Best Radio DJ in Cleveland Award and a Proclamation from the Village of Walton Hills for 10 years of service and support for the Christmas For Kids Program.

NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 26:  Guitarist James Young of the group Styx  performs at Prudential Center on June 26, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)

James Young’s Playoff Picks

James Young of Styx is amazing in his ability to pick winners in playoff football action. He does it every year, and this year he’s picked 7 out of 8 winners.

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New Book Reveals Queen In 3-D

Brian May has worked for three years on compiling the pictures in his new book, Queen In 3-D. It comes with an OWL viewer, also designed by Brian, for full 3-D effect for the viewing public. Not to mention increased profitability for the author/inventor!


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Southside Johnny, Artful Dodger Remasters Coming In March

A long overdue remastering of Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes first three albums will hit the market on March 3rd, which is the same day that an Artful Dodger double CD is available..


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Paul Stanley In Concussion Protocol

Paul Stanley of KISS suffered a concussion Saturday, which can be a problem for a life long headbanger.



Win Wild Eagle Saloon Lunch

Listen to Bill Louis weekdays for the ‘NCX Classic Cafe where this week you could win lunch for you and your friends with a $40 gift card from Wild Eagle Saloon.


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Rolling Stones Rock Your TV Sunday Night

Two weeks in a row the Starz network will be debuting the last two Rolling Stones tour movies. So, if you see people at work on Monday that look similar to Keith Richards, that’s why.



What Journey Should Sound Like At Their Induction

After the annual announcement of the inductees into the Rock Hall the battle begins. Who’s invited, and who’s gonna play. Steve Perry hasn’t decided yet if he’s going to perform with Journey.


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Greg Lake: Lucky Man, Thankful Man

I first met Greg Lake at a Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert. He was an amazing man. He leaves behind a new autobiography “Lucky Man”, that demonstrates why he is so sorely missed. ,


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Foreigner Not Speaking The Same Language

On the day that Mick Jones announced that former members of Foreigner will be joining them on this summer’s 40th anniversary tour, Lou Gramm said he’s going to retire.


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The Story Behind The U2 Tour

It seems natural that U2 would celebrate the 30th anniversary of their landmark album The Joshua Tree by bringing it to stadiums. That wasn’t the original plan however.


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Bowie Learned Cancer Was Terminal In Last 90 Days

David Bowie was planning new music and was creating music videos for Blackstar when he found out that his cancer would soon take his life.


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Beatles, Zeppelin, & Eagles Top All Time Sales List

How can a band sell over 100 million units? By fans buying albums, 8 Tracks, cassettes, CD’s, downloads, and an endless supply of repackaged greatest hits, boxed sets & compilations


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A Little Too Happy Of A New Year

What a video! A guy dives into the windshield of a police car, while a cop is inside filming! That sort of guarantees a not so happy New Year!


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Bill Louis: Back In The Saddle Again

I’ve been playing Aerosmith’s Back In The Saddle for over 29 years at NCX, but today it was the most requested song in the Classic Cafe



Checking In With Bill Louis

Great news! It’s been 4 days since the operation and Bill couldn’t have imagined things going any better.



Bill Louis Takes Leave Of Absence

In my last Classic Cafe of 2016 I shared the reason for taking a leave of absence.


LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 25:  (L-R) Founder and President of Sundance Institute Robert Redford, musicians  Timothy B. Schmit, Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh attend "History Of The Eagles Part One" screening during Sundance London Film And Music Festival 2013 at Sky Superscreen O2 on April 25, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Sundance London)

Kennedy Center Honors Eagles

The Kennedy Center Honors ended last night in Washington with a tribute to the Eagles. They postponed the honor for a year in hopes that the health of Glenn Frey would improve, which it sadly did not.


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Dead & Company 2017 Tour Dates

Northeast Ohio Dead & Company fans have reason to be grateful as this summers incarnation of the iconic band makes a stop here.


INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JUL 04: Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones performs at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 4, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Rare Interview With Stones Bass Player

Darryl Jones has been playing bass for The Rolling Stones since Bill Wyman left the band over 22 years ago. He doesn’t say much, but with Mick & Keith around it’s hard getting a word in edgewise.


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George Harrison’s Sister Breaks Her Silence

In the 15 years since the death of George Harrison, his sister Louise has kept quiet. She’s not quiet anymore, nor is she happy.


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Bowie Planned More Albums

Though Blackstar was looked upon as David Bowie’s farewell album it appears that he wanted to keep making music.


PERTH, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 05:  Bruce Springsteen speaks to media during a press conference at Perth Arena on February 5, 2014 in Perth, Australia. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will be touring Australia in 2014 beginning with Perth.  (Photo by Will Russell/Getty Images)

Piano Man Built Bruce’s Broken Down Bike

There was a great story last week about a couple of Jersey boys that helped Bruce Springsteen deal with a broke down bike. That bike was built by Billy Joel.


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Foreigner Supports Record Store Day

Foreigner is offering a four song 10 inch vinyl EP, “The Flame Still Burns”, for fans and collectors this Friday


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Get An Axl Watch For $100K

There’s a hot new gift this Christmas for those that have way too much money, a watch designed by Axl Rose.



