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Jay Allen has cancer

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Jay Allen has cancer

Post by Big-D » Mon Aug 05, 2019 11:20 pm

There’s a post on Jay Allen’s Facebook page that he has been diagnosed with gallbladder cancer that has spread to his liver and lungs and possibly in his lymph nodes.

Jay Allen was best known as the sports guy on WKLQ’s Q Morning Zoo in the early 90s working alongside Darla Jaye and the late Rick Beckett. Jay Allen left KLQ in the mid 90s to join WOOD Radio as the sports guy on the morning show with Gary Allen. He was just hired by the Detroit Tigers as their public address announcer earlier this season.

I hope Jay kicks cancer’s ass.

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Post by TC Talks » Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:23 am

Big Bummer.

We hired Jay to do the PA announcing for the Grand Rapids Hoops after Rick Burkholder left.

He and I started swapping our favorite cheap ass radio station owner stories and he told me about the time he was given a set of snow tires as a Christmas bonus.

Get well Jay.

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Re: Jay Allen has cancer

Post by SteveL » Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:58 am

Well, a set of snow tires certainly beats the $2.99 clock radio they gave us as a "Christmas bonus" the year after LAV/KLQ merged. That being said, Jay is a terrific broadcaster and an even better person. All the best to him and his family.

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Re: Jay Allen has cancer

Post by Mega Hertz » Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:25 pm

I do not know this fellow, nor have I ever met him, but I send my best well wishes his way and hope he makes a complete recovery. Kick cancer's ass!!!

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Post by Localnewsisdead » Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:44 am

Tigers PA announcer Allen diagnosed with cancer: ... th-cancer/

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Re: Jay Allen has cancer

Post by Mr.Transistor » Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:53 am

That is a shame.......may God help him thru this

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Post by MWmetalhead » Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:42 pm

Enjoyed listening to Jay Allen during his time at WOOD 1300.
Jay Allen left KLQ in the mid 90s to join WOOD Radio as the sports guy on the morning show with Gary Allen.
Not quite. He left KLQ around 1993 to co-host mornings with Michelle McCormick at WGRD. He was hired to fill the vacancy that was created when Kevin Gossett left to join WASH-FM in Washington, D.C.

Jay's time at WGRD didn't last long. Back at KLQ, Scott Winters replaced Jay.

Jay and Michelle on WGRD were replaced by Kevin Matthews (simulcast of his WLUP-FM morning show), who in turn was replaced by Rick, Darla & Scott.

Lori Bennett and Bob Walker have turned WLAV from an iconic classic rock station into a ratings boondoggle. Sad.

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Post by Trophyhead » Fri Aug 16, 2019 5:02 pm

Jay was at WOOD and left just as they were set to carry Whitecaps games, where he would have been in the booth with Rick Berkey as their first broadcast team in 1994.

That didn't alienate him with the Clear Channel crowd, as he filled in as 1300's morning show sports guy on many occasions in the years that followed.

I pray that he beats this and gets to continue as desired at Comerica.

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