The Sean Hannity Show

Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 @ 1:41 PM

Sean Hannity, winner of the 2007 Marconi Award for syndicated personality of the year, is the spokesperson for today's generation of professionals and leaders. His intelligence, charm and humor brings radio a fresh, new perspective on conservative values and politics. Currently the reigning king of afternoon drive talk radio in New York, he is also the host of Fox News Channel's "Hannity" on the Fox News Channel. Voted "Talk Personality of the Year" in 2001 by the readers of Radio and Records, Sean Hannity's energy, charisma and seasoned professionalism score points with audiences and critics alike.

Daytonian of the Week: Shelly Hulce

Published: Wednesday, September 06, 2017 @ 10:19 AM

On the air and out in the community -- Shelly Hulce is Dayton positive.
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On the air and out in the community -- Shelly Hulce is Dayton positive.(Contributed)

There are seemingly not enough hours in a day to tackle the projects local do-gooder Shelly Hulce handles, but extraordinary people manage to achieve extraordinary things. Such is the case for Hulce -- our Daytonian of the Week.

>> See past Daytonians of the Week here

Whether it’s helping the blind to visualize the written word, organizing some of the city’s best storytellers, supporting the arts, writing about rock ‘n’ roll music or playing it on her own radio show, Hulce seemingly hits the ground running daily. 

She’s also been involved with the Dayton Music, Art & Film Festival for the last 10 years and is an easily recognizable figure at local artistic events. As if that’s not enough, you can find her collage art at this Facebook page. Hulce is a shining example of what happens when this town puts its best foot forward.

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What do you do? 

“Day job: Supervisor of the Goodwill Easter Seals Radio Reading Service (for the blind). It's a closed circuit radio station serving 12 counties. Other (non paid) job(s): 1)Founder of Dayton Story Slam (circa 2006) that holds monthly storytelling events, following the Moth Story Hour format. 2) President of South Western Ohio Public Radio that broadcasts WSWO / Oldies 97.3FM, a low-power FM, community radio station that runs under an oldies music format of 50's, 60's 70's. I also host a weekly specialty show on Tuesday nights called The Wax Carnival3) Community Voices Producer, WYSO Public Radio 91.3FM4) Producer of specialty rock and comedy events.” 

What superpower would you love to have? 

“To give everyone the ability to sing or play an instrument.”

What do you love about life in Dayton? 

“The freedom to invent and reinvent yourself and know there are people who will encourage whatever you want to do.” 

What’s your favorite spot in Dayton? 

Ghostlight Coffee (for the people and the environment, I don't like coffee at all). It's like going to a friend’s house, where lots of other friends also drop by."

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Shelly Hulce presents former Canal Street owner Mick Montgomery with his street sign in 2014.

Why did you decide to settle in Dayton? 

“Born and raised here. Moved to Atlanta and Detroit and was too homesick to stay. I love the music and art scene here and the freedom to move about and try new things and connect with others, and not having to starve to be an artist.”

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How did you get involved with your line of work? 

“Like anything else wonderful in my lifetime, I volunteered. Volunteerism is always where it starts. Show up, work hard, learn, share, pass it on, connect and just MAYBE your passion will collide with your vocation!”

 If you could change or bring one thing to Dayton, would it be? 

“A BUSY downtown with loads of good late night food options.” 

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What do you think Dayton will look like in 10-15 years?

“I see more abandoned spaces being resurrected with interesting and unique living spaces, music and performance venues; a viable walking community downtown and a commuter train stop on the “3C” rail (Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland).”

 

Daytonian of the Week: David R. Webb 

Published: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 @ 11:53 AM

Dayton is considered the Land of Funk. Here is why. Video by Amelia Robinson

Dayton is one of the funkiest places on planet Earth.

Trust us, all that funk is a good thing.

>> Meet our previous Daytonians of the Week!

In the 1970s and 1980s, southwestern Ohio —particularly Dayton’s west side — was known for its stable of funk bands whose influence can be heard in hip-hop, house and other musical forms popular today through sampling, covers and remixes. 

>> 10 popular hip-hop songs that sample Dayton funk music

David R. Webb is leading a team preserving the legacy of funk music, Dayton funksters like Ohio Players, Steve Arrington’s Hall of Fame, Zapp, Roger Troutman, Faze-O, Heatwave, Sun, Slave and Lakeside  included. 

>> MORE: Funk Music Hall of Fame opening in downtown Dayton after long battle

Webb, founder and CEO of at the Funk Music Hall of Fame & Exhibition Center, says he is awaiting final approval from the City of Dayton for the facility at 113 E. Third St. in downtown Dayton’s Fire Blocks District.

