Friday, July 27, 2007

And...Friday

There's not really much "out there" right now...but we felt the need to clear up the week's agenda...

WEATHER SET: In our continuing, 50-part, in-depth series on WJW/8 "FOX 8 News"' new news set...

OMW hears that Dick Goddard, Andre Bernier and the gang will soon get a new "weather center", if it hasn't happened already. For now, the FOX 8 weather folks have been camping out outside, or in front of a green screen.

But we hear that the set won't be all that different from the alcove that the weather forecasters used on the previous set. It'll be revamped with all the current signage and logos, and probably will be tweaked for color.

We do expect, though haven't heard details about, more detailed graphics to match the newer output...

NEW HD2S: Mark Geyman at OhioBiz, who produces the Ohio streaming audio directory you see linked at the left, gives us word on new HD2 subchannels at Ohio radio stations.

Geyman notes three formats, and names, even, for HD2 subchannels of three Clear Channel stations in Toledo:

104.7 WIOT – “Nitro” – Active Rock
92.5 WVKS – “Club Phusion” – Dance – Top 40 Dance
101.5 WRVF – “Amy” – Soft Rock

Closer to home, we know Clear Channel hot AC WKDD/98.1 in the Akron/Canton area will launch a subchannel at some point, but have only heard rumors about a format. The station is simulcasting its regular feed on 98.1-HD2 right now, but has put a different "Hello" scroll up there.

Oh, and thanks to the OMW reader who pointed us towards a reason why stations aren't airing simulcasts of their weaker-signal news/talk format AM stations on their FM stations' HD subchannels.

DCRTV reported a while back that Clear Channel in the Washington DC market yanked the simulcasts of conservative talk WTNT/570, and liberal talk WWRC/1260, from FM HD3 simulcasts.

The popular DC/Baltimore radio/TV news site says it's because CC got some grief from other members of the "HD Alliance", the broadcasters group which has been coordinating formats on the HD subchannel side.

Apparently, the other broadcasters didn't like the presence of commercials on the talk stations' formats - presumably because they're otherwise promoting the HD subchannels as "commercial free"... which no talk format is, unless some sort of separate feed is put up with music blanking out the breaks...

NO, HE'S NOT GOING: Clear Channel talk WTAM/1100 afternoon driver Mike Trivisonno seemingly lights a fire with his words just about every month or so.

But this one would be, we understand, a misunderstanding.

The Mighty Blog of Fun(tm) was recently peppered with comments - and even assumptions! - that Triv would bolt WTAM for morning drive at CBS Radio classic rock WNCX/98.5, a spot currently filled by three on-air personalities...one of which was first heard on the radio with Triv himself (Kim Mihalik).

We didn't hear the segment, so it took a bit of digging.

As it turns out, the comment from Triv was apparently due to some sort of Disgruntlement-of-the-Moment with management at Oak Tree, and he fired that he COULD move to mornings at WNCX "for twice what I'm making now".

It's not even the first time he's said this, of course.

When rumors were floating about him moving to morning drive at sister rocker WMMS/100.7 - right before the station brought on syndicated hosts "Bob and Tom" - Triv commented/joked/threw out there that if he were "going anywhere" to do mornings, it'd be WNCX.

We don't read anything into any of this.

As a well-read local source of not only news, but local radio rumblings, we've heard absolutely nothing that would lead us to believe that Triv is going anywhere, or for that matter, that the "WNCX Morning Show", with Ms. Mihalik, Wynn "Mudd" Richards and Mike O is going anywhere, either.

We're not ruling anything out, but we're not hearing it. Period. From credible or even not-so-credible sources. Our best guess is that Triv stirs up that pot from time to time, and specifically does so with WNCX to tweak his former co-host.

See, we can do our best to extinguish things, if needed...

27 comments:

74WIXYgrad said...

Sometimes you have to take what Triv says with a block of salt.

Anonymous said...

I don't see Dum Mook and Mihalik having much of a run left they are boring. zzzzzzzzzz

Anonymous said...

I just saw on Channel 19's website an anchor/reporter posting on the employment page. I wonder who could be leaving.

It can't for Allison because they already replaced her.

Anonymous said...

That is probably for weekend duty alongside Danielle Serino, who has done the weekend 6, 10 (on 43), and 11 newscasts solo since Paul Joncic went to weekdays.

Neil in Beachwood Ohio USA said...

Since we are talking about Clear Channel today, perhaps a comment re WHLO might not be too far off topic.

WHLO is getting very sloppy with re-entries to its network programs. I frequently listen to Quinn & Rose from approx 8:20 AM to 8:40 AM while driving to work along highway 480. With increasing frequency, WHLO is late rejoining the network after the 8:30 news break. In particular it is almost certain to occur every Friday.

Similarly I often have Hannity on during part of the 5 PM hour while on the way home from work. The re-entry after the 5:30 break is frequently late.

I hope someone from WHLO will read this and try to fix the problem.

Anonymous said...

