Friday, June 28, 2013
Thursday, June 27, 2013
The Akron Racers of the National Fast Pitch League open their home season this weekend at Firestone Park. Catcher Sam Mardar and Kelley Montalvo, who plays third base preview the new season, which includes two games this Saturday, at 1:00 and 8:00pm, both being carried on ESPN 2.
Sam and Kelley are enthused about the Racers this season, and urge you to go to Firestone Park to catch a game. The racers are one of only four NFP teams in the country. Good luck Sam, Kelley, and the rest of the Akron Racers!
Kate Hubben is a client advisor for Willis of Ohio, which offers risk management advice and service. That sevice includes sifting through the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, to help her clients make the best decisions for their companies and workers.
She explains how premiums will rise, and how some individuals may choose to take the tax penalty, rather than pay for health insurance. She also tells Jim how some companies may legally opt out of providing health coverage for their employees, and at what price.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Dr. William Thesling makes the case for development of thorium as an energy source. He says using the element in a Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor would generate fuel less expensive than that generated by coal, and much less wasteful and toxic than that generated by uranium.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Eric Sosinski, also known as Eroc, plays bass guitar and sings with several bands in Greater Cleveland, including Michael Stanley and the Resonators, Wish You Were Here, and Colin Dussalt's Acoustic Side Project with his long-time collaborator Jim Tigue, of Jim and Eroc's Classic Rick Duo.
Eroc just returned from a number of shows in Europe, with the Blindside Blues Band. But he's focusing his attention now on a fellow musician who faces mounting medical bills. The J. R. Jam will feature a number of local musicians Sunday, June 30th at the Sly Fox in North Olmsted, to raise funds for Jim J. R. Richley.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
The United Way of Greater Cleveland has been under the leadership of Bill Kitson for just over a year. He inherited an organization that has met its goal for the past 3 years, including last year's goal of $41 million. More than 100 agencies get money from the United Way of Greater Cleveland for more than 200 programs that help more than 450,000 people. Among them are the students of the Cleveland Metropolitan school District. The United Way is looking for volunteers to help the 13 "investment schools," identified as those most in need.
Ride United is a fundraiser and an awareness campaign. Bill tells Jim that the bike ride between Cleveland and Akron is also a way to promote a healthy community. The ride starts Sunday morning at Cleveland State University, and offers riders the chance to bike routes from 12 to 100 miles.
Fifth Third Bank brings the Financial Empowerment Mobile, or eBus to Cleveland every year, and stops in neighborhoods where residents don't typically use regular bank branches. Marketing Manager Liz Wetter tells Jim about the experts on board who offer financial advice from mortgages to investments.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Cleveland Rotarian Dave Diffendal is a financial planner from Lakewood who wants to live an extraordinary life. He defines that by helping others throughout the world. This year, has traveled to India on a medical mission and to South Korea with an international exchange program.
In his interview with Jim, Dave discusses how the residents of Seoul, South Korea see the city of Cleveland, and how a group of Cleveland doctors travel to India every year to provide free medical services.
In part one of Jim McIntyre's interview, Harold discusses the mechanics of podcasting, and how he has been able to make a living interviewing authors of books about paranormal phenomena.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Money is being raised for the Cleveland Courage Fund, established for Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus through a fashion show June 15 at Southpark Mall. The show is presented by Unite This City, and organization that helps raise funds for a variety of charities.
Don DiFranco founded Unite This City at the start of 2013, and it has grown faster than he ever imagined. He joins Jim to talk about how the organization also helps local business and consumers. Director of Events and Charities Brandy Bright talks about the fashion show and other events sponsored by Unite This City.
The summer schedule is full at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. Executive Director Tami Brown and Dive Safety Coordinator Halle Minshall join Jim McIntyre to talk about special programs and activities at the Aquarium, including an upcoming performance by Alex Bevan.
Halle also talks about diving with the 18 sharks, the moray eels and the other fish at the aquarium. Divers must maintain the tanks that hold the fish
Thursday, June 13, 2013
This movie is said to be the largest independent film project ever produced by a local film crew. Amy Tankersley Swinderman of 1031 Films and Todd Kwait, Executive Director of Independent Pictures talk about building a local film industry in Cleveland, and how "Made in Cleveland" is an example of the kind of work Cleveland film makers can produce. It is comprised of 11 short films which all deal with different subject matter. Some local celebrities act in some of the shorts. "Made in Cleveland" premieres June 13th at the Atlas Cinema's Lakeshore 7 Theatres in Euclid.
