Noted voiceover talent and host of the syndicated “The Deep End” program Nick Michaels died over Memorial Day weekend after suffering a heart attack at his home in Miami. He was 67.
“To all of the fans of ‘The Deep End,’ yesterday morning Nick Michaels passed away from a sudden heart attack,” a post on the show’s Facebook page read. “He loved music deeply and his favorite thing in the world was to share the stories that made the music matter with fans like you.”
Michaels was also the station voice for Hubbard classic rock “97.1 The Drive” WDRV Chicago, since it signed on nearly two decades ago. “Nick Michaels represented the very essence of The Drive,” PD Rob Cressman told Inside Radio. “His pastel tones and understated delivery epitomized the station’s launch mission. Over the course of the past 17 years, Nick masterfully pivoted to best suit WDRV’s evolution. Always eager to spin a yarn rather than simply read a line, Nick’s signature sound and approach stand alone. We will miss him dearly.”
Michaels began his career in his native Canada before moving to the States in the late 1970s. Over his career, his voice was heard on radio and TV stations across the country, including serving as the announcer of NBC TV’s “Friday Night Videos.”
Among other affiliates, “The Deep End” was heard on former classic rock “The Sound” KSWD Los Angeles. Former night jock and L.A. radio veteran Rita Wilde wrote on Facebook, “I adored Nick and his passion for music. I always learned something new listening to him. Please continue the show.” The post on the show’s Facebook page did say it plans to keep the program running. “We will post more information as we have it.”
Longtime consultant John Parikhal, who worked with Michaels on various projects including “Friday Night Videos,” offered a eulogy on Facebook. “Nick Michaels was a true original, a brilliant creative artist, a fun loving, mischievous rabble rouser, who saw more clearly into the heart of music and the fan than anyone I ever knew,” Parikhal wrote. “For any who met him, experienced his ‘rants’ or his brilliant radio imaging work, for the few who got to see his extraordinary paintings or photography, I'm sure you'll join me in mourning a true original, a passionate artist who lived an uncompromising life devoted to art and communication.”