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The Sean Hannity Show

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

Sean Hannity is a multimedia superstar, spending four hours a day, every day, reaching out to millions of Americans on radio, television and the internet.

Nationally syndicated by Premiere Networks, The Sean Hannity Show has more than 570 affiliates nationwide. Heard by 14 million loyal listeners each week, Hannity is the second mostlistened-to talk show host in America, according to Talkers magazine. Hannity has been the recipient of two Marconi Awards for “Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year,” and is a three-time consecutive winner of the Radio & Records “National Talk Show Host of The Year” award. He was inducted in the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2017

Hannity is an accomplished author with three #1 best-selling books. His first book, “Let Freedom Ring: Winning the War of Liberty over Liberalism,” rode the New York Times BestSellers list for a remarkable 17 weeks. His follow-up, “Deliver Us From Evil: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism, and Liberalism,” debuted at #1 on the New York Times Best-Sellers list and held strong for five consecutive weeks. In similar fashion, “Conservative Victory: Defeating Obama's Radical Agenda” was released in 2010 and it quickly took the #1 spot.

Hannity has the unique ability to reach out and connect with his audience, proven during his highly successful “Hannitization of America Tour,” which brought hundreds of thousands of like-minded Americans together. He has visited markets big and small from coast to coast since the tour began in 2001.

In 2003, Hannity launched the “Freedom Concerts” to raise awareness and funds for The Freedom Alliance, a charity which provides scholarships to children of slain U.S. military personnel. The 2009 Freedom Concert series was a huge success attended by over 80,000 people in eight major U.S. cities: Atlanta, San Diego, Dallas, Houston, Cincinnati, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Jackson, New Jersey.

A gutsy talk-show host who always lands on the “right side” of the issues, Hannity is the host of FOX News Channel’s Hannity, which airs weeknights from 9 to 10 p.m. ET. Hannity, who joined the network in 1996, offers a mix of news, commentary, guest interviews and more on the program each night. Prior to the launch of Hannity, he was co-host of the #1 prime-time cable news debate show, Hannity & Colmes, for over 10 years, in addition to hosting #1 weekend program Hannity’s America, both airing on the network.

Hannity’s energy, charisma, Reagan conservatism scores high points with audience and critics alike as he continues to be one of the hottest commodities in media.

Daytonian of the Week: Steve Budd

Published: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Since 1989, Daytonian of the Week Steve Budd has served as President of CityWide, a non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen Dayton through strategic economic and community development. Contributed photo
Since 1989, Daytonian of the Week Steve Budd has served as President of CityWide, a non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen Dayton through strategic economic and community development. Contributed photo

What will Dayton look like in ten or fifteen years? If there’s one guy in town who will be able to tell you, it’s Steve Budd.

>> Read up on previous Daytonians of the Week here

Since 1989, Steve has served as President of CityWide, a non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen Dayton through strategic economic and community development.

According to the website, “CityWide provides leadership in creating and implementing strategies that address Dayton’s need for economic growth and viable attractive neighborhoods.”

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Since 1989, Daytonian of the Week Steve Budd has served as President of CityWide, a non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen Dayton through strategic economic and community development. Contributed photo

This amazing organization gets the job done by assisting with real estate development, business lending and community development. For the past 40 years, Steve has been helping move these initiatives along. So in other words, if there’s something brewing in Dayton, Steve’s the guy to know. 

Steve grew up in a rural town in Ohio and attended the University of Dayton. While he was there, he fell in love with our fair city, and wanted to find a way to help it grow and prosper -- which is exactly what he’s done in his work at CityWide. 

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Later this year, Steve will pass the baton along to a new president. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Steve to find out more about him, and what he likes to do when he’s not busy making Dayton so awesome.

What upcoming projects do you have on the horizon?

Budd: The City of Dayton is on quite a roll at the moment. Downtown, CityWide is assisting in the redevelopment of the Dayton Arcade, the Wheelhouse Lofts, the YWCA renovation, (and) the Flats in South Park to name just a few of the high-profile projects. 

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CityWide’s community development efforts are highlighted by our work with Genesis – east Dayton (City of Dayton, Miami Valley & University of Dayton), Phoenix – northwest Dayton (City of Dayton & Good Sam Hospital), DaVinci – northeast Dayton (City of Dayton, Children’s Medical Center & Salvation Army) and HUD Choice – west Dayton (Greater Dayton Premier Management & City of Dayton).

