Triv’s Horrible Loss

UPDATE 3:57 PM 7/30/09: From the Triv Page at WTAM.com:

It is with heavy hearts that Newsradio WTAM 1100 reports the death of Mike Trivisonno’s beloved wife Linda.

Linda died early Thursday morning at their home. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mike and his children, Michelle, Michael and Anthony, as well as their extended families.

Triv thanks the staff at University Hospital’s Ireland Cancer Center for the wonderful care Linda received.

Donations can be sent to the Ireland Cancer Center at University Hospitals in memory of Linda Trivisonno.

11100 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106
Phone: 216-844-5432

The station has also posted a number of listener messages and condolences for Triv on his page…

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OMW can confirm news we’d rather not have to report.

The wife of Clear Channel talk WTAM/1100 Cleveland afternoon drive host Mike Trivisonno, Linda Trivisonno, has died. She passed away after battling lung cancer.

Quoting a note from Clear Channel cluster manager Mike Kenney, who says it much more eloquently than we can:

It saddens us to learn that Mike Trivisonno’s wife Linda passed away early this morning. Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to Mike and his family during this very difficult time.

Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming.

Linda Trivisonno was no stranger to her husband’s listeners.

Though she wasn’t on the show every day, Triv often turned to her via telephone…asking her to chime in on something heard on the air, or just random questions about life.

We don’t really “know” the personalities who hold forth on the radio, but it was quickly evident that Mike Trivisonno very much loved his wife…a woman he proudly said he “found early” in life.

Talking about her passing at the end of their morning show, morning drive hosts Bill Wills and Mike Snyder said they were coming back during Triv’s time slot to fill in for him today.

We’ve poked occasional fun at the “Triv” on the radio, over the years.

Today, as a grieving spouse, he needs our support and condolences.

Talk about the often controversial radio personality needs to take a back seat right now on this blog, and our deepest condolences to Mike Trivisonno, the human being who lost the love of his life…

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The Tony Bruno Empire

Various trade reports say that Premiere’s Fox Sports Radio is about to add another separately syndicated show to the FSR lineup.

Reportedly next on the shopping list for FSR is late night host Tony Bruno, in a deal which would add his program to the FSR lineup as the network did with the other host syndicated by the Chicago-based Content Factory, former ESPN host Dan Patrick.

The move – first noted on sports blogger and former Columbus sports radio staffer Brooks Melchior’s “Sports by Brooks” – would bump FSR late night host “J.T. The Brick” into overnights.

And it would mean no change in the 10 PM-1 AM (ET) slot for local Fox Sports Radio affiliate WARF/1350 in Akron.

Like it has in various previous incarnations of its sports talk format, WARF already carries Bruno’s syndicated program. As we’ve mentioned here before, Bruno has been with a number of sports radio networks and syndicators over the years, and AM 1350 in Akron has carried each one of his national efforts.

WARF also carried Patrick from his separate Content Factory syndication deal, starting when the station was carrying Sporting News Radio otherwise. When WARF took FSR from cross-town Media-Com mini-station WJMP/1520 Kent/Akron/The Moon/Atlantis, no schedule changes were needed from 9 AM to noon at WARF.

WJMP, of course, later picked up a large chunk of the Talk Radio Network syndicated conservative talk lineup as “TalkRadio 1520”, proudly serving portions of western Portage County and some nearby areas…

Midweek Potpourri

Here we go, again…as our list of items continues to grow…

C-BUS TO DETROIT: OMW hears that Clear Channel Columbus top 40 WNCI/97.9-AC WLZT/93.3 program director Michael McCoy is heading to Michigan, and not to watch the Buckeyes play the Wolverines.

McCoy is heading for a new job at Clear Channel sister top 40 outlet WKQI/95.5 “Channel 95-5” in Detroit. We hear his last day will be this Friday.

Back in Columbus, OMW hears about the temporary shuffle to fill-in for the exiting McCoy, which takes place starting Monday.

