Monday, November 13, 2006

Wide Variety of Monday Stuff

From near, from far, and from in between:

"RADIO FREE OHIO" STREAMS: Clear Channel liberal talk WARF/1350 Akron "Radio Free Ohio" dips its toes into the streaming audio water starting today.

The station's new streaming feed will not only carry the regular lineup of liberal talk shows, but will also bring Akron Aeros games to the world during the Eastern League baseball season...and high school sports as well.

What "Radio Free Ohio's" online listeners will -not- hear is University of Akron Zips football and basketball. The Zips have a separate streaming deal with, though we'll be darned if we can find where it is on that UA athletics website.

Oh, and we bet that logo above gave some liberal talk fans a start.

No, it's not Rupert Murdoch's FOX that's sponsoring the stream for "Radio Free Ohio". It's Fox International, a Cleveland-area company which sells home products on its website...and as far as we know, has no connection to the FOX News Channel or anything Murdoch-ian...

HARRY'S OUT: You may remember him better as Scott James, a former air personality for 92.3 in the Cleveland its days as - if we remember right - top 40 outlet WRQC "92Q".

But his real name is Harry Legg.

No, really, it is. And he's been working as Creative Services Director at Clear Channel's rhythmic top 40 outlet in New York City, WKTU/103.5. Until now, that is.

Legg becomes one of the most recent victims of a major round of Clear Channel cutbacks nationwide. He's out at WKTU along with the station's overnighter, who'd been there for 11 years.

The giant broadcasting company has been dumping people across the country, a move which is widely believed to be to prepare itself for an acquisition by a group of private equity funds.

We're pleased to report that Scott, er, Harry is not exactly standing on the street corners looking for change after being dumped from WKTU. We're told he has a thriving voice over/imaging business.

By the way, we lost them long ago, but your Primary Editorial Voice(tm) once had a set of jingles from "92...WRQC...Cleveland Heights OHIOOOO!" on a reel-to-reel tape. Oh, we lost the reel-to-reel deck, too, as most people (and stations) have.

92.3 is now, of course, WXRK "92.3 K-Rock", CBS Radio's alt-rock/talk outlet...

YOUR FM TALK WATCH CONTINUES: We'll put this in a group item because we'd already announced it before.

But Clear Channel has finally launched its latest FM talk outlet. It's New Orleans' 99.5 FM, which goes by the moniker of - believe it or not - "The New".

No, that's not just the URL for the station's website...the station is actually calling itself that on the air, complete with the "dot-com".

The former WRNO is the company's third large market FM news/talk outlet, after Pittsburgh (WPGB) and Minneapolis (KTLK). It actually has a pretty decent amount of local talk, with ABC Radio's Sean Hannity the only major daytime syndicated show on the station.

Premiere's Rush Limbaugh is not part of the equation on the new New Orleans FM talker. But he's already on FM in the market, as Entercom news/talk giant WWL/870 added a simulcast on 105.3 FM some time back.

Why has New Orleans, of all places, become a hotbed of FM news/talk? Most of the radio operators there say the rebuilding city is hungry for information, in its reconstruction mode after Hurricane Katrina...

AND JUST BECAUSE WE'RE HERE: AllAccess reports that Clear Channel top 40 giant WNCI/97.9 Columbus has re-inked program director Michael McCoy to a new deal of unspecified length and terms.

And since we are talking about Columbus, and all other news is secondary there this week behind the You Know What Game, he's quoted as saying "Michigan sucks, go Bucks!"...


Anonymous said...

Hey Harry Legg, welcome to the club!
You're among the elite talented roster of pros Clear Channel has decided it could do without. As card carrying members of the club we welcome you. Your life just got better. Trust us.

Pat Cloonan said...

Cris Winter may eventually feel the same way about WDVE and WWSW in the Pittsburgh Division of Cleveland Clear Channel Radio. (Egad, what a thought, on the eve of that OTHER football game that may mean anything next weekend ... May I say this? Go Steelers.)

Pat Cloonan said...

By the way, in an interesting coincidence, WWL just began rerunning many of its talk shows at later times on what is now called WWWL at 1350 in New Orleans. The ownership calls it "WWL On Demand." One more thing, given what WPGB owner Clear Channel's Premiere division eventually did to KDKA in Pittsburgh, how long does Rush stay in the WWL stable?

Oh, following up on my earlier comment, it is a tad weird that the Pittsburgh Division of Cleveland Clear Channel Radio is the rightsholder for Steeler football. (And one Steeler station is that one-time-bound-for-Stow WWVA.)

VODood said...

Before WKTU, Harry was at Energy/San Francisco. He's also worked briefly at KISS-FM/L.A. before being called back to WKTU. I recall when Harry and Jim Shea, both who worked at WQRC/92Q, cam e to WMJI on the weekend to produce some parodies for Jim who was doing mornings at then OmniAmerica country WLLD/98-9 Columbus. Shea was PD/PM Drive, then later AM Drive. Shea currently working for NextMedia doing mornings at their Crystal Lake area oldies. Harry's a great guy. And it was cool to meet someone who had "made it" to markets 1, and 2. What a talent! As is Jim. Shea also worked at POWER 108, and later WMJI, before WLLD.