Financial integrity of the Family is the topic on Tom Young’s monthly appearance with guest Len Renier, Pres. of Wealth & Wisdom Institute

Tune into Beaver County Radio 1230 WBVP and 1460 WMBA Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 9 A.M. for Tom Young from 1st Consultants Inc. in Beaver. Tom will be making his monthly appearance and the topic this month will be: “Financial integrity of the Family” with guest Len Renier, Pres. of Wealth & Wisdom Institute. Len has spoken to the Federal Reserve and served on several college boards and a consultant to the life insurance industry.  He is also the Founder of the Family Defined Benefits Program.   Tune in and listen to  Tom and Len will explain conserving the integrity of the family and strategies that work.

There will be that and more during Tom’s appearance this Tuesday. You can participate in the show by calling 724-843-1888 or 724-774-1888. You can also ask your questions on Facebook Live.

Click Tom’s picture below at showtime of 9:10 a.m. to be directed to the WBVP and WMBA Facebook Page where Tom’s appearance will be on Facebook Live.

Click on the logo below to find out more about 1st Consultants Inc.

“Best of Beaver County” with Jim Roddey presented by St. Barnabas talks athletics and publishing this week

(Beaver Falls, PA)  “The Best of Beaver County” with Jim Roddey presented by St. Barnabas Health System stepped onto the Softball field with Geneva College Athletic Director and Girl’s Softball Coach Van Zanic and then Jim Roddey talked publishing of a local publication  with Jason Bumblis, President of Pacer Studios.

Van Zanic from Geneva College live on “The Best of Beaver County”
Van Zanic and Jim Roddey on WBVP/WMBA

In the first segment Jim talked with Van Zanic about his career and how he became the softball coach and Athletic Director at Geneva College in Beaver Falls. Zanic told Roddey about how he fully believes in the mission of Geneva College and that it’s not all about the sport that he coaches that it is about shaping these college athletes into outstanding adults and getting them a quality christian education while having fun playing sports at Geneva College. Van told Jim of his love for Geneva and his position at the college.


Jim Roddey interviews Jason Bumblis on “The Best of Beaver County”


Jason Bumblis, Pacer Studios talks with Jim Roddey on WBVP/WMBA

In Segment Two Jim interviewed Jason Bumblis, President of Pacer Studios. Roddey and Bumblis talked about Pacer Studios and the publication that his company makes that is distributed to certain local towns. The guys talked about the stories that are in the publication and how Jason and his staff research the stories before writing them.


Both Interviews were streamed Live on Facebook. Press the play button below to watch the show….

The radio broadcast will be replayed each week from 11:30 am to Noon on Sundays on Beaver County Radio. Tune in next week at 11:00 a.m. as Jim will be welcoming in two more of  the “Best in Beaver County”  guests presented by St. Barnabas.

Click on the logo below if you would like more info on St. Barnabas….


