The strength of the Cleveland Indians in the last few seasons has been the starting pitching. So how will they fare in 2016?

Tribe pitching coach Mickey Callaway joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to gloss over the hurlers in spring training and to give the fans a peak into what is ahead. Calloway has gained accolades for molding the young arms and helping the pitching staff become one of the best in baseball.

Callaway talked to Ray about the staff as a whole, from who will round out the rest of the rotation, to who will make up the rest of the bullpen.

Monday, 14 March 2016 07:17

AUDIO: Wadsworth Coach Celebrates State Title

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For the first time in nearly 20 years, the Wadsworth girls basketball team brought the title back to Medina County.

Head coach Andy Booth joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss their 56-51 victory over Mason, as well as the championship run. Coach Booth touched on the clutch free throw shooting down the stretch, and the season-long play from senior Jodi Johnson.

The Grizzlies were up big at halftime, but Mason closed the game to within three with just two minutes to go. But Wadsworth remained resilient and took home their first title since their ’96-’97 campaign.

We’ve all heard stories about identity theft, and some folks have had it happen to them. Theft has even been detected in tax returns.

Congressman Jim Renacci joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about consumer protection and how to inform the people. Rep. Renacci also mentioned his hosting Military Academy Day on March 19th, which will be in Green.

Renacci also shared thoughts on the upcoming Ohio primary. "I feel the frustration of the American people, said Renacci. ”And I have to live it every day.”

Tuesday, 08 March 2016 09:32

AUDIO: Dru Joyce On STVM Playoff Run

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The St. Vincent-St. Mary Fighting Irish have been on a terror this season, compiling a record of 20-4 and routinely posting 70 points or more per game.

Dru Joyce, the head coach of the Fighting Irish, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss their playoff run and to preview their matchup versus Youngstown-Ursuline. Coach Joyce has a very deep team, and can play 12 guys a game, as opposed to most high school teams, who will sometimes just dress 7-9 players.

The Irish take on Ursuline on Thursday evening at the Canton Civic Center in the regional semifinals.

They don’t call Akron the Rubber City for nothing.

According to Fortune magazine, Goodyear has been recognized as the World’s Most Admired Tiremaker for the fourth year in a row. Keith Price, Goodyear’s director of media relations, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss this honor.

Price brought up the accomplishments of the company as a whole, which employs over 66,000 people across 49 facilities in 22 countries. Being the most admired tiremaker, Price mentioned the painstaking testing effort the company makes to ensure their product is the best on the roads.

Goodyear is featured in the current issue of Fortune magazine, as well as its online forum.

Wednesday, 02 March 2016 08:38

AUDIO: GM Communications Director On New Chevy Cruze

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The end of February and beginning of March in Northeast Ohio means it's Auto Show time. Each year, hundreds of new and concept cars are delivered to the I-X Center in Cleveland, and avid car fans wonder what will be on the roads next.

Fred Ligouri, the East Region communications director for General Motors, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss what is next for Chevy, including the new Cruze. The local tie-in, of course, is the Cruze is assembled in nearby Lordstown, Ohio, a short drive east on I-80.

Tuesday, 01 March 2016 08:09

AUDIO: Dr. Bob Arnot On Health Benefits Of Coffee

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We have heard plenty of stories about coffee over the years, ranging from positive to negative. But recent studies have shown that not only can that first cup of joe be good for you, but it may be the healthiest substance you will put in your system all day.

Dr. Bob Arnot joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the health benefits of coffee. According to Dr. Arnot, coffee has overtaken red wine as being the new "superfood," if consumed in moderation. In addition to the physical benefits of coffee, Dr. Arnot believes it is doing wonders for mental health, including helping depression.

Tuesday, 01 March 2016 07:29

AUDIO: Nathan Phinney on Stark State, Malone Pact

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Students have always been weary of starting their post-high school education at a community college, due to the question of whether all or most of their credits will transfer to their next school. Now, a pact between Stark State and Malone University will help the process.

Nathan Phinney, interim dean and provost at Malone University, called into the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the transition. Phinney explained how students both past and present can have their credits easily transfer to Malone after receiving their associate’s degree.

Thursday, 25 February 2016 07:46

AUDIO: Dr. Margo Erme On Bed Bug Prevention, Awareness

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On Sunday, the Cleveland Cavaliers took down the Oklahoma City Thunder, 115-92, but they did so without PG Kyrie Irving. The team informed the media he had "flu-like symptoms," but Irving was "freaked" out by the bed bugs in his hotel room and couldn't suit up.

What are bed bugs? Where do they come from? How does one get rid of them? Dr. Margo Erme, the Medical Director at the Summit County Health District, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to inform the listeners how these critters enter your bed, and how one can prevent them from slithering in.

Each month, the (new) mayor of Akron will stop in the WAKR studios to discuss the goings on throughout the city and what is on his plate for the coming months. Dan Horrigan will also take your calls during each visit, at (330) 370-1590.

Horrigan sat down on the Ray Horner Morning Show to recap his first full month as mayor, along with the growth of education in the area, from kindergarten through post-high school. Specifically, the Akron mayor talked about welcoming Stark State Community College into Summit County, and touched on David James’s State of the Schools Address.

On James’s speech, Horrigan congratulated Akron Public Schools for their impressive turnaround, and how they’re “changing the narrative” about urban public schools. "I’m happy to be a part of it, helping them grow, too.”

Horrigan also addressed the housing situation in the Akron area. A stat the mayor brought up was how there have been more homes built during the Great Depression than in recent history. The mayor is in favor of saving homes and properties, if they are indeed salvageable.