Since 1989, Daytonian of the Week Steve Budd has served as President of CityWide, a non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen Dayton through strategic economic and community development. Contributed photo

I heard you’re quite the tennis player. How did you get into the sport?

Budd: I fell in love with tennis the year that Arthur Ashe won the US Open (1968).

About 35 years ago I started playing tennis with a bunch of tennis enthusiasts on Tuesday evening at the City of Dayton’s Jim Nichols Tennis Center. 

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The courts are a bit of a hidden secret in Dayton – six beautiful clay courts in a park-like setting. Approximately 15 players make up the core group. We play June through October on the courts at Nichols. We take our play very seriously, but still have a great time. 

What superpower would you love to have?

Budd: I only have one superpower hero – Spiderman. His powers are “superhuman strength, reflexes, balance and something call spider sense.” All these powers would help my tennis game. 

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When you aren’t playing with your “Tennis Warriors,” where do you go for a good time?

Budd: Dinner at Corner Kitchen or Coco’s, followed by a movie at the NEON.

What’s your favorite spot in Dayton?

Budd: Sitting on my home’s back patio with my wife and our five cats. 

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Since 1989, Daytonian of the Week Steve Budd has served as President of CityWide, a non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen Dayton through strategic economic and community development. Contributed photo

And now, the big question: What do you think Dayton will look like in 10 – 15 years?

Budd: Dayton will have its first significant population growth since the sixties, downtown’s residential boom will be followed by a growth in office and retail, and the neighborhoods that are struggling today will have a revitalization.

What’s one word you think people would use to describe you?

Budd: Passionate.

Daytonian of the Week: Speakeasy Yoga owner Tori Reynolds

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Tori Reynolds, owner of Speakeasy Yoga, is our Oct. 18 Daytonian of the Week. PHOTO / Carly Short Photography
Tori Reynolds, owner of Speakeasy Yoga, is our Oct. 18 Daytonian of the Week. PHOTO / Carly Short Photography

If there is one person bringing Dayton some major zen, it’s Tori Reynolds.

Tori is a yoga instructor and owner of Speakeasy Yoga, a studio on the ground floor of Cannery Lofts. Tori got involved in yoga on a whim, taking a summer class at Wright State University.

“I did not think yoga was for me,” she said.

But one good teacher and the right environment was all it took for Tori to fall in love with the practice of yoga. 

>> See previous Daytonians of the Week here

“I love being dedicated to a practice that brings balance, calm, and better mental clarity to my life,” she aid. “It keeps me grounded in pretty much everything I do.”

Tori Reynolds, owner of Speakeasy Yoga, is our Oct. 18 Daytonian of the Week. PHOTO / Carly Short Photography

And balance is something Tori needs as she juggles teaching classes, running her business and unveiling her next big project, Speakeasy Wayne, a new yoga studio opening up at the Wheelhouse in the Oregon District. Speakeasy Wayne is a smaller extension studio that will offer similar classes to those at the Cannery studio, but in an unheated studio. 

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Tori is looking forward to settling into her second Speakeasy location, because for much of her yoga teaching career, “settled” wasn’t something she felt very often. Her first business enterprise “Go With The Flow” was a travelling yoga series created with her partner Ben Rivet using his looping station, guitar and some beatboxing and vocals to create a track to which she would teach a flow.

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Tori and Ben traveled all around the country, teaching at festivals, conferences and close to 300 studios over the course of 3 years. Now -- instead of making apperances at studios near and far -- Tori has established her Speakeasy locations, and she enjoys living and working in a community where she feels invested.

We caught up with this Daytonian of the Week to find out more about her.

Tori Reynolds, owner of Speakeasy Yoga, is our Oct. 18 Daytonian of the Week. PHOTO / Carly Short Photography

Q: What’s one word you think people would use to describe you?

Aware. I don’t keep up as much with the world news or politics as I could, but I don’t feel like I miss much in my immediate surroundings and with personal interactions. I like to be aware of what’s going on with the people I come into contact with, as well as awareness of myself, how I’m doing, and how I’m impacting those people and the world around me. 

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Q: What’s your favorite spot in Dayton? 

