Wednesday, 21 March 2018 10:36

AUDIO: Tim Dimoff on Incidents in Texas, Maryland

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It is only Wednesday, but there have already been a number of tragic stories. However, both have been contained as of Wednesday morning.

Tim Dimoff, the president and CEO of SACS Security Consulting, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the events that occurred in Austin, Texas and Great Mills, Maryland. In the Austin case, Dimoff talks about how the suspect’s cell phone and other devices left somewhat of a paper trail that led the authorities to him. As for the Maryland school shooting, Dimoff talks about how the resource officer neutralized the threat and took down the shooter, leaving the shooter as the lone fatality.

As of this morning, just before this interview was aired, the Austin suspect was identified as 24-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt.

Children in the future will know what it was like to be a Toys ‘R’ Us kid. But it is not just the toy stores that are being affected.

Jonathan Walsh, consumer reporter at WEWS/News 5 in Cleveland, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about the change in shopping habits. Walsh believes today's consumer is very concerned with convenience shopping, which does not bode well for the traditional brick-and-mortar stores such as Toys ‘R’ Us, Claire’s, and Sam’s Club, which are either closing some or all of their facilities in the near future. He says those stores failed to embrace the online shopping boom, and their downfalls are evident.

Shopping habits are changing across the board, not just in retail. Walsh mentions the trend in “curbside” grocery shopping, where employees of the store pick out items on a list made ahead of time. Even stores like Target and Walmart have introduced groceries into their facilities for the consumer’s convenience.

The trees of Issue 4 are beginning to bear fruit. One of those fruits is a new fire station in Middlebury.

Akron mayor Dan Horrigan joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about replacing fire station #2 over on East Market Street. Horrigan has stressed the monies from Issue 4 will be split into thirds, and fire is one of those categories. The other two are police and streets, and more than 54 miles of road will be resurfaced this year.

The mayor also talked about the Hamburger Festival hiatus. Due to the construction downtown, Horrigan believes the Hamburger Festival would have had a difficult time operating, though other events at Lock 3 should not be affected.

Thursday, 15 March 2018 19:14

AUDIO: Soap Box Derby CEO on Chinese Expansion

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The All-American Soap Box Derby continues to spread its name and purpose across the globe. A few months back it was Australia. Now China is getting into the mix.

Mark Gerberich, the president and CEO of the AASBD, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about the derby heading east. Gerberich believes it is a great opportunity for the derby to head to Australia, China, and beyond, from both a brand-building and education standpoint. In China, the goal is for students to experience a taste of American culture, and, down the road, they hope Chinese students will come through Akron for summer camps.

The 81st FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby will be from July 15th-21st at Derby Downs, next door to the Rubber Bowl and Akron-Fulton Airport.

Over the last decade, the push to revitalize some of Akron’s non-downtown neighborhoods is beginning to pay dividends. One such neighborhood is Highland Square, which appears to be the model for other areas.

Planning director Jason Segedy joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the success of Highland Square. Segedy believes the mix of housing and retail has been the key for Highland Square, along with the Bohemian, artistic vibe the area gives off. It is one of the few areas where the old houses remain in solid condition, and is a model of stable property value.

Other neighborhoods have been undergoing facelifts, and some could look very different over the course of a decade. West Hill, which is down the street from Highland Square, could see a revitalization soon, as could Kenmore, North Hill, and what was once the Innerbelt.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018 07:45

AUDIO: Mike Rasor On Stow Downtown Development

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The city of Stow has two large retail districts, but the downtown area does not have much development. That may soon change.

At-large councilman Mike Rasor joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to showcase his ideas for a downtown Stow. Rasor says he put out a poll on social media, and response for downtown development was overwhelmingly positive. The idea is for an entertainment and retail district to be set up on the northwest corner of the Darrow Road and Graham Road intersection.

Rasor says this will be a few years away, but the city is talking to developers right now.

Tuesday, 06 March 2018 08:55

AUDIO: Dana Addis on Suburban School Safety

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In the last two decades, there has been a rash of school shootings, and a common theme with them is that they seem to occur in suburban areas. These suburbs get shaken for a long time, in that many would never believe something like a school shooting would happen in their community.

Norton, Ohio shares some characteristics with towns such as Columbine, Chardon, and Parkland, so what is that community doing to prevent gun violence? Dana Addis, the superintendent of Norton schools, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss what his district is doing to help the safety of their students. Addis says they are conducting meetings with students and doing everything they can to ensure their safety. He even says students are communication to get a better understanding of each other.

One of the factors holding up the process nationwide is the cost of added security. Addis brings up the stat that only four percent of schools use metal detectors due to the high costs.

Thursday, 01 March 2018 09:21

Wahoo Week Day 3

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Thursday, 01 March 2018 07:28

Wahoo Week, Day 3

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Wahoo Week is almost over, but that means we are getting closer to the official start of baseball season. Ray Horner is still out in Goodyear, Arizona, and he has grabbed interviews with members of the Indians, on-field personnel and off.

Bradley Zimmer - Outfielder Sandy Alomar Jr. - First Base Coach Mike Napoli - First Baseman/DH Eric Hasse - Minor League Catcher Edwin Encarnacion - DH/First Baseman Carl Willis - Pitching Coach Bob DiBiasio - VP, Public Relations Bobby Bradley - Minor League Outfielder

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 06:25

Wahoo Week, Day 2

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Two days in Goodyear, Arizona, and Ray Horner was not quite soaking up the sun by the pool. He was down at Goodyear Ballpark and the Indians' training complex snagging interviews with Tribe players and personnel.

Yonder Alonso - First Baseman Tyler Olson - Relief Pitcher Tom Hamilton - Tribe Broadcaster Terry Francona - Manager Rajai Davis - Outfielder Mike Clevinger - Starting Pitcher Mike Chernoff - General Manager Josh Tomlin - Starting Pitcher Dan Otero - Relief Pitcher

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