‘Eye on Your Weekend’ — WSPD, TFP Star launch local arts radio showWritten by Brigitta Burks | News Editor | BBurks@toledofreepress.com
The pop culture-saturated show airs at 6 p.m. Fridays on 1370 AM WSPD. It features Michael S. Miller, Toledo Free Press editor in chief; James A. Molnar, TFP’s lead designer and WNWO’s film critic; Jeff McGinnis, TFP’s pop culture editor and KISS 92.5’s pop culture “Jedi”; and Jim Beard, the TFP Star’s comic book columnist and industry expert.
Miller has been hosting “Eye on Toledo,” a more politically oriented show on WSPD, and guest hosting other shows for five years. The show has occasionally featured Molnar, McGinnis and Beard.
Wilson said it’s easy for news stations to overdose on political commentary.
“Michael Miller and the TFP have always been out in front and in touch with the latest and coolest. So when the idea, opportunity and talented people presented themselves, the only conclusion was, ‘Why the hell not?!’” he said in an email.
The show also aims to refute the idea that there’s nothing to do in Toledo.
“We could go on the air for two hours every Friday and just read the calendar listings with no commentary and no commercials and no anything. You’d never come up for air,” Miller said.
“The show will very much reflect the content and approach of Toledo Free Press Star, which is locally produced art mixed with a healthy dose of touring acts,” Miller added.
All three other panelists said they were excited about the show’s prospects.
Molnar, also the lead designer of TFP and blogger on thegoldknight.com, said, “I never turn down an opportunity to talk about movies and pop culture. I live and breathe them and having another opporunity is fine by me.”
The film buff said his dream guests would be Whoopi Goldberg or the head of the Academy Awards.
McGinnis was recently awarded second place for Best Arts Reporting by the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists. He got to interview his idol Roger Ebert via email last year and has high hopes for future discussions.
“We’re casting such a wide net that we can find interesting interviews from pretty much anywhere,” McGinnis said.
The show’s first guest was the Rev. Aristotle Damaskos, who spoke about the Greek-American Festival. “Ragtime” Rick Grafing will talk about the jazz festival Grugelfest on Sept. 14.
As for Beard? He’s hoping to bring comic book experts to WSPD.
“I’m really looking for comic professionals from big companies,” he said.
Beard added that he jumped at the chance to be on the panel.
“That’s what I wanted for a long time,” he said. Beard is author of “Gotham City 14 Miles,” “Sgt. Janus, Spirit-Breaker” and other publications, including “Star Wars” and “Ghostbusters” comics.
Miller praised his fellow panelists’ unique perspectives.
“What sets these guys apart is they don’t just sit on the outside commenting on the arts; they’re involved in the arts. James Molnar is a designer and creator; Jeff McGinnis is a renaissance man with writing, video and audio work and Jim Beard produces national work.”
In addition to expertise, the show features another factor: chemistry.
“It’s like sitting around a late-night diner table, talking to your friends,” Miller said.
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