Remembering “Tall Ted” Hallaman

Veteran radio announcer Ted Hallaman has passed away at the age of 83.

A native of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, “Tall Ted” (so nicknamed because of his 6″1′ stature) originally was a newspaper writer, contributing for The Ambridge Daily Citizen, and then for The Beaver Valley Times in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. He first entered radio in 1949 while as a journalism major at Duquesne University, answering a casting call for then-upstart radio station WDUQ/90.5 Pittsburgh.

After working in the Pittsburgh and Youngstown markets, respectively, Ted came to Cleveland in 1960, joining easy listening WGAR/1220 for a nine-year stay. Ted then went to beautiful music WHK/1420 in 1969, leaving when new owner Malrite installed an ill-fated “Cover Hits” format.  Other stations Ted was at included WQAL/104.1 from 1973 to 1979, WDOK/102.1 from 1979 until 1986, WRMR/850 from 1988 to 1990, and WELW/1330 from 1991 until 1994.

He rejoined the adult standards-formatted WRMR in April of 1998 to host their afternoon drive program following Bill Randle’s promotion to morning drive. Ultimately, Hallaman succeeded Randle as morning host in June of 2001 while WRMR’s intellectual property and music library was sold off in a last-minute deal by owner Salem Communications to WCLV’s parent company, Radio Seaway, and became “Classic Pops” WCLV/1420.

After leaving the rechristened WRMR/1420 in late 2003, Ted retired from commercial radio. Aside from a brief period when he was a secondary host of WERE/1300′s “‘Your Music’ with Jim Davis” (a four-hour afternoon block of adult standards music brokered by some former WRMR advertisers), he last worked as a volunteer host on Kenston Local School District’s WKHR/91.5 Bainbridge, mainly on Saturday afternoons.

A public wake for family and friends will be held at DeJohn-Flynn-Mylott Funeral Home in South Euclid, Wednesday night from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010, at 10 a.m. at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Cleveland Heights.

More information can be found here.

Joe Tait Recovering

Cavaliers radio announcer Joe Tait experienced discomfort and chest pains during and following the Cavaliers game vs. the Rockets in Houston last night. Following the game, he was transported to The Methodist Hospital in Houston and accompanied by Cavaliers head athletic trainer Max Benton. Joe was admitted, treated and kept overnight for observation and testing. A diagnosis of pneumonia has been made. His condition is stable and he is receiving additional treatment and now resting more comfortably.

Joe is expected to remain at The Methodist Hospital for an additional day or so before returning to Ohio. Further updates on Joe’s condition will be provided as appropriate.

As last night’s game in Dallas vs. the Mavericks wasn’t telecast on FS Ohio, Cavs TV play by play announcer Fred McLeod filled in for Joe.

(h/t Eric Girod)

The (online) Wave loses its’ PD

Elyria-Lorain Broadcasting’s smooth jazz/new age WNWV/107.3 HD2, aka “The Wave,” is now without a program director – and its’ last local personality.

Former PD/afternoon voice Mark Ribbins’ last day at the Elyria-based, Cleveland-targeted station was on Thursday, September 30. Mark was the last person held over from WNWV’s primary channels’ previous format, which was flipped to adult album alternative in late December. Ribbins stayed on board to program the smooth jazz format online and 107.3 HD2, in addition to hosting afternoon drive duties. He had been a part of WNWV since 1998, and previously worked at then-gospel WRDZ/1260, which is now (for now) Radio Disney-owned WWMK.

The smooth jazz format with continue, without any personalities, for the immediate future.

THIS JUST IN: Van Lane passes away

Legendary broadcaster and executive Van Lane passed away Sunday night.

PhotobucketBorn Morris Schecter, Lane achieved his greatest success from 1955 until 1968, mostly through daily freelance Thoroughbred racing news that Lane provided to WHK/1420, KYW/1100, WERE/1300 and WJW/850. Those racing reports were so popular (as the sport enjoyed its’ pinnacle at that same period) that Schiltz Beer even served as a sponsor for several years.

He also was the play-by-play voice for the old AHL Cleveland Barons on WDOK/1260, and hosted the Cleveland Indians-oriented “Knothole Gang” show on WEWS/5.

