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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.


Bill Louis Takes Leave Of Absence

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

21 hours ago

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.



Win Frankie’s Italian Cuisine Lunch

Join Bill Louis weekdays at noon for the ‘NCX Classic Cafe where this week you could win lunch for you and your friends with a $40 gift card from Frankie’s Italian Cuisine.


John Mayer and Bob Weir of Dead and Company (Maria Ives for

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.


Former Beatle George Harrison (Paul Vicente/AFP/Getty Images)

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.


(Photo: Jimmy King)

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.


Foreigner / Bill Bernstein

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


Axl Rose (Ethan Miller/ Getty Images)

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.


(Photo Credit: Mark Weiss,  / Courtesy of Trans-Siberian Orchestra)

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.


Premiere Of Sony Pictures Classics "It Might Get Loud" - Arrivals

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.


Classic Rock Roll Of Honour - Show

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


(Photo: Danny Clinch)

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


Guns N Roses (Photo credit: Katarina Benzova)

Guns N’ Roses R Hard Workers

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


British lead singer Brian Johnson of Aus

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.


Sting (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

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


Hagar/Roth 2002 Tour-Los Angeles, CA

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.


(Thos Robinson/Getty Images for The New Yorker)

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.


Phil Collins (Getty Images)

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!


(Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS)

Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize

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


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Rod Stewart: Last Night’s The Knight

Add Rod Stewart to the list of rockers that now have a Sir in front of their name. Before many of these guys were known as Knights they were more famous for allnighters.


Jon Anderson of Yes (Martti Kainulainen/Getty Images)

Jon Anderson Talks Yes, ARW, And More

Founding member of Yes, Jon Anderson, talked with me about the current tour with Rick Wakeman & Trevor Rabin which hits the Goodyear Theater in Akron on October 29th.


Roger Daltrey (Cedric Ribeiro/Getty Images)

Who Doesn’t Want A Quadrophenia Sequel

It seems wrong that someone who didn’t have anything to do with Quadrophenia in the first place could write a sequel. The Who heartily concurs.


CLEVELAND - APRIL 04: Jimmy Page performs onstage during the 24th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Public Hall on April 4, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

Page Tops List Of Greatest Guitar Solos

Classic Rock magazine has compiled a list of what they feel are the 10 greatest guitar solos. The funny thing is the guy who tops the list says there are others that he prefers better


British singer and frontman of rock band The Rolling Stones Mick Jagger performs during a concert at Ciudad Deportiva in Havana, Cuba, on March 25, 2016. AFP PHOTO / YAMIL LAGE / AFP / YAMIL LAGE        (Photo credit should read YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images)

Rolling Stones Return To Blue(s) Roots

Blue & Lonesome is the name of the long rumored album of blues covers from the Rolling Stones. It is slated to be in stores on December 2nd. Click to see track list


Eric Clapton (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Clapton Sells Richter, Gets Richer

Slowhand is about to make a ton of fast cash selling a piece of art that looks like a piece of….


(Photo: Suzanne Durham)

What Is Sammy Hagar’s Stage Drink?

When Sammy Hagar is on stage and wants to cool down he reaches for a cup that stays on a drum riser. But what is in the cup? If you guessed rum you’re half correct.


(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Kelly Osbourne Pays Up

Going on Twitter when you’re angry can cost you a bundle, just ask Kelly Osbourne.


LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 23:  Executive producer/musician Elton John (L) and songwriter Bernie Taupin pose at the after party for the premiere of Touchstone Pictures' "Gnomeo and Juliet" at Hollywood and Highland on January 23, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Bernie Taupin: Visual Artist Too

You’d think writing those classic lyrics for Elton John over the years would be a full time job,. Not so for Bernie Taupin. He spends far more time with canvas and paint than he does with pen and paper.


Photo Credit: CBS Radio Cleveland

Journey Into Complete Albums

Journey has been asked to perform the Escape and Frontiers albums in their entirety on their upcoming tour of Japan. Neil Schon talks about that, Santana, and Steve Perry.


NEW YORK, UNITED STATES:  Members of the British rock group Fleetwood Mac (from left) John McVie, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood and Lindsay Buckingham appear together after receiving their awards and being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 12 January in New York. The thirteenth annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction dinner also honored Santana, The Eagles, The Mamas and Papas, Lloyd Price and Gene Vincent.   AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read JON LEVY/AFP/Getty Images)

Fleetwood Mac Minus Stevie?

Christine McVie said the unthinkable, an album and mini-tour WITHOUT Stevie Nicks! There’s no animosity, just scheduling conflicts.


Jon Bon Jovi (Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

Bon Jovi: Albums Are Statements

Jon Bon Jovi grew up in a time that albums were musical statements,not just a collection of pop songs. He still believes that to be the case


rob evan

Rocktopia Is Near

The mixture of rock and classical has spawned many recipes, and tomorrow night on WVIZ, “Rocktopia” promises to deliver a unique presentation. Bill Louis talks with TSO vocalist Rob Evan who is part of the show.


Journey perform in concert at the Ovation Hall at Revel Resort & Casino on August 11, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)

Jonathan Cain Plays What God Wants To Hear

Jonathan Cain of Journey, The Babys, and Bad English is going solo to spread the word of God. His new release is a Christian album,


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