John DeSando

It's Movie Time and Cinema Classics Co-Host

John holds a doctorate in English literature and has been a humanities professor, teaching award recipient, and university academic vice president.

In 2010 he was awarded the Los Angeles Press Club’s first place National Entertainment Journalism Award for best radio feature.

John is on the boards of Actors’ Theater, Shadowbox Live, Early Music of Columbus, Gateway Film Center, and Crichton Club.

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John and Kevin find flatulence the through line in these films but nothing else for two  great movies.


Jun 30, 2016

A fantasy for young and old from our greatest living director.

Swiss Army Man

Jun 29, 2016

More imaginative than anything else we've seen in years.

John and Johnny revisit Jaws in preparation for the Gateway Film Center screening beginning July 1 in the original 35 mm.

It's Movie Time June 24,'16 Dark Horse--opening July 8

Jun 23, 2016

John and Linda love this informative and endearing documentary. N.B. This film's opening in Columbus has been rescheduled tentatively for next Friday, July 8. We decided to go with it now because we had it ready.

The boys preview the second half of summer '16 movies, July, August

Len and Company

Jun 21, 2016

An insightful glimpse into parenthood and fame.


Jun 21, 2016

Observe a great editor work with a great writer.

Dark Horse

Jun 20, 2016

Not Disneyfied.  Just real life heroes in the sport of  kings.

John and Linda find richness in the Cannes Palme d'Or winner, Dheepan.

Film reviewed: Dheepan

by host John DeSando and guest, Linda Baas McClelland

It’s Movie Time has won numerous national awards including LA Press Club, MarCom, Communicator, Hermes, and Silver Microphone honors.

John DeSando, a Los Angeles Press Club first-place winner for National Entertainment Journalism, is also host of WCBE’s Cinema Classics. Contact him at

John and Johnny elevate the career of former bad-boy and current lobster, Colin Farrell.


Jun 17, 2016

A disgraced politician lets it all hang out in this memorable documentary.


Jun 16, 2016

Deeply moving film about immigration and love with a violent backdrop.

Central Intelligence

Jun 16, 2016

It's a typical buddy comedy with some nice touches beyond the stereotypes.

It's Movie Time June 10,'16 The Conjuring 2

Jun 10, 2016

John and Hope review the Conjuring sequel, The Conjuring 2. It scares John, and it disappoints Hope.

Johnny and Sommer (John DeSando is off today) discuss two of their cinematic guilty pleasures, Dirty Dancing and Pretty Woman)

The Conjuring 2

Jun 10, 2016

It's a scary one, no surprise because it has  a nun to do the heavy lifting.

Maggie's Plan

Jun 8, 2016

Greta is the wackier Parker Posey of her generation.

It's Movie Time June 3, '16 The Lobster

Jun 3, 2016

John and Chris claim The Lobster is one of the best movies of the year so far.

John and Johnny celebrate the 25th anniversary screening of The Silence of the Lambs at  Gateway Film Center starting on June 3.

A Cinema Classic: The Silence of the Lambs

with co-hosts John DeSando and Johnny DiLoretto

Award-winning Cinema Classics discusses great movies then and now. From films, genres, directors, and actors to everything else in between, the hosts don't always agree, but they are always fun and informative.

Cinema Classics is regularly broadcast at 8:01 pm Thursday on WCBE 90.5 FM and streaming at Stay connected on Facebook.