After a short stay as an assistant manager for Booth Broadcasting’s WABQ/1540 in 1969, Lane became the sales manager for United Broadcasting’s two Cleveland Heights stations, WLYT/92.3 and WJMO/1490 in 1970, a position he would hold until retiring in 1989. Most recently, he had worked as a consultant for WELW/1330.

Van Lane is survived by sons Louis and Todd, the former having become a movie producer in California, who had cast his father several times in bit parts on some of his movies.

An excellent tribute site (from which I was able to delve into much of this information) is up at VanLane.com.

THIS JUST IN: Former WUAB owner Steven Cannell passes away

Former Raycom MyNetwork TV affiliate WUAB/43 Lorain owner Steven J. Cannell passed away late last night at age 69, from complications associated with melanoma.

He was far more known for the multitude of TV series that he created or produced over the past forty years, including “The A-Team,”  “21 Jump Street,” The Commish,” “Baretta,” “The Rockford Files,” “The Greatest American Hero,” and “Wiseguy,” among others. Even his studio’s production logo, which featured him pulling out a piece of paper from a typewriter, became iconic (and occasionally parodied).

But Steven J. Cannell also operated Cannell Broadcasting, which had then-independent WUAB/43 in their portfolio for the first half of the 90s. Cannell Broadcasting purchased WUAB back in 1990 from Gaylord Broadcasting, during the station’s twilight years as an independent ‘superstation’ throughout the Midwest. By 1994, in the midst of the CBS-FOX affiliation swap between New World’s WJW/8 and Malrite Communication’s WOIO/19, Cannell leased out operating control of WUAB to Malrite, pairing it with soon-to-be CBS affiliate WOIO.

After that, Cannell’s ownership of WUAB was a mere formality; WUAB and WOIO consolidated operations at their current home in Reserve Square in early 1995, and Malrite finally acquired the station outright in late 1999.

Doc Thompson (kinda) returns to Ohio

Remember Doc Thompson?

He’s the former production director for Clear Channel oldies/classic hits WMJI/105.7, and also was a producer and sidekick for the station’s longtime top-rated “Lanigan and Malone” morning show. (Listeners to talk WTVN/610 Columbus may even remember the Saturday night talk show he co-hosted with fellow WMJI staffer Bryan Radabaugh back at the turn of the century.)

Doc left WMJI in 2005 for a programming gig at short-lived Albuquerque NM startup FM talker KAGM, and later became the operations manager of Magic Broadcasting’s cluster of radio stations in Dothan, Alabama. Eventually, Doc landed at Clear Channel’s heritage talker, WRVA/1140 Richmond as their late-afternoon host. (And yes, this is the same Doc Thompson that has done frequent fill-in work for Glenn Beck, and even once for Matt Patrick.)

Well, he’s headed back to the Buckeye State. Sorta.

Doc announced yesterday on his Facebook fan page that, in addition to his afternoon show on WRVA, he will soon start hosting a daily show on WLW/700 Cincinnati, otherwise known as the original “Big One.”

I’ve had several job offers over the last year to go to a bigger city and grow my career but I love Virginia and I want to stay on WRVA. So I will be doing TWO daily shows. Little will change on my WRVA show but soon I will start hosting an additional daily show on WLW-Cincinnati!

Thanks to the WRVA staff and Thank YOU!

It doesn’t take a detective to find out what time Doc’s new WLW show will air.

WLW’s 9 p.m. – 12 midnight slot has been open since early June, when Scott Sloan (a WSPD/1370 Toledo alum) was promoted from late evenings to Mike McConnell’s former 9 a.m. – noon slot, after McConnell left to join WGN/720 Chicago. Weekend talker (and weekday lawyer) Eric Deterswho anchored that time slot on an interim basis – albeit sparingly, given Cincinnati Reds play-by-play – had no interest in taking the night slot permanently.

Even with the Cincinnati Reds heading to the playoffs next week, the end of the regular season obviously necessitated WLW’s bringing Doc on board.

And again, even though a host may be based far, far away from their respective studios, it can still be considered a “local show.” (Obviously, Brian Wilson doing his WSPD afternoon drive show from his Virginia home because of health issues comes to mind… but so does WGN-AM afternoon talk host John Williams, who also hosts a late-morning show on WCCO-AM in Minneapolis from WGN’s facilities.)

