Nathan Obral 
Member since Dec 8, 2011


Starving artist and avid radio/TV geek. Secondary Editorial Voice(tm) for OhioMediaWatch.com. Non-profit administration major as well. Webmaster/IT guy for hire. And the good times.

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Re: “This Is How Relieved a Player Looks and Sounds When He Doesn't Have to Sign With the Browns

He didn't want to say it, but I have a strong hunch that his parents got scammed by Jimmy Haslam's Pilot-Flying J rebate program.

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Posted by Nathan Obral on 12/03/2015 at 6:35 PM

Re: “This One Photo Perfectly Sums Up Road Construction in Cleveland

It takes eight months to resurface a two-mile stretch of Triskett, while in the suburbs, an eight-mile stretch of any road can be resurfaced in two weeks. Priorities.

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Posted by Nathan Obral on 11/14/2015 at 11:44 AM

Re: “19 Action News Will Become "Cleveland 19 News" on Monday; Danielle Serino to Depart

@Chuckles: Yes, Bruce was 19/43's chief meteorologist prior to the launch of "Action News" in 2002. He was scooted to the morning show - along with Jack Marshall - as Bill Applegate purged the entire talent roster outside of Denise Dufala and Ed Gallick. Eventually, he wound up at WKYC doing fill-in/relief work.

Tancheck is also leaving, although apparently not right away. BUT his contract isn't being renewed, and 19/43 is openly looking for his replacement.

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Posted by Nathan Obral on 08/23/2015 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Cleveland Radio Pioneer Wynn Rosenberg — "The Mud" — Has Died

Wynn wasn't Stern's direct replacement on WNCX back in 2006. That moment of infamy fell upon David Lee Roth as part of CBS Radio's "Free FM" regional hot talk format disaster.

DLR only lasted a few weeks, forcing WNCX to scramble for a replacement host, ultimately bringing Wynn, Mike Olszewski and Kim Mihalik aboard for "Mud, Mihalik and Mike." He lasted at WNCX until 2008, when Scott Miller and Jeff Blanchard took over.

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Posted by Nathan Obral on 08/11/2015 at 1:16 PM

Re: “87.7 Rallies Clevelanders to Save Station

"One of the first times I tuned in, I heard Barry White, NIN, U2, Dean Martin & Red Hot Chili Peppers all within my 35 minute drive into work. Where else are you going to get that kind of variety?"

Not on any station that expects to turn in a profit. There's a reason why radio stations - even the best and most respected AAA stations - don't do train wreck segues like that.

Posted by Nathan Obral on 01/01/2014 at 9:32 PM

Re: “87.7 Rallies Clevelanders to Save Station

"With the exception of 87.7, the radio landscape in Cleveland is terrible: A few stations playing the same old classic rock/oldies over and over, and a few stations playing the same pop garbage on repeat. Which stations will play Florence & The Machine? MGMT? Fitz & The Tantrums? Cage The Elephant? Awolnation? The Black Keys? (And don't say WMMS, because Rover/Alan are talking for half the daytime.) Back to Pandora, I guess."

Clearly you have never listened to WBWC, WSTB or WJCU. CIDR/93.9 out of Detroit comes in loud and clear for much of the West Side. Hell, even 99X touches on all aforementioned bands in spite of being a nationally-programmed HD2 subchannel jukebox.

Posted by Nathan Obral on 01/01/2014 at 9:29 PM

Re: “87.7 Sold, Will Switch to Latin Music Programming on January 1, 2014

"Programming partnership" is effectively a local marketing agreement. In this case, someone else will pour money and effort into operating audio for channel 6, while Tom Wilson keeps the TV station's license active until he either converts it to digital or turns in the license for the upcoming spectrum auction.

Posted by Nathan Obral on 12/12/2013 at 9:54 AM

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