Back Home in Northeast Ohio

As promised, back home again, electronically at least…

SUSSMAN SIGHTING?: We haven’t seen it ourselves, but a reader tips us that former WEWS/5 meteorologist Brad Sussman has been seen on the airwaves of WJW “FOX 8” recently. As in, last night, and this evening, as a fill-in weather forecaster.

Sussman hasn’t been with the Cleveland ABC affiliate for some time now, and has been spending his time in the local media doing occasional talk fill-in at Clear Channel talk WTAM/1100.

He’s also had an occasional fill-in for Pittsburgh-based regionally syndicated morning show “The WarRoom with Quinn and Rose” (WPGB/104.7, heard locally on WHLO/640 Akron and WWVA/1170 Wheeling WV).

PROGRESSIVE STAR: Mike Lampers, who moved on from Akron as the local winner of Clear Channel’s “Progressive Star” contest, is quickly moving up the ranks.

Lampers, along with four other would-be hosts, ended up doing an hour on the air during one recent Sunday afternoon time slot on WARF/1350 “Radio Free Ohio”. As the winner out of Akron, he earned $1000 and a chance to win the nationwide contest.

OMW hears that Lampers made the cut of 8 finalists this past weekend, and could well advance beyond that.

You can hear his participation in the “Progressive Star” national quarterfinals here.

And yes, Lampers was one of the “contestants” in the competition to replace Joe Finan at his original Akron talk radio home, during WNIR/100.1’s “Akron Idol”. He lost that one because he never played professional football, it would appear…

MOO TO REGHI: This one from Marc, the head cow at Moohead Radio.

He tells us the sports-themed Internet site hopes to feature a live interview with former Cavaliers television voice and FSN Ohio personality Michael Reghi on tomorrow’s daily webcast (5 PM Eastern).

There’s no word on if Reghi will have any comments on his replacement on the Cavaliers TV broadcasts, former Detroit Pistons announcer Fred McLeod.

We’ll only assume that Reghi will take the high road, and not do a high-pitched impersonation of McLeod’s voice… like, perhaps, WKNR/850 afternoon drive host Kenny Roda does when talking about the new Cavaliers TV play-by-play man…

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