1) WBWR/105.7 “The Brew”-WRXS/106.7 “Radio 106.7” programmer Laura Lee will take over as interim program director at WNCI, in addition to her current work.
2) Country WCOL/92.3-CC Columbus cluster programmer John Crenshaw adds interim PD duties at WLZT.
3) “Daveman” will add music duties at WBWR, in addition to his role as the cluster’s online content director.
4) Former WTVN/610 midday talker (and still primary fill-in host) Joel Riley adds the WBWR “Brew” morning drive shift to his current work on WTVN and WLZT.

We hear that the station’s search for McCoy’s replacement starts “immediately”, and that the above list of changes is only in place until a new programmer is found…

WOOF, THEY’RE ON TV: Here at your Mighty Blog of Fun(tm), we generally studiously avoid giving a lot of digital ink to radio or TV promotional events…unless there’s some reason to write about them.

Thus, not a word was written about Clear Channel rock/talk WMMS/100.7’s “Roverfest” over the weekend, though we were certainly aware of it, and it has apparently grown to some size.

The show passed along a “recap” to us earlier this week, and we’ll note one item – “Roverfest” was videotaped in HDTV format, and a program about the event will air on the cable network “MavTV”.

That should ring a bell or two here, as MavTV is the young male-oriented HDTV network recently added to the Time Warner Cable lineup, roughly about the time that Mark Cuban’s HDNet and HDMovies were yanked.

We haven’t watched much of it, but MavTV seems like it’s a 24 hour version of HDNet’s late night “guy” shows hosted by one Art Mann. The station’s on-air logo features a silhouette of a curvy, bikini-clad woman…need we say more?

Anyway, MavTV’s aiming at the same young-drooling-male-swilling-brew demographic that’s home to many “Rover’s Morning Glory” listeners, so it’ll probably be a good fit…

SPEAKING OF PROMOTIONAL EVENTS: Scripps Cleveland ABC affiliate WEWS/5 certainly has enough promotional muscle, between its on-air signal and the NewsNet5 website, to drum up votes… so we declined to mention this before the voting ended.

The station has been pushing for morning anchors Kimberly Gill and Pete Kenworthy to be granted a spot guest hosting on the syndicated talk show “Live with Regis and Kelly”, as part of that show’s own promotion. Of course, Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa’s daily show airs on – wow, what a surprise! – WEWS.

(Well, we didn’t expect WJW’s Stefani Schaefer to be in the running, or WKYC’s Mark Finan, or whoever does mornings on a certain CBS affiliate at Reserve Square. It’s an affiliate promotional event, not a real contest.)

As such promotions go, best of luck to Kimberly and Pete, who seem well suited to take the promotional gig…

SPEAKING OF TV SIGNALS: A reader passes along a tip that Parkin Broadcasting ABC affiliate WYTV/33 Youngstown has officially received FCC approval to build its 1000 kW full-power digital TV facility.

But, can the station afford to build it out?

WYTV has lagged far behind the market’s three other full-power stations in terms of power levels. Until now, WYTV-DT RF 36 has been broadcasting with a quite-less-than-impressive 50 (!) kW power level. That may be enough to get its signal to Warren, on a good day.

The new facility won’t instantly turn WYTV into the market’s strongest signal, we’re told. It is licensed for just 177 meters above average terrain, just a bit higher up the tower than the current facility.

New Vision now-LMA sister station WKBN-DT RF 41’s signal is running with just slightly less power (700 kW), but the digital antenna is much higher above average terrain – somewhere in the neighborhood of 400 meters high. We’re not sure if it’ll land at 384 meters or 418 meters, based on its applications.

The low-slung WYTV digital antenna may be fine within the station’s market area – the immediate Mahoning Valley – but those of us in neighboring markets like Cleveland and Pittsburgh may have more difficulty trying to catch the new facility.

Well, at least receiving a digital signal over air from this market’s ABC affiliate (WEWS) is not a problem for the most part…unlike the CBS and Fox affiliates.

Anyway, you’ll note that we said “can the station afford to build it out?”

