Yet More Stuff

We’re kind of in an unorganized mood this week, so please forgive us for more potpourri… we can’t cook, after all:

ROGER’S LEAVING: As hinted and reported here the past week or so, it’s now official… Cleveland Plain Dealer sports/media columnist Roger Brown will be taking the PD’s buyout, designed to reduce the paper’s staff to save money.

Roger’s not the only PD sportswriter listed in the paper’s news blog item on the buyouts. Well-known names like Bob Dolgan and “Railbird” Bob Roberts have also decided to take the offer, along with a number of names in other departments at the PD.

There’s no word yet who, if anyone, will take over sports media as a part of their beat at the paper. The baton has occasionally been picked up by PD sports folks like Tony Grossi, and we suppose even Julie Washington will pick up a story or two in the media side of sports.

We also don’t know when Roger’s last column will run. The PD item notes the buyout departures will be “staggered” between now and the end of the year…

HAROLD MOVES ON: If you’ve been listening to news radio locally for a while, you may remember the name Harold Mester. The former WTAM/1100 reporter left the Clear Channel Cleveland talker some years ago for the news director post at a station he’d already been heard on via the magic of computer networks, sister talk WISN/1130 Milwaukee.

Mester is now leaving WISN. As the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Tim Cuprisin reports, he’ll move into a role as spokesman for local county government in the Brew City. Best to you on your new job, Harold!

IVAN HARVEY PASSES: A note to officially mark (OMW-wise) the passing of veteran Toledo radio newsman Ivan Harvey.

The 82-year-old former WSPD/1370 newsman passed away over the weekend. Most folks in Toledo probably don’t remember his time in radio news, as he left the field in 1969 for academia.

The Toledo Blade reports that Harvey was a key player in developing the separate Communications Department at the University of Toledo, which he chaired until his 1975 retirement…

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