Sunday, February 18, 2007

Comings And Goings To The Power Of 5

Cleveland Plain Dealer media columnist Julie Washington has more on one exit and one entrance at 3001 Euclid Avenue, the home of Cleveland ABC affiliate WEWS/5.

MILLER TO CSN: Washington confirms a departure first reported here a while back: "NewsChannel 5" lead sports anchor/sports director Chris Miller is headed for Washington DC's Comcast SportsNet. She says Miller will anchor evening newscasts for the regional sports network which covers not only Washington, but nearby Baltimore MD.

"CSN" also airs in other markets, such as Chicago and Philadelphia, but we're pretty sure it produces its local sportscasts only within the market in question...so we'll assume Miller will only be seen in the DC/Baltimore area.

Miller exits WEWS at the end of the month, and starts in DC a week later. There's no word on who might succeed him, though at least some believe the station's John Chandler (nephew of the late legendary Cleveland sportscaster Nev Chandler) might move up to replace Miller...

INCOMING TRAFFIC: Washington also notes that new "NewsChannel 5" traffic reporter Tricia Skidmore has local roots.

Though she joins WEWS from a station in Peoria IL, we're told Skidmore used to live in Mentor and Highland Heights, and graduated from a school in Cleveland Heights. And Skidmore's mother still lives in the area, in Willoughby Hills.

Though she's been seen throughout the day in the past week due to the station's extended weather coverage, Skidmore is a part of the "Good Morning Cleveland" team.

She's basically an in-house replacement for long-time Metro Networks-based traffic anchor Linda Dawson, who continues her duties on various area radio stations for that company...

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is this the same Tricia Skidmore that used to do morning news at WHIZ in Zanesville a few years ago? Just curious...

Tim Lones said...

I don't know for sure, but since "Tricia Skidmore" is not a common name, and Zanesville to Peoria to Cleveland would seem like a reasonable broadcasting career path, I would say it's a very good chance that it is probably the same person.