Monday, July 11, 2005

Monday's News Menu Is Chock Full

No, no JACK FM flip in Cleveland yet, on 104.1, 102.1, 92.3 or 98.5, but it seems every time I leave the Akron area, things happen:

* A package received at the Clear Channel World Domination HQ in Independence forced the evacuation of the building, for a while this afternoon. Here's the story from WEWS Channel 5's website. The package was, according to NewsChannel 5, found soaked in chemicals and actually was sent to a mortgage company which is housed in the building on Oak Tree Boulevard.

* AllAccess reports that WEOL/930 Elyria has decided on the replacement for the final non-replaced hours of AP Network News, which goes away nationwide this week. It'll be Fox Sports Radio handling the night and weekend hours for the Lorain County news/talker. WEOL had filled the 9-noon slot once filled by AP's all-news feed, with Premiere's Glenn Beck. FSR has not aired in the Cleveland market proper before, as CC's WTAM/1100 doesn't carry it at all and WKNR/850 is an ESPN Radio affiliate. But it was heard in much of the market via WTOU/1350 Akron, now liberal talk WARF. Akron market rimshot WJMP/1520 Kent picked up FSR after dumping Air America Radio, in the wake of the WARF format change to liberal talk at the end of May.

* A tip on the Cleveland Radio-Info board led us to endure the poor WHK/1420 night signal just now, and sure enough, the Salem talker has picked up TRN's Michael Savage for the 9 PM-midnight slot, pushing Salem's own Mike Gallagher to the early overnights.

* This is entirely unrelated to any of this, but the show did air in Cleveland once, years ago on WERE/1300, and for a while recently on WANR/1570 in Warren. Westwood One/WJFK Washington's Don & Mike Show has suffered a horrific loss, as show host Don Geronimo's wife was killed in a car crash near Ocean City, MD. The show went on this afternoon with co-host Mike O'Meara and other show cast members holding a remembrance for Freda Wright-Sorce, who appeared on her husband's show numerous times (mostly via phone) in the past. OMW sends its condolences to Don and the entire D&M show family.

We were actually out east and northeast to confirm and check out all the activity near Youngstown and Ashtabula, and that'll be in our next update.

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