Bill Peters, who has hosted his metal show on John Carroll University’s radio station WJCU FM 88.7 for 28 years (Metal on Metal, 6:30-9 Friday evenings), was named the station’s 2010 Best DJ at its annual banquet Tuesday night.
The famously modest Peters, who is probably the individual most responsible for the strength of Cleveland’s fabled metal scene, issued this statement: “Bill Peters would like to thank the WJCU staff for presenting to me the 2010 Best DJ Award at last night's station banquet. It truly is an honor. We have many DJs just as deserving of this recognition. I am not into the award kind of stuff but it is very nice to be recognized by my peers, who I all have a lot of respect for. I am very proud to have been a volunteer member of WJCU (formerly WUJC) for the past 28 years. Metal forever!”
One of the efforts Peters has spearheaded is raising money for the family of Jared Koston, drummer for local metal band Venomin James, who has stage IV melanoma and no health insurance.
Koston, his wife Michelle, and his son Nathan were special guests at the banquet, where they were presented with a check from a staff fundraiser, which the station matched.
It’s appropriate payback: Venomin James was one of the bands to contribute their services to a benefit concert for the radio station’s fundraising drive in February. —Anastasia Pantsios
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