WYTV’s ownership is now officially listed as “PBC Broadcasting of Youngstown, LLC, Debtor-in-Possession”…with Parkin Broadcasting and its entities filing for bankruptcy earlier this month…along with the filing by WKBN/WYFX LMA partner New Vision, which we already reported.

Maybe they’ve already budgeted for the WYTV power increase, and it’ll happen as scheduled…

AND MORE: And stay tuned to your Mighty Blog of Fun(tm) later today, for some more items, including the story of a retirement party for a local TV veteran in Cleveland…

Recalling The Recall

We normally don’t dip into politics here at your Mighty Blog of Fun(tm), but this one directly involves the media.

Today, the Ohio Supreme Court voted to pull the effort to recall controversial Toledo mayor Carty Finkbeiner off the November 3rd ballot…in a narrow decision. From an article posted this afternoon on the Toledo Blade website:

The all-Republican high court, by a 4-3 vote, came to the defense of the Democratic mayor in finding that the deadline of two months before the election for the printing of absentee ballots did not provide Mr. Finkbeiner adequate time to challenge recall petitions filed by a group calling itself Take Back Toledo.

That’s where we come in, as a blog covering Ohio media outlets.

(And we haven’t checked his drivers’ license, but we’re not altogether sure that the Toledo mayor’s full legal name is The Controversial Carleton S. Finkbeiner.)

The local news media in the Akron area played its mostly usual role in the breathtakingly unsuccessful recall effort against that city’s mayor, Don Plusquellic, in June. The long-time King of Akron kept his job by something like a million to three margin. OK, not by that much, but not that far off, it seems.

In Akron, the media played a mostly secondary role. Recall supporters occasionally invoked “pro-mayoral coverage” by the Akron Beacon Journal. The newspaper, and Rubber City Radio news/oldies WAKR/1590, devoted a lot of straight-ahead news coverage to the effort.

The Cleveland-based TV news operations mostly stayed on the sidelines, give or take occasional coverage by WKYC/3 anchor/reporter Eric Mansfield…an Akron resident who still watches over his hometown, news-wise, though he’s now based at WKYC’s Cleveland newsroom as co-anchor of the station’s 7 PM weeknight newscast.

And the recall provided lively discussion on Western Reserve PBS’ “NewsNight Akron”, a weekly news roundtable that is still hosted by Mansfield from studio space shared with his primary employer in downtown Akron.

In Akron, recall politics and media had its closest relationship on the Media-Com talk WNIR/100.1 evening talk show hosted by Tom Erickson. Erickson’s daughter, “Heaven Can Wait” animal shelter director and now-Akron city council at large candidate Heather Nagel, was a strong recall supporter, and was part of the group putting that unsuccessful effort on the ballot back in June.

But even Erickson’s show on “The Talk of Akron” wasn’t actually running the recall effort in Akron.

In Toledo, one media outlet has been a key player in forming and operating the “Take Back Toledo” effort.

Clear Channel/Toledo market manager Andy Stuart and Clear Channel talk WSPD/1370 program director/afternoon host Brian Wilson are directors of the recall campaign, and Wilson and other WSPD local hosts have made no bones about their dislike of Finkbeiner and his actions in his now-third term as Toledo’s mayor, both on and off the air.

The local radio cluster enlisted the help of various Toledo area businessmen in the effort that will now no longer appear on Toledo’s November ballot.

The Blade article linked earlier suggests that Clear Channel Toledo used the recall effort to boost listenership:

Take Back Toledo backers, including WSPD-AM Radio and several suburban businessmen, bankrolled the unsuccessful recall effort because Mayor Finkbeiner angered them over development issues and to try to boost radio ratings.

Well, we don’t know about that. We don’t know Toledo politics at all, but from afar, we get the idea that Finkbeiner provides WSPD and its hosts with more than enough material on his own… and probably helps the station’s ratings more when he’s actually in office.

And the Blade notes that Finkbeiner has announced he isn’t running for re-election, which means if the recall effort in Toledo would have been successful, he’d basically have lost a few weeks cleaning out his office.

