Lanigan in the Morning

My Life in Radio

John Lanigan


Cleveland broadcasting legend John Lanigan got a rise out of radio listeners every weekday morning for more than 40 years. Now, he shares personal stories about breaking into the business, the early days of talk radio, interviewing politicians and porn stars, crazy publicity stunts, unusual remote broadcasts, hosting “Prize Movie” on TV, and more.

Softcover / 158 pages / 5.5 x 8.5 in. / 30 photos / ISBN 978-1-938441-93-6


If you woke up with John Lanigan each weekday morning (along with hundreds of thousands of other Clevelanders), you’ll enjoy these personal tales from his forty-plus years in radio.

Lanigan tells about breaking into the radio business while still in high school . . . Working his way up to the big time . . . The early days of talk radio . . . Wild and dangerous publicity stunts . . . Interviewing movie celebrities, politicians, and porn stars . . . Battling for ratings with fierce competitors . . . Broadcasting from some very remote locations . . . Hosting Prize Movie on TV . . . and more.

From 1971 through today, John Lanigan has been a fixture on Cleveland’s airwaves as a top-rated host on stations WGAR-AM, WMJI-FM, WTAM-AM, and WUAB-TV43.
If you’ve ever enjoyed listening to Lanigan in the morning, this book is for you!

Additional information

Weight0.5 lbs
Dimensions8.5 × 0.4 × 5.5 in


Table of Contents

The Early Years

The Denver Years

Coming to Cleveland

Friends in High Places

Wild and Crazy Stunts

Prize Movie

The Tampa Experiment

Back to Cleveland—and the Radio Wars

For the Love of Cleveland

Part-Time Gigs

What If?

Let’s Get the Show on the Road

The Lanigan Travel Agency

My Favorite Interview

Johnny’s Back!—”The Spew”

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