By this technicality alone, WLW can still lay claim to an all-live, all-local program lineup.

WGAR hires Tim Leary for mornings

Veteran Clear Channel country WGAR/99.5 announced yesterday that they have a new morning show host.

It’s Tim Leary, host of “The Morning Showgram” on Hall Communications WCTK/98.1 “Cat Country” in Providence, Rhode Island. Leary’s last day at WCTK will be October 8; he’s slated to start at WGAR on October 25.

Upon the prospect of joining WGAR, Leary told AllAccess:

“I’m absolutely humbled and honored with this opportunity to work at such a country heritage icon as WGAR. My jaw is still on the ground as the reality of this sets in … totally excited.”

Leary will need that level of excitement… he has the otherwise challenging task of succeeding 18 1/2 year veteran Jim Mantel, who was abruptly let go back in August. WGAR program director Charlie Connolly and newscaster Laurie Hovater had been acting as interim morning hosts since then.

(And as noted in an earlier article, Mantel’s former producer, “Captain Tony” McGinty, is slated to start work soon in Portland, Maine for country station WTHT/99.9‘s long-established morning show.)

News, Scattered and Sown

There have been so many stories that have popped up over the past week (notwithstanding the flap between Matt Patrick and the entire Michigan State Spartans fanbase for his remarks on coach Mike D’Antonio back on Monday… so much has been said that this list of articles across the country should suffice).

As OMW’s Primary Editorial Voice ™ noted late last week, a guest editor would likely be brought aboard to help out as a Secondary Editorial Voice ™. As such, this will be my first “guest post” on OMW. So, without further ado, here we go with the latest radio/TV news:

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“CAPTAIN TONY” LANDS: The former producer for country WGAR/99.5′s former morning host, Jim Mantel, now has a new gig in the Pine Tree State.

Photobucket“Captain Tony” McGinty is headed to Nassau Broadcasting country WTHT/99.9 Auburn/Portland to produce the “Dave and Michelle” morning show on “99.9 The Wolf,” hosted by Dave Winsor and Michelle Taylor, respectively.

McGinty was let go along with Jim Mantel from WGAR back on August 17 after Clear Channel declined to renew Mantel’s contract… and Tony was tied into any Mantel deal with WGAR.

There’s no word yet on a start date at “99.9 The Wolf,” but they do stream online.

BREAKING – DARYL RUITER LEAVES WKNR: In what seems to be a common occurrence at WKNR/850, yet another long-time staffer at the Good Karma-owner sports talker has left the building.

PhotobucketDaryl Ruiter, the station’s update anchor during “Munch in the Morning” and “Mike & Mike,” Browns beat reporter, webmaster and station engineer, departed from “ESPN 850″ yesterday. He confirmed that Friday was his last day on Twitter, saying that it was “sad to say goodbye after 12 wonderful years but looking forward to the opportunities the future brings.”

Ruiter had been heard off and on at WKNR since 1998, but most of that time was working at Metro Networks’ Independence facility before Good Karma hired him internally to do engineering work and produce what was then Mark “Munch” Bishop’s afternoon show. Eventually, it later evolved into doing update anchoring, Browns beat reporting, and occasional fill-in hosting on the weekends… all at the same time.

Ruiter’s departure not only leaves WKNR short of a Browns beat reporter… it comes after WKNR jettisoned update anchor Jeff Thomas, reporter Bob Karlovec, and board-op/engineer Eddie Mularz back in May. (More on the first two later on in this post.)

At this same time, a group called Digital Sports Network made the following post on their twitter account:

“DSN would like to officially welcome Daryl Ruiter to our team. Stay tuned for our broadcast lineup coming soon.”

The Digital Sports Network advertise themselves as “your source for Cleveland Sports – COMING IN TWO WEEKS! Radio Programming and Blogs Featuring Cleveland Sports! Also partnering with Cleveland.com.” For the past month or so, a companion WordPress blog and Facebook fan page have been in operation, offering Cleveland sports news and opinion. Among the staffers listed on the blog are former Metro Networks/WKNR staffer Matt Loede (who is also a sports announcer with WEOL/930 Elyria) and Tony Mazur.

