Tuesday, March 3, 2015

In-Home Health Care For Clients of Welcome House

Jim McIntyre and Tony Thomas
Photo credit: Salem Media Group

Welcome House, serving individuals with developmental disabilities in Northeast Ohio for more than 40 years, is now offering in-home skilled nursing services.  Executive Director Tony Thomas explains how Welcome House has expanded to fill the need for Home Health Services for its clients AND their caregivers.

Reporter Succeeds Online With MedCityNews

Chris Seper, MedCityNews
Photo credit: Jim McIntyre/Salem Media Group

Former Plain Dealer reporter Chris Seper has capitalized on Cleveland's rich healthcare industry, his vast coverage of medical issues, and the growing demand for online content to develop MedCityNews.

In this interview, he discusses MedCity News' coverage of another flaw in the Affordable Care Act, the upside of Obamacare for the medical industry, and the process by which entrepreneurs can obtain investor funding for their enterprises.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

More School Districts Are Buying the Door Bearacade

Bill Cushwa, National School Control Systems, demonstrates the Bearacade/Photo credit: Jim McIntyre

Another local school district is shelling out cash for these locally conceived and produced devices that can help keep our kids safe inside their classrooms when there are bad guys outside.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Dan Coughlin Goes Back To The Drawing Board: Hackers Are Holding His New Book Hostage

Dan Coughlin and Jim McIntyre
Photo credit: Salem Media Group
Dan Coughlin has covered sports in Cleveland for more than four decades.  He has enough material for several books, and has written two: Crazy With the Papers to Prove It: Stories About the Most Unusual, Eccentric and Outlandish People I've Known in 45 Years as a Sports Journalist, and Pass the Nuts:More Stories About The Most Unusual, Eccentric & Outlandish People I've Known in Four Decades as a Sports Journalist, published by Cleveland's Gray & Co Publishers

His third book is being held hostage.  As was reported by Plain Dealer Tipoff columnist Michael K. McIntyre, cyber thieves hacked into Dan's computer and threatened to hold its contents, including the work he has done on the new book, as electronic hostages unless he pays them $700.

He refuses to pay, and says he'll rewrite what's been lost to the criminals.  In this interview, he talks about the chapter he was writing about former Cavaliers owner Ted Stepien.  Dan also expands on some of the stories he wrote in his first two books, and notes with irony how 50 years after beginning his career by covering high school sports, he is again covering high school sports as the Friday Night Touchdown Commissioner for Fox 8 News.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Busting Myths At The Great Lakes Science Center

Dr. Kirsten Ellenbogen, President and CEO of the Great Lakes Science Center
Photo credit: Jim McIntyre/Salem Communications

Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition runs through May 3, 2015 at the Great Lakes Science Center. Dr. Kirsten Ellenbogen, President and CEO of the Science Center explains in this interview how "hands-on" the exhibition is, but would NOT spill the beans about the results of the myths visitors can explore.

Dr. Ellenbogen also expresses optimism regarding the latest lakefront development proposal, which includes the Science Center and its next door neighbor, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Connecting For Kids Brings Support Resources Together At A Single Event In March

Lisa Ruman and Sarah Rintamaki
Photo credit: Jim McIntyre/Salem Communications
Parents looking for answers to questions about the behavior of their children will likely find answers at the annual Meet and Greet, hosted by Connecting for Kids.  The non-profit brings resources from Cleveland's western suburbs together to offer support for the parents of children with behavior, attention, developmental or bullying issues.

The event takes place at the Don Umerley Civic Center in Rocky River on March 26. It's just one of several events Connecting for Kids sponsors throughout the year.

The Meet and Greet is sponsored by The Child and Family Counseling Center of Westlake.  Founder and President Lisa Ruman joins Connecting for Kids founder and Executive Director Sarah Rintamaki in this interview.

Brewer's Daughter Reboots America's First Craft Beer

Various mementos of the original New Albion Ale, surrounding a picture of brewer Jack McAuliffe
Photo credit:  Renee DeLuca and Jim McIntyre

America's first craft beer is being brewed once again.  New Albion Ale was introduced by Jack McAuliffe in Northern California in 1976, but it only lasted a few years.  His daughter Renee DeLuca, known as The Brewer's Daughter is now picking up where her father left off, brewing the beer at Platform Brewing and selling it by the growler at Heinen's as of Friday, February 20th.

But the route by which the recipe for New Albion Ale went from father to daughter is a weird and wonderful one.

