CLEVELAND, Ohio – Jeff Kinzbach is a rock radio legend from Cleveland, retiring in 2020 after an epic 50 years on the air, first as part of Buzzard Morning Zoo on WMMS-FM/100.7 in Cleveland and later at WONE-FM /97.5 in Akron. These days, Kinzbach is on a different, less hectic path, traveling the country in a motorhome with his wife, Patti. But it turns out he couldn’t stay away from the microphone for long.
In late 2021, the couple launched the “Rocking the RV Life” podcast to share their stories from the road. Now, with 27 episodes under their belt, the Kinzbachs are teaming up with cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer to share upcoming episodes of the podcast with a wider audience.
“It’s actually a pretty easy transition for me,” Jeff said. “I used to prepare a radio show and be in front of a microphone and edit and edit productions. The real challenge was getting Patti on board. During the 33 years we were married, Patti never wanted to be on the air.
“I love doing the podcasts, it’s really fun,” Patti said. “And his voice is so recognizable. Even if he’s not on the radio, it keeps his voice there.
Michael Norman, head of Cleveland.com and Plain Dealer Life & Culture, said he was thrilled to add such an iconic Cleveland voice to the website’s podcast lineup.
“Cleveland.com has a great lineup of its own popular, high-quality podcasts – from ‘Today in Ohio’ to ‘Terry’s Talkin’ to ‘Buckeye Talk’ to ‘CLE Rocks.’ We see this as a really exciting opportunity to expand that reach and become a platform that hosts other great podcasts,” Norman said. “Thousands of people listen to cleveland.com podcasts every month and we’re really excited to add “Rocking the RV Life” to this mix.”
Listeners can access “Rocking the RV Life” via Spotify and Apple Podcasts. The podcast will also be available through cleveland.com’s podcasting page beginning Monday, May 16. You can listen to the latest episode HERE, or in the player below.
New episodes will be released on Mondays.
The Kinzbachs started living in their RV after Jeff retired from the radio business in September 2020. The couple sold their Richfield home and hit the road, checking out the destinations they had long wanted . This list includes the South Dakota Badlands, the Rockies, the Grand Canyon and more.
“Jeff is one of Cleveland’s radio and rock ‘n’ roll legends and it’s very exciting that he and his wife, Patti, are working with cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer to spread the word about their ‘Rocking the RV Life’ podcast,” Norman said. “They are so entertaining and engaging together and the podcast is full of great stories about life on the road, retirement and the amazing places and things they see going on. of road.”
There’s a lot more fun planned for the future. Jeff and Patti mentioned some of their upcoming travel plans, which include an itinerary along the west coast of Michigan, traveling to Canada along the St. Lawrence Seaway to watch whales, heading to the Maine and along the east coast and eventually ending up in Key West.
“I’m looking forward to episodes this summer because Jeff and Patti will be starting their final road trip visiting towns along Lake Michigan,” Norman said. “I’ve spent time in a few of these towns, especially Saugatuck, and love the area and everything it has to offer, from beaches and dunes to food and craft beer. It will be fun to see what they discover.
It’s not just the fun of traveling that you’ll hear in “Rocking the RV Life.” You’ll also hear about the obstacles Jeff and Patti faced, such as difficult navigations, mechanical issues, and financial challenges.
“People need to know exactly what it is. The good side, which is fantastic, and the bad side,” Jeff said. “Maybe we could shorten the learning curve for people, give them some advice.”
“I especially like the practical advice they give on the realities of life on the road in a motorhome, from cooking to washing clothes to emptying the bathroom on board. that people forget when they start dreaming of the retirement, freedom and romance of a nomadic lifestyle,” said Norman. “It’s not just sunsets, bonfires camp and scenic views, it can also be flat tires, broken axles and camping cold showers.
“Rocking the RV Life” is a road trip for sure. But the Kinzbachs say the podcast has deep roots in Cleveland.
“We really started out as a northeast Ohio podcast,” Jeff said. “We just wanted to be realistic about it and be honest about what VR really is. The majority of our audience was in northeast Ohio, but we are now gaining a national following. We see more and more people across the country listening to us and participating with us… It was a really fun experience, but it all started with fun.
Find more details about the podcast on its website, rockingthervlife.com.