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  • TomP301
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    pez said:
    Close! An extended stay hotel. The theatre no longer needed the parking after renovations reduced seating capacity, so it was sold.

    Thanks. I was guessing either a hotel or another apartment complex. As for the lot that’s being cleared, I don’t think it’s ever been used; Marcus’ main lot (north of the entrance) is plenty big.


    TomP301
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    in reply to: Dispatch killing off The Other Paper #529054

    TomP301
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    captain janks said:

    alive is 100% fluff… then again, im sure thats why the dispatch chose to keep it.

    This. As soon as Dispatch bought Columbus Monthly the insightful and thoughtful reporting and essays in that publication, that really helped create a feel for the soul of the city, were replaced 100% by fluff, mainly food and drink promos. Even when the cover promises something that sounds like it might be meaty, it turns out to be insipid piffle instead. E.g., something about young Obama and Romney supporters turned out to be little more than pictures of 3 young people wearing Romney tees, and 3 wearing Obama tees. (Of course, the Distort wanted to prove that Romney is cool via tee-shirts).

    I do have to say that, since a new editor came in a few months ago they have moved from 100% fluff to 1 or 2 reasonably substantive articles per issue. But that means it’s still 90% fluff designed to sell food, drink and homes/home improvement. It’s ironic that, soon after its purchase, the Dispatch version of CM was touting awards it had recently received — all for articles by people they had already fired, with the kind of writing that is 90% gone.

    BTW, one aspect of the fluff that really gets to me is their almost intolerable hyperbole. Columbus Commons is “the envy of cities all over the country,” the Scioto Mile is “stupendous” (tell that to the San Antonio Riverwalk), and some pizza they’re writing up is “indescribably sublime.” Yech. No credibility. I’m a Columbus booster myself, but come on… (Disclaimer: Those were examples of the kind of writing CM has, not necessarily exact examples.)

    in reply to: Jack-FM 98.9 – Finally a REALLY different radio station hits town! #464213

    TomP301
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    Posted in error – will ask mod to remove.

    in reply to: Jack-FM 98.9 – Finally a REALLY different radio station hits town! #464212

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    Posted in error – will ask mod to remove.

    in reply to: Jack-FM 98.9 – Finally a REALLY different radio station hits town! #464211

    TomP301
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    For those like me who liked Jack (in my case REALLY liked it) it’s sad to note that the Arbitron ratings that came out literally on their last day of operation showed a BIG leap up for the station — by far their highest ratings to-date. So the proverbial rug was pulled out from underneath them just as they were getting traction. Given that, if anyone but religion + hate-talk owner Salem had bought them, they might have stuck with the format. OTOH, maybe the ratings timing was good as the progress might encourage another local station owner to take over the Jack format and build on the momentum.

    in reply to: Jack-FM 98.9 – Finally a REALLY different radio station hits town! #464210

    TomP301
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    bjones7 said:
    Wow you guys really do get lost in your own mess, don’t you? I don’t think the point was to call the Italian Village a dump. It was their sense of humor.

    Exactly. Self-effacing humor was part of their schtick. E.g., they announced on-air that they were sold on Craigslist, for $98.90. Only a handful of people would’ve known what building they were actually broadcasting from anyway.


    TomP301
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    Love the way the Chicago Tribune opened its story about this survey:

    “If you think catching a bus in Chicago is next to impossible, try living in Columbus, Ohio.” Well, I guess at least that counts as Columbus scoring a mention.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-chicago-ranks-6th-in-public-transit-study-20120426,0,7981247.story


    TomP301
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    Just got my new Columbus Monthly, noted that Willow’s column was missing, and Googled my way here to find confirmation of my suspicion that she had been fired. While I only check out CU sporadically, three months ago I posted here that I suspected Willows days at CM were numbered after the acquisition by the Dispatch. Aside from the casino issue, how could the Distort allow CM to keep someone that they not only fired before, but who also expressed (logical) disdain for Kasich and some other Republicans, no matter how gently.

