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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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Monday, December 17, 2007

Reporter Will Sterrett Gone From WLW-AM

This just in: I finally confirmed the fourth person fired late last week in the Clear Channel budget cuts: News reporter-anchor Will Sterrett. He had just come to WLW in September from Atlanta, where he was an anchor/supervising producer for the CNN Radio Network.
"In your Clear Channel cuts blog entry you ended the list of those let go with "(anybody else?)," so I figured I'd pass along another one. I was let go Friday, also because of budget, from my reporter/anchor spot at WLW. I'd just come to Cincinnati from Atlanta in September, so I feel like I'm leaving a lot of unfinished business behind since I'd just gotten my sleeves rolled up and gotten down to work - but that's how it goes," he wrote in an email.
"I'd wanted to live in Cincinnati for a number of years, so while the stay was short, it did fulfill a dream of mine. I'm originally from central Missouri (Columbia to be exact) and I moved back over the weekend. Both my parents worked in radio in the 70s and got out, but I just don't think I can follow in their footsteps and walk away. It's in my DNA. I'm looking for my next opportunity in radio and have some positive leads."
Also out are John Phillips, WKRC-AM morning co-host and former traffic reporter; Mr. K, noon-3 p.m. DJ on WEBN-FM; and Gregg Doyel, WCKY-AM (1530 Homer) co-host 9 a.m.-noon.
With Doyel gone, don't be surprised if 1530 Homer picks up the syndicated Dan Patrick show 9 a.m.-noon next year. Just a hunch.


at 12/17/2007 10:18 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it just me, or does it seem positively "Grinchy" or Scrooge-like to fire someone RIGHT NOW, who was hired just this past September? Where's the humanity involved with uprooting someone from his home in Atlanta, bringing him to Cincinnati, and simply cutting him loose after only three months?

at 12/17/2007 10:30 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another classy move for Clear Channel.

Move a guy up from Atlanta and can him 3 months later.

You can't tell me that hatchet-man Chuck Frederick didn't know in September, that the annual axe swinging would take out at least one news reader. Why even fill the position?

Prediction: Round 2 takes out some bigger salaries. Goodbye Parks, Henderson, Scott and yes, Frederick. The lowly board ops will soon be running WLW and its lineup of syndicated/taped programming.

at 12/17/2007 10:47 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What would happen to Mo? Hopefully they move him to mornings and get rid of the awful Cutler-man. He is the most useless, know-it-all I have heard. I poor man's version of Furman. Maybe they put Furman and Mo together in the morning to battle 2 Angry Guys. That would be fun!

at 12/17/2007 11:34 AM Anonymous theman said...

i heard doyel boast about his "ratings" every once in's that working for you now?

at 12/17/2007 1:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

700 strikes again. Like alot of folks are saying , it wont be long before the whole operation is run from a studio in San Antonio. As for losing the news geek. They really only need one person to do the news on 700. For the amount of news they report they could hire one part timer is give as much news as they do now!!

at 12/17/2007 1:35 PM Blogger bmurdock said...

Yeah, I wouldn't be surprised to see Burbank's slot filled with something syndicated. I could see them running something national from 12-3 and moving Willie to 3-6.

at 12/17/2007 3:08 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a strange place 700 has become. By the way , is it just me, or is Jim Scott the next one that needs to go. Its so silly to listen to that mess they call a morning show. He talks fast, loud, and says "huh" at the end of every other sentence. And those interviews. Oh please, they are so lame. Never say hello or good bye. Its like they belong to someone else and they just dub him in. Then you got Seg Dennison. Ha ha nobody ever told him that radio and stuttering do not go together. Oh God what a radio station. Powell Crosly is turning over multiple times each day in his grave. Pretty sad really.

at 12/17/2007 5:42 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you people really not know how the real world works?

Uh, this is a business, like any other...there is no heart, just the bottom line.

at 12/17/2007 6:26 PM Blogger Haystacks Calhoun said...

Jim Scott, Seg, McConnell, Cunningham, Burbank, and the like are what makes WLW what it is...warts and all.

If anything, guys like McConnell and Cunningham have had to change what they have done in the past in order to KEEP their jobs.

Corporate Radio....sheesh. Pitiful. I guess the last local talent fired will shut off the lights on the way out the door.

at 12/17/2007 8:29 PM Anonymous Phil Henry said...

I'm amazed that the Enquirer has not sued 700 for plagiarizing their news, isn't orig content copyrighted? If you listen to 700 at 5am the are repeating zippo or yesterdays news, but at 5:30 they are FREAKING reading the Enquirer's headlines and they almost never give credit.

McConnell reads the Drudge Report when he opens his show and never says... "Drudge is reporting that truck drivers are real stupid and like to call my show"

Is there a CC memo on non-news news you can't use? Is the 700WLW Artimis traffic report where everything is OK and let's play a five second commericial and mention our call letters standard in Cinti or is it CC wide??

And how about the much needed/critical airport delay report from Jay Ratliff featured on 700. I wish they had the sea captain from the Simpsons on to give me the ports of call I should avoid. Arghhh... matey, the wind be a blowin... lol

at 12/18/2007 7:22 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

RE: Phil Hemry's post. What a great post. Don't you just love the Artimus traffic reports on their so called news. They usually always say "Artimus reports no tie up at this time". Does local radio get any worse than this? I am sure CC will blow the replacement for Gary Burbank. Furman will probably be rehired and then we have a carnival barker in afternoon drive. Please help us in this local Mayberry market

at 12/18/2007 12:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Randy, please buy back the Cincinnati Cluster and rehire everyone you hired.

The evil empire in Texas don't know this market. Is "Helen Mays" actually "Mama Carlson"?

at 12/18/2007 2:56 PM Blogger bmurdock said...

Good point on WLW stealing the Enquirer's content. Back when I actually listened to WLW in the morning I'd get so mad at them for ruining my Enquirer for me. I always felt like I'd read half the articles already...

at 12/19/2007 12:12 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. That's classy.

at 12/19/2007 10:17 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, because as we all know, Enquirer reporters don't listen to the radio to hear what's going on

at 12/28/2007 7:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since 98.5 Super Talk went to a Rock format we have lost Glenn Beck. Any rumors to where we might be able to listen to him in the near future?

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