Youth smoking decline stalls, and vaping may be to blame

Youth smoking decline stalls, and vaping may be to blame
By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — Cigarette smoking rates have stopped falling among U.S. kids, and health officials believe youth vaping is responsible.
For decades, the percentage of high school and middle school students who smoked cigarettes had been declining fairly steadily. For the past three years, it has flattened, according to new numbers released Monday.
There may be several reasons, but a recent boom in vaping is the most likely explanation, said Brian King of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“We were making progress, and now you have the introduction of a product that is heavily popular among youth that has completely erased that progress,” King said.
The CDC findings come from a national survey conducted last spring of more than 20,000 middle and high school students. It asked if they had used any tobacco products in the previous month. Some of the findings had been released before, including the boom in vaping.
Experts attribute the vaping increase to the exploding popularity of newer versions of e-cigarettes, like those by Juul Labs Inc. of San Francisco. The products resemble computer flash drives, can be recharged in USB ports and can be used discreetly — including in school bathrooms and even in classrooms.
According to the new CDC data, about 8 percent of high schoolers said they had recently smoked cigarettes in 2018, and about 2 percent of middle schoolers did. Those findings were about the same seen in similar surveys in 2016 and 2017.
It also found that about 2 in 5 high school students who used a vaping or tobacco product used more than one kind, and that the most common combination was e-cigarettes and cigarettes. Also, about 28 percent of high school e-cigarette users said they vaped 20 or more days in the previous month — nearly a 40 percent jump from the previous year.
Smoking, the nation’s leading cause of preventable illness, is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths each year. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration bans the sale of e-cigarettes and tobacco products to those under 18.
E-cigarettes are generally considered better than cigarettes for adults who are already addicted to nicotine. But health officials have worried for years that electronic cigarettes could lead kids to switch to smoking traditional cigarettes.
“I think the writing is on the wall,” with research increasingly suggesting e-cigarettes are becoming a gateway to regular cigarettes, said Megan Roberts, an Ohio State University researcher.
There is, however, some split of opinion among health researchers. Some had linked e-cigarettes to an unusually large drop in teen smoking a few years ago, and they say it’s not clear to what extent the decline in smoking has stalled or to what degree vaping is to blame.
Cigarette smoking is still declining in some states. And another large survey found that smoking has continued to drop among 12th graders, though not in younger school kids.
“It’s not clear yet what’s going on and it’s best to not jump to any conclusions,” said David Levy, a Georgetown University researcher.
The Associated Press Health & Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.

