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Issue Date: February 2014


Single in the City: Kenny Roda

Kenny Roda, 50, TV and radio sportscaster

Hidden talent: Bowling. I do it on occasion and I'm pretty good at it, so I'll throw that out there as a hidden talent.

Biggest fear: I'm not a big fan of flying, so I overcome it with liquid encouragement. Liquid encouragement helps you do a lot of things.

My bad habit: I eat way too late.

My guilty pleasure: Snyder's Bar-B-Q potato chips and Ruffles Cheddar & Sour Cream chips — and I usually eat those very late at night.

You'd never guess: That a guy from Pittsburgh would be accepted by the sports fans in Cleveland and do 21 years of being on the radio.

I can't live without: My cellphone.

My hero: My father. He was a great person and I strive to be just like him as a father.

On my bucket list: Australia, Hawaii and a Duke versus North Carolina basketball game at Chapel Hill.

Biggest accomplishment: Being a single dad.

When I'm not working: I'm either watching TV or meeting friends out for a drink.

Find me here on a Saturday night: You can find me here in a local bar in Medina — we have a lot of them here.

If I had one wish: I lost my dad to cancer, so finding a cure for cancer.

Once-in-a-lifetime moment: The birth of my son, first and foremost. But since I'm a sports freak, I would have to say shooting the game-winning shot in basketball in high school and knowing what that feeling is like.

On death row, my last meal would be: First of all, I would hope I'm not on death row at any point. But for a last meal, I would start with shrimp cocktail, then steak and pierogies, and a side of chicken paprikash. For dessert I would have Oreo pie.

If I won the Mega Millions, I'd spend it on: I would wake up every morning to a massage. I would have a limo driver take me anywhere. And I would have an awesome wardrobe. You also need to have the proverbial mansion, because I like to entertain people. Another thing? I would have courtside seats to every Cavs game, so I could heckle the other team's players and get all over the referees. Basically, I would want to be like Jack Nicholson.

My No. 1 dating rule: Be honest. Don't take it too seriously. Relax and see where it goes.

Deal-breakers: Smoking. I don't get how people enjoy smoking.

The perfect date: Dinner on a beach where we could have a great conversation and the view would be spectacular. Drinks and maybe going to a comedy because everybody needs to laugh more.

I'm a sucker for: A beautiful smile.

Most romantic thing you've ever done: An ex-girlfriend ended up having surgery and even though we weren't dating anymore, I went and visited her with flowers and we ended up getting back together.

What I look for in a significant other: I would say you have to be attracted to that person, first and foremost. A lot of people don't like saying that, but it's true. Then after that, a sense of humor and honesty and the ability to communicate.

Celebrity dream date: Either Stacy Keibler or Anna Kournikova.

Celebrity look-alike: I've never been told I look like anyone.

Dogs or cats: I'm a huge dog guy.

Beach or mountains: Beach, easily. Sand, water, sunsets. Not even close.

Signature dish: Pierogi casserole.

How I stay healthy: I do cardio. Pushups and situps. I don't have a lot of time to get to the gym, so I can do those things at home.

Favorite ... love story: I'm a sports guy, so Jerry Maguire. I love the "you had me at hello" part. ... book: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey. ... TV show: I have a couple of them. Californication, Boston Legal and Friends. ... movie: Comedy? Caddyshack. Drama? A Few Good Men. ... blog: I'm a big OSU fan, so there's a website called Bucknuts. ... music: Jimmy Buffet, followed by Bruce Springsteen. ... restaurant: Morton's Steakhouse. ... app: Twitter.

What I'm reading: I'm debating on whether or not I should read [the second] 50 Shades of Grey. Yes, I did read part one.

iPod embarrassment: Bobby Vinton.

I'm so over: Reality TV shows.

Dream job: Taking over for Bryant Gumbel on his HBO show.

Dream vacation: I haven't been there yet, but going to Hawaii. Living in a hut on the beach, with 24-hour maid and room service.

Best date I've been on: In college spring break, I met a girl in Fort Lauderdale and we went and had a few drinks, walked the beach and woke up at sunrise on the beach.

Worst date I've been on: A number of various blind dates that couldn't end soon enough.


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