Edited by Kim Schneider; Stories by Emily Garvey, Lauren Hennen, Christina Ipavec, Kristin Majcher, Rebecca Meiser, Brittany Moffat, Beth Stallings, Carly Toyzan and Aaron Yeager
Aaron Goldhammer, 27 Sports radio host, WKNR
The perfect date: For me the perfect date is almost just doing something that normally with someone else is really monotonous, but just because our chemistry is so strong, it’s fun and exciting. I’ve had first really great dates at the car wash and going to buy a book. That really gets you talking about the things that you like. It doesn’t matter what you do but about the chemistry with the other person.
Something most people don’t know about me: I would say that most people don’t know I’m a very good pianist. I started playing when I was five and stopped taking lessons when I went to college. I have a keyboard in my apartment, and I do it when to relax when I can.
My cell phone: I just got an iPhone 3GS and I love it. My whole life is in it. I really love it because it’s so functional. There’s nothing I would ever want this phone to do that it can’t. I use my computer so much less. I can e-mail, do Facebook, directions, weather; it’s a camera. I play games on it. I use it a lot for my iPod, and I can stream the station on it, and I’m a total geek with Pandora. I use it for a ton of different stuff. It’s just a conversation piece.
Biggest turn-on: Someone who’s funny. I think a lot of times girls are self-conscious and think about what guys think about them and the way the world is perceiving them that they’re not comfortable in their own skin to be really fun. And a girl who is really funny is attractive to me.
Biggest turnoff: Two things — smoking and Uggs. I’m very low-key and tucking your jeans into your Uggs is a deal-breaker.
I own too many: Working in the sports media, every time there’s a promo event with one of the sports teams, they send us the stuff. Because of that I have bobbleheads that I don’t know what to do with. I don’t know where to put them because having them around my apartment is kind of tacky. I get two new bobbleheads a week, from LeBron to C.C. They’re on my desk at work, but I don’t have enough room. I would say I have about 70. It’s one of my goals to have my own.
My favorite … place in Cleveland: Melt. I love the tomato soup. I go as much for the tomato soup as much as the sandwiches. ... sports team: I have to be honest on the air. I’m actually pretty vocal about it. I’m a very big Denver Broncos fan. … book:If on a Winter’s Night, a Traveler by Italo Calvino. The writing is just unbelievable. The prose is just incredible, the story is just great, and it just totally sucked me in. I’m also a big closet Harry Potter guy. The third book is the best book. … vacation destination: I would say my favorite is Lake Tahoe. … dessert: I’m pretty simple when it comes to dessert. My favorite dessert is hanging out on the couch with a bag of Starbursts, the original, cherry or strawberry. … blog: I read a blog called talkleft.com. It’s fun for me because I spend so much of my life around sports to read something that’s not necessarily sports related. It’s a more political blog and then also there’s two Cleveland sports blogs: Waiting for Next Year and Cleveland Frowns. I’m on the Internet all the time.
Facebook: yes or no? I actually have had a Facebook since 2004. I definitely use Facebook all the time; it’s a big way to stay connected with my friends. I am pretty open with my profile in terms of listeners being friends with me. I update my status to promote the show and the station. For my friends I use it all the time to stay connected with people. If I meet a girl out at the bar, it’s a great way to start connecting with that person.
My usual hangout: The Treehouse. I just like the relaxed atmosphere about it. At this point I’m not a big “go to the club” guy. I like that it’s a little more casual and not as crazy loud. Somehow it’s the place where the young urban professionals ages 25 to 33 hang out. It’s a good, diverse group of people.
In high school I was … I think I was kind of a dork in high school. I was voted most likely to win an Oscar and most likely to be mistaken for a freshman. I was really into theater, and a lot of that is reflected in the show that we do. It’s not hard-core sports; it’s as much about me and Tony playing characters on the air and acting as it is as breaking down last night’s Cavs game.
My passion: From a personal standpoint, I love making people laugh, and the way we structure the show is that if we are having a good time and laughing, then it’ll rub off on the listeners.
My best feature: Hair. It’s curly, it’s kind of big, it’s kind of busy. It’s been described as an Anderson Varejao ’fro. It’s brown, and when I’m thinking or nervous or on the air or questioning something, I’m playing with it. People joke that I twirl it all the time. It’s my most disgusting habit ever, but it’s something that people know me for. “The Cleveland Hair Twirl” is my fantasy football name.
My bad habit: Twirling my hair
My first kiss: Samantha Gergans. I was in eighth grade, and she was a girl who I met when I was in middle school at piano camp.
