After being exposed to yet another national news story about Ohio as a political battleground, local folks may well want to cry out that there are other stories to be told here. Even stories that don’t involve a Bedford bear.
Liz Claman, a former anchor for WEWS (Channel 5) now working for Fox Business Network, thinks there are plenty of other Ohio stories in the business world. Her bosses agree, and she will anchor a series of reports from Cleveland today and tomorrow on FBN from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Under the banner Open for Business, the Claman reports will showcase Ohio business leaders and politicians, among them Gov. John Kasich (in the 2 p.m. hour today), Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson (1 p.m. today), Browns owner-in-waiting Jimmy Haslam (11 a.m. today), Horseshoe Casino General Manager Marcus Glover (4 p.m. today), Forest City Enterprises CEO David Larue (noon Friday), Lubrizol Corp. Chairman James Hambrick (3 p.m. Friday) and FirstEnergy CEO Anthony Alexander (4 p.m. Friday). There will also be a chat with WJW (Channel 8) anchor Bill Martin (noon today).
Guests are subject to change, of course. And the conversations may be fueled by Wednesday night’s presidential candidates debate. “But with a business skew,” Claman said in a recent telephone interview. “We’re a business network.”
All of the segments will be live except one at 11 a.m. Friday involving Sherwin-Williams. “We wanted to go to the lab in Cleveland where they’re developing a new kind of soy paint,” she said. “They never let cameras in there, and they’re letting us in.”
Today’s telecasts will be from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (where Claman said there will be “a huge surprise”), while Friday’s will come from Jacobs Pavilion.
Claman — who was at WEWS from 1991 to 1994 — said that Ohio’s political importance aside, it has long been “an economic driver in this nation. ... We decided that we wanted to pick some great American cities that are open for business despite tough economic times. And Cleveland was tied for first with Houston.”
She said “open for business” referred to not only the array of Fortune 500 companies but ones that are innovators.
“I am thinking of the Cleveland Clinic,” she said. “Right now, the way the Cleveland Clinic has structured its doctors, and the way it runs its hospitals to give top-notch care at a fair price, is being mimicked and copied around the world. Because it is a successful model.”
Rich Heldenfels writes about television and other popular culture for the Beacon Journal and Ohio.com, including in the HeldenFiles Online blog, www.ohio.com/blogs/heldenfiles. He is also on Facebook and Twitter. You can reach him at 330-996-3582 or email@example.com.