Mike Bensson, a veteran Buffalo rock radio jock, died November 7, 2013 following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 60.
Bensson worked at the old WBYR (now WLKK) at 107.7FM, WUFX (now WEDG) at 103.3FM and WJJL AM1440 in Niagara Falls. But â€œIron Mike,â€ as he was known, became a beloved personality on CHTZ at 97.7FM in St. Catharines, where he spent the past 15 years.
â€œIron Mikeâ€ hosted morning and afternoon shows at CHTZ. His bio on the stationâ€™s web site said he continued to commute from his Buffalo area home each day. According to the bio, â€œHe just likes Canadian radio better.â€ And he “actually liked being with listeners out in the public.”
After his death was announced, CHTZ personalities and listeners shared their memories of â€œIron Mikeâ€ on air while playing some of his favorite tunes.
A previously scheduled benefit in Buffalo to help â€œIron Mikeâ€ with his medical expenses will go on in his memory. It will take place on Sunday, November 24, 2013 from 2 to 6pm at Casa Di Pizza, 477 Elmwood Avenue. The cost is $20. For more information, check out the eventâ€™s Facebook page.