Does WNCX have a studio large enough to hold Triv or will they have to add another wing onto the building?

Anonymous said...

I'm holding my side laughing from that last comment...Now, I'm trying to picture Triv getting up at 3:30 am to get his butt on the air on time!

Anonymous said...

WHLO's bottom of the hour network news open is also AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL. Doesn't anyone know how to image a station there? The Fox network sounder is in the local stager, and then it fires again when the network starts the news. Sounds awful, just terrible.

Anonymous said...

Jonathan Carter is leaving WOIO too. Maybe thats where the opening came from.

Sharon is still interviewing (Houston, Detroit). She keeps signing small "extensions" to her contract while she tries to get out of WOIO. But so far, no takers.

Anonymous said...

Triv probably realizes that Kim was more popular than him on his OWN show...so the petty piece of lard takes any chance he can to try and defame her. Such a pitiful, pathetic person he is. And oh-so-jealous.

Anonymous said...

To quote:
"WHLO's...The Fox network sounder is in the local stager, and then it fires again when the network starts the news."

Thank you, I have been wondering why they do this for months!

Anonymous said...

The current n show on WNCX is one of the worst morning shows in Cleveland history. One would think Bull Louis would have had some better plan in mind after David Lee Roth.

As for WKDD working on another channel that nobody will listen to, they should concentrate on the pathetic station people actually can pick up.

Look at the wonderful and exciting things happening in the morning on WKDD.
http://www.wkdd.com/pages/mattpatrickandangela2.html

They are spending time developing more channels? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

How about WHOF? Has anyone heard Tom Duresky doing news? The man can't even speak properly! What a train wreck.

Anonymous said...

"Triv probably realizes that Kim was more popular than him on his OWN show..."
Huh??? What the hell are you smoking up there?

Anonymous said...

Kim Mihalik is the Robin Swoboda of radio. No matter how many times somebody gets rid of her, we will still be stuck with her on the air somewhere.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a lot of sour grapes on a rainy Saturday.

I can't for the life of me think why anybody with a lick of sense would call Matt Patrick pathetic. He's been on the same station in the same shift for close to 30 years. I don't think he's ever fallen out of the top 5.
I figure he must be doing something right. He might not be your cup of tea, but his page is right on target to reach his target, women.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Matt Patrick for checking in this afternoon on OMW.

Anonymous said...

I doubt they are really "working on a new channel", they'll plug in something from the CC Format Lab, simple and quick for the 14 people in Akron and Canton with HD radio's

Anonymous said...

quote re Mihalik: "No matter how many times somebody gets rid of her, we will still be stuck with her on the air somewhere."

She's only been fired from radio once. She's at her second station. WHAT are you smoking?

nick said...

Dont forget Robin's work on TV. She was on The Morning Exchange on WEWS and killed that show. Robin was the star of the show sitting on the couch and Fred Griffiths had to stand in the kitchen set by himself. The last few months of the MX were terrible. I think she stayed around in the news department for a while. She shouled of been fired.

nick also said...

And for Sharon, I can see her staying at WOIO/WUAB. She has a cake job: managment still likes her, she doesn't care what people think. If anyone really wanted her, she would be gone by now.

Anonymous said...

Kim Mihalik has zero talent that is why she will always be a sidekick and not her own host of a show. Maybe after WNCX fires her she will be on Lanigans show as his sidekick

It Said said...

Seriously, which version of the Triv show would you rather listen to? The ones with or without Kim?

Kim Mihalik acted as something of a filter--or if nothing else another adult in the room--to help bring Triv down from one of his rants..

That no longer exsists in any way shape or form on the current show..

I cannot speak to her current on work on WNCX..I listen to XM and Sirus on my computer and am doing so now--but if you can keep getting a gig in the current radio environment, you must be doing something right

Anonymous said...

Lanigan doesn't need any more sidekicks. He has Malone and Chip (makesmeupchuck) Kulick.

JohnAmrhein said...

RE: WHLO news sounder

Personally, I thought it was a good idea to run the sounder twice because it creates continuity between the local tag and the network news. I've even thought of doing the same type of thing on WCER. Can you explain why you think it sounds so awful?

Anonymous said...

Why are you people always hating on Triv?

Signed,
The Fast Food Restaurant Association of N.E. Ohio

Anonymous said...

(quote) "I've even thought of doing the same type of thing on WCER. Can you explain why you think it sounds so awful?" (end quote)

Where Conspiracy Ever Reigns is going to sound awful whatever you do.

Anonymous said...

WTAM, for many years, melded the start of the 1980 ABC-I sounder into the 1995 ABC-I sounder for their local newscast opens. (Wish I had proof, but the website that contained the clip - "Jeff Miller's Museaum of American Broadcasting Sound Files" - went bye-bye a long time ago...)

It was very slick and neatly produced (WLW even copied it for awhile, it was that good) and defintely missed now with the Fox News affil. So overlapping two sounders together CAN work - it's all in how it's done...

- Nathan Obral