Amanda Rabinowitz

The Cleveland Orchestra's 100th season will be busy and challenging. In this week's Shuffle, Cleveland.com classical music critic Zach Lewis says there's a lot to like, but there are also many uncertainties:

The defending American League Champion Cleveland Indians have a lot of unanswered questions heading into opening day.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says with less than two weeks until opening day, Manager Terry Francona is thinking, “Where’s my team?” Many of Francona's starting players are either struggling with injuries or playing in the World Baseball Classic.

Update (3/24/17): The Ashland University women's basketball team will play for the Division II national title tonight. Ashland (36-0) will take on Virginia Union in the championship game in Columbus.

Update (3/22/17): The Ashland University women's basketball moved to 35-0 and on to the Final Four with an 82-67 win over West Texas A&M Tuesday night. 

The Ashland University women’s basketball team is eyeing a national title. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto talks about how the Ashland women's team became so dominant.


The classic rock band Bon Jovi is back in Northeast Ohio this week. They’ll be at Quicken Loans Arena this weekend.

Kent State’s men’s basketball team is hoping to continue its late-season roll with an upset in this week’s NCAA tournament. The Flashes will make their first March Madness appearance since 2008.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says this Kent team really had to dig deep to get to this big moment:

Last March, Cleveland Scene Magazine set out to answer a question that was frustrating many Northeast Ohio music fans: Why are so many big acts skipping Cleveland on their tours?

In this week’s Shuffle, WKSU’s Amanda Rabinowitz checked in with Scene writer Jeff Niesel to see how Cleveland’s rock reputation is faring now: 

The Mid-American Conference basketball tournament is underway. The men's and women's teams that win the MAC tournament at the Q in Cleveland on Saturday get automatic bids to the NCAA tournament.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says Akron's men's team is the clear favorite, seeded No. 1 overall, while Kent State's women's team is on the rise. 

Regular season means little now

This week, WKSU is kicking off Shuffle – A weekly look at Northeast Ohio’s music scene -- from rock and rap to folk and classical. For the first installment, Amanda Rabinowitz stopped by Akron’s Devil Strip Magazine to talk with Music Editor Brittany Nader about Akron’s growing DIY underground music scene.

This week, top college football prospects will be working to impress NFL coaches and staff at the annual combine. Among them is an Ashland University player who’s taken an unlikely path to the top. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto talks to Amanda Rabinowitz about Adam Shaheen. 

The Cleveland Indians have been big spenders in the offseason, and now fans seem to be buying in. The Indians, who usually rank near the bottom in attendance, have already sold more than one million tickets for the upcoming season. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto talks to Amanda Rabinowitz about the Tribe's big winter. 

There are many stories of hope woven through the tragedies of Ohio’s opioid epidemic. In this installment of our series, Opioids: Turning the Tide in the Crisis, WKSU's Amanda Rabinowitz looks at the range of recovery methods, from addicts simply helping each other out to structured treatment programs.  

This week, a top NFL prospect angered some Browns fans by clamoring to play for another team. Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett is considered a likely No. 1 pick in Aprils’ NFL draft – a pick owned by the Browns.

The University of Akron men’s basketball team is dominating the Mid-American Conference this season and last night notched their 29thestraight win at home.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says the Zips, led by veteran coach Keith Dambrot, have changed their approach this season. 

Narcan (also known as Naloxone) is a medication that can reverse an overdose caused by an opioid drug. Narcan blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and quickly restores breathing. 

Last year, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed legislation that expands the use of Narcan, making it available to schools, homeless shelters, halfway houses and treatment centers.

The New England Patriots go for their fifth Super Bowl win this weekend under Coach Bill Belichick. The man who’s known for his brash personality and oversized hoodies is already being labeled by many as the greatest NFL coach of all-time. Many fans here may remember his beginnings in Cleveland.

The defending NBA champion Cavs are in a mid-season slump and star LeBron James is losing patience. James publicly criticized the front office Monday, following the team’s fifth loss in seven games. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto explains what’s going on with James and the Cavs and what they must do to get back on track: 

1. Rest your star

Pluto says that LeBron James is averaging 38 minutes on the court per game, more than any other player in the NBA.  "He is not superman,” Pluto says.

