Chris Shovlin Talked about the Midland Sports Hall of Fame on Teleforum June 14, 2018

Chris Shovlin stopped by Teleforum with Frank Sparks this morning to talk about the 2018 Class of the  Midland Hall of Fame presented by Joe Spanik. The event gets underway on Sunday July 1,2018 in  Alumni Hall at 10th Street and Beaver Avenue on the Lincoln Park campus.  Doors open at Noon with the program beginning at 1:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now through June 27th  at the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center Box Office and by phone at 724-576-4644 Option 2 during regular business hours and on-line  at any time.  Cash, major credit cards, and checks are being accepted.  Make checks payable to Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center – memo MSHOF.  NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR.

Congratulations to the 2018 Midland Sports Hall of Fame scholarship recipients, Sydney Barney and Nicholas Gengarella. Each has been selected to receive a $1,000 college scholarship.

This  years class is:

HARRY ALSTON ‘41 – A three-year member of the football team, he became a starter as a junior playing a pivotal role on the undefeated 1940 Leopards team that went 7-0-1 (Midland and Ellwood City played to a scoreless tie). A standout blocker and runner, Harry was named to play in the East-West Beaver County All-Star Game. It is nearly impossible to mention Harry without including his younger brother Dave, who together, became the first African-American football players in Penn State history. A year older than Harry, Dave refused to go to Kindergarten until Harry was old enough to attend the following year. Harry did not want to go to State College, but when Dave chose to become a Nittany Lion, their father insisted that Harry go with him. Harry found racism rampant at Penn State and the surrounding region in the 1940’s and described his time there as a horrible experience. Following their freshman season, Dave died during what was supposed to be a routine tonsillectomy. Harry left school, enlisted in the Navy, and served as a Petty Officer in the Pacific during World War II. Later, Alston attended the University of Pittsburgh on the G.I. Bill and became an officer with the United Steelworkers Union at Crucible Steel.

COACH IVAN DYE – He is one of only two football coaches in the history of Midland High School to lead a team through an entire season undefeated and untied (fellow 2018 inductee “Rusty” Lomond is the other). That season was 1970 when the Leopards went a perfect 10-0. Despite that, Midland was not eligible to play for a WPIAL Football Championship because of the antiquated Gardner Points System. One newspaper’s headline proclaimed the Leopards “10-0 – Nowhere To Go”. Coach Dye’s 1970 club registered the most single-season wins in MHS history, just ahead of the 9-0 squad of 1931. A graduate of Muskingum College, he was on the basketball staff at Roseville High School and the football staff that guided Dillonvale High School to a conference title in Ohio. He started as an assistant coach at Midland with a team that went 9-1 and was elevated to Head Coach when Joe Hamilton left for New Brighton. In all, Coach Dye rolled up a record of 32-14 with two trips to the WPIAL Final. He left Midland to become Head Coach at St. Mary’s High School.

MAL EVANS ‘55 – He was an expert ball-handler and scorer with exceptional defensive abilities; a three-year varsity star and one of the best all-around basketball players of his era. Maldwyn “Mal” Evans helped lead Midland to back-to-back Section 8 basketball titles and into the WPIAL semifinals where the Leopards fell to defending champion and powerhouse Farrell. A true leader, Mal was President of the freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior classes at MHS and co-captain of the basketball team as a senior. Evans was a unanimous All-Section selection and was named to play in the East-West All-Star Game. He was also named to the Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph All-WPIAL Class A All-Star and UPI Class A All-State teams. Mal was the Most Valuable Player in the 1955 American Legion Tournament; his teams were crowned champions in consecutive years. Evans enlisted in the US Air Force right out of high school and enjoyed a distinguished career in business.

HOWARD “CAB” LEAK ‘69 – A relentless competitor, “Cab” was not just one of the fiercest fullbacks and middle linebackers in Beaver County in the late 1960’s, but one of the speediest as well. In 1968, as the Class B Midwestern Athletic Conference Backfield Player of the Year and Pittsburgh Press All-WPIAL Honorable Mention, he gained nearly 900 yards on the ground with Midland playing five Class A opponents. Leak scored touchdowns in clusters. He had four in one game versus Monaca; breaking tackles on runs up the middle and around end. He was also Pittsburgh Press Honorable Mention in basketball; an acrobatic guard averaging double figures in scoring. Leak was on the 1969 team that earned a berth in the WPIAL playoffs. He captained both the football and basketball teams and was a sprinter on the Track team at MHS. After two years at Slippery Rock State College, he became a tank operator in the US Army.

COACH W.P. “RUSTY” LOMOND – Born in Newfoundland, he graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s College in Maryland, then came to Midland as a coach and teacher. His 1931 football team won the Beaver County Championship with a perfect 9-0 record, scoring 205 points and allowing only 6 (to Aliquippa in what his players for the rest of their lives claimed was a broken play). Coach Lomond befriended and became a disciple of Knute Rockne, so his teams adopted a system identical to Notre Dame’s and ran it to near perfection which landed many of Midland’s players scholarship offers from the top college football programs of the day. While at MHS, the “Crucibles” or “Steelers” as they were nicknamed then, went 66-36-12 under Lomond. In his final season in 1937, Midland was 9-1 losing only to the eventual county champion New Brighton. “Rusty” accepted an offer to rebuild a Clairton High School club that had gone 1-8 the year prior to his arrival. In 1938, he led the “Cobras” to a 9-1 mark in his only season. Coach Lomond fell ill and died the following March.

MILAN “FATSO” LONA ’57 – Though he was heavily recruited to play football by some of the top programs in the nation, Milan displayed tremendous skills during a four-year high school career in Track and Field. In 1954, Lona set the record for the Mile Run at the Beaver County Championships with a time of 3:04. In 1955, he and teammates James Petties, Monte Williams, and Harry Blair set the record in the 880 Yard Relay at 1:34. Then in 1956, “Fatso” (as he was nicknamed) finished the 880 Yard Dash with at time of 2:05 to set yet another Beaver County record. He also took gold at the WPIAL Track and Field Championships. In all, he participated in both team and individual events in the 100, 220, 440, 880, Mile, and Broad Jump. A speedy and shifty halfback and returner, Lona was offered a full ride to play football from the Ohio State University. He also played at the University of Toledo. Lona died in an industrial accident while his crew was painting the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in 1972.

AL MONACO, JR. ‘65 – Named All-Conference in both football and baseball during his junior and senior seasons while playing for the Leopards, he was named to the Prep All-America Football Team by Coach & Athlete magazine in 1965. Al was one of only 100 high school players in the nation and one of just 6 in Pennsylvania to be so honored. Monaco was voted Midland’s top lineman and team co-captain, 1st Team All-Midwestern Athletic Conference, and All-WPIAL. In addition, he was President of the senior class, Vice President of the Tri-Hi Y Club, and an All-America scholastic choice. After considering offers from a number of schools, he joined teammate Tom Wuchina in signing to play football at Vanderbilt University. Monaco’s father, Al Sr., was inducted into the Midland Sports Hall of Fame as an individual in 2017 and as a member of the 1931 football team in 2016.

JAN SAMUELS ‘67 – A member of Midland’s 1965 PIAA State Championship Basketball team, he was a three-sport standout. On the court, Jan was a sharp-shooting guard selected to the Holiday Tournament All-Star Team. On the diamond, Samuels was a four-year starter who played several positions including pitcher, catcher, infielder, and outfielder. He also played American Legion baseball. As a sophomore at MHS, Jan batted .316. That year, he and senior Norm Van Lier were invited to participate in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ tryout camp. On the football field, Samuels was First Team All-MAC at quarterback and led the 1966 team to a 9-1 slate. Recruited heavily for both athletics and academics, Jan chose to play quarterback at the University of Findlay where he immediately became a starter and was named freshman of the Year. He was the MVP in the 1967 Shriners Bowl game versus Austin Peay. Despite a broken ankle during his sophomore season, Samuels was a three-year starter, running Findlay’s no-huddle offense to perfection. Today, Jan is retired after a distinguished 35 year career in education administration.

BILL SHOVLIN ‘49 – He served four terms as the Mayor of Midland and prior to that, Bill Shovlin was a member of Borough Council who chaired the community’s playground and swimming pool committees; a staunch supporter of sports and activities for kids. In the 1960’s, 70’s, and 80’s, he served as a coach and the Commissioner of Little League Baseball. When Midland’s Little League had to move to a new field in the 1970’s, Bill took the lead in its construction and dedication to longtime youth baseball advocate, Lawrence “Lunch” Andres. A 1949 graduate of Midland High School and President of the Tri-Hi Y, Shovlin played basketball for the legendary Ed McCluskey and softball for some of the top Midland CIO teams under Tony Verzilli in the 1950’s and 60’s. He, along with Don Migliore an Pete Benedict, founded the Midland Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. Today, the picnic shelter, park, and complex at 13th Street are named William F. Shovlin Park in his honor.

JOE TIRRENO ‘72 – Midland’s football and basketball teams of the early 1970’s had the most combined successes in school history and he was one of several common denominators. Joe earned 10 letters and was a starter in eight of those seasons. Tirreno was a hard-charging running back and defensive standout on the undefeated 1970 MHS Football team and played a key role as a guard on the 1971 WPIAL and PIAA State Championship Basketball squad along with playing shortstop for some of the most successful baseball teams Midland has seen. In the 1971 WPIAL Football Championship game, Joe scored Midland’s only touchdown. He notched 60 points on the season and was named a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette WPIAL Class B All-Star. So good an athlete was Tirreno, that he played both football and basketball at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania where he helped springboard the Red Raiders into a contender in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. A four-year football starter, he played linebacker as a freshman then moved to wingback for the remainder of his career. Tirreno caught 40 passes for 5 TD’s and rushed for 4 others as a senior when he was named All-PSAC. Joe played one season of basketball at Shippensburg, trying out on a dare, and subsequently starting on a team that finished second in the conference to perennial national power Cheney State which was coached by the legendary John Chaney.

FRED VUICH ‘73 – If you are a sports fan; particularly if you favor professional golf, you have undoubtedly seen his work. Fred is one of the top sports photographers in the world. One of his most memorable photos in particular was his Sports Illustrated cover shot of Tiger Woods at the top of his backswing on the 18th hole with a large gallery ringing the tee area at The Masters in 2001. What was remarkable is that Vuich got the shot using a camera with a silent electromagnetic shutter so as not to distract the players since almost all golf photography is done after impact. That picture garnered Fred the 2002 World Press Photo Gold Medal. So trusted is Fred that Augusta National actually shipped him Arnold Palmer’s green jacket to use in a photo shoot with the legend. Fred hand carried the jacket to a course in Hawaii where the two western Pennsylvanians met for the session. Fred’s world-renowned work also includes Major League Baseball, the NFL, NHL, NCAA and more.

Susan Boser teaches the listeners how to test drinking water on Teleforum with Frank Sparks, Tuesday June 12, 2018

Susan Boser , Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, appeared Tuesday June 12, 2018 on Teleforum with Frank Sparks. Susan told the listeners about the different ways that you can test your water whether it is city water or well water. Boser also tested the water at Beaver County Radio live on the air. Thank God the water is ok for us to drink.  Susan demonstrated the different types of things to test for to make sure that the water is safe. She suggested that if you do have a well and you know that they are going to be doing some drilling in the area to get a base line test ahead of time in case their is a problem down the road. She suggested that if you do that then you should have a company come in and do the test so that you have a paper trail of the water being tested. Susan also told the listeners that they can come to the Penn State Extension on the main street of Beaver and pick up a kit if you would like to test the water yourself. She said it is easy all you have to do is follow the instructions in the kit and ship it to the proper address and then Penn State will test your water and give you a report of it and also send Susan a report and then that way if you have any questions she can try and answer them for you. The kits are free but the test will cost you $50.00 plus shipping.

Susan also talked about a drinking water testing clinic that will take place on July 25, 2018 from 3 to 5 pm. Boser suggested that you pre-register because it is limited to 25 people. you can register online by clicking on or by calling the Extension registration line at 1-877-345-0691. You must register by July 23, 2018.

Susan finished up her interview with talking about mosquito safety and ways to combat them. With the humid spring we have the mosquito population is overwhelming and that we should take all precautions from removing standing water to using proper repellent when outdoors.

Susan’s interview and informative water testing topic was also streamed on Facebook Live and you can see the entire video below.


Redlines appeared on “Notes on Local Entertainment” Thursday June 06, 2018

This week on “Notes on Local Entertainment with Frank Sparks and Scott Tady, Entertainment Editor for the Beaver County Times, welcomed in The Redlines to the Beaver County Radio Sound Stage. Frank and Scott also talked about a busy weekend ahead in Beaver County to get out and enjoy summer. Check out the Facebook Live video of the Redlines belting out a few tunes as a preview of their show at our Sponsor Wooley Bully’s on Friday June 8, 2018…..


ought to you each week by Wooley Bully’s in New Brighton.