Renee did not know Jack was her father until a few years ago.

Jack didn't even know he HAD a daughter.

Renee's story is about much more than resurrecting the original craft beer in Cleveland.  It's also about adoption, open records laws (or lack thereof) and the reverence with which the craft brewing community considers Jack McAuliffe and how he inspired an industry, as you will hear in this interview with The Brewer's Daughter, Renee DeLuca.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Unique Health Center at Tri-C Provides Low Cost Care

Cindy Rakow, Coordinator of the Community Health, Wellness and Preventative Care Center at Tri-C
Photo credit: Jim McIntyre/Salem Communications

Cuyahoga Community College offers low-cost preventative health care to Cleveland residents, while providing hands-on experience to students studying occupational therapy, physical therapy, and dietetic technology.  They work under the direction of licensed professionals.
Cindy Rakow is coordinator of the Community Health, Wellness and Preventative Care Center, which has limited hours, and is open only when school is in session.  She explains the numerous services provided in this interview.

We Are In The Golden Age Of Space Discovery

Photo provided by Jay Reynolds

Is this the Golden Age of Discovery in outer space?  For Cleveland State University Astronomy professor Jay Reynolds, the answer is an emphatic "yes."  In this interview,  Jay discusses probes currently exploring our solar system, including the New Horizons mission, The Dawn spacecraft, and the Hubble Space telescope.  Even Voyager 1, which was launched in 1977 is still sending data back to Earth.

The picture above is the last image Voyager sent back to Earth, 25 years ago.  It was taken 3.7 million miles away from Earth, showing our planet as a pale blue dot.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Girls Get Help With Self Esteem From Angel Faces- Angel Faces Get a Boost From Save A Smile Fundraiser

Nancy Ogden West and Barbara Marlowe
Children who suffer disfiguring injuries and those who are born with facial anomalies have a chance to improve their self esteem, along with their appearance thanks to Angel Faces. Makeup artist Nancy Ogden West works closely with the organization, which takes young girls on week-long retreats, where they are treated by professionals with expertise in several specialties. 

Barbara Marlowe chairs the Save A Smile, Save A Child fundraiser to benefit Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital.   She became involved after bringing a young girl from Iraq to Cleveland for treatment at Rainbow.  Teeba, now 13, has undergone several surgical procedures after being severely injured by a bomb that killed one of her brothers 10 years ago,

This year's Save a Smile, Save a Child event will feature the founder of Angel Faces, Lesia Stockall Cartelli, who has written the book Heart of Fire: An Intimate Journey of Pain, Loss and Healing.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Barry Manilow Is Coming To Cleveland "One Last Time"

Barry Manilow plays the Wolstein Center February 26th, coming off his most recent Grammy nomination. He says fans who bring a musical instrument will get free tickets.  The instruments will be donated to the Cleveland Municipal School District.  He's also donating a piano to the district's music program.

Ticket prices start at $19.75, to commemorate the year when his first number one hit, Mandy was released.

The tour, called One Last Time denotes the end of Manilow's big production tours. In this interview, he talks about the show, and about his latest album, My Dream Duets, explaining how the album was made with artists who are no longer with us.  He also reminisces about one of his earliest appearances in Cleveland. And he confesses he is not the one who write "I Write the Songs."

Monday, February 9, 2015

Several Charities To Benefit By "Chili" Winter Golfers

It's a sure sign that spring is right around the corner.  The Chili Open Golf Classic takes place every year on the last Saturday of February at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea.  Proceeds help benefit a number of charities, identified by members of the Rotary Club of Strongsville.

Rick Voigt and Denny Daar of the Rotary Club of Strongsville explain how they raise money through the event, from entry fees to sponsorships to auction items.

Jim McIntyre and his former radio partner, Trapper Jack, will be the guest auctioneers from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the 2015 Chili Open Golf Classic on Saturday, February 28th at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Parma Shop Produces The World's First Beer Paczki

Lidia Trempe/Photo credit: Jim McIntyre
The sign above baker Lidia Trempe's head trumpets the world's first beer paczki.  They were introduced today at Rudy's Strudel Shop on Ridge Road in Parma.  Lidia infuses a vanilla stout from Cleveland's Portside Distillery to flavor the Pivo paczki, one of more than two dozen flavors offered now through Shrove Tuesday on February 17th.

Lidia explains how the Polish made the paczki popular, and why they are traditionally sold only leading up to Ash Wednesday, when many Christians begin a lenten fast for the 40 days before Easter.

