Mike Schneider, also known for 19 years as Wild Walley the morning host of the “Rebel” country music radio station and I met in his home studio last week for an interview for our local “45066”TV show. The “Rebel” was sold in February to the University ofNorthern Kentucky. All employees received ten days notice to get their stuff together for departure. Vacation pay for 2011 won’t happen and goodbye. That was it, no farewell party, no words of wisdom, no thank you for the last two decades, it was over. Mike started at the “Rebel” at age 31 and now at age 50 was out of work. A single father raising 4 teenage boys here in Springboro, he’s in the process of putting together his own business doing promotions, public relations, voice overs and narration for businesses in the Dayton/Cincinnati market. They didn’t call him Wild Walley for being quiet, bashful and sane. His studio has numerous rubber chickens hanging from the ceiling and many, many photos of Walley with rock stars and dressed to the sevens in all kinds of wacky situations that raised tens of thousands for worth while causes over the years. I first met Walley in 1992 when I and a neighbor, Ron, called ourselves Dr. Don and Dr. Ron the “Spin Doctors” doing night club shows with dance music, karaoke and comedy. A new product that came out in 92 was Comedy Karaoke. Wild Walley invited us on his morning show to do some schtick and we had an unbelievable time. In the picture above I asked Mike to smile for a great picture for the paper knowing that he would give his best 3 Stooges look-a-like pose while I tried to restrain myself from breaking up. Well, should Mike stand at an interstate off ramp using his voice to thrill media people exiting and perhaps end up on a You Tube video that might go viral causing Mr. Mike to become the new announcer for the “Price Is Right” or some professional football or basketball team? Stay tuned and don’t miss our interview on the May/June edition of 45066 that begins airing next week on Time Warner cable channel six in the Dayton south viewing area. Details follow at the end of this column.
Others on the show are the Springboro High School choir with their visit to Ireland and Scotland over Spring Break, our first state wrestling champion Cody Shivener, a visit with Tomek Ossoski, Administrator of Hillspring Transitional Care Center here in Springboro, a chat with Carlie Short, a SHS senior and country singer that will be appearing in Nashville this summer. Carlie will be singing at Cazadores in Franklin next week, one of her songs you’ll hear on the “45066” show is “73” a song she wrote about State Route 73, others on the show include Tom, Matt and Brad from Heatherwoode, Dave Thompson from the Coffman Family Y, and on the “Meet Your Neighbor” segment the mayor chats with local resident Earl Northern and his family. The May/June show was taped at the Jonathan Wright Homestead here in Springboro which was built in 1815 and is a bed and breakfast from Memorial Day weekend through October each year. A thirty minute special on the home, it’s history and the wonderful people that have come from all over the world to visit will be aired later this summer. A short interview with Sterling Gardner the home’s owner is featured in the current show. Air dates are: Thursday 5/5 at 6:30 p.m., Friday 5/6 at 10:40 p.m., Saturday 5/7 at 11:30 a.m., Sunday 5/8 at 2:30 p.m., Monday 5/9 at 1:15 p.m., Wednesday 5/11 at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday 5/12 at 3:00 p.m. The show airs 30 times during the months of May and June consultwww.mvcc.net for future air dates. You may also watch it on your computer by going to: www.springborooptimist.org and clicking on 45066 May/June Edition. It’s streaming and available 24/7 anywhere in the world.
Don’t forget Gerry Faust former head coach at Notre Dame University and Moeller High School will speak on Thursday, May 12, at the Prodigy Training Center here in Springboro. Call Rhonda Croucher at 550-0051 for tickets. Gerry is an awesome and passionate speaker on issues of faith, family and sports and the impact they can play on the lives of young people. Don’t miss it. Right here in Springboro at the Prodigy Training Center on Pioneer Blvd.
I leave you with the following:
“Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.”
- Carol Burnett
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