A talking point that Congressman Jim Renacci has discussed often is how Americans are tired of career politicians making decisions, both locally and nationally. That was evidenced last November when Donald Trump, a businessman-turned-politician, was elected president.

Congressman Jim Renacci joined the Ray Horner Morning Show in studio to talk about his own campaign for governor. Renacci, a long-time businessman much like Trump, has thrown his hat in the race for governor in 2018.

In addition to the goings on in Ohio, Rep. Renacci also discussed the incidents in Charlottesville, the Affordable Care Act, and national security when dealing with North Korea.

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A talking point that Congressman Jim Renacci has discussed often is how Americans are tired of career politicians making decisions, both locally and nationally. That was evidenced last November when Donald Trump, a businessman-turned-politician, was elected president.

Congressman Jim Renacci joined the Ray Horner Morning Show in studio to talk about his own campaign for governor. Renacci, a long-time businessman much like Trump, has thrown his hat in the race for governor in 2018.

In addition to the goings on in Ohio, Rep. Renacci also discussed the incidents in Charlottesville, the Affordable Care Act, and national security when dealing with North Korea.

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A talking point that Congressman Jim Renacci has discussed often is how Americans are tired of career politicians making decisions, both locally and nationally. That was evidenced last November when Donald Trump, a businessman-turned-politician, was elected president. Congressman Jim Renacci joined the Ray Horner Morning Show in studio to talk about his own campaign for governor. Renacci, a long-time businessman much like Trump, has thrown his hat in the race for governor in 2018. In addition to the goings on in Ohio, Rep. Renacci also discussed the incidents in Charlottesville, the Affordable Care Act, and national security when dealing with North Korea.

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 12:20

MULTIMEDIA 2017 Camp Reports: Cuyahoga Falls

Sam and Brad headed out to Cuyahoga Falls High School to speak with first-year head coach Shane Parker to talk Black Tiger football.

 

Parker spoke about instilling a culture of winning at Falls High and he says it all starts with accountability on and off the field.

 

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 18:24

AUDIO Tommy Bowden Looks At CFB Landscape

Brad Russell spoke with former Clemson head football coach and current college football analyst Tommy Bowden to talk about the upcoming season in Division I college football.

 

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Sam and Brad caught up with Highland High School assistant coach Mike Nettling to preview the 2017 season. 

 

The Hornets return 31 seniors off of last year's 6-4 squad.  Our Camp reports are brought to you by the Northern Ohio Honda Dealers. 

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Bill Rabinowitz, Ohio State football beat writer discussed the upcoming Buckeye season with Brad Russell on Monday afternoon.

The season starts for OSU on Thursday August 31 against the Indiana Hoosiers at 8 p.m.

 Bill also discussed the backup QB battle behind incumbent starter J.T. Barrett. 

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Monday, 14 August 2017 14:22

AUDIO 2017 Camp Reports: Barberton Magics

For today's edition of Camp Days we head to the Magic city of Barberton as we speak with Tony Gotto ahead of the 2017 football season. 

 

The Magics made the playoffs in 2016 and Coach Gotto spoke about his expecations for the upcoming season. Our camp reports are brought to you by Northern Ohio Honda Dealers. 

 

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Friday, 11 August 2017 18:21

AUDIO Mt. Union Looking For Title In 2017

Vince Kehres head coach of the Mount Union Purple Raiders stopped by the Sam and Brad Show to discuss the upcoming season and the quest for another Division III national title.

 

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AUDIO Sam and Brad Wager Of The Day

Sam and Brad along with Ben Thomas got in on the Wager of the Day!

 

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AUDIO Brian Anderson Talking Rays, Tribe

Former Cleveland Indians pitcher and Ohio native Brian Anderson talked Rays and Tribe ahead of the game tonight down at Tropicana Field tonight at 7:10pm.

Anderson is currently a broadcaster for the Rays TV network on Sun Sports.

 

You can catch the Tribe and the Rays tonight starting at 6:37pm with the pregame and 7:10pm with the first pitch. 

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Our 2017 Camp Report takes us to Stow High School where the Bullodgs are looking to improve after a 10-2 season in 2016.

Mark Nori, head coach of the Bulldogs spoke with Sam and Brad during the Gridiron Gathering to preview the campaign.

 

Our Camp visits are brought to you by our friends at Northern Ohio Honda Dealers. 

