The Last To Know

UPDATE 11:42 AM 7/22/10: OMW has confirmed that former Clear Channel talk WTAM/1100 producer Ryan Gohmann is returning to WTAM, after a stint as morning producer/assistant program director at sister talk station WFLA/970 Tampa FL.

We also hear Gohmann will indeed be assigned to the Mike Trivisonno show, though his exact role on the show will be determined later.

He’s scheduled to be back in Cleveland in mid-August…


We’re kinda used to being on the cutting edge of local media news here at your Mighty Blog of Fun(tm). We’re not used to being the last to know…

WEWS AND BECOMES TN ND: You might have noticed on our Twitter account that we tipped you to a job move by now-former Scripps ABC affiliate WEWS/5 “NewsChannel 5” assistant news director Roberta Petterson.

Roberta is heading south, indeed…though not to Florida, which we’d heard was a possibility. She’ll become the new news director of Sinclair Fox affiliate WZTV/17 “Fox 17” in Nashville TN.

That information was passed along to us unattributed earlier today, and we then posted it on our Twitter feed, but we quickly found out that we’re basically the last to report that news.

Petterson’s career move had already been featured in, among other places, Rick Gevers’ excellent weekly News Directors newsletter (we saw his list just before that update).

Quoting Gevers:

WZTV, Nashville, TN…this long-standing opening has been filled as ROBERTA PETTERSON has been named ND. She’s been the Assistant ND at WEWS-TV in Cleveland (which is now searching for her replacement, as listed below) since last August. Roberta previously worked in Pittsburgh as the Assistant ND and EP at WTAE-TV and has also worked at WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh and in Tulsa. She replaces KEN SMITH who left the station last August after nine years as ND. WZTV is owned by Sinclair and is a FOX affiliate.

We had already passed along the job listing for the position at WEWS… here is the link again.

And if you’re looking for a TV news management job and you don’t already have Gevers’ site bookmarked, we’d strongly suggest doing so. It’s updated at the end of the week each week, usually Friday or Saturday…

HEADING BACK?: This item on AllAccess on Tuesday caught our attention:

ALL ACCESS hears that CLEAR CHANNEL Talk WFLA-A/TAMPA Morning Show Producer and APD RYAN GOHMANN is exiting the station for a new opportunity in another market. Could he be returning to sister Talk WTAM-A/CLEVELAND for a high profile producing gig?

The only open “high profile producing gig” we know about at WTAM is the producer’s job for afternoon drive host Mike Trivisonno’s Glorious Fest of On-Air Food (those outside the market who don’t get the reference – it’s a joke!).

We haven’t checked in with Oak Tree sources yet, but we’ll let you know if this is another trade site “rumor to reality” item…

ADMINISTRIVIA: Our use of the domain is about to go away, as the domain will expire today.

We are not renewing the domain – which has always been secondary to us, anyway.

Don’t panic, however, if stops working soon.

Just a heads up: OMW will continue to be accessible through the direct WordPress URL:

That will not be affected by the domain registration. And if we move to another site, as we did from Blogspot, this blog will remain in place with a pointer to any new address…


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