And, closing out our weekday additions to the MBoF(tm):
WHERE WERE THEY THEN?: We hadn't checked in with the excellent "Director's Cut" blog, crafted with care by WKYC/3 senior director Frank Macek on local NBC affiliate's website, so we visited again today.
And Frank's top item is one touting a package airing at 11 PM tonight on "Channel 3 News", where reporter Chris Tye revisits the early broadcasting careers of some of the station's current staff members, with decent doses of humor.
Eric Mansfield, Akron/Canton Bureau Chief who doubles as anchor of the WKYC-produced "Akron/Canton News" on Time Warner Cable 23/15, actually talked about the story a few days ago in one of his blog entries:
"I checked through my old VHS tapes and found a 1993 WAKC (the old channel 23) liveshot on Christmas eve from the now-defunct Super K-Mart in Montrose. Mark Nolan and I were live with your basic 'last-minute X-mas shopping' story. It's hilarious to say the least. We're both in our early 20's and skinny. Our microphones are those long sticks that everyone makes fun of now. At one point, Mark picks up a stuffed animal and turns the sketch into high comedy. As Mark would later say, 'this is what happens when you let kids play with television.'"
Set your DVRs, as Mr. Macek says...
CLASSIC TUBE: Also, the WKYC senior director/blogger points out a new local media blog we've been meaning to mention.
No, it's not a clone of the Mighty Blog of Fun(tm).
"Cleveland Classic Media" is an excellent resource for information about the history of local television and media, written by OMW reader Tim Lones of Canton.
Tim's into a series right now about the beginnings of TV in the Youngstown market, with a copy of a newspaper ad in the Youngstown Vindicator...which appeared at the debut of CBS affiliate WKBN/27.
If you'd like to go back into the local media "wayback" machine, stop on by Tim's new blog...
AND ABOUT THAT AD: We've had several requests for the "Help Wanted" ad looking for a new operations manager for a group-owned radio station that we felt was obvious by the content of the ad.
The ad itself appeared in the AllAccess "Job Market" section, and was looking for a news/talk operations manager for a station that sounded a lot like a station the company in question owns here in Northeast Ohio...which has recently adopted the format.
(We're not going to reprint it here, but a commenter has added it to the original item.)
We haven't spent a lot of time dissecting it.
For one, it does appear that the station here would be the company's only such station fitting the description given in the ad - based on our knowledge. We could be wrong, so we aren't going out on a limb.
We also don't know what the advertised position would do to the current structure at this station.
We just thought it was interesting...