Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Tip Of The OMW Hat To Ed

Rubber City Radio's Ed Esposito, who holds the futuristic-looking title of "VP/Information Media" for the Akron-based radio cluster (oldies WAKR/1590, country WQMX/94.9, and classic rock WONE/97.5), was named chairman of the Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) at the recent NAB convention.

We've seen it announced other places, but were a bit slow on this - for one - because Ed was too modest to toot his own horn.

But you can hear a honk or two thanks to the good folks at AllAccess. The radio trade site has an interview with Mr. Esposito in its News/Talk/Sports "10 Questions" segment this week.

As per usual, AllAccess requires free registration. Chances are pretty good that you're already signed up if you're a reader here...but if you haven't, it's worth a look.

AllAccess News/Talk/Sports guru Perry Michael Simon asks Ed about the various challenges facing radio news, and about the cluster's "innovative" web news presence, the extensive AkronNewsNow.

Ed also notes that a traditional 3-station AM/FM cluster emphasizing its online news site has brought it attention from what he calls "younger web-friendly prospective employees" who get the whole "convergence" thing.

It's probably a safe bet that those young folks, and other younger news consumers, aren't finding 1590 on the AM dial any time soon.

In one of our recent stops browsing ANN, we noticed that it contained even more coverage of the late May demise of the WKYC/3-produced "Akron/Canton News".

The item linked, and the AllAccess "10 Questions" session with Ed, are both worth the read, and congratulations to Ed Esposito...not just because we know he's a regular reader of OMW...

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