Today's Top Story???
Did you see the No. 1 story voted by viewers on Channel 5's "Top 5 at 11" last night? It was the North College Hill kid who appears on MTV's "Made" on Monday! That was the Top News Story of the day for Thursday??? Not CVG having the highest fares in the nation? Jillian's closing? AK Steel workers joining a big national union? Hamilton County to build a new $225 million jail? The man charged with murdering his Fairfield girlfriend? The Oxford rape suspect linked to an Indiana case?
No, our top story tonight was Jordan Rolfes, 17, getting a date for his LaSalle High School prom two months ago while being filmed by MTV. (It airs 4:30 p.m. Monday.)
I'm just wondering out loud here: Could this vote-for-your-top-5 strategy by sabotaged by folks who don't like the station, sort of like the www.votefortheworst campaign against "American Idol?" Could enough folks vote for the stupidest stories to embarrass Channel 5? Just wondering....
One more note: You can read more about Rolfes and his "Made" show in my column this Sunday.
Mike McConnell's last show
Today is Mike McConnell's last local show on WLW-AM. On Monday he begins national syndication from his 9 a.m.-noon time slot. So expect him to be less local next week... He's been doing the national "The Weekend" for 120 Clear Channel stations for three years, and thinking about doing a daily national show all that time.
When I interviewed him for a story running in Sunday's A&E section, McConnell told me his goal is to be No. 1 of all the syndicated shows in the time period in two years. His national competitions includes Glenn Beck, Laura Ingraham and Jerry Springer. You can listen to his show this morning on www.700wlw.com.