Local high school sports teams are lucky to have Charlie Malta covering them
Did you know he walks nine miles a day in the neighborhood he grew up in to deliver mail?
Did you know he married his high school sweetheart?
Neither did I.
There's a lot I didn't know about Charlie Malta until I interviewed him.
Usually, Malta is the one doing the interviews.
He's the host of "Monday's With Malta," a local high school sports talk radio show that airs live on WELW-AM 1330 from 7-9 p.m. September through April. It is also streamed live on www.welw.com.
Malta has been doing the show for the past 10 years. In the first three years of its existence, he broadcast the show at WELW. But for the past seven years, he's been on location at various local restaurants and bars.
When he features North, he does his show at Captains Club. VASJ is Skinny's in Euclid. Wickliffe is Marino's. South is Panini's and Mayfield is Mill Tavern. When he does preview shows that bring a large crowd, he likes to go to Mama Roberto's in Mentor because it has an attached party room.
A few weeks ago on October 1, Malta hosted his biggest show to date.
Over 900 people attended the fifth annual cheerleading challenge show at Dubrovnik Gardens Restaurant in Eastlake.
This Monday, Malta will be at Mama Roberto's previewing high school girls basketball. North, South, Gilmore, Mentor, Lake Catholic and VASJ will be represented.
"To put a microphone in front of kids helps their self esteem," said Malta, who hosts his show with Ray Milavec. "It helps the kids talk about themselves and their school.
"It's work, but it doesn't feel like it for me. I'm very fortunate. The show has lasted 10 years and it's a lot of fun."
The area is lucky to have a gem like Malta covering them. He cares about every individual high from the bowlers to the football players and every sport in between.
If that isn't enough, Malta is a councilman in Ward 3 in Willowick. He's also the National Referee Director of the USFTL, the biggest flag football organization in the United States with over 10,000 players.
How does Malta do it all?
I don't know.
But I truly value everything he does.
-Theresa Neuhoff Audia