As for DSN’s radio programming plans… the domain sportsradiocleveland.com has been mentioned by people supposedly close to this venture, but it is an undeveloped page, with the GoDaddy.com material still on there. But Ruiter, Loede, and Mazur would have to be a part of said plans, even as they still faces an mammoth battle against WKNR, if not just because of the terrestrial radio vs. internet radio factor.

Smart phone technology, and the future of wireless internet radio, do show promise of leveling the playing field… but it will take serious time for this effort to develop, and to make some headway into the local media scene. The addition of Ruiter into the mix is a very smart and solid move.

Q104, SOON TO BE LESS “WILDE”: For those who follow OMW’s Twitter feed, Hot AC WQAL/104.1 personality Rebecca Wilde dropped a bombshell of sorts on her Twitter page on Wednesday, September 15:

“Off to travel the world!! Last day at the Q is Oct. 29th!”

On September 22, the “Wilde and Fee” co-host officially confirmed her departure on her bio page/blog on Q104′s website. And indeed, she’s leaving WQAL on October 29 for an extended travel sabbatical… with little to no sign that she may make a reentry into radio:

“There is a whole big world out there that has been calling my name and I have finally decided it’s time to go check it out.  I will miss Cleveland like you cannot even imagine.  I have some time before my final goodbye but I want to thank you for everything…….for all the love, the success and the joy that you and this city have bestowed upon me.  I truly feel like I will be leaving a huge family and many friends behind.”

Wilde will leave the station just one month shy of her 10th anniversary over there; co-host Allan Fee celebrated his in late July. Of course, Fee originally was WQAL’s off-air program director before assuming the morning host position that Danny Czekalinski vacated in 2004… Wilde herself started in middays before succeeding Carole Chandler (Sullivan) as morning co-host in 2003.

Now the attention is directed towards who will replace Rebecca Wilde on the morning show; the smart money should have to be on current afternoon host Jen Toohey. And Rebecca, best of wishes upon your upcoming travels. Would we all be so lucky or fortunate…

PUTTING THE “NEW” IN NEWS GRAPHICS: Lest we forget the fine folks at Reserve Square, Raycom CBS affiliate WOIO/19 made a very noticeable change this past weekend.

One could make the case that, after “19 Action News” made the conversion to HD back in November 2007, they ended up with one of the ugliest graphics packages in town. So much could be said about that look, but by far, the biggest offensive was the massive “19ActionNewsHD” logo that compressed the text on the L3 graphics.

Fortunately on Monday (and no doubt coinciding with the start of CBS’ fall lineup) WOIO unveiled an updated graphics package. The on-air look is cleaner and crisper, and the bottom-of-the-screen ticker was refreshed as well. The biggest improvement was the merciful excising of the “HD” from the Action News logo.

Of course, in comparison to WOIO’s sister station (and former FOX O&O/Local TV outlet) in Birmingham, Fox affiliate WBRC/6… well, there IS no comparison…

DOWN ON THE FARM: Whiplash Radio LLC’s WRTK/1540 Niles continues to make additions to their “Farm” classic country format.

WRTK has picked up three weekend programs; first, Dial-Global’s “America’s Grand Ole Opry Weekend” on Saturday mornings from 9am-11am, “Country Music Greats with Jim Ed Brown” on Saturdays from 11am-1pm, and “Country Gold with Rowdy Yates” on Sunday mornings at 9am. But the most noteworthy addition, however, is the “Wheeling Jamboree,” which WRTK now carries on Saturdays from 1pm-3pm.

Yes, this is the very same program that originated on WWVA/1170 Wheeling for nearly 80 years, first as the “WWVA Jamboree,” and later “Jamboree USA,” before being quietly canceled on December 6, 2008 after three years worth of reruns. Since then, Clear Channel’s concert arm LiveNation spun off the program to a local non-profit, and sold off its’ longtime host venue, the Capitol Music Hall, to the Wheeling Convention Bureau. (The Capitol still hosts studio space for the entire Clear Channel Wheeling cluster.)