Today is Inauguration Day, as Donald Trump becomes the 45th President of the United States. The Akron Beacon Journal's Doug Livingston is in Washington, D.C. for the events and talked with WKSU's Amanda Rabinowitz on Morning Edition:

Livingston spent the day on Thursday walking down Pennsylvania Avenue, where he met a lot of people assembling for today's events. 

For Browns fans, memories of 'The Move' came rushing back this past week following the death of David Modell. He’s remembered in Cleveland for his part in his father’s decision to relocate the Browns to Baltimore in 1996. 

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says this remains a very painful chapter of Browns history: 

Browns fans lamenting their team’s all-time worst 1-15 record have their sights set on the NFL draft. Cleveland’s No. 1 draft pick is raising hopes that the team will finally get a star quarterback. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says fans are already eyeing their next hometown hero.  

Despite Ohio State’s big loss in the Fiesta Bowl national semi-final game, there’s still an Ohio college football team playing for a national title this weekend. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto talks about how the Youngstown State Penguins overcame the odds to make it to the Football Championship Game Saturday in Texas. 

The Indians’ World Series run helped them land one of the biggest hitters in the game. But signing Edwin Encarnacion still took a bit of strategy and luck. WSKU’s Amanda Rabinowitz talked to our commentator Terry Pluto about the Indians’ budget-busting $60 million deal: 

The NBA is tapping into fans’ nostalgia by encouraging teams to wear retro uniforms for a handful of games this season. It’s a promotion intended to sell more jerseys. But for the Cavs, bringing back the bright orange of the mid 1980’s carries a deeper meaning.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says it all started in 1980 when Ted Stepien bought the team. "Arguably, the worst owner in the history of pro sports,” Pluto says. 

Stepien's dark era

The Cleveland Browns are ready to start tapping into a new fan base. The team is finalizing a deal to bring part of its training camp to Columbus by 2018. It’s a plan that’s been in the works for years, and includes keeping one week of the roughly five-week camp at its headquarters in Berea.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says the plan would involve building new facilities at Tuttle Park near Ohio State University.

The Cleveland Browns return from their bye week staring down an 0-16 season. The front office recently held a staff meeting for all team employees to argue that this is not the time to make coaching and management changes despite the team now having lost 30 of their last 33 games. 

WKSU’s Amanda Rabinowitz talked to our commentator Terry Pluto about the state of the franchise: 

The Cleveland Indians did more than just win games to make it to the World Series. They beat the money game. The team’s $98 million payroll is ranked 23 among baseball’s 30 teams. And they were the only team ranked in the bottom 15 of payroll to even make the playoffs.

Owners and the players’ association face a deadline today on a new contract deal, but WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says one of the things they’re NOT talking about -- but should be -- is payrolls that give an edge to big market teams.  

On the eve of Thanksgiving, our commentator Terry Pluto says he has a lot to be thankful for this year. Pluto says it was a remarkable year writing about Cleveland sports for the Plain Dealer. And he's grateful for seven years of weekly talks on WKSU with Amanda Rabinowitz.

"When we started out with this, we were just making it up as we went along," Pluto says. "What would people want to hear? What do we want to talk about?"

The University of Mount Union football program had the longest regular-season winning streak in the NCAA -- until this past weekend. It ended at 112 games to their Division III neighbors to the north, John Carroll University.

With the win, John Carroll claimed the Ohio Athletic Conference title for the first time since 1994 and snagged an automatic bid to the 32-team Division III tournament. Mount Union, meanwhile, received an at-large bid. 

The two teams could meet again in the NCAA tournament which begins this weekend.

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James continues to cement his legacy as one of the NBA’s greats. James has moved into 10th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, passing Hakeen Olajuwan.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto has been following James since he was a teenager in Akron and just put out a book on the Cavs championship run called The Comeback.

The World Series will go to a deciding Game 7, with Addison Russell's grand slam and 6 RBIs leading the Chicago Cubs to a 9-3 win over the Cleveland Indians last night. Josh Tomlin didn't make it out of the third inning. The loss for the Indians ties the series at 3-3. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says Cleveland fans are no strangers to the drama.


The World Series is coming back to Cleveland after the Indians lost to the Chicago Cubs, 3-2 in Game 5 last night. But, the Indians won two out of three at Wrigley over the weekend and have a 3-2 series advantage. They can win it all tomorrow night in Game 6 at Progressive Field, and WKSU commentator Terry Pluto thinks they’ll get it done.

Time to panic?

Terry Pluto says it's not time to panic, Indians fans. 

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