Wednesday, February 28, 2007

They Have Left The Building

Two departures, and one return of someone who "left the building" a lot. Well, at least a return in recorded form...

CHRIS MILLER'S EXIT: Today is WEWS/5 sports director Chris Miller's last day at the Cleveland ABC affiliate.

And the "NewsChannel 5" sports anchor is doing a farewell tour of sorts, if you count his appearance this morning on WKNR/850 "ESPN 850"'s mid-morning talk show with competitor-until-now Tony Rizzo.

Miller, who joins Washington DC-based Comcast SportsNet as its main sports news anchor next month, sounded comfortable on "Rizzo on the Radio", which makes us wonder if he'd ever considered taking a similar path to the FOX 8 sports anchor - doing sports talk radio as a sideline.

If we were running a DC-based sports talk station, we'd at least give him a call. He did, after all, name check Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder. Snyder also owns Red Zebra Broadcasting, parent company of the new Washington-area sports talk outlet "Triple X ESPN Radio", a three signal operation on AM 730, FM 92.7 and FM 94.3 in the DC area.

OMW hears that "NewsChannel 5" honchos are in no hurry to replace Miller, with sports anchor John Chandler filling in as primary anchor on a temporary basis - perhaps through June, with Sue Ann Robak moving into the second slot.

The two-person sports department could get to be a rather tricky proposition if, say, the Cleveland Cavaliers drive deep into the NBA playoffs...

LEAVING WHBC: A veteran of NextMedia oldies WHBC/1480 and AC WHBC-FM/94.1 "Mix 94.1" is stepping down after some 40 years on the job.

We don't blame you if you don't recognize the name. Bill Glasser has been doing engineering for the Canton stations for at least that long. He retires from his post as WHBC's chief engineer today.

We invite you to our friend and colleague Scott Fybush's "Tower Site of the Week" entries that focused on WHBC's facilities, including the site which is the home of WHBC-FM and half of the two site AM 1480 operation, and the as-if-frozen-in-time studio complex on Market Street South.

A tip of the OMW hat to Mr. Glasser, a local engineering mainstay...

THANK YOU, THANK YOU VERY MUCH: And concertgoers back in the day certainly remember the phrase "Elvis has left the building". But the King of Rock and Roll - or at least, a program based on Elvis Presley's music - has returned to the building...the building on Oak Tree Blvd. in Independence that houses Clear Channel's Cleveland cluster.

AllAccess reports that the syndicated show "Elvis Only" returns to the weekend airwaves at the company's oldies outlet, WMJI/105.7.

We hear that the show was quite popular in its time slot, but may have been taken off WMJI due to the station's ongoing effort to reach younger listeners...a battle oldies stations are facing nationwide.

But we also hear that "Elvis Only" is still popular in younger demos, at least among the usual oldies listener age groups...

12 comments:

Pig Vomit said...

It appears the brilliant ideas at Oak Tree are about as groundbreakling as those on Freedom ave.

Anonymous said...

I hope Mr. Glasser enjoys retirement..he's earned a chance to enjoy something after the NextMedia circus he's endured..

Anonymous said...

If the Cavaliers get deep into the playoffs, Channel 5 will simply do what it always does ... work its people to death.

Anonymous said...

Bill Glasser is in every way a First-Class engineering professional and ran an engineering department at WHBC for all to admire.
It's a well earned retirement for a gentlemen that is...total class!

Bill Weisinger
Wm Weisinger Engineering Services
FM 88-9 Sunday Oldies Jukebox

David Strukel said...

I spent a little bit of time at WHBC AM and FM and am grateful for Bill Glasser's direction. Upon my hiring, Bill sat down with me and talked to me about the seriousness of doing tower readings and making sure the station ran properly...even during the overnight hours. Also, Bill stressed how important it was to have your name on that transmitter log. One particular former WHBC jock, who was at the controls, once left the station to go to Wendy's for dinner while a news person stepped in to run interviews. An A.P. alert went off and the news person had no idea what to do.

I can't even begin to think about the wrath that that on-air person had to face from Bill!

Bill, more than anybody at WHBC, really stressed how important it was to sound good and be a professional.

Bill, happy retirement! You deserve it!

VODood said...

I too was at WHYBC AM/FM and recall as part of my interview sitting with Mr. Glasser.

I recall the extreme warning I was given about food, etc in the studios.

And he's the only engineer I've heard of that actually fired a jock! PD had no say.

WHBC-AM... a great training ground.


RE: "Elvis Only"

A big mistake taking it off the air. Perennially a Top 25-54 performer. Some say Elvis is polarizing. I say to those "programmers" that your full of it. Glad to see a wrong righted.

Anonymous said...

At least Mr. Glasser got to retire from WHBC, unlike some other staffers. Sources say the chopping block will fall again very soon. Whatever happened with the Brady Russell audition?

Anonymous said...

How far behind Mr. Glasser can "JJ" and Fred be at this stage in their respective careers? Who would be left? Kayleigh? Pam? Ah, the good old days...

Anonymous said...

Wow! Nice to see the building at WHBC still remains much the same when I went for an interview there in the early 80's. I fell in love with that building when I walked in and saw how beautiful it was, too bad I never got hired there!

Anonymous said...

I hear that JJ is expected to head for the exits by summertime. As for Fred? Beats me.

I get the sense that NM's Canton properties are going through an identity crisis; wanting to move forward, but afraid to completely banish the past...Beaverkettle and all. Whatever the future brings, I wish good ole 'HBC the best of luck.

Barry L. Ganoe said...

I just found out today that Bill Glasser was retiring from WHBC. I wanted to wish Bill a happy, healthy and enjoyable retirement. Bill is the best of the best in the field of broadcast engineering. Just a note from a former WHBC announcer...Barry L. Ganoe

David Strukel said...

Good to see Barry Ganoe's name on here. Barry was/is an awesome guy that crossed paths a little bit there at WHBC. Also, Barry was probably the last really good host of 'Viewpoint' outside of Sam Bourquin.