Wednesday, 08 November 2017 09:52

AUDIO: 2017 Election Roundup

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The local elections for 2017 have now come and gone. While it was not a loaded election as far as major issues, there were points of interest on the ballot that were important to the communities. These were discussed on the Ray Horner Morning Show.

In Cuyahoga Falls, incumbent Don Walters keeps his seat in the mayor’s office in a race over Susan Hale.

The Clerk of Courts race was tightly-contested and came down to the wire, but incumbent Jim Laria won by a whisker over Jeff Fusco.

A much-needed school levy was passed in Coventry, a community that has had their share of issues passing levies over the years. Lisa Blough, their superintendent, is excited about the next chapter.

An upbeat Jeff Ramnytz, the superintendent at Barberton schools, talked about their passage of their levy.

Not all the school levies passed. Woodridge schools did not pass theirs, and neither did Norton. Dana Addis, the superintendent at Norton, talked about how they will regroup.

Thursday, 02 November 2017 09:52

AUDIO: Bernie Kosar Learns To Scramble

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The current state of the Cleveland Browns will make a segment of fans to pine for the old days. The most recent glory days for the Browns came some thirty years ago, and that team had a quarterback from nearby Boardman, Ohio.

Bernie Kosar joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to promote his new book, Learning to Scramble. Kosar says the book is about some of the life lessons he learned in Northeast Ohio, from growing up in a blue-collar steel town to a blue-collar football town.

The former Browns QB also shared his thoughts on the current team, where he used be a preseason color commentator. Bernie is disappointed in how the team has been managed over the years, and it believes the losing is causing some apathy within the fanbase.

Wednesday, 01 November 2017 10:10

AUDIO: Tim Dimoff On NYC Terror Attack

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New York City suffered its worst terrorist attack since September 11th, 2001, and the suspect happens to have ties to Summit County. Sayfullo Saipov, the suspect who killed eight people and injured about a dozen with a truck, lived off Wyoga Lake Road until 2015, before moving his family to Florida.

Tim Dimoff, president of SACS Security, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss proper precautions and measures during such attacks. Dimoff says the vehicular attacks have now become a “trend,” due to how easily one can obtain a truck.

Dimoff also talked about the interrogation of the suspect, who is in the hospital but in custody. The questioning, according to Dimoff, will help track down where and when the radicalization set in by interviewing anyone Saipov had contact with.

Monday, 30 October 2017 07:44

AUDIO: Jim France On Setting Wins Record

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The Manchester Panthers are heading to the playoffs at full speed, and they did so with a 58-42 victory over Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy. But a major footnote from that contest was it was the 382nd victory for head coach Jim France, and that made him the all-time winningest coach in Ohio high school football history.

France, who is also Manchester’s principal, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to recap the win over CVCA, as well as the relief of achieving the record. It is a family affair at Manchester, with France’s son as the offensive coordinator and his grandson is the starting quarterback.

The Panthers finished the season 8-2, and will take on Fairless this Friday in the Division V playoffs.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017 08:47

AUDIO: Matt Finkes Previews OSU-Penn State Matchup

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It may not be in prime time and it may not be against Michigan, but the Ohio State Buckeyes have their work cut out for them against Penn State.

Former Buckeye Matt Finkes joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to preview the matchup between these Big Ten rivals. Finkes, who played some big games with the team in the 1990s, gave his perspective on the importance of rest coming off a bye week. Penn State has been the class of the Big Ten the last year, and Finkes broke down what the Buckeyes’ game plan should be.

Finkes also touched on Ohio State’s improvements since their early loss to Oklahoma, including the adjustments made by quarterback JT Barrett.

The Soap Box Derby is not just an All-American thing anymore.

Mark Gerberich, the president of the Soap Box Derby, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the future expansion of the derby. Gerberich says he is looking for the derby to continue growing their STEM programs, not just in America, but internationally, as well. As far as Australia goes, Sphere Leadership will take on the reigns of building the derby Down Under, which won’t take place until either 2019 or 2020.

The big picture for the derby, according to Gerberich, is to help expand to countries in Asia and Europe.

The downfall of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein continues to spiral as more actors and those around the industry have claimed some form of harassment. Not only have many already come forward, but others have mentioned they have known about Weinstein’s transgressions for years and even decades.

Sexual harassment has been a sticking point not just in Hollywood circles, but also our workplaces. Attorney and former mayor of Peninsula, Mike Kaplan, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the protocol and the reporting process of harassment in work environments.

Kaplan touched on possible grey areas in sexual harassment suits, as well as the blatant ones. In criminal cases, where it goes beyond workplace protocol, Kaplan mentions the difference between sexual conduct and sexual contact.

Thursday, 05 October 2017 09:20

AUDIO: Ed Asner on Autism Advocacy, Awareness

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He’s a familiar name from television, movies, and voice-acting. That familiar name will be appearing at the Akron Civic Theater on October 12.

Part of the Autism Society of Greater Akron’s Autism Summit, Ed Asner and his son, Matt, will be a part of a panel with Bruce Winges. He recently spoke with WAKR’s Tony Mazur about his advocacy for autism awareness, especially in a time when the affliction was not as well known. Asner also discussed the portrayal of autism in the media, and how far it has come in recent years.

The 3rd Annual Autism Summit will continue on October 13th, as well, at the Hilton Akron-Fairlawn. For more information on the festivities, visit AutismAkron.org/conference.

After sitting vacant for nearly a decade, and after numerous attempts at bringing some life to the venue, the Rubber Bowl will soon become rubble.

Mayor Dan Horrigan joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the present and future of the Rubber Bowl and the surrounding area. Safety and security are big issues, mainly with “trill seekers” breaking in to take photos of the decay. Once the structure meets the wrecking ball, Horrigan says this helps change the landscape of the area, and he looks forward to how the surrounding area will look afterward.

The Rubber Bowl opened its doors in 1940, hosting the Akron Zips football team for its entire run. Over the years, the venue was used as a neutral site for football teams and site for music festivals.

Monday, 25 September 2017 06:34

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Victoria Young

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This week's 1590 WAKR Female student athlete of the week is Victoria Young from Kenmore-Garfield High School.

A sophomore soccer player for the Golden Rams, Victoria just started playing soccer after a friend told her to give it a try. She is a defender on the team.

Young says the transition from Garfield has been a bit overwhelming, but she is adjusting to being in a combined high school of over 1200 students.

In her future, Victoria would maybe like to be a lawyer and have her practice somewhere in Northeast Ohio.

Best of luck, Victoria!

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