Akron officials are making the case for the proposed 0.25 percent income tax increase that is expected to appear on the ballot later this year. The $16 million projected annual revenue increase will be earmarked for police, fire, and road improvements.

Chief Clarence Tucker of the Akron Fire Department joined Jasen to explain the dismal condition of several of his firehouses, discuss additional needs that could be fulfilled by the added tax revenue, and talk about what his department has done to be fiscally responsible.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 16:31

AUDIO: APS Board Members Talk Layoffs

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The Akron Public Schools announced the elimination of 93 positions Monday, including 31 teachers and 35 tutors. Much of the blame for the layoffs was placed on the merger of Kenmore High School and Garfield High School.

Akron School Board President Patrick Bravo and School Board member Lisa Mansfield joined Jasen Tuesday to talk about what the layoffs will mean for students and whether some of the laid off staff members could still get jobs within the district.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 16:03

AUDIO Still No GM For Cavaliers

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CBS Sports NBA Writer James Herbert joined the Sam and Brad Show Tuesday to talk about the Cavaliers' ongoing search for a GM and the latest on Carmelo Anthony possibly seeking a buyout.

 

For the full interview, click here.

 

The 2016-2017 school year has been over for a few weeks in the Akron Public Schools, and now they look ahead to the fall. However, they will do so with six schools consolidated to three, which means some will be without jobs.

David James, the superintendent of Akron Public Schools, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss these changes. The closures of Kenmore High School, Kent Middle School, and Bettes Elementary will result in over 70 job cuts, all due to consolidation. However, these administrators may not be completely out of jobs due to what is called “priority transfer.” According to James, there is a fluid process where the affected teachers or other administrators, based on seniority, can fill other positions where those in place had either resigned or retired.

As for the Kenmore-Garfield merger, the students at the now-former Garfield High School will move into the Kenmore building in the fall. Then as the old Garfield building gets demolished, plans for the new school construction will be underway.

It was announced on Monday that Summa Health System will be eliminating 300 positions due to a $60 million operating loss in 2017. The largest employer in Summit County, Summa Health has 8,000 workers across the area.

Interim President and CEO of Summa Health System, Dr. Cliff Deveny, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to address these job losses. Dr. Deveny cites dramatic drops in outpatient volume are due to trust issues, as well as competition from other area health providers, as reasons for the cuts. Most of the positions being cut are at the administrative level, so it will not affect patient care.

Dr. Deveny is confident Summa Health can weather the storm, but in order to do so, the company must continue to grow by being "freestanding and independent.”

Monday, 26 June 2017 17:35

AUDIO Sam and Brad Wager of the Day

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Sam, Brad, and Ben Thomas got the week started off right with the Monday edition of the Wager of the Day!

You can hear the Sam and Brad Wager of the Day every Monday-Friday around 5:20pm.

 

Monday, 26 June 2017 14:53

AUDIO Brad Mills Talking Tribe, Napoli

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Cleveland Indians bench coach Brad Mills joined Sam and Brad on Monday to talk about how the Tribe can get back on the winning track.

 

Brad also discussed his role as a bench coach and some of his favorite ballparks he's been to throughout his long tenure in Major League Baseball.

For the full interview, click here.

Friday, 23 June 2017 17:29

AUDIO Sam and Brad Wager of the Day

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Brad and Justin got in on the Feel Good Friday edition of the Wager of the Day! 

 

Rick Noland, Cavaliers beat writer for the Medina Gazette spoke with Brad Russell on a Feel Good Friday to talk about the team still on the lookout for a General Manager after the departure of David Griffin.

 

For the full interview, click here.

 

It was announced Thursday the city of Akron has plans for an income tax increase from 2.25 to 2.5 percent. If approved by City Council, the tax proposal will go on the ballots in November.

Mayor Dan Horrigan spoke in-depth on this proposal on the Ray Horner Morning Show. Horrigan says the quarter-percent tax increase will raise $15 million for the city, and the money will go into the police and fire departments and the streets.

The proposal will be presented to council on Monday, and once approved, Horrigan and other council members will hold town halls to discuss exactly where the residents’ tax dollars are going.

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