For an unknown reason back in 2014, Mayor John Cranley created a "Commissioner of Fun" role for the City of Cincinnati and he picked former radio station owner Frank Wood Jr, a man in his 70's, to be that "Commissioner of Fun."
WCPO is reporting that the City is stating there are no more fun events coming from the Commissioner. Frank Wood has stepped down and admits that this special position was a failure. He believe it lacked staff to help him. To me that seems like a cop-out. Instead the failure should land squarely at Cranley's feet. Cranley created this thing and allowed a tiny factional amount of money to be spent on it. He incorrectly looked back to his youth and WEBN radio and thought Frank Wood did stuff magically. No, it took money. Having a drunk fest every Labor Day weekend along the river didn't just happen with access to the City Hall copy machine. It took money. Also Cranley doesn't get is that the craziness of Riverfest Cranley knew ended 25 years ago.
This idea was pointless. It was Cranley's vain attempt to appear cool, while not actually doing anything and having something he can point to when it fails. I am pointing at Cranley, so he can forget about letting this slide without notice. Also, I am not sorry to tell John that there is nothing he can do, ever, to be cool. I know uncool things very well and John Cranley is the modern day prototype.