Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Midweek Mix

A few mostly unrelated items:

'HBC PD?: OMW hears that staffers at NextMedia AC WHBC-FM/94.1 Canton "Mix 94.1" were being introduced to a new program director on Tuesday.

Who is that programmer?

We only hear that he may have a "Buzzard" past. But that's about all we know. We'll let you know when we hear more.

JAYBIRD TRIBUTE: Rubber City Radio news/standards WAKR/1590 Akron is planning a full-fledged tribute to late local country radio icon Jaybird Drennan on Friday's "Ray Horner Show".

WAKR/Rubber City news director Ed Esposito tells OMW that they hope to have some recordings of Jaybird, which are hard to find. If you are hanging onto any audio of Jaybird and would like to share, please contact Rubber City...we're sure they'd be appreciative of the contributions.

And we're sure listeners would also appreciate the audio being put up on Rubber City's AkronNewsNow. We've had at least two requests for us to share such audio, but unfortunately, A) we have none and B) OMW has no capability to host anything other than text and pictures.

If we hear anything more about online samples of Jaybird's golden voice, we'll let you know...

WHILE WE'RE STOPPING (VIRTUALLY) AT WAKR: Mr. Esposito reminds us that the Akron outlet of the Cleveland Indians recently signed a contract extension to keep carrying the Tribe in the market.

The five year deal was announced late last month, but it somehow missed the OMW Radar...

LAW LEAVES ST. LOUIS: Former WSPD/1370 Toledo program director Al Brady Law is leaving his St. Louis station, CH Holdings talk KTRS/550.

The departure is described by both parties as "amicable", though there's no question Law went through a lot in his time at the station.

You see, "CH Holdings" is actually the corporate name for the station owned by the St. Louis Cardinals baseball club, and the venerable talk station has gone through quite a number of changes since the baseball team got involved.

And that's not even counting the KTRS host who had an infamous slip of the tongue, and got fired (with national attention) for inadvertently airing a racial slur.

Law tells Radio and Records Online:

"I'm up for finding a troubled radio station that is looking for some help. My last two stations have improved greatly under my leadership and I'm ready to do it again."

What are the chances of Law heading back to Ohio?

We haven't heard anything, but are reminded that he has long-standing ties to Clear Channel Cleveland-based programming VP Kevin Metheny...

CVCO BUYS IN ALABAMA - AGAIN: Christian Voice of Central Ohio, the radio group based at Columbus market CCM outlet WCVO/104.9, is buying its second Alabama radio station.

This time, it's sports WTKI/1450 Huntsville AL joining the CVCO stable, which also includes WCVO "River" sister station WCVZ/92.7 South Zanesville.

The company's first acquisition in Alabama, religious WAJF/1490 Decatur AL, now sports the calls WDPT. Decatur is just down the highway from Huntsville...


VODood said...

Whatever happened with AL Brady Law had the legal fracas involving an email to a listener in Toledo, anything?

Metheny, I'm told, only reigns over Cleveland. Toledo, Ashtabula, Akron, Mansfield, Sandusky, etc are allegedly no longer part of his RVPP duties. Thus I don't think he could help Law in those markets. And Metheny pal Brian Wilson took over for Law at WSPD/Toledo.

WBHC and a "Buzzard" alum? Perhaps Luczak? Market is too small for onetime WMMS OM Greg Ausham...then again, who knows. Can't think of anyone else who was at WMMS in the last 15 years that could program a HAC.

Anonymous said...

The WHBC FM PD is Hunter Scott. I called today and asked.

Johnny Morgan said...

Maybe the Buzzard past isn't within 15 years.

TR's known for production in recent years, but he was on-air at both M105 and WMMS.

Maria Farina's still out there, and has the Buzzard credentials.

Of course, I'd LOVE to see a station programmed by Scott Hughes. ;-)

And, yes, Mickey's very recently unemployed, though I'm getting on the job hunt for him. I'll help him out, just to show there's no bad blood on my end.

As for Al Brady, let's not forget he's also a Drake alum.

VODood said...

Being a "Drake" alum doesn't mean much anymore. What station is doing the Drake format? Not WMJI, where Metheny COULD place Al.

WMJI runs itself. Al wouldn't have to do much. And w/o TR there the imaging will SUCK more than it has lately, which is not TR's fault. Imaging Directors do what the PD (or OM) wants.

With budgets being what they are, I dont see AL being "placed" at WMJI unless he's got some country experience.

MIKE YOUNG said...

Hunter Scott why him??????? Greg Ausham why him too????? Luczak no way they just got rid of one idiot(SIMMONS). Buzzard connection hmmmm how about one of two men that are what the Buzzard was at one time exciting and always on top of the ratings,now it could be a stretch but here goes JOHN GORMAN/ or DENNY SANDERS plus they have had a long association with CARL HEARSH from MALRITE TO WHEN Carl purchased MAJIC YEARS AGO AND DENNY AND JOHN CAME ON BOARD. If you look at the past all 3 men have worked together with great success it makes sense. Now would Denny leave his job he currently has maybe not,But John Gorman has got to be chompin' at the bits to work at a station that hasn't been ruined by CC.

VODood said...

Denny Sander is GM of Telos, HQ'd in Cleveland. Has been for years.

I don't see GMan taking a role like that, unless it included OM.

"Spacman Scott" Hughes, I believe, is still working for a candy company where he's been since "exiting" WMMS late '99 for impropriety.

And, a previous post said Hunter Scott is indeed the new WHBC-FM PD. So the puzzle is solved.

Morgan said...

>> I called today and asked.<<

That's not permitted. You have to boundlessly speculate and throw out outrageous suggestions.

That's how it was at Radio-Info, so shall it be here too, in the Comments section!


gman blows said...

No really it's hunter scott

Anonymous said...

In regards to the WHBC FM PD-- call yourself! 330-456-7166. Idiot.

Johnny Morgan said...

>>In regards to the WHBC FM PD-- call yourself! 330-456-7166. Idiot.<<

Who exactly are you calling an idiot?

And exactly WHY are you calling someone an idiot?

Anonymous said...

Guess I've been out of the game too long. Someone tell me, who the heck is Hunter Scott? And why hasn't The Rep covered this yet?

Johnny Morgan said...

>>Someone tell me, who the heck is Hunter Scott?<<

Used to be AM drive at WMMS until this summer.

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