The downfall of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein continues to spiral as more actors and those around the industry have claimed some form of harassment. Not only have many already come forward, but others have mentioned they have known about Weinstein’s transgressions for years and even decades.

Sexual harassment has been a sticking point not just in Hollywood circles, but also our workplaces. Attorney and former mayor of Peninsula, Mike Kaplan, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the protocol and the reporting process of harassment in work environments.

Kaplan touched on possible grey areas in sexual harassment suits, as well as the blatant ones. In criminal cases, where it goes beyond workplace protocol, Kaplan mentions the difference between sexual conduct and sexual contact.

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Make that 21 wins in a row for the Cleveland Indians, an American League record for consecutive victories. This is a feat that has not happened in nearly a century, and it takes a team effort.

Tom Hamilton, the voice of the Tribe, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about what he has seen from the broadcast booth. Hamilton believes the Indians turned their season around in the month of August, when they had to face a number of above.-500 teams, which he says was a separator. He points to the two starts against Chris Sale where the offense “manhandled” the Cy Young hopeful.

Going forward, the Indians’ voice talked about what to expect when Jason Kipnis and Andrew Miller are healthy, as well as if fans will see Michael Brantley again this season.

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After six seasons, four all-star game appearances, three NBA Finals visits, and one championship, Kyrie Irving is now a member of the Boston Celtics.

John Michael, the play-by-play voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers, talked to the Ray Horner Morning Show about the Irving trade, with brought Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, and a future first round draft pick to town. Michael talked about the value the Cavs received from the pick, in that it addresses the need for another scoring point guard, a solid defender, and a pick for the future.

The voice of the Cavs also shared his thoughts on the falling out between Irving and LeBron James, how that relationship was beyond repair and needed a fix. Michael also addressed rumors on a potential buyout for Dwayne Wade with the Chicago Bulls, with many believing the aging shooting guard would head to Cleveland.

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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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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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Derby Downs is abuzz, and this week is all about the 2017 FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby.

Mark Gerberich was recently named president of the Soap Box Derby, and he spoke with the Ray Horner Morning Show about taking over that position, as well as what is on the docket for derby week.

Jeff Iula, a derby historian who wrote a book about his experiences, joined Ray’s show to discuss the fanfare surrounding the derby, both past and present.

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Voters across the country have long clamored for transparency among their politicians. At least in Akron city council, that method is being applied.

Ward 5 councilwoman Tara Mosley-Samples has been an advocate for streaming council meetings, and this vision is about to become a reality. She joined the Ray Horner Morning Show in studio to talk about the purpose for showing the goings on during these meetings.

Mosley-Samples shared her thoughts on the tax hike first proposed by Mayor Dan Horrigan, as well as the residential property tax abatement.

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Thursday, 29 June 2017 09:03

AUDIO: Sen. Brown On Healthcare Divide

The revised healthcare bill continues to be split down party lines, though some in the GOP are not exactly falling in line with their counterparts, either.

Senator Sherrod Brown joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to break down the mood in Washington, at least on his side of the spectrum. Senator Brown believes the revised healthcare bill, spearheaded by Mitch McConnell, is nothing more than “a tax cut bill” that will only help those the rich. Brown says cutting Medicaid will hurt those in states like Ohio getting treatments for opioids.

In addition to healthcare, Senator Brown discussed cyber threats and President Trump’s travel ban, which he does not believe was executed properly and could be considered illegal.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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The United States pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord was not popular with everyone, but supporters on the Republican side of the spectrum were pleased.

Congressman Jim Renacci was one of those Republicans, and he joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss it. Renacci says being part of the climate accord would have been a costly endeavor for the US, and the focus should be domestic. The former Wadsworth mayor is happy to see jobs in the coal industry making a comeback.

Rep. Renacci also touched on the attacks in London, calling them “heartbreaking.” He has been a staunch supporter of the Travel Ban, and attacks such as London and Manchester prove why the United States needs to be protected.

Much like the president, Renacci has not always been a politician. Recently, he was endorsed by Bikers For Trump and Citizens For Trump, and he shared the gratitude he has for his supporters early on in his race for the governorship.

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After nearly 30 years, the Innerbelt is no more, and there have been questions about what will be done with all of that land. Those questions are being addressed by community leaders as far as long-term planning.

