Press Release Theatre, Vol. 12

As usual, guess who starts our press release parade? Well, she WAS first…and she has some help from another Kent-based Friend of OMW…



The WKSU newsroom looks back at two significant historical events, presented in collaboration with Western Reserve PBS. As the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War approaches, Western Reserve PBS (WNEO/WEAO) joins with a national PBS effort to examine ramifications of the deadly conflict that are still being felt today. A focal point of the public television station’s coverage is a broadcast on April 28 of the Oscar-nominated documentary “The Last Days of Vietnam,” directed by Rory Kennedy and part of PBS’ “American Experience” program.

Beginning on April 13, WKSU will broadcast “Looking Back at Vietnam,” a series of reports that includes reports on Vietnam vets, Hmong immigrants, the media’s reaction to the war, and a deeper look into the PBS documentary. WKSU’s effort continues with stories related to the 45th anniversary of the shootings at Kent State University on May 4, 1970. The clash between protesting college students and National Guard troops left four dead and nine wounded and is credited for building anti-war sentiment in the U.S.

In tandem with the WKSU broadcasts, Western Reserve PBS will air topically related 90-second vignettes during prime time. The vignettes are the work of Kent State University student Daniel Henderson, who is a sophomore in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Scheduled broadcasts include:

April 13
WKSU: Vietnam vets at 40: The lives of local vets, now and then – Tim Rudell (Morning Edition)
Western Reserve PBS: A look at why Vietnam veterans continue to gather, and examples of their brotherhood
WKSU: Learning from Vietnam: The lessons learned from the U.S. involvement in Vietnam and how that has affected U.S. military involvement in other conflicts since then – Kevin Niedermier (Here and Now and All Things Considered)
Western Reserve PBS: The impact of the Vietnam War and the subsequent changes in training at the college level

April 20
WKSU: The Immigrants: Immigrant Hmong communities in NE Ohio and the lasting impact of the war along with the challenges they faced/continue to face in becoming Americans – M.L. Schultze (Morning Edition)
Western Reserve PBS: Discussions with the children and grandchildren of Vietnam-era refugees living in Northeast Ohio
WKSU: The lens of the media, then and now: Local reporters who covered both Vietnam and May 4th reflect on past and present events – Kabir Bhatia (All Things Considered)
Western Reserve PBS: A comparison between the impact of social media today on news gathering and media delivery methods during the Vietnam era

April 27
WKSU: “Last Days in Vietnam”: A two-part interview with the documentary’s producer and writer, Keven McAlester – Amanda Rabinowitz (Part 1 during Morning Edition, Part 2 during Here and Now and All Things Considered)
Western Reserve PBS: An interview with a local documentary filmmaker who has had a project in the works for over 20 years

May 4
WKSU: May 4 – A lens on history: Examining a newly released video of the burning of the Kent State University ROTC building on May 2, 1970 and a discussion with the person behind the camera – Jeff St. Clair (Morning Edition)
Western Reserve PBS: Current students at Kent State University share their impressions of May 4, 1970
WKSU: The Lasting Impact on the Arts: A look at the impression the war made and continues to make on all forms of art through a local and national lens – Vivian Goodman (Here and Now and All Things Considered)
Western Reserve PBS: Vietnam-era photographers: Where are they now?

Both public broadcasters support on-air programming with additional information online. WKSU’s audio reports will be posted as they air along with support materials at Western Reserve PBS coverage will be posted at WKSU airs Northeast Ohio-based and statewide news reports daily during station broadcasts of NPR’s Morning Edition (Monday-Friday, 5 a.m.-9 a.m.), Here and Now (Monday-Friday, 12 p.m.-2 p.m.) and All Things Considered (Monday-Friday, 4 p.m.-6 p.m., 6:30 p.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, 5 p.m.-6 p.m.)

WKSU’s reports on Vietnam and May 4 are made possible in part with support from Kent State University’s May 4 Visitors Center, County of Summit – ADM Board and the Cleveland Public Library.


(Raycom Media/WUAB) Cleveland Gladiators Arena Football Comes To My 43 WUAB

Defending American Conference Champions to have six 2015 regular season TV games aired on WUAB, including Arena Bowl Rematch

CLEVELAND, OHIO April 4, 2015—Cleveland has another team with a fast break offense that even Cavaliers superstars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving would root for.

