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

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017 16:03

AUDIO Still No GM For Cavaliers

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.

 

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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.

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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.”

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Monday, 26 June 2017 17:35

AUDIO Sam and Brad Wager of the Day

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.

 

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Monday, 26 June 2017 14:53

AUDIO Brad Mills Talking Tribe, Napoli

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.

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Friday, 23 June 2017 17:29

AUDIO Sam and Brad Wager of the Day

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

 

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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.

 

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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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Thursday, 22 June 2017 18:01

AUDIO Sam and Brad Wager of the Day

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

 

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 16:45

AUDIO Lang Whitaker Talks NBA Draft, Cavs

Lang Whitaker from NBA.com and NBA TV spoke with Brad about the Cavaliers front office search and the upcoming NBA Draft tonight.

 

For the full interview, click here.

 

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 16:12

AUDIO Could Billups Come To Cleveland?

Pistons beat writer Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press spoke with Brad Russell on Thursday to talk about Chauncey Billups and a possible front-office role for him in Cleveland.

Billups played for the Pistons from 2002-08 and then from 2013-14. The rumors are flying after Cavs owner Dan Gilbert spoke with Chauncey after GM David Griffin and the team parted ways. 

For the full interview click here.

 

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 18:44

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Justin and Ben got into the Wednesday edition of the Sam and Brad Wager of the Day. 

 

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President of the Gatorade Legue Malcolm Turner joined Brad Russell to talk about the rebranding of the league from the NBA D League to the "G League" and some of the new teams coming to the league as well.

  

The Canton Charge is in the G League and has been a competitive member since their inception. 

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 20:22

AUDIO Sam and Brad Wager of the Day

Brad and Ben got into the Tuesday edition of the Wager of the Day!  You can listen for the Wager of the Day around 5:20pm M-F on the Sam and Brad Show.

 

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Brad caught up with Sam Amico of AmicoHoops.net to discuss the front office situation of the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 09:45

AUDIO: John Michael On Cavs GM Search

Exactly one year after the Cleveland Cavaliers hoisted up the Larry O’Brien trophy, the Cleveland Cavaliers are on the lookout for a new general manager. David Griffin, the now-former GM of the Cavs, has parted ways with the organization, eleven days before his contract was to expire.

What is next? Who is next? Why did this happen? John Michael, the radio voice of the Cavs, answered some of those questions on the Ray Horner Morning Show. Michael admitted the timing of this parting of ways was a bit puzzling, since the NBA Draft and free agency are right around the corner. As far as a replacement, Michael believes a new GM could be named “sooner rather than later.”

Back to Griffin, Michael felt the former Cavs executive was a “player’s GM” who stressed team chemistry. Griffin helped transform the team in just three short years through the acquisitions of JR Smith, Iman Shumpert, Timofey Mozgov, and others. Michael also thought Griffin did a good job based on the little flexibility the team had.

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Akron Public Schools Athletic Director Joe Vassalotti spoke with Brad Russell Monday to shed some insight into the team colors and nickname for Kenmore/Garfield High School.

The school will be housed in a new location down the road, but for now the Kenmore/Garfield Golden Rams will be located on 13th Street SW in Akron.

For the full interview with Joe Vassalotti discussing some of the coaching changes in the APS, click here.

 

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Monday, 19 June 2017 17:47

AUDIO Sam and Brad Wager Of The Day

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

 

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Monday, 19 June 2017 15:37

AUDIO Jensen Lewis Talks Surging Tribe

Former Indians pitcher and Sports Time Ohio Indians analyst Jensen Lewis spoke with Brad Russell on Monday to talk about the Tribe's sweep over the Minnesota Twins over the weekend.

The Indians will head to Camden Yards to face the Baltimore Orioles for the next four games.

 

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Friday, 16 June 2017 17:40

AUDIO Sam and Brad Wager of the Day

Sam and Brad continued the Wager of the Day on a Feel Good Friday! 

Mike in Cuyahoga Falls has the chance to win some Wing Stop if he beats Sam and Brad in the Wager of the Day! 

You can listen to the Wager of Day every Monday-Friday at 5:20pm on 1590 WAKR during the Sam and Brad Show. 

 

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Matt Ludwig, University of Akron sophomore captured an NCAA Championship in the pole vault in Eugene Oregon. 

Matt caught up with the Sam and Brad Show on a Feel Good Friday to talk about his accomplishment and what lies ahead for him.

 

For the full interview, click here.

