Longtime PD / Cleveland.com Sports Columnist Bud Shaw Joining WKYC


[image-1] Longtime Plain Dealer / Cleveland.com sports columnist Bud Shaw, he of the infamous Spin, has announced that he'll be joining WKYC next week.

Shaw will be writing for the news channel's website, WKYC.com, and said on Twitter that he'll still be cranking out his "You Said It" column, featuring reader commentary.

Shaw was among a handful of veteran Cleveland.com reporters who accepted voluntary buyouts earlier this year. In his final column, he recapped his career at the PD.

"My job here took me to cities and countries I might not otherwise have visited, but the connection and friendships are what I consider the greatest bonus from almost 27 years of sports writing in Cleveland," he wrote.

In that column, Shaw said he had no immediate plans to leave Cleveland, despite having grown up in Philly, but his local job prospects were uncertain. WKYC may seem like an unusual landing spot for a print columnist. But the channel's director of digital operations is Denise Polverine, another Cleveland.com alum. She has amped up the station's web presence in recent years and will no doubt hope to gain a few more of the region's available sports clicks.

But the crowded local sports media market now includes The Athletic, the subscription-based digital sports page featuring some of region's top sportswriters. Shaw will have to spin hard and often if he hopes to regain traction in the digital landscape (hellscape?) across which we all woefully traverse.

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