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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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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Is Tom Joyner Coming To Town or Not?

Folks at the BUZZ and MOJO (WDBZ-AM 1230 and WMOJ-FM 100.3) were surprised to hear Tom Joyner tell his national morning show audience today that he's coming to Cincinnati for the Macy's Music Festival Friday..... because last week Joyner's representatives had canceled his Cincinnati trip.

Managers at Radio One -- which operates the BUZZ, MOJO and THE WIZ -- wanted Joyner to introduce the O'Jays at Paul Brown Stadium Friday night since he's broadcasting from Cleveland on Friday morning. But when the O'Jays were moved to late Friday night (11 p.m.), Joyner folks said he couldn't come because he needed to leave here by 9:30 p.m. Friday for a previous engagement.

That's where things were when Lisa Thal, general manager of the local stations, heard Joyner say this morning that he's coming to town Friday. "There is still great confusion about whether he's coming or not. He's trying to change his schedule to come to Cincinnati, because he wants to be part of the Macy's Music Festival. It still may happen. We're trying to work it out."

If Joyner comes to town, he will do a private meet and greet with Radio One advertisers and listeners somewhere in Paul Brown Stadium during the Friday concert, she says.

Joyner broadcasts one of his popular "Sky Shows" from Cleveland Music Hall Friday with Charlie Wilson and G. Thang. The BUZZ and MOJO -- which carry his show 6-10 a.m. weekdays -- are sending "bus loads of listeners" to the free Cleveland concert, Thal sys.

And one more bit of BUZZ news: Ross Love officially sold the station to Radio One on Friday. Radio One had been operating it for years (he sold WIZ to Radio One six years ago). He had agreed to sell BUZZ for $2.65 million in March to Radio One. It's now a done deal.


at 7/24/2007 4:42 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ross Love officially and totally out of radio.


There's hope for the industry yet.

Worst owner ever.

at 7/25/2007 4:47 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't realize the buzz was still on the air...

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