The Wheeling Jamboree now airs on “The Watchdawg,” WKKX/1600 Wheeling, WWVA’s all-local talk rival, and has since entered syndication, owing to WKKX’s non-existent 33 watt night signal (as opposed to WWVA’s massive 50kW signal).

Plus, as noted in this tweet from The Farm, the recent purchase of WRTK and Fox Sports affiliate WANR/1570 Warren may not be the last major move made by station owner Chris Lash. I guess we shall have to wait and see…

OTHER Y-TOWN NEWS: I was tipped off on some changes that occurred at Bernard Radio’s WASN/1500 Youngstown some months ago. Back in early January, WASN changed formats from gospel music to an urban talk format.

WASN has a local morning show hosted by “Tracey and Friends” from 7am-10am, followed by Syndication One hosts Warren Ballentine (10am-1pm) and the Rev. Al Sharpton (1pm-4pm), and Citadel host Michael Basiden (3pm-7pm), respectively. Basiden even did his show live from WASN’s studios this past Wednesday as part of his One Million Mentors tour, which had a stop in Youngstown.

The switch to urban talk also meant that a WASN mainstay, a local talk show hosted by Louie Free (which aired regardless of WASN’s past gospel and Hispanic formats), made the move to sister station WGFT/1330 Campbell, which sports a conservative talk format as “1330TALK.” Even though both stations are daytime-only, both WASN and WGFT‘s websites now feature 24-hour web streaming.

Also, there have been some rumblings that a significant station in said market could be sold in the very near future, but it’s still a very developing situation. Stay tuned…

KARLOVEC!!!: Newly minted WEOL/930 Elyria morning host Jeff Thomas isn’t the only former WKNR staffer that has seen a revival of, well… “good karma…” in Lorain County, even.

Since the start of the high school football season, former WKNR producer/host/Browns beat reporter Bob Karlovec has been the lead play-by-play man for classic country WOBL/1320 Oberlin’s HFSB broadcasts, joined alongside Darryl Maynard and sideline reporter Eric Girod.

Karlovec is hardly a stranger to Lorain County; he called games for WEOL from 1977 until 1992, and served as that station’s sports director for much of the same time. He joined WKNR upon the station’s July 1990 launch on the AM/1220 facility, and was there in numerous capacities until his dismissal on May 4, which was concurrent with Jeff Thomas’ release.

Bob’s addition also meant that former WOBL color man Jason Gibbs (who is also WKNR’s program director) was shuffled over to sister station WDLW/1380 Lorain’s broadcast crew, and is now teamed up with longtime play-by-play man Don Vincent and sideline reporter Rick Amador.

As for Jeff, he quietly returned to the field of play-by-play, serving as a fill-in sideline reporter for WEOL’s tape-delayed “Medina County Matchup” back on September 10. (Due to the big-time, big deal Elyria-Elyria Catholic game the previous night, his services were no doubt needed.)

WELL, HELLO (AGAIN) LARRY: Former Clevelander Larry Elder will be returning to the radio airwaves, on venerable Citadel talk station KABC/790 Los Angeles. The official announcement was made Wednesday afternoon during Sean Hannity’s own program.

It’s also a return to KABC for “The Sage of South Central,” where his show was once even nationally syndicated at, from 2002 until 2007 (ABC Radio replaced his show with WABC’s Mark Levin).

Back in the late 1980s, Elder hosted a public affairs show on PBS affiliate WVIZ/25 Cleveland, which eventually moved to then-Fox affiliate WOIO/19 as “The Larry Elder Show.”

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That’s it from here… have a great weekend!

Quick Hits

Some items we have to get online, quickly…but as it turns out, this is a full-sized update…

PREMIERES IN THE BOOKS…: We missed an update on Wednesday, so we didn’t get to remind you of the very first Regina Brett Show on WKSU/89.7-and-its-million-simulcasters. (OK, so it only seems like WKSU has a million full power repeaters and simulcasters.)

For the record, show #1 on Wednesday night at 7 PM, courtesy of a press release that came in more than enough time from WKSU’s OMW Handler, Ann VerWiebe:

Guests for the premiere are Nancy Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure discussing her new book Promise Me, which comes out 9/14, and Sophie Sureau, Executive Director of Komen NE Ohio Affiliate. This is a personal topic for many in Northeast Ohio, including Brett who is a breast cancer survivor. The program airs in advance of the NE Ohio Race for the Cure this Saturday.

