WSPD/1370 Toledo evening talk host Bob Frantz wrapped up his two-day stint opening up the WTAM "live and local" mid-morning talk show slot this week, saying that he hoped he'd be able to return "sometime down the road".
We haven't heard any official word on who will do the rest of the week, or beyond, but we're hearing some expected names being bandied about.
Among the names - regular Triv substitute and former WEWS/5 weatherman Brad Sussman, and WOIO/19-WUAB/43 sports director and former WTAM weekend sports talk host Chuck Galeti. We've had no confirmation that either be on the air from 9-11:30 AM this week, but their regular presence on WTAM means we wouldn't be surprised to hear one or both of them.
We do wonder, though, if Galeti in particular will mount any number of non-sports topics, as it's been made clear by Frantz in his first two days that the WTAM show won't be "Sportsline Midday"...it'll talk about sports issues if they are on people's minds, but it won't be a discussion of which tackle the Browns should pick up. It'll be a general issues/topics talk show, not a sports talk show.
We suppose Sussman would be the second most likely candidate after Frantz to take the regular gig, unless there's someone waiting in the wings at Oak Tree who we don't know about. We also doubt WTAM would bring in an out-of-town host for what they're trying to do.
And while technically, Frantz now works in Toledo, he has station and Cleveland history, so he counts as a local for the purposes of this speculation. We mean that we don't believe WTAM would import a host from a market far away, outside Ohio.
Want some OMW handicapping of Who May Be The Host? We'd put Frantz at even money, Sussman at 10-1 against, Galeti at 25-1 against, and "other" at 100-1 against. But unless you're Salem-WHK/1420 syndicated morning host Bill Bennett, don't go to the betting window with those odds...they're just based on our gut feeling...