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I've been on the news staff at WTAM 1100 since January of 1995, when we were still known as WWWE or "3WE". Hard to believe I've been here so long!
The Cliff's Notes version of my story: I've been in radio over 30 years, and have lived in a number of places, but I've been a Clevelander the majority of my career.
Now, the slightly more detailed version:
Radio has been my passion since I was a kid. I fell asleep every night listening to the radio. My radio career started in 1974 at Central Michigan University, where nearly every year since 2000, I've been involved in the annual Alumni Takeover of our old student station. I also serve on the alumni advisory board for the School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts at CMU.
The first ten years of my radio career took me through Michigan, Delaware and Maryland. Then in the fall of 1987, I suddenly had the desire to look for work in Cleveland. Cleveland? The town they called the "mistake on the lake?" The town with a tower that's Terminal, a lake that's Erie and roads that are Marginal? At the time, I had my reasons for coming here, but I'm glad I stayed.
My first job in Greater Cleveland was a year spent as news director of the former WBKC in Painesville. From 1988 to 1993 I was an anchor and reporter at WERE until the one-time home of "People Power" abandoned local news and broke up its award-winning news department. In between WERE and WWWE/WTAM, I spent a couple of years as public information director for the non-profit Substance Abuse Initiative of Greater Cleveland, a drug abuse prevention agency (if the timeline doesn't match up, I joined 3WE part-time while still doing my PR duties).
I'm married to Karen, a native Clevelander. I'm an active member of St. Angela Merici church in Fairview Park as a lector and PSR teacher. My musical passion is 50s and 60s oldies, such as the ones played on iHeartRadio.com's Real Oldies channel. The music file on my Android phone is filled with oldies from that era, including a lot of "one hit wonders" like "Michael (The Lover)" by The C.O.D's, "May I" by Bill Deal and the Rhondels, and "The Cheater" by Bob Kuban and the In-Men. Songs that truly fit the definition of "moldy oldie."
My favorite food is steamed Chesapeake Bay blue crabs, best served "all you can eat" at my favorite crab houses near Salisbury, Maryland, the Old Mill in Delmar, Delaware, and the Red Roost in Whitehaven, Maryland. If your travels take you to the Delmarva Peninsula, here's a lesson in how to properly pick crabs, so that you can look and act like a local. Sounding like a local out there is a different story. My wife says that when we visit Delmarva, my accent changes, but it goes away when we get back to Cleveland.
I love baseball. My philosphy about the game is best summed up in the speech by James Earl Jones near the end of "Field of Dreams":
You can't say that about football or basketball, but when it comes to football, I am very passionate about my Central Michigan University Chippewas.
Since I was a kid, I have loved reading newspapers, and I mean the real kind made from paper and ink. At this link, you can see PDF files of today's newspaper front pages from all across the nation and around the world, courtesy of the Newseum in Washington, DC. It's a fascinating way to look at how local news coverage is done in other cities.
I have enjoyed meeting and interviewing celebrities, including Bob Hope, Charlton Heston, James Brown and Chuck Berry, and even Lorain native Don Novello as Father Guido Sarducci. The funniest interview I ever did was with perennial presidential candidate, comedian Pat Paulsen. If there was one interviewee over whom I gushed, it was Bob Keeshan, who I grew up watching as "Captain Kangaroo."
Other highlights of my career: I broadcast emergency information about Hurricane Gloria in 1985 to the Delmarva Peninsula, and information about the Blizzard of '78 to listeners in Southern Michigan. I described the beauty of dozens of tall ships as they passed up the Delaware River to Philadelphia, and I broadcast live from the "Ground Zero" of a locked down, downtown Cleveland, as the KKK ralled on the same day as the first game at the new Browns Stadium. Making "lemonade out of lemons", I once did an award-winning series about car theft prevention, after my own car was stolen.
I have been honored by the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters and the Society of Professional Journalists as the state's best large market radio news anchor. I have also won the Achievement In Radio (A.I.R.) Award as Cleveland's best radio news anchor. In addition, I have won the Press Club of Cleveland's award for doing Ohio's best radio newscast.
Here are answers to a couple questions about me. I'm not really "five-foot-four" as WTAM 1100's Mike Trivisonno nicknamed me years ago ("Five-foot-four Tommy Moore"). I'm really closer to five-foot-seven, but that doesn't rhyme. As for the deliberate "I'm Tom Moore," in newscasts, it started when our newscasts ended with the anchor saying "I'm (anchor name) on Cleveland's only Newsradio..." I decided to deliberately separate "Moore" from "on," as my mother didn't raise a moron.
By the way, I LOVE to keep up old blog entries. They were once in chronological order, starting with the newest. That was until late January of 2011, when corporate decided that no copyrighted photos could be posted on any web site. As a result, photos were taken off my blog, unless they were ones that I took myself, and that changed the dates everything was posted, and mixed up the order.
