If the voice sounds familiar, it is. One of the most familiar voices from Dayton's awesome ’80s has taken over mornings on The Eagle 95.3 and 101.1.
Dr. Dave and the Eagle Morning Zoo airs from 6 to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. The show features classic bits from former Z93 DJ Dave “Dr. Dave” Gross and hits that made the ’80s so rad.
Nancy Wilson, director of branding and programming for WHKO/WZLR, said Gross is the “legendary voice” the doctor ordered for the ’80s station. The show has the Z93 Morning Zoo wackiness Dr. Dave is known for blended with a modern Eagle edge, she said.
“We just needed that one missing piece, and we knew that missing piece was Dave,” said Wilson, who is also co-host of K99.1FM’s Breakfast Club.
The show features the nonstop music fans of the Eagle have come to love, blended with laughs from Dr. Dave to wake you up.
Gross, the station’s first DJ in at least two years, said he aims to play the songs that ’80s fans love.
"A surprising number of young adults enjoy it (’80s music),” he said.
Being there when the music happened is among his strengths.
“I could smell a hit a mile away,” he said. “I hung out with a lot of celebrities before they were big.”
Gross has met everyone from Amy Grant, The Bangles and KISS to Jon Bon Jovi, Cinderella and Cyndi Lauper during his five-year stint at the helm of Z-93’s Morning Zoo, which started in 1985.
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“I was the first DJ to play this music in the market, and sometimes in the country,” Gross said. “We pushed the envelope of what was allowable by the FCC.”
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Nick Roberts, Cox Media Group Ohio’s vice president of marketing, said Dayton is one of the biggest markets in the nation for ’80s music.
“The ’80s are back in Dayton,” he said. “People just love the music from the ’80s.”
Gross, who is the president and CEO of Fort Wayne-based Collision Control Communications when not on the air, has been named one of the top 10 disc jockeys in the nation several times during his career in radio.
He got his start at age 13 in Wabash, Ind., his hometown.
“I lied about my age,” Gross said. “I said I was 15.”
By the time he was 19, Gross was working full-time at WNDE and Q95 in Indianapolis. He used his check to pay for college and Medical School at Indiana University, but a life in medicine wasn’t to be.
“I decided I wanted to have a real life,” Gross recalled. “I didn’t want to be married to a beeper.”
After Dayton, he worked at Kiss FM in Greensboro, N.C. and at K-FROG in Riverside-San Bernardino, Calif. He moved back to Indiana in 1992 and worked in radio there.
In 2001, he incorporated Collision Control, a company that uses radio waves to change traffic lights for emergency responders.
Gross said listeners should expect fun in the morning.
“What I want to do is what I did then — comedy bit after comedy bit,” he said.