Katrina Relief: Local TV and WSTB/Streetsboro

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A reminder – it’s easy to donate without even listening to the radio or watching TV. Don’t wait for later this week. Click this very easy link above, and you can donate to the American Red Cross’ Katrina Relief fund without even leaving your computer. It’s that easy.

We can’t find a lot of details on it – among other places, on the TV stations’ own websites – but OMW hears that the Cleveland market’s TV stations will do an hour fundraising special for Hurricane Katrina relief called “Northeast Ohio Responds”, this coming Friday from 7-8 PM.

It’s expected to be similar to a special which aired on all major Northeast Ohio TV stations, after the tsunami which hit southeast Asia. OMW assumes that Channels 3, 5, 8, 19, 25, 43, 45/49 and 55 will air the Katrina special, but we’re not sure about WVPX/23…which is no longer being operated by WKYC/3. “23 News” anchor Eric Mansfield, who counts WKYC as his primary employer, represented “PAX 23” on that earlier special.

By the way, Eric’s off the air again at “Akron/Canton News”, and it’s directly related to Katrina. His southwest Ohio-based National Guard unit has been called up to help in the aftermath of the hurricane. “Akron/Canton News” reporter Joy Benedict fills the anchor chair for Eric at 6:30 and 9 PM on Time Warner 23, as Mr. Mansfield once again capably serves his country. While we were looking for news on this, OMW noticed the absence of Akron-based reporter John Friess from the “Akron/Canton News” and WKYC websites…it appears WKYC’s Vic Gideon is now taking that reporting slot.

GM Bob Long of Streetsboro-based alt-rock/oldies WSTB/88.9 checks in with OMW, and tells us that they’ll be participating in the NAB’s “Broadcast Unity Day” on Friday, September 9th. More details to come…

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