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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:

  • I Need A Ride Home #MustHearMonday


    Thanks for checking out a post-ACM's #MustHearMonday!    Here is what's on tap this week:   Carly Pearce- I Need A Ride Home   Another solid song from her debut CD. While I love her song Hide The Wine, This to me is going to be...

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  • Slow Roll #MustHearMonday


    Back on another snowy #MustHearMonday. I heard it was supposed to be spring. This might be the worst April Fools joke going....    Here's what I have this week:     Everette- Slow Roll   I really l...

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  • Small Talkin #MustHearMonday


    #MustHearMonday     Brandon Ray- Small Talkin'   I like this song and I feel like it could be huge. Brandon is an artist that I think has been bubbling under the surface for a few years but 2018 could be his break out year. His vo...

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  • Hell on a Highway #MustHearMonday


    A post vacation #MustHearMonday is here! The best part of road trips for me is the ability to catch up on all sorts of new music. Which might be the only good thing about 20 hours in the car over the last few days. Here's what's in this week   Tyler Rich- The Difference...

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  • Space Cowboy #MustHearMonday


    Another Monday is here! I spent some time on the road this weekend and it gave me a chance to really dive in to some great new music.   Kacey Musgraves- Space Cowboy   Kacey is one of the best storytellers in country music today. I first caught this song on Th...

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  • Let It #MustHearMonday


    Happy #MustHearMonday   Krystal Keith & Lance Carpenter- Anyone Else   This is just an awesome country duet! It's a pretty powerful song on top of it..   ...

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  • Parked Out By The Lake on #MustHearMonday


    Back with another #MustHearMonday!   Dean Summerwind- Parked By The Lake   Look, this is a parody song and I get that. But I just love how popular it's been getting. I heard it for the first time a few weeks ago and it's popping up everywhere. Check it out    ...

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  • You Got Em All #MustHearMonday


      Trent Harmon- You Got Em All   The story behind this song will crush your heart. Trent told the audience at CRS last week that his girlfriend of 7 years had dumped him and moved to Thailand and then with just the help of a piano he sang this song and had every person in t...

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  • American Scandal #MustHearMonday


    Greetings from Music City! I'm in Nashville for the week for the Country Radio Seminar and while it gives me a chance to learn a lot about the Country Radio industry, it's also a great chance to hear some of the best music around!    I was able to score a ticket at the last night to the Luke Combs concert at The Ryman on Saturday and I was blown away b...

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  • You Make It Easy #MustHearMonday


    Welcome to #MustHearMonday   Jason Aldean- You Make It Easy   This song was money right out of the gate! If this is any indication of what his new album is going to sound like, consider me all in.    ...

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  • Eyes On You #MustHearMonday


    #MustHearMonday     Chase Rice- Eyes On You   Ever since Chase made the move to Broken Bow he's really kind of found his own sound. I love his newest album Lions & Lambs   ...

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  • Lookin Like That #MustHearMonday


    Welcome to another #MustHearMonday! Hopefully you made it through the ice and snow over the weekend!   Here's what's up this week:      Raleigh Keegan- Lookin Like That   I've been hearing a lot about...

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  • Last Shot #MustHearMonday


    Back after a holiday/vacation hiatus with some new #MustHearMonday music!     Kip Moore- Last Shot   Kip is one of the most underrated songwriters in my opinion. Plus his voice is one of the few that's even better live. I've had the chance to hear him ac...

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  • A Creepy Christmas Gift


    We had our Christmas Party last night and Kaysie was less than impressed with the first gift that I got. Kaysie has been tourmented with this bear since it was gifted to our co-worker this summer.   It's apparently going to be gifted to a puppy after it was swapped for in the exchange. RIP Creepy Bear!   ...

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  • I Do #MustHearMonday


    We're back with more #MustHearMonday! I've had these artists on before and I'm so glad to have more great music from them!      Morgan Evans- I Do   Morgan is coming to Brick Street with Cole Swindell in March! Can't wait!  ...

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  • Seeing Blind #MustHearMonday


    #MustHearMonday   Niall Horan feat Maren Morris- Seeing Blind     Taylor Acorn- Put It In A Song   ...

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  • Somebody to Thank #MustHearMonday


    Welcome to a Thanksgiving week #MustHearMonday!     Logan Mize- Somebody to Thank   Well with it being Thanksgiving this week, it seems like the perfect sentiment to kick off #MustHearMonday with. It also doesn't hurt that it's a great song!...

