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    Re: Mike McConnell leaving 700 WLW...

    Mike McConnell is a fantastic talk show host -- informed and opinionated without being a blowhard or egomaniac. His departure from WLW is a huge loss for the station, both financially and from a programming standpoint. He should be a great fit at WGN, where he'll have access to a huge metro area and the funding of Randy Michaels and the Tribune Co.

    Though, if the rumors are true, McConnell might not be the only huge departure from WLW in the near future. The face of Cincinnati radio is changing rapidly, and not for the better IMO.
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    Re: Mike McConnell leaving 700 WLW...

    As long as Willie doesn't come to Tampa, he can go wherever he wants.

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    Re: Mike McConnell leaving 700 WLW...

    Quote Originally Posted by Dom Heffner View Post
    As long as Willie doesn't come to Tampa, he can go wherever he wants.
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    Re: Mike McConnell leaving 700 WLW...

    Furman, Burbank, McConnell, ... Willie?

    Wow, at this rate it won't be long 'til I'm only listenning to WLW for the broadcasts of Reds games.
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    Re: Mike McConnell leaving 700 WLW...

    Terrestrial radio is a dying medium. Writing's been on the wall for awhile now. It's sad, but inevitable. I grew up listening to Burbank and then Sportstalk after school every day. Then the Reds game, then Andy Mac in the early years and Furman in the later years on Extra Innings. (I'm 32 for contextual sake) WLW is a shell of it's former self anyway.

    It's totally pathetic that Scott Sloan is hosting extra innings. Good radio guy, good host. Not a sports guy. Clear Channel is so cheap they can't even get a baseball guy to host a baseball show. Pathetic.

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    Re: Mike McConnell leaving 700 WLW...

    When I started driving I was mostly local but I got XM for those times when I went out of town. I now don't even listen to local radio when I'm home. I have the XM in the vehicle and in the house. I think the only time I even had 700 on recently was to listen to a Reds game the other day. I think I'm probably not the only person who has gone the way I have regarding radio.
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    Re: Mike McConnell leaving 700 WLW...

    Quote Originally Posted by gilpdawg View Post
    Terrestrial radio is a dying medium. Writing's been on the wall for awhile now. It's sad, but inevitable.
    See, I don't get this part -- it's a phrase you hear repeated constantly, but the facts on the ground don't really line up.

    People still commute to work everyday, and the overwhelming majority of them do it inside of a car (especially in cities like Cincinnati with few mass transit options). Those people are a captive audience -- they can't read, they can't watch television, they can't browse the internet, etc. Radio still has the ability to reach those people and COULD reach those people if they did a better job of offering compelling content.

    The death of radio is far from "inevitable" -- it's just a process that has been hastened by mass ownership and self-inflicted wounds.
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    Re: Mike McConnell leaving 700 WLW...

    ^^^Very well stated, Caveat Emperor

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    Re: Mike McConnell leaving 700 WLW...

    So McConnell is gone effective immediately, according to the Enquirer. Clear Channel won't permit him back on the air.

    http://news.cincinnati.com/article/2...-WLW-departure
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    Re: Mike McConnell leaving 700 WLW...

    Quote Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor View Post
    See, I don't get this part -- it's a phrase you hear repeated constantly, but the facts on the ground don't really line up.

    People still commute to work everyday, and the overwhelming majority of them do it inside of a car (especially in cities like Cincinnati with few mass transit options). Those people are a captive audience -- they can't read, they can't watch television, they can't browse the internet, etc. Radio still has the ability to reach those people and COULD reach those people if they did a better job of offering compelling content.

    The death of radio is far from "inevitable" -- it's just a process that has been hastened by mass ownership and self-inflicted wounds.

    And more of those captives are opting for iPods/mp3 players and satellite radio. I listen to mostly podcasts during my drives. (No commercials.)

    I don't think radio is on it's death bed, but as technology continues to expand, i could see radio going the way of the dinosaur and newspapers.

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    Re: Mike McConnell leaving 700 WLW...

    WLW is an anomaly for a market its size. Nowhere else does the biggest news-talk station in a market that small have local talent covering anything but the AM drive and PM drive hours. The rest of the schedule is covered with the most popular syndicated shows. The schedule of 610 WTVN in Columbus is the most likely future at WLW. (Its web site is down this morning or I'd provide a link.)
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    Re: Mike McConnell leaving 700 WLW...

    Quote Originally Posted by Unassisted View Post
    WLW is an anomaly for a market its size. Nowhere else does the biggest news-talk station in a market that small have local talent covering anything but the AM drive and PM drive hours. The rest of the schedule is covered with the most popular syndicated shows. The schedule of 610 WTVN in Columbus is the most likely future at WLW. (Its web site is down this morning or I'd provide a link.)

    That seems to be what they have done with the local sports talk stations and even then only one has a local host doing afternoon drive time. Everything else during the day is syndicated.
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    Re: Mike McConnell leaving 700 WLW...

    I'm saddened by this. I enjoyed listening to McConnell here at work.
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    Re: Mike McConnell leaving 700 WLW...

    Quote Originally Posted by Unassisted View Post
    WLW is an anomaly for a market its size. Nowhere else does the biggest news-talk station in a market that small have local talent covering anything but the AM drive and PM drive hours. The rest of the schedule is covered with the most popular syndicated shows. The schedule of 610 WTVN in Columbus is the most likely future at WLW. (Its web site is down this morning or I'd provide a link.)
    Clear Channel already owns a 50,000 watt news-talk station that runs syndicated programming -- 55KRC has all of the "heavy hitter" talkers (Beck, Rush, Hannity, Savage). I'm hoping they keep all of them on there and keep local programming on WLW.

    WLW is an anomaly, but it's been a tremendously successful anomaly for precisely the reason I was talking about earlier: it offers compelling, live, local content. Instead of being an anomaly, it should be a standard-bearer for how a radio station should be run. Personalities were given the time and resources to develop loyal listener bases and (just as importantly) regular guest lists. They've successfully kept people like me away from podcasts because they offer a better alternative that I need only flip my radio on to hear. And, it's not just me -- WLW has been the #1 station in the market since I was a kid, and guys like McConnell and Willie were huge cash cows for the station.

    It's sad that corporate doesn't seem to value this -- love them or hate them, Willie and McConnell were the type of voices that make a community unique. I hope the goal will be to find replacements who don't necessarily ape the style of either man, but who can deliver the same type of content and entertainment without resorting to more syndicated garbage.
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    Re: Mike McConnell leaving 700 WLW...

    Does there exist any "vaults" of past podcasts? I would love to stock up on some if I have to go without McConnell for a while.


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