WLW & Channel 5 news deal
Yes, WLW-AM has blown off Clear Channel sister station WKRC-TV to do a news partnership with WLWT (Channel 5). What a shock at Channel 12. They didn't see it coming, and didn't know about it until told Thursday morning.
When Clear Channel corporate gave the radio station permission to ditch Ch 12 a week or two ago, Channel 5 jumped at the opportunity. Duh! Channel 5 is third in the ratings, while WLW has been No. 1 for six years.
PD Darryl Parks says: “I know Clear Channel gets rapped for ‘cram downs’ on stations, but the radio stations truly are run autonomously.” This would be proof.
The deal starts August 1. Channel 12 will continue to service the 7 other Clear Channel stations here.
Some history: WLW radio was sold off by Channel 5’s owners in the 1970s. The two stations had a weather/news relationship in the early 1990s, when Pat Barry did weather at Channel 5.
But soon expect to hear a lot about Jim O’Brien, Sandra Ali, Sheree Paolello, Lisa Cooney, Derek Beasley on the air by Willie and the gang....
Super show for coaster fans
Roller coaster lovers should set the DVR for “SuperCoasters” (8-10 p.m. Monday, National Geographic Channel). It’s a great look at the science behind coasters, including how Paramount Kings Island’s Flight of Fear slings people from 0 to 50 mph in 4 seconds. More than half of the film was shot on the big thrill rides at Cedar Point, the flagship park of the company buying PKI from CBS. PKI season pass holders will wonder if the new owners will build similar huge coasters here in coming years. Let's hope.
Comedian Gilbert Gottfried – seen often on Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show” sketches – plays Go Bananas comedy club in Montgomery tonight through Sunday. He’s done tons of stuff, but his voice might be best known as the AFLAC duck. Tickets are $25. Info at
Sunday night sports ratings
You asked for it, you got it: The #1 Sunday night local sports show from 11:30 p.m-midnight is Channel 9’s “Sports of All Sorts,” with a 4.2 rating and 10.5% audience share. Next are Channel 5’s “Sports Rock” (3.6 rating/10%), and Channel 12’s “Sports Authority” (3.4 rating/9% share). “SOAS” is the only one that goes a full hour, and the audience drops off at midnight for an hour average of 3.4/10%.