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  • Hate Me #MustHearMonday


    Back with another #MustHearMonday!   Jillian Jacqueline- Hate Me   Ally said I had to put this song in and she's right!    Can't get this one out of...

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  • I Hate Love Songs #MustHearMonday


    Back with another #MustHearMonday! Some great albums dropped last week and thankfully, I had a road trip this weekend to cover some new music!     Kelsea Ballerini- I Hate Love Songs   This is probably my favorite song from her new album Unapo...

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  • Home Cooked Meal #MustHearMonday


    #MustHearMonday is back!   Granger Smith- Home Cooked Meal   It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Granger Smith. I have the lyrics to "Back Road Song" on the wall of my office. I think he's one of the most authentic songwriters going today...

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  • Pull You Through on #MustHearMonday


    Another #MustHearMonday is here! I'm all over the place this week when it comes to these selections. Let me know what you think!     Maggie Rose- Pull You Through   Maggie is a vocal powerhouse. I like the soulfullness in her voice. ...

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  • You Should Be Loved #MustHearMonday


    #MustHearMonday   Jon Langston- Prob'ly At A Bar     Rachel McGoye- Everytime It Rains   ...

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  • Raised By The Radio #MustHearMonday


    Back at it with another #MustHearMonday!   I was one of the 83,000 some people that went to see Garth Brooks this weekend in Indy and I can say without a doubt that was one of the best concerts I have EVER seen. It was his second show of the night and he left everything on the stage! Let me know your thoughts if you had the chance to see him to.  &n...

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  • Dear Hate #MustHearMonday


    I know this is a day late. To be honest, I didn't know if I was even going to write anything this week. Each Monday morning following the show I head to my office and I share some songs with you that have struck me that week. Songs that when you hear them, you just know they are special. But yesterday, it didn't feel right. As a broadcaster, a country music fan and as a person, I str...

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  • Southern Girl City Lights #MustHearMonday


    All about the Girl Power on this edition of #MustHearMonday!   Jessie James Decker- Southern Girl City Lights   I'm just a huge fan of her voice in general. This might be my favorite song that I've heard from her!   ...

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  • Drink A Little Beer #MustHearMonday


    Back at again on another #MustHearMonday!    Thomas Rhett feat Rhett Akins- Drink A Little Beer    It's a 90's Country throwback and a song that Thomas says in the track will revive his dad's country career. It's also nothing but a really good time! It's probably Top 3 for me on the album!  &n...

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  • Unapologetically on a #MustHearMonday


    Back after a Labor Day break with another #MustHearMonday!   First up is the newest from Kelsea Ballerini called Unapologetically. It's the title track for her upcoming album and it's one of my favorites that she's put out so far. If you've ever been in a relationship t...

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  • Whole Damn Thing on #MustHearMonday


    Another #MustHearMonday is here! I had a great weekend of live around the Whitewater Valley!    Chuck Wicks- Whole Damn Thing   I got to see Chuck perform this live over the weekend and it's been stuck in my head ever since. Such a sweet song. ...

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  • Body On Fire on #MustHearMonday


    It's a back from vacation kind of #MustHearMonday     Chase Bryant- Hell If I Know   The lyric video is awesome because it was all shot by Chase and gives a really cool look at what it's like to be Chase Bryant. It doesn't hurt that th...

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  • Back To Us on #MustHearMonday


    I'm on the road this week for #MustHearMonday which is a perfect time to add some new songs to the playlist for the long vacation drive. Here are a few songs that I have playing this week!   Rascal Flatts- Back To Us   It's the title of their new album a...

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  • A Marquee Sign on #MustHearMonday


    #MustHearMonday   Jillian Jacqueline- God Bless This Mess     ...

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  • Three Chords & The Truth on #MustHearMonday


    Another #MustHearMonday is upon us! There are so many albums that are in the works and going to be released in the next few months and I can't wait! Brett Eldredge has his selftitled new album coming out on Friday & Lindsey Ell will have "The Project" out soon as well!    Check out this weeks selections:   ...

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  • Kiss Somebody on #MustHearMonday


    Happy #MustHearMonday! Finally a little cooler weather to start of the week. Which, if the rain holds off, if an awesome time to put the windows down and blast some new music!   Morgan Evans- Kiss Somebody   Morgan has released his first single in the US and it&...

