Well, now that we've brought forth a station swap and killed it within two items, let's try something else...
AP AWARDS: The list is far too long to mention here, but a number of Northeast Ohio stations have picked up yearly broadcast awards from the Ohio Associated Press.
TV-wise, Cleveland's WKYC-TV nabbed top prize for outstanding large market news operation...it was Clear Channel talk WLW/700 Cincinnati on the radio side.
Akron's WAKR/1590 (along with Rubber City Radio sisters WQMX/94.9 and WONE/97.5) took medium market radio top news honors, and also picked up a host of other group and individual awards for anchor Pat Kennard, sportscaster Joe Jaztremski and a second place nods to Larry States and Marcy Pappafava. WKBN/570 Youngstown's Jim Michaels was named best reporter in that grouping.
And without its now-former FM sister station around, Dover/New Philadephia's WJER/1450 did similarly well in the small market radio category. Reporter Amanda Robbins was named best small market reporter and Robbins and WJER staffer Jamie Hambach picked up other individual awards. Crosstown country WTUZ/99.9 Uhrichsville picked up one second place finish.
Cleveland Clear Channel talk WTAM/1100 morning host Bob Frantz was crowing about its awards this Monday morning, including large market "best reporter" first and second place awards for Greg Saber and Ted Klopp, and best regularly scheduled sports (to sports director Mike Snyder).
Frantz took the opportunity to take a shot across the bow at the station's unnamed "all they do is sports, and we beat them" competitor, Good Karma's WKNR/850 "ESPN 850" Cleveland.
That's all well and good, but we have no idea if the folks on Broadview Road even entered the competition, and if they are even an AP member station.
Also showing up in the large market radio category are awards for staffers at both ideastream's WCPN/90.3 Cleveland and Kent State University's WKSU/89.7 Kent.
Despite technically being an Akron market station, 'KSU opted for the larger market competition...which we suppose is reasonable considering their Northeast Ohio-wide coverage via various repeater and translator stations.
TV-wise, in "large market best reporter" honors, it's an interesting one-two punch - investigators Tom Meyer and Carl Monday, in that order, listed under their then-current employers - WOIO/19 and WKYC/3.
And yes, "19 Action News" gets its only nod, as "best regularly scheduled news" in the large market category. We're beginning to wonder if that's a long-running prank or something, but we're sure we'll see the Cleveland CBS affiliate trot out the award pretty much every other break.
If we missed anyone, too bad...we tried. We can't please everyone. Feel free to spotlight a local winner we didn't mention in the comments section...
AS EXPECTED...: We've mentioned on and off in the past that NextMedia news/talk WHBC/1480 Canton was expected to start throwing in more local programming on weekends, supplanting more and more of the full-time feed of FOX Sports Radio.
Here they grow again.
The station has debuted "Stark Sports Live" Saturday mornings from 10 AM to noon, following the relatively recent addition of station and local radio vet Jim Albright in the Saturday 6-10 AM slot.
"SSL" features new top WHBC sports guy Sam Bourquin, who moved to morning drive and became sports director after the retirement of Jim Johnson recently. Also on the Saturday show is Chris Schieman, who appears to have taken Bourquin's spot on the station's afternoon drive show hosted by Brady Russell.
Dave Sheetz and Ben DiCola round out the new program, which debuted this past Saturday...
BUSY PLACE: And local radio historian Jim Davison checks in and tells us just how busy the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's Alan Freed Studio is these days.
We noted that Cleveland radio legend Larry Morrow's new Sirius Satellite Radio show will originate from there sometime later this month.
We also knew that another big radio name connected to Cleveland, Norm N. Nite, does his own show on Sirius' Gold Channel (5), Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 3-6 PM. That's the same Sirius channel which Morrow will be heard on.
But there's also an album rock-oriented show with Dusty Street somewhere in the mix in the studio as well.
We're told visitors to the Rock Hall's fifth floor can look in and watch the shows being broadcast, and maybe even be invited in to talk with the personality...