This edition of Making the Case features Michael Benz, the President and CEO of United Way of Greater Cleveland, one of the largest and most innovative United Way programs in the nation. Under his leadership, United Way implemented GuitarMania®, a public art project that raised more than $1.6 million for health and human service programs in Greater Cleveland. Mike is a Clevelander and his work reflects his passion for the community. He was instrumental in bringing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to Cleveland and served as the museum’s director before joining United Way. Mike’s career also includes 12 years as the Greater Cleveland Growth Association Executive Vice President and seven years as COSE Executive Director. Mike currently serves on six organization boards, including the Better Business Bureau, Baldwin-Wallace College and Cuyahoga Community College, as well as several United Way of America national committees.
Making the Case Featuring Michael Benz
On the Air
Rachael Sage English Tea @7:07
Jesus Jones Right Here Right Now @7:04
Scars on 45 Crazy For You @7:00
Iron & Wine Love Vigilantes @6:56
Paolo Nutini Let Me Down Easy @6:53
One Eskimo Amazing @6:50
Charlie Mars The Money @6:45
Gary Clark Jr. Bright Lights @6:41
Fitz & The Tantrums Fools Gold @6:37
Toad the Wet Sprocket The Moment @6:33
Lake Street Dive Stop Your Crying @6:30
Bears Den Above the Clouds of Pompeii @6:25
WordplayWordplay is an offbeat mix of poetry, comedy, and an ongoing exploration of the possibilities of the spoken word. Wordplay's opening monologue blends music and language (and sometimes sound effects) into a surreal, funny, often darkly serious meditation on the state of one man's struggles to live in the bewildering world of contemporary America. The show also features guest appearances by local poets and nationally known writers. But the real strength of Wordplay is the interaction between co-hosts George Bilgere and John Donoghue. The two poets read short, interesting poems by important writers. They banter about poetry, argue about it, and generally give each other a hard time. A Plain Dealer article about Wordplay called the show "the Click and Clack of poetry." Not a bad description.
@8 am w/George Bilgere and John Donoghue - Poetry
The Vindictive Alarm ClockGet out of bed. Get your chores done. Watch the game later.
@8:30 am w/The Rocket - Hard Rock