Chuck Collins Passes Away

The Northeast Ohio media community is stunned this morning by the death of veteran Akron and Cleveland broadcaster Chuck Collins.

ChuckCollinsEdit1Chuck’s death is not a surprise, per se. He’s been battling brain cancer for years.

But Chuck Collins had an impact on local broadcasters in both personal and professional ways. [ Click Here To Continue Reading ]


Soon To Be “Action” Less

A bunch of items this time around, but first…

NO ACTION: We’ve told you for weeks (exclusively) what’s coming soon at Reserve Square…the long-time “19 Action News” branding at Raycom CBS affiliate WOIO/19-MyNetwork TV affliate WUAB/43 is about to be put out of “action”. [ Click Here To Continue Reading ]


Press Release Theatre, Vol. 13

And as always…oh, you should know by now who comes first in these things…and that the releases were all released in a timely matter. We’re just getting a Round Tuit(tm)…


Ann VerWiebe, WKSU

In a Columbus ceremony, WKSU was honored with 10 OAPME Awards from the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors this weekend, including the top award for General Excellence (an award presented to the large market radio station with the best showing in the competition). [ Click Here To Continue Reading ]


New Starts

Some changes in Northeast Ohio broadcasting to be chronicled…some permanent, some temporary…

BOOMS-LESS: As widely expected, CBS Radio sports WKRK/92.3 “The Fan” has opted for evening host Ken Carman to sit alongside Kevin Kiley in morning drive…who co-hosted “Kiley and Booms” for nearly four years with now-former “Fan” co-host Chuck Booms. [ Click Here To Continue Reading ]


The Booms Fallout

As per usual, our Day Two reaction on the exit of morning co-host Chuck Booms from CBS Radio Cleveland sports talker WKRK/92.3 “The Fan”.

ChuckBoomsFanHeadshotThis morning, Booms’ long-time partner Kevin Kiley and morning producer J.G. Spooner were about as open as possible about the Euclid native’s departure. [ Click Here To Continue Reading ]


THIS JUST IN: Booms Ousted At “The Fan”

Numerous sources report that CBS Radio sports WKRK-FM/92.3 “The Fan” morning co-host Chuck Booms (“Kiley and Booms”)  is out of the building.

Cleveland Scene columnist and OMW reader Vince Grzegorek first reported the news, then confirmed it with “Fan” program director Andy Roth, and got comment from Booms himself:

Update: Program director Andy Roth confirmed and had this to say: “I can confirm we parted ways with Chuck. [ Click Here To Continue Reading ]


Out Of A (Kris) Pickel

Local TV newsrooms have always featured a virtual revolving door, but this one’s a big one. There’s one more exit on our list (who is also heading west), but first…

ARIZONA BOUND: Kris Pickel, brought in from Sacramento to Gannett NBC affiliate WKYC/3 in March 2012 to become co-anchor with former CBS News anchor/reporter Russ Mitchell, is heading back west. [ Click Here To Continue Reading ]


The Mouse Is Silent, Here Comes The Rock

At Cleveland’s WWMK/1260, the “mouse” is silent, but the “rock” could take its place soon.

RadioDisneyLogoSometime in the past few days, the kiddie-pop music heard on AM 1260 went away, and the Radio Disney-owned station signed off the air.

Up next: OMW hears that the new occupant of the 1260 dial spot, St. [ Click Here To Continue Reading ]


Reprieve For “La Mega”

As expected, the looming September 1st FCC deadline for analog LPTV stations to convert to digital has been suspended.

fcc-logo_black-on-whiteThe excellent Tom Taylor Now E-mail newsletter gave us first word of the FCC’s decision (released on Friday) here, and explains some of it:

The reprieve is a logical move given the early-2016 TV spectrum auction that’s going to turn the whole dial upside down after it’s been trimmed up and “re-packed.” The FCC says postponing the September 1 transition date is “appropriate in order to allow analog LPTV and TV translator stations to postpone construction of digital facilities that could be impacted in the incentive auction.”

But as Tom notes, it has a major effect on the so-called “Franken FM” stations…the nickname given to analog LPTV stations that use Channel 6’s audio at 87.7(5) mHz to create new “radio” stations right above the start of the traditional FM dial. [ Click Here To Continue Reading ]


On To The Next Radio

Radio and TV, both traditional and “new”, in this update. But first…

NEXT RADIO MOVE: We’re still compiling items for our “#TheNextRadio” series, focusing on non-broadcast versions of “radio” in 2015.

One long-time OMW reader is diving into that universe head first. [ Click Here To Continue Reading ]