The English Department at John Carroll offers something few other English Departments can boast of: its own weekly radio show. Wordplay, hosted by Professor George Bilgere, is a funny, often surreal, sometimes bizarre compilation of original poetry and monologues.
Guests include JCU students and faculty, as well as local and nationally known poets. Former U.S. Poet Laureates Robert Pinsky and Billy Collins have sat in our studio. Local rap and slam poets have been by to offer their own take on the craft of poetry. And Professor Steve Hayward shows up every week to amaze and confound listeners with his peculiarly Canadian literary sensibility.
Wordplay is the most popular spoken word program on Cleveland radio. The show has been the subject of feature articles in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cleveland Free Times, and Cool Cleveland. Tune in every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. to WJCU 88.7.