News Home
Quick Bites
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
On AirNewsClassical
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Akron Children's Hospital

The Holden Arboretum

For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )

Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us

Can you say Valanciunas?
Commentator Terry Pluto says Cavs fans might want to learn Lithuanian

Morning Edition Host
Amanda Rabinowitz
Thursday is the NBA draft and the Cavs are eyeing some top prospects with tricky names, like Jonas Valanciunas
Courtesy of Brandon Davis
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:
Cleveland Cavaliers fans who endured a tumultuous year have been waiting for Thursday. The Cavs, by the luck of the ping pong balls in last month’s lottery, will pick first and fourth in Thursday’s NBA draft. And, they could potentially grab the top two players on the market. 

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto talks to Amanda Rabinowitz about the draft and the non-household names emerging as the top picks. 
Click to listen

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (4:33)

Listener Comments:

Why is everybody so sensitive?! I am sure Terry meant no insult by his comments. If you ever take the time to read his columns you would understand that.

Posted by: Jon (NYC) on June 25, 2011 2:06AM
Please be offended by something worthwhile. Terry didn't compare athletes to people working at Goodwill; he compared them to stuff AT Goodwill. Everyone knows that "Goodwill" is a generic name used for all thrift stores. Typically, these are packed to the gills with Tweety Bird tank tops and size 54/26 pants. If anything, he's giving Goodwill free publicity. And let's not go crazy calling the people that work at Goodwill "heroes." The real heroes are those who post anonymous comments to articles with microscopic readerships; these people are pushing America forward.

Posted by: Chris (Deer Park) on June 24, 2011 11:06AM
Mr. Pluto, I work as a vocational evaluator for Goodwill and I take umbrage at your degrading comment.

When referring to the draft you said owners, in their eagerness to deny responsiblity for their poor draft choices, were saying, "We're shopping in the basement of the Goodwill Store, not even in the regular Goodwill Store. This are the rejects from Goodwill."

My friends and co-workers at our Goodwill are some of the hardest-working, least-complaining, patient, and caring individuals I have ever known. These folks would like to be able to run down a basketball court, or just walk across a room without any restrictions.

Please don't compare tempermental, selfish, over-rated so-called sports "heroes" with the REAL heroes of the world. Those heroes are the folks at Goodwills across this country who get up every morning, ride buses or walk for unreasonable amounts of time to get to their very low paying jobs in order to preserve their dignity and their existence by working at a Goodwill. Would those spoiled sports brats do the same?

Come to my Goodwill and see the spirit these individuals have and you'll see what The Power of Work really means. It's not on a basketball court, football field or baseball field.

Posted by: Debbie (Ashtabula) on June 22, 2011 6:06AM
Add Your Comment


E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook

Stories with Recent Comments

Ohio Rep. John Boccieri sworn into office and hopes to look for 'middle ground' with colleagues
Welcome back to the Statehouse, John. You are a terrific representative in the truest sense always representing the people's voice in teh district you serve. ...

Lawmakers call for indefinite freeze on Green Energy standards
It's a shame the Hudson Rep. Chooses to mimic the words of the extreme right senator on his way out to join ALEC when we know the Pope was just here because of...

Youngstown Schools file suit against the Ohio Department of Education to stop the implementation of an academic distress commission
Voters should ask WHY this plan was rushed into law under the cover of darkness. What clues point to the beneficiaries of this plan? Both Patrick O'Donnell of...

Great Lakes conference considers a range of threats
Your article states "Studies discovered over half of all PAHs found in the Great Lakes region come from a single source: Coal tar sealants.". I'm curious to whi...

ODOT awards Kent-based Davey Research Group nearly $50,000 to improve highway landscapes
This is an outrageous waste of taxpayer's money. Good for only Davey Tree and their cronies in the State government. It takes $50k to figure out the way to save...

Canton: another Northeast Ohio city is planning its comeback
Historic Ridgewood and the Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority have no seats at the table. Very flawed right out of the gate. Ridgewood pays a huge percentage...

Property owners oppose a wind farm in Northern Ohio
Here is a link, exposing the connivance of the fossil fuel industry, in trying to prevent us from moving away from their outdated, filthy, and expensive forms o...

A new industry in Ohio aims to repurpose river sediment
and where do those PCB's end up??the story never says

A safe space: How Northeast Ohio colleges try to fight sexual assault
Very good and thorough job on a very sensitive topic!

Akron police shoot and kill a man following a North Hill robbery
Was on scene when they was trying to bring him back to life he looked dead there before he ever got into ambulance

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University