Best of 2019

a photo of Frank Stanek.
CARTER ADAMS / WKSU

This story was originally published on November 21, 2019

 

At Ashland University, the marching band has proven that age is no barrier to performance. At 70, the oldest member of the band gave his final performance during the last football game of the season.

Frank Stanek celebrated his 70th birthday this year. He's also a member of the Ashland Marching Band.

"Okay, we’re going to do a flashback," Stanek said. "I retired and was playing in community bands and got introduced to Tuba Christmases."

photo of student climate protest in Cleveland
CHLOE FRIEDLAND

This story was originally published on July 22, 2019.

Fifty years ago a burning river mobilized a generation of environmental activism. Citizens pushed for new laws to regulate pollution, and our water and air has gotten cleaner.

But significant environmental challenges remain including climate change, habitat loss, and plastics pollution.

Our series Watershed looks at today’s environmental warriors and the road ahead.

MAURA ROGERS AND THE BELLOWS

This story was originally published April 25, 2019.

Cleveland singer-songwriter Maura Rogers is out with a new album this week, seven years after her bandmate donated a kidney that saved her life. 

A surge in popularity is breathing life into Northeast Ohio's pinball scene.
MARK AREHART / WKSU

This story was originally published on May 3, 2019.

Pinball is surging in popularity across the country. Here in Northeast Ohio, casual players are rediscovering once forgotten games. And there’s a competitive pinball scene brewing that draws in players from hundreds of miles away.

On this week’s State of the Arts, WKSU’s Mark Arehart has his quarters ready as he takes us through the region's pinball renaissance.

photo of The Blue Hole
CASTALIA TROUT CLUB

This story was originally published on January 22, 2019.

Castalia, Ohio, is home to The Blue Hole, which was a tourist attraction for almost a century. WKSU’s “OH Really?” finds out why it’s been off-limits to the public for the last 29 years.


Sports Management Network Incorporated

This story was originally published on September 11th, 2019.

If you’ve watched a Cleveland Cavaliers game on TV in the past 13 years, you likely heard the voice of Fred McLeod. The Cavs’ play-by-play announcer died suddenly on Monday, September 9th. He was 67.  WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto said the longtime broadcaster was about to enter his 14th season with an organization that he loved.

A photo of the University of Akron Driver's License clinic
M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU

This story was originally published on June 4, 2019.

Ohio suspended the driver’s licenses of more than 1 million people, many of whom can’t afford to get those licenses back. But that doesn’t mean they’re not on the road. So until July 31, the state is offering a limited amnesty. On paper, it looks like Ohio is forgiving $500 million dollars in reinstatement penalties. But, advocates see it as a crucial investment in people, jobs and community.  

JEFF ST.CLAIR / WKSU

This story was originally published on June 3, 2019.

WKSU asked listeners for ideas for what to explore in the next episode of our Exploradio science series.

We had some great suggestions. When the ideas were put to a vote, the top choice was –

“Is enough being done to find a cure for type-1 diabetes?”

In this week’s Exploradio, we try to find the answer.