Funk legend George Clinton recently visited the center. 

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We caught up with Webb, a Dayton native who definitely wants the funk. 

What superpower would you love to have?

I would love to have Superman’s powers, along with the ability to see into the future. If I could be faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound to move our city and our youth towards a brighter future, I would do so. Sometimes it takes what seems like superpowers to move our society to a better place when it comes to how we treat one another and how we prepare our children for their lives ahead. 

David Webb, the president of The Funk Music Hall of Fame & Exhibition Center, is a Daytonian of the Week.(Photo: Submitted)

What do you love about life in Dayton?

I have always had a fascination for history and understanding how we got to where we are today. Dayton has a rich historical heritage that many people don’t know about. We know about the big things – the Wright brothers, the Dayton (Peace) Agreement and some of the famous people who have come from here. But many people have no idea of how we have influenced the country and the world through our spirit of innovation. In spite of the many challenges that our city faces, I also love the fact that Dayton remains the type of town in which you can safely raise your family. 

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What would you do on a perfect date in Dayton? 

You know, this question put me into a kind of a dreamy mode because there are so many answers I could give. A perfect date for me would start at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, because I’m such a history buff. That would be followed by lunch on the Courthouse Square, just chilling and listening to live music. At that point, if we are really feeling one another, which I assume we are because this is the perfect date, we would end up at the riverfront, people watching, enjoying the night lights and making plans for the next perfect date. 

>> MORE: 5 badass planes at the Air Force Museum

What would you change about Dayton? 

I would change the perceptions that people have about Dayton. That includes people who live here and those who don’t. I would encourage native Daytonians and those who have relocated here to learn about and take pride in our heritage. I see myself as having a role in this re-education of people by establishing a nonprofit organization that will give back to this community which has given so much to the world.

>> MORE: How to volunteer in Dayton

What should people know about Dayton? 

People should know that Dayton has something for everyone, and that we are literally the crossroads of America. You can explore and learn about the area on a modest budget or through elaborate unrestrained resources and feel that you used those resources well. 

What’s your favorite spot in Dayton? 

My favorite spot is 113 E. Third Street, which is tied to the Courthouse Square. I am able to see the future of a revived downtown Dayton there, and what we can become once again.

David Webb, the president of The Funk Music Hall of Fame & Exhibition Center, is a Daytonian of the Week.(Photo: Submitted)

What’s your guilty pleasure? 

I have several and I can’t believe I’m telling you this. Superman’s kryptonite! One of them is my famous homemade spaghetti sauce. It is so good, I have people requesting that I fly into town to make it! Another is a good steak. I’m a sucker for good seafood and anything related to the arts. And, the guiltiest of guilty, is a homemade German chocolate cake.

>> MORE: 4 killer Dayton meatballs you must try

Why did you decide to settle in Dayton? 

Initially — I had no choice because I was born here. But when I did have the choice, I chose to settle in Dayton because we have it all. We can have all four seasons in one week. We have entertainment and education. We have sports and history. We have something for everyone in Dayton. Life in Dayton can be boring if you lack the imagination, interest or motivation to enjoy what the area has to offer.

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David R. Webb is president of the Funk Music Hall of Fame and Exhibition Center.

How did you get involved with your nonprofit?

My interest in music, history, community involvement and motivating young people were really at the heart of my involvement. Talking to other musicians who were part of the Funk music phenomenon really got me going. Through those conversations I came to understand that so many people were unaware of how Dayton musicians had influenced the world of music. Young people were completely oblivious to how much of the samplings of the music they were grooving to every day originated from Funk. That art form is still giving to musicians and listeners, and the artists who created it should receive recognition and celebration. This is a grassroots, community movement that allows us to house and showcase Funk music’s contributions. We are teaching others about the innovation within Funk music and how it has influenced the city, the country and the world. 

What was the most challenging part of that? 

Surprisingly, the most challenging part has been keeping up with the national and global interest sparked by our efforts. The love for Funk music is so contagious, and has created lifetime fans from so many places, that when people hear about this movement they want to get involved in some way. They are anxious to see the facility, to contribute to our collections and to participate. There are only 24 hours in a day, and we are doing all that can be done in that time to make sure that we have our I’s dotted and our t’s crossed before the doors are finally opened.

>> MORE: This amazing local art teacher dressed more than a dozen Dayton funk bands

What inspires you about Dayton? 

The history of the city of Dayton inspires me most. Our spirit of innovation and creativity are very inspirational.

