Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Sources: WMMS Getting Rover

OMW hears from reliable sources that Clear Channel Cleveland is trumpeting the move of former WKRK/92.3 "K-Rock" morning star Shane "Rover" French, and his "Rover's Morning Glory" show, to the company's Cleveland rock outlet - WMMS/100.7.

We hear that advertising clients are being notified of the move, which is scheduled to take place on April 1st. (And no, we don't believe it's an April Fool's joke.) The notification says the WMMS deal with French and his show was finalized late Tuesday afternoon. We're told that a studio is being set up for the show at Oak Tree.

"Rover's Morning Glory" was pulled off the "K-Rock" airwaves before Monday's show, amid rumors that French and company had broken off talks with CBS Radio.

One thing we don't know - what the status of Rover's CBS deal is, or was. But the April 1st start date at WMMS would mesh with what we've heard on the other end...that CBS quickly moved to pay the rest of Rover's contract - four weeks, we were told.

We also don't know what CBS will try to do, if anything, to block the deal...

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