The show, inspired by the Plain Dealer columnist’s book “God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours”, airs Wednesday nights at 7 on – let’s see if we can get the full power list without looking – WKSU/89.7 Kent, WKRW/89.3 Wooster, WKRJ/91.5 New Philadelphia, WKSV/89.1 Thompson and WNRK/90.7 Norwalk, along with translators in Ashland (95.7) and Boardman (107.5).

Speaking of WKSU, the public broadcaster’s FolkAlley.com will stream a live webcast of the AMA (Americana Music Association) awards. The webcast will be heard live from Nashville, thanks to the FolkAlley.com remote vehicle and three staffers (Executive Director Al Bartholet, Director of Programming Linda Fahey and Technical Specialist Dan Kuznicki) starting at 7:30 PM Thursday.

Some of the bigger names include singers like John Mellencamp, Emmylou Harris, The Avett Brothers, Rodney Crowell, Wanda Jackson, Rosanne Cash, Patty Griffin, Sam Bush, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Ryan Bingham, Corb Lund, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Joe Pug, Sarah Jarosz and Will Kimbrough.

(And yes, we copied and pasted all those names.)

It can all be heard on the HD2 channels of all those above listed full-power WKSU simulcasters, at FolkAlley.com, and in the mobile apps for both Folk Alley and WKSU for iOS and Android…

…AND PREMIERES UPCOMING: Monday, September 13th will be opening day for local talk radio personality Matt Patrick in the shadow of the Golden Dome.

Or, wherever the studios of WTRC/95.3 “NewsTalk 95.3 MNC” are in the South Bend IN area, where the former WKDD/98.1-WHLO/640 morning voice takes over the morning drive slot of the station in the “Michiana” area (“Mich”igan and Ind”iana”, shorthand for the area around South Bend).

Patrick will continue to be heard Saturdays 1-4 PM on Clear Channel talk WTAM/1100 Cleveland, and doing fill-ins for WTAM “big brother” “Big One” talker WLW/700 Cincinnati. We believe the plan is for Matt to spend Monday through Friday in South Bend, and weekends back home in Northeast Ohio (or in Cincinnati if needed).

But no, he’s not working for Clear Channel in Chicago, as far as we know.

That’s brought up thanks to an article we spotted on the Akron Beacon Journal’s Ohio.com about a rally at the Canton Civic Center, where Patrick was the emcee:

Patrick, a former morning radio host on Akron’s WKDD and now host of a Saturday show on Cleveland talk-radio station WTAM, said he sees the jobs issue ”from both sides.”

”I never thought I’d be without a job,” he told the crowd.

Patrick said he also now hosts shows in Cincinnati and Chicago for Clear Channel Communications.

Well, close.

Matt’s new employer is Federated Media, and even the signal of WTRC-FM/95.3 Niles MI doesn’t QUITE make it to Chicago, though it touches the outer Indiana suburbs of America’s third-largest market. (The AM signal of “Michiana’s News Channel”, WTRC/1340 Elkhart IN, is further to the east.)

Ah, yes, we love it when newspaper writers try to do stories involving radio personalities. At least they got the first part right…and didn’t prompt a suburban mayor to start looking into zoning issues based on a new potential city of license….

CONGRATULATIONS: …to another recipient of that great OMW Karma.

Long-time OMW reader Matt Wardlaw has been promoted at locally-based radio syndicator Envision Radio Networks.

As Envision grows, so does Matt’s career, as he’s now Director of Operations for the Beachwood-based syndication giant.

Word of advice? If you want media career advancement, read the Mighty Blog of Fun(tm) as often as we put this thing out. We’re not sure the Karma comes back to your Primary Editorial Voice(tm), but we HAVE had some good things happen as a result of this blog…

GETTING TOGETHER: For such a “small, suburban station”, Spirit Media’s WELW/1330 Willoughby has wide, varied history.

The station will celebrate that history in an all-day broadcast this Saturday, marking the 45th anniversary of the east side radio fixture.

