Well, I'm batting 1.000 on the election and local campaigning.
While Ohio is a "battleground state" and West Virginia borders on the Buckeye State, I didn't think the candidates and their running mates would necessarily be criss-crossing the area with the election weeks away.
While it's in Ohio, much of the southeastern part of the state is more in line with West Virginia, I believe, in its opposition to President Obama. While West Virginia is still overwhelmingly Democratic in voter registration (although independents or "no party" affiliates might be increasing), the results of the state primary in May indicate any campaigning the president might be doing would be over the airwaves.
There's one exception.
Athens, Ohio has a large student population, largely (but not entirely) Democratic. I thought if the president were to come to Southeast Ohio, Athens would be the perfect place to do so. Vice-President Biden was there in September, and I was not surprised to hear President Obama would be there Wednesday.
Will any of the Republican candidates come to SEO? Mitt Romney was in Zanesville a couple of months ago, so it's a possibility.
I see Doug Hess frequently, but I didn't have any idea until last Friday he was leaving his job at Clear Channel Radio of the Mid-Ohio Valley. I also don't have any insights as to why (and probably wouldn't say if I did), other than his taking a new post at the ARC of Wood County.
Doug has his opinions (don't we all?), and we've had some...I'll say, spirited...discussions over the years on how news is covered in the area. Since he's still in the area, and has a job which will continue to put him in contact with the local media, I'm sure we'll have more.
But given the state of radio in the Mid-Ohio Valley, I wouldn't put down any bets on whether Doug's old position with CCRMOV will be filled.
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