UPDATE 7/8/14 7:23 PM: WTAM Indians beat reporter Nick Camino announced on Twitter that he’ll take over the station’s evening talk show time slot, after the exit of Bob Frantz due to budget cuts:
Today has been a bittersweet, emotional ride. I received a promotion to become the new nightly talk show host on Newsradio WTAM 1100.
The #Indians beat has been a blast! I’ll still be doing some pre-game stuff & obviously post-game, but my duties will be shifting. Excited!
I’ll be keeping my hands in some #Indians stuff, but I’ll begin a regular nightly talk show on Newsradio WTAM 1100 when we don’t have games.
Appreciate all the support. As I said, a bittersweet day. Time & hard work are paying off. Talk shows are what I’ve wanted, & I’m thrilled.
Camino says he’ll continue to do the 6-7 PM “Sports Feed” show with Andre Knott…
UPDATE 7/8/14 6:25 PM: It would appear the budget axe at Clear Channel has turned Bob Frantz into a former WTAM talk show host.
Thank you, everyone. No…this had nothing to do with (Cleveland city councilman/former WTAM Sunday host/”The Spew” fill-in) Zack Reed or anything else. I was told “corporate restructuring” and “eliminating positions”, etc. That’s all.
For those who’ve followed Clear Channel’s recent staffing actions in markets across the country, that’s no surprise.
Right here, we noted that talk WKBN/570 Youngstown news director Jim Michaels was among those recently shown the door after decades at WKBN.
And in the “One True Rochester”, the upstate New York home market of long-time Friend of OMW Scott Fybush, the departure of a big name in that market was reported last week in Scott’s NorthEast Radio Watch:
Veteran WHAM (1180) morning man Chet Walker was off the air and off the WHAM website this morning, where “WHAM Morning News” is shown with no host on the schedule. Walker had been a WHAM fixture since 1985; his longtime morning co-host, Beth Adams, lost her spot at WHAM in 2011 and is now across town at WXXI (1370).
So, when the Clear Channel budget axe fell at Oak Tree…Bob Frantz was apparently “that guy”.
Clear Channel talk WTAM/1100 Cleveland evening and weekend host, and co-host with afternoon driver Mike Trivisonno of the 9 AM weekday on-air debate show “The Spew”, Bob Frantz…is no longer in the building.
Bob broke the news himself on his Facebook page:
This is one of those posts no one likes to make, but alas, it must be done.
I am no longer employed by WTAM 1100.
What’s next? Working on that as we speak.
More to come….
My best to all,
Reaction is coming in from upset listeners, and even from former WTAM staffers like former afternoon drive producer Marty Allen (now with the Cleveland Cavaliers radio network):
I’m getting word from multiple sources that Bob Frantz has been let go from WTAM Radio. Bob you know how much I love you but you know its the nature of the business.
Bob do what Chuck Galeti and all other radio outcasts in Cleveland do. Come join the Rogue Radio Network. No Rules..No Restrictions!
There is some speculation as to why Frantz is no longer in the building at Oak Tree, but we have no facts as of this writing…and won’t be able to update this until later tonight. Stay tuned…