BREAKING NEWS: Not Like We Were Surprised

As first announced here, as predicted more than once, and as you read exclusively in Your Mighty Blog of Fun(tm):

It will indeed be WSPD/1370 Toledo host Bob Frantz returning to sister talker WTAM/1100 Cleveland, and he will take over the 9-11:30 AM mid-morning local talk shift opened up with the dispatching of syndicated liberal host Jerry Springer a week ago last Friday. The news was apparently announced on WSPD program director Brian Wilson’s show this afternoon.

The news is confirmed on the website of the weekly Toledo Free Press newspaper, where Frantz has written a regular column. According to the Free Press item, the new show on WTAM will start tomorrow, March 22nd, though the item also incorrectly lists the WTAM mid-morning slot (it’s 9-11:30 AM, not 9:30-11 AM).

We hear from an anonymous birdie, perhaps with an address in a tree at Oak Tree, that Frantz will indeed be heard starting Wednesday…ending the rest of the fill-in rotation. For those looking to hear former WTAM host Rick Gilmour’s return, well, it won’t be happening this week.

Frantz tells the Free Press that “this has honestly been one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do,” but that “Cleveland is home to me, and going back to work at WTAM, where my career began, is a tremendous opportunity, but it is extraordinarily difficult for me to leave Toledo.”

In the Free Press item, Frantz describes the WTAM show as discussing “local, state and national issues and some sports”. He’ll write a final column talking about his departure from Toledo, which will appear in the weekly paper’s March 29th issue…

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