Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Radio Changes, The Tuesday Edition

When there's change or upheaval at a radio station or cluster, it often takes a while to figure out who's still around...and who's not.

So, let's try to figure out the situation at CBS Radio alt-rock WKRK/92.3, which just tweaked its music format and dumped its on-air personalities - including syndicated morning drive talk fest "Opie and Anthony" - on Monday.

Apparently still in the building, if not on the air, is program director Dom "Nard" Nardella, who describes the new "Radio 92.3" format to AllAccess:

"RADIO 92.3 is an evolution of the music that we played on K-ROCK. There's more depth on the station now as we've added titles from COLDPLAY, GREEN DAY, DAVE MATTHEWS, THE POLICE and many more. We're giving our listeners more of what they've been asking for...more music!"

And no air personalities, as "Nard" confirms that O&A and the rest of the WKRK air staff have been sidelined...the station now features "significantly less talk".

OMW hears that at least one "K-Rock" element could be retained in the "Radio 92.3" era: weekend specialty local music show "The Inner Sanctum", which landed at the station in 2006 after a run on the old "End" alternative format on what's now Radio One hip-hop WENZ/107.9. It's sounding to us like "Inner Sanctum" will continue after the changes at 92.3.

Semi-related, as it's in the CBS Radio cluster - an OMW reader points out to us that the web page for classic rock WNCX/98.5's morning drive show now only features co-hosts Scott Miller and Mike Olszewski...with the third "M" on the show, Kim Mihalik, no longer pictured or mentioned. We're checking into it.

And not related at all, but a radio change - OMW hears that Elyria-Lorain Broadcasting operations director/Sandusky market manager Tim Kelly has submitted his resignation after a 13 year run with the company. We hear that he's heading for a well-known Cleveland-based radio-related company, but are checking on the details on this one as well.

Kelly has most recently been ELB's operations director, along with his direct oversight of the company's stations in the Sandusky area: country WKFM/96.1 Huron "K96", along with AAA WLKR-FM/95.3 and sports WLKR/1510 Norwalk. ELB also owns Cleveland market smooth jazz mainstay WNWV/107.3 "The Wave" and talk WEOL/930 Elyria...

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