 

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Two days after the shootings in Alexandria, Virginia on GOP members practicing baseball, Washington D.C. is still shaken from the impact. The charity baseball game was always a way for both parties to come together, but this time even more so.

Congressman Jim Renacci joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about his op-ed in the Columbus Dispatch, which calls for the parties to begin working together. In his six-and-a-half years in congress, Renacci believes the political rhetoric is out of control, saying the bipartisan measures rarely get reported. He stresses the importance of the parties working together on bigger issues such as solving the debt.

The Ohio congressman was at a bipartisan breakfast when the shootings occurred, and he discussed his relationship with House Whip Steve Scalise and his fellow Republicans on the baseball field.

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Thursday, 15 June 2017 18:45

AUDIO Sam and Brad Wager of the Day

Sam and Brad got in on the Thursday edition of the Wager of the Day! 

 

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Browns beat writer Scott Petrak from the Elyria Chronicle Telegram spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about the signing of tight end David Njoku and the young receivers with the Browns.

 

For the full interview, click here.

 

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Thursday, 15 June 2017 08:57

AUDIO: Sen. Brown On Alexandria Shootings

On Wednesday, GOP members of Congress were shot at on a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, which caused a few injuries, including wounds to House Whip Steve Scalise. The Republicans were practicing for a charity baseball game at Nationals Park, with the Democrats warming up at a field a few miles away.

It was decided the game will go on. Current US senator and former member of the Democrat baseball team, Sherrod Brown, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about the shooting. Brown wants something to be done about the violence in the country, and hopes President Trump can be “more of a healer and not a divider” in times like these.

As far as the charity baseball game goes, Brown says the game must go on, believing a cancellation of it would “look cowardly."

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Ohio State men's basketball coach Chris Holtmann joined the guys Wednesday to talk about his new challenge leading the Buckeyes back to national prominence on the hardwood. 

 

For the full interview, click here. 

 

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 19:41

AUDIO Sam and Brad Wager of the Day

Sam and Brad got into the Wager of the Day on a Tuesday live at Canal Park!

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 15:58

AUDIO Cavs Fall Short, Look To Regroup

Tom Withers from the Associated Press joined the Sam and Brad Show Tuesday to recap the Cavaliers season as they lost the NBA Finals series 4-1 to the Golden State Warriors.

 

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Remember the days of shopping for clothes at Sears? What about the Blue Light Specials at Kmart? Those days are rapidly becoming a distant memory, thanks to the way retail has changed in the age of the internet.

Jonathan Walsh, consumer reporter at WEWS/News 5 in Cleveland, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about the near and distant future of retail stores. Walsh says traditional malls and brick-and-morter stores have fallen by the wayside as far as what the customer wants. Young buyers are looking to spend their money on attractions than straight retail.

Because the consumer wants to spend their dollars on entertainment in addition to retail, Walsh believes destination shopping centers such as Crocker Park and Legacy Village are still doing fine.

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Monday, 12 June 2017 18:05

AUDIO Sam and Brad Wager of the Day

Sam, Brad, and Ben Thomas got in on the Monday edition of the Wager of the Day! 

 

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Paul Hoynes from Cleveland.com and the Cleveland Plain Dealer joined Sam and Brad to talk about the Indians as they prepare to face the Dodgers on Tuesday.

He says the team is starting to play better after a rough patch against the Rockies and the Kansas City Royals.

 

For the full interview with Hoynsie, click here.

 

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Rick Noland of the Medina Gazette joined the Sam and Brad Show Monday ahead of Game #5 between the Cavaliers and Warriors tonight.

 

For the full interview, click here.

 

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Friday, 09 June 2017 17:49

AUDIO Sam and Brad Wager of the Day

Sam and Brad along with Ben Thomas got in on the Feel Good Friday edition of the Wager of the Day!

 

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Former NBA veteran Eddie Johnson and Sirius XM Radio Host Eddie Johnson joined Sam and Brad Friday ahead of Game #4 between the Cavaliers and Warriors.

 

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Greg Papa from 95.7 The Game in the Bay Area joined Sam and Brad live on site at the Q ahead of the Cavaliers and Warriors in Game #4 of the NBA Finals.

 

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At a council meeting on Thursday evening, the topic of what to do with Davenport Park in Ellet was discussed. The basketball courts at the park have been closed over the last month due to reported gunshots, obscene language, and marijuana.

Ward 6 councilman Bob Hoch provided the update on the Ray Horner Morning Show, and the update is the courts remain closed. Some residents want the courts permanently closed, while others feel the temporary closure is necessary. Some have made this an issue of race, to which Hoch has gone on record to deny.