He’s Done Blowing His Own Horn

Residents of El Sigundo, California can rest easy because the guy that has been blowing an air horn every morning at 4am has been caught.


Joe Perry and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith (Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

Aero-Vederci To Aerosmith?

This just might be the farewell tour for Aerosmith, and they’re having fun with it every chance that they get. First off they’re calling the tour Aero-Vederci,



Rik Emmett Talks RESolution9

Rik Emmett has been cranking out solo albums for more than 25 years since the break up of Triumph. Now he has assembled a new band, RESolution9. Bill Louis talks with Rik about the new band, his old band mates & more.


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Al Pitrelli: TSO Then And Now

Guitarist Al Pitrelli was there in Cleveland for the very first Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert . He was also in the pre TSO band, Savatage.


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Jimmy Page Called “Mentally Ill”

British pop singer Robbie Williams bought a mansion next to Jimmy Page’s mansion three years ago, and there’s been trouble ever since.


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Keef Praises Mick, Slams Shakespeare

Keith Richards had a few things to tell the New York Post. One, Mick Jagger is underrated. Two, William Shakespeare is overrated.


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Chrissie Hynde’s Sage Advice

It seems obvious that if you’re good at doing something you should keep doing it. However people keep asking Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders “how long can you keep doing what you do”?


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Rockers Give Their Soles To Charity

Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood, and Brian May are among the rockers that have donated their shoes to a charity auction


MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 11:  John Mellencamp performs at Northrup Auditorium on February 11, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

Mellencamp Exhibit At Rock Hall

John Mellencamp will be the subject of an exhibit at the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame beginning November 10th.


Roger Daltrey (Cedric Ribeiro/Getty Images)

Roger Daltrey: Honored For Fighting Cancer

Roger Daltrey has duked it out with Pete Townshend over the years, but he’s unleashed his strongest punches fighting for teenage victims of cancer. He was honored with the Music Industry Trust award


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Gregg Allman Cancels Shows, Cites Bruised Vocal Chords

The spirit was willing, but once again the flesh was weak. Gregg Allman cancelled the first two dates of a 10 date residency at New York’s City Winery. A vocal chord bruise was the reason given.


ATLANTA - FEBRUARY 8:   Singer 'Meatloaf' performs at the Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk Contest at the Philips Arena during the 2003 NBA All Star weekend on February 8, 2003  in Atlanta, Georgia.   (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Meatloaf Undergoes Spinal Fusion

When we last heard from Meatloaf he collapsed on stage during a June show in Canada. Now he’s talking about the emergency back surgery he had


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Guns N’ Roses R Hard Workers

Guns N’ Roses have practiced more for this tour than they have for the last 14 years combined.


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AC/DC’s Brian Johnson Thunders On

Brian Johnson’s other career is going quite well.He is an accomplished race car driver, and once again he took the checkered flag.


SAN ANTONIO, TX - JANUARY 29:  John Mellencamp performs during the opening of the Center for the Intrepid and additions to the Fischer House facilities to treat soldiers wounded in combat at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, January 29, 2007.  (Photo by Ben Sklar/Getty Images)

Mellencamp Scolds Crowd

John Mellencamp had to stop his hit song Jack And Diane at Sunday’s concert in Ames, Iowa due to the crowd singing along at the wrong time.


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Sting On The Voice

Sting will be performing on The Voice on November 6th.


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Steven Tyler Donates Awesome Car

Steven Tyler spent a mil on a car that goes 270 mph, Now he’s auctioning it off for charity.


Guitarist James Young of the group Styx   (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)

James Young Of Styx Predicts A Browns Victory

Styx is coming to the Hard Rock Live stage on Tuesday November 15th. Bill Louis talked with guitarist James Young about the band, performing, and how the music stays fresh for him


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Michael Anthony Reconnects With Van Halen

Michael Anthony spoke to the Van Halen that he spent so many fine years with in one of the great rhythm sections in rock.


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Bridge School Benefit This Weekend

Neil Young and a lot of his friends are preparing the 30th Anniversary Concert for the Bridge School this weekend in Mountain View, California. This year a special guest will perform,


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Alice Cooper: Eighteen Again

Alice Cooper is synonymous with Halloween, but now he’s lending his talents to support another celebration, Record Store Day



Jagger Loses Big In Vegas

Mick Jagger lost something more important than money this week in Las Vegas.


Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes  (Photo by Matt Kent/Getty Images)

Black Crowes Are Now Magpies

Rich Robinson has assembled much of his former band into a new group, The Magpie Salute.


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Phil Collins: Bruised, Battered, & Touring

Phil Collins announced that he was going to hit the road in 2017, but it looks like the road has hit him. He is bruised due to a recent fall, and is walking with a cane


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Dylan In Movie: I’ll Never Win A Nobel

In a 1987 movie Bob Dylan’s character says that he’s never going to win a Nobel prize. You gotta see it to believe it!


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Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize

Bob Dylan has been named as the winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature.


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