Sunday Morning Magazine

Every Sunday from 7–8am, Q102 airs Sunday Morning Magazine with Rodney Lear. The show is produced in-house and examines pertinent issues facing Cincinnati. Recent topics discussed on the program include: Parenting a chronically ill child, innovative educators, preparing students for college, postpartum depression, children of incarcerated parents, the foster care system, getting out of debt, water safety, obesity, illiteracy, family finance, domestic violence, child sexual abuse, suicide prevention, homelessness, military veterans, marriage enrichment, teens and body image, eating disorders, cancer, and race relations.

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Jenny Collopy (3/26/23)
Jenny Collopy, VP, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer at The Christ Hospital Health Network. Jenny joined us to discuss the American Heart Association's Woman of Impact campaign.
Clothilde Ewing (Author/Former Oprah Show Producer) Segment #4 3-12-2023
Clothilde Ewing, Author, Stella and the Mystery of the Missing Tooth. A journalist for most of her career with The Oprah Winfrey Show and CBS News, Clothilde Ewing also worked in the press department for President Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012.  Clothilde joins Sunday Morning Magazine to discuss her amazing career as well as her new book, Stella and the Mystery of the Missing Tooth. In this new book, our spunky, self-assured heroine Stella is back and on a serious case filled with hi-jinks when her second-best friend, Owen loses a tooth. With praise from EW to People, STELLA is poised to bring smiles to young readers and receive thumbs up from their parents and caregivers.
Kara Hitchens (AAA) Segment #3 3-12-2023
Kara Hitchens, Public and Government Affairs, AAA. Springing forward can mean falling back into a bad driving habit – drowsy driving. The arrival of Daylight-Saving Time this weekend means one less hour of sleep, a darker morning commute and the potential for more sleepy drivers on the road. AAA is reminding drivers to adjust their sleeping habits along with their clocks, to stay alert behind the wheel and to look out for pedestrians, especially children who will be on their way to school and may be hard to see. In the Greater Cincinnati Area, Follow Us on Twitter: @AAACincyNews  #AAACincyNews
Rachel and Amber (Heart Mini 2023) Segment #2 3-12-2023
Rachel, American Heart Association and Amber, Koncerts. Rachel and Amber join us to talk about the American Heart Association Heart Mini-Marathon & Walk. The event will take place Sunday, March 19, 2023 in Downtown Cincinnati.
Dr. Ahmad Sedaghat (Seasonal Allergies #1) 3-12-2023
Ahmad Sedaghat, MD, PhD, Associate Professor in the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and UC Health physician. If you have itchy puffy eyes and a nasal drip that just won’t quit, you might be one of more than 23 million Americans with pollen allergies. With the onset of spring, tree pollen released into the air is making life miserable for many. Dr. Sedaghat, an ear, nose and throat specialist, joins us with a few tips for keeping allergies in check.
Scott Thoma (Edward Jones)
Scott Thoma, Principal, Client Needs Research at Edward Jones. It’s not a secret many Americans are struggling and currently living paycheck to paycheck. A recent survey indicates Americans want to improve their financial wellness. Scott Thoma, from Edward Jones joins us to discuss how we can improve our financial wellness and be able to have an emergency fund. 
Maggie Welt (The Love Grows Program)
Maggie Welt, Co-Founder, The Love Grows Program. The Love Grows Program makes quality early childhood education more accessible through a tuition-free school for children ages 2.5-5 years old. Focusing on the whole child, the program takes a wrap around approach to development, which values a child’s environment and the family through the free resource room, social work services, free meals, and connections to other local nonprofit assistance.
Denise, Cancer and Heart Disease Survivor (Heart Disease Segment #4) 2-19-23
Denise, Cancer and Heart Disease Survivor. Denise was 32 years old when she was diagnosed with Stage 1 Triple Negative Breast Cancer which required 16 rounds of chemo, followed by a double mastectomy. She recovered to find herself back in the hospital where she learned that she was septic and in congestive heart failure. She joins the show to share her journey.
Dr. Matthew J. O’Connor (Heart Disease Segment #3) 2-19-23
Matthew J. O'Connor, MD, is a board-certified attending cardiologist in the Cardiac Center and the Medical Director of the Heart Failure and Transplant Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. O’Connor is focused on the immunological aspects of heart transplantation in children, specifically the impact of anti-HLA antibodies, a major source of rejection following heart transplantation. Dr. O'Connor sees firsthand the effect heart failure has on patients and their families.  For more information, please visit HEART.CHOP.EDU
Mekaela Davis (Heart Disease Segment #2) 2-19-23
Mekaela Davis, Heart Disease Survivor. Mekaela is a mother of four, tech industry leader, and fitness enthusiast that nearly lost her life due to a total heart blockage in her sleep. She had an implantable heart monitor tracking her heartbeat while she experienced the blockage. She had no idea it happened until 3 days later when her doctor saw the results (three day lag in transmitting the data). She was given a pacemaker to ensure a regular heart rhythm, but her heart coming back from that blockage is nothing short of a miracle. 

About Rodney

Hello! My name is Rodney Lear. I was born and raised here in Cincinnati. I have fond memories of going to Riverfront Stadium with the dad and older brother to watch the Big Red Machine in action. My dad, for some odd reason, would always listen to the game on the radio while we were sitting in the nose-bleed section of the stadium (which every fan knows as the “red seats”).


I have been in the media industry for over 30 years. I started my career behind the camera at WCPO-TV. Today, I spend much of my time behind a microphone as Host and Executive Producer of Sunday Morning Magazine with Rodney Lear.

I’m the proud father of two teenage sons. When I’m not at the station, you can find me on the field coaching my boys in soccer, track and field, and baseball.

When I’m not coaching, I’m yelling—I mean cheering—my youngest son on to victory or beaming with pride watching my oldest son play in his high school marching band.

I love music (I need it on most of the time or else I can’t concentrate), enjoy the arts (my favorite artist is Kadir Nelson), like to read (my wife makes fun of me because I read a lot of middle school and YA novels for work). I enjoy walking the king of my house, our scrappy rescue Yorkie Terrier mix, Milo.


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