I've written before about my college and early broadcasting days. But I had a chance recently to take part in a reunion where not all of the participants were my age, even though they (at least once) had a common goal: to make names for themselves in broadcasting and journalism.
A group of former Ohio University students, who also worked for the college's radio and television station, WOUB, have put together an alumni society. It held a reunion October 15-16, and several former students who broadcast for the stations took part.
Some are names you may have heard of, such as Martin Savidge. Savidge has been a correspondent for CNN and NBC. At NBC, he is credited with establishing the network's New Orleans bureau after being among the network's many reporters who covered Hurricane Katrina. Marty, as he's known by nearly all of his colleagues, was at WOUB at about the same time I was there in the late 1970's. In fact, when WOUB-AM broadcast a two-hour morning local news block, I was the person who replaced Savidge on the program.
There was also someone there who was at WTAP well before my time. Joe Flanagan was at the station in the early 1970's. I caught him up on the passing of former staffers such as Glenn Wilson, Tom Neale and Sam Slater.
The weekend's highlight was an all-alumni broadcast of the TV station's nightly newscast. While I wasn't involved in it, the two men mentioned above were, along with Brian McIntyre, who, until a couple of years ago, was the Cleveland correspondent for the Ohio News Network.
The WOUB Alumni Society is looking to connect with other former O.U. students who were part of the station (and I know that includes some former WTAP broadcasters as well). It has a page both on Facebook and Twitter, and wants to do more reunions in the future.
Now...wasn't this better than my opining on the current election campaign (which I will probably do before election day)?