Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Tuesday Madness

Stuff we have to get out of our heads...

JOHNY D LANDS: Just a couple of months after getting bounced from his morning drive gig at Cumulus Toledo top 40 outlet WTWR/98.3 "Tower 98-3", Johny D has landed.

And it's a pretty soft landing, too.

Toledo Blade media columnist Ron Musselman reports that Johny D will launch a new two-hour weekday show on CBS Radio FM talker WKRK/97.1 Detroit, a station which carries both the "Live" and "Free FM" banners.

We were also not aware that Johny's picked up a voicetracking gig, afternoon drive at Clear Channel's Lima top 40/rhythmic outlet, WLWD "Wild 93.9".

Well, we think it's a voicetracking gig, as the Musselman says he does the show "via a remote set-up" in his Toledo area home...and that Mr. D will continue to do the Lima program.

(Oh, by the way, Johny D apparently does have a last name according to the folks at AllAccess - Dimodica. We're not clear if he's going to use it in Detroit.)

And while Musselman says Johny "burned all his bridges" in Toledo - the former "Tower" morning man blasts Cumulus as "the worst group I've ever worked for", for one - the Blade media writer helpfully points out that Toledo is market #87 and that Detroit is market #10.

You do the math...

HD COLUMBUS: OMW hears that next month, Columbus will become the second Ohio TV market with local news in HDTV.

Dispatch CBS affiliate WBNS/10 "10TV" will turn on the switch to HD on its "10TV Eyewitness News" in April.

Here in this part of the state, Cleveland has all but one of its major local TV news operations running in HD - Raycom Media CBS/MyNet affiliate WOIO/19-WUAB/43's "19 Action News". And as we've reported here, that is in the process of changing...though last we heard, it will be a while before the folks at Reserve Square go HD. (OK, we've done enough "it's a wonder they're broadcasting in color" jokes.)

While we're talking about HD news in Cleveland, OMW hears that FOX O&O WJW/8's "FOX 8 News" is doing testing on the market's first HD-equipped helicopter, the newly-retrofitted "SkyFOX". Its official debut date isn't yet known...


Anonymous said...

Johny D's Detroit gig is part-time, 10 hours per week. So one needs take it with a grain of salt.

JD worked in Cleveland, at the former WZJM/Jammin 92-3, for a cup of coffee in the early 90s.

He went on "vacation" to hometown Toledo... and took a gig with WVKS. Never telling WZJM. He violated a contract, etc, etc. WZJM let him out of it eventually. But it tells you the kinda guy he is.

And what a way to burn a bridge with the #2 radio broadcaster (# of stations) by blasting Cumulus publicly. No need for that. Very unprofessional. If I were CBS/Detroit I'd keep an eye on Mr. Demodica.

Anonymous said...

I also heard that WHLO-TV in Dayton is going to have HD news as well next month.

As for sky fox in HD, with the Cleveland weather the way it is, will it get use if the weather gets bad?

BTW how old is skyfox anyway? I thought after so many in service hours it had to be taken out of service and if that is the case then shouldn't they be replacing it with a new one?

Anonymous said...

I belive Channel 7 in Dayton is WHIO, not WHLO.

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Anonymous said...

You are correct. My bad. If ch 7 in Dayton and ch 10 in Columbus go HD in addition to ch 19/43, does that mean Ohio will lead as the most number of HD produced newscasts in one state?

Scott Fybush said...

Yeah, Ohio's pretty close to being in the forefront of HD local news. I can't think of any other market with as many local newscasts in HD as Cleveland, and adding Dayton and Columbus to the mix is just icing on the cake.

Is anyone in Cincinnati planning HD local news anytime soon?