About Kenny Roda

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Kenny is an award winning talk show host with 31 years of experience in the sports radio and television industry in the Cleveland market.  

Currently Kenny is the afternoon drive co-host of the “Kenny and JT Show” on News-Talk 1480 WHBC which airs Monday through Friday from 3pm-7pm.

21 of those 31 years were spent working at ESPN 850WKNR/AM 1220 WKNR radio. Besides being voted Cleveland’s Best Sports Talker numerous times, Kenny was also named as one of Cleveland’s Top 100 radio personalities of all-time. The Roadman’s other radio experience includes working as  a sports anchor, pre-game and post-game host for the Indians/Cavs/Ohio St. football,  as the Cavs/Ohio State football and basketball beat reporter, while also doing play-by-play/analyst work for high school football and college basketball games.

On the TV side, Kenny has been featured on ABC’s Good Morning America following the Lebron James special –The Decision”. Over the years Kenny has also been a regular guest on ESPN’s SportsCenter, Outside the Lines, First Take, as well as the NFL Network. Kenny currently works as the rink-side reporter for Cleveland Monsters hockey and is the on-field reporter for Cleveland Gladiators Arena Football on Fox Sports Ohio and WUAB TV43. He also served as a Browns and Ohio State football analyst for WEWS TV5/ NewsNet5.com. Kenny’s other TV experience includes acting as the pre-game host as well as the play-by-play man for the high school football game of the week and as a talk show host on SportsTime Ohio’s “All Bets Are Off”.

Kenny has covered the World Series, the NBA Finals, BCS National Championship games, NCAA Final Fours, AFC Championship games, NBA and MLB All Star games, the NHL, AHL and IHL as well as the PGA Tour, the U.S. Men’s National Soccer team.

Kenny is originally from Springdale, Pennsylvania and graduated from Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio where he was the Sports Director at WBWC 88.3 FM and was inducted into the WBWC Hall of Fame in 2010.

27 Responses to About Kenny Roda

  1. Michael Andrysco says:

    Good luck to you Kenny with your next venture. I hope you stay in the Cleveland area.

  2. Vince Curren says:

    Hey Kenny, nice website! Enjoyed your take on the Brownies. Continued success as you turn the page on your career to bigger and better things.

  3. Susan Hutzler Venatta says:

    Happy to be able to say “I knew you when” . . . wishing you continued happiness and success Kenny!

  4. Phil says:

    Not sure where to post questions if you don’t have twitter, so I’m posting it here. Kenny can you please interview Cavs “offensive guru” Igor Kokoskov”. Ask him specifically, how much time they spend on offense every day. How many plays do they have in their book that they taught the team. Do they have a play for closing out close games or is it just “stanky leg”. What has Mike Brown said to Igor about when or when he can coach offense.

  5. Kohlwpb says:

    While visiting Cleveland last week I was shocked to not find you on the air. You were my favorite when I lived in Cleveland. When I met you at a gig in N Royalton in 2000, I introduced myself to you as “the other Steelers fan in Cleveland.” Thanks for all your years of service to Cleveland.

  6. Tom McBride says:

    It kills me to not be able to find you on Cleveland radio anymore. You are the best sports talk radio host in Cleveland hands down. I would listen to your podcasts while deployed in Operations Enduring Freedom & Iraqi Freedom just to get my sports fix. I am retired in Louisville, KY from the USAF/ANG and it sad to not be able to tune into your show in Cleveland anymore.

    When they moved you from your late afternoon slot to 9pm, I wrote a blistering email to the station. Now neither you or Reghi are no longer there. I keep hoping to find you back on the airwaves in Cleveland soon. Whoever made the decision to let you go should be fired. Worst decision in Cleveland radio ever!!!

    Thanks Roadman for all the good times. Someone in Cleveland radio needs to get their shit together and put you back in play! We need the RoadMan!!!

  7. Tom McBride says:

    ESPN 850 sucks without Reghi and Roadman!

  8. Chris P says:

    Mr. Roda aka Roadman,

    Good to hear you today on 92.3 FM- The Fan! I’m hoping they are smart enough to find a slot for you (That is, if you are looking…). Cleveland Sports Talk Radio has taken a serious nosedive over the last 10 years. It’s depressing. 850 AM has been pathetic ever since karma-whatever-his-name-is bought it. He proceeded to restructure and push out the best talent in the area. I’m surprised you were able to hang in as long as you did. The Really Big pile of crap Show has been unlistenable since day one – that’s when I finally gave up on them. Goldhammer has got to be the WORST I’ve ever heard on radio. Even as an antagonist, he’s not compelling – arrogant zero talent. Sorry. Just venting. I wish you the best of luck and I hope you stay in Cleveland and get another full time radio gig. Oh, If you never do the John Lucas imitation again, that’s okay by me! God bless.

