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...