Steve Cannon Out At WTVN/Columbus

(Thanks to AllAccess for the tip.)

Long-time WTVN/610 Columbus late night host Steve “Boom Boom” Cannon, who’s been at the Clear Channel news/talker for some 20-plus years, is no longer in the building. The station’s website schedule now lists the syndicated “Coast to Coast Rewound” in the 10 PM-1 AM slot, a repeat of earlier shows from Premiere’s George Noory. Noory airs live on the station from 1-5 AM.

We haven’t heard why Cannon no longer addresses his nighttime listening army on WTVN, but we wouldn’t at all be surprised if he’s the latest victim of Clear Channel’s budget cuts. The move comes just a week or so after the company’s Cleveland cluster let go three employees for that very reason, including talk WTAM/1100 afternoon co-host Kim Mihalik and rock WMMS/100.7 overnight voice “Seth the Barbarian”.

Cannon’s name is familiar to long-time Northeast Ohio listeners. Before ending up in Columbus, Cannon held down middays at then-news/talk WHLO/640 in Akron in the mid-1970’s. WHLO is, of course, once again a talk station under the ownership of Clear Channel, but this was the station’s first period in the format under former owner Susquehanna. Following his time at WHLO, “Boom Boom” then headed north to WGAR/1220 in Cleveland, then to a brief stint in radio in Florida.

And to prove all news ties together in radio, WHLO’s former owner, a York, PA-based broadcaster and dinnerware maker, recently announced it was selling its broadcast operations to a group headed by Cumulus Media…which owns a number of Youngstown/Warren market stations…along with Canton rocker WRQK/106.9. The bow of connections is neatly tied when you remember that 106.9 used to be WHLQ-FM, which was owned by…Susquehanna.

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