One of those community leaders is mayor Dan Horrigan, who joined the Ray Horner Morning Show in studio. Horrigan believes they have a "blank canvas" to change the physical landscape of downtown Akron. Having all of that land “fall into [their] laps” is “a once in a generation thing,” so the city is taking their time to develop plans.

As far as what will be done, the mayor says their timetable for those said plans should be by the end of the calendar year.

In addition to the Innerbelt, Horrigan also discussed how the University of Akron has turned around in the last year with university president Matthew Wilson, as well as the future of Davenport Park in Ellet.

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Cities across the nation such as Barberton are on watch in terms of their federal funding with President Trump’s proposed budget for 2018. In the budget, the president is calling for a $2.7 billion reduction in spending, and city leaders wonder what services could be cut.

Bill Judge, the mayor of Barberton, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about his trip to Washington DC and how his town could be affected. Judge traveled to DC to plead his case for more funding for Barberton, justifying how Barberton spends its federal grant money.

Judge says the trip to the nation’s capital was a positive one, though not without their questions. But he believes representatives from both sides of the aisle know the concerns of Barberton and will fight for its residents.

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After some gunfire, the rims on the basketball courts are coming down at Davenport Park, and the future of the Ellet park is actively being addressed.

Ward 6 councilman Bob Hoch joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss ongoing problems at the park and how the city will handle them. Hoch has heard numerous complaints from parents about the amount of littering, foul language, and drug use being used by park-goers. Hoch has heard from residents about a complete closure of the park.

These problems are not unique to just Davenport. Other parks in the Akron area have been the subject of scrutiny, and city council plans on addressing these next week.

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In 1997, the cities of Akron and Chemnitz, from the Free State of Saxony, Germany became official Sister Cities. Now, the two towns are celebrating the twentieth anniversary of their partnership.

Mayor Dan Horrigan has welcomed Barbara Ludwig, the mayor of Chemnitz, to town and had a full slate of meetings and events to showcase the Akron area. One of those events was an in-studio interview on the Ray Horner Morning Show.

Through an interpreter, Mayor Ludwig talks about the cultural exchanges throughout the relationship between the cities. Both towns have a rich industrial backgrounds, and Ludwig touched on the opportunities to bring jobs back to the areas.

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Stark State College is Summit County’s first community college, and the expansion into the Akron area seems to look quite promising.

Dr. Para Jones, president of Stark State University, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to update the listeners on the enrollment and construction of the new site. Dr. Jones talked about the temporary site on White Pond Drive, which just opened last November, and the growth of the enrollment and interest in gaining an associate’s degree.

Plans for the grand opening of the downtown Akron facility look to be completed for the fall of 2018.

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2017 marks the twentieth anniversary of Canal Park and the Akron baseball franchise. A major figure in getting the baseball team into downtown Akron was former mayor Don Plusquellic.

It has been two full years since Plusquellic stepped down as mayor, and he gave an update on his life on the Ray Horner Morning Show. Plusquellic talked about the impact Canal Park has had on downtown development, which includes the housing, the pubs and restaurants, and Lock 3 Park.

Looking back after two years away, Plusquellic is proud all he and his administration accomplished. He was glad to have kept the corruption out of the office, and believes he did all he could to bring jobs back to Akron, especially in the rubber industry. He also shared his thoughts on the Kenmore-Garfield merger.

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A disagreement between the mayor and council came down Tuesday night over sewer bills and potential discounts for landlords. Both Mayor Dan Horrigan and Ward 4 councilman Russ Neal separately joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to bring up their arguments over these rates.

First, Mayor Horrigan explained his point of view on these particular utilities, acknowledging the difference between property owners and residents.

Councilman Neal, who has a background in real estate, shared his counterpoint.

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After starting the year 3-3, Progressive Field will open its gates for the first time since the World Series. To get the fans set for Tuesday’s home opener, Ray Horner interviewed a long list of Tribe personnel throughout the morning.

Jim Rosenhaus - Indians Radio Network

Curtis Danburg - Senior Director, Communications

Bob DiBiasio - Senior VP, Public Affairs

Tom Hamilton - Indians Radio Network

Paul Dolan - CEO

Mike Chernoff - General Manager

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With John Kasich’s term as governor ending in 2018, a collection of names have either confirmed or have been rumored to run. Could Jim Renacci one of them?