My guilty pleasure: I’m known on the air for having an affinity for expensive guy’s jeans. Most of the guys in our office wear Wranglers. I watch the game on a 17-inch Daewoo TV, but I have a $180 pair of jeans. I just feel like a better man in a great pair of jeans. I’m enthralled by them.
How my ex would describe me: The positive things — I’m just really nice, really caring and really good in a relationship. I think the negatives are that I’m late all the time and I’m not good with conflict.
Blondes or brunettes: Oddly enough brunettes, but I don’t discriminate.
Going out or staying in: I’m a pretty social person, but I’m cool with either.
Early, late or right on time: I’m constantly late. It’s my New Year’s resolution every year [to be on time] and then I’m late to the New Year’s party.
Dogs or cats: Dogs have a better personality. They’re just better. I think they are more friendly. The cats I know jump on you, scratch and look at you funny.
My longest relationship: Four years
Beer, wine or martinis: Beer. Overall Cleveland has good microbrews, but Colorado has better microbrews. Great Lakes is really solid.
Roses or chocolates: I would say neither is really my style. If I had to choose, I would pick chocolates.
My No. 1 dating rule: I think that I’m not a big game player. The most important thing is to be honest. If you like someone and want to spend more time with them, then you should.
My deal-breaker: Uggs
I hate when a date orders … anything with nuts. I have to sound like an allergic guy, but I’m really allergic to peanuts, so it’s an awkward conversation.
Worst pickup line: We were in Vegas in March, and a guy went up to one of my friends and said, “Hey, I’ve got mad karate moves. I’m just kidding, I wanted to come up and talk to you.”
If I could marry anyone: Emanuelle Chriqui, who plays Sloan on Entourage. I think she doesn’t take herself too seriously even though she’s becoming a big-time actress. The character she plays on Entourage has characteristics of the girl that I’m looking for. She’s legit funny, and she grew up in an Orthodox Jewish household, so my mom would be happy.
On a first date I never … call that night after the date. As a guy, it’s nice to get that text that says, “I had a really good time.” I definitely do know guys who, when they think it goes well, call right after the date.
Best place to meet someone: The laundry room. People are who they are when they are doing laundry. They’re not all done up like they’re going to the bar, and it’s kind of quiet, and it’s a fun place to meet someone and start joking around with someone.
Most unusual place I’ve met someone: I just usually meet people who I date through my friends. I’ve met someone because they rode a mechanical bull before. I met them in line for the bull in New York.
My take on Cleveland’s single scene: I think for my age group Cleveland is tougher to meet people than in New York or Chicago. Most of the people who are my age who grew up here are living somewhere else. There’s not a huge scene of late 20s early 30s in Cleveland. The positive thing about it is that if you know where and how to look, the people who you meet are really great people here. People are down to earth, and people are really nice and understanding. There’s not a huge population of people.
Thursday, January 28, 2010 5:40:48 PM by Anonymous
Wow, you really have some issues with a pair of boots!!
Thursday, January 28, 2010 10:16:31 PM by Tony R.
It's not a Varaejao 'fro...it's a jew 'fro. And it sits on top of one of the smarmiest little worms in Cleveland. If this little turd is considered a "sexy Cleveland single", then I feel very sorry for single women in their 20s in Cleveland. The pickens must be slim...
Friday, January 29, 2010 5:13:51 PM by Anonymous
Please. He campaigned for this "on air" and he only got on the list so this magazine could get more run. WKNR listeners know what he's about and he's a loser. You know why he's single "he and says if your dating, your not single". He is going to be single for a long time. Real women can smell (|) hole a mile away !
Friday, January 29, 2010 10:52:00 PM by Anonymous
To quote another Cleveland personality, "Are you kidding me!". I listen to The Riz every chance I get and "The Hammer" (was that same proclaimed?) doesn't belong on that show. Talk about a self-centered Momma's boy, yikes! When I was that young someone told me "son, shut up and listen, maybe you'll learn something". And quit playing all that teeny-girl music on the big show.
Sunday, January 31, 2010 12:51:56 PM by Brett
I hate the fact that people have waited on hold for over an hour and he runs them before they finish their first sentence. Then he sits there and says "these calls are horrible." He's so lame that he can't even give a reason for why he doesn't like them. He's just negative and puts everyone down the first chance he gets. At least Rome gives a take (a reason) for running his callers, Hammer's so lame that he can't even do that. I like Riz, but mostly listen to Colin Cowherd because I can't stand Goldhammer. Goldhammer brings down the maturity level of everyone in the room. The show would be much better off if it was just Riz and Jeff Thomas. I don't even call the show anymore, because chances are I won't get to make my point, he'll run me first. He treats the callers like crap. He's basically just a Tony Korheiser clone. Only he's less talented and more annoying. Hey Hammer, if you got a problem with my opinion you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org I'm sure you won't though.
