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Toto bassist Mike Porcaro dead after battle with ALS

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Just as Toto is about to release their first album in 10 years on March 24, fans and band members honor longtime bassist, Mike Porcaro, who died Sunday. He was 59.

Porcaro was living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Lou Gehrig's Disease, for quite some time. ALS is a progressive, degenerative disease that eventually leads to paralysis and death. After the diagnosis, Porcaro passed the torch to perform with the band to Leland Sklar in 2007.

In addition to his work with Toto, Porcaro also worked with Seals & Crofts and Boz Scaggs.

Porcaro was one of three brothers in the Grammy-winning band. Now, only one remains - Steve Porcaro, the band's keyboardist - who confirmed the news on Facebook Sunday:

"Our brother Mike passed away peacefully in his sleep at 12:04 AM last night at home surrounded by his family. Rest in peace, my brother."

Drummer Jeff Porcaro, who found great recognition working on Steely Dan's "Katy Lied" album, died at just 38 after spraying insecticide in the yard of his California home. Surviving members David Paich and Steve Lukather are childhood friends of the Porcaros.

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Charly McGinley

Charly grew up just down the road in Snellville and currently lives in the area with her husband, Randy, and their 2 four-legged kids, Maddux and Reese. She’s a huge animal lover and is always looking to extend her family, much to the dismay of her husband. She married Randy in October of 2011 despite the fact that he’s a Georgia Tech fan. She feels that is a flaw she can change. UPDATE: Still no progress in removing his love for Georgia Tech.

When she’s not hanging out with you on the radio, she can be found working on DIY projects at her house, cooking and baking in the kitchen or relaxing watching TV. She has also been known to frequent karaoke bars and belt out her best Reba or Miranda Lambert impression.  Charly also enjoys attending Braves games in the Spring and Summer and loves to cheer on the Bulldogs in the Fall.

She started out with Moby in the Morning before coming over to WNGC. A huge country music fan, she knows it all from Conway Twitty to Lady Antebellum.  Charly plays all your favorite songs weekdays from 6pm to midnight so be sure to tune in.

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Robin Reece

A familiar voice in Atlanta and North Georgia, Robin Reece started out as a cub radio news reporter in Charlotte, NC, after attending East Carolina University and the Carolina School of Broadcasting.  Robin works as a voiceover artist and announcer NOTP (“north of the perimeter”), but frequently is seen south of 285 at exotic restaurants with completely unpronounceable names.     

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Country Countdown USA

Each week, a charted country star joins Lon Helton to count down the week’s Top 30.  Lon is a Nashville insider, well known by the stars.  They tell funny, unrehearsed stories about their friends.  The show is recorded live each week on Nashville’s historic Music Row.

Lon Helton has been host of Country Countdown USA since its inception in 1992.  He is Publisher of Country Aircheck, an industry trade magazine.  He is also Editor of the Mediabase Country Chart, which is used in this show.  Lon’s country radio career began in 1971.  He spent 12 years as both personality and programmer in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Denver.  He spent 20 years as Country Editor of Radio & Records before founding Country Aircheck.  Lon is a member of the Board of Directors of the Country Music Association and the Country Music Hall of Fame. 

Lon was named CMA National Personality of the Year in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010.  In 2009, he won that honor from the Academy of Country Music.  Lon was inducted into the Country Radio DJ Hall of Fame in 2006.  He’s hosted numerous radio specials, and is country radio’s best known star interviewer.

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Mark Overby

Mark Overby is the host of 106.1 WNGC's Classic Country Saturday Night, every Saturday from 6pm to midnight. You also hear him helping you get to work every morning with traffic reports during the "Moby in the Morning" show. A little history: Mark joined 106.1 WNGC in 2000 as a remote technician while earning a Bachelor's in Journalism from the University of Georgia. Soon, he was made "producer" of the WNGC Morning Crew. You may remember him as "Intern Mark," laughing like Daffy Duck in the background or showing up somewhere in costume. Mark has been a part of practically everything at 106.1 WNGC except for selling commercials. He's also worked behind the scenes at WSB-AM in Atlanta.Mark was born and raised in Gainesville, Georgia. He loves running and has finished 2 half marathons and one marathon. When he's not at the station, cheering on the Dawgs or out training, you'll probably find him spending time with family or his two dogs...or sound asleep.

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