August Insider

From the October 2010 edition

Classical music fans were disappointed when WOSU-FM abandoned its all-classical format in 2008. Now, WOSU administrators are hoping those once-disgruntled Beethoven buffs will pony up now that the Ohio State-owned station has bought the frequency of CD101 (101.1 on the FM dial) and promised to convert it to a full-time classical operation. Karen Olstad, chief operating officer for WOSU Public Media, says the station is launching a fundraising campaign to pay for the $5.7 million purchase, which also includes a tower and transmitter equipment, from CD101 owner Roger Vaughan. The two sides are expected to close the deal sometime in September or early October, Olstad says. At that time, WOSU will need to pay $2.25 million, with the rest to be paid out over the next 20 years. The university will provide a short-term internal loan for that upfront payment, but Olstad stresses that WOSU will have to pay it back. “We do need to raise the money, and we think we can,” she says.

Columbus Museum of Art spokeswoman Nancy Colvin told Insider that New Year’s Day 2011 will be the unveiling of the massively renovated facility. (There will be a special CMA members-only weekend Dec. 28 through 31.) The $6.9 million remodel began last October and includes updates to the museum’s auditorium, first floor, lighting and exterior features, among many other things.

With its scandalous mix of sex, drugs and gruesome violence, the sensational 1929 murder of Theora Hix is the kind of story that calls for a book-length treatment. Well, it’s finally got one—in fact, two. This spring, two small publishing houses released books that tell the tale of lovers James Snook, an Ohio State University professor, and Hix, an OSU student murdered by him. Gold Medal Killer (Snook was an Olympic champion marksman) is written by Nancy Pennell and Diana Britt Franklin (a former Dispatch business editor previously known as Peter Franklin), while The Professor and the Coed was penned by Central Ohio journalist Mark Gribben.

While applications were due in early May for PNC Bank’s new Arts Alive program—providing grants for arts initiatives in Central Ohio—the financial institution is staying mum about the details of which and how many arts groups applied and examples of the projects presented. They received a “very robust number of applications. So much so that it’s multiples of the dollars we have available to grant,” says PNC regional president Mike Gonsiorowski. “They came from big organizations, small organizations, Columbus and outside Columbus. . . . We’re very pleased.” Two-thirds of the applicants have been selected to enter a Phase II application and the winners of the grant funding for 2011 will be announced in mid September.

The OSU board of trustees traditionally has been the realm of prominent lawyers, political insiders and captains of industry. In June, however, Gov. Ted Strickland reached out to a traditionally ignored constituency, ex-jocks, when he named Buckeye basketball great Clark Kellogg to the board. “It was, quite honestly, more of a surprise than anything,” Kellogg tells Insider. “I’m flattered to have the opportunity to do it.” Kellogg says his experience with college athletics—both as a player and in his current role as a broadcaster for CBS Sports—was a key reason he got the job. Also, Kellogg won’t be the only athlete on the panel. Strickland also named Moritz College of Law student Brandon Mitchell, who played football for OSU and the Houston Texans in the NFL, as the board’s student representative.

This story appeared in the August 2010 issue of Columbus Monthly.