ELYRIA — WEOL-AM 930 has launched a search to replace departing morning-show host Les Szekely in an attempt to keep the morning show “live, local and very personal,” according to station manager Lonnie Gronek.
Gronek said he’d like to hire someone local and keep the show done locally, but that, of course, is “pending availability of talent.” An advertisement for the position is currently running online on various sites WEOL uses to look for employees, Gronek said.
Szekely, who has hosted “Les in the Morning” since 2005, will be leaving in the middle of August to take a teaching position at Westlake High School.
Gronek said he anticipates talking and listening to a lot of people between now and then. He said he’s not sure how long the search will take but that as a last resort “there are a lot of syndicated shows out there.”
A draft of the ad provided to The Chronicle reads, “Are you a morning person? Do you have a passion for radio? Are you energetic and creative and have an engaging personality? Do you have a broad knowledge of current events, both local and global — from news and sports to pop culture? Are you quick-witted and able to handle challenging issues, subjects and callers?
“Our ideal morning-host candidate will also have a genuine desire to talk with and meet people from all walks of life. Are you ready to make a difference in the community, the county and region?”
The morning show runs from 6:30 to 9 a.m., and Gronek said the hours will stay the same.
WEOL is owned by Lorain County Printing and Publishing, which also owns The Chronicle.