Friday, May 15, 2009

News About Radio News: Part 1

As promised in our Twitter update, here's the first of two items about radio newspeople.

We wondered, when posting the "Help Wanted" ad put up by Clear Channel talk WTAM/1100 Cleveland, if news director Darren Toms would look to the outside in hiring a replacement for anchor/reporter Ted Klopp...who left the station on his own to pursue a job outside radio.

It appears that outside hiring has happened.

OMW hears that Elyria-Lorain Broadcasting talk WEOL/930 Elyria news reporter/anchor Colleen O'Neill is heading to WTAM to take the opening left by Mr. Klopp's departure. We're told her last day at WEOL is sometime next week.

Those who follow the Mighty Blog of Fun(tm) have already figured out that O'Neill's exit to Oak Tree leaves just one employee left in the WEOL news department - news director/operations manager Craig Adams, who was slashed to part-time hours in recent station budget cuts.

We don't know if WEOL will hire a replacement for O'Neill, or if Adams' hours will be increased, or...anything other than the fact that O'Neill is leaving for WTAM.

OMW hears that dozens of resumes and demos floated into Oak Tree after the original "Help Wanted" ad was put up by WTAM...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Actually, there are two. Saturday anchor Jared Kozar is still there along with Adams. Don't know if they promote him, and eliminate the Saturday newscasts altogether. The Sundays newscasts were dropped a little over two years ago...

Assistant OM Bruce Van Dyke (who also serves as one of the imaging voices for WEOL) appears to have temporarily filled in for Adams, who seems to have filled in for Colleen. But I seriously doubt that Bruce wants all that more duties... I think he's the only full-timer left.

And good for Colleen. It continues a long trend of WEOL anchors getting called up to the big market: Harold Mester (WTAM), Laurie Hovater (WGAR), Chip Kullick (WMJI), Cris Glaser (WWWE/WTAM), Tom Duresky (WTAM/WHLO), Craig (WERE and WJW - right after the switch to Fox) Chris Coleman (Metro), Tracey Koczynski (WMJI), Sandy Kozell (AP Radio), and Neil Zurcher (WJW-TV/WJKW/WJW).