Ask the Commissioners on Teleforum with Frank Sparks Thursday June 07, 2018

The monthly segment “Ask the Commissioners” turned into “Ask the Commissioner” as Commission Chairman Dan Camp was at a meeting and Commissioner Tony Amadio is on vacation. Commissioner Sandie Egley and host Frank Sparks discussed the search for a new Financial Administrator and why has it been so hard to find a replacement for Ricardo Luckow who was fired by Camp and Amadio on March 8, 2018 that was part of a shake-up in the Courthouse that saw Egley ousted as Chairwomen and replaced with Camp.  Egley said that she thinks politics might be playing a role in it and that people are scared that there is no job security in the position since Luckow was ousted without notice.

Sparks and Egley also talked about the condition of the ice arena and if the conditions were as bad as what the person who came forward during a previous work session said they were. Egley said that the arena needs work and that the immediate concerns have been addressed.

They also talked about the Parks and the new bridge that was washed over with water in Brush Creek Park, the five dollars that the county receives from the state that is added to the registration, and finally they talked about a couple great events coming up that will show case Beaver County.  If you would like to see Commissioner Egley’s interview this morning on Facebook live click the play button below….

Tune in next month July 5, 2018 at 9:10 a.m..

 “Ask the Commissioners” is presented in part by NIRA Consulting Engineers, “Creating Great Futures By Design”.

Beaver Falls Car Cruise Committee and everything you need to know discussed on Teleforum with Frank Sparks June 05, 2018

Steve Peterson, Tom Gargaro, and Sam Florida, members of the Beaver Falls Car Cruise Committee were guests on Teleforum with Frank Sparks Tuesday June 05, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.. The guys discussed all of the work that goes into the cruise each and every year to make it bigger and better. Steve Peterson told the listeners all of the great sponsors that help make the car cruise successful. Tom Discussed one of the most important things, Food. Tom told the listeners of the variety of great food and that there is something for everyone. Sam talked about the ever popular passport program returning again this year. The guys also went over the do’s and dont’s of the cruise. Opening ceremonies of the cruise will start at 12 noon in front of the WBVP/WMBA studios and it will also be streamed live on the WBVP-WMBA Facebook page.

Check out the Facebook Live Video of Today’s interview with the Committee below……

If you need anymore information about Saturday’s cruise that will run from 12 noon to 8 pm you can go to the Car Cruise Facebook  page click on the picture below to be directed to their page…



Beaver Falls Car Cruise Committee on Teleforum with Frank Sparks Tuesday June 05, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

Tune into Teleforum with Frank Sparks Tuesday June 5, 2018 at 10 a.m. for Tom Gargaro, Steve Peterson, and Sam Florida  from the Beaver Falls Car Cruise. The guys will  let you know everything you need to know about the car cruise this Saturday  in Beaver Falls. They will also be available to answer any questions that you might have. Tune in Tuesday at 10 and then get to work and shine up that hot rod for Saturday June 09, 2018. The Car Cruise runs from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“Radio Dial Rewind Finale on Teleforum with Frank Sparks featured Gary West and Rosanne Dana!!!


The Finale of “Radio Dial Rewind” on Teleforum  with Frank Sparks was Thursday May 31, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Over the ten day period of “Radio Dial Rewind” Frank interviewed over 35 past or present Beaver County Radio Employees who worked for WBVP,WMBA, or WWKS.

Frank started out the morning talking with a Beaver County Radio personality  In the late 2000s and early 2010s, it was Gary West who woke up the listeners of Beaver County Radio with his warm, comforting voice. He also served as WBVP/WMBA program director during his time as morning show host. Click the play buttons below to hear all of Gary’s interview……


Frank’s final guest of the series was Rosanne Robinson or as she was known to her listeners as Rosanne Dana who graced the air ways of WMBA back in the late 1990’s. Rosanne took calls from past listeners and they told her how much they missed her and loved listening to her back in the day. To hear all of Rosanne’s interview click the play buttons below…..

“Radio Rewind” is brought to you by Ba’Runi Bar & Grille, the John Pournaras Agency, the Ambridge Italian Villa, Bowser Hyundai of Chippewa, McGee Heating & Cooling, and the Pennsylvania Hot Rod Company.