As Democratic field expands, Biden waits on the sidelines

As Democratic field expands, Biden waits on the sidelines
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden will headline his first public event in about three weeks on Saturday— in Munich, Germany, nearly 5,000 miles from Iowa, site of the 2020 presidential campaign’s first contest.
As he weighs whether to jump into the race, Biden has been conspicuously absent from early voting states, making him an outlier among Democrats eyeing the White House. Nine Democrats have announced full-fledged campaigns, two have launched exploratory committees and several others are blanketing Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina as they decide whether to launch a campaign. A half-dozen made the rounds this past weekend alone.
In a wide-open race, Biden’s take-it-slow approach has given other candidates a head-start in fundraising, scooping up top-tier staff and perfecting their pitch to voters. It’s also given them a chance to chip away at what would be a central argument of a Biden campaign: that he is the only candidate who can defeat President Donald Trump in 2020.
Biden has said he’ll only run if he doesn’t believe Democrats have other viable options, and he’s privately raised doubts about the electability of some of his potential rivals, according to a person with knowledge of those conversations who spoke on condition of anonymity to talk about private discussions.
But some voters who have seen those candidates up close in recent weeks disagree.
“I like Joe. He’s a good man, and I like his character,” said Audrey Wolf, a 72-year-old retired teacher and devout Democratic caucusgoer from Mason City. “But I will say, I’m just really open to the new faces out there.”
Nick Maybanks, a 42-year-old Democratic voter from Cedar Rapids, said Biden’s wavering on whether to launch a campaign “puts him a couple of paces back.”
“While these others are here, I’m wondering if he would be committed to it,” Maybanks, a county prosecutor, said of Biden as he and his family gathered to hear New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker address Iowa voters.
The former vice president initially expected to make his decision by now. But he blew through a self-imposed January deadline without a campaign announcement, and some longtime allies say they simply don’t know when, or if, he’ll enter the race.
“He’s prepared, but he’s also doing his due diligence,” said Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond, the former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus who has spoken to Biden in the past two weeks.
But for now, he doesn’t have plans to visit any of the early states. He heads to Michigan on Tuesday to deliver a eulogy at a funeral for Democratic Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress. On Saturday, he’ll speak at a high-profile national security summit in Germany.
Biden advisers say he can afford to get a later start. After eight years as vice president, he’s well-known to most voters and has deep ties to Democratic activists in the early primary states. His tight-knit group of senior advisers is ready to swiftly stand up a campaign operation if Biden gives them the go-ahead.
The former vice president would also bring a more moderate track record to a campaign that is so far being defined by liberal candidates pushing big government programs, like a Green New Deal to tackle climate change and “Medicare-for-all.” Biden hasn’t endorsed either concept.
Biden may also be the closest thing Democrats have to a front-runner in 2020, given his long history in politics. A recent CNN poll found about 6 in 10 Democrats said Biden should run, and 44 percent said they would be very likely to support him if he did — more than said this for any other potential Democratic candidate.
But the prospect of a Biden candidacy has not scared off other candidates.
California Sen. Kamala Harris has set the pace for the field, drawing an eye-popping 20,000 people to her campaign launch last month. Her early start has also helped her campaign bank crucial information on voters, including boosting its email list by 20 percent on Harris’ first day as a candidate, according to a campaign aide.
Lesser-known candidates are using the winter to start making introductions to voters. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s team sought to maximize media attention by announcing an exploratory committee during a week in mid-January when no other major campaign announcements were planned. She followed that up with quick trips to each of the early voting states, including a three-day swing through South Carolina that wrapped up Sunday.
Although she’s only formed an exploratory committee at this point, Gillibrand has already hired 40 staffers.
Some Democratic strategists say the former vice president is letting valuable time slip away.
“You can’t get time back,” said Dan Pfeiffer, who advised Barack Obama’s two successful presidential campaigns. “The Iowa caucus, which is the most complicated election in the country, is a year away, and the candidates that wait very well may regret it.”
Obama is said to have made similar points to the many prospective candidates he’s met with so far, according to people with knowledge of the conversations. While the former president hasn’t recommended a specific timetable to candidates, he has emphasized the importance of investing early in the kind of ground operations in Iowa and elsewhere that helped catapult him to the nomination in 2008.
While most Democratic White House hopefuls have made their intentions clear by now, a handful of others share Biden’s slower strategy.
Beto O’Rourke, who shot to Democratic stardom with his narrow defeat in last year’s Texas Senate race, says he’ll make a decision before the end of the month. O’Rourke will headline a march in his hometown of El Paso on Monday night, about a mile away from where Trump will be holding a re-election campaign rally.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg also plans to make a decision in February. The billionaire made a campaign-style stop in New Hampshire last month and headlined a climate change event last week in Florida, another crucial primary state.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders hasn’t said when he’ll decide whether to launch a second presidential campaign. But he’s kept making high-profile appearances, including delivering a rebuttal to Trump’s State of the Union address last week.
Beaumont reported from Des Moines, Iowa. Follow Julie Pace at and Tom Beaumont at

“Best of Beaver County” with Jim Roddey steps on the gridiron this week

(Beaver Falls, PA)  “The Best of Beaver County” with Jim Roddey presented by St. Barnabas Health System stepped onto the football gridiron this week with special guests Mike Warfield who is head coach of the Aliquippa Quips High School Football team and Rick Holman who has been elected to Ford’s NFL Hall of Fans.


The first segment of the show Jim talked with Mike Warfield about his first year as Head Coach of the Aliquippa Quips Football team. Warfield discussed how proud he is of his team to be able to win a state championship in his first year. He told Roddey and the listeners that it’s about more than just football it’s about teaching these young athletes that there is more than just football out there and that you need to be prepared for life after football because football is a very small portion of your life. Warfield also discussed his career as a member of the Pennsylvania State Police.

After a short break segment two started and Jim talked with Rick Holman who is an inductee into the NFL Hall of Fans. Roddey and Holman talked about him growing up in Beaver Falls and the unique way he ended up getting nominated for the first class to be inducted into the Hall of Fans. Rick told Jim of his recent trip to the Big Game and how he met Joe Namath and he thought it was cool that Rick was also from Beaver Falls. Rick told the listeners how proud he was to be picked and to represent our area.

