Friday, May 15, 2009

Radio News Changes, Part 2

And now, your second news item related to radio news changes.

This time, it's a veteran reporter who is leaving his Toledo station to pursue...politics.

OMW hears that Clear Channel talk WSPD/1370 morning anchor/reporter Kevin Milliken leaves the station today, and is announcing a run for a seat on Toledo City Council.

Aaron Brilbeck will move into the WSPD morning drive news shift. He joins Nik Rajkovic in the station's newsroom, along with recorded newscasts shipped up the Clear Channel computer network from Cincinnati....complete with the requisite local misprounciations you've come to expect from "remote anchors".

After a reporting stint at Barrington Broadcasting NBC affiliate WNWO/24 "NBC 24", Milliken originally joined WSPD to take over the nightly "Eye on Toledo" program, after previous host Bob Frantz moved to sister talk WTAM/1100 in Cleveland.

Milliken then moved into morning drive news after the departure of former news director Tom Watkins.

Brilbeck is also a former "NBC 24" reporter.

To wrap up how it all turned out - Watkins then hosted the morning "Toledo Today" show on Cumulus talk WTOD/1560 "SuperTalk 1560", until he left that show in recent Cumulus budget cuts. (Watkins rather pointedly noted that Cumulus wanted him to do the show for minimum wage, the pay it offered all part-time employees in that round of cuts.)

"Eye on Toledo" is now hosted by a known local political name in Toledo - Maggie Thurber.

And of course, Clear Channel Toledo market manager Andy Stuart is one of the more prominent names in the effort to recall Toledo mayor Carty Finkbeiner....

1 comment:

Ed Esposito said...

Good luck to Kevin, he's a quality guy.