Maybe the “Take Back Toledo”/WSPD folks, if they want to “boost ratings”, should secretly urge Carty to run for a fourth term sometime down the road…

Hoping For Good News

Yes, your Primary Editorial Voice(tm) is the bearer of bad news again.

On our Twitter account, we shamelessly begged for some good news to throw into the below mix, but there doesn’t seem to be much to share.

And yes, we’re as tired of the drumbeat of bad economic news as you are, but here we go again…we don’t make the media news, we just report it…

IDEASTREAM CUTS: OMW hears that Cleveland public broadcaster Ideastream is cutting 8 percent of its full-time staff – resulting in the elimination of nine full-time positions.

And the pubcaster – which owns PBS affiliate WVIZ/25 and NPR affiliate WCPN/90.3 – has named one very specific culprit for the job cuts…in addition to the economy in general, and the reduction in corporate backing that all public media outlets have seen.

It was thought to be good news in Columbus recently, when state lawmakers and Governor Ted Strickland came to an agreement on a new budget. The spending plan got to the finish line…filling an over $3 billion budget gap… with a reported combination of new income from slot machines at horse racing tracks, and a host of spending cuts.

Those cuts have thrown Ideastream for a budget loop.

A staff memo Friday from CEO Jerry Wareham, which floated down from Playhouse Square to the OMW World Headquarters, explains:

At a staff meeting this afternoon, we announced action being taken to maintain financial stability so ideastream can continue to provide valued service.

In anticipation of declines in grants and contracts funded through the State of Ohio and declines in support from corporations, the ideastream budget for fiscal year 2010 (October 1, 2009 – September 30, 2010) reduces unrestricted operating expenses by 7% from the $21.2 million budgeted for the current fiscal year.

Various grants and contracts funded through the State of Ohio for Educational Services, WVIZ/PBS, and 90.3 WCPN that totaled $1,469,274 at the beginning of fiscal year 2009 are expected to decline by 57% to a total of $636,654 in 2010. Support from corporations is also expected to decline 10% to 15%.

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OMW hears that in addition to staff reduction by attrition, and part-time hours reductions, key officials at Ideastream have also taken pay cuts. CEO Wareham himself will take a 15 percent cut in his salary.

OMW has heard only one on-air name directly affected by the job cuts – Bobby Jackson, who is music director for WCPN, and who has also hosted the evening local jazz music show in recent months.

Those expecting to hear that show will not hear it starting tonight, though the station will continue with jazz music in the evening hours.

WCPN will instead turn to a syndicated jazz music show. “Jazz with Bob Parlocha”, which originates at WFMT/Chicago’s Jazz Satellite Network. Parlocha himself is based in Northern California, where he once programmed commercial jazz outlet KJAZ, and records his programs for the WFMT service.

We’re hearing today that Mr. Jackson is still in the building for now. The job cuts take effect at the end of the group’s fiscal year in early October, and staffers have the option of staying around until October 2nd. The evening jazz programming change takes effect immediately, we’re told, as of tonight.

The other eight full-time positions affected are administrative jobs across the Ideastream system…

MORE PUBLIC TV PROBLEMS: OMW has reported that Erie PA PBS affiliate WQLN/54 has lost its analog cable carriage in far eastern Ohio.

Time Warner Cable dumped WQLN on analog in the Ashtabula region, replacing it with carriage of TBN O&O WDLI/17 Canton. The cable company later partially relented, but stuck WQLN’s feed only on digital channel 379.

Despite Ashtabula County’s proximity to WQLN, the area is in the Cleveland market. The Time Warner system in Ashtabula already carried Cleveland’s WVIZ as its sole PBS outlet on the analog side, and needed to make room there for wider WDLI carriage…which bounced WQLN from analog cable.

But it’s a planned cable change elsewhere that could deliver a fatal body blow to the Erie public TV station, and threatens its very existence.

WQLN depends on Canadian viewers for a large chunk of its financial support. The station has long been carried on cable in the London, Ontario region, and actively pursues those viewers to the point of carrying “WQLN-TV Erie/London” legal IDs, and airing programming to attact Canadian viewers, particularly on weekends.