Sunday, January 31, 2010 1:27:32 PM by Anonymous
Brett, that shot went yard, he DOES bring down the maturity level of everyone in the room. The sad thing is he thinks he "hip and cool" while doing it. I also find myself going to Cowherd just to get away from him. What is SEXY about this guy anyway. If he was so hot he WOULD have a girlfriend.
Sunday, January 31, 2010 11:39:25 PM by Anonymous
Bottom line, he doesn't have a girl because he's not a real man. If he had a girlfriend and she was in danger, he'd run away. Thats the impression this guy leaves, a wimp. No wonder he's single.
As far as hanging up on callers, its clear a lot of people are upset about this. I wonder if its a backlash for all the times he probably was hung up on when he called sports talk shows during his teen years.
Monday, February 01, 2010 7:17:58 AM by Anonymous
What a joke!
Monday, February 01, 2010 7:35:41 AM by Anonymous
Everyone be nice so Hammer's Mommy doesn't have to call WKNR because she is worried about her widdle baby boy.
Monday, February 01, 2010 8:43:50 AM by Anonymous
Aaron Goldhammer a sexy single? Cleveland Magazine you have definitely "Jumped the Shark" with this loser. Can you say PUBLICITY GRAB?
Monday, February 01, 2010 8:50:09 AM by Brett
Goldhammer's takes are so weak that if he ever called The Jim Rome Show he would not only get run, but become a famous soundbite for crashing and burning.
Monday, February 01, 2010 10:08:51 AM by Brett
Rizzo tries to defend his boy by saying all the "hate" is from jealous people. Sorry, but that is wrong. If we were hating on radio personalities we were jealous of then we'd be ripping on Riz, and Trivisonno. Those two are awesome at what they do, and they make lots of money doing it. Those two are ones that could inspire jealousy. There is nothing to be jealous of concerning Goldhammer. In fact, as much as I can't stand him, there are times I actually cringe in embarassment for him over how much of a fool he's made himself out to be. What gets me is that he runs people because of how their voice sounds. He should be the last one to do that because he and Munch have the worst sounding radio voices in Cleveland history.
Monday, February 01, 2010 10:14:38 AM by Brett
I would call him on the air and say this to him, but he's so weak that he would first run me, then make fun of me while I'm off the air and can't threaten him. WKNR obviously hired him to be the heel. But what he and KNR haven't realized is that a successful heel is also likable. Triv has perfected this. Everyone claims to hate Triv and not listen, yet he's the highest rated show in Northeast Ohio. There's nothing to like about Goldhammer. One of the more annoying things about him is that he is the most immature personality on the radio, yet when his callers go with the flow and sink to his level of juvenile humor HE runs them and tells them that type of behavior is not acceptable! He's just a fake. A phony excuse of a broadcaster. The dude sang Westside Story on The Rome Show! Another example of where I cringed in embaressment for him.
Monday, February 01, 2010 12:13:56 PM by Anonymous
I see Cleveland Magazine is going after the female 8-14 demographic by ing Aaron. Add a Hannah Montana lunch box to the "Biggest Turn-On".
Monday, February 01, 2010 3:30:28 PM by Anonymous
YUCK! How much did Goldhammer pay for this personal ad? What a narcissistic troll!
Monday, February 01, 2010 4:20:06 PM by Anonymous
Goldhammer's gotten a lot of hate on here. But I'll say this...He can be a Bronco fan, he can be a non Ohio State fan and people could still like him if he was just nice and mature. No one has a problem with Rhoda and he's a Steelers fan. If Goldhammer was just repsectful and grew up quite a bit, he could be a likable guy. But he'd rather act like an 8 year old and be mean on top of it. Until he grows up and acts like a man and treats his listeners with respect he will always be hated on. But I think asking him to grow up is asking for a little too much, so maybe if he could at least be nice we could like him.
Monday, February 01, 2010 5:01:51 PM by Anonymous
Come out of the closet already Hammer!
Monday, February 01, 2010 8:05:11 PM by Pete F
Funny thing is.... Hammer owns a pair of Uggs!
Ladies, that's a deal breaker if I ever heard one.
Monday, February 01, 2010 9:16:41 PM by Anonymous
Your still a dork!
Monday, February 01, 2010 9:21:55 PM by navspex
Wow! Not one positive comment. Can anyone say Peter Brown clone? Please leave Aaron. Just go back to Mommy and Daddy in Denver.
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 8:35:06 AM by Anonymous
An Aaron Goldhammer bobbinghead doll?
Wednesday, February 03, 2010 7:24:51 AM by Anonymous
Do you hear this Aaron? This is what the city of Cleveland thinks of you. Its not too late though. We can like you if you choose to become more likable, and mature. You still play your Tony Kornheiser and be likable.
Wednesday, February 03, 2010 1:36:52 PM by Craig Karmazin
Haha...jew fro! This guy is the very reason I can't listen to the Riz show...and I love Riz. He can play the role of being a hater (we get it, we get it) even though it's completely lame and played-out. What makes me turn the channel is the fact that he has to act like such a little girl (right down to his music - no wonder the guy can't get a date) when playing this role. He makes Mike Goldberg sound like a "man's man"...and I didn't think that was possible. Aaron, you are a worm with no redeeming qualities that would attract a woman. Trust me.
Wednesday, February 03, 2010 1:38:41 PM by Craig Karmazin
Oh...forgot this: Please GTFO of Cleveland. For the love of God please GTFO.
Wednesday, February 03, 2010 10:12:23 PM by Pete Franklin
Riz needs a new sidekick. Goldhammer needs to grow up. He neve would of made it on the radio in my day. We would have eaten him for breakfast.
Thursday, February 04, 2010 2:02:20 PM by Anonymous
YOU ARE A DOUCHE BAG!!!!!! Cleveland Magazine has lost all credibility in my eyes for making this moron one of its sexiest singles. Hey Riz, your show, and your boy suck ass.
Friday, February 05, 2010 7:47:46 PM by Anonymous
Hey Aaron, why don't you talk about the comments on your online Cleveland Magazine page? Defend yourself. Oh wait. None of us would even know that you've talked about it because we quit listening to the show simply because of you. We all like Jeff Thomas, Sabrina and certainly Rizzo, but we don't listen because of you. You've ruined The Really Big Show. You repulse Cleveland. And you would repulse Denver if you were on the air out there. Just go home. Or just go away. Stay away from Cleveland, we don't want you here, and we don't listen to you anymore.
Friday, February 05, 2010 7:48:54 PM by Anonymous
Hey Goldhammer. Even Stephen A Smith thinks your a bad on air personality.
Friday, February 05, 2010 10:25:24 PM by Anonymous
Thanks for ruining my show you twerp...oops, did I say that out loud?
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 10:09:22 PM by Anonymous
Three million sperm and it turned out to be Goldhammer?
Sunday, April 18, 2010 9:08:21 AM by Anonymous
That all of you post about him and know who he is just shows how effective he's been as an on-air personality. It's an entertaining bit to get people to listen to the show. And, quite obviously, it works.
Saturday, May 08, 2010 8:25:39 AM by Anonymous
Let's get an Ohio State hating, Denver loving, momma's boy troll with little experience and even less credibility to come do the morning sports show in Cleveland. Brilliant idea, Good Karma Broadcasting! What pocket did Aaron's obnoxious attorney father grease to make this happen? He is a spiteful, ignorant ass clown. Hey Aaron, if you're reading this - soak it all in. This is what the good people of Cleveland think of you.
A couple of suggestions that would take you from utterly obnoxious to borderline horrible:
1. Learn your trade. By that, I mean, learn about sports (having played team sports for once in your pathetic life would have helped), read some articles, break down some film, etc
2. Grow up
3. Grow a pair
4. Move out of Cleveland
Thanks for reading, troll boy.
Sunday, May 16, 2010 9:38:36 PM by Samantha
Samantha Gergans, here. You know, the 8th grade kiss. Having read the comments, you all would never believe that he was a delightful, charming, funny teen. As you've all pointed out, however, 'success' did a terrible number on him. Here's hoping the Old Hammer makes a comeback!
Friday, September 17, 2010 8:31:50 PM by Anonymous
The owners don't care because he works so cheap while his parents send him $.
Sunday, January 16, 2011 3:36:47 PM by Anonymous
I Loved when he said he was a Jewish business groups meeting and someone came up to him and said "I hate you".
He does not get it.
He can't leave Cleveland though.. who else would hire him?
Monday, February 14, 2011 9:26:40 PM by Anonymous
Go to facebook if you have time and search: "Aaron GoldHammer haters/Petition". Sign up and lets get this guy off the air!