What do G-Town’s fattest, juiciest burgers, frostiest longneck brews, the virtual smorgasbord big-time sports beamed in upon a platter of flatscreen TVs and a generous portion of many of “Comet Nation’s” latest, greatest high school sports heroes dishing on everything from their numbers on the court, their latest all-league nominations on the gridiron, the next stops along the way in their sports journeys, and even their favorite foods, colors, music, etc., all have in common?
They’re the ingredients behind the recipe of the hottest, most-stick-to-your-ribs sports talk radio show in town - the “Ray’z the Roof on Genoa Sports” talk radio hour, which is slated to drop every other Monday at 6 p.m. throughout the baseball and softball seasons during the spring and summer months.
Plans call for the show to go to a weekly format come early August, when the back-to-back defending Suburban Lakes League-champion Genoa Comets put the first pigskins back in the air throughout two-a-days.
Hosted by longtime Genoa sports backer Ray St. Marie and his staff at the new and improved Ray’z Café (of Ray & Jet’s fame) at 608 Main St. in the heart of Genoa’s downtown business district, “Ray’z the Roof on Genoa Sports” will be delivered so passionately and admittedly somewhat biased by the same two loyal, G-Town born-and-raised homeboys who took fans along for all of the non-stop action throughout the Comets’ state football playoff run last year and the Genoa High School boys’ and girls’ hoops seasons this winter - play-by-play man Rick “R-Dub” Waldron, and Jeff “J-Walk” Norwalk on color and analysis.
In addition to taking fans into the proverbial kitchen of all their favorite core sports, such as Comet football, basketball, wrestling, baseball, and softball, “Ray’z the Roof” will also turn up the heat on, blow the lid off and show local sports fans what’s cooking in whatever other local sports, including cross country, volleyball, golf, track, TaeKwonDo, grappling, ultimate fighting, tee-ball, skateboarding, wakeboarding or corn hole.
Special segments will include in-depth athlete, coach, and fan interviews; an “AD’s Corner,” headlines, important dates, game schedules, and all the news for “Comet Country” for that particular week.
A “Calling All the Nation” segment is is slated to take the format of a “Where Are They Now?” interview, where Rick and Jeff will chew the fat with past Genoa sporting greats. There will also be trivia challenges, giveaways and much, much more.
Making its debut March 23, the maiden edition of “Ray’z the Roof on Genoa Sports” featured G-Town’s “Queen of the Hardwood Jungle,” resident GHS rock star, Simone “Smooth as Silk” Eli, who scored mad points with the paying customers dining at Ray’z that night when she deftly dropped dimes on every topic skip-passed her way by a grilling “R-Dub” and “J-Walk.”
When she finally put the mike down following the first show, “Smooth as Silk” had this to say about the “Ray’z the Roof” experience, and co-hosts Waldron and Norwalk: “Throughout the basketball season, ‘J-Walk’ and ‘R-Dub’ did a phenomenal job that was second to none, commentating our games and providing the service they have for both Genoa and the surrounding areas.
“And although the season is now over, the fact that they are continuing their show at Ray’z, proves their dedication and loyalty to Genoa and its people. To be on the very first show was a great honor,” she said.
“The atmosphere at Ray’z is incredible, and is something everyone in Genoa can look forward to,” she continued. “What Ray St. Marie has gone through to build and re-build ‘Ray’z,’ proves as well, the dedication he has for Genoa and his community.”
On Monday, April 6 on “Ray’z the Roof on Genoa Sports,” don’t miss legendary GHS girls’ basketball coach and softball skipper Coach K, Tom Kontak, along with senior great Courtney “C-Durrtty” Mowery, and a host of other pivotal grand dames of the GHS diamond. They’ll dish the dirt on what it’ll take for the Genoa Lady Comets’ softball team to bring home yet another successful season out in the sand at “Papa” Joe McLear Field.
And…Monday night is always three wings for a buck night at Ray’z, with frosty pitchers of your favorite brews going for only $5.50.
And now that the weather is getting warmer, don’t miss the chance to visit Ray’z brand-new 1950s-style retro ice cream parlor adjoining the main dining room, which is open Tuesday through Sunday. Enjoy cool, refreshing, tasty treat-favorites plus hot dogs, burgers and even piping-hot pizzas.
“Ray’z the Roof on Genoa Sports” drops at Ray’z Café every other Monday night at 6 p.m. Call 419-806-6233 or 419-704-7381 for further details.
And as always, “R-Dub” and “J-Walk” would like to offer a much-deserved “shout-out” to all those who have labored to sponsor the show and help them out in the past, including First Federal Bank, Genoa Taco Bell, Genoa High School, the Genoa-Area Athletic Boosters, The Press Newspapers, the Penta Career Center, and last but not least, the “Wizard of Oz” himself, Mike Jamieson, and ToledoSportsRadio.com, where you can always find all of your favorite G-Town sports, come game time.