The lobby at Speakeasy. Words can’t express how much the studio means to me, and I never dreamed I would be able to build something in a space as beautiful as it is. So sitting there on the most amazing antique, crushed velvet green couch (with fringe!) staring out the floor to ceiling windows at the city I love, I am reminded how immensely grateful I am for the opportunity to do what I am doing.

Q: What superpower would you love to have?

X-Ray vision would be super cool! (And not the kind where you see people naked.) Bone structure impacts a lot of alignment in yoga and that can make it really hard to teach people since you can’t see it that easy. Although telepathy would be cool, too, and maybe throw in a little flying? I’m pretty indecisive. 

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Tori Reynolds, owner of Speakeasy Yoga, is our Oct. 18 Daytonian of the Week. PHOTO / Carly Short Photography

Q: What inspires you about Dayton?

The people! Dayton is totally making a comeback, and all because of them. Everyone is positive and pulling for Dayton to thrive, so being a part of the business community at this point in time is a very cool experience that I will always think of fondly.

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

More bike lanes! Ben and I just spent some time in Copenhagen and the set up for bikers was beyond impressive. I felt so comfortable pretending to be a local riding my borrowed cruiser for those 4 days. 

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

More people, expanded neighborhoods, continued building revitalization… I think we’re on the right track already. Seeing how much it’s changed in just the past four years since we moved to South Park and got really dug in, I have extremely high hopes for what can happen in another 10-15!  

Know someone who would make a great Daytonian of the Week? Send a note to, telling us who and why. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tess is a restaurant professional, home-baker and downtown Dayton dweller. When she's not mixing drinks for restaurant patrons, she's drinking champagne, buying shoes, or writing her blog, Ciao Vella. You can read about her home recipes, party planning tips, and more at

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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What inspires you about Dayton? 

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

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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.

Allison Janney: “Dayton spawns great people” 

Published: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Allison Janney, West Wing actress from Dayton campaigns for Clinton

Decades after leaving Dayton for New York, the thought of Ashley’s Pastry Shop’s sand tart and pizza from The Flying Pizza conjure up happy memories for one of Hollywood’s most respected leading ladies.  

“I used to go there all the time right before I went to the Dayton Ballet (in downtown Dayton),” seven-time Emmy winner Allison Janney told us. “I would get on the bus from Miami Valley School and get my Sicilian slice and then go to ballet class.”  

Actress Allison Janney poses atop her new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during a ceremony on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)(Staff Writer)

The Oakwood-raised movie and television star will join a long list of Dayton innovators when she is inducted into the Dayton Region’s Walk of Fame during a luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 28, at Sinclair Community College, 444 W. Third Street in downtown Dayton.  

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Her class includes Oscar Boonshoft and Marjorie Boonshoft; Brigadier General Benjamin O. Davis Sr.; Cathy Guisewite; David L. Hobson and Shawnee Chief Tecumseh.  

The star of CBS’ “Mom” said she is excited to join the distinguished list of entertainers and other luminaries already on the walk.  

Stones honoring inductees are on West Third Street in the Wright Dunbar Historic Business District between Broadway and Shannon and along Williams Street.  

“I am proud to be from Dayton,” she said. “I am really happy that I will be forever part of Dayton on the Walk of Fame and at the Miami Valley School, where I started my whole education and I learned about theater.”

Meet’s Daytonian of the Week, Allison Janney.

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In this March 29, 2017 photo, Allison Janney poses for a portrait in New York. Janney, who won Emmy Awards for her work in “The West Wing” and “Mom,” is starring in a Broadway revival of “Six Degrees of Separation.” (Photo by Brian Ach/Invision/AP)(Brian Ach/Brian Ach/Invision/AP)


Janney, still a supporter of Miami Valley School in Washington Twp., recalled her first job as a bus girl at the former Holland House restaurant. 

 She later sold handbags and hosiery at now-closed Rike’s department store in downtown Dayton. 

 Her first role on stage was Noah Claypole in “Oliver Twist” at Miami Valley School, where she started honing her singing voice.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actress Allison Janney attends the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)(Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

She left the school after her ninth-grade year to attend boarding school at the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut.  

