Tuesday, 11 April 2017 10:51

AUDIO Indians, Fans Pumped For Opener

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Cleveland Indians Communications Coordinator Joel Hammond joined Jasen Sokol live from Booth 6 in Progressive Field to talk about the festivities going on during Opening Day today at Progressive Field as the Indians take on the Chicago White Sox.

 

Director of Merchandising Karen Fox also joined Booth 6 to shed some light on what new Tribe gear will be available at the Indians' Team Shop this season.

Thursday, 06 April 2017 19:17

AUDIO: Akron Introduces New Basketball Coach

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The University of Akron formally introduced John Groce as its new Head Basketball Coach Thursday. Groce, who previously served as Head Coach at Illinois and Ohio, inherits a team that won 27 games in 2016-17 under Keith Dambrot before he left for Duquesne.

Groce joined Jasen shortly after his introduction to talk about his plans for Zips Basketball.

 

Thursday, 06 April 2017 17:14

AUDIO: Rubber Bowl Owner Says He Has A Plan

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Summit County foreclosed on the Rubber Bowl this week, saying stadium ownership group Team1 Marketing owes nearly $200,000 in back taxes. But one of the partners of Team1 says his group has a plan to not only pay off the back taxes, but bring music festivals to the decaying facility.

Sean Mason would like to see the city assume ownership of the property and lease it back to Team1. That would allow the city to more easily change the property's zoning. Mason says it would also prompt an investor to come on board to assist with the renovation of the stadium, which has gone largely unused since The University of Akron left for Infocision Stadium after the 2008 football season.

Mason joined Jasen to discuss his plan and address the concern held by some that the plan is unfeasible.

Thursday, 30 March 2017 19:51

AUDIO: Clarence Mingo Launches Bid For Treasurer

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Clarence Mingo is the newest person to throw his hat in the ring for the 2018 election.

Currently the Franklin County Auditor, Mingo will run for the Republican nomination for State Treasurer. He currently has one opponent in the GOP field, State Rep. Robert Sprague of Findlay. No Democrats have announced bids.

Mingo joined Jasen to introduce himself to Akron area voters and talk about his ideas for the office if he's elected.

Thursday, 30 March 2017 18:31

AUDIO: LaRose Talks Fentanyl Bill, Redistricting

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A bill passed by the Ohio Senate this week would lead to harsher sentences for fentanyl traffickers.

Senate Bill 1, sponsored by State Sen. Frank LaRose (R-Hudson), lowers the amount of fentanyl for which someone can be charged with felony trafficking. Under current law, LaRose says a trafficker has to have enough heroin to kill 10,000 people before they can be charged with a felony. Fentanyl is frequently being mixed with heroin, creating a much more deadly concoction than straight heroin. The bill now moves to the General Assembly.

LaRose joined Jasen to talk about the bill and his proposal for congressional redistricting reform.

Monday, 20 March 2017 19:46

AUDIO: Akron Proposes Nondiscrimination Policy

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If you've been listening to Akron's leaders recently, you've probably heard the phrase "Welcoming City" quite a few times. Mayor Dan Horrigan's latest step toward that label extends the welcome to members of the LGBT community.

Horrigan and Councilman Rich Swirsky (D-Ward 1) proposed a city nondiscrimination ordinance Monday. If passed by City Council, the ordinance would ban discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, familial status, sex, gender identity or expresson, sexual orientation, or military status. It would apply in the areas of housing, employment, public accomodations, and city contracts. Exceptions would be made for religious groups and the Akron Public Schools. 

While state and federal law already outlaws discrimination against most of the groups covered by Akron's law, it does not include provisions for sexual orientation and gender identity. 

Violations of the ordinance would be investigated by a new Civil Rights Commission made up of 5-7 people appointed by the mayor and confirmed by Council. The commission would have the power to penalize those who violate the ordinance.

Horrigan joined The Jasen Sokol Show Monday to discuss the proposed ordinance.

Monday, 13 March 2017 18:26

AUDIO: Connie Pillich Enters Race For Governor

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The Democratic gubernatorial field grew again Monday as former State Rep. Connie Pillich announced that she is entering the race. Pillich, who also ran for State Treasurer in 2014, joined Jasen to discuss why she's running for Governor and give her thoughts on health care reform and the heroin epidemic.

Wednesday, 01 March 2017 20:42

AUDIO: Reps. Ryan, Joyce React To Trump Speech

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President Donald Trump struck a different, much softer tone as he laid out an outline of his policy agenda Tuesday night in a joint address to Congress. Reps. Tim Ryan (D-Niles) and Dave Joyce (R-Russell Twp.) joined Jasen to react to the speech and discuss how Trump's proposals will be viewed in Congress.

Thursday, 16 February 2017 19:04

AUDIO: Children's Hospital Makes Big Pledge To APS

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North High School's Academy of Health and Human Services got a big boost from Akron Children's Hospital this week.

The hospital pledged $400,000 to the Akron Public Schools. $250,000 of that will go to the health care academy, while the other $150,000 will come in the form of internships, teacher externships, and other experiential learning opportunities.

Children's Hospital President and CEO Bill Considine joined Jasen to talk about the donation and the business community's thoughts on the career academy model being rolled out at North.

Thursday, 16 February 2017 19:03

Shark Tank Leads To Big Success For Akron Business

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Evan Delahanty's business didn't get a deal from the Sharks on last Friday's episode of ABC's Shark Tank, but Peaceful Fruits is still reaping the benefits of national exposure.

The company, which makes all-natural fruit snacks, staffs people with disabilities in conjunction with Hattie Larlham and the Blick Clinic. After the appearance on Shark Tank, Delahanty says he's already had to add 10 jobs in order to keep up with demand.

Delanhanty joined Jasen to talk about the Shark Tank experience and the next steps for his business.

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