Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Original Dream Girl Helps the Youth of Mt. Zion

The original Dream Girl, Jennifer Holliday will perform November 8th at Mt. Zion  Church in Oakwood Village, to benefit the Children and Youth Center of Leadership and Excellence the church plans to build.

Sharon Evans, the Development Contractor for the Center talks about the family-based ministry of Mt. Zion Church, led by Pastor Larry Macon.

Ms. Evans also discusses plans to honor our nation's heroes at Mt. Zion, with a Veteran's Day program at the church, featuring former Tuskegee Airman Colonel Roy Richardson and Newschannel 5's Leon Bibb.

The Big Chuck and Lil' John Ghoulardifest To Feature Tim Conway, Hoolihan, and Goddard

The Big Chuck and Lil' John  Ghoulardifest celebrates all things Ghoulardi.  This is the 50th anniversary year of the first Ghoulardi broadcast, and fittingly, this year's celebration will be the most memorable of all.
Tim Conway will make a special appearance On Saturday afternoon.

In this interview with Jim, Lil' John explains the Tim Conway connection, and shared several other stories related to Ghoulardi's alter ego, Ernie Anderson, and the late night shows that followed, including Hoolihan and Big Chuck.  Bob Wells (aka Hoolihan) will also appear at Ghoulardifest.

It takes place November 1, 2 and 3 at the LaVilla Conference and Banquet Center on Brookpark Road in Cleveland, and will feature non-stop entertainment, including two Beatles tribute bands.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Constitutional Issues Debated By Legal Heavy Hitters

Constitution Under Fire, an examination of current events viewed within the context of the U. S. Constitution, featured the insights of  Hugh Hewitt, host of the Hugh Hewitt Show from 6:00-9:00PM on AM 1420, The Answer, and  Avery Friedman, the Cleveland-based civil right attorney who serves as a legal analyst for CNN.  Both teach constitutional law and have different opinions about the constitutionality of issues like Obamacare, presidential power, and privacy protections. But they find common ground on some issues, too. 

The spirited exchange, which took place on Friday, October 25, 2013 at Lockkeeper's Restaurant in Valley View, Ohio is posted below.  And you can read a review of the event posted on the Akron Beacon Journal website here.

Monday, October 28, 2013

A Wounded Warrior Gets Help, After Getting Ripped Off

Alex and Mallorie Haworth are getting some much needed help, thanks in large part to the Northeast Ohio Foundation for Patriotism, or NEOPAT  Alex is a wounded warrior, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan who returned home after suffering severe injuries on the battlefield.  He and Malorie purchased what they thought would be their dream house in their hometown of Olmsted Falls.  But it was a nightmare.

Mike Swallow, the founder of NEOPAT is helping the Haworths in a number of ways, as he explains in this interview with Jim.  And Alex and Mallorie explain their situation, and express their heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has chipped-in to help their burgeoning family.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Working to Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse

The state of Ohio has launched a new initiative, along with The Partnership at to tackle prescription pain medication abuse among children and teens.  In this interview, Jim discusses the effort with Orman Hall, the Director of the Governor's Cabinet Opiate Action team, Steve Cline of the Partnership at, and Rob Brandt, who lost his son to an overdose, and who works to prevent it from happening to others through Robby's Voice.

Friday, October 25, 2013

The Rolling Stones are the Rock Hall's Music Masters

Greg Harris, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum previews the tribute concert to honor the Rolling Stones in the 18th annual Music Masters Series Saturday night.  He also explains how the Stones have endured for more than 50 years, and promotes the exhibit on the Rolling Stones on display at the Rock Hall through the end of the year.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Healthspot Offers Medical Care To Inner City Children

A Healthspot has opened in Cleveland's Central "Promise" neighborhood, to provide inner city children access to pediatricians from UH Rainbow Babies and Children Hospital after hours and on weekends. In this interview,  Dr. Drew Hertz, Medical Director for UH Rainbow Care Connection says it's the first pediatric telemedicine hub in the country.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Hugh Hewitt, Avery Friedman and Lunch at Lockkeepers

