David Caban is the long-time host of Sunday Matinee on WRUW-FM 91.1. He is a radio broadcaster, technology trainer and animal rescue volunteer based in Cleveland, Ohio. David Caban has been recording audio in one way or another for the past 30 years.
It all Started in Grade School …
David started his love of audio and radio in grade school using his parent’s cassette machine to record all the voices for his own puppet shows. During middle school, Caban created a home-based “radio station” with a friend, and he had a home recording studio all through high school.
His love of musical theater started back in grade school when he was cast as an extra in his Elementary school production of “Lil’ Abner”. In high school, he worked backstage for productions of “Grease”, “The Miracle Worker”, and several other shows. A talented percussionist, he played in the pit orchestra for his high school production of “Carousel”.
In 1984, David came to Cleveland to study at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. There, he joined the college radio station, WRUW-FM 91.1, as an extracurricular activity and decided to merge his love of radio and theater into a weekly radio show.
David’s first show, Morning Matinee, aired in the Spring of 1985 for one hour on Sunday Mornings at 9:00 am. It was the first iteration of the show you hear today. On September 8, 1985, he began hosting Sunday Matinee, a weekly compilation of music from Broadway, Hollywood and London musicals.
“Behind the Scenes” with David
(Photo by Lynn Ischay, courtesy of The Plain Dealer, August 2007)
In addition to hosting his weekly radio show, David is responsible for selecting, ordering, installing and repairing all of WRUW’s studio equipment.
David is responsible for many of the technical initiatives at WRUW over the past 20 years, including the initial idea of increasing the station’s power to its current 15,000 watts, and the installation, setup and wiring of the station’s broadcast studios (both in 2006 & 2007, and when upgraded in 2019 & 2020).
(Of course, he doesn’t do all of this technical work alone. There is a wonderful crew of students and other volunteers who have helped handle much of the detail work. )
The fun at WRUW is completely volunteer (even the technical work). So, to pay his bills, David has a full-time job working in Information Technology for a large healthcare company.
David and his wife live in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio.