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Mike Foley

Reporter, News Anchor

Mike Foley joined WCBE in February 2000, coming from WUFT in Gainesville, Florida. He earned Broadcasting and Journalism degrees from the University of Florida.

Growing up in the Sunshine State, Mike continues to adjust to Ohio’s winters. Repeated attempts to structure a contract that would allow him to stay home on days when the temperature falls below 60 have failed. But Foley finds strength in the lyrics of Eddie Vedder - “no matter how cold the winter, there’s a springtime ahead.”

Foley works on variety of news and feature stories and also assists in developing WCBE's Podcast Experience. Hosting and producing the Music Journeys podcast remains his greatest professional passion. 

Mike loves spending time with his family. He's been married to an Ohio State grad since 1996, proving that Gators and Buckeyes can get along. They have a son in college, a daughter in high school, and a daughter in middle school. The Foleys are animal lovers too and currently have two dogs. 

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The Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy

A seven-month study exploring early childhood education finds Franklin County lagging behind the nation in enrollment and significant differences in the experiences children have at home compared to out-of-home care settings. 

Age Friendly Columbus

Columbus, Franklin County, and Ohio State University officials today celebrated the opening of the Age-Friendly Innovation Center. The center will blend university research with the expertise of older residents to make communities more livable.  

Blake Bergere and Nick Lorenz formed Bird and Byron after college, recording their first songs in 2020 and four more this year. The WonderBus Festival marks the duo's first live session in almost two years due to the pandemic. They talk about the inspiration for their new songs and in the spirit of WonderBus, which also shines a light on mental health, Bird and Byron share their own struggles and what's helped.   

WonderBus

The WonderBus Music & Arts Festival takes place this weekend. The two-day event emphasizes music but also benefits and promotes mental health.  

For four straight months in central Ohio, a more than 20 percent increase in new listings has been met with a double-digit rise in home sales. That changed in July as the market cooled off last month.

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Jack Harris performs frequently in the Columbus and Cleveland areas. He's part of the lineup for the August 28-29 WonderBus Music & Arts Festival, which promotes music and mental health. In this edition of Music Journeys, Harris shares how music helps him with anxiety. Thanks for listening. 

Jess Baldwin

Columbus musician Jess Baldwin joins Music Journeys to talk about her forthcoming album "Anima." It remains in the crowdfunding stages, but she's been releasing digital demos and sharing acoustic versions of the songs. At 40, the vocal instructor found that recovery and songwriting go hand in hand. 

Authorities say the multi-jurisdictional task force deployed to address the reckless operation of ATVs and dirt bikes in Columbus and Franklin County made 11 arrests, impounded 11 vehicles, and recovered five guns last weekend.

Columbus officials say they're expanding a pilot program that offered a more appropriate response to certain emergency calls and reduced reliance on police and fire personnel. Over a four-week period this summer, a "Triage Pod" consisting of a social worker, emergency communications dispatcher and paramedic handled 9-1-1 calls involving mental health, addiction and other social determinants of health.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

On this edition of Music Journeys, we dig into the archives and listen back to our chats with Don Felder. The former Eagles guitarist headlines the Lancaster Festival Saturday July 31.

Columbus REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service

Record sales at record prices in record time - that's how the Columbus REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service sums up the region's June activity. A record 3,644 homes closed last month, a 15.6 percent increase from last year and 21.3 percent higher than May.

The city of Columbus plans to increase the penalties for illegal and dangerous ATV and dirt bike riding and work with other Franklin County jurisdictions on enforcement. Columbus City Council members say they've received hundreds of calls about reckless activity on city streets and in neighborhoods.

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Columbus will receive $25 million from the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America grant program to support the city's Crossroads Project.

Phenix Banquet Center

Several Juneteenth celebrations take place Saturday. The city of Columbus and the King Arts Complex host Juneteenth Freedom Day, which will feature food, games, music, health screenings, COVID-19 vaccinations, along with higher education and information sessions. The Phenix Banquet Center hosts its second annual Juneteenth Community Festival.

American Red Cross

Central Ohio health officials are issuing an urgent call for blood donations as hospitals in the region are approaching critical shortages.

John Smith

With his new album The Fray, musician John Smith believes he's created his most honest work - and it came out of necessity. Not unlike other performers, the singer, songwriter, and guitarist found himself grounded by the pandemic but also dealing with unrelated family health matters. Here on Music Journeys, Smith shares how turning to music helped him accept life's challenges.

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A special prosecutor charged three Columbus police officers Wednesday for alleged misconduct in their handling of demonstrators during the protests last summer following the killing of George Floyd.

Columbus Metropolitan Library

Columbus Metropolitan Library and Columbus Recreation & Parks Department have partnered again to provide students with free lunches and snacks at 15 library locations.

Special Olympics Ohio

Special Olympics Ohio competitions return this month with a different look and more athletes. The summer games typically include about 3,000 athletes for a weekend of events on Ohio State's campus. With Summer Games Reimagined, more than 5,500 athletes will compete in 80 events in their own communities throughout the state.

Columbus officials introduced the city's next police chief today. Elaine Bryant spent 21 years with Detroit's division. Bryant described herself as having a calling to serve the community and be a positive change. 

Columbus Police continue investigating Saturday’s shooting at Bicentennial Park that left a 16-year-old girl dead and five other teenagers and young adults wounded.

Columbus officials Wednesday night hosted a virtual community forum with the four finalists being considered to oversee the city's police division. 

Central Ohio Folk Festival

The 24th annual Central Ohio Folk Festival takes place this Saturday with a virtual celebration of music. On this edition of the Music Journeys podcast, we preview this year's event with Bill Cohen and headlining duo Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, who share the challenges they faced during the pandemic, why they chose to be part of this year's fest, and how music continues to inspire them. Thanks for listening. 

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Tina Turner, Carole King, The Go-Go’s, JAY-Z, Foo Fighters, and Todd Rundgren headline the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's Class of 2021. With 13 inductees, it's one of the largest and most diverse classes in the museum's history.

Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther today committed another $10 million to the city's affordable housing efforts and announced two other related programs.

Ohio Department of Aging

As part of Older Americans Month, Ohio's Department of Aging seeks stories from residents revealing the many ways older adults and their communities are connected. The department will collect and share Stories of Strength, which can be about organizations or individuals who overcame challenges to meet an older adult's needs.

Amos Project

A Black-led collective of legal, faith, community, and movement leaders demands a federal investigation into the Columbus Division of Police. The Columbus Police Accountability Coalition says the division's long-standing patterns of violence and misconduct against Black people must be investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Friendship Missionary Baptist Church hosts a health and wellness event Saturday, May 1 featuring free cancer screenings, COVID vaccinations, and other health evaluations.

United Way of Central Ohio

United Way of Central Ohio's Board of Directors approved $7.6 million in funding for 93 nonprofits in the region to help the groups meet basic needs and improve student success.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

As Cleveland gets ready to host NFL Draft next week, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum introduces an exhibit honoring the history of the Super Bowl Halftime Show and its legendary performers. The Biggest Show on Turf: 55 Years of Halftime Shows opens April 24.

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