Entertainer Vicky Lawrence has a new hit tv show, “Cool Kids”. She took time out of her schedule to talk with Gary Rivers about the show and a medical condition she battles each day.


Shana Hlas was a guest on the Gary Rivers Show Tuesday morning.  The family went to an audition at Kalahari in Sandusky earlier this year.  And made it to a taping in LA afterwards.



In the case of the Hlas family of Norton, all graduates of The University of Akron, competing on Family Feud was a once-in-a-lifetime bonding experience.

Marketing themselves as the fun, lovable family from Northeast Ohio with children who never want to move out, the family team consisted of: Joe Hlas, father (Electronic Engineering Technology, ‘85), Shana Hlas, daughter (Marketing & Sales Management, ‘17), Joey Hlas, son (Electrical Engineering Technology, ‘17), Breanna Hlas, daughter (Biomedical Engineering, ‘17) and Matthew Hlas, son (Chemical Engineering, ‘20).

The family auditioned back in October 2017 at Kalahari Resort in Sandusky after submitting an application and fun audition tape. They participated in a mock round against other families and did so well that they were invited to complete the interview round.

After their tryout, the family was told to wait for a postcard in the mail and if they receive that, they would be in the active file to be called. A few weeks later they received an e-mail with a list of dates to choose from, and on March 9 they got a phone call from the show with details on the date to fly out to Los Angeles for the taping.

The Hlas family will make their on-air debut Oct. 17 at 3 p.m. on WOIO Cleveland 19. They aren’t giving any hints as to their success, but if successful, will also appear on the Oct. 18 episode.

Eligibility. You must have 5 family members related by blood, marriage or legal adoption. You must be a U.S. citizen or have permission to work within the United States. There is no age requirement to be on Family Feud, but we suggest thatcontestants are 15 years or older due to the nature of the questions.



Wishes Can Happen grants the wishes of local children – ages 3 through 21 – with life threatening medical conditions. Each wish has a life changing impact for everyone involved! Over the last ten years — because of your generosity — we’ve raised more then one million dollars in donations! If they can wish it, we can make it happen! Our goal this year is 40 wishes!

Wishes Can Happen 2018 is broadcast live for 36 straight hours.  August 9 & 10


Jake James & The Brighter Side Band will be performing this weekend at the Canton Blues Fest.  Jake joined Gary Rivers Thursday morning to talk about his music and career.


  • Winners of 2011 Repository Battle of the Bands
  • Began playing harmonica after a trip to Cleveland’s House of Blues at age 8
  • First time playing on stage was with Canton’s Jeff Poulos
  • Best friend Fuad Farrah plays guitar with the band
  • On June 8, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Jake James & The Brighter Side, featuring Farrah on lead guitar, will play the main stage at the Canton Blues Festival.
  • has a new CD out
  • “Since 2011, he’s been an endorsed artist for Seydel Harmonicas from Germany
  • Other summer shows this year will include the Kent Blues Festival, the Las Vegas Big Blues Bender, and the Durango Blues Train