Starting at home, in Northeast Ohio...
CASEY'S DAY: Veteran WTAM/1100 sportscaster and morning co-host Casey Coleman has been in just about everyone's prayers since he learned he had months to live in his battle with pancreatic cancer.
He's apparently on the minds of those in Cleveland city government, as Mayor Frank Jackson will proclaim Tuesday, September 26th "Casey Coleman Day" in Cleveland.
But it's much more than just another proclamation. With the event, a non-profit organization called "Recovery Resources" will set up the "Casey Fund". We don't have many details about either the group or the nature of the fund, but we're sure it'll go for good causes in Casey's name.
We're also not sure when Casey will return to the Browns Radio Network's sideline reporting role, as we heard WTAM Browns beat reporter Andre Knott once again on Sunday, as the Cleveland Browns got embarrassed by the Cincinnati Bengals...
We ARE sure that another event will take place next week, a blood drive linked to Casey on Wednesday, September 27th at the world famous Clear Channel World Domination HQ on Oak Tree (6200 Oak Tree Blvd., Independence, off I-77 and Rockside Road), as we've heard in on-air promots on WTAM today.
And the American Red Cross is also getting directly involved all over the area. From the WTAM "Wills and Coleman" page:
The Clear Channel Blood drive is "In Honor of Casey Coleman" and the Red Cross is also spearheading a region-wide effort to honor Casey at every donor center and Bloodmobile that day. Casey's fortitude is an inspiration to everyone.
Although Casey will not actually receive all the blood collected in his honor, the donations will help save or sustain the lives of hundreds of people in 57 northeast Ohio hospitals. All those who come to donate blood at a Red Cross fixed or mobile site on September 27th will be able to write a personal message to Casey or simply sign their name with best wishes.
The goal is to show Casey how much he means to the community and to help save lives in the process. We encourage you to schedule your appointment via E-Donor.
Register at this link...
CINCINNATI SHUFFLE: And you thought the changes involving AM sports and liberal talk formats in Cincinnati were confusing.
Cincinnati Enquirer TV/radio guru John Kiesewetter gives his blog readers the details involving a series of FM changes in Cincinnati, prompted by the move-in of an Indiana radio station to the Cincinnati market on 100.3 FM.
That outlet, owned by Radio One, picks up the WMOJ calls and "Mojo" name and format that have been on Cumulus' 94.9 FM. The move was previously reported, but Kiesewetter reports in the Enquirer today that Radio One will steer the new "Mojo" in a different direction, adding more songs aimed at African-American audiences over 30, "particularly women".
Out the door will be "Jammin' Oldies" mainstays that attract a mainly white audience, making the station more "mainstream urban", Radio One Cincinnati GM Lisa Thal tells Kiesewetter.
The "Mojo" move triggers another one, with the former Susquehanna outlet at 94.9 set to become the new home of country WYGY, now residing at 96.5 FM. And the 96.5 frequency in the Cumulus cluster, once WYGY stops simulcasting in a couple of weeks? To be announced, it appears...
All of this starts late tonight/early tomorrow...