- Vacations and how we don’t take nearly enough of them
- The European method of taking a month off in August
- Our pursuit of happiness and self-inflicting wounds culturally
- Defining needs vs. wants and how we’ve become spoiled
- Swisher and the bro dude stare at the mound
- Tom Hamilton and what he said
- Rob Neyer and comparing baseball to a soap opera
- Derek Lowe and Dusty Baker
- Liking Craig Calcaterra’s blog and writing
- The gotcha culture and why people shouldn’t have an opinion on anything
- Godwin’s law
- Getting ingrained in a culture and having it ruin the things you love
- Did we create obsessive compulsive disorder or at least augment its existence?
- Is sports talk radio a guilty pleasure?
- Have you ever injured your voice screaming at talk radio?
- Jim Rome and forcing the audience to eat their own
- Hiram and why long form is so much better for so many people
- The Indians and how you could see this coming on the schedule
- Walk-offs and overtime NHL goals are the best endings in sports
- Playoff NBA officiating is worse than regular season NBA officiating
- NHL playoff officiating is better than regular season NHL officiating
- The nebulous nature of blocking and charging calls
- USMNT coming to Cleveland
- St. Louis and how it is a big soccer town
It appears that Browns ownership will not be the only thing changing for the first time since 1999. Having been broadcast on WMMS 100.7 /FM every Sunday since the team’s return, multiple reports are circulating which state the team will no longer be heard on Clear Channel airwaves.
Tom Reed at The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Browns are entering into a long-term deal to have their games broadcast on Good Karma Broadcasting’s WKNR 850/AM (ESPN Cleveland), as well as CBS’ WKRK 92.3/FM (92.3 The Fan) and WNCX 98.5/FM. “The most unusual aspect of the agreement is that WKNR and WKRK are rival sports talk stations,” writes Reed. “They entered into negotiations with the Browns bidding against each other, a source said, but at some point decided to join forces against Clear Channel.”
Bob Finnan at The News-Herald reported that as many as eight of the Browns’ preseason and regular-season games butted heads with Indians’ broadcasts, which bumped them off WTAM. “They’ll no longer have to play second fiddle to the Tribe,” Finnan writes.
Clear Channel owns seven channels in Cleveland, including WTAM-AM 1100, WMMS-FM 100.7 and WMJI-FM 105.7. Though rumored to also be losing the rights to the Cleveland Indians, Clear Channel retained said rights and will broadcast games on both their AM station as well as 100.7 FM in 2013. They will continue to hold the rights to the Cavaliers who have their games broadcasted on WTAM-AM 1100.
The result of this change, which is expected to be announced on Thursday, will be a doubling in team-specific broadcast hours. Browns play-by-play man Jim Donovan and analyst Doug Dieken will reportedly continue to anchor the radio broadcasts.
[Related: Jason Campbell to Cleveland makes some sense]
Update: According to the people at Ohio Media Watch, the new afternoon show will most likely be Bruce Hooley, Greg Brinda and Chris Fedor doing the news updates. That would also mean that Fedor will no longer be a part of The Really Big Show from what the Twitter chatter is saying.
As many of you probably noticed today, Tony Rizzo was on the air in the afternoon shift on WKNR today. According to Rizzo, this is just a temporary assignment as he does “two-a-days.” According to what Rizzo is saying, WKNR will have a new show on the air in afternoon drive next week. He also said that Michael Reghi and Kenny Roda will move their “R&R” show to nights from 9 PM until 12 AM. Presumably all the other shifts will stay the same, although I’m sure Jim Rome would still like his first hour back on the flagship WKNR as opposed to KNR2.
So, who exactly, will be the new afternoon show? Start the speculation, I guess. Rizzo did say “they” won’t be here until next week. If that pronoun usage is any indication, we won’t be subject to a solo talker type of show next Monday. It also means that we could be looking at a show imported from elsewhere. [Read more...]
This has nothing to do with Cleveland sports other than it is a reaction to the rumor article from last week that 92.3 FM in Cleveland might be switching formats to sports talk. There were a few of you who bemoaned the potential loss of your favorite rock station. I just wanted to address those people for a second unrelated to sports. This site caters to a certain demographic and I don’t think it is out of line to hit on something relevant to the culture and lifestyle of that demographic. I know change stinks, but it will only hurt for a second if and when 92.3 FM turns off their playlists of alternative rock.
I’ve been scared by change plenty of times in my life. I am a lover of Windows, but I desperately wanted to have a Mac for music recording. When I first started playing with the Macbook Pro I didn’t think I would EVER get used to it. I did and now I love both Mac and Windows.
Last year, I decided as a football fan that it was time to make the switch to DirecTV so I could get the Sunday Ticket. When I turned off those cable boxes and had to resubscribe my DVR to all my favorite shows, it was a pain. When I realized that “On Demand” on DirecTV isn’t really all that “on demand” I was nervous. When I tried to watch Mad Men and realized that DirecTV doesn’t have that channel in HD, I was a bit annoyed. [Read more...]
Channel 3 Sports Director and radio voice of the Browns, Jim Donovan, is taking a leave of absence to undergo a bone marrow transplant. Remarkably, the ebullient Donovan has been battling chronic lymphocytic leukemia for over a decade – his colleagues, viewers, and listeners unaware all this time.
Donovan made the announcement on his Channel 3 sportscast last night, stating, “My goal is to get healthy and be back covering Cleveland sports as soon as possible. I’m going to really miss my job. I love what I do.”
Donovan has been the media face (and voice) of the Browns since their return in 1999. Much like Nev Chandler to the previous generation, Browns fans who have grown up in this new era over this past decade have an instant connection with Donovan.
Last week, we ran down the changes that have taken place at WKNR and how it affected the immensely popular Jim Rome show. You will remember that Rome’s show is now split with the first hour playing on a weak-signaled KNR2 instead of ESPN 850 WKNR. The final two hours of the show are still on the main station.
Many of you didn’t seem to care that a nationally syndicated show was being supplanted for additional local content. That’s fine. I can’t blame anyone for what their tastes are. (Well, mostly.) Additionally, Jim Rome seemed to indicate that while he wasn’t cool with the move, he still had respect for the station and its owner Craig Karmazin. I guess that doesn’t preclude continuing to fight the decision though.