Cleveland Scene Podcast (general)







March 2018
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Aaron Sechrist goes by the name OK Pants. He's done Scene covers and a whole host of other local projects. Aaron is also an entrepreneur who created his own career. He's emceeing Weapons of Mass Creation 7 in Cleveland in August and we talked about that convention, its goals and what it can do for a disparate community of designers.

We also talked about sports, music, social media and everything else we could think of as the conversation developed.

For more information about Weapons of Mass Creation 7, check out their website.

Direct download: Scene_Podcast_-_2016-06-29.mp3
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On this episode of Two Girls With Glasses, Brandi McElhatten and Nikki Delamotte talk to illustrator Erin Schechtman of Super Group Hugs and photographer Laura Wimbels of Faces of CLE. They begin by recapping the cosplay, characters and celebrity sightings at this year’s Wizard World convention.

Erin Schechtman talks about the evolution of Super Group Hugs, her art series where everyone from Doctor Who to Sailor Moon get up close and personal. Since its humble beginnings as an idea sparked for her table at Free Comic Book Day at Carol and John’s Comic Book Store, Schechtman has been traveling to conventions and art shows across the country. She also gives us a little insight into working alongside the Rust Belt Monster Collective art team, whose collaborative murals have been seen at events across Cleveland.

Laura Wimbels has been documenting people in the city through her portrait project Faces of CLE. She tells us about how it started with calling up a few people and asking to snap their picture. It's snowballed into what she hopes to one day turn into a coffee table book. Wimbels is also a talented, emerging storyteller and recounts her experiences performing at Happy Dog’s Keep Talking event and as part of The Moth podcast in Pittsburgh.

Direct download: EP013-TGWG-03-15-16.mp3
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Tim Bando has had Grove Hill open in Chagrin Falls for over a year now, but his roots in the Cleveland dining scene go much much deeper. Tim sat down with Doug Trattner and Craig Lyndall to discuss his past stops and also what it's been like to open his latest restaurant in the former Raintree location.

Direct download: Tim_Bando_-_Scene_Podcast_-_2015-11-13.mp3
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On this episode of Two Girls With Glasses, Brandi McElhatten and Nikki Delamotte talk with Cleveland ex-pat comedian Jim Tews (@JimTews). Locals may remember Tews as one of the original organizers of the popular comedy showChucklefck which has since morphed into the Accidental Comedy Show run by Ramon Rivas. He’s since moved to New York City and has gone on to work at MTV, made an appearance on Louie and Last Comic Standing, and now regularly performs around New York, both as a stand-up comic and vocalist of Weezer tribute band, The Undone Sweaters.


Tews is preparing to release his book, Felines of New York (, a parody of the popular Humans of New York Facebook page, on November 24. First started as a Facebook page (, Tews began posting the captioned photos earlier this year and has already amassed more than 10 thousand followers. He calls in from New York with his two cats, Bea and Arthur, to talk about putting it together.


On November 22 in Brooklyn, Tews will be hosting a book launch party at Littlefield with a handful of comedians including Cleveland’s own Mike Polk and Todd Hanson, writer for The Onion. He'll also have a veterinarian on hand answering any cat-related questions the audience may have. 

Direct download: TGWG-11-07-15-FINAL.mp3
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This week, in anticipation of the dynamite Accidental Comedy Fest this weekend, host Craig Lyndall sat down with sandwich expert and comedian and ACF organizer Ramon Rivas.

They talked about the fest, natch, but also the Cleveland comedy community, how it's grown, and Ramon's travels and how they play into what he's doing here. They also dig back into the city's comedy history (including a lot of stuff that we didn't know, or had forgotten) and the long way we've come since then.

Grab a sandwich, grab a ticket for this weekend, and listen.

Direct download: Scene_Podcast_-_2015-09-10.mp3
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Host Craig Lyndall talks with Scene editor-in-chief Vince Grzegorek and designer/fast food expert/sports talk listener Aaron Sechrist about this week's cover story on Clevo sports talk radio, why MLB lost Aaron a long time ago, advertising, Howard Stern, Triv and more.

Direct download: Scene_Podcast_-_2015-09-04.mp3
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This week, host Craig Lyndall sat down with staff writer Sam Allard to hit the week's newsiest news.

- Our cover story on Paul Pelton, the so-called Nightcrawler of Lorain who videotaped a grisly crash scene involving two teens, who the media painted as a man who wanted to sell the footage to local TV stations, and the true story behind the headlines.

- 19 Actions News' announcement that the station will drop the action news format and focus on more quality (and positive) journalistic efforts.

- The wide-ranging discussion, hosted by the City Club, on the future of the lakefront in Cleveland, which is something we always seem to talk about but never get any action on.

Direct download: Scene_Podcast_-_2015-08-21.mp3
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This week, host Craig Lyndall chats with Scene dining editor Doug Trattner about a bevy of restaurant upgrades and remodels happening all over town, including Nano Brew and Flying Fig, as well as some new options in Lakewood and Larchmere.



Direct download: Scene_Podcast_-_2015-07-10.mp3
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Direct download: TGWG_07-01-15-FINAL.mp3
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Direct download: Scene_Podcast_-_2015-06-26.mp3
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