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.

The second phase of repealing and replacing Obamacare was rolled out last week, and this time around, the new bill helped unite more Republicans.

Congressman Jim Renacci joined the Ray Horner Morning Show, guest-hosted by Tony Mazur, to talk about his support of the bill. Renacci spoke of the importance of the new bill, and attempted to clear up any confusion over pre-existing conditions.

In addition to healthcare, Rep. Renacci also touched on President Trump’s first 100 days in office, the election in France, and the race for Ohio governor, which he is a part of.

Friday, 05 May 2017 08:49

AUDIO: Dr. Para Jones On Stark State Growth

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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.

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.

Thursday, 20 April 2017 09:52

AUDIO: Mark Welfley Shares Social Media Tips

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Easter Sunday went from a celebratory holiday to a local and national tragedy, where millions saw the death of Robert Godwin on Facebook.

One of the talking points were what Facebook could have done to avoid a situation like this, or if it could have been avoided at all. Mark Welfley from Welfley Technologies in Fairlawn joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about the dangers that can come from apps such as Facebook or Snapchat.

Welfley shared some tips on how to ensure better online safety for kids and teens. One of those tips is to go to the Settings tab and turn off the location. Another is to guide teens on proper Internet behavior, such as controlling one’s emotions and cyber bullying.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 09:38

AUDIO: Horrigan, Neal Debate Over Sewer Rates

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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.

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

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 08:15

AUDIO: Mayor Walters Discusses Front Street Project

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The Front Street project in downtown Cuyahoga Falls is ready to start, and has been met with great fanfare.

The mayor of Cuyahoga Falls, Don Walters, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the project, which passed unanimously on Monday night. The soon-to-be-former pedestrian mall will be torn up and replaced with a brand new street, park benches, and streetlights, with the underground utilities to be replaced first.

Walters says the project will begin very soon, with plans already being drawn up. His main goal is to protect the businesses already there, and the timeline is to have everything completed by 2018.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 06:57

AUDIO: Dambrot Leaving Akron For Duquesne

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After 305 wins and four trips to the NCAA Tournament in 13 years, Keith Dambrot is heading eastbound on Interstate 76. Dambrot, the now-former head coach of the Akron Zips, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about his decision to guide the Duquesne Dukes. Duquesne is familiar territory for Dambrot, as his father played there and his mother is from the Pittsburgh area. According to Dambrot, leaving the University of Akron was “the toughest decision I’ve ever made in my life, to be perfectly frank about it.” He said he was not looking around for other jobs, but the timing was right to try to turn another program around. It will be a seven-year, $7 million contract for the 58-year-old Dambrot.

Dambrot is 59 and says he doesn't want to be coaching into his 70s or 80s, and looks at the rebuilding of the Duquesne program as a great opportunity. "The timing was right and I would take one more fling to turn another program around," Dambrot said.

LISTEN to the full Dambrot interview with WAKR's Ray Horner below.

Thursday, 23 March 2017 07:11

AUDIO: Mayor Horrigan On Population, Income Study

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Some studies published the Akron Beacon Journal showed some surprising statistics about the area as far as population and median income. As is the case in many Rust Belt towns, city leaders are always looking for ways of bringing residents into the area. Akron mayor Dan Horrigan joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss what he and his associates plan to do. Horrigan looks at the residents like they are customers, and what would the customers what they want out of their city. The most important aspects of a city, according to the mayor, are job growth, safe neighborhoods, and a strong downtown. As far as the neighborhoods go, Horrigan says city planners are looking at what areas are ready and what needs to be built up. He also puts a lot of value in a city’s strengths and landmarks, such as the Goodyear area and near the hospitals.

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