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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Wendy Walker Returns to Clear Channel

Wendy Walker has returned to Clear Channel, although she never really left. Walker, the midday WEBN-FM host fired in late November in a budget-cutting purge, had continued to drop by the Kenwood offices to voice-track (record) her five-hour weekday show for Cayrock96.5 in the Cayman Islands. A few weeks, she saw a job posting for a Clear Channel commercial writer and producer, and she got the gig. She replaces Holly O'Leary, who quits Friday to by a stay-at-home mom for her two children, ages 6 months and 2-1/2 years.
Walker's new title is creative content director. She had been an 'EBN DJ since 1995. And she's the second person purged by Clear Channel to come back in a week: Bubba Bo returned to WLW-AM's overnight America's Trucking Network last weekend, when an advertiser agreed to pay for live programming instead of reruns.
Part of Walker's deal is that she resumes "Big Hair Wednesday, " which she did noon-1 p.m. yesterday for the first time in two months. She'll also do some part-time weekend 'EBN shifts. And soon she'll start voice-tracking weekends on a Clear Channel station in Roanoke, Va.
"It's like I'm coming back to my family. It's like I never left," she tells me.
Welcome back, Wendy...


at 2/01/2007 4:09 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

Good for her! I always liked Wendy...I caught a bit of BHW yesterday in passing and heard a female voice. I didn't stick around long enough to see if it was her or not - glad she is back.

at 2/01/2007 6:39 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope she's getting paid well, since now they're getting her to do even more work. A jock and a promotions position.

at 2/02/2007 6:55 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

At Clear Channel, it's usually the other way around. You are desparate for a job, so they hire you back at LESS money for MORE work.

I was caught up in one of those mass firings a few years back, and was offered another job for less than half of what I was making, before I left the building.

I declined and moved on to a new career.

at 2/02/2007 10:01 AM Blogger Rick said...

John, love the fact that you discuss radio as much as TV. The behind the scenes in radio is every bit as fascinating, if not more so, than TV. You really ought to change the name of this blog to : Radio/TV; or, Media.

at 2/02/2007 10:37 AM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

Yes, we're talking about changing the blog since it's not just TV. Thanks.

at 2/02/2007 1:58 PM Blogger SophiaZ123 said...


I am glad there is radio discussion here as well and find it interesting.

John, do you know when Burbank is retiring? I was saddened to hear it is for sure this year 2007...I have listened to him for over 23 years,

I can't imagine life without Sports or Consequences after the 4pm news. STILL makes me laugh out loud when they blow up somebody.
: - )

Don't know if this is something you can ask Gary on the air or not..but I am danged depressed. I am sure they are anxious for him to retire to get rid of a big salary and and more junk syndication or another angry guy to RANT on that station.

I= for one -shall miss the lighthearted Tom Foolery when he and the boys leave.

I detest how most of talk radio is ALL ABOUT BEING ANGRY AND HAETFUL. Gary is the last of a dying breed without being a crude, rude shock jock type, that sadly is VERY POPULAR with the young folks today.

Sophia in Fairfield

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