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Friday, 11 August 2017 14:47

AUDIO Walsh Cavaliers Begin Pifer Era

First year head coach of the Walsh Cavaliers Dan Pifer joined the Sam and Brad Show to talk about his football team heading into 2017.

 

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AUDIO Malone Pioneers Ready For 2017

The Malone Pioneers are getting ready for the 2017 football season, and second year head coach Fred Thomas spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about the upcoming campaign in Canton.

 

The Pioneers open up the season against Taylor September 2.

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 17:50

AUDIO Sam and Brad Wager Of The Day

Sam and Brad with the Wager of the Day along with Ben Thomas on a Three Question Thursday! 

 

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 15:25

AUDIO Ownership Stepping Up With Bruce Trade

Cleveland Indians beat writer Chris Assenheimer joined the Sam and Brad Show to discuss the Jay Bruce trade from the New York Mets to the Tribe.

He says that owners Paul and Larry Dolan are recognizing the urgency of the moment and by signing a bat, the Indians will be in good shape heading into the postseason. 

 

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Sam and Brad caught up with Justin Todd, head coach of the Wadsworth Grizzlies to talk about the upcoming football season.

 

Our Camp reports are brought to you by our friends at the Northern Ohio Honda Dealers.  Tomorrow, we head to Stow to catch up with Mark Nori and the Bulldogs.

 

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 18:14

AUDIO Petrak: Browns Ready For Saints

Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle Telegram spoke about the Browns and the Saints getting ready for preseason game #1 at FirstEnergy Stadium Thursday.

 

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 17:43

AUDIO Sam and Brad Wager of the Day

Sam and Brad along with Justin got into Wednesday's Wager of the Day!

  

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 12:53

MULTIMEDIA 2017 Camp Reports: Revere Minutemen

Our Wednesday edition of Camp Days takes us to Revere High School, where we visit with Mike Murphey, head coach of the Minutemen.

 

The Minutemen were 5-5 a year ago and will have to replace some key players, but do return some key linemen on both sides of the ball.

Our Camp Reports are sponsored by our friends at the Northern Ohio Honda Dealers. Coming up tomorrow we take a trip to Wadsworth as we stick with the Suburban League! 

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On November 7th, a council-approved effort to raise city income tax will be on the ballot. If approved, the mayor and members of city council have been quite open about what that tax money will be going towards.

Dan Horrigan, the mayor of Akron, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show in studio to discuss the income tax measure. Horrigan says the money will go towards improving the roads, firehouses, and police cars, which are “core city services." If passed, the proposed tax hike will be a quarter-percent increase.

The mayor admits this is not a popular decision around town, and that he and council are sensitive to the needs of the civilians. But Horrigan stresses that improvements to police, fire, and roads are indeed “needs, not wants."

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Our first trip to the Suburban League takes us to Copley where we catch up with Scott Chouinard of the Indians.

 

The Indians finished 8-3 in 2016 and are looking to get even better in 2017.

 

Tomorrow we head to Revere and catch up with Mike Murphey and the Minutemen.  Camp reports are sponsored by Northern Ohio Honda Dealers. 

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AUDIO Zips' Bowden Discusses QB Competition

University of Akron Zips head football coach Terry Bowden spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about the upcoming season and the quarterback competition heading into Week 1 against Penn State.

 

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Longtime Cleveland Indians beat writer Paul Hoynes spoke with Sam and Brad Monday to talk about the Indians as they prepare for the Colorado Rockies in a quick two-game set.

  

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Monday, 07 August 2017 10:41

AUDIO 2017 Camp Reports: Buchtel Griffins

WAKR wraps up our City Series camp previews with Ricky Powers and the Buchtel Griffins.  The Griffins open up the season against Columbus Beechcroft August 25.

  

Buchtel finished 4-6 in 2016.

Stay tuned for our Camp Previews brought to you by our friends at Northern Ohio Honda Dealers as we move to the Suburban League and the Copley Indians. 

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Aaron Nelson, assistant coach of the Firestone Falcons in for Eric Mitchell, spoke with Sam and Brad to talk Firestone Falcons football ahead of the 2017 season.

 

The Falcons are looking to make it back to the city championship again this year after losing to the Ellet Orangemen in 2017.

 

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The curtain has been lifted on the 2017 NFL campaign and for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, a sparkling new stadium was dedicated to kick off the season.

Pro Football Hall of Fame President and CEO David Baker said Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium is truly a "game changer" not only for the Hall, but for the city of Canton.

"This is the finest small-venue NFLstadium in the world," Baker said. 

 The locker rooms each hold 105 people and the Club area holds 1,000 people. The press box is a new feature as well with great view lines of the playing field.

The 23,000 seat facility was dedicated Thursday morning and featured a statue of Saints owner Tom Benson, who contributed $11 million to the stadium project that now bears his name.

Baker was extremely appreciative of Benson's contribution to keeping football thriving in the Hall of Fame City.

"He felt that this was where the game of professional football began, and he thinks it should live forever in Canton," Baker explained.

Hall of Fame President David Baker said they are actively preparing for the NFL's 100th anniversary by building various amenites for the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village.

 The venue will host not only football at the high school, collegiate and pro level, but concerts, and other entertainment options for as Baker puts it, " the next 100 years.

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The Fighting Irish lost a coach who helped Notre Dame return to prominence. That coach happened to have roots in Akron.

John Feinstein, author, commentator, and talk show host, was in the Akron area and joined the Ray Horner Morning Show in studio. Feinstein talked about the passing of Fighting Irish coach Ara Parseghian, who helped lead Notre Dame to two titles, and the impact he had on the program and college football in general.

Feinstein is in town for the Bridgestone Invitational, and he and Ray talked about the field and how the tournament is fairing without Tiger Woods.

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Our 2017 Camp Days continue with the Kenmore /Garfield Golden Rams and Coach Kemp Boyd.

This is the first year as a merged school for Kenmore and Garfield, and Coach Boyd has done a great job so far of bringing these young men together.

 

  The Golden Rams start out the season with three non league games, Coventry, Barberton, and Springfield before opening up league play against Ellet.

 

Camp reports are sponsored by the Northern Ohio Honda Dealers. 

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AUDIO Sam and Brad Wager of the Day Wednesday

Sam and Brad got into the Wednesday Wager of the Day at Chenoweth Golf and Banquet Hall in Green!

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Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Haynes sat with WAKR's Aaron Coleman to talk a little football, golf, and awareness for prostate cancer and screenings.

Haynes, a member of the Class of 1997, is also a prostate cancer survivor.

 

An avid golfer, Haynes has played at Firestone's South Course in the past and always enjoys watching the world's best golfers compete in the Bridgestone Invitational.

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AUDIO David Hill Humbled By Pete Rozelle Award

Longtime television producer for Fox Sports David Hill spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about being this year's recipient of the Pete Rozelle Radio and TV Award during this week's festivities at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

 

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AUDIO Sam and Brad Wager of the Day Tuesday

Sam, Brad, and Justin got in on the Tuesday edition of the Wager of the Day! 

 

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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 12:42

MULTIMEDIA 2017 Camp Reports: North Vikings

Akron North head football coach Sonil Haslam joined Sam and Brad to talk about the upcoming football season. 

J.J. Banks and LeErie Evans, two of the Vikings' senior leaders joined Coach Haslam to discuss the strides they are making in 2017.

 

North will open up the high school football season on the road against Beechwood August 25.

 

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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 09:18

MULTIMEDIA 2017 Camp Reports: East Dragons

Sam and Brad caught up with East head coach Marques Hayes to preview the 2017 season for the Dragons. 

  

  The Dragons will open up the 2017 campaign with the Coventry Comets. 

  

East made the state playoffs for the first time in school history last season and send three players off of last year's squad to play for Coach Terry Bowden at the University of Akron. 

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MULTIMEDIA 2017 Camp Reports: Ellet Orangemen

Sam and Brad caught up with Ellet High School football coach Chuck Shuman to preview the Orangemen in 2017.

 

The Orangemen are looking to get back to the City Series Championship for the second year in a row.

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AUDIO Sam and Brad Wager Of The Day

Brad and Justin got in on the Wager of the Day on 1590 WAKR! 

 

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AUDIO Jim Ingraham Talks Surging Tribe

Sports Columnist Jim Ingraham of the Elyria Chronicle Telegram and the Medina Gazette spoke with Brad Russell on Friday to talk about the Indians, who have now won eight in row.

 

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Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository discussed the opening of Browns training camp in Berea starting today.

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AUDIO Kent State Looking To Improve In 2017

The Kent State University Golden Flashes are looking to improve in 2017 playing a tough brand of football.

Kent State head coach Paul Haynes commended his team for their work ethic heading into fall camp.

