Our weekly dissection of Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Roger Brown's Monday sports media column, with some extra added flavor by OMW:
* Actual news out of the column concerns the growing interest in high school football by local sports TV outlets. Noting that FSN Ohio has already said it will do high school games in the fall, Brown adds that competitor SportsTime Ohio is expected to do so as well, perhaps airing a live Saturday night "game of the week".
Last we heard, STO plans to go 6 PM-midnight daily in a couple of months or so, though we suspect the already-existing replay of the night's Indians game will cover much of that time.
* Brown also reports rumblings that STO may sign up local radio sports voice Mark "Munch" Bishop (mainly heard on Clear Channel's WMMS/100.7 and WMJI/105.7) as a correspondent for the Ohio State Buckeyes' upcoming football season. It'd be a good move, and "Munch" has not only done some TV work...he's filled in doing weekend sports anchoring at WOIO/19's "19 Action News"...but he's a fixture on radio Buckeyes coverage out of Columbus on WTVN/610.
* Non-news items include a talk with WJW/8 weekend sports anchor and local TV sports fixture John Telich, with a note that he "recently" got a 3 year contract extension. That extension would push his on-air tenure to nearly 30 years at the local FOX station. Of course, much of that was during WJW's time as the local CBS affiliate.
* And Brown weighs in on comparing Cleveland sports radio to what's offered in Detroit. It's hard to argue with his conclusions, based on our brief experience dipping into the web stream offerings of Detroit sports stations WDFN/1130 (Clear Channel) and WXYT/1270 (CBS Radio). At very least, the competition appears to be much stiffer in the Motor City...