Friday, September 19, 2008

No Laura - Yet

We've kept track of the affiliation moves of Talk Radio Network mid-morning host Laura Ingraham, caused because of a dispute between the TRN folks and Salem Communications. Until this week, Ingraham aired on 17 Salem talkers across the country, including Cleveland's WHK/1420.

OMW reported Monday that the show now lists Elyria-Lorain Broadcasting talk WEOL/930 Elyria as Laura's new Cleveland affiliate, with a delayed clearance from 5-7 PM weekdays.

Well, not yet.

Tonight, we heard WEOL still running ABC/Premiere's Sean Hannity in the 5 PM hour, with the station's high school football pre-game show (as would be expected, even with a new host) in the 6 PM hour.

A birdie in Elyria tells us that there may be "clearance problems" that have delayed Ms. Ingraham's debut on WEOL. We'll assume that means that the station has to work out the details, with ABC/Citadel/Premiere/whoever handles Sean Hannity's affiliation these days, of the removal of one of Hannity's hours for the new show.

Anyway, aside from Ingraham's own website, which still has WEOL on its "new stations" list, we're the only place reporting her alleged return to the Northeast Ohio airwaves.

WEOL has yet to confirm the show's listing, and hasn't put any mention of her on its website schedule or elsewhere online.

We assume they'll do that whenever those "clearance problems" get cleared up. It sounds like the show is still slated to join the WEOL lineup, just not yet...


LBVP said...

the station ran a ad for the show in the Tuesday Chronicle

derek said...

With WJR and WHLO both either delaying or dropping the third hour of Hannity, WEOL has been the only place to get it. It will be disappointing if WEOL does wind up doing the same.