Some other stuff that's popped up, and we're getting around to adding on this Thursday:
REPOSITORY MANAGING EDITOR TO WKSU: We actually saw the headline on one of the local news websites, about Canton Repository managing editor M.L. Schultze leaving the paper - recently purchased by GateHouse.
What we didn't know is her destination.
The Repository itself reports that Schultze is leaving the newspaper later this month to become news director of Kent-based NPR outlet WKSU/89.7.
The article on her departure reveals that she has three years of radio experience in her past, in Canton, before she was hired as education reporter for the Rep back in 1982. We don't know what station, though...we'd presume WHBC/1480, but we'll assume there were actually other newsrooms in the Canton market back then.
Former editor David C. Kaminski, who just left the paper, will return temporarily while GateHouse looks for a replacement for Schultze.
Schultze will be working with new WKSU program director Mark Urycki, a former news reporter who recently rejoined the station to run the programming department. He got a nice profile in a recent edition of the campus newspaper The Daily Kent Stater.
Oh, and yes, we'll be watching the comments section. Keep your comments professional, please...
FIREWORKS: Like most folks in Northeast Ohio's populated areas, we got our fill of local fireworks Wednesday...many coming from those "doing their own".
But we did also check in with WEWS/5's two-hour long "Rockin' The River" two-hour long prime-time fireworks special, hosted on-site by the station's now-main anchor team, Ted Henry and Danita Harris.
Like many of these "special events", it's as much a chance for the station to showcase its talent as it is a televised fireworks show.
To that end, "NewsChannel 5" prominently noted Ted and Danita's presence in promotions for the show. It got to the point that even Ms. Harris herself laughed when someone jokingly called it "The Ted and Danita Show" earlier in the day.
It was also a cross-promotion for CBS Radio AC WDOK/102.1, which provided the "radio soundtrack" for the music.
But since we didn't catch it on our HDTV set, we'll assume it was mostly not in HD. Ted and Danita were down in the Flats doing the show, and WEWS doesn't have remote HD broadcast capability. Only one station in the market can do HD out of the studio - WJW/8's "SkyFOX HD"...
WHILE WE'RE IN HD LAND: Viewers of Kent-based public TV outlets WNEO/45-WEAO/49 "PBS 45 & 49" have been enjoying the 24/7 PBS HD feed if they're tuning in via WNEO-DT or WEAO-DT for the past few days.
But for the moment, they aren't able to get the regular, upconverted 45/49 analog feed via the station's digital transmitters.
OMW hears that the station is working to fix a malfunctioning piece of equipment. Since the PBS HD feed is live, off the satellite, it can be put on the air without much intervention from the station...and thus, for the moment, it's the only thing on WNEO-DT or WEAO-DT.
We hear that the station hopes to fix it soon...