Congressman Renacci joined the Ray Horner Morning Show, and said he is definitely considering a run for governor. Based on the 2016 election, Renacci believes the people are “fed up” with career politicians, and that the voters would like to see a change.

Rep. Renacci also touched on Obamacare, which he believes should be “dismantled,” as well as the revised travel ban.

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There is a who’s who list of names rumored to join the race for governor once John Kasich’s term is complete. One of those is a familiar name from right down the road. Betty Sutton is one of the two confirmed Democrats to enter the race, and she stopped in studio with the Ray Horner Morning Show. Sutton talked about her decision to run, as well as how her experience in the House of Representatives can help expand the job growth in Ohio. The other confirmed candidates are fellow Democrat Joe Schiavoni and Republican Mary Taylor. Other names rumored have been AG Mike DeWine, Rep. Jim Renacci, and Secretary of State Jon Husted.

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A fixture at Ellet High School for nearly four decades, Joe Yost has decided to call it a career. Yost called into the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about his long tenure with the Orangemen, which included 23 winning seasons and a collection of shared and outright City Series titles. Why retire now? “I just thought it was the right time,” says Yost.

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He’s a master impressionist and comedian, and he will be in our backyard this Friday.

Frank Caliendo called into the Ray Horner Morning Show to promote his comedy show at the Hard Rock Rocksino. But Caliendo was not alone, as Charles Barkley, John Madden, Jon Gruden, and President Donald Trump also paid a visit.

Caliendo talked to Ray about the process of how long it takes to perfect a voice, as well as finding the right celebrity to imitate.

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On Wednesday, the superintendent of Akron Public Schools addressed the state of the district over the last year and what is to come for the rest of 2017.

David James joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to recap what was brought up at Quaker Station. Among the topics were the health academy, the financial state of the district, and the update on the Kenmore-Garfield project.

A point of discussion was the research into students who may not necessarily be college material. James has been looking to help keep these students interested in the trades engaged and career oriented.

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His long NBA head coaching career began a few miles up the road in Richfield, Ohio. Now, he spent a few minutes speaking in his old stomping grounds.

George Karl, long-time head coach in the NBA, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss his new and controversial book, Furious George. Karl reflected on his coaching career, which included stops in Golden State, Seattle, Milwaukee, Denver, Sacramento, and of course Cleveland. He also talked about working his way up the coaching ranks, and touched on the Cavaliers’ championship run in 2016.

Karl is one of nine coaches who have won over 1,000 games in their coaching careers, finishing with 1,175. He wrapped up his career in 2016 with the Sacramento Kings.

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On Tuesday, The Knight Foundation announced there will be 144 finalists in their third-annual Knights Cities Challenge. Of those 144 finalists, eight are located in Akron, out of 4,500 applicants.

Kyle Kutuchief, director from the Knight Foundation, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about the program in general and what all goes into the challenge. According to Kutuchief, the winners will be announced in April.

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Wednesday, 14 December 2016 09:43

AUDIO: Chief Tucker Settles Into New Position

After 28 years of toiling away in the Akron Fire Department, Clarence Tucker has become the main man.

Tucker, the new Fire Chief in the city of Akron, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about his new position. Chief Tucker talked about the responsibilities of a fire fighter in 2016, a job that has changed a lot since he entered the force in 1988.

Tucker is the 19th fire chief in the city of Akron, and he says being named chief was “a dream come true.” The new chief shared some fire safety tips, which include the opportunity to obtain free smoke alarms if one gets ahold of the Red Cross. He also touched on the devastating fire that occurred on Tallmadge Avenue a few weeks back and how that could have been prevented.

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Thursday, 08 December 2016 09:05

AUDIO: Sen. Brown On John Glenn, Democrat Party

Every so often, US Senator Sherrod Brown joins the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss a slew of topics, at both the local and national level.

Senator Brown discussed a potential showdown between the Democrats and President-Elect Trump on the protection of Medicare and social security. Speaking of the Democrats, what is next for the party? Brown maintains his faith in the party, which opted to keep Nancy Pelosi as minority leader over Ohio congressman Tim Ryan.

The senator from Ohio also shared his thoughts on the declining health of another former senator, John Glenn.

