And more housekeeping: Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, OMW will likely be very thin this week. At the moment, we plan to not publish at all from Wednesday through next Monday.
Part of this is because there generally isn't any major radio/TV (or indeed, other) news over the holiday weekend...but part is because we're "resetting" and taking some personal time to spend with friends and family.
We may be able to post *major* breaking media news, including such things as radio station format changes, major radio and TV personality changes and the like. But there'll be everything but a "Gone Fishin'" sign up here through most of the holiday period.
Consider this: at least we're not changing format to Christmas Media News...
WE FOUND JULIE! WE FOUND JULIE!: In its continuing attempt to confuse online readers of Cleveland.com, the Cleveland Plain Dealer has turned the discovery of media columnist Julie Washington's regular weekend effort into a game of sorts - with the column usually missing even from her own place in the paper's "Columnists" section.
Our difficulty rate of Finding Julie this Sunday? 7.0
(We think the Russian judge skewed the numbers. "Finding Julie", by the way, would be a great title for a romantic movie.)
The good news? Ms. Washington's column is actually online. That's one step better than last week.
But it does not appear in that "Columnists" list *again*. You know, the one you get to by clicking "Location: Cleveland with Julie Washington", a nod to her other role on Sundays - covering local involvement in the film industry.
As it turns out, it should be there, since the largest part of the "Local Media" column deals with a Northeast Ohio native involved in design for the popular movie "Bee Movie". It wasn't tough for Ms. Washington to find former Brunswick resident Jeff Wagner, now working for moviemaker DreamWorks - he's the son of a Plain Dealer reporter.
The PD did helpfully include the "LOCAL MEDIA" header, which actually made its way into the story list in Sunday's Entertainment section on Cleveland.com.
Anyway, there are some radio/TV items in the back of the column, though nothing terribly earthshaking (it's been a slow week even for us). We've helpful that way - only linking the portion of the article with local media news.
Julie touches on the recent debut of "Simon Rendez-vous", the new 1-3 PM Saturday local talk show on Clear Channel talk WTAM/1100.
We've known about this show.
We've listened the past two weeks, and believe it or not, someone who's apparently the host's publicist (!) has contacted us about doing an item on the show hosted by French advertising executive Simon Badinter, who may be the only man in the history of either country to actually move from Paris to Cleveland.
But we've been holding off. For one, we don't normally do reviews here.
We wrote a lengthy one for this very entry, but just deleted it. We'll defer, for now, as we're in a charitable holiday mood...
ONE MORE FROM JULIE: Julie also has some programming moves... among them, a new weekly show based at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music on classical WCLV/104.9 (Lorain/)Cleveland, and the expansion of National Public Radio staple "All Things Considered" to seven days a week on affilate WKSU/89.7 Kent with a new 6-7 PM Sunday airing...
WHILE WE'RE TALKING WTAM: Monday will be a big "Turkey Day" at the aforementioned WTAM, and no, we're not talking about the station's afternoon drive host. (Sorry, Jeff, we couldn't resist at least one.)
It's actually a charitable event, designed to pump up the station's long-time "Coats for Kids" campaign.
WTAM's Mike Trivisonno Show will broadcast live from outside Cleveland Browns Stadium on Monday, and plans to give away 3,000 turkeys in exchange for coats for the kids' charity program.
Those who are not in need of turkeys will still be able to donate coats, and the turkey that would have gone to them will go the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland...to add to the 500 the charity will already get.
You can also donate cash ($10) in lieu of an actual coat, should you not have one you're able to give up for the cause...