The entire show was streamed live on Facebook. You can watch the interview by clicking on the play button below…

The radio broadcast will be replayed each week from 11:30 am to Noon on Sundays on Beaver County Radio. Tune in next week at 11:00 a.m. as Jim will be welcoming in two more of  the “Best in Beaver County”  guests presented by St. Barnabas.

Click on the logo below if you would like more info on St. Barnabas….


Citizens upset with Beaver County Commissioners for letting employees leave early while being paid during recent cold snap during Ask the Commissioners

(Beaver Falls, PA.) The Beaver County Commissioners made their monthly appearance on Ask the Commissioners on 1230 WBVP and 1460 WMBA during Teleforum with Frank Sparks.

The Show started off with Frank welcoming in Commissioners Sandie Egley and Tony Amadio for this months show, Commission Chairman Dan Camp was not able to attend due to other commitments.

Recently during the cold snap a listener called and informed Beaver County Radio and the listeners that Beaver County Employees were allowed to go home early because of the cold and were paid for the remainder of the day. This infuriated the listeners and many listeners called to express their displeasure with this move. Frank assured the listeners that it would be the first question he asked on the show this month and he kept his promise asking Amadio and Egley right out of the box about the situation. Egley said she was against it from the beginning and felt everyone is already here why send them home. A caller ripped into both commissioners about this and Egley said “wait I was against this and I’m only one vote” the caller then apologized and Amadio answered that it was a decision that was made for the safety of the employees and it started with President Judge Rick Mancini and Camp and he felt it was best and thus the departments were aloud to go to a skeleton crew so that employees could leave early and be paid for the rest of the day. The Commissioners received phone calls of people not happy that this happened and Egley continually said she was against it and Amadio said thank you for your input it has been duly noted.

Other topics that were discussed during the show were the voting machines and the requirement by a new state law that the county has to replace the current voting machines and the situation with BCTA and the them wanting to change some of their routes and bus stops.  If you would like to see the entire interview as it streamed Live on Facebook click the play button below…

The next “Ask the Commissioners” will be on March 7, 2019 at 9 a.m..

Ask the Commissioners  is being brought to you by

BCTA Riders Show Their Displeasure Towards Proposed Changes

(Matt Drzik/Beaver County Radio)

When Commissioner Chairman Dan Camp spoke of the fervent backlash he received from Beaver County citizens about the proposed changes by the Beaver County Transit Authority, it turns out he wasn’t exaggerating.

Dozens of County residents arrived at the BCTA headquarters on West Washington Street in Rochester on Monday night to hear in detail about the changes that are being proposed, but have not yet been put into action, by the Transit Authority. General Manager Mary Jo Morandini was the head speaker for the meeting, and she described the new plans-to-be for the routes in current use.

One of these proposed changes is on Route 11, in which the Drug & Alcohol stop will be removed and replaced with a stop at the Beaver Valley Mall, as explained by GM Morandini:

BCTA General Manager Mary Jo Morandini came under intense scrutiny from riders in attendance.

Among other proposed changes include the removal of the 6:20 and 6:45 trips on Route 3 in lieu of one 6:30 trip, and having the last Route 1 bus out of Pittsburgh leaving at 7:00pm instead of 8:00 where it currently stands.

The backlash towards the new proposals, and even Morandini herself, came early and often throughout the rest of the evening. A variety of responses came out in regards to the issues it would cause, including one who was wondering how he could leave his job in Pittsburgh if the 8:00pm bus on Route 1 was cut…


…another who felt the Drug & Alcohol stop is a populous one that needed to stay…


…and one woman who felt that the BCTA was convenient enough as it was and that the changes would be potentially inconvenient:


Others chose to heave their backlash onto Morandini, whose lack of dependency on using the BCTA buses and business-first attitude were called out on the carpet:


Those with further complaints to the BCTA can submit them up until 3:00pm on February 19th. The changes, if passed will go into effect sometime during Spring of this year.

The Best of Beaver County with Jim Roddey gets Miked!!!!