It should be an interesting exchange between AM 1420 evening talk show host Hugh Hewitt, a constitutional law professor, and local attorney  Avery Friedman, who also teaches constitutional law and who appears on CNN as a legal analyst.  You hear Hugh every night from 6:00 to 9:00.  Listen here to Avery Friedman in this interview with Jim, to discern how differently he interprets the constitution.  And click here to buy tickets to this Friday's lunch and lively debate.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Hardest Thing In This World, By Nicole Eva Fraser

This is the first novel for Nicole Eva Fraser, who works at American Greetings and volunteers for Project Learn.  The Bay Village writer has visited eastern Africa to help tutor students there, and is helping send a young man from Malawi through college. 

The Hardest Thing In This World is a literary novel about family, mental illness, and the search for hope and meaning in the pain that touches her characters' lives.  The book begins with an act that some may consider shocking.  Jim and Nicole talk about it about 20 minutes into the interview.

Listen to the end of the interview to hear how Buffy the Vampire Slayer inspired the title of the novel.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Nathan Putrich Offers Hope For The Future

Nathan Putrich is an extraordinary young man who graduated from high school last June, and is currently an intern with the Cleveland Council on World Affairs. It is just one of many extracurricular youth activities Nathan has been involved with, as he explains in this interview with Jim.

Nathan plans to attend a bible college for a semester in Hungary next year, and plans to major in Political Economy and Business when he returns to the U. S. He hopes to be a U. S. Senator someday, and when you listen to this interview, you will likely conclude that he will achieve that goal.

Hattie Larlham's Circle of Caring is Coming

The Circle of Caring fundraiser for Hattie Larlham takes place November 2 at the Bertram Inn in Aurora.  Hattie Larlham has been offering programs and services for individuals with developmental disabilities for more than 50 years.  CEO Dennis Allen talks about the origins of the organization, and Tonnie Alliance, Manager of Corporate Relations  and Special Events promotes Circle of Caring.

Planning in Advance For Your Health Care Needs

Jodi Wagner, Manager of Inpatient Services of Akron General Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service discusses advance directives.  It will be the topic of a workshop called Advance Care Planning: Let Your Wishes Be Known,  October 29th atthe Akron General Health and Wellness Center in Montrose.

Tony Thomas of Welcome House

Welcome House is comprised of 32 facilities in various locations throughout Cuyahoga County to help children and adults with developmental disabilities.  Jim interviews Executive Director Tony Thomas, as the Welcome House staff prepares for the annual Gingerbread Lane, a promotion at Great Northern Mall featuring 13 gingerbread houses made by professional bakers to bring awareness to Welcome House.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Reversing Symptoms Of Dementia At Eliza Jennings

Saido Learning is being used at the Eliza Jennings Senior Care Network to help reverse the effects of dementia, without the use of drugs.  President and CEO Deborah Hiller explains how effectively Saido Learning works, and why the technique, pioneered in Japan, is offered only at Eliza Jennings.

Government Finance 101 With CWRU Prof Bill Mahnic

Bill Mahnic, Associate Professor of Banking and Finance at the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management, stands squarely on the side of fiscal conservatives in the continuing partial government shutdown and the looming deadline on the debt ceiling.  He explains how the argument over funding the government only concerns 39% of government spending.  The rest of the money collected by the US government, our tax money, 61% is spent on entitlement programs that have automatic increases built-in.  That's why it's so hard to reign-in spending.

Pediatric Medical Innovation Winners At UH Rainbow


Medical innovations are being showcased in Cleveland this week.  And at  University Hospitals Case Medical Center developers of pediatric innovations were honored last week.  Phil Cola, Vice President of Research and Technology at UH describes this year's winners, and innovations of the past.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

A Ski Lift On Steroids: Cleveland Skylift

Cleveland Skylift is a concept that could become as iconic as the Terminal Tower and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.  Ski lift-type cars strung between 14 popular destinations downtown and in Ohio City, offering not just transportation, but an education and entertainment experience as well.

Jon Stahl is the driving force behind building Cleveland Skylift, and he's hoping to get the first phase financed by this spring, when proposals are due for attracting the 2016 political conventions to Cleveland.  He imagines the first Skylift being used by convention goers to get from the new Hilton Hotel at the Cleveland Convention Center to the lakefront.