Hoch says the park itself will remain open, but the basketball courts will be padlocked through the summer season, perhaps longer, until a formulated plan is in place. This marks the third time in the last 25 years these courts have been closed.

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 18:16

AUDIO Sam and Brad Wager of the Day

Sam and Brad got into the Thursday edition of the Wager of the Day! 

You can hear the Wager of the Day every Monday-Friday on 1590 WAKR around 5:20pm! 

 

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 17:50

AUDIO Nate Ulrich Discusses Browns OTA's

Sam and Brad caught up with Nate Ulrich from the Akron Beacon Journal to talk a little Browns OTA's on a Thursday afternoon.

 

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 16:19

AUDIO Russell: Do Or Die For Game #4

FoxSports Ohio's Campy Russell joined the guys on Thursday to talk about the Cavs' deflating Game #3 loss in the NBA Finals against the Warriors.

 

For the full interview, click here.

 

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Rafael  Hernandez Brito spoke with Sam and Brad ahead of Game #3 between the Cavs and Warriors in the NBA Finals.

 

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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 20:23

AUDIO Pluto: It All Starts With Defense

Terry Pluto from Cleveland.com and Cleveland Plain Dealer joined Sam and Brad live on site to join the guys ahead of Game #3 of the NBA Finals at the Q.

 

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Sam Amico from Amico Hoops joined the Sam and Brad Show Tuesday ahead of Game #3 between the Cavs and Warriors at the Q Wednesday.

He said the role players have to have more of an impact if they are to win on Wednesday.

 

For the full interview, click here.

 

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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 18:03

AUDIO Sam and Brad Wager of the Day

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

 

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Sam and Brad spoke with former McKinley Bulldog and Ohio State point guard Ron Stokes Tuesday to talk about Thad Matta's decision to step down from Ohio State University.

Stokes serves as a color analyst on the Ohio State-IMG Sports Network.  He discussed how Thad ran his program at OSU in the right way and the next steps as far as how the university will find it's next head basketball coach.

 

The full interview can be heard here.

 

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Tim Stried from the OHSAA spoke with Sam and Brad Tuesday to talk about the changes coming to the OHSAA in both playoff format and Divisions I-VII.

 

For the full interview, click here.

 

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After 13 seasons, the Thad Matta era at Ohio State is officially over. Matta resigned due to chronic foot problems, though this seemed to be a mutual parting of ways with Buckeye brass.

Paul Keels, the voice of Buckeye football and basketball, told the Ray Horner Morning Show he was shocked to see Matta resign this quick. Keels says the former coach was “a dream” to cover, calling him a “world-class person.”

The OSU voice has heard from inside sources that Matta’s health may have led to a negative effect on recruiting, though he won’t rule out coaching again in the future. As far as a replacement, Keels mentioned a few names to fill the coaching shoes, and that Gene Smith and the athletic department are trying to find the right coach.

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Monday, 05 June 2017 17:09

AUDIO Thad Matta Era Comes To Close

After 13 seasons patrolling the sidelines in Columbus,  the Thad Matta era has come to an end at The Ohio State University.

Fighting back emotions during a Monday afternoon press conference, Thad thanked a litany of individuals who were instrumental in his success at OSU with the men's basketball program, but the most important catalysts during this run, where his players.

"Those are the guys that get the job done for me," Matta said. "And 'I'm grateful to them."

Matta leaves as Ohio State's all-time winningest basketball coach with 337 wins.

Matta expressed  that his time in Columbus was the greatest time of his coaching life, and when asked how he wanted his tenure with the Buckeyes to be remembered, it goes way beyond wins and losses.

"That to me is something I'm going to hang my hat on is that this program was run the right way," Matta said. 

Now that he has stepped down at Ohio State, Matta discussed his #1 goal moving forward is staying healthy.

Matta and Athletic Director Gene Smith said the two came to a mutual understanding that a change was needed in leadership of the men's basketball program.  Smith says the search for a successor will come immediately.

Ben Axelrod from Land of 10.com joined the Sam and Brad Show Monday afternoon to offer his take on Matta's decision.
 
 
 
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Sam and Brad spoke with Tallmadge head coach Kenny Linn to talk about the school's baseball title in Division II.

It's the first state championship for the Blue Devils in 15 seasons and coach Linn discussed the key cogs in this year's special season.

 

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Sam and Brad spoke with Jackson Polar Bears head baseball coach Bill Gamble about the team's state championship victory in Columbus this weekend over Strongsville.

 

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