Sometimes, before we expect to publish one of these items, we wonder if enough news will be available to us to put up a post.
And then, it just happens...
ANOTHER HIRE ON EUCLID AVENUE: Though it appears to be no closer to solving its sports problem, Scripps ABC affiliate WEWS/5 "NewsChannel 5" in Cleveland has tapped a permanent co-anchor for "Good Morning Cleveland".
OMW hears that the station is bringing aboard Kimberly Gill, who's been morning anchor at Media General CBS affiliate WBTW/13 in Myrtle Beach/Florence SC for five years. (We believe the market was once just known as Florence, until major population growth in the popular beach resort city of Myrtle Beach and nearby.)
Gill will join recently named permanent co-anchor Paul Kiska, weather anchor Susanne Horgan, traffic reporter Trisha Skidmore, airborne reporter Jack "Air" Marschall and news reporter Joy Benedict on the show...which we assume means that WEWS has finally landed on a permanent configuration for the morning show.
Umm, maybe. We'll see...it is "NewsChannel 5" we're talking about, here.
OMW hears Gill starts at 3001 Euclid on August 6th.
Wither Lorna Barrett, the former Channel 5 reporter who's been filling in on "GMC" and elsewhere? OMW hears that though she did not get the permanent morning co-anchor gig, she'll continue to do both anchoring and reporting fill-in...
VETERAN CLEVELAND TV NEWS NAME PASSES ON: John Herrington, a long-time local news reporter at Cleveland NBC affiliate WKYC/3, has passed away.
The tip comes from WKYC's own blogger, senior director Frank Macek, on his Director's Cut blog.
Frank's item reminds us that Mr. Herrington was with Channel 3 for some 25 years (!). But we didn't remember that he actually started in the Cleveland market as anchor of what would have to have been the area's first effort at a 10 PM newscast.
No, not the "10 O'Clock News" started by WUAB/43, which quickly established a beachhead and featured, among others, current WKYC anchor Romona Robinson.
We didn't know or remember that Kaiser Broadcasting independent outlet WKBF/61 produced a show by the same name years earlier, with Herrington as its anchor.
RIP, Mr. Herrington...you were a fixture in this market for anyone who watched local news...
NO, NOT YET: Some comments to an earlier item indicate that it's believed Rubber City Radio country WQMX/94.9 in the Akron market started broadcasting in HD Radio.
As the owners of one of approximately 10 HD Radio units in Northeast Ohio, we pulled ours out of the closet and at least as of now, the country powerhouse isn't yet regularly broadcasting a digital carrier.
If they do have such plans - and we know a lot of people in the Radio Center read here - they'd have a ready-made HD2 subchannel...the well-designed "Classic WQMX" classic country format already running as a streaming audio feed on WQMX.com.
That'd be the second such HD2 subchannel in Northeast Ohio, with Clear Channel's WGAR/99.5 in Cleveland operating such a channel already.
And while we're at it - we wonder when someone's going to put aside a low-bandwidth HD3 channel for a simulcast of a co-owned AM news/talker...