It's an item we hinted about way back in mid-August (see last item), and it's about to come true. VERY soon.
OMW hears from reliable sources that former WEWS/5 "NewsChannel 5" anchor Stefani Schaefer is returning to Cleveland.
This time, though, she's landing a few blocks to the northeast of the local ABC affiliate - on South Marginal Road, as she'll be joining the WJW/8 "FOX 8 in the Morning" team. Or rather, "rejoining", as she was on the program before heading to 3001 Euclid in the late 1990's.
FOX 8 has teased her return with a "big announcement" scheduled for Wednesday morning at 8 AM on the show.
We had heard earlier that it was a battle between WJW and NBC affiliate WKYC/3 for Schaefer's services.
Schaefer left WEWS in 2006, after some seven years on the set, to join the startup for NBC-TV produced magazine show "iVillage Live".
The show was produced for NBC's owned-and-operated local stations, and since WKYC hasn't been owned by the network in many years, it never aired in Cleveland.
A recent shakeup in that show's production may have prompted Schaefer, known by her family nickname of "Sissy" on the show, to return to Northeast Ohio...