But it’s about to lose those London cable viewers, reports the Erie Times-News:

Rogers Cable decided to replace WQLN-TV with Detroit’s public television station, WTVS-TV, and plans to end transmission of WQLN on Aug. 18. (WQLN president Dwight) Miller said contributions from about 1,700 London viewers account for about 20 percent of his station’s total donations.

Why would the Canadian cable system dump WQLN for the Detroit outlet?

Signal quality, according to Rogers officials. Rogers receives WQLN over-air, but can pipe in WTVS directly by fiber.

Like the big American systems, Rogers has an extensive group of interconnected systems in Southern Ontario, and hauling the WTVS feed to London can be done by Rogers internally with little effort…much like Time Warner Cable can bring WVIZ to Ashtabula with no signal problems on the far eastern edge of the Cleveland TV market.

Its survival at stake, WQLN is hoping to find a way to provide its own fiber feed to Rogers, and hopes that’ll keep it on the cable system’s channel 8 in London.

It’s also mobilizing viewers, directing them on WQLN.org (and presumably over air) to let Rogers know how they feel.

Oh, and did we mention that like WVIZ and other public broadcasters, WQLN is looking at a large budget cut out of the state of Pennsylvania?

WQLN is not alone in getting significant Canadian viewership. Just up I-90 and the New York Thruway, Buffalo PBS outlet WNED also has a healthy viewer base in nearby Toronto (“WNED-TV Buffalo/Toronto”), which has helped it weather Western New York’s long-declining economy.

And in a situation even more akin to WQLN’s, WPBS-TV Watertown NY aims at viewers and supporters in Canada’s capital, Ottawa…a base which dwarfs the tiny Watertown TV market…

JUST DOWN THE ROAD: Here’s another Northwest Pennsylvania item with some effect in far Eastern Ohio.

The man who lived out his radio dreams in a small town on the Pennsylvania/Ohio border has passed away. The Meadville Tribune reports the death of Arthur W. Cervi Sr. on June 14th, at the age of 89. (A hat tip to the Erie Press and Tower media blog, and long-time friend and colleague Scott Fybush at NorthEast Radio Watch, for the item.)

Cervi kept a “day job” at Westinghouse for decades, and did disk jockey work at night at venues around Pittsburgh. But his career passion was establishing and operating WVCC-FM/101.7 in Linesville PA.

Linesville, as the town name would suggest, is a very short drive from Ohio on the PA side of the state line. The station also served Ohio communities like Andover, and other small towns along Ohio Route 7 and Ohio Route 11 near Pymatuning Lake.

Cervi put WVCC (“The Wonderful Voice of Crawford County”) on the air in 1970, and ran it from his Linesville home until as recently as 2003. He sold WVCC to the Vilkie family, which now operates it as classic hits WMVL “Cool 101.7”, and targets it to nearby Meadville PA.

Oh, and there’s one more Ohio connection.

We’re told that Mr. Cervi once owned a second broadcast license – the station formerly known as WAQI and WAST at 1600 in Ashtabula. That station is long dark and deleted. But one of our regular readers tells us that a quick trip off of U.S. 20 on North Bend Road will take you to its small, brick former studio building…now overcome by weeds…

CALLING TIME WARNER SUBSCRIBERS: We’d like to hear from you, if you’re a Time Warner Cable subscriber having major issues.

Like one of our regular readers, Phil in Bainbridge, who gives us this account:

Here in the Bainbridge area, we had an outage of all SDV channels (starting on Wednesday). I was credited 4 days service, as I subscribe to MLB Extra Innings.

Then on Sunday, the outage moved to regular HD and digital channels like ESPN HD, HGTV HD, and TNT HD. Those are not SDV channels. They have been intermittent. As of the time I’m writing this email to you, they are out.

At this point, we have no evidence that such outages are widespread.

But we note that the aforementioned Mr. Fybush has had some struggles with both Time Warner Cable broadcast and Internet service in his hometown of Rochester NY the past few days, and that our colleague Jeremy Moses at Tri-State Media Watch reports a problem with some PPV events in the company’s Southwest Ohio service area.