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The transition from President Obama to President-Elect Trump is well underway. Just this morning, Dr. Ben Carson was named Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Congressman Jim Renacci shared his thoughts on the transition with the Ray Horner Morning Show. Renacci is pleased with said transition, feeling this is an opportunity to move government forward. He believes the Republican Party may be slowly coming together, but stresses the need for bipartisanship.

In addition to the cabinet, Rep. Renacci discussed the Cures Act and the Establishing Equity in the Hospital Readmission Program.

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Tuesday, 29 November 2016 08:11

AUDIO: Downtown Akron To Get A Facelift

In recent years, a focus on bringing the people back to the downtown area has helped transform Ohio towns such as Columbus and Cleveland. Could Akron be not far behind?

It has been announced that the heart of downtown Akron will be getting a new look in the next few years. Jeff Fusco, president of the planning committee in the city of Akron, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about the plans for new downtown development. According to Fusco, the focus has been on how to keep young professionals within city limits, which in turn will keep the businesses around, as well.

The plans are calling for 120 new apartments, which will also bring in construction jobs for said projects. Fusco calls this a “dynamic” project for the city.

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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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Tuesday, 22 November 2016 10:13

Green Weatherman Bids Farewell

After this week, television in Northeast Ohio will never be the same. For over 50 years, a weatherman from Greensburg, Ohio is calling it a career.

Dick Goddard, the long-time meteorologist at WJW in Cleveland, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about his final weather report, which will occur on November 22. Aside from his career, Dick touched on his life, which all began in the town that is now called Green. The Kent State grad is also a big football fan, which he parlayed into becoming the statistician for the Cleveland Browns for 43 years.

What is next for Mr. Goddard? He will continue to help “the four-foots," as animal assistance is his “big passion in life."

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Long gone are the days of asking for a yo-yo, a hoola-hoop, and some Lincoln Logs for the holidays. What is the newest smartphone on the market? What laptop should one get? Are PCs going obsolete?

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up within a week, Mark Welfley, owner of Welfley Technologies in Fairlawn, answered some of those tech questions on the Ray Horner Morning Show. Welfley’s tip for tech novices is to stick with the familiar brands, in that if one is an Apple fan, stay with Apple. He also mentioned the popularity of tablets and how they will eventually take the place of the standard laptop.

Welfley also talked what to look out for in terms of what the customer needs and what the product includes. On many occasions, the crossover between Apple products and Windows is quite different, so the buyer beware.

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The presidential election has sure divided many Americans, but Veterans Day is the opportunity to bring them all together.

George Janis arrived in studio for the Ray Horner Morning Show. George is a resident of Green, a graduate of Garfield High School, a long-time employee at Goodyear, a married man of 65 years, and most notably a veteran of World War II.

Mr. Janis, who is all of 90 years of age, is one of two World War II veterans being honored at the Sixth Annual Veterans Day ceremony in Green. He is also one of 41,000 living vets from the second World War, and he told the story of his service.

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The long-awaited demolition of Rolling Acres Mall is in progress, and the spot on Romig Road will soon be a vacant rubble lot. So what is next?

Dan Horrigan, the mayor of Akron, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the past, present, and future of the land. The factors for its downfall, according to the mayor, vary from suburban sprawl to online shopping. The area is roughly 55 acres in Southwest Akron, and the city is looking at the best use for the land and the best return for their investment.

Horrigan still believes in the importance of “brick and mortar” stores, and going forward, the city is looking to do what they can to keep their assets in town, rather than allowing it to spread out.

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Last week, there was a lot of talk as to whether or not Rick “The Wild Thing” Vaughn should throw out a ceremonial first pitch in the World Series. The Indians said no, but why not Roger Dorn?

Corbin Bernsen, who played Roger Dorn in 1989’s Major League, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about the movie-making process. He mentioned the writer of the film was an Indians fan and wanted to write a film about his team making it to the promised land, which pretty much happened six years later in 1

995. For many actors, it can be difficult to learn the mechanics of baseball on the fly. Corbin said he played a lot of baseball in his day, which helped him as the fictional Indians’ third baseman. He also talked about Charlie Sheen being quite the ballplayer, and could hum the ball in the 80’s.

Akron residents know Corbin well from his films 25 Hill and 3 Day Test, which were filmed in the region.

