In April of 2009, I was headed out to my son's apartment when my cell phone rang. At the other end was Paul Rado. He was informing me that he had just been let go from his job as producer of the Mike Trivisonno show on WTAM/1100. This was a part of the never ending cost cutting measures in the world of radio.
I wrote a post about here the next day, and Paul was gracious enough to leave a comment thanking everybody for their well wishes as well as some other insight-
Thank you for your well wishes. (if you well wished us)
I was taught that when someone says something negative about you it'll only hurt you if you let it hurt you.
I'm not reacting to the dismissal as a negative, them saying I'm not good enough to be on radio. I'm going to treat it as an opportunity to go somewhere else and continue entertaining the radio or TV audience in a credible and informative way. But this time from in front.
Ever since elementary school I've been standing in front of my peers and entertaining them. I plan on continuing that. I have no choice. It's what I do.
I also feel that Marty Allen and I are affordable to most stations... as long as we don't work for food.
Paul found, as many of us also found, that the job market was tough, but that didn't stop him from looking. He also did some charity work, putting together the USO Brad Davis Cornhole tournament.
The end of October, 2009, I had lunch with Paul. It was there at Applebees where he told me about an idea of a game show, a Bowling for Dollars type show. The show would be called the Star Frame Bowling Challenge.
This past fall, the idea became a reality. The Star Frame Bowling Challenge is the only locally produced game show in Northeast Ohio and it's as Cleveland as the Terminal Tower. Paul, along with cohost Chuck Galeti, and announcer Marty Allen feature 9 area bowlers every week trying to get as much of Paul Rado's money as possible. And there's always a guest star around checking out the newest hit on Cleveland television. The idea is to get 5 strikes in a row to win $100 dollars for each in the star frame. There are other ways to win Paul's money as well. And for you guys, you can also check out Ginger the ball girl.
If you live in Northeast Ohio, you can catch the Star Frame Bowling Challenge Saturdays at 3:30 PM on WUAB/My43, or at Saturday midnight on WOIO/CBS19. Also check out the Star Frame Bowling Challenge website.