On Shrove Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday Rudy's Strudel Shop will feature a polka band, a food truck from Sterle's Country House, and of course, paczki.  From the sweet cream and jelly filled to the savory Clevelander, featuring kielbasa and sauerkraut.  And pivo paczki.  Lidia expects to sell more than 50,000 paczki on that day.

If you aren't a fan of beer, you can always try the pina colada paczki.

Rudy's will open at 6:00 AM on Fat Tuesday.  It is located at 5580 Ridge Road in Parma.

NEOPAT Helps Our Nation's Heroes

NEOPAT spends 100% of donated money on veterans and other causes that promote patriotism in Northeast Ohio.  In this interview, founder and President Mike Swallow updates the plight of injured Iraq war veteran Alex Haworth and his wife Mallory, who purchased a house filled with black mold. NEOPAT helped make it right, with the help of many others who are also interested in helping our nation's heroes.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Parma's Running Council President Preps for Boston Marathon, Previews Pierogi Run

Sean  Brennan at the Cleveland Marathon/Photo credit: Sean Brennan

Sean Brennan, President of Parma City Council is preparing for the Boston Marathon on April 20. He has run 3 dozen marathons since taking up running in 2008, raising thousands of dollars for various charities.  He is raising money for the American Red Cross in Boston.

In this interview, Brennan explains what motivated him to begin running, and to found the annual Run/Walk for Pierogis, this year to be held on July 5th.  He also reacts to a new report about the value of houses in the suburb, and updates the construction of the Shoppes at Parma.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Dr. Bob's One Minute A Day To A Healthier You

Jim McIntyre interviews Dr. Bob DeMaria

Dr. Bob DeMaria, The Drugless Doctor, discusses his new book, Dr. Bob's One Minute a Day To a Healthier You.  It's a daily devotional based on biblical principles, and is subtitled One Minute a Day, Health for a Lifetime. In this interview, Dr. Bob is joined by wife Debbie DeMaria, who took the picture used in this posting.

L fisten toind out why some people who have cats can't get a good night's sleep, why the juicing trend isn't all it's cracked up to be, and why many of us mistakenly think the Bible tells us that John the Baptist ate bugs!

Win The Trip 2015 To Hawaii Worth $100,000

Photo credit:  The Travel Channel

Have you had it with winter yet?  The Travel Channel is giving away a $100,000 trip to Hawaii to one lucky viewer. Jodi Bettancort, Vice President of Digital Editorial describes The Trip 2015,
and explains how you can enter twice a day for a chance to win the trip to Hawaii.  She also explains how viewers can apply to become The Travel Channel's Next Big Star.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Donny Osmond's 60th Album is His Life's Soundtrack

Donny Osmond covers 9 of his favorite songs, all with special meaning to him, plus records three originals for his 60th album.  That's more than one album for each year of his life.  He just turned 57.

This interview features snippets of some of the songs from The Soundtrack of My Life, as Donny relays the stories behind the meaning of the songs.  He reveals which song helped him decide to marry his wife Debbie 36 years ago, which Beatle asked for his autograph, and which Michael Jackson hit was meant for him.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

New Green Granted to Redline Greenway Project

Matt Koriath and Lenny Stover

The effort to build the Redline Greenway, a project that will tie together eight neighborhoods on Cleveland's west side, has received a significant financial commitment.  Lenny Stover and Matt Koriath of the Rotary Club of Cleveland explain their vision for the Redline Greenway.

Salvation Army Gets Funding From Keybank to Fight Human Trafficking

Keybank Foundation is committing $1 million dollars to the Salvation Army's effort to end human trafficking, and to treat victims once they've been identified.

One of those victims was adopted by Major Lurlene-Kay M. Johnson, the Divisional Secretary of Greater Cleveland Area Services for the Salvation Army.  She says 100,000-300,000 children are victims of human trafficking.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Defending Support of the Keystone XL Pipeline

Phil Kerpin, President of American Commitment explains his support for the Keystone XL Pipeline, addressing every concern cited by opponents of the project.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Josh Gates' Expedition Unknown on Travel Channel

Josh Gates/Photo provided by Daybreak Entertainment

Tune into the Travel Channel on Thursday nights at 9:00 for Expedition Unknown with Josh Gates, who has hosted Destination Truth on Syfy.  He has also written the book Destination Truth:  Memoirs of a Monster Hunter.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

EMI: Saving Troubled Students In Cleveland

Dr. Yvonne Conner/Photo Credit: Jim McIntyre

Rescuing futures one student at a time is the motto for EMI, Education Motivates Innovation, an organization that works with students disinterested in school, or in trouble with the law...or both. In this interview,  Dr. Yvonne Conner is the Director of EMI, and says it began as an outreach ministry of the now defunct Broadway United Methodist Church.  She explains how the faith-based alternative education program works.