"The guys had a great summer, very positive attitudes and worked hard getting ready for fall camp," Haynes said.

The team opens the 2017 against the defending national champion Clemson Tigers. 

Coach Haynes discussed his quarterback Nick Holley who was moved from wide receiver and the toughness he brings to the Flashes.

"There's an article I read from one of those quarterback guru guys that said that the quarterback has to be the toughest guy on the team, and that's why we moved him is because of just that, he's one of the toughest guys on the team."

Holley led the team in passing yards and rushing yards during the 2016 season.

 Kent State's non-conference schedule includes not only Clemson, but Howard, Marshall, and Louisville.

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AUDIO Sam and Brad Wager Of The Day

Brad and Justin got in on the Wednesday Wager of the Day on 1590 WAKR!

You can catch it every Monday-Friday at 5:20pm on 1590 WAKR during the Sam and Brad Show

 

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Koby Altman Introduced As Cavs' GM

The Cavaliers' offeseason has been anything but dull, and new General Manager Koby Altman addressed some of the pressing matters in Cleveland inlcuding Kyrie Irving's trade demands.

Altman was formally introduced at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon at Cleveland Clinic Courts. He has been with the Cleveland Cavaliers front office for the past five years, most recently as the Assistant GM.

Cavaliers' majority owner Dan Gilbert said he feels very confident in Koby's ability to take over in his new role.

"Koby's a special guy," Gilbert explained. "He knows basketball and he's a relationship guy, he's both book smart and street smart."

Altman takes over for the departed David Griffin, who served as the GM in Cleveland since the 2014-15 season.

Koby says despite reports of unrest within the organization, between players, etc,  things are fine in Cleveland. 

"This thing is not broken, we are a very successful organization, and we're going to continue to drive for that success," he said.

 

 

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AUDIO Zips Primed For 2017 Football Season

Football season is just around the corner and the Mid-American Conference got things started with their annual Media Day Wednesday at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.
 
If you're wondering about the change in venue, it was moved from Detroit, where there's construction at Ford Field.
 
The Akron Zips are looking to get back to a bowl game, and sixth-year coach Terry Bowden discussed how the quarterback depth heading into 2017 helps his ballclub.
 
"That's why I say competition is the key," Bowden explained. "Tommy Woodson if he's healthy, he'll be hard to beat out, but we've got some good people in a position to compete for that starting position."
 
There's 5 scholarship quarterbacks heading into fall camp including last year's starter Tommy Woodson, who missed some time last year with injury.

 Defensively, linebacker Ulysees Gilbert will be expected to bring leadership on the field this upcoming season for the Zips.

"Ulysees Gilbert is our leader by example, our leader by hard work, and leader by exceptional talent," Bowden said. "He speaks more with his actions than by his mouth."
 
Gilbert was named to the Nagurski watch list and led the team with another 100-plus tackle season in 2016.
 
Coach Bowden says he's confident about his team's chances this upcoming season, for him it comes down to playing hard and staying healthy.

 

Zips running back Warren Ball also discussed his excitement to get things going this football season.  A transfer from Ohio State, Ball said his journey to Akron has been one with challenges, but he relishes his leadership role with the team.

"I just want to make those around me better and help this team win," Ball said.

 The Zips finished 5-7 overall and 3-5 in MAC play in 2016.

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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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AUDIO Sam and Brad Wager of the Day

Brad and Justin got in on Tuesday's Wager of the Day!

 

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Cleveland Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot from Cleveland.com joined Brad Russell to discuss the opening of Browns training camp later in the week.

 

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Sam and Brad Monday Wager of the Day

Brad, Justin, and Ben T got in on the Wager of the Day Monday to start the work week! 

  

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AUDIO Sam Amico Talks Kyrie, Cavaliers

Brad Russell spoke with Sam Amico from Amico Hoops and Fox Sports Ohio to talk about the latest with Kyrie Irving and what direction the Cavs will go in as far as his possible replacement at point guard.

 

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AUDIO Sam and Brad Wager of the Day

Sam and Brad along with Justin McKinney got in on the Friday edition of the Wager of the Day.

You can hear it every Monday-Friday around 5:20pm on the Sam and Brad Show on 1590 WAKR.

 

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AUDIO Kyrie Irving Requests Trade What's Next?

Brian Dulik from the Medina Gazette spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about Kyrie Irving asking the Cleveland Cavaliers for a trade.

 

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