Following yesterday's news that Beacon Journal columnist Patrick McManamon is leaving the paper for a gig at AOL Fanhouse, here's a little explanation as to what you can expect from the ABJ in terms of replacing him, both short-term and long-term.
"We didn’t want him to go,” said one of his bosses a few notches above the sports editor. And he said further that in these tough economic times, the BJ editors are not permitted to find a replacement. Marla Ridenour thus will be called upon to take up much of the column writing chores. Some news side reporters (several are interested, the editor said) will be called in to lend a hand. Lending a hand does not mean they will be switching from news to sports. They will just be doing some sports along with their news.
Some BJ old timers also would like to see more from Sheldon Ocher — like the beautiful piece he did last week on Austin Carr.
I've also heard that while ABJ won't hire a replacement right now, they might consider it after the guild negotiations — a bloody, noxious affair so far, from what I've heard — finish up later this month with a new contract. In the meantime, I suppose look for Ridenour and in-house news writers to fill in.