Maggie Thurber is returning to WSPD’s airwaves on “Eye on Toledo” after nearly two weeks of “retirement” to work with the engineering firm she and her husband own and run, according to WSPD’s Program Director and afternoon talk host Brian Wilson.
“Fortunately for her fans and WSPD listeners, Maggie was able to find time to host “Eye on Toledo” Monday through Wednesday. Larry Bertok and other guest hosts will host the Thursday and Friday shows,” Wilson said.
Wilson said soon he would be announcing the “WSPD Intermodal Tour,” featuring “three to five showings of Brian McMahon’s compelling Power Point presentation that makes the case for Toledo’s fantastic future — if citizens, business leaders and responsible political leaders perform accordingly to get the required 40 yards of water run to the proposed site.”
• Jeff France, the Franceman part of Franceman and Lyn of Star 105.5’s morning team, was reportedly let go by Cumulus Media May 16 in a budget-cutting move.
This comes on the heels of last month’s termination of Chuck Matthews, WTOD’s program director and Cumulus creative director April 11.
Ron Finn, program director of Star 105.5, said, “Franceman has done a fantastic job and will certainly be a great asset at his next radio post.”
Finn said the Star 105.5 morning show continues to be hosted by Lyn (Casye) and Jimmy.
• Pat Livingston, news director of NBC24, reports that the station, in conjunction with St. Jude Children’s Hospital, is giving away a $350,000 home in Perrysburg.
He said a two-hour giveaway show is planned to air on NBC24 from 4 to 6 p.m. June 8.
The St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway offers the home built by Schumacher Homes in a drawing of tickets priced at $100, according to Livingston.
Visit www.nbc24toledo.com for more information.
• WTOL TV’s Levis Commons broadcast location is complete, according to WTOL News Director Mitch Jacob, who said, “Everything is up and running. We’ve been broadcasting from our new location for nearly two months now. The space is wonderful and it really gives WTOL better access to stories in Wood County.”
• The radio industry newsletter Inside Radio offers a report that shows “the podcast audience is growing tremendously.” According to Edison Media Research, the number of Americans who downloaded and listened to an audio podcast grew from 13 percent to 18 percent in the past year. Edison Research VP Tom Webster says stations should create as much “podcast-able content” as they can.
A check of Toledo radio station Web sites found the following stations offering podcasts to their listeners: News Talk 1370 WSPD, SuperTalk 1560 WTOD, 1230 WCWA, 92-5 Kiss FM and 1037 CKY. Yes-FM states on its Web site that podcasts are “coming soon.”
• Cumulus Media’s part time DJ and producer Grant Pardee covered the airwaves last May 24 for Cumulus radio stations above and beyond the call of duty.
Pardee, an education major at BGSU who recently student-taught at Springfield High School, has worked part time for Cumulus for five years.
Pardee said he did the morning show that Saturday on Classic Rocker X94.5 from 6 to 10 a.m. He then walked down the hall to Star 105.5 where he hosted the midday show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. After an hour break, Pardee filled in from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oldies 93.5 WRQN, after which he stayed in that studio to produce the “SuperGold” show from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Pardee said, “I like the work and it’s always fun being on the air.”
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