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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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Friday, February 01, 2008

What Happened To Jay Love?

So what happened to Jay Love? Nobody at The Buzz (1230 WDBZ-AM) will say what happened to the afternoon talk host who vanished from the airwaves two weeks ago. His 1-4 p.m. shift has been absorbed by expanding Lincoln Ware's show to 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and program director Jeri Tolliver to 2-5 p.m.

It's the second time Love – son of founder and former owner J. Ross Love — has left the station. He quit in 2006 to work for AIDS Volunteers of Cincinnati (AVOC), but returned to his afternoon shift last year.

I guessing he didn't leave voluntarily this time. Tolliver and VP/General Manager Lisa Thal don't return phone calls. Thal replied to my email questions about Love by saying only: "Jay is no longer with the station. Hope all is well with you."

Love started in radio as Jim Scott's WLW-AM producer in 1995. He was a WIZ morning DJ and newsman 1997-2000, then helped his father put The Buzz on the air.

What happened to Jay Love? Was it a budget cut? Or something else? If you know, please post some comments...


at 2/01/2008 2:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The talk on The Buzz reminds me of the "no comment" tone we got when WLW got rid of Furman.

Lincoln Ware now gets annoyed when people talk about anything related to programming at the station or other hosts. He's said several times "I just worry about what happens between 10and 2."

PD changed the Sunday talk format to the absolutely awful paid religious programming.

They are also pushing you to visit the website like WLW does....

at 2/01/2008 2:57 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talk about a "secret" that's not a secret.

Jay got tired of the same 20 callers that call every show and repeat the same thing they said to the prior host. He began to get somewhat confrontational with the callers and went to Tolliver and Thal to see about getting approval to ban the callers. (i.e-- reason why they won't return the calls)

Knowing that without these same callers, there would be nothing to fill the airtime, they told Jay "no way". They's rather shift schedules than to have dead air.

Jay responded in kind and now Lincoln and the afternoon slot each have another hour.

The same 20 callers are still alive and, well....

at 2/01/2008 10:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

no one with a double digit IQ listens to this Rev.Ike with ROS deal...that's his audience.

at 2/02/2008 11:05 AM Anonymous GameShow said...

Who can name those callers ?

at 2/21/2008 8:51 PM Blogger Dwaine said...

I Think Jay love was Just Smarter and better then the rest of the talk show host Plus he was more Educated and knew what he was talking about all the time,if you took lincoln off wdbz the rating would be Better let me just say it like this (Jay is Obama)(lincoln is

at 2/23/2008 4:43 PM Anonymous katieM said...

I used to listen to him on my way home every day. Now that he's not there, Jeri's show is just the most boring there is. Thank goodness she has Emmanuel there. The station needs more intelligent hosts like Jay Love. Those crazy callers that kept fouling up the airwaves should have been blocked. Jeri is just not smart. She should have realized that people turned away when those oddballs called in.

Lincoln is not interesting. Ken Anderson is great, but he doesn't get enough airtime. That Nathan Ive is a boring host as are the hosts of Psychology and Law. And who wants to hear Al Sharpton?!? Come on, there are some good talkers out there who would make much better hosts.

The station manager should get Jay Love back because the Buzz is losing its listeners to satellite. In this time of exciting politics, the station needs an intelligent, well spoken, opinionated host who can carry on a real conversation and not make insulting quips or drag the topic to uninteresting books.

at 3/10/2008 1:05 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

AMEN to the previous blog comments! The Buzz is indeed quite boring without Jay Love. I absolutely HATE having to listen to smart-assed Jeri Tolliver and Emmanuel the "entire" afternoon. And the same snotty-nosed callers call in to whine all darn day! Pathetic. Lincoln is ok, BUT, the secrecy around J's departure is infuriating to say the least. And while I enjoy urban radio a great deal, the lack of diverse hosting on this station is depressing. Not to mention the GOD AWFUL religious music in the late evenings and weekends...Rediculous!

at 3/17/2008 3:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Jeri did the show alone it would be very boring. I am glad Emanuel is doing the show with her. I wish Jay would find a new show on another radio show. Does anyone know what he is doing now?

at 4/03/2008 6:06 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree. The whole format and program direction at WDBZ is beingh handled by morons that don't understand the market. The change on Sunday to gospel is terrible. LIncoln Ware is pretty lame. Tolliver and Livingston continue the "whine". Jay Love and Nathan Ive gave us fresh, young perspectives. Jay in many ways was the flagship. It is very disturbing how he's left. Even when Eric Thomas left. He now shows up on WLW/1530 sports talk shows.

I've moved on to Satellite and WLW.

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