Some of my first posting on message boards was on radio-info.com. There was a cast of characters there who went by the forum names of TimL, JohnnyMorgan, david5258, and others. One of the most knowledgable was a gentleman who went by the name of oldakronite. He was originally from Akron, Ohio and had the desire to be in radio. OA had realized his dream outside of the area for awhile, but is now back in Northeast Ohio. In June of 2005, OA took the information he used on his posting and started blog called Ohio Media Watch.
Ohio Media Watch went from it's humble beginnings and now has over 1200 unique hits a day. The reason that his blog does so well is that he has more credibility than most local news outlets when it comes to media coverage in Ohio. OMW started as a report of radio and television for Northeast Ohio but has quickly become a reliable source for the whole state, which includes the Dayton/Springfield area, which may interest Pat Jenkins. Happy now Pat?
The reason I give him credit here is that OMW was my first exposure to blogging and the two of us communicated back and forth for a time via email, first about the possibility of me getting into radio part time, then me giving him information from Dave Ramsey's people about Dave not continuing on the Salem Radio network. Eventually I started getting more and more curious about blogging and started this one with the encouragement of OMW, among others. Matter of fact, he welcomed me into the blogosphere with a post.
OMW doesn't do too much on the message boards and especially not Cleveland.com because of some of the abuse he has taken, but did not deserve.
I have liked Ohio Media Watch in the past, the last time being in connection of the Asa Coon school shooting incident last fall, in Cleveland. Last time we actually communicated was on the Listening Party board when he sent me a message of encouragement as a side note to a post he was making the week following my hospitalization last year.
If you're a radio geek like myself, or if you're curious of the workings in radio and television, give Ohio Media Watch a read.