Enamored with radio since high school, David “Ace” Cannon is one of the few people you’ll meet who is doing what he has always wanted to do. A graduate of LSU and a 20-plus year radio veteran, Ace worked all air shifts, was a Program Director, Assistant Program Director and Promotions Director before settling into his now 26 year partnership with TJ on the nationally syndicated Ace & TJ Show. Among numerous awards and national nominations, in 2013 the Ace & TJ Show was named one of the “25 Most Influential Radio Shows Of The Past 25 Years” by Morning Mouth Magazine.
For 20 of those years Ace & TJ have run “Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids”, a 501c3 designed to enhance the lives of terminally ill and chronically disabled children between the ages of 5-12. Every year Grin Kids takes the children selected and their entire family on a “once in a lifetime dream vacation” to Disney World with all expenses paid which includes chartered flights and tons of gifts, prizes and surprises.
In addition to his work with the show and the show’s charity, Ace has spent the last 17 years as the lead singer of Charity Case. This is the rock band that started as a radio bit but now exists for the sole purpose of raising money for Grin Kids. To date Charity Case has raised over $1.1 million for Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids and, in addition to over 250 of their own shows, has opened for such acts as Bon Jovi, Train, Bret Michaels of Poison, Jason Mraz and Joan Jett to name a few. Charity Case has also released a live cd and two DVD’s with all proceeds benefiting Grin Kids.
All together (counting Grin Kids and numerous other charity efforts through the years) the Ace and TJ Show has raised over $10 million for charity in their 21 years in Charlotte.
Ace is a divorced father of two and has coached every ball team imaginable for his two children.