Tuesday, 22 March 2016 17:10

RNC Security And Akron/Canton Area

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There is talk of protests and potential riots at the Republican National Convention, and local security experts say the area should be prepared - even into the Akron/Canton area.

Tim Dimoff's SACS Security is monitoring security concerns for private companies for the RNC.

He says what happens in downtown Cleveland in July could very well effect how far protesters go.

"How good is the security up in the convention area, in the greater Cleveland area, how well they manage that," Dimoff tells WAKR's Jasen Sokol, "can determine how far south of Cleveland protesters or people will go."

Dimoff says there could be "decoy" protesting groups that spread away from downtown Cleveland into the suburbs, and even into Akron and Canton, and that those groups could be testing security outside the convention area.

He says that though there's not a strong worry about a terrorist attack at the RNC, any large political convention is a possible target.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016 13:57

AUDIO: Bernie Sanders Talks To Jasen

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It's Election Day, and the presidential candidates are making their final push in what are expected to be close races in both parties. We invited all six candidates from the major parties to come on the show, and only Sen. Bernie Sanders accepted our invitation. He talked to Jasen about his thoughts on the Ohio primary, his plan for free tuition at public universities, how he plans to pay for his policy proposals, and the lack of civility in the presidential campaign.

Polls close at 7:30 p.m. although voters in line at the time doors close can still vote their ballot.

Judith Lynn Lee and Matt Browarek are battling for the Democratic nomination for Ohio House District 38, a seat currently held by Republican incumbent Marilyn Slaby. Both candidates talked to Jasen about their ideas and plans for if they're elected.

Thursday, 25 February 2016 15:43

Local Congress Members React To Guantanamo Bay

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President Obama's renewed call to close Guantanamo Bay could end up in Congress this year.

And as you might expect, two area Congress members from two different parties have different opinions.

Democratic Congressman Tim Ryan agrees that "Gitmo" should be closed. He says it hurts our relations with other countries...

On WAKR's Jasen Sokol Show, Ryan says the existence of Guantanamo Bay hurts U.S. negotiations over other countries' human rights issues. 

Republican Congressman Jim Renacci says Guantanamo Bay should stay open...especially given the current world security situation. Renacci tells WAKR's Jasen Sokol that keeping terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay keeps Americans safe

Renacci says that it's against the law to move terrorist prisoner suspects to the U.S., a law passed in 2014 and signed by President Obama.

 

Thursday, 18 February 2016 17:52

Locals React To Akron Report: Call To Action

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A report commissioned by the Knight Foundation has a lot of Akronites talking.

Some of its numbers were not at all what local officials and groups expected.

The administration of Akron mayor Dan Horrigan considers it a wakeup call...and the mayor's chief of staff James Hardy compares it to the Blue Ribbon Report recently delivered to the mayor...

"They both show that we need to make signfiicant changes in the way we think, the way we operate as a city, and the way we engage as a community," Hardy tells WAKR's Jasen Sokol, "to change our trajectory."

Hardy says that there are good things listed about Akron in the most recent report, but says the status quo "is just not acceptable anymore".

The lack of growth among the numbers of Akron's young professionals surprised Nicole Mullet, who heads up Torchbearers and the "ArtsNow" group.

"But it also gave us a starting point so that we actually understand what's happening in the city, so we can't fix it if we don't know what's broken," Mullet says.

Mullet suggests that some young professionals just aged out of the 25-34 year old age group, and others may be finding more affordable housing outside of Akron, in suburbs like Cuyahoga Falls...instead of in Akron's neighborhoods.

Thursday, 18 February 2016 17:48

Racer With Local Ties Busy In NASCAR Series

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Someone from Medina County will be racing for a legendary NASCAR team this year.

Matt Tifft, originally from Hinckley, will race in 13 Xfinity Series races starting in Richmond in April, racing for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Tifft says it all started, after he went to races with his father, with go kart racing before he became a teenager.

"I actually started when I was about 11 years old in go kart racing over at Barberton Speedway," Tifft tells WAKR's Jasen Sokol, "and I just kind of did that for about half a year, and started racing all around the Ohio and Pennsylvania areas with road course go karts."

Tifft says that success last year at a race in Kentucky caught the attention of the Gibbs team.

"We opened enough eyes there, and proved that we were able to compete in a high caliber ride like that," Tifft tells WAKR's Jasen Sokol, "so, you know, that really opened up the doors."

The Xfinity Series is NASCAR's 2nd tier race series, right below the Sprint Cup Series.

Tifft isn't just waiting for April.

He'll be racing this weekend in the #24 car for JGL Racing in Saturday's Xfinity race at Daytona.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 17:56

AUDIO UA Football Attendance: Future Better With Bowden?

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There's been a lot of talk about attendance at University of Akron football games, with the university being forced to buy tickets to clear attendance standards.

In the end, athletic director Larry Williams says it does come down to winning, and the fact that the Akron football program hasn't done a lot of it in recent years.

"We don't have the luxury of having a Division I team that has a long list of accomplishments at the highest level," Williams tells WAKR's Jasen Sokol. "Very good teams, but especially recently, that is in the mind of potential guests or customers, there really hasn't been a lot of success here."

Williams says that he's much more optimistic about the program, thinking it can build on winning and going to a bowl game under head coach Terry Bowden.

Williams says that it's a tough, competitive environment in college sports...where for most people, winning is expected. 

Monday, 15 February 2016 17:45

AUDIO You Had Me At Akron

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A new project says it hopes couples of all types can rediscover what Akron has to offer.

"YouHadMeAtAkron" is a website, and a hashtag, and the project asked eight couples their favorite date locations. It's a project of the Knight Foundation and the Akron-Summit Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Jim Mahon with the Bureau says the "discovery" isn't just about romantic dates. He says any kind of "couple" can find out new places to visit.

Mahon says Akronites sometime forget what the city has to offer, and that the sites covered in Akron's 21 neighborhoods will help future visitors.

Those who use the "#YouHadMeAtAkron" hashtag on social media - Twitter, Facebook or Instagram - with a picture of a date at an Akron business are entered in a sweepstakes, with one $50 gift card to a date spot each week.

The grand prize is an overnight stay at the Hilton Garden Inn near the Goodyear Headquarters, and a prize package valued at $300.

The deadline is March 18th.

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On the Web: You Had Me At Akron, http://www.youhadmeatakron.com/

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 14:34

"Mardi Gras" at Blu Jazz!

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Tony Troppe from Blu Jazz club talked with Jasen about their exciting "Mardi Gras" party tonight! Eric Seddon's Hot Club will be bringing New Orleans right to downtown Akron!

Professor Tom Sutton from Baldwin-Wallace University talked with Jasen today about the New Hampshire primary, the upcoming primaries, and the candidates on the bubble.

 

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