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Josh Michaels

Kicks Morning Crew Co-Host

I was born and raised in Northwest Ohio in a little town called New Riegel. It's a one stop light town that if you blink you might miss. But I loved it! I'm a diehard Ohio State Buckeye fan, Cleveland sports fan, and self-proclaimed pro wrestling guru. I'm a proud graduate of Heidelberg University, alumni of WHEI-TV 10 & the "100-watt tower of power" WHEI 88.9-FM and recently completed a Masters Degree from Southern New Hampshire University.

I LOVE country music, sharing new music I've discovered and social media. Connect with me on Facebook & Twitter!


Josh Michaels's Blog:


  • A Little Dive Bar On #MustHearMonday


    Happy Monday! I have some great new music this week in #MustHearMonday. I've been hearing a lot about these 3 artists from friends of mine. It's usually a good sign when the text message starts out "You HAVE to check this song out". 3 for 3 this week!   Ashley McBryde- ...

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  • The Redneck Life on this #MustHearMonday


    It's finally starting to feel like summer so you'll need to get those playlists updated with a few good summer jams!   Here's what I like this week:    Chris Janson- The Redneck Life I heard this one for the first time at The Grand Ol...

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  • Back At It Again on #MustHearMonday


    After a break for the holiday, #MustHearMonday is back!     Danielle Bradbery has been missing for what seems like forever! She's back with a new jam for the summer called "Sway". It's definitely an exciting first step for a new album!   ...

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  • Losing Sleep on #MustHearMonday


    Thanks for checking out #MustHearMonday! Here is what I have this week!   Chris Young- Losing Sleep   I've been a fan of Chris since 2006 when I saw him at the IGA Parking Lot in Carey, OH.   ...

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  • The Long Way on #MustHearMonday


    #MustHearMonday is back with some brand new music from Brett Eldredge! He shared a preview of the song on Instagram last week and I was hooked!   Check out Brett Eldredge "The Long Way"   ...

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  • Fix A Drink On #MustHearMonday


    Happy #MustHearMonday! I took a road trip over the weekend back to my hometown and it was a great opportunity to check out some new music and I think you're going to like what's in this week.   It might be a little early to call a song the "song of the summer" but this one is an early contender. It's new music from a guy that puts on one of th...

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  • Give Me Back Sunday on #MustHearMonday


    Happy May. The year is flying by so fast. But that also means we're getting closer and closer to summer concert season.  Here is what's new on my playlist this week!     Hayley Orrantia- Give Me Back Sunday   ...

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  • Wild West on #MustHearMonday


    Happy #MustHearMonday! Some great new music is in this weeks edition. Some songs for artists I've had before and some that are new to me. Check it out!      Runaway June- Wild West- I heard this song for the first time last week and it's quickly one of my favor...

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  • What You Deserve on #MustHearMonday


    Another #MustHearMonday is here! Some great finds this week from friends of mine to followers on Snapchat! Check it out   Tom O'Conner featuring Luke Combs- Deserve. I was scrolling through the Kicks 96 Snapchat and saw a shot of this song and had to check it out. I'm glad I di...

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  • Long And Happy Life On #MustHearMonday


    Another #MustHearMonday and finally some great weather! It's finally time to put the windows down and just cruise around. Ya know, if the gas prices would ever get with the program.   Here's what's on tap this week:   Delta Rae- Long And Happy Life ...

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