Eric Matthews

Eric Matthews

Monday, 02 October 2023 18:05

What a great weekend to spend outside!

The weather was so nice on Sunday, I spent the afternoon at The Akron Zoo. So many of the animals were enjoying the wondeful weather too. A few were taking naps in the sun...a couple in the shade. And then there was this one Grizzly Bear who decided it would be fun to go play in the pool with a floater ring! 

We spent several minutes watching the bear have a great time in the water with the toy. It was a nearly perfect day. Even if the animals were sleeping, they were visible from the window and not hiding back in a corner. What was even better is that some animals were up an active! 

Accoding to the forecast, we have about two more days of beautiful weather before things start to look and feel more like Fall. I hope you can enjoy it while there's still time!

Friday, 29 September 2023 17:57

It's back!

Monday is October you know what that means - W BOO MX!!! All month long, WQMX is going to be handing out some extra prizes for a little more fun during the Halloween season.

Many of the prizes will be perfectly themed for the time of the year. Be listening all day for your chance to score some extra fun in the month of October! We promise we'll try not to make it too scary for you :).

Thursday, 28 September 2023 18:02

It's Award Show time!

Tonight is the night! The 1st People's Choice Country Awards will take place tonight at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Hosted by Little Big Town, the show will air on NBC at 8pm and stream on Peacock.

Toby Keith will receive the Country Icon Award and Wynonna Judd will receive the Country Champion Award. Categories covered tonight include everything from Concert of the Year, Music Video of the Year, New/Male/Female Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year among others.

The one that may be the best though, is the award for People's Artist of the Year. This is exactly what this award show is all about - the people! Tune in tonight!!!

Wednesday, 27 September 2023 18:34

It (sort of) ends today

Thank you, Terry Francona. 11 seasons as our manager, and even part of his playing career in 1988 with the Indians. He took us to the World Series in 2016 for the first time in almost 20 years...and we almost won...yet again!

As always with this franchise there were good times and bad. We had good seasons, and not-so good seasons. Questionable trades, good signings...bad signings. He will go down as a great manager in Baseball. He still has the weekend in Detroit - so hopefully we can win a few more for the skipper ;).

Tuesday, 26 September 2023 18:18

It's my 10th anniversary!

I was sitting at home earlier this afternoon before I came into work and I realized...HEY! Today is the anniversary day of when I got hired by Rubber City Radio Group - the parent company of WQMX! I've been here ten years! Let's go back to those days.

I was 26 years old and had been done with all of my schooling for 18 months. I was getting worried that I might not find a job and may need to consider another path. Then I learned about an opening to work for WAKR during sports broadcasts. I had my went well, and I had the job! I was in studio a few nights a week running commercials during Indians (Guardians), Cavs, Browns, and Ohio State games. Eventually, I was able to expand on that to producing talk shows in all dayparts (including the Ray Horner Show) as needed.

Next thing I knew, I was able to get a chance at my dream job - on-air at a music station when I filled in on WQMX last minute. That turned into a regular part time gig on weekends, then I was able to go full time duing the week. Next thing I knew, I moved up to weekday nights on WQMX! I love my job and the people I work with...they're awesome! They tell you find something you love and find a way to get paid for'll never work a day in your life. I am here to tell you that statement is 100% true!

Monday, 25 September 2023 18:26

A Mac & Cheese festival?! Yes, please!!!

This Saturday (September 30th) there is going to be something that sounds really awesome and could bring out the 5 year old tastebuds in all of us - The Ohio Mac & Cheese Festival! It will be this Saturday afternoon from 4-8 at Mercy Health Stadium (home of the Lake Erie Crushers) in Avon.

Think about it...there are many possibilites with the comfort food. Do you like elbow noodles or shells? Maybe Cavatapi noodles? Do you like bacon in yours? Do you like it on the spicy side? There's a difference between ours here in the North and Southern style. 

This sounds like a great event to get to try different recipes of the wonderfull side dish that is Mac & Cheese. Find the details on the event from Channel 5 here.

Friday, 22 September 2023 19:18

Keep It or Kick It

If you are a frequent listener to WQMX between 7 and midnight weekdays...first, thank you very much! As you know, during the 9 o'clock hour we have the New At 9. It's a full hour of some of the newest music out of Nashville. We also have the New Song Spotlight and then play Keep it or Kick it to get your votes on how you as listeners like the song.

Starting Monday, we are making a little change. As we head into Fall and Winter things will begin to slow down a bit. So we will only play Keep it or Kick it when I have a brand new song. The other evenings, the spotlight song will have some other significance. Maybe it's historic to the day, or possibly it's one we've had you vote on before, but don't feel we need a second opinion, etc.

As always thank you for voting during this segment. It really helps us here at WQMX, and look forward to it returning in full strength in the Spring!

Thursday, 21 September 2023 18:32

The finish line is approaching!

Hurry on over to to sign up for the 5 Kay on October 7th. You only have until noon on Friday (tomorrow) to get signed up and still receive a commemorative race t-shirt. You are moe than welcome to sign up all the way to race day itself, but you must be signed up by noon on Friday the 22nd to get the t-shirt for this year.

As always we are raising money that is to benefit our awesome Bosom Buddies charity to help fight Breast Cancer. We hope to see you at Maize Valley Winery & Craft Brewery on Route 619 on Saturday October 7th at 9am sharp!

Wednesday, 20 September 2023 19:11

"Hello Northeast Ohio!!!" - Buttercup

Hi everyone! My name is Buttercup and I thought I'd take over writing my dad's blog at work today...he said it would be cool with him and you wouldn't mind. I know he has told you a little about me before, but I'll recap. I'm about 5 years old, and showed up at my current home about 4 years ago. I was too young at the time, I don't remember where I came from before that...or is it I just don't want to tell my daddy? ;) hahaha.

Anyway, I have been so lucky to live where I do. I get fed handsomely (even though I yell at my dad that I'm starving and wasting away). I even get treats! My favorite toys are a shoestring, toy mice, and I love to kick around a ball here and there. I also enjoy going after my dad's shoestrings and his phone charger (which he yells at me to stop it..but I don't). 

I enjoy having deep conversations with my dad. I think I have great ideas for world hunger, peace, and when to bring out Pumpkin Spice every Fall. Along with having these conversations and playing with my toys, my favorite pasttime is curling up in my dad's lap and falling asleep while we watch TV. 

Thank you for listening to my daddy's station, as it provides him the ability to fill my tummy everyday with my favorite salmon-flavored food!! 

Tuesday, 19 September 2023 18:10

Luke Bryan is one busy guy

Luke Bryan has many things on his calendar at the moment. By the picture posted, you can probably guess the first one I will cover is his Farm Tour. He kicked that off last week with a stop outside of Louisville,KY. Just a few more dates left on that before he moves onto the rest of his busy schedule.

I mentioned on my show last night that he and friend Peyton Manning are teaming up for a docuseries to air on Hulu called "It's All Country". It will take a look at artists that have made a great impact on Country music as a whole and even some individual perfomances that stand out. No word on a release date yet.

Finally, he and Peyton are also getting together to co-host the CMA Awards this year. That will air November 8th on ABC.

Somewhere in there, he'll have to find time to be a husband and dad, as well as keep crankin' out those hit songs! Glad my schedule isn't that crowded...hahaha

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