WHBC’s Gary Rivers spoke with the celebrated author and journalist Thursday morning on his show.

Elizabeth Vargas is a?hard-hitting journalist known for anchoring live, breaking news including Hurricane Katrina’s devastation and Emmy-winning coverage of the Elian Gonzalez case.?In 2016,?she?went public with her struggle with alcoholism, anxiety, and recovery on a special edition of?20/20. 

Elizabeth Vargas, kicks off the fourth season of?the Dr. Audrey Lavin Speaking of Books Author Series that is presented by the Stark County Library

At the event, to be held Sept 12 at the Canton Palace Theatre, Vargas will discuss her?bestselling memoir,?Between the Breaths,?which?details her downward spiral, the high cost of her addiction, and her eventual recovery with honesty and vulnerability. It was a?winner of the Books for a Better Life Award in the First Book category and an instant?New York Times?and?USA Today?Bestseller.?

Hear the Interview with Elizabeth Vargas

doug williams

Former NFL Quarterback Doug Williams spoke to Gary Rivers and Jon Bozeka Tuesday morning about the upcoming Black Football Hall of Fame Classic.

Douglas Williams is a former American football quarterback and former head coach of the Grambling State Tigers football team.  He’s known most for his amazing performance in Super Bowl XXII against the Denver Broncos.  He passed for a Super Bowl record  340 yards and four touchdowns, with one interception.

He was the first African-American quarterback to win a Super Bowl; even though he did not start the season.

Most recently, he was rehired by the Redskins as a front office personnel executive.

The first-ever Black College Football Hall of Fame (BCFHOF) Classic is being held on the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s campus over Labor Day weekend. Nearly 20 legendary members of the Black College Football Hall of Fame, including a number of those also enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, will be on hand for the Classic’s festivities.


These Legends of the Game will attend various events during the weekend and will also participate in the coin toss at the game. Details regarding a special “Meet & Greet” featuring a number of the greats who made significant contributions at Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) will be posted to the Hall of Fame’s website ( and shared via social media (@ProFootballHOF on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) in the days leading up to the inaugural classic.

The game features two HBCUs as Alabama A&M University Bulldogs of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) face the Morehouse College Maroon Tigers from the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) on Sunday, Sept. 1 at 3:30 p.m. in Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.

The list of attendees includes (Name – HBCU – BCHOF Class) / *Also, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • *Elvin Bethea – North Carolina A&T – Class of 2013 / PFHOF Class of 2003
  • *Mel Blount – Southern – Class of 2011 / PFHOF Class of 1989
  • *Robert Brazile – Jackson State – Class of 2014 / PFHOF Class of 2018
  • Harold Carmichael – Southern – Class of 2018
  • Harry Carson – South Carolina State – Class of 2012 / PFHOF Class of 2006
  • Parnell Dickinson – Mississippi Valley State – Class of 2017
  • James “Shack” Harris – Grambling – Class of 2012
  • Bill Hayes – Winston-Salem State, North Carolina A&T – Class of 2018
  • *Kenny Houston – Prairie View A&M – Class of 2013 / PFHOF Class of 1986
  • Billy Joe – Cheyney, Central State, Florida A&M, Miles – Class of 2017
  • *Charlie Joiner – Grambling – Class of 2013 / PFHOF Class of 1996
  • Ed “Too Tall” Jones – Tennessee State – Class of 2013
  • Greg Lloyd – Fort Valley State – Class of 2018
  • Charlie Neal – Class of 2013
  • Ken Riley – Florida A&M – Class of 2015
  • *Art Shell – Maryland Eastern Shore – Class of 2011 / PFHOF Class of 1989
  • Donnie Shell – South Carolina State – Class of 2015
  • *Emmitt Thomas – Bishop – Class of 2016 / PFHOF Class of 2008
  • Everson Walls – Grambling – Class of 2018

Canton Museum’s Marketing and Events Manager, Danielle Attar was a guest on the Gary Rivers Show Monday morning and talked about their Saturday evening gala.

The Canton Museum of Art and the Canton HeART Guild presented their 2019 gARTen event, “Polynesian Paradise”, on the Cultural Center for the Art’s lanai, Saturday, August 24th from 7pm – 12am.

While the figures aren’t yet in they raised a long of money that night through their auction, to help the Canton Museum of Art’s exhibitions and educational programs that reach over 44,000 people each year.  Guests enjoyed live entertainment, art, music, themed food from over 25 local restaurants, cocktails, live/silent auction items and so much more!

Gary Rivers hosted Canton McKinley High School on his show Thursday morning — well, kind of.

There were guest teachers and administrators , but the highlight was the McKinley Marching Band, which performed several numbers on the front lawn of WHBC Radio.

Guests on the show included Superintendent Jeff Graham; Director of Student, Family and Community Support, Dee Stokes-Favis; Ben Carter, Career Tech Coordinator; and Jonas Wertin, McKinley High School Principal.

Hear all of the Interviews:

You can watch the performances on Facebook Live

McKinley marching band from WHBC's front yard this morning

McKinley marching band on the front yard this morning

Posted by News-Talk 1480 WHBC on Thursday, August 22, 2019

Gary Rivers took his show to Berea at the Cleveland Browns training camp on Monday morning.

Here are a few photographs from the field. Can you name these players?

Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi
(Yeah, that rookie who ran the punt back for a TD!  He was popular with the kids)

Rookie Mack Wilson

Linebacker Christian Kirksey

Myles Garrett

General Manager Dorsey

Everybody knows this guy
Baker Mayfield