>> MORE: 5 geeky facts you may not know about Dayton

If you could change or bring one thing to Dayton, what would it be? 

We were such a magnet for people in the past, and I believe that we can be again in the coming years. I would bring back that community pride and “can do” spirit that has long sustained us as a community. 

What do you think Dayton will look like in 10-15 years? 

In 10 – 15 years I believe the lights will brighten once again in the Gem City. I believe The Funk Center will be a part of those bright lights. I see structures built and more business ventures opening to create that magnetic glow that will continue to draw people to the area.

Daytonian Of The Week: Nora Vondrell of SICSA

Published: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 12:19 PM

Daytonian of the Week: Nora Vondrell
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Daytonian of the Week: Nora Vondrell(Contributed)

If the pups and kittens of Dayton were able to cast their vote for who they want to see chosen as Daytonian of the Week, we think this is who they would’ve picked.  

Nora Vondrell, Executive Director of SICSA Pet Adoption Center in Kettering, has been commander-in-chief of the safe haven for homeless animals in Dayton for six years. Vondrell’s adult life has been dedicated to working for change, and to giving a voice to those without one.  

Her heart’s capacity for compassion and her leadership has grown SICSA to the 1.4 million dollar non-profit organization it is today— truly fulfilling her passion and giving a voice to the animals who can’t speak for themselves. 

Daytonian of the Week: Nora Vondrell(Picasa)

What was life before SICSA? 

I grew up in Clark County, between Columbus and Dayton. I graduated from Wright State with a bachelors in social work and my first job was working for Montgomery County Children Services. In my head, I thought I would always be in child welfare.

I was then recruited to Daybreak Youth Center for eight years. During that time I met my husband, moved to St. Anne’s Hill and we had our son there. St. Anne’s Hill is just a wonderful neighborhood, full of very lovely people. Very much front porch living. Now we live in Washington Township, our kids, 16 and 14 years old.

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[I] got my masters in public administration at UD ... I’d been working very hard to make change on a micro level for many years and felt like I could move closer to a macro level.

Did you have pets growing up? 

I did not have pets when I was younger and always wanted them. In addition to working here, my family is a foster family, and I just brought back five puppies that we have fostered over the last two weeks. So I thought, you know what, I want to count and see how many fosters we’ve had, and we’ve had over 36 fosters in our home.

You have to pick, are you a dog or cat person? 
I don’t know if I could choose! Cats and dogs just tend to be so different ... they certainly bring different things to your life.

What has been the most rewarding time for you here? 

We see tiny little miracles every day. I remember one of my first ‘oh my goodness’ moments was when I was an employee and I did a rescue. 

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They were rescued dogs from a breeder up in Shelby County. They had raided a facility and they were asking everybody around the network to help. We went to the Shelby County Fairgrounds, and you go in there and there was over 100 dogs in all kinds of conditions. Our vets said, ‘Nora, only take eight, maybe 10,’ I think the deal was. We got there and the condition of these animals were just horrific. You see those conditions of a puppy mill and you’re so angry, you’re so mad and you just want to take them all. We came back with 16 to 20. And it’s just because we knew we were gonna be able to give them a better life.

How does adopting an animal change someone’s life?

There are scientific statistics across the board that say having an animal reduces anxiety, lowers blood pressure, increases your positive mental health — we know those effects. We used to go to a cancer center because there were stats that said when patients receive their treatment, being able to pet an animal makes it a more positive experience for their body to accept the medication and the treatments.

Is it sometimes hard to not get too attached to the animals at SICSA knowing they’re going to leave? 

You do get attached to them, but I also know if I took every one of them home, they would not be able to get the attention that they will get if they go home in one or two animal families.

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We did this whole bucket list on Rembrandt, a hospice adoption, or an animal we know won’t be around for very long. He was adopted by the sweetest couple who had another dog with the same disease, and they crossed off their bucket list together. He lived for two years with his family before he passed away and I swear it was because this family loved him and just worked really hard to give him the best time.

What mood would you say that you’re in when you come into work in the morning? 

This is a 1.4 million dollar organization. The lives of 1,700 animals and the jobs of 40 employees and all the other services we provide. So of course it’s going to be stressful. But is it a heck of a lot easier to go in and get to have a ‘kitten break’ or a ‘puppy break’? Yeah, that makes my job a heck of a lot easier.

What are some of your favorite Dayton spots?

I love my Saint Anne’s neighborhood. I think all the efforts going into the Metroparks Riverfront plan, that’s just fabulous. Of course I love Deed’s Point Metropark, they have the only dog park in Dayton, so of course that’s one of my favorites. [Old] Scratch Pizza is my new favorite downtown Dayton haunt. I just love their pizza. I could go on and on and on. 