FDA Approves New Device for Long-Term Weight Loss

Dr. Crystal Lantz-DeGeorge/Photo provided by University Hospitals Case Medical Center
A new device has been approved by the FDA to help patients lose weight.  Dr. Crystal Lantz-DeGeorge, an obesity medicine specialist at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, explains that while the VBLOC device has been proven to effectively lead to long-term weight loss, patients should not expect to experience profound weight loss.

Local GOP Leader Reacts to Dates For 2016 Convention

Cuyahoga County Republican Party chairman Rob Frost reacts to the national party's decision to hold the 2016 convention in the month of July, and to the national leadership's enthusiasm over the convention being held here.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Brimfield Police Chief Retires Following Allegation

Chief David Oliver and Jim McIntyre

David Oliver has retired as chief of police in Brimfield Township, following an allegation of sexual harassment. This would not be a news story outside of Portage County if it weren't for the notoriety of the chief, based on his Facebook posts. 

Chief Oliver's straight-shooting observations about crime and criminals have been documented on Facebook since 2010.  The site once amassed more followers than the Facebook page of any other police department in the country, with the exception of New York City. A search of Facebook today finds a different Facebook page representing the Brimfield police Department.

A book deal in 2013 brought Chief Oliver to WHK, where he recorded an interview with Jim.  Here he discusses the book, No Mopes Allowed, along with his affection for children, the elderly, and our nation's veterans.  

The Chief was suspended by the township trustees on Monday.  He announced his retirement on Friday, not surprisingly, on Facebook.  It may be the last we hear from Chief Oliver in a while, but considering the thousands of comments, likes and shares his post has received, his observations will be missed.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Local Author Updates His Ballpark Bible

Cuyahoga Community College graduate Matt Lupica is updating his Baseball Stadium Insider, adding more facts, pictures, and quotes from players, coaches, and broadcasters, including Pat Sajak.  The Wheel of Fortune host, now in his 33rd season, is the only non-baseball person quoted in the book.  Listen to Jim's interview with the author to find out why. Pre-orders are available online or at 800-247-6553.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Jeff Darcy of NEOMG Talks Terrorism and Cartoons

Cartoon by Jeff Darcy, NEOMG'/Used with permission

Jeff Darcy, the Editorial Cartoonist for the Northeast Ohio Media Group responds to the attack by Islamic extremists on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris.

Darcy defends the right of the newspaper to publish the offensive cartoons, but says he wouldn't produce such offensive work.  He explains the motivation behind his cartoon, pictured above.  And he admits the majority of the critical feedback he receives comes from conservative readers.

The cartoonist also writes editorials that accompany his cartoons online, at cleveland.com.  Here is his response to President Obama's absence from the unity march in Paris.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The City Mission Helps The Homeless Stay Warm

Drastic conditions like the dangerously cold weather we're experiencing call for drastic measures, and The City Mission is responding by suspending normal protocol to provide everyone in need with a warm place to stay, a warm meal or two, and warm clothing for themselves and their families.

Rich Trickel, the President and CEO of The City Mission  expresses his gratitude that there are other organizations that also help provide safe and warm shelter for Cleveland's homeless population.

Get Real Answers With The Bob Frantz Authority

Bob's Beat becomes The Bob Frantz Authority, Monday, January 12.  He will host a two-hour talk show, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM on AM 1420 The Answer.  In this interview with Jim, Bob shares views he has hasn't been able to articulate about issues that have dominated the news in the past several months.  Be sure to tune-in to The Bob Frantz Authority, Monday-Friday at 9:00 AM, on AM 1420, The Answer.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Hear "Leadership Linebacker"Jason Carthen on WHK

Dr. Jason Carthen and Jim McIntyre/Photo credit: Salem Communications
Former NFL linebacker Jason Carthen is now hosting a show on AM 1420 meant to motivate.   In this interview, Jason discusses his business coaching philosophy and training strategies, along with his legendary college football career and the time he spent with the New England Patriots.

You can hear Dr. Jason Carthen on "Discover the Leader in You" Sundays from 2:00-3:00 PM, or listen live at whkradio.com.