Tony Mazur

Tony Mazur

Long gone are the days of the model cars and Lionel train sets. Today’s kids, and even adults, want what’s hot in the world of electronics. But which product is right for the consumer?

Mark Welfley of Welfley Technologies in Fairlawn joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss hot items for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Welfley says the market on laptop and desktop computers has decreased significantly due to the explosion of smartphones and tablets.

Mark also talked about the jargon that one can hear about computers. What is RAM? Apple products or Dell? iPhone or Android?

Highland senior Ashley Mennenga is the female 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week for November 24-December 1.

Ashley is beginning her senior season as a star swimmer for the Hornets, though her time in the pool will be pushed back. An overuse injury to her right arm will keep her out of the water for a bit, but she plans to be back to her old form.

That form was ever present as an underclassman. Ashley is a two-time Suburban League MVP, first-team All-Gazette, four-time All-Ohio, USA Swimming Scholastic All-American, among other accolades.

"I’ve been swimming competitively since eight grade,” says Ashley, evidently a quick learner, though she took swim lessons many years before that. As for the her fellow Hornets, she says “I’ve been really fortunate to have great coaches and teammates."

When she’s not in the pool, Ashley is very active at Highland High School. She is a member of the National Honor Society, an office aid, and a mentor to sixth graders. She also volunteers at her church and helps those with special needs.

After high school, Ashley will attend the University of Cincinnati, with physical therapy being her preferred major. She plans on swimming for the Bearcats.

"I’ve been really fortunate to have great physical therapists who have been really great to get me going, so I wanted to make that difference in an athlete’s life.”

This week, our 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is Javann Rogers, a sophomore basketball player from Buchtel High School.

Rogers says she's excited for the season to start and make things happen on the hardwood.

“We're hoping to make it farther than the city, we want to go to state,” she says. “We're advancing (on the court) because we have a young team this year.”

The Lady Griffins were City Series Champions last season and lost to Marlington in the second round two years in a row.

Javann is an honors student at Buchtel, and she knows the balance between school and sports is necessary. Last year in addition to her work in the classroom being on both the honor roll and merit roll, she was 2nd team All-City last season.

She is a two-sport athlete playing both basketball and softball, but basketball is truly a family affair, as her older siblings played and her mother coached as well.

Off the court, Javann shares her love of the game coaching as a volunteer basketball coach for Ladies First in Akron, for whom she used to play in her younger days.

She says her teammates now with the Lady Griffs have been known to share a good practical joke or two during their time on the court.

“There's times we're serious, there's times we play, but we know to get back serious and work hard,” she explained.

We here at 1590 WAKR wish Javann the best in all of her future endeavors.

Madalynn Buttler is week's female 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week.

Madalynn is a sophomore volleyball player for the Wildcats. She has been first-team All-PTC, as well as being named Player of the Year All-District.

She is actually coached by her mother, head volleyball coach Jessica Butler. When asked what it's like playing with her mom as coach, Madalynn says “It's very interesting, but she is a great coach and she always wants whats best for the team."

Math is Madalynn’s favorite subject, and she enjoys being a student mentor at Mogadore. Madalynn plans on studying occupational therapy in college, while also continuing her volleyball career.

Occupational therapy interests because of her ability to work with all different age groups and people. She is currently looking at schools that offer occupational therapy courses.

Congratulations to Madalynn Buttler, this week’s female 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week.

Norton senior Bret Baker is the male 1590 WAKR student athlete of the week for November 10-17.

Bret is a star on the wrestling mats for the Panthers, and he will be moving up from the 138 weight class to 145 for his senior season.

From a young age, Bret has been involved in wrestling, having done so for twelve years.

"My dad got me into [wrestling], and I stuck with it ever since,” he says. "It [takes] a lot of mental toughness.”

In his junior year, Bret finished seventh in the state in Division II and was named team MVP for the Panthers

Though he is putting the finishing touches on his senior year at Norton, Bret spends very little time at the high school. He isn’t playing hooky, mind you; Bret spends most of his school days taking college prep classes at Stark State College.

When he is not wrestling, Bret can be seen in the grass somewhere, either on a baseball field or a golf course. In his free time, he enjoys unwinding on his Xbox.

After graduation, Bret is looking to further his education at either Akron or Kent State. The field of medicine runs in the Baker family, and Bret seems to have caught the medical bug, as he looks to major in NEOMED.

“I may wrestle,” he says at the next level. “But I’m definitely focusing on academics."

Wednesday, 08 November 2017 09:52

AUDIO: 2017 Election Roundup

The local elections for 2017 have now come and gone. While it was not a loaded election as far as major issues, there were points of interest on the ballot that were important to the communities. These were discussed on the Ray Horner Morning Show.

In Cuyahoga Falls, incumbent Don Walters keeps his seat in the mayor’s office in a race over Susan Hale.

The Clerk of Courts race was tightly-contested and came down to the wire, but incumbent Jim Laria won by a whisker over Jeff Fusco.

A much-needed school levy was passed in Coventry, a community that has had their share of issues passing levies over the years. Lisa Blough, their superintendent, is excited about the next chapter.

An upbeat Jeff Ramnytz, the superintendent at Barberton schools, talked about their passage of their levy.

Not all the school levies passed. Woodridge schools did not pass theirs, and neither did Norton. Dana Addis, the superintendent at Norton, talked about how they will regroup.

This week's male Student Athlete of the Week is Spencer Robinson from Woodridge High School.

Spencer is standout senior on the Bulldogs football team, coached by Jeff Decker. In addition to his football prowess, Spencer also wrestles at Woodridge.

As for attending Woodridge, Spencer enjoys the atmosphere at the school, and likes how close-knit he is with his fellow classmates.

In addition to athletics, Spencer is a member of FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), and he plans on continuing his education at the University of Mount Union.

Spencer is a huge fan of all the Cleveland pro sports teams, especially the Browns. "I hope someday that they will eventually turn it around," he says.

This week, our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Talia Kirksey a junior volleyball player for East and a student at STEM High School.

Talia carries her leadership on an off the volleyball court, as a member of Student Council and a Junior Class Officer, as well as a captain on the volleyball team. She says she likes the team aspect of the game has always been a draw for her.

“No one person can win the game,” Talia says. “We all have to work as one heartbeat.”

Kirksey carries a 4.3 GPA and in addition to her time on the court, she is also a varsity cheerleader and runs track as well.

She says one of her favorite memories as a cheerleader was supporting the football team during their deep playoff run during the 2016 season.

Kirksey says she plans on majoring in Biomedical Engineering upon graduation in 2019, and plans on being a pediatric doctor.

“I enjoy working with kids, Talia explained. “I've had many volunteer opportunities (involving kids).”

One of those ventures is the Fadia Young Women's Program in Akron, which helps inner city youth.

We here at 1590 WAKR wish Talia the best in all of her future endeavors.

Thursday, 02 November 2017 09:52

AUDIO: Bernie Kosar Learns To Scramble

The current state of the Cleveland Browns will make a segment of fans to pine for the old days. The most recent glory days for the Browns came some thirty years ago, and that team had a quarterback from nearby Boardman, Ohio.

Bernie Kosar joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to promote his new book, Learning to Scramble. Kosar says the book is about some of the life lessons he learned in Northeast Ohio, from growing up in a blue-collar steel town to a blue-collar football town.

The former Browns QB also shared his thoughts on the current team, where he used be a preseason color commentator. Bernie is disappointed in how the team has been managed over the years, and it believes the losing is causing some apathy within the fanbase.

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