A star of the recently released black “dramedy” “I, Tonya” about figure skater Tonya Harding, Janney suffered a serious leg injury at a high school party in Oakwood after high school graduation. Party-goers were planning a balloon game…  

“Someone stepped on the back of my dress and it ripped, and I was afraid I was going to expose myself in front of the whole party so I ran inside and hit the plate glass,” the once aspiring figure skater remembered. 

 Janney was forced to take a year off between high school and college as a result of her injury. 

 She said there was a positive though. 

 “It was a horrible accident, but I got to be at home for another year,” she said. “When you are going to college, you don’t think about the fact that you are never going to be home again. I got to appreciate being at home and being taken care of by my mom and dad.” 

 The graduate of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, said she doesn’t get home to Dayton often, but loves it when she does. 

 “My mom and dad are still there,” she said during a phone call. “My mom is in charge of my social calendar.” 

 She called Macy Janney, an actress herself, the best mother on the planet and a force of nature “in the Dayton community, and especially the arts.” 

 “She has a lot of great friends in Dayton, and I have a lot of friends in Dayton,” she said. “Just in terms of eating, I like to go to The Pine Club, and I love to go to The Moraine (Country) Club with my mom and dad, and I love to go to Ashley’s pastries and get my sand tarts.” 

Ashley’s Pastry Shop in Oakwood offers a wide variety of traditional and specialty pastries, pies and other treats.

Ashley's Pastry Shop in Oakwood offers a wide variety of traditional and specialty pastries, pies and other treats.


Janney often treats her crew on “Mom” to her favorite Ashley’s cookies. 

“For a while, they thought that I had baked them. I say ‘no, they are from my favorite bakery in Dayton, Ohio,’ ” she said. “They are absolutely delicious. They are like a delicious snickerdoodle with a meringue on top. They are soft and moist and chewy and so good. My mother used to have them in the house when I was growing up. They remind me of my childhood.”


Janney, one of three children born to Macy and Jervis Janney, said she was privileged to grow up with a strong mother and was inspired watching people like Faye Wattleton, the former president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. 

 Wattleton started working for reproductive rights in Dayton and eventually became the president of Planned Parenthood. 

 “I watched some pretty great women,” she said. 

 She urges Dayton-area residents to let politicians hear their voices. 

 These days, Janney is using her celebrity partly to draw attention to the opioid addiction epidemic. 

 She said she is honored to be on a show whose characters are battling addiction. 

 She has spoken publicly about her brother Henry “Hal” Janney. He died of suicide in 2011 after struggling with addiction for much of his life. 

 Janney and Anna Faris, her “Mom” co-star, partnered with former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy for an addiction campaign.  

She and “Mom” co-creator Chuck Lorre were part of a roundtable with the surgeon general last year.


The Emmy-winner and Tony and Golden Globe award nominated actress said she loves meeting fellow Buckeyes. 

“We are salt of the Earth. We are the people who are grounded and know what’s important about life and know that treating people with respect and kindness (is important),” she said. “I’ve always felt that the people I’ve met from Dayton are great people.” 

 Janney said she was blown away to work with fellow Daytonians Martin Sheen and Rob Lowe on “The West Wing.” Janney played Dayton native C.J. Cregg.  

The fact that I would go and work on my first big television show with two other people from Dayton, Ohio is just crazy, she said. “It is lightning in the bottle,” she said. “Dayton spawns great people.”  

Janney said she knows where she will put her Dayton Walk of Fame plaque — right next to her Emmys and Screen Actors Guild awards and other honors. 



 Her long list of films includes roles in “The Help,” “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” “Hairspray,” “American Beauty,” “The Girl on the Train,” “The Hours,” “Finding Nemo,” “Big Night” and “Juno.” 

 Roles didn’t always come easily to Janney, who is 6 feet tall. 

 “I think I just had to be persistent because of my height,” she said. “I didn’t really start working until I was 38. I had to wait and for a long time. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do. I wasn’t really getting paid a lot of money to act, and my family was really generous and helped me stay afloat. I am so grateful now that I can return the favor.” 

 Janney said she hopes that her hometown can continue to revitalize itself. 

 “I am hoping it can grow back up to a vital city with great arts and education and sports,” she said. “I just love seeing that new riverfront area down there. It is gorgeous. It would be great to see (Dayton) be a destination for people to want to come and live.”