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By Rich Heldenfels Published: October 25, 2013

WKSU has a new program director. Here's the official word:

Ele Ellis has joined the WKSU staff as the station’s program director. She will be responsible for managing the sound of WKSU’s broadcast content, including the primary signal and the HD Radio all news and all classical channels. Ellis comes to Northeast Ohio from WUGA in Athens, Georgia, where she also served as program director.

A native of Nashville, Tenn., Ellis began her public radio career as a host at WNCW in Spindale, N. Carolina, where she eventually became Program Director. While at WNCW, Ellis hosted the bluegrass program “Goin’ Across the Mountain.” She moved from North Carolina to take the position of Associate General Manager/Director of Programming at Boise State Radio in Boise, Idaho.

WKSU Executive Director Dan Skinner says, “We feel very fortunate to have Ele on board to help lead the station into an undiscovered public radio future. Her knowledge of programming – including news, classical music and even folk music – and her obvious love of public radio makes her an ideal fit for WKSU.”

TBS is preparing to celebrate Conan O'Brien's 20 years in late-night; that dates to his hosting "Late Night" on NBC beginning in September 1993. That official word:

20 Years of Conan PollTBSand Team Coco are inviting fans of Conan O'Brien to participate in a special celebration marking the host's 20th anniversary in late night. The Team Coco website is hosting 20 Years of Conan: The "Best Of" Fan Poll, which asks fans to choose their favorites from Conan's 3,300+ hours of late night madness. Fans can vote in four categories: Favorite Conan Character, Favorite Conan Guest, Favorite Conan "Desk Bit" and Favorite Conan Remote.

 Starting Monday, Oct. 28, TBS's CONAN will take a look back at Conan's late-night hosting career with memorable clips from the past 20 years.

 20 Years of Conan Poll:

Cleveland's own Drew Carey will chat with "CBS Sunday Morning" this weekend. The word: 

Drew Carey, host of CBS’s THE PRICE IS RIGHT, is plenty happy doing the game show, but returning to standup comedy has made him even happier, he tells Ben Tracy in an interview for CBS SUNDAY MORNING to be broadcast Oct. 27, 2013 (9:00 AM ET) on the CBS Television Network.

 While Carey spends his days on the popular game show, he’s now spending some of his weekends in comedy clubs to boost his own feelings.

 “I was plenty happy, believe me, but I am happier when I am doing standup, and I don’t really care about the money. I care about the experience more than anything else,” Carey tells Tracy. “It’s fun.”

 His standup performance is a bit more adult than the family-friendly fare on the game show and shows a different side of his personality.

 “Part of it is intimacy. You want to talk like you do when you are with your friends having a beer,” he says of his standup. “I do it on purpose, because that’s how I want to present myself, and it’s all really well thought out. It’s not because I’m just lazy.”

 In a wide-ranging interview, Carey talks about his work on THE PRICE IS RIGHT, the craft of comedy, and his decision to lose excess weight.

“I was just tired and run down all the time and sick of it,” Carey tells Tracy of his 80-pound weight loss. “Sick of taking Ambien every night to go to sleep. Sick of drinking four to five Pepsis a day to stay awake. It just drains you. Couldn’t keep up with my kid – he would want to run out and play tag and I would get so tired. When you are out of shape and fat, you just get so tired so quick.”





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