WELW’s Ray Somich passes along the live broadcast schedule, 8 AM to 6 PM at the Patrician Party Center, on Lakeland Boulevard in Eastlake…a schedule as varied as all the different types of programming WELW has featured over the years:

· 8-9am: religious music and talk shows
· 9-10am: non-oldies (specialty) music – Big Band, Jazz, Easy Listening, Country, etc.
· 10-11am: feature show with Duke & the Doctor – national program hosts from Georgia
· 11am-2pm: polkas and nationalities
o 11am-noon (all polka personalities except Tony Petkovsek & his staff)
o Noon-1pm (49 year personality Tony Petkovsek and his staff)
o 1-2pm (all non-polka nationality hosts – Italian, Croatian, German, Irish, etc.)
· 2-3:30pm: local talk programs
· 3:30-5pm: oldies talk/music
· 5-6pm: local sports talk

Those who are a part of WELW’s history who haven’t checked in for Saturday are urged to visit WELW.com, or call the station at (440) 946-1330…

AND SPEAKING OF OMW READERS AND PROJECTS: Long-time OMW reader Matt Haze, the former Clear Channel Akron/Canton personality who ended up in New York City, thinks he has a great niche idea. And we agree.

Here’s his own description of his new “daily commentary feature”:

The Daily Haze is your daily dose of intelligent comedy in two minutes or less, guaranteed. It’s commentary by me of a topic of the day, but is also not all about me. It’s about the listener. I ask the Facebook Question of the Day at the end relating to the topic to create some real talk about it. Listeners can respond on the facebook page, facebook.com/thedailyhaze. It’s very interactive and very new media driven.

People can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, RSS or even email delivery daily.

But Matt’s niche for radio is unique, he tells OMW:

I’m making this available to radio to use. It’s hard timed at 2 minutes and has a full professional production sound and value, so it’s a great feature they can use for their online stream fill. When they want something unique and fresh to use everyday for their online listeners, this is available. I know stations struggle with what to fill with online and it can be tough to come up with content constantly. This is their answer. It’s my way to offer content to stations to help.

When there are long commercial breaks that must be covered on the stream due to licensing and royalty issues, this might work well instead of running the same 3 station promos or PSAs over and over.

Not like we’ve heard that before…this week.

We wish him the best of luck!

New Starts, Part Two

A week ending update of some new starts…some temporary, some permanent…

FILL-INS: Scripps ABC affiliate WEWS/5 has gone to some experienced freelance sports help while it awaits the legal resolution of the case of weekend sports anchor Terry Brooks.

The station is turning to former WKYC/3 weekend sports anchor Mike Cairns to fill-in on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Since leaving WKYC, Cairns has physically gone – well, not far at all – as he’s been freelancing on various shows for SportsTime Ohio. (STO’s facilities, of course, are in the WKYC Digital Broadcast Center.)

In specific, “NewsChannel 5″ sports director Andy Baskin notes that “Mike hosts the Ohio High School Kickoff show, the Viking Basketball Report and is co-host of Tee It Up Ohio. He also does play-by-play for STO’s OHSAA Coverage.”

The other freelancer at 3001 Euclid is also seen on STO, and was seen on WEWS tonight.

Clear Channel talk WTAM/1100 Browns beat reporter Andre Knott gets more TV face time, on the Channel 5 sports shows “5 On Your Sideline” on Fridays, and “Sports Sunday” on Sundays.

And yes, rather unfortunately for Andre, he has Sundays free these days…after the Cleveland Browns installed in-house employee Jamir Howerton as sideline reporter for the Browns radio network.

Knott is seen on STO’s Training Camp Daily, Berea Report, and the live call-in show Browns Red Zone.

The station’s news staff has pitched in so Baskin doesn’t have to work 7 days a week, with reporters John Kosich and Paul Kiska taking turns at the sports desk…

NO LONGER FILL-IN, AT LEAST IN INDIANA: Having his Monday through Fridays mostly free the past few months, WTAM/1100 weekend host and former WKDD/98.1-WHLO/640 host Matt Patrick is getting a day job.