In this interview, Jon explains his motivation.  He works on the lakefront, having purchased and converted the former Hornblower's Restaurant next to Burke Lakefront Airport into an office building for his software company, Lean Dog.  He envisions a floating office park, and Cleveland Skylift would be a means to get there.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Telescope Night Saturday At Edgewater Park

Join Jay Reynolds, Astronomy Professor at Cleveland State University and other members of the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association Saturday night, October 12th at Edgewater Park.  And listen as Jim and Jay talk about what you'll see in the night sky, detecting asteroids with infrared, and the new movie "Gravity."

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Max Strom: There Is No App For Happiness

Max Strom will be delivering messages from his book this weekend in Independence.  He is a frequent seminar speaker who encourages the healthy use of technology.

Max Strom

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

State Rep. Nan Baker's Sixth Pancake Breakfast

Republican State Representative Nan A. Baker of Westlake weighs in on several issues, including tax reductions, Medicaid expansion, workforce development, e-cigarettes, internet casinos, and funding for rape crisis centers.  Her annual pancake breakfast is coming up this Sunday, October 13 at the Don Umerley Civic Center Memorial Hall in Rocky River.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Local Author Patricia Averbach Writes Her First Novel

Patricia Averbach is a local author and poet who has written her first novel.  Painting Bridges is a moving story about a young widow and her struggle to move past the recent loss of her husband and young daughter.

The story centers around a relationship the woman develops with a young deaf girl who resembles the daughter she lost.  It was intentionally set in the time just before public schools were required to provide special education to children with challenges.

Patricia is a trained speech pathologist and a former director of the Chautauqua Writer's Center, where she says she got her inspiration to write the novel.  The setting moves between small-town western New York state and Cleveland.  Patricia is working on a second novel which will also feature Cleveland as part of its setting.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

A Fall Fashion Show to Benefit Children With Autism

Christina Cavotta is a young entrepreneur who opened a fashion boutique in Little Italy two years ago.
After attaining a degree in communications, she abandoned the idea of pursuing a career in the field to pursue her dream, and opened Tre Sorelle.

At a fall fashion show on Saturday, portions of the proceeds will be donated to the Cleveland Clinic Children's Center for Autism.  In this interview, Christina tells Jim why she moved from Aurora to Little Italy, and why she chose the Clinic's Autism Center to benefit from her fashion show, called A Venetian Affair.

Retreat: Considering Catholicism in the Current Century

St. Angela Merici Parish in Fairview Park is hosting a retreat later this month.  Father Michael Lanning, Pastor of the parish explains how the retreat is part of the church's commitment to the Year of Faith, as declared by Pope Benedict.

Father Lanning also reflects on current Pope Francis' recent comments about healing wounds and warming the hearts of the faithful.

Also in this interview, Father Dick Sparks, the facilitator of the retreat talks about morality and ethics, and his goal for those who attend the retreat.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Dr. Bob DeMaria Is The Drugless Doctor

Soy is bad for you.
That is just one of the many surprising (to many) revelations Dr. Bob DeMaria espouses in this interview with Jim.  He also explains his opposition to the type of surgery Angelina Jolie underwent to prevent breast cancer.

Dr. Bob's Drugless Guide to Balancing Female Hormones has been recently updated, and includes information on naturally preventing osteoporosis to getting rid of hot flashes, without the use of hormone replacement therapy or other medications.

Dr. Bob DeMaria is a chiropractor and a doctor of natural health, and has written a series of drugless guide books that deal with topics like detoxification, ADHD and sex and romance.

Tracking Down WWI Veterans Was No Easy Feat

This book contains interviews with dozens of veterans of World War I.  All were older than 100 at the time author Richard Rubin tracked them down and talked to them.  None are with us anymore.

These veterans tell personal stories about their experiences on the battlefield almost 100 years ago, and away from the war, when America was changing, becoming a superpower thanks in large part to the efforts of the Doughboys.

Why were they called Doughboys?  It's the last question Jim asks author Richard Rubin in this interview.