Here at OMW World Headquarters, we’re not seeing any problems, even with the SDV channels recently added to upgrade TWC’s HDTV lineup. But…we want to know if we’re missing something more widespread.

And yes, former Comcast subscribers now in the TWC empire, we’re well aware that you haven’t joined the New HD Channel Parade just yet.

It’s yet another example of how splintered the entire TWC network is, here in Northeast Ohio. The company swallowed two very distinct systems when it merged in the former Adelphia/Cleveland-based system, and the Comcast system serving the Elyria and Mentor areas. Problems like described above by our reader in Bainbridge could be somewhat localized.

We haven’t yet heard of any resolution to the Comcast issues…but we’re assured we’ll be able to let you know when something does happen…

A BEAR OF A STORY: Normally, OMW leaves the Rest of the News Not Related to Media to other media outlets. But one story this morning has a very slight media connection.

Kent State University is warning its community of the sighting of a black bear near the university’s main campus.

Though we’re not Ohio Bear Watch, a detail in this story got us to thinking. From the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s update via Cleveland.com:

City and University police are on the lookout for a hungry black bear spotted early Sunday evening nosing around a Dumpster at a Bob Evans restaurant.

The bear made an appearance about 8:30 p.m. near the corner of Ohio 261 and South Water Street, according to police.

It didn’t take long for us to process that location, on the far southern edge of the main KSU campus, in our Media Mind.

Just a short drive – or bear walk – down Ohio 261 from the Bob Evans, you’ll find our friends at Western Reserve PBS (WNEO/45-WEAO/49)…which is located on Campus Center Drive just south of 261. Campus Center is the very next intersection past Water Street heading east/northeast on the four-lane road.

No, we haven’t heard any Bear Sightings from regular OMW readers like Western Reserve station manager Bill O’Neil, or communications coordinator and OMW liaison Diane Steinert, so we’ll assume the bear didn’t wander over to Campus Center Drive.

But O’Neil does note: “We often see deer here and an occasional coyote…”

Honest. Fair. Everywhere. Except On Twitter.

When doing some housecleaning on our Twitter account, we noticed that we were following the Twitter accounts of pretty much all local media outlets, both broadcast and print, except for one.

We attempted to add the account of WOIO/19’s “19 Action News” into our PC client – the excellent “Twhirl” – and the software responded that we couldn’t view the station’s profile. We were also unable to add “19actionnews” to the list of accounts we were already following.

It took a trip to Twitter’s web interface to see the truth:

Yes, that’s right, the newsroom of Raycom Media’s largest market station has BLOCKED us from adding them to our Twitter “following” list! Blocked!

Gee, Reserve Square, was it something we said?

OK, maybe it was.

We had a lot of fun with that recent story about the “19 Action News” newsroom getting flack from the Cleveland Clinic, over breaking a story embargo.

We had a little fun, as well, with the messages out of the WJW “Fox 8” Twitter account, poking fun at WOIO’s troubles with the Clinic…even though we pointed out that the medical giant’s plan to block the local CBS affiliate from a press conference – because they jumped the gun one day on announcing it – might not have been the smartest idea.

Somewhere in there, someone at Reserve Square decided that we had to be taught a lesson, and blocked our Twitter account.

Or, maybe they were trying to block our own updates from showing up in their Twitter clients.

It wouldn’t be the first time for such a move when it comes to online media blog and news sites. Just ask DCRTV’s Dave Hughes, who occasionally learns that the IT department of a local media outlet has configured its web browsing filters to block his site.

Either way, it means absolutely nothing.

We have our “Clark Kent” Twitter account, and had no problem adding WOIO’s Twitter feed there. (And no, your Primary Editorial Voice[tm] has no delusions about being “Superman”.)

Even without that, a click on the main “19 Action News” Twitter username here still gets us the station’s tweets, even if we’re still logged in under the OMW Twitter login on the service’s web interface.

Whew. We wouldn’t wanna miss exciting tweets like this:

Got a dog? Gotta watch this next segment. It’s about a patch of grass you keep indoors to stop accidents. Does it Work Danielle?

