Tuesday Madness

Stuff we have to get out of our heads…

JOHNY D LANDS: Just a couple of months after getting bounced from his morning drive gig at Cumulus Toledo top 40 outlet WTWR/98.3 “Tower 98-3”, Johny D has landed.

And it’s a pretty soft landing, too.

Toledo Blade media columnist Ron Musselman reports that Johny D will launch a new two-hour weekday show on CBS Radio FM talker WKRK/97.1 Detroit, a station which carries both the “Live” and “Free FM” banners.

We were also not aware that Johny’s picked up a voicetracking gig, afternoon drive at Clear Channel’s Lima top 40/rhythmic outlet, WLWD “Wild 93.9”.

Well, we think it’s a voicetracking gig, as the Musselman says he does the show “via a remote set-up” in his Toledo area home…and that Mr. D will continue to do the Lima program.

(Oh, by the way, Johny D apparently does have a last name according to the folks at AllAccess – Dimodica. We’re not clear if he’s going to use it in Detroit.)

And while Musselman says Johny “burned all his bridges” in Toledo – the former “Tower” morning man blasts Cumulus as “the worst group I’ve ever worked for”, for one – the Blade media writer helpfully points out that Toledo is market #87 and that Detroit is market #10.

You do the math…

HD COLUMBUS: OMW hears that next month, Columbus will become the second Ohio TV market with local news in HDTV.

Dispatch CBS affiliate WBNS/10 “10TV” will turn on the switch to HD on its “10TV Eyewitness News” in April.

Here in this part of the state, Cleveland has all but one of its major local TV news operations running in HD – Raycom Media CBS/MyNet affiliate WOIO/19-WUAB/43’s “19 Action News”. And as we’ve reported here, that is in the process of changing…though last we heard, it will be a while before the folks at Reserve Square go HD. (OK, we’ve done enough “it’s a wonder they’re broadcasting in color” jokes.)

While we’re talking about HD news in Cleveland, OMW hears that FOX O&O WJW/8’s “FOX 8 News” is doing testing on the market’s first HD-equipped helicopter, the newly-retrofitted “SkyFOX”. Its official debut date isn’t yet known…

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