Thursday, 05 October 2017 09:20

AUDIO: Ed Asner on Autism Advocacy, Awareness

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.

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This week, Northeast Ohio will say goodbye to two familiar faces and voices.

Leon Bibb has been a fixture in Cleveland news for 38 years. A native of the Glenville area, Bibb first joined WKYC-TV after a stint in Columbus. In 1995, he moved down the street to WEWS and has been there ever since. Bibb talked spoke to Tony Mazur about his life and career and the emotions going into his retirement.

In a business where moving from town to town, station to station is par for the course, Lee Jordan has been with News 5 for thirty years. Jordan talked about working on the groundbreaking Morning Exchange program, as well as covering fascinating stories about members of the community.

Both Bibb and Jordan plan to stay active after their final newscasts. Bibb says he's currently putting together a book, and Jordan plans to relax and truly enjoy the seasons in Northeast Ohio.

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The second phase of repealing and replacing Obamacare was rolled out last week, and this time around, the new bill helped unite more Republicans.

Congressman Jim Renacci joined the Ray Horner Morning Show, guest-hosted by Tony Mazur, to talk about his support of the bill. Renacci spoke of the importance of the new bill, and attempted to clear up any confusion over pre-existing conditions.

In addition to healthcare, Rep. Renacci also touched on President Trump’s first 100 days in office, the election in France, and the race for Ohio governor, which he is a part of.

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Only a handful of states have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Could more follow suit? Could marijuana be legal in all fifty states in our lifetimes? Jesse Ventura hopes so.

A familiar face in both government and the wrestling ring, Ventura has released a new book, Jesse Ventura’s Marijuana Manifesto. In the book, the former Minnesota governor breaks down the history of marijuana and why it is still taboo today. He spoke with WAKR’s Tony Mazur on the propaganda put forth by William Randolph Hearst in the 1930s to protect the timber industry, as marijuana was not just used recreationally.
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Each year, hundreds flock to the southwestern part of Cleveland, Ohio to celebrate the life of Ernie Anderson. Before he was the long-time voice of ABC-TV throughout the 1970s and '80s, he was a cult figure and icon in Northeast Ohio known as Ghoulardi.

Ghoulardifest is put on by now-retired WJW-TV camera operator, Chuck Schodowski. Northeast Ohioans know him as Big Chuck, host of the campy late-night shows Hoolihan & Big Chuck and Big Chuck & Little John. Big Chuck talked to Tony Mazur on the Ray Horner Morning Show about Ghoulardifest, his friendship with comic actor Tim Conway, and what he is up to during his retirement.

Ghoulardifest is going on October 28th-30th and La Rosa Party Center in Cleveland, near Hopkins International Airport.

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He began his career as an actor, working with such greats as Steve Allen and Donald O'Connor. The second wave of his career brought him on the other side of the camera, writing for Seinfeld and Cheers.

So is Tom Leopold pleased with his life and career? Why wouldn't he be?

Tom joined the Ray Horner Morning Show, hosted by Tony Mazur, to discuss his five decade-long career, whether it was acting as Ted Knight’s son on The Ted Knight Show (not to be confused with his later sitcom, Too Close For Comfort) or writing Chevy Chase’s post-SNL comedy special. Both Tom and Tony are fans of old showbiz periphery, so Tom also talked about his crosswalk encounter with Groucho Marx and seeing George Jessel perform at the end of his life.

Aside from the acting and writing, Tom assists with the website ComedyWire, and has also hosted radio shows on his conversion to Catholicism.

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Tuesday, 09 August 2016 17:11

AUDIO Browns: How Much Should RGIII Play?

The Browns will open up the preseason with the Green Bay Packers on Friday, and with Robert Griffin III being named the starter earlier in the week, one of the main questions out there is: How much should the former Baylor quarterback play in the exhibition season?

Sam, Ben "Heavy D" Genet, and I all kicked this idea around during the Sam Bourquin Show Tuesday to talk about how much the first stringers, Griffin included, ought to play against the Packers, as well as the other three preseason games.

"I think you go a series," Ben said. "I feel if you go more than a series you're asking for trouble," he continued.  Ben pointed to Griffin's injury history as a reason for concern.  Sam and I looked at a 2-3 series sample of playing time for the first stringers given the fact that in order for an offense to jell, you have to have reps.

"You don't have to score, I don't care about that," Bourquin said. "You have to see what you have, and you can''t do that in three snaps."

 

Touchdown Tony Mazur, our Browns beat reporter, said that he has to at least get a few series in order for him to have a good sample size of film for the coaches to dissect and evaluate.

 As far as his observations from Browns camp, Mazur says he's seen coach Hue Jackson increase the intensity and hitting in practice.

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Thursday, 16 June 2016 10:59

AUDIO: Drew Friedman Draws His Obsessions

They say to write and draw what you love. Illustrator and cartoonist Drew Friedman has made a living out of that mantra.

After pouring over copies of MAD Magazine as a youth, Drew had the opportunity to join the MAD team some years later. He talked to Tony Mazur on the Ray Horner Morning Show about his obsession with sketching old Jewish comedians. Says Drew, his favorite things to draw are old comedians and Jewish people, so he combined the two and turned them into three critically-acclaimed books. His new book comes out in October 2016 called “More Heroes of the Comics.”

In addition to his artwork, Drew also discussed his love of Jerry Lewis, meeting Groucho Marx in 1975, the panned 1968 film “Skidoo,” and his distaste for George Jessel.

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Each month, Congressman Jim Renacci joins the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss a slew of topics.

First, there has been plenty of talk about a brokered Republican National Convention this July up in Cleveland. Rep. Renacci believes, no matter what, this convention will be beneficial to the region. As for the Republican Party, Renacci stressed that a brokered convention has happened before, and the Republican Party should survive no matter what.

In addition to the convention, tax day is also around the corner. Rep. Renacci urges folks to watch their identity and protect it from being stolen when filing taxes.

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