  9. RJ Hosa says:

    Always love your show, come to Youngstown radio or TV, this area is split between Steeler & Brown’s fans, we all enjoyed your takes…you kept the rivalry alive!
    Best wishes.

  10. Joel J Beard says:

    I just listened to Kenny talk sports for more than 35 minutes. He is amazing. His insight and intellect is unmatched. I just found this blog and will be a regular. I look forward to supporting one of the BEST broadcast professionals I have ever heard and now I got to meet. Good Luck Kenny!!!!!

  11. Richard says:

    Roadman……. been a fan for many years, back to when you were on afternoon drive. Keep up the good work.

  12. Andrew says:

    When you were in Columbus for the hockey playoffs, I told you to watch for Jesus Aguilar. Enjoy watching him in Cleveland, he is now an Indian.

  13. don marinin says:

    Espn 850 really took a dive when they released Reghi and yourself. I really enjoyed all of the variety of guests you brought to your show. I’m glad your finding time on 92.3 and sportstime ohio and hoping you land somewhere with a regular time slot.
    Keep up the outstanding work!!

  14. Smart guy says:

    Hey Roda, I just wanted to say how much a damn schmuck you are and how little about you sports you actually know. You said on top ten countdown that roger Craig doesn’t belong at the number two spot on the countdown. You are an old medapostle idiot and you need to be out in a home and stop talking. You know nothing about sports

  15. Smart guy says:

    Oh and by the way, you are the equivalent of a high school girl that thinks a touchdown is a home run. The Niners probobly punched the hell out of your favored team in the 80’s when you were already a middle aged man, getting your hopes and dreams crushed by seeing roger stomp all over you guys and Smoken joe passing where ever he wanted. Lol. Out your self in a retirement home already and shut you mouth….you know nothing about sports

  16. Hi Kenny. I’m Wayne from Strasburg. One last thing worth reiterating on entertaining the idea that Tebow come play for the Browns. You said you don’t believe he has what it takes to be a quarterback in the NFL. And my reply is: Anytime he has been given the chance (the exception being New England) he has proven that he can. As mentioned earlier, more than half way through the 2011 season he came off the bench in Denver and got them into the playoffs, then beat the number one defense in the league. And last year, when he was trying out for the Eagles, in the last game of preseason, Tebow had a game passer rating of 117%. (Keep in mind most teams keep their starters in for at least the first half.) A few days later he was cut. How does a guy throw for a 117 percent passer rating and then be cut? What rating did he need to get to secure a position on the team?
    In New York, Ryan was unwilling to give him a shot at starting. A former coach of the Jets admitted that for reasons unknown Ryan refused to give Tebow a chance at starting quarterback, which if you remember the season, for almost half of it Ryan was starting a quarterback with the worst passer rating in the league. And when it became obvious that something had to be done, Ryan leaped frogged second string quarterback Tebow and started the third string quarterback instead. And you don’t think there was something more to this than just ability?
    We don’t think Tebow has what it takes because that is what we were told. Yet our eyes tell us a different story. Whether it be high school, college, or even the pros, when the game clock read 0:00, way more often than not we seen number 15 kneeling on one knee, thanking God for another victory. Tebow has been criticized for his his faith, his throwing mechanics, and his stand on political issues, amongst many other things. But at the end of the day one he is a winner. That is what he does (or at least did). I like winners. I wish the Browns did…Thanks for taking my call earlier today.
    Your avid listener, Wayne

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  18. Grinder says:

    Just a Dynamo doing his job. Keep up the great work, Kenny !

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  20. Greg Schwert says:

    Hey Kenny,

    Wanted to let you know in advance that I will not be at this years NFL Hall of Fame Parade. (I’m the guy wearing the old school Buffalo Hockey Jersey that yells “Road Dog” at you towards the end of the parade) – I am President of a Parents Without Partners chapter and that day ended up being the best day for my members and their kids to go to an amusement/water park….but I will be there in spirit…and you may still hearing yelling Road Dog at about 9:45 AM! Greg

  21. Joe D. says:

    Since the AKRON baseball team is called the RUBBER DUCKS,the CLEVELAND team should be named THE $QUEAKY TOYS for the DOLANS.

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