“O-Ee-Yah! Eoh-Ah!” The Changing of the Guard at WREG
Apologies to Wizard of Oz fans but according to the movie script, “O-Ee-Yah! Eoh-Ah!” is what the Winkie guards were chanting as they pranced outside the Wicked Witch’s castle. (My wife thinks they’re saying O-ee-O.) But I digress. It’s not often that I go out on a limb with a single source for information about a story. I like to have something independently confirmed but I trust this source of information and besides I can’t contact those I know (which will be explained in just a moment.) Having said that, my source tells me the changing of the guard is taking place at WREG as the new owners take over from the NYTimes. I’m told the new folks take over Monday morning and the second floor offices occupied by NYTimes Corporate folks have been vacated. That basically would leave sales and the management types wandering around, perhaps even prompting some to consider moving to the prime offices with a view overlooking the river. Perhaps it’s because the corporate folks decided to make like Elvis (and leave the building) but I’m told one has a hard time getting through by corporate email because the NYTimes email system isn’t working. And I’m also told that the gas cards used by photogs aren’t working either. That one seemed to be a bit far fetched but hey, I’m sharing here. (Trust me, TV news stories have been turned on much less credible information than I’ve been given.) I’m sure all of this (the last two items) was preplanned and a back-up plan was put in place to cover the situation. After all, one only gets one chance to make a first impression and I’m sure the new owners want to put their best foot forward. I would imagine the new owners WON’T do what the NYTimes did and make Memphis their broadcast group headquarters although they could do much worse. And if, come Monday morning, the situation goes south, then just click your heels together three times and repeat ” There’s no place like home”.