Searching for Stella. Local filmmaker Rob Lucas is still looking for people who knew or have information about track athlete Stella Walsh. Lucas has spent two years on a documentary about her.
A longtime Cleveland resident, Walsh won an Olympic gold medal in the 100-yard dash in 1932 for her native Poland. She won the silver in the same event in 1936.
She was shot dead in Cleveland in 1980 when two men tried to rob her. Friends and admirers were furious when her autopsy raised questions about her gender; she had what one news account called “nonfunctioning male sex organs and no female sex organs.” Tests found she had a mix of male and female chromosomes called mosaicism, which would have meant “ambiguous sex at birth.”
Lucas and editor Steve Felix have posted a short clip at www.stellawalsh.com; it includes photos and footage of Walsh as well as interviews, including Chuck Schodowski and Dan Coughlin.
People with information about Walsh can contact Lucas at 330-618-4405 or email@example.com.
Chizek Successor Sought. WNIR (101.1-FM) has begun looking for someone to follow Howie Chizek, who died not long ago. Here’s the official word from the station:
“The WNIR radio family is still in the process of mourning our beloved Howie Chizek. While we are grieving, we must move forward to continue his legacy of no-guest, live, local talk radio for the community. Now we must begin that process. So WNIR is now accepting applications for a radio talk show host.
“To qualify you must be an exceptionally engaging person with a good speaking voice, a strong vocabulary, a healthy sense of humor, a quick wit, and an interest in everything. While radio experience would be beneficial it is not required. If you believe you are the person we are looking for send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please attach an air check or a one- to two-minute audio file describing, in your own voice, why you are the right person for this job.”
Carey in Cleveland, Northeast Ohio’s own Drew Carey will appear onstage at Cleveland’s State Theatre in PlayhouseSquare at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, when NPR series Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me tapes a broadcast for the following weekend.
Carey will be in the comedy-quiz show’s Not My Job segment, where celebrities answer questions loosely tied to their work. For instance, Stand by Me director Rob Reiner was asked about people you wouldn’t want to stand by, and The World According to Garp author John Irving was asked about gorp, another name for trail mix. Carey is a fan of the show and was both a Not My Job participant and a panelist on broadcasts in 2008.
The event will also include host Peter Sagal, Official Judge and Scorekeeper Carl Kasell and panelists Mo Rocca, Kyrie O’Connor and Alonzo Bodden. Tickets are $31 to $66, not counting service charges, and on sale through the PlayhouseSquare box office — 216-241-6000 or 866-0546-1353 — or at www.playhousesquare.org.
Tapings of the show run much longer than the actual broadcast. But if you just want to listen, the Cleveland show is set for air this weekend, including at 11 a.m. Saturday on WKSU (89.7-FM) and 2 p.m. Sunday on WCPN (90.3-FM).
Bus Is Back. C-SPAN’s Campaign 2012 bus will be in the Carroll Street metered parking lot behind the University of Akron Student Union from 10 a.m. to noon Friday. It’s free and open to all.
The bus, which swings through Northeast Ohio during presidential-election seasons, aims to engage people in politics — and to get them involved with C-SPAN.
It includes kiosks accessing network websites, feeds of programming about the campaign and other issues, connections to social media and downloads of C-SPAN apps.