Tony Mazur

Tony Mazur

This week, our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Lexi Petit, a junor basketball player for Stow-Munroe Falls High School.

Lexi says that team chemistry is one of her favorite things about playing basketball for coach Bob Podges at Stow, but also a key to success for the Lady Bulldogs on the practice floor and on game nights.

“My teammates are my best friends,” Petit said. “Our whole team dynamic gets along very well, and we're like a huge, big family.”

As of this writing, the Bulldogs are 11-1 on the season.

Lexi is a team captain for the Lady Bulldogs, in addition to being a 3rd year letter-winner, and 2nd team All-Suburban League.

Petit is a two sport athlete playing both basketball and golf. She said one of her memorable moments was setting a school record with 11 assists in one game against Brecksville last week.

In her spare time, Lexi likes to play basketball, spend time with her family, and read.

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

It was announced Monday from the mayor’s office than Dan Horrigan will be eliminating three positions in his cabinet. Those positions are in communications, health and education, and community relations.

Horrigan, the mayor of Akron, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss why he made this decision. With the revenue falling short, Horrigan says he wanted accountability to start with his office. The layoffs, according to the mayor, are “purely for economics,” as this will free up close to $430,000.

Speaking of economics, Horrigan also touched on the dollar allocation from Issue 4. He explains Issue 4 is an 11-month collection, and that will not begin until February.

2018 has been met with chilly weather all across the United States. In the Akron area, temperatures have frequently hovered in the single digits. With these temperatures, what are some tips for folks on how to beat manage during the cold?

Dr. James Libecco, dermatologist at Allied Dermatology and Skincare in Fairlawn, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about how to take care of one’s skin in this climate. Dr. Libecco warns listeners of frostbite, which has the feel of a burn, so one should be aware.

As a dermatologist, Dr. Libecco also talks about the cracking and dry skin that comes in the winter. Some tips he gives to avoid dry skin are to cut down on the water temperature in the shower, use a gentler soap, and to lather up with lotion within minutes of drying off after a rinse.

Thursday, 04 January 2018 08:38

AUDIO: David James on APS School Closings

2018 has begun, but not for a lot of schools. With the extremely low temperatures, schools across Northeast Ohio have canceled classes for students, thus extending their winter breaks. But how will these dates be made up?

David James, superintendent of Akron Public Schools, talked to the Ray Horner Morning Show about schools’ protocol in calling off classes. In the past, the local districts had five allotted days to play with, but now high school students must have 1,001 hours to complete.

James says if Akron Public Schools has to miss more than the given calamity days due to weather or power outages, students will have to make up the time either after the school year or during spring break.

This week's 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Isaiah Johnson from Tallmadge High School.

Isaiah is a sophomore and plays wheelchair basketball for both the Blue Devils and the Junior Cavaliers wheelchair basketball team.

Isaiah enjoys attending Tallmadge, and he attributes a lot of his mental toughness to his mother. He says she has helped him overcome adversity, as well as the overall life challenges on a daily basis.

A long-time fan of LeBron James, Isaiah attends as many Cavalier games as he can.

Best of luck to Isaiah and his career at Tallmadge and in the future!

The 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Lauren Davis, a junior basketball player from CVCA High School.

Lauren says she got into basketball at an early age and how the camaraderie of her coaches and teammates is something special.

“It started in second grade and I played because all of my friends were playing so I decided to join in,” she said.

“I stuck with it because I like the team aspect of it and how we work together for a common goal.”

With the girls and new coach Andy O'Keefe, it's been a positive experience both on and off the court, despite the day to day grind of competing, winning, and losing.

“We're all kind of like a huge family,” Davis said. “We all pick each other up and we work together really well.”

As the team's point guard, she directs the action on the floor and helps put her teammates in position to make plays scoring the basketball.

Lauren says that her team goal is for her teammates including her to get better each and every day on the court.

In her spare time, Lauren says spending time with family is one of her favorite things to do.

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

Friday, 22 December 2017 08:57

Local Mayor Wrap-Up 2017

As 2017 wraps up, the Ray Horner Morning Show caught up with a handful of local mayors to recap the year that was, as well as a preview for 2018.

Dan Horrigan - Akron

Bill Judge - Barberton

Don Walters - Cuyahoga Falls

Gerard Neugebauer - Green

Al Bollas - New Franklin

Sara Kline - Stow

David Kline - Tallmadge

This week, the 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Ashley Forret of Manchester High School.

Ashley is a member of the Panthers basketball team, and will alternate between playing guard and forward on the floor. However, her bread and butter is defense.

"I like to hustle on defense and get rebounds," Ashley says.

Her love of sports is not just sequestered to basketball. During the fall season, Ashley is the water girl for the Manchester football team.

When she is not on the court or football sidelines, Ashley is a member of the Spanish Club, and is also the treasurer of the National Honors Society at Manchester.

After high school, Ashley is looking to stick around the state of Ohio. As of this writing, it is a toss-up between Tiffin University and the University of Cincinnati. No matter which school she chooses, Ashley wants to major in criminal justice.

Wadsworth senior Jordan Earnest is the male 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week for December 22nd-29th.

Jordan is a member of the famed Wadsworth wrestling program, and has his share of accolades to take home. He is a team captain for the Grizzlies, and in his junior year, he was named first-team All-Medina County.

He may not appear to be an intimidating presence in the heavyweight division, but Jordan is more than holding his own against opponents who tip the scales about fifty pounds heavier. Jordan has a solid training method, and though he eats what he pleases, he points to his agility for his success.

first place in North Canton Hoover, coincidentally where he spent his early years

What makes Jordan different from other high school athletes is his focus and passion is on wrestling and wrestling only. “I played football, and that’s how I got into wrestling,” he says. "I played football all the way up to my freshman year, but I just wanted to focus on wrestling, and getting better [at the sport].”

Recently, Jordan took home first place at a tournament at North Canton-Hoover, which just so happens to be the area in which he spent his early years. Since he is not a lifelong resident of Wadsworth, Jordan may have a different perspective on the school than his peers. On Wadsworth, he says he enjoys “the togetherness [of the student body], and how everyone helps each other.

When he is not on the mats, Jordan is studying hard in the classroom, and he is also a student ambassador. He will be making his way to Ohio University in the fall of 2018, and plans on wrestling for the Bobcats.

Thursday, 21 December 2017 09:43

AUDIO: Dr. John Green On Tax Cuts, Ray Bliss

The crowning achievement for year one of Donald Trump’s presidency has been the passing of the tax reform bill. The GOP has been joyous over its passage, but the opposition remains skeptical on how or if it will help the middle class.

Dr. John Green, president of the Bliss Institute at the University of Akron, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to touch on the tax bill. Dr. Green believes this is a big victory for the Republicans, but how it will play out in the long-term is a question.

Dr. Green is also the co-author of the book The Chairman: The Life and Times of Ray C. Bliss, cowritten with William Hershey. He promoted the book and the book signings on the air, and discussed the impact Dr. Bliss had on the region.

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