Quick Hits

We’ll expand more on these later, if needed:

MORGAN SPORTS: WJER/101.7 Dover-New Philadelphia morning drive host Bill Morgan may be losing his FM perch when Clear Channel moves that station up into their Akron/Canton cluster on Freedom Avenue, but his voice will be heard on at least one Clear Channel outlet this fall and winter.

OMW hears that Morgan has been hired by the University of Akron’s Zips Sports Network as in-studio host, and play-by-play man for Zips’ women’s basketball games. ZSN airs games on CC liberal talk WARF/1350 Akron. The university network does the hiring for its on-air personnel, not Clear Channel.

Morgan takes over for Tommy Geherlenter, who left ZSN a few weeks ago.

OMW also hears that as far as his “day job” goes, Morgan will stay on at the WJER facility in Dover, handling sports director duties. After Clear Channel takes 101.7 north, it’s widely expected that WJER’s former owner and current manager Gary Petricola will hang onto AM 1450 and keep it in the Tuscarawas Valley…

NASCAR ON 3: This ran in Roger Brown’s Monday Sports Media Column in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, but we just got around to it now.

NBC affiliate WKYC/3 has officially moved a Cleveland Indians game out of the way of an NBC NASCAR race broadcast on October 1st. SportsTime Ohio will now air the Tribe playing the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on that date, so WKYC can air (and no, we’re not making this up) the “Banquet 400” NASCAR race.

(OMW is wondering when the Poulan-Weed Eater folks will get around to sponsoring a NASCAR event. We loved their college football bowl game – the Poulan-Weed Eater Independence Bowl!)

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