Mr. Chase died Wednesday, according to his wife, former colleagues and friends. He was known by loved ones as Andrew Onifade, but radio lovers across the Metro-Detroit area, knew him as “Mr. Chase” and had been on the radio industry for over 23 years.
Born Andrew Onifade, the husky-voiced jock arrived in the Detroit market in 2005, hosting WJLB’s top-rated morning show alongside local comics Coco and Foolish. With Coco and Foolish providing the laughs, Chase quickly established himself as the show’s straight man, de facto counselor and listening ear for fans of the station, offering relationship and career advice to Detroiters calling in for advice.
In a 2017 interview with WXYZ, Chase detailed his struggle with stage 5 renal kidney failure. One of Chase’s longtime listeners offered to donate his kidney in gratitude for meeting his wife; the married pair met after she left a bad relationship thanks to Chase’s advice to her on the air.
“I am truly saddened by the passing of one, great guy, my friend, one of the best gifted voices in radio. God called on Mr. Chase and he answered Our prayers and comfort to the family. Chase, Rest in the Arms of the Lord!” reads a post on WMXD’s Instagram.
The 910am Superstation family extends prayers for his family. He will truly be missed.