>> Daytonian of the Week: Beth Miller

What do you love about life in Dayton?

Dayton has a spirit. I haven’t lived very many places, but Dayton seems to have a spirit that no matter what comes our way, we don’t let it hold us down. We’re small but mighty. People always say that ‘Dayton is the smallest big town that I’ve been in.’ Everywhere else it’s six degrees of separation; here it’s like two or three. 

>> 8 Dayton acts you should give a funk about 

Yeah, we have some struggles ... It feels like a lot of people aren’t just whining about it, they’re doing something about it, and that is amazing.

Daytonian of the Week: Beth Miller

Published: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Beth Miller turned her love of dogs into a Dayton-based advocacy group.
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Beth Miller turned her love of dogs into a Dayton-based advocacy group.(Contributed)

If you know Beth Miller, you know she has a huge passion for dogs.

The president and founder of Wagtown -- an organization committed to recognizing and enjoying the many benefits and opportunities of responsible dog-friendliness -- was recently recognized as a finalist for Advocate of the Year by Women in the Pet Industry Network

Miller’s causes, through Wagtown, include creating a healthier community for dogs with increased physical activity, more dog-friendly polices, eliminating breed profiling and advocating strong animal cruelty legislation.

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What do you do? 

I am the president and CEO of Wagtown, Inc., a nonprofit initiative to establish the first authentic and research-based measurement of dog friendliness. We work with communities to understand some of the factors impacting their economic vibrancy through infrastructure improvements or reuse, community building, and advocacy for responsible dog-friendly neighborhoods. Wagtown’s work to date and our beta project in Dayton, in collaboration with Nan Whaley’s office and countless community stakeholders, will shine a national spotlight on our town. 

What superpower would you love to have? 

The ability to snap my fingers and have people realize that we all already have superpowers. The power to make someone smile. The power to make someone cry. The power to make the world worse. The power to make the world better. If I can't have that, I guess I would be willing to accept the ability to laugh like Chewbacca mom at random funny moments, but have no one realize it was me. 

>> Daytonian of the Week: Eric Jerardi, a man of multiple talents

What do you love about life in Dayton? 

Defying the statement, "there's nothing to do around here." 

What’s your favorite spot in Dayton? 

Medler Conservation Area, circa 2011. 

Why did you decide to settle in Dayton? 

I moved here in 1990 from a suburb of Cleveland after graduating from Bowling Green State University. Dayton is so easy to navigate, so economical, so diverse, and has a nice combination of open space, local artists, wonderful restaurant options, a tapestry of dissimilar neighborhoods and a golden thread of genuine goodness in most of the people who live here. It's much smaller than Cleveland, and lacks some of the ethnic pocket wonderlands, but that size allows you to make connections that last a lifetime in a small-town feel. 

Wagtown is the Dayton-based advocacy group for dog-friendly communities among other related causes.(Contributed)

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How did you get involved with your line of work? 

I have been working in strategic planning, brand development, marketing, event management and change making for nearly 30 years. When you add that resume to my passion for working with a combination of for-profit, governmental, and nonprofit organizations, it was only a matter of time before I linked my love of dogs in my belief in people's ability to affect positive community change for economic impact, that Wagtown evolved. It doesn't hurt that when you start to analyze the industry trends, you see that dogs and their impact on our lives are just starting to take hold in America. It's remarkable, quite frankly. We are at a tipping point. That's always a great place to be. 

If you could change or bring one thing to Dayton, what would it be? 

The ability to celebrate all of the wonderfulness of Dayton. I think that our self-deprecating attitude has done a lot of harm to our community. Ironically, I think one of the best things to happen to Dayton was to be called a dying city by Forbes in 2008. I truly believe that our community has responded with, "Oh yeah? Hold my craft beer and watch this!" 

>> Clark County Pet of the Week

What do you think Dayton will look like in 10-15 years? 

I think Dayton will look amazing in 10 to 15 years. When you start to add up all of the incredible evolutions happening in our region, it takes your breath away. Think about all the great new initiatives, local restaurants, public art installations, community gatherings, etc. Now take that and multiply it times 10 to 15 years of growth and celebration. If we take the time to celebrate and support each other, it may happen much faster than we think. There is a story behind every Golden Nugget in Dayton. And I'm not talking about just pancakes, although they are stellar at that place. It's time for Dayton to unpack its stories, shout them from the rooftops, shake each other's hands, pat each other on the back, and walk together toward a spectacular future for our city.