From the Land of the Buckeyes:
Columbus Dispatch TV/radio columnist Tim Feran reports that Clear Channel talk WTVN/610 sports director George Lehner is out after some 20 years at the Columbus station.
Sources tell Feran that it was a simple non-renewal of Lehner's contract, which will expire on July 1st. Assistant sports director Matt McCoy moves up to interim sports director in Lehner's absence.
From WTVN program director Bruce Collins: "I would personally like to thank George for his years of service to WTVN and wish him well in the future."
Lehner, who will be inducted into the Ohio Radio and Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame here in Akron, says he had a "really great time" at WTVN and loved working there, saying his 20 year run at the station was "very, very special". He notes that he has held other jobs...including press secretary to former Ohio governor James Rhodes. But he says broadcasting is his "first love"...
(NOTE: An apology for an earlier version of this item, where Lehner's name was mistyped. It must be Friday here at OMW!)