(Beaver Falls, Pa.) The Best of Beaver County this week with Jim Roddey presented by St. Barnabas was Miked up!! The show featured a man who is grew up locally and made it big in the radio business. Mike Romigh who grew up in Beaver Falls and then after working in the mill in his early years started out becoming a popular talk show host  on Beaver County Radio before taking his talents to the big city and KDKA radio. from KDKA Mike then worked for WKBN in Youngstown before returning to Beaver county Radio in 2014 to host the show he made popular, Teleforum. Romigh was also Program Director for Beaver County Radio.  In 2017 Mike moved onto The Beaver County Humane Society as the Sponsorship, Events, and Social Media Manager, a position that Mike still currently holds . 

The first segment of the show host Jim Roddey talked to Mike Romigh about his career and how he got into the radio business. Mike told of his love for radio from having a transistor radio that he listened to all the time as a kid to going to the Columbia School of Broadcasting. Romigh talked about his stops along the way in radio and how he kept beating on doors till someone gave him a chance.

The second segment Roddey and Romigh talked about Mike’s current position at the Beaver County Humane Society and what he does there. Mike also shared the story about the sprinkler system break that spewed water through out parts of the Humane Society.

The Final segment the guys talked about the new frontier that Beaver County is on the door step of and what Mike sees as a vision for the future of Beaver County.


You can also watch a replay of the Facebook Live video by clicking on the play button in the video below…….

The radio broadcast will be replayed each week from 11:30 am to Noon on Sundays on Beaver County Radio. Tune in next week at 11:00 a.m. as Jim will be welcoming in two more of  the “Best in Beaver County”  guests presented by St. Barnabas.

Click on the logo below if you would like more info on St. Barnabas….

Turkey’s Flying inside Fischer’s New Brighton Foodland

(New Brighton, PA.) Turkey’s were flying in the produce department of Fischer’s New Brighton Foodland on Saturday January 26, 2019. Well kind of. Beaver County Radio was at it again being a trailblazer in fun while helping Mike and Ron Fischer celebrate the Grand Opening of the beautiful Fischer’s New Brighton Foodland located at the corner of 5th Ave. and 9th Street in New Brighton by having a turkey bowling contest. You may ask a real turkey? Yes a frozen turkey and all contestants had to do was try and knock over one of 3  plastic bottles of pop. The key was to knock over the right one that had a winner sticker on it to win a great prize that was donated by one of many of New Brighton businesses that helped celebrate the grand opening!!! As shoppers came in the door they were surprised when they saw that they really would be bowling a turkey. Frank Sparks and Gary Miller did a live broadcast on Beaver County Radio for 12 noon to 2 p.m. as shoppers were bowling and winning prizes.  Even Beaver County Radio’s super fan Tom Lesnick showed up for the fun.

Check out all of the pictures of the fun.



Historic Fallston Commission Moves Forward With Plans To Re-Open Fallston Bridge To Pedestrian Traffic

The Historic Fallston Bridge Commission is moving forward with plans to re-open the Fallston bridge as a pedestrian bridge. The bridge – which opened in 1884 and eventually served as a vehicular bridge – was closed in February of 2015 after a waterline burst, causing damage to the sidewalk and supports to the pedestrian section of the bridge. The bridge is an historic structure that crosses the Beaver River between New Brighton and Fallston. This morning on Teleforum, Frank Sparks spoke with two members of the commission – County Commissioner Sandie Egley and New Brighton borough manager Tom Albanese.

Egley was asked how this whole idea got started…

Egley says there’s a lot of community interest in this…

Egley was asked how she got involved…

Egley was asked where the money will come from…

Egley says it’s going to be a long process…

Albanese was asked how he become involved…

Albanese was asked…what’s the next step?…

Albanese was asked what role the borough will play in all of this?….

If anyone is interested in volunteering to help make this possible, visit The Historic Fallston Bridge Commission Facebook page or call New Brighton borough at (724) 846-1870.

If you would like to watch the entire interview as it streamed on Facebook Live click the play button below.