MY 43 WUAB and the Cleveland Gladiators are pleased to announce that My 43 will air six Cleveland Gladiators home games during the upcoming 2015 Arena Football League regular season. 

The high powered Cleveland Gladiators ran away with the Arena Football League’s American Conference last season, playing in the Arena Bowl for the League Championship. WUAB’s first broadcast game of the 2015 season, Saturday April 11th at 7:00pm, features an Arena Bowl XXVII rematch with the Arizona Rattlers, who beat the Gladiators to win the league championship.

Here’s the full Cleveland Gladiators Arena League football on WUAB broadcast schedule:
Saturday, April 11th at 7:00 PM vs. Arizona Rattlers
Friday, May 8th at 7:00 PM vs. Jacksonville Sharks
Friday, June 19th at 7:00 PM vs. Tampa Bay Storm
Saturday, July 18th at 6:00 PM vs. Orlando Predators
Saturday, August 1st at 7:00 PM vs. Spokane Shock
Saturday, August 8th at 7:00 PM vs. Philadelphia Soul

All TV games will be simulcast on the Gladiators radio flagship station 92.3 The Fan and will stream live on Doug Plagens, “The Voice of the Gladiators” will provide play-by play duties for the broadcasts and former Ohio State Buckeyes national championship winning Defensive Back, Dustin Fox, will handle the color commentary. Veteran Broadcaster Kenny Roda will be the on-field reporter.

“After last year’s thrilling season we are excited about continuing our relationship with the Gladiators and their action-packed brand of football.” said Dominic Mancuso, Vice President and General Manager of WOIO and WUAB commented.

“Coming off our historic 2014 season, our fans told us they wanted even more access,” said Mike Ostrowski, SVP and Chief Operating Officer of the Gladiators.  “In addition to seeing all of the exciting AFL action in person at The Q, this year they’ll be able to watch almost every home game on My 43 and listen to all games on The Fan. We know Cleveland loves football and we are thrilled to broadcast the Gladiators across Northeast Ohio this season.”


(Fox Sports Ohio/SportsTime Ohio) SportsTime Ohio beats ESPN in Indians season opener coverage

The Cleveland Indians – Houston Astros game last (Monday) night posted a 5.7 household rating in Cleveland on SportsTime Ohio (approx. 85K households). STO’s rating beat ESPN’s coverage by 58%.

STO also hosted an hour-long Indians Live pre-game show live from the new set inside Progressive Field and a NEW show, Progressive Field: Revealed debuted following the game. CLICK for video

The next Indians game on STO is (tonight) as they take on the Astros. Indians Live pre-game show starts at 7:30pm with game coverage beginning at 8:00pm.

As previously announced, here is STO’s coverage of the Tribe’s Home Opener this Friday, April 10th

Drennan Live from 1:00pm to 3:00pm

· Bruce Drennan will host the live show from the new Indians Live set inside Progressive Field.

· The show will feature interviews with guests from the Indians and local community as well as provide live looks at the city-wide celebration.

One-hour Indians Live pre-game show at 3:00pm

Starting at 3:00pm, SportsTime Ohio will air a special one-hour Indians Live pre-game show live from the new set hosted by Al Pawlowski and Jensen Lewis.

Indians vs. Tigers at 4:00pm
Coverage of Indians-Tigers will begin at 4:00pm. Matt Underwood and Rick Manning will call the action with Andre Knott reporting.

Immediately following the final out, Indians Live postgame show will include highlights, player interviews and analysis. Pawlowski and Lewis will host from the set and Knott will report from the ballpark.
Fans can also get postgame insight from STO’s Indians writer Joe Reedy on

Social Media/
Follow SportsTime Ohio’s Opening Day coverage on social media with #STOTribe. Join the conversation using the hashtag, and your tweets could make the air! Tag your photos with #STOTribe to be retweeted by @SportsTimeOhio and to be posted on!

Fans can also visit all day long for video and editorial coverage and follow @SportsTimeOhio and @JoeReedy on Twitter.

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