“Radio Dial Rewind” finale on Teleforum with Frank Sparks features Gary West and Rosanne Dana !!!!



“Radio Dial Rewind” finale on Telefoum  with Frank Sparks Thursday May 31, 2018 from 9-12 noon. We’ll start out the morning with a man who in the late 2000s and early 2010s  woke up the listeners of Beaver County Radio with his warm, comforting voice non other than Gary West.  He also served as WBVP/WMBA program director during his time as morning show host. Gary comes back to the airwaves with Frank Sparks at 9:40 a.m..

Then at 10:30 a.m. the voice that was heard around town on WMBA none other than the Gypsy Rose herself Rosanne Dana will return to the air waves once again with Frank Sparks.  Rosanne will reminisce about her days on the air and tell some stories. She will be with Frank until 11:30 when it will be time for “Notes on Local Entertainment” with Scott Tady and Frank Sparks. The fun all gets under way at 9 a.m. so tune in!!!!


In the late 2000s and early 2010s, it was Gary West who woke up the listeners of Beaver County Radio with his warm, comforting voice. He also served as WBVP/WMBA program director during his time as morning show host. Gary comes back to the airwaves with Frank Sparks as our “Radio Dial Rewind” series nears a close.

“Radio Rewind” is brought to you by Ba’Runi Bar & Grille, the John Pournaras Agency, the Ambridge Italian Villa, Bowser Hyundai of Chippewa, McGee Heating & Cooling, and the Pennsylvania Hot Rod Company.



“Radio Dial Rewind”, Wednesday May 30, 2018 on Teleforum with Frank Sparks featured Tom Stein, Alan Boal, Jimi Miller and Carl Anderson!!!



The second to last day, Wednesday May 30, 2018,   of “Radio Dial Rewind” on Teleforun with Frank Sparks featured  a more legends of Beaver County Radio.

The morning started of with Tom Stein joining Frank in studio. Tom talked about his time on the air and told some stories of things that occurred both on and off the air. He also discussed moving on to become a preacher and travels up until now. Click on the play buttons below to hear Tom’s interview…..



The last living member of the original on air staff of WBVP in 1948 Alan Boal joined Frank in the 10 o’clock hour. Alan talked about how radio was back in the early days and his time in the service being a part of the Armed Forces Network. Alan then told some stories of working at WBVP.  Click the play button below to hear Alan’s interview….


Hour Three kicked off with Jimi Miller in studio with Frank. Jimi told stories of his days at both WBVP and WMBA. Jimi poked fun at the numerous amounts of times that he was fired over the years for not playing by the rules. Jimi told the listeners about the time that he went back on the air at WMBA when the gas explosion happened in Ambridge in the 1980’s. Click the play button below to hear Jimi’s interview……..


The final act for the day was Carl Anderson who worked for WBVP/WWKS back in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Carl told so many good stories to the listeners about his days at Beaver County Radio. One of the highlighted stories was about the time when Bill Cameron supposedly locked himself up in the studio and played DEF Leopard for 72 hours until the owners changed the stations format. Click the play button below to hear Carl’s interview……

“Radio Rewind” is brought to you by Ba’Runi Bar & Grille, the John Pournaras Agency, the Ambridge Italian Villa, Bowser Hyundai of Chippewa, McGee Heating & Cooling, and the Pennsylvania Hot Rod Company.




Allegheny Health Network Breaks Ground For Cancer Institute in Center Township

State Representative Jim Christiana made his thoughts about cancer bluntly on Wednesday morning:


He, along with several other county dignitaries and doctors, greeted and broke ground with the Allegheny Health Network on a new Cancer Institute to be built on Wagner Road in Center Township near the Beaver Valley Mall. The $20 million facility is set to feature state-of-the-art technology and world-class cancer care, so stated AHN Chair of the Cancer Institute:


The AHN Cancer Institute of Beaver County, expected to open up in 2019, is also expected to bring an economic boost to Beaver County, one that State Representative Jim Marshall is happy about:


County Commissioner Dan Camp also spoke at the groundbreaking, agreeing that the facility will bring jobs to the county, but that the most important aspect will affect the county’s citizens who are suffering:


Also in attendance were fellow commissioners Tony Amadio and Sandie Egley, former commissioner Joe Spanik, and Chamber of Commerce Director Jack Manning.