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Ralph Wendel Wright (W5VJI)

September 13, 2004

It is with heavy heart that I post the following obituary of Ralph Wendel Wright. For anyone growing up in or around the Detroit, MI, Windsor, ON, Cleveland, OH areas and listened to CKLW AM 800, he was better know as Mike Rivers. More info on CKLW can be seen here: "Mike Rivers passing... I'm very sad to report the passing of Ralph Wendel Wright, better known to his many fans as Mike Rivers who dominated the airwaves from 1967-1970 at CKLW. His wife Celeste said that Mike passed away at his home in Antioch, TN on Monday night (9/13). He suffered a cerebral bleed in May from which he never recovered. I remember Mike as an active ham radio operator (W5VJI), a gifted musician and jingle writer, a master of production, a phenomenal DJ and most of all, a truly wonderful guy. Those of us who were lucky enough to have him enter our life will miss him. Celelste said that since his friends and family are located all over the country that no memorial service is planned."

Contributed by: Al Mytyk (W8AII)

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