Monday, 01 August 2016 08:15

AUDIO: Local Politicians Remember Russ Pry

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The passing of county executive Russ Pry has shaken up a lot of people, both citizens and politicians alike. But his impact was felt across the entire region, and just not politically.

First, Mayor Dan Horrigan, a close friend of his for many years, spoke about dealing with Russ on a personal and professional level.

Marco Sommerville also dealt with Russ on different projects throughout the years, and he talked of the county executive’s efforts on keeping jobs in the Akron area.

There were plenty of local connections at the Republican National Convention, especially since it was held just a few minutes up I-77 in Cleveland. But who from the Akron area made the trip east on I-76 to Philadelphia for the DNC?

Isabel Framer from Copley did, and she joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about her experiences. Isabel is part of the DNC board of directors at-large, and she discussed being present for Hillary Clinton accepting the presidential nomination, as well as the unity between Clinton’s and Bernie Sanders’s camp.

The Copley superdelegate was one of the few local connections in Philadelphia, with a list that included Senator Sherrod Brown and Congressman Tim Ryan.

For about a half-century, Cleveland, Ohio seemed to be the butt of many jokes both locally and nationally. Well, that may have been the case until 2016, the summer when the Cavaliers hoisted up the Larry O’Brien trophy, and the Republican National Convention was handled quite smoothly.

Jennifer Kramer, the Senior Communications Manager at Destination Cleveland, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the emotional and economical impact these events have had on the region. Jennifer said she does not have the hard data in as far as economic intake, but response seems to be quite positive, with many saying Cleveland should house more national events of this caliber.

Some tough questions lay ahead for Akron Public Schools in the near and distant future. APS brass understands the concerns from the community on the future of the local schools, but can the buildings function with such decreased enrollment?

Superintendent of Akron Public Schools, David James, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to recap his address at Kenmore High School from last night. Enrollment, or lack thereof, was at the forefront of the conversation, with talks of closing or merging schools being mentioned. A possibility brought up was having Kenmore merge with Innes CLC, among other brainstorms.

James was asked why not keep the status quo. The superintendent said some of these schools are only at half capacity, and by merging the students into a magnet school, it will help cut costs and save taxpayer money. James also said they will receive state funding from the state level soon.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 08:29

AUDIO: Matthew Wilson Takes over UA Presidency

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The University of Akron continues to go through a transition process, specifically after the resignation of former president Scott Scarborough back in May. But the effort to push through the poor publicity continues.

The dean of the University of Akron College of Law, Matthew Wilson, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about him being named interim president. Wilson will tackle the presidency until the trustees pick a permanent choice.

Wilson has been with the university since 2014. Prior to coming to Akron, he held a similar position with the University of Wyoming College of Law.

Thursday, 07 July 2016 08:29

AUDIO: Sen. Rob Portman Looks To Pass CARA

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The outbreak of heroin continues to spread, and it is happening in our own backyard. In the Akron area, there were 15 reported overdoses on heroin in a ten-hour span. Senator Rob Portman joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk CARA, the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act. Portman has been passionate about this issue, and has been looking to get it passed with a bipartisan effort. The Ohio senator wants to educate people, both addicts and non-users, about the dangers of opiates, as heroin overdoses have become the number-one accidental death in the state of Ohio, losing five or six people a day on average. Portman warns of the dangers of pill overdose, as four out of five heroin addicts were exposed to the opiates from prescription medication. In Ohio, according to Portman, there have been about as many heroin overdoses already in 2016 than there were in all of 2015.

The city of Ravenna is in the running for a new military training center. Well, that is if there is a running.

Frank Seman, the mayor of Ravenna, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss this possible expansion of the Missile Defense Agency. Mayor Seman says there is 22,000 acres at the arsenal, and there are studies done as to how much land would be required for the site.

Ravenna is competing with cities in Michigan and New York for this billion-dollar defense system, which could employ 400 people.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 10:02

Mayor Horrigan on the Bridgestone, Rolling Acres

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The celebration in Akron continues, from the LeBron James party at Lock 3 last week to the Bridgestone Invitational this week. As the mayor said, there is a lot of civic pride going around the area.

Dan Horrigan, the mayor of Akron, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss all the bells and whistles that go into the Bridgestone week. The mayor talked about the commitment by the volunteers, and how the area prepares itself for such an event.

Speaking of the area surrounding Akron, the city is in possession of what is left of Rolling Acres Mall. Horrigan says the city is researching how much it will cost to demolish the decrepit structure, and assures the listeners they have plenty of ideas for the site. “[We’ll see] what’s the best fit for the city, the best fit for the future,” says the mayor.

Thursday, 23 June 2016 09:38

Joe Tait Touches On 2016 Cavs, His Health

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He may not be following the Cleveland Cavaliers as close as he used to, but hall of fame broadcaster Joe Tait is happy for them. Even if he only caught just one game last season.

The long-time play-by-play man for the now-world champion Cavs joined the Ray Horner Morning Show, and he discussed the his viewing of Sunday’s historic Game 7, as well as the leadership growth in LeBron James over the years. Prior to 2016, Joe reflected on the Miracle of Richfield Cavaliers, who, in his opinion, was the best Cavs team he ever called.

In serious news, about a month ago, Joe contracted sepsis and has been in and out of the hospital. Joe says if he waited two more days to get treated, he may not be here. In addition to the blood poisoning, some cancer was discovered in his body. However, Joe says he is feeling a lot better.

Was it fair to call “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” a one-hit wonder? Maybe the song itself was, but Vicki Lawrence carved out a nice career for herself, through thick and thin.

Vicki has accomplished all of this while battling CIU, a disease she did not have previous knowledge of. She joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to raise awareness for CIU & You, a condition that affects 1.5 million people.

In addition to educating the listeners on CIU, Vicki chatted about her long career and how she became a member of the Carol Burnett Show ensemble. “Mama” even paid a visit, too.

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