Thursday, October 25, 2007

Moving Day's Coming

Over the past month or two, we've heard references on Good Karma sports WKNR/850 "ESPN 850"'s mid-morning show with Tony Rizzo about the station's upcoming studio move to the Galleria in downtown Cleveland.

We didn't know WHEN, though, despite hearing "Rizzo on the Radio" producer/co-host Aaron Goldhammer talk a while back about getting trained on new equipment at the new 'KNR facility.

Well, it's coming.

Since the Rizzo show is our best source of information about some of the internal workings of the sports talk station, it's no surprise that we heard Mr. Rizzo himself proclaim Wednesday that they were doing the "third-to-last" show at the old Broadview Heights facility.

"Rizzo on the Radio" and everything else on ESPN 850 WKNR will move to the Galleria studios on Monday, October 29th.

Actually, the "switch" will likely happen sometime Sunday or Sunday night, without fanfare, in the middle of an ESPN Radio network show. And we're assuming that the local "Sportscenter" updates with Jeff Thomas and Daryl Ruiter will continue to be done from Metro Networks' facility in the Independence Media Gulch.

And though we didn't hear it, regular OMW reader/tipster Nathan Obral in Lorain County tells us that the WKNR Galleria studios have actually been used already.

The station did one of its recent "10th Inning" baseball postgame shows from the Galleria, and we hear that there were still a lot of technical bugs to iron out.

Says Nathan:

Most of the phone conversations sounded as if they were being redirected from elsewhere, presumably back from Broadview Road. Moreover, their current carrier signal still sounds grainy, streaky and dull. (My guess is that it's come from the existing mixer board at the Broadview facility, which would have to be junked along with the move.)

Nathan guesses that the postgame show was intended to come from the new studios as a postgame "celebration" for an Indians win - which of course, didn't come.

Thanks to Nathan, as our ears can't be everywhere...

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