Lance Rice is about to embark on the journey of a lifetime. He's touring several of the breweries in the midwest. Lance has encyclopedic knowledge of beer, thanks to his phtographic memory, and his passion for the beverage. Lance also has autism. His nephew Aaron Rice plans to document the tour on film. And lance plans to write a book about beer when he returns.
Lance has been interviewed several times prior to the start of his brewery tour, but Jim's interview was his first. It had to be done in a creative way, and it was, as you'll hear in this interview with Lance and Aaron Rice.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
The Fourth of July this year will be extra special, for the Port of Cleveland is hosting the 2013 Tall Ships Festival. A dozen of the sailing vessels will dock here for the holiday weekend, following the Parade of Sail late in the afternoon of July 3rd.
The festival is presented by the Rotary Club of Cleveland. Members have volunteered thousands of hours to make sure the festival comes off without a hitch.
Jerry Jarzabeck and Paul Qua, two long-time members of the Rotary Club of Cleveland describe how you can board and sail on these fantastic replicas of our maritime past, and how you can volunteer .
Akron General Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute in Cuyahoga Falls helps patients recover from a variety of injuries and illnesses. And as Associate Vice President Lynn Blinco explains in this interview, sometimes they throw in a round of golf.
Monday, June 10, 2013
Learn how to save for college and save on taxes, through the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority, as Jim McIntyre interviews Paul Paeglis, Executive Director of the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority.
Saturday, June 8, 2013
By day, Josh Womack is Regional Development Manager for the National Kidney Foundation serving Ohio, Kentucky, and Eastern and Middle Tennessee. But Josh moonlights as a stand-up comedian, performing in venues throughout Ohio.
Josh talks about the business of being funny, and the very serious cause of the National Kidney Foundation in this interview. He also tells the story of a business owner in Cleveland who was once in need of a kidney transplant, and who received the lifesaving organ from one of his employees.
The annual Kidney Walk takes place Sunday June 9 at the Great Lakes Science Center.
Local singer Ashley Nemeh has written and recorded a song for Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus. She tells Jim the story behind "Anything is Possible," and how proceeds from the sale of the song will be contributed to the Cleveland Courage Fund.
State Representative Matt Lynch (R-76) makes his case against Medicaid expansion, for tax cuts, and explains why he has introduced a bill to prohibit illegal immigrants from obtaining Ohio driver's licences.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
The Susan G Komen 3 Day event, which raises money by having participants pledge $2,500 and walking 60 miles over a three-day period, is being canceled in Cleveland and six other cities after this year's event.
At least one Right to Life chapter believes the cancellation is due to a drop in participation because of Komen's funding ties to Planned Parenthood.
Jim spoke with Sean Shacklett, the Executive Director of Susan G. Komen, Northeast Ohio Affiliate, prior to the announcement. Shacklett talked about this year's 3 Day event, and the Race for the Cure, which will be held in September in Cleveland.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Veteran Cleveland sports writer, broadcaster, and raconteur Dan Coughlin has written a follow-up to his first book, Crazy With The Papers To Prove It. Pass The Nuts is subtitled More Stories About The Most Unusual, Eccentric And Outlandish People I've Known In Four Decades As A Sports Journalist. But Jim talks with Dan in Part I of his interview mostly about Dan's career, including how he almost put WHK out of business in the 1980's.
In Part II of Jim's interview with Dan Coughlin, Dan discusses some of the people he has covered in his career, including Gene Hickerson, Dick Schafrath and Doug Dieken of the Cleveland Browns.
He also talks about Jack Lengyel, the coach who inspired the movie "We Are Marshall."
A Most Excellent Race is the name of annual benefit for the Achievement Centers for Children's Camp Cheerful.
Deborah Osgood, Vice President of Development and Marketing describes the race, to be held on June 23rd at Beaumont School. Deborah also tells Jim the kind of help offered by the Achievement Centers for Children at Camp Cheerful.
Monday, June 3, 2013
Tens of thousands of people have plans to visit Cleveland this summer, to either compete or root for an athlete competing in the 2013 National Senior Games. President of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, David Gilbert tells Jim there will be more athletes competing here in July than there were for the last Olympic Games.
Gilbert's organization is responsible for bringing the games to Cleveland, and for making sure they are a success. He needs volunteers. Click here to learn more about volunteer opportunities for the National Senior Games.
Author Ed Paulson is holding three seminars this week at three separate branches of the Cleveland Public Library. He offers helpful advice on starting a business in this interview with Jim, and will expand on that advice during the seminars.