Monday through Friday will find Matt in South Bend IN, where he tells us that he’s taking the open morning drive slot at Federated Media talker WTRC/95.3 “NewsTalk 95.3 MNC, Michiana’s News Channel”.

He’s filled in there a handful of times over the past few weeks.

Patrick joins a lineup very similar to what surrounded him at WHLO – WTRC features Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.

Matt tells OMW:

“We can be heard into Chicago! Not to mention I see Notre Dame from the studio! It’s a great station..a great team of people…and a fabulous opportunity!”

Matt tells us that he’s not abandoning talk radio in Ohio, as he’ll continue doing his WTAM weekend show (Saturdays from 1-4 PM) from back here in Northeast Ohio.

Matt also tells us he will continue doing fill-ins for WTAM “Big One” brother talker WLW/700 in Cincinnati, as needed…

CONGRATULATIONS: …to an OMW Reader at Freedom Avenue, for an addition to his family.

Clear Channel Akron/Canton operations director/WKDD program director/morning drive co-host/OMW reader/you know the rest Keith Kennedy and “love of (his) life” Kara have welcomed the second baby in the WKDD morning drive show family.

From Keith’s Twitter account:

“Welcome Landon Keith-Alexander born at 6:20pm August 27th, 2010″

Landon joins the other member of the WKDD morning drive infant family, Katherine Ann, recently born to co-host Krissy Taylor, and her husband, sister top 40 WAKS/96.5 “Kiss FM” afternoon driver/assistant program director/music director/OMW reader Kasper.

If any other OMW readers are expecting birth, please let us know, OK? There’s something in the water…

MANSFIELD TALK: OMW hears that a TV station is picking up a show heard for a long time on the radio.

The TV station is Mansfield independent WMFD/68, and the show is “Plant Talk”, which we’re told is “a revival of a long-running call-in show” that aired for some 30 years on Clear Channel talk WMAN/1400.

We’re told the show airs Thursday nights from 7-8 PM, hosted by Bill Collins & Chuck Gleaves from the Kingwood Center in Mansfield.

While we’re visiting Mansfield, electronically, OMW hears that today is the last day on the job for Mansfield Christian School WVMC/90.7 general manager Josh Hooper.

Hooper, who hosted afternoon drive on the “Christian Hit Radio” station, will be replaced by Scott Saunders.

Hooper has a farewell message on his “Afternoons with Josh” page.

WVMC also operates translators W216AH/91.1 Ashland and W274AN/102.7 Jefferson (Wooster)…

AND SPORTS ALL OVER: High school and college sports are taking over the radio and TV airwaves starting this week.

We won’t list everyone, particularly those which haven’t changed their coverage, but some changes we’ve noted:

* We noticed that Clear Channel sports WARF/1350 Akron “Fox Sports 1350″ is picking up the high school football baton much earlier this year, bumping Akron Aeros games to Internet-only this Thursday and Friday. In previous years, they’d run the games on sister talk WHLO/640 until the Aeros’ season is over.

We’d ask Keith Kennedy at Clear Channel, but he’s, umm, busy. (See above.)

Thursday’s opener with Akron Hoban vs. Garfield was heard both on WARF, and Rubber City Radio oldies/news WAKR/1590 Akron…as usual preceded by the station’s high school sports preview show.

* We noticed that Time Warner Cable’s schedule of games on the cabler’s Northeast Ohio Network (NEON) Channel 23 includes a healthy schedule of Akron area games, which must mean they were able to come to a production agreement this year for Akron games.

* And Fox Sports Ohio is in the mix with their “Game of the Week” – we believe competitor SportsTime Ohio joins the high school football game parade for the OHSAA playoffs.

College sports will feature a new MAC Football package on STO this year, with additional coverage of the University of Akron Zips on STO – also new to the regional sports network.

We’ll put up various releases and schedules in a separate post, probably sometime this weekend or early next week….

TALKING MARKET SIZE: And OMW hears that the Cleveland-Akron (Canton) TV market stays put at ranking number 18 for the 2010-2011 Nielsen TV season.

The area gained about 5,500 TV homes compared to 2009-2010, for a total of 1,526,200 homes.

Just above Cleveland on the list, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale and Denver swapped places…the Miami region moving up to 16th, and Denver moving down to 17th…

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