Update III: It's all official now. The press release from CBS Radio this morning confirms 92.3 The Fan will launch on August 29 with a lineup like we already told you about: NFL games from Westwood One (in addition to Big 10 football), Kiley and Booms in the morning, and more.
In the release, new program director Andy Roth says, "What we are launching is literally a radio station for 'The Fan.' For Clevelanders who live and breathe sports 24/7 this will be the place to get the best insight, most in-depth coverage and a well-rounded balance of listener participation all presented in an entertaining forum."
What he didn't say but wanted to: "Good luck, WKNR, filling time on Sundays when everyone else is listening to the Browns or us. Maybe 11 straight hours of Chris Fedor's fantasy tips or Michael Reghi reading from his thesaurus will work. Ha."
Update II: We've heard, and it's been all but confirmed, that Kevin Kiley and Chuck Booms will pair up for the morning show on 92.3 The Fan. They had a show on Fox Sports, and have both worked in a variety of markets over the years. A name has been rumored for the afternoon, but we haven't confirmed anything yet. One hint: Bull.
[Ed. note: Updated headline above reflects language Lockheed Martin wanted to clarify. A spokesman says it was a "controlled descent," which may be true, but the blimp still "landed" in a bunch of trees, which we're pretty sure isn't how blimps are supposed to land.]
A solar-powered, unmanned blimp made by Lockheed Martin that was launched from Akron by the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command this morning was brought down because of technical problems... this morning. Just outside of Pittsburgh. Sort of a safe crash. (Or "controlled descent.")
Taylor Swift may play the grown-up and slightly jaded woman with a lot on her mind (and just as much to get off) on her latest album. But at a sold-out Quicken Loans Arena last night, she was still living out her teenage fantasies of princes, princesses, and fairy-tale dreams.
Almost every song was its own compressed theatrical production, with dancers, staircases, set and costume changes, exploding confetti, and even some good old-fashioned pyrotechnics working alongside Swift and the nine other musicians onstage. (The giant frames at the back of the stage that beamed live video from the concert was an inspired touch.)
There were ballet dancers, acrobats dangling from gigantic bells suspended over the stage, at least three Hee Haw-type skits going on during the front-porch scene of "Mean," and a full wedding happening during "Speak Now," which ended with Swift strolling through the Q and playing a few songs from the back of the arena (including a mini-medley of songs by Ohio artists, like Macy Gray's "I Try").
Dennis Kucinich, no stranger to a microphone during a tense debate, stood up during last night's debt ceiling clusterbomb and in one minute solved all of America's problems. [drops mic; high fives alien]
Why exactly is there a neon Chief Wahoo sitting atop a building in Berlin?
Art, of course. All with a deeper (though similar) meaning than the Cleveland Indians.
The Wall Street Journal reports it's the work of Cyprien Gaillard, an artist who took a 12-meter neon Cleveland Indians Chief Wahoo sign and placed it on top of a "derelict East German office building, ominously called the "House of Statistics."
And what is the viewer supposed to take away from the combination of Wahoo and Germany?
Supposedly this: "The project, which combines a symbol of the American Rust Belt with a souvenir of Communist town planning, is meant to reflect on the broader subject of urban decline. And it would only be possible in Berlin, says the artist. 'You would never find an abandoned building in the middle of Paris.''"
Um, OK. It's not just Cleveland and an empty Berlin office building that symbolize urban decline; he had to throw in the Indians for good measure. Ya know, he could have just used a picture of Austin Kearns or Valbuena up there and left poor Chief Wahoo alone. But Cleveland + empty building + Communist German building = pretty depressing image.
Did anyone tell him they're winning? Did anyone inform the Chief Wahoo protesters to get their airfare set for Germany? So many questions.
NPR has a fascinating story about Jesse Owens, a tree, and Hitler — one that some Clevelanders may know, but one many others probably have no clue about.
When Owens made his famous trip to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, he brought back four gold medals. But that wasn't all. The German Olympic Committee also gave an oak sapling to each gold-medal winner, so Owens brought back four saplings, a gift from Hitler.
One of them was planted at Rhodes High School, which is where Owens trained, and has grown there next to the school for 75 years.
"To the regular student body, it's just a tree. Just a tree," he [Rhodes track coach Tyrone Owens] says. "We try to push it through athletics. It's a very important piece of history that sits here in Cleveland, Ohio."
Two of the other saplings were lost or destroyed; the last one, Owens said in a documentary, he planted at Ohio State. OSU was both unaware of this and confused when they looked at the spot where Owens claimed he planted the oak. However, an oak near the spot has long been rumored to be the lost Owens oak, and the university has found that it and the Cleveland oak are the same age and species. Further testing against other Olympic trees from that year could prove the claim one way or the other.
Click on over for the full radio report from NPR, including details on how only 4 of the 24 oak saplings brought back by American gold medalists that year are still alive.
As we mentioned yesterday, MetroHealth and the Cleveland Police Department are the two sweet spots for media investigations these days, and not without good reason. Staffers at each place make it hard for either to stay out of the news.
Today, the PD's Henry Gomez reported (via Twitter) that Patrolman Alex Parente (1st District) was arrested yesterday and "charged with unauthorized use of LEADS databse — a felony." Parente has been on the force since 1991. Sgt. Sammy Morris confirmed the arrest.
Gomez says Parente has been suspended without pay until this whole issue comes to a resolution.