Listeners and friends pay tribute to WTVN’s John Corby who passed away this weekend
Central Ohio’s WTVN 610 radio is paying tribute to one of its own gone too soon. Long time afternoon host John Corby died unexpectedly Saturday. Corby, 61 was a staple of Columbus radio for over 30 years and two runs on WTVN.
Coworkers remembered their colleague and friend at the Fifth Avenue studios Monday by eating hot dogs with just ketchup, and birthday cake. Corby was known for the popular greeting “Happy Birthday” even when it wasn’t really his birthday but a joke that his listeners were in on.
“It became a running gag because it wasn’t his birthday.
Every day when people would call in to talk to Corby somebody inevitably would wish him happy birthday,” said show producer and talent Joshua Seas.
Listeners called in to talk about the radio legend and say goodbye.
Host Sterling taking the microphone to host a tough show following Corby’s death.
“That laugh. The ability to listen. Even if he didn’t agree with you. Thought you were crazy and insane and gave you the opportunity sound off and just go, it’s alright we will fix you later.”
A man who many said seemed like family.
“I felt like I knew him and I never met him in my whole life,” said one caller.
A listener named Cathy said, “I literally pulled over my car today and cried. You feel like you know the man.”
iHeartMedia Regional President Brian DYTKO said, “We are beyond saddened with the sudden passing of John Corby. John was a special talent and one of a kind broadcaster.”
“He loved to make people laugh. That is really what he did best. He made people laugh despite all the things that were going on with the news. And that is what we are going to miss most about him.
He was always trying to have fun. Always trying to lighten some of the hard news stories he was doing and he just connected,” said Dytko.
In addition to the thousands of loyal WTVN listeners, John leaves behind his wife, daughter, sister and his mother and father.
His former co-host Joe Bradley said they had great chemistry and were true friends. Bradley and Corby were famous for their bits like the Big Bass Brothers. “It was much fun as it sounded. Guys being guys. Talking about food. Who doesn’t like to eat,” asked Bradley.
“What made Corby made so easy to like he was just your friend. It was just normal. Natural,” said Bradley. But the burley Bradley teared up talking about losing his friend. “It’s hard. It’s never easy to say goodbye to anyone or anything you love.”
Afternoon radio won’t be the same without John Corby. Bradley said he was “part of the fabric” of our community. Somebody who touched the lives of so many.
From a caller “he would listen to you, he would laugh at what you said. Comment on what you said. You just feel good about yourself. He’s a regular guy he touched our hearts and he will always be in our hearts and we will sorely miss him.”
Funeral and memorial arrangements are pending.