Thursday, January 12, 2006

Cleaning Up Loose Ends, Or Trying

A regular OMW reader E-Mailed us to ask about the status of several job openings we've posted over the past few months, and we wish we had more solid answers.

One answer we do appear to have is about the situation at CBS Radio Cleveland hot AC WQAL/104.1 ("Q104"), where former afternoon drive host Brian "Fig" Figula left some time back for a PD gig in his hometown of Flint MI. A quick glance at the Q104 website shows that the station appears to have decided on keeping former midday host Jen Toohey in afternoon drive, with John Connor taking over Toohey's old shift.

As far as the posted opening of Rubber City standards WAKR/1590 Akron's midday shift... it doesn't sound like they eventually hired anyone locally to cover the satellite-fed portion of the station's daytime programming. A listen to WAKR this late morning brings us the duclet tones of Westwood One's Jeff Rollins on its standards format.

It'd been rumored, shortly after OMW posted the job listing, that former WMJI personality Mike Ivers might have been up for the job. But it'd been widely assumed that if Ivers were hired, the station would move away from standards...and more towards 50's and 60's the hire would be the station's new music director. For now, that doesn't appear to have taken place.

UPDATE: We've also been informed that it's Clear Channel Cleveland mainstay Daune Robinson officially taking over the WMVX/106.5 afternoon drive shift. She's also been heard on sister country WGAR/99.5 - where the webmaster finally fixed the misspelling of her name as "Duane" - and doing fill-in news reporting on the cluster's WTAM/1100.

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