When a large market TV newsroom drops to the level of a petulant child (“There! We’ll block them! That’ll show ’em!”), it’s a bit funny…

Shakeups And Awards

IMPORTANT UPDATE: – 7/22/09 7:35 AM: OMW has received some new information calling the accuracy of the first part of this report into question. We have removed that portion of the report, which cited financial-related rumblings linked to the CBS Radio cluster and its employees in Cleveland.

In addition, though it appears the rest of the item is accurate, it may have taken place a little less recently than believed…a few weeks ago, as opposed to in the past few days.

At OMW, we’re the first to jump out there and let you know when we “get it wrong”, even when going with information provided by usually reliable sources.

We apologize for the inaccuracy. We try very hard to hold to reporting standards, even though we technically are not a “news organization”…we’re a blog with a mix of “news and musings”.

Though we don’t like having virtual egg on our virtual face any more than most people do, we believe correcting inaccurate information is important.

The rest of our item, including edits to correct that inaccurate information, is below…

–The Management

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CBS RADIO SHAKEUP: OMW hears that there’s a recent management restructuring at CBS Radio Cleveland, with the dual general manager structure no longer in effect.

We’re told that WNCX/08.5-WKRK/92.3 general manager Tom Herschel has given up those duties to the other GM in the building, WDOK/102.1-WQAL/104.1 general manager Chris Maduri…who will now head up all four stations.

Herschel has not left the building, from what we hear…he moves into a new position as sales manager for the four properties….

TWC QUESTIONS: An OMW reader checks in to ask about the status of Time Warner Cable’s HDTV situation in the Mentor/Willoughby area.

The area is part of the former Comcast system, which reached Lake County and nearby, along with the Elyria area. It has lagged in additions of new HD channels compared to, well, the rest of us in the Time Warner Cable Northeast Ohio empire.

One big reason, we’ve presumed, is the lack of Switched Digital Video in that part of the now-multi-headed hydra run by the cable TV giant.

Well, we wish we had any updates…but, we don’t at this time.

We’ve checked with our contacts at TWC, and we’ve been told there is not currently any update for the poor folks in the ex-Comcast areas, who now have something like a dozen less HD channels than their TWC brethren in both the “legacy” Time Warner areas like Akron, Canton and Youngstown, and in the former Adelphia/Cleveland-based system….which serves the OMW World Headquarters.

We’re promised that when there IS something to tell the ex-Comcasters, we’ll be able to pass that word along to you, our readers…

MARCONI AWARDS: Yes, we’ve heard…Clear Channel Cleveland talk WTAM/1100 afternoon driver Mike Trivisonno has indeed been nominated in the NAB’s Marconi Awards – for “Large Market Personality of the Year”.

It’s not Triv’s first go-round at that nomination. In the time we’ve been doing the Mighty Blog of Fun(tm), he’s been nominated for the same award twice before.

He hasn’t won yet, and competed with (and lost to) someone else at Oak Tree in 2007 – country WGAR/99.5 afternoon drive mainstay Chuck Collier won it that year.

Another nominee in that same category works for the same employer as Triv.

Clear Channel talk WLW/700 Cincinnati star Bill Cunningham is also up for “Large Market Personality of the Year”.

“Willie”, of course, also hosts Premiere’s nationally syndicated “Live on Sunday Night”, which is heard on Triv’s home station, WTAM, along with sister talkers WHLO/640 Akron, WKBN/570 Youngstown and other stations in Ohio…but he’s up for his role hosting his long-running midday local flagship show on WLW.

Hmmm. Triv vs. Willie. We’d almost pay to hear that one.

Elsewhere, in Tri-State Media Watch territory, two other Ohio stations are represented in the nominations – Clear Channel rock WTUE/104.7 Dayton afternoon driver John “B-Man” Beaulieu is up for “Medium Market Personality of the Year”, and Bonneville country giant WUBE/105.1 “B-105.1” Cincinnati is vying for “Country Station of the Year”…