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Larry Hackenberg, from WHBC-1480AM's "The Time Machine" was the guest speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Malvern on March 27.
Hackenberg came at the request of Rotarian Roger Bartley to talk to the Club about a plan to expand his program's coverage to Carroll County for the first time.
"Our programs have been about Stark County, but we thought we'd like to change that a little," said Hackenberg The program, which airs on Saturday's at 1:00, usually runs for an hour using a one-on-one interview format.
The radio show's producer, Jennifer Tessanne accompanied Hackenberg. She said, "Small rural communities like Malvern are filled with all kinds of interesting stories and people that most of us never hear about."
Hackenberg went on to say that he was looking for suggestions of topics or people of local interest to interview for the program.
"We thought we'd start by learning a little more about Clyde Singer's original hometown [Malvern]," he said. "We've talked to [Malvern historian] Jason Lombardi and [former Malvern High School Local Area Studies teacher] Doug Angeloni already."
The Rotary Club encouraged the Society to contact "The Time Machine" as part of its effort to raise funds for a new roof. Lombardi is the current president of the Malvern Historical Society, which is engaged in a community fundraiser to pay for repairs to the roof at the Society's downtown museum. Angeloni retired from the staff at Malvern High School several years ago but continues to be involved in historical studies at Fort Laurens in Bolivar.
Hackenberg was a teacher and basketball coach in Minerva for eight years. Jack Polen, one of the Rotarians asked how many times Minerva played Malvern during his tenure. "Only twice, I think." "And did they ever beat Malvern?" Polen went on to ask. "I don't think so" was the reply.
"Actually, they did. It was probably the last game you played us before you left," to which Hackenberg admitted, "That's probably the reason I didn't remember it."
In closing Hackenberg told the Club about the topic of this week's program, but only after swearing everyone to secrecy. "It's really quite an interesting story, one that made the national news."
After the meeting Tessanne gave out cd's of previous programs aired on the show for people to listen to. She is hoping to find new radio sponsors in the Malvern area to help build up interest for stories in the area of Carroll County. The show is already promoted on the marquis of The Roxy Theater in Minerva.