    I was hoping I was wrong, but I wasn’t. King Wolfe has spoken. Long live the king of all local printed media.

    To the person who said they hope Willow lands on her feet, I doubt one short column per month in CM could have been her primary source of income.

    I notice that CM’s website hasn’t yet purged Willows articles, or — more importantly — articles critical of the Wolfes (especially the late iron-fisted John W Wolfe) or the Dispatch. Yet.

    EDIT: Just noticed that the retooled CM website doesn’t offer back issues for sale as the old one did. Hmmm. And while I can’t swear to it, I thought they had previously had a mid-90’s article about the “Death of a Titan” (JW Wolfe) that did not paint a pretty portrait. Maybe the next step is for some issues (or certain pages within those issues) to suddenly start disappearing from local libraries??


    TomP301
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    Also: Even though I’m not personally a big fan of WWCD, I’d like to see them pull off a “save” here because a lot of people do like it and it’s very community-oriented. Besides, anything’s better than more hypocrite-talk. But again I think the conversion looks like a done deal.


    TomP301
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    cdubya said:
    the fmtalk102.5.com site that is being referenced has been taken down. So your “bye bye to WWCD” was quite premature.

    I said from the start that the site might be taken down for awhile. That could be either for retooling (it was basically just a template with no specifics for the new station’s programming) or because of undesired advance attention. Less likely, maybe legal wrangling or negotiation by the current programmers to hold onto 102.5 — which, importantly, they have NEVER owned as they did 101 before selling to OSU — is bearing fruit. Obviously something’s going on here. Randy Malloy said as much. Anything else is just wishful thinking. Note that I didn’t say just “bye-bye WWCD,” I said “bye-bye WWCD, at least on 102.5.”


    TomP301
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    http://fmtalk1025.com/

    In case it’s been taken down, this led to a site called “FM Talk 102.5 Intelligent Talk,” with a drawing of the Columbus skyline in the background. Indeed looks like bye-bye WWCD, at least on 102.5


    TomP301
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    turbo ninja said:
    Again: CD101’s official “market share” won’t increase unless you’re an Arbitron household. Patronize the sponsors and specifically thank them for their ads on CD101 if you want to help strengthen CD101’s position in the market outside Arbitron’s influence. If the sponsors see that their ads on CD101 are having a measurable positive result, they’ll keep going back to that well as long as the spot rates make sense.

    While your point about patronizing sponsors is well-taken, it’s not exactly true that non-Arbitron households can’t impact the ratings. Awhile back they switched from a diary methodology (write down what you listen to) to one where a device carried by members of Arbitron households automatically detects what station is playing, if any. So if you are from an Arbitron household and enter my home, store, or car — and I have CD101 playing — 102.5 will automatically earn ratings credit, and their share will go up, even though you didn’t tune in the station yourself. (Some passive listening of this sort might have made it into the diary as well — if the diarykeeper was aware of what station was playing in the background — but probably not much.)

    Aside from methodology, any time you are listening within earshot of other people and they like what they hear, that might encourage some of them to listen themselves, which can translate into ratings at some point.

    All that said, I do agree that patronizing advertisers — and letting them know you heard about them on CD101 — is the best strategy assuming the train hasn’t already left the station. But alas it probably has. Their lame resistance to streaming (how is virtually everyone else in town able to do it?) also makes me wonder how badly top management really wants to fight to survive.


    TomP301
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    Salem, the company that is rumored to be buying 102.5, does largely formats that wouldn’t be directly competitive with the River’s Christian music format. For example they also do Christian teaching and (blech) right-wing talk. And they make lots of money.


    TomP301
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    A station that intends to ensure its continued existence does not sell its core asset — its broadcast license — as CD101 did last year. Period. Maybe they’ll find some way to survive — though likely not on 102.5 or 101. But if they’re unable to hang on no one should be surprised, or blame any entity more than WWCD itself.

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