Jokes abound in this laughter-filled 2009 Excursions interview with multi-talented country and jazz musician Dan Hicks.
Hicks has been playing music for over 50 years. Beginning as a drummer as a young child, Hicks joined folk-rock group the Charlatans in 1965. Hicks struck out on his own in the late ‘60s, putting together backing band the Hot Licks for a string of records, including 1973’s classic “Last Train to Hicksville.” The band broke up in the mid-70’s, but has since reformed, releasing several records and touring internationally for the last decade.
This weekend, communities are coming together in Dayton to show there's still some life in economically depressed areas. For the past year, Dayton, Cleveland, Youngstown and Canton have been laboring under the title fastest dying cities in the country. It was last August that Forbes called them as the walking dead.
As home foreclosures rise, so do the number of people trying to take advantage of those in a bad situation. More and more, scams are popping up across Ohio. In May, the Attorney General's office launched a crackdown on the shady practices. WYSO's Emily McCord reports on the on-going effort.
When a house is for sale, an evaluation is done to determine its value before a loan is made. Appraisers are trained to make judgments about the value of properties with "boot-on-the-ground" inspections. In the past, a few appraisers were influenced by over zealous brokers and lenders. Now there are new guidelines in place. But are they protecting the consumer or making money for the lender?
For people in the Miami valley who are in trouble with their mortgage payments, a phone call to the lender is often the first step to some sort of a solution. Many major banks have agreed to work with the Home Affordable Modification Program which was designed to help homeowners stay in their homes. But sometimes when phone calls go unanswered and communication is delayed, foreclosure will proceed.