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Sure, the World Series is one of the most major events in professional sports. But next door to Progressive Field, the Cleveland Cavaliers will be receiving some shiny jewelry.

John Michael, the play-by-play voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers, called into the Ray Horner Morning Show to preview the first of 82 Cavs games in the 2016-2017 season. Michael looked at the impact from the bench, which added some new faces in Chris “Birdman” Andersen and Mike Dunleavy. The Cavs’ voice also looked at the team’s championship rival, the Golden State Warriors, as well as LeBron James’s impact in his third year back in wine and gold.

Michael also talked about the ceremony itself, in which the Cavaliers will wear their championship rings and the banner will be raised to the rafters. Tipoff is set to start at 7:30 PM. 1590 WAKR is Akron’s home of the Cavs, and you can hear them live on nights when there is no World Series game played.

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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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The proposals on what to do with Akron Public Schools’ consolidation continues, and six options are on the table being carefully reviewed. The state of Ohio will only fund one high school, which should have a capacity of over 1,000, and that would mean two of the smaller schools will have to be merged.

APS superintendent David James and treasurer Ryan Pendleton joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to recap Monday night’s meeting with Akron city council. James says the engineers are actively searching for property to build this new school, but due to high costs, the facility will most likely be constructed on APS property, specifically Garfield.

Pendleton says he feels excited about giving the Garfield and Kenmore areas new technology-rich facilities.

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It is no secret that Akron’s population has dwindled in recent decades, and with that, the enrollment at local schools decreases. However, some of the facilities need a facelift, even if it means merging schools, which will raise many questions and proposals.

Marilyn Keith, president of Akron city council, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to go over the proposals of new development. Keith says the state of Ohio will partner with Akron Public Schools to build another CLC. The new building will have to have over 1,000 students, meaning it will most likely be a combination of two high schools. North, Garfield, and Kenmore are in need of new facilities, and many surmise Garfield and Kenmore may be the two schools to merge at the Garfield site.

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Every so often, the mayor of Akron, Dan Horrigan, stops in the WAKR studios to discuss an array of topics throughout the city.

One of those topics, as mentioned on the Ray Horner Morning Show, was about the continued development in downtown Akron, which include Lock 3 and Lock 4. Mayor Horrigan took a trip to Philadelphia, and a plan is to model the civic commons after the City of Brotherly Love. The mayor mentioned he outsourced some opinions on what to do with the future of the Innerbelt to get an outside and fresh perspective.

Horrigan also talked about the initiative about retirees paying for insurance, which, as he admits, may not be the most popular moves by the city, but needed to be done.

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Thursday, 08 September 2016 07:58

AUDIO: Bill Tompkin Hopes To Keep His Hives

The sight and the sound of bees can make the burliest of men shiver. That is why a new ordinance in the city of Cuyahoga Falls may put Bill Tompkin’s beekeeping hobby out to pasture.

Tompkin, a former firefighter, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about his four beehives, and how long he may or may not hold be able to onto them. Tompkin believes this proposed ordinance is based off of “ignorance and fear,” and that most people who would walk by his property would never know about the hives.

Each of the four hives, according to Tompkin, can contain somewhere between 70 and 90,000 bees. WAKR has reached out to the city of Cuyahoga Falls, but as of this posting, we have yet to receive a response.

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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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For decades, the officiating in the NBA has been the subject of scrutiny, mainly due to its alleged ties to gambling. That all came to a head in 2007, when a rogue referee came forward and admitted to calling unfair contests because there was money on the line.

That ref was Tim Donaghy, and he called into the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the 2016 NBA Finals. Donaghy shared his thoughts on the Cavaliers and Warriors, and he touched on how far he has come since 2007, which included a trip behind bars.

Before the championship series began, Donaghy tweeted "This will be the worst officiated Finals in the history of the NBA, both sides will be furious.”

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Congressman Jim Renacci has been very vocal on his warnings about identity theft, and he is taking the appropriate steps to further prevent it from occurring in the Social Security Administration. Rep. Renacci joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss legislation on what documents are deemed necessary and unnecessary to include social security numbers through the mail.

The Ohio congressman also touched on the bill to reform the hospitals readmissions program, as well as the upcoming Republican National Convention coming through the area.

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