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  • Speakers, Bleachers & Preachers on #MustHearMonday


    Happy #MustHearMonday! Hopefully you're not still groggy from the storms keeping you up last night. Or staying up too late for Game of Thrones...     Brandon Lay- Speakers, Bleachers & Preachers   I had the chance to see Brandon in Troy,OH ...

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  • When This World Ends #MustHearMonday


    It's a post holiday#MustHearMonday!   Levon- Ms. Marianne   This is an upbeat jam that will get stuck in your head. I had the chance to see them at Brick Street before and they put on a really fun show.   ...

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  • When You're Gone on #MustHearMonday


    Happy Fourth of July! Here's what I have that is #MustHearMonday   Smithfield- When You're Gone     ...

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  • A Very Whiskey #MustHearMonday


    Thanks for checking out another #MustHearMonday! This is where I get to share with you some new music that I'm listening to that is on it's way to the Kicks 96 playlist!   Michael Ray- Get To You   It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Michael...

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  • 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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  • The Price I Pay #MustHearMonday


    Another #MustHearMonday is here! The only way to kick off the week! Especially if you're coming back from a Spring Break!   Here are a few songs to get you back in the groove!   Hayley & Michaels- The Price I Pay ...

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  • Worth The Wait on #MustHearMonday


    Another #MustHearMonday is here! With the warmer weather, it's the perfect time to hit the open road with the windows down and jam to some new music!   Here's what I've been playing lately!   Lindsey Ell- Worth The Wait. It's the title track from h...

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  • Fast Girl on a #MustHearMonday


    Another #MustHearMonday is here and I've got one of the best line ups I think I've had in weeks!   Eli Young Band- Skin And Bones   I have a soft spot for Eli Young Band because their album Jet Black And Jealous was probably the first album I've ever...

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  • No Such Thing As A Broken Heart #MustHearMonday


    Back at it with another #MustHearMonday!   Alyssa Micaela- Clean Break     Aaron Watson- Outta Style   ...

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  • All On Me on this #MustHearMonday


    Another #MustHearMonday is here! One of my favorite things to kick off the week is sharing new music that I'm jamming to and while some times it is a few months before you might hear it on the air at Kicks 96, it's always cool when it does make it!   Thanks for all your suggestions of songs as well. If you have any, ...

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  • Back From Nashville On This #MustHearMonday


    What an awesome week in Nashville! While we learned a ton at Country Radio Seminar, I also heard a lot of great music! Here are some of the songs that stuck with me from the trip     Ryan Follese- One Thing Right. I've had him in #MustHearMonday before I know but seeing...

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  • Wildfire & Whiskey on this #MustHearMonday


    Happy #MustHearMonday to you! It's an exciting day for me as we leave for Nashville for a week in Music City. It's one of my favorite times of year because there is so much to discover at the Country Radio Seminar. There are always tons of new artists playing around the conference and surrounding venues and it's a great time place to find new music! Plus it's Nashville. What&...

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  • Pour Me Out Of This Town on this #MustHearMonday


    Back at it after a week hiatous on #MustHearMonday with some great music from Dylan Schneider, Wheeler Bryson & Clayton Anderson!   Dylan Schneider- Two Black X's   ...

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  • Awesome Duets On This #MustHearMonday


    Another #MustHearMonday is here! I have some awesome duets from country superstars to kick things off.   Thomas Rhett & Danielle Bradbery- Playing With Fire   This is a recut of a song that he ...

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  • What If on this #MustHearMonday


    Happy #MustHearMonday! Some great music on tap this week!   Kane Brown feat Lauren Alaina- What Ifs   ...

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  • Angels In This Town on a #MustHearMonday


    Happy #MustHearMonday! We're kicking off the week with some music from an artist that will be in our neck of the woods this weekend!   Eric Paslay- Angels In This Town. I'm a huge fan of Eric's. I was able to talk with him when he came to Brick Street a few years ago and he is t...

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  • It's an American Love Story on this #MustHearMonday


    It's always a great way to kick off a Monday with some great music! Here is what is "Must Hear" on this Monday Morning.     Kalie Shorr- He's Just Not That Into You   I really like this song. I think it's super relatable, even...

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  • A Happy New Year #MustHearMonday


    The New Year is here and it's time for some new music!    Eric Church- Three Year Old   This is the perfect song to kick off the New Year! It's a great lesson on how to view life.   ...

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