Enough about me. I'd like to hear from you. E-mail me at email@example.com.
These days, you'll hear me on WTAM 1100 mostly at 5:30 and 6 p.m. I spend the rest of my day anchoring newscasts for our sister stations, Newstalk 570 WKBN in Youngstown, and FM Newstalk 104.7 in Pittsburgh.
I haven't posted anything on this blog since last July! I better write something now, or else have my blogging privileges taken away from me by the web folks.
A few years back, all of us in the newsroom were given blogging privileges here on wtam.com. I used to write something at least once a week. I'd write about things in the news. I'd write about personal stuff. I'd post photos. A year ago, I wrote extensively about the surgery I had to remove an acoustic neuroma, a benign tumor near the inner ear.
Then, in the past year, I cut back. Why?
What I have written in the past in long blog entries, I now post on my Facebook page. If you want to see any of it, you can just click on the link to the left, and it'll take you to my Facebook page. I've even converted my page to Timeline. If you really, really want to, you can see stuff I posted on Facebook two years ago.
I'm also fairly active on Twitter right now. I have my Twitter account set up so that my Tweets also become my Facebook status updates. The link to my Tweets is also to the left of this column.
There's a big difference between blogging, Facebook and Twitter. Twitter limits you to 144 characters. That is quite appropriate for someone who has done radio news for over 30 years, since I learned long ago to write quickly and briefly. Facebook doesn't have the limits it used to, but most of us who have been on Facebook for a few years have gotten so used to keeping posts to 400 words or less. Again, that's quite a comfortable thing for someone who writes five-minute newscasts.
A blog is different. It's unlimited. It's lengthy. It's also not as easy to post to as it is to post on Facebook or Twitter. To post on either of those social media sites, I can go right to those pages, post, and I'm done. I can do it from my smartphone. The blog means I have to do it at work (it can only be accessed from corporate computers) and I am supposed to go into explanations of stuff.
I'm a radio news anchor. I'm not used to going into long-winded explanations.
If you want to keep up with me, or see what I have to say about what's happening in the world, or even here in Cleveland, become a Facebook friend of mine, or follow me on Twitter. Just click on the links to the left.
I'm not abandoning this blog. Not at all. In fact, I've made sure that nearly all my old blog posts are still available. Think of as a way to get into the head of the guy you hear do the news at the top of the hour, weekday evenings on WTAM 1100. Of course, a couple of surgeons got into my head a year ago, but you'll have to scroll down to read about that (and see the photos of the scar that looked like a question mark by my left ear).
(Guess I'd better also update my photo. I've grown a bit of facial hair in the past couple of months, most of it white as snow.)
For two days this weekend, they’ll close I-405 – “The 405” as they say out there – through the mountain pass north of west L.A. to start demolition of a bridge. It’s all part of a project that calls for widening 405.
But then, I started to think. Aren’t we Clevelanders going into a panic because of all the lane changes and closures related to the work on the new Innerbelt bridge?
No we aren’t. Yes, some drivers are having a hard time dealing with it, but we are not calling it “Carmageddon” when the westbound lanes of I-90 are closed for an entire weekend, or when the E. 22nd and Carnegie offramps can be accessed only by traffic on northbound I-77 merging into I-90.
Why aren’t we panicking? Well, of course, there are far fewer drivers here than in
But what if, and I say, what if, every freeway crossing over the Cuyahoga River in Cuyahoga County were completely closed, forcing you to go all the way to the Turnpike to go from east to west? Now, that would give you an idea of the panic that’s facing drivers who want to go from west
I found a funny piece from Monday’s Los Angeles Times that made me think about how the folks at ODOT could help us get across the
Actually, if there’s one thing about all this, it makes me glad I live in
If anyone’s tough, it’s a Clevelander.
WTAM 1100’s news staff started doing news for our sister station in
Some of the news stories had to do about the success of the
I was quite happy to hear the news that Jim Tressel had been hired at
Fast forward to this week. Jim Tressel has resigned after it became clear that he covered up news that some players had traded their trinkets for tattoos. Sports Illustrated has reported that this kind of thing has been going on for years.
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who received some of the freebies, is now being accused of being able to drive expensive cars from a used car dealer. I’m sorry, but saying he was able to take a GMC Denali to his hometown in
Even though Tressel has resigned, there will still be an investigation by the NCAA. It makes me wonder if this investigation could spread.
Maybe it’s about time that the nation’s major colleges give up the pretense that players in major sports are amateurs, and somehow give them some kind of payment. Make them more like minor league teams in baseball. Isn’t that really what major college football and basketball teams are, anyway? Farm teams for the NFL and the NBA?
In this respect, it would also be nice if smaller colleges got more attention. More of us should be following teams from NCAA Division III, like University of Mount Union. The kids who play football for