There's talk that WVRC is looking at continuing to do pre-game and post-game shows independently of the IMG broadcasts, but that would seem to be problematic, beginning with the possibility (or probability) that the actual game broadcasts would air on other stations in each market.
There are also a lot of exclusivity provisions in the WVU contract with IMG, including provisions that would prevent WVRC's shows from originating from the stadium or Coliseum. Broadcasts originating from studios in Sabraton would seem awfully dull, although a sports bar format might be better.
Likewise, what's the point of a post-game show which, given the IMG contract, would have no player or coaches' interviews, and no access to game audio for highlights? (I suppose they could make like Ronald Reagan at WHO radio in Iowa, and re-create the play-by-play ...)
Speaking of Democrats turned Republican, I'm told some of the GOP county chairs and party faithful in the 3rd Congressional District are miffed they did not get even a courtesy call from state Sen. Evan Jenkins advising them he was changing parties to run for Congress.
Speaking of WVU, interesting factoid in the new SREB Fact Book on Higher Education: The university ranks in the top 100 nationally in the number of National Merit Scholars enrolled as freshmen in 2011, tied for 98th with 16 scholars enrolled.
More evidence that WVU continues to make strides academically under President James Clements, although at some point, the state needs to heed the advice of former Delegate John Doyle and toughen admission standards for in-state students.
(I've often said WVU is a de facto selective admissions institution, since individual colleges and schools have separate, tougher admission requirements, such as the Journalism Qualifying Exam to enroll in the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism.)
Finally, I was at a loss Thursday evening when I started getting tweets from Delegate Justin Marcum, and others, referencing my guest appearance on the new History Channel reality series "Hatfields and McCoys-White Lightning."
I had to replay the episode to find the scene, where a Hatfield patriarch is reading the Sunday Gazette-Mail at the breakfast table -- and where my Sunday column photo sig is clearly visible for several seconds.
I've been checking the mailbox waiting for the residual checks to start rolling in.Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.