The game of baseball is ever-changing, and not just on the field. Major League Baseball is experimenting with extending the netting behind home plate from dugout to dugout, hoping this may cut down on injuries to fans in the stands.

Jim Folk, VP of Ballpark Operations with the Cleveland Indians, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to give his perspective on the changes. Folk said the Indians have consulted with an engineering firm to extend the netting, with the goal to keep the paying customers safer.

The ballpark experience in present times have been more conducive to younger fans, who are more in tune with social media and food fare than the older fan.

The Cleveland International Film Festival is celebrating its 40th year, and they are doing it in style.

Patrick Shepherd, associate director of the CIFF, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the growth of the festival the last 15 years, in which over 100,000 movie goers will pass through the proverbial turnstiles. Shepherd talked about how the films are selected for the festival, which includes the ESPN 30 For 30 film called 'Believeland,' which chronicles the struggles of Cleveland's sports teams and their struggles.

The festivities kick off on March 30th and go through April 10th at Tower City Cinemas in downtown Cleveland.

Fry some pierogis, crack open and piwo, pick yourself up some pussy willows, and break out the Bobby Vinton records, as Dyngus Day is upon us!

Justin Gorski, a.k.a. DJ Kishka joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about this sort-of new annual tradition. Gorski has been the point person in spreading the word of Dyngus Day in the region, which originated centuries ago in Poland. Gorski visited Buffalo, New York, where the large Polish population has been celebrating Dyngus Day since the 1960s.

Dyngus Day is held the day after Easter every year, and is typically located in the Detroit-Shoreway, Tremont, and Hingetown neighborhoods in Cleveland.

Once again, the vacant area that was once home to Rolling Acres Mall is on the selling block. The retail space deteriorated in the 1990s, with the mall closing in 2008. What will the future hold?

Mayor Dan Horrigan called into the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the large property over on Romig Road. Talking about the area, Horrigan believes the Rolling Acres strip is “fairly well located, and [has a lot of] good amenities,” as he and the city try to find the best use for it long-term.

Horrigan stressed that the city does care about the Roming Road area, saying they want to take advantage of the quality of life opportunities.

Hal Naragon may not be a household name nationwide, even with baseball die-hards, but he is widely respected in the local community.

Naragon joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss his honor of being named to the Walk of Fame in his hometown of Barberton. He was a Magic back in the 1940s, and he talked about how happy he was to be given this honor.

Hal touched on his town, saying “Barberton has always been good to me.” He gave praise to Mayor Bill Judge: “Downtown Barberton is on the move, and it’s good to see again."

The former Indians and Twins catcher played 10 seasons in Major League Baseball. Because of that, Naragon shared his thoughts on the passing of baseball broadcasting legend Joe Garagiola. Though they played in separate leagues, Hal said Joe was "a very friendly person.”

On Wednesday, the John S. Knight Center will house the 109th Annual Meeting with the Greater Akron Chamber. At that meeting, the twelfth recipient of the H. Peter Burg Award will be honored.

That recipient is Anthony "Tony" Alexander, the former Executive Chairman, President, and CEO of FirstEnergy Corp. Tony stopped by the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss his relationship with Peter Burg, and what he envisions for Akron as a whole, as well as the university.

Monday, 21 March 2016 08:54

Mayor Judge: Barberton Reservoir Is 'Toxin-Free'

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A headline out of the Akron Beacon Journal talked about toxins flowing through the Barberton Reservoir. Coming off the heels from the waters around Toledo, this poses a cause for concern.

The mayor of Barberton, Bill Judge, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss this report in detail. Mayor Judge assured the listeners the waters are toxin-free, and that the reservoir is tested monthly. The latest test says everything is fine and there is nothing to worry about. The toxins that flowed into the reservoir were believed to have come from agricultural runoff.

Hillary Clinton picked up nearly 400 delegates in the Ides of March primaries, which was not a surprise. However, John Kasich threw a monkey wrench into the Donald Trump train by winning Ohio. What is next to come?

Dr. John Green from the University of Akron’s Bliss Institute joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to break down Tuesday’s results. Dr. Green discussed Kasich’s victory, believing the Republican establishment will get behind the Ohio governor as the convention draws closer. Green mentioned the rise and fall of Marco Rubio, who bowed out of the race after losing his home state of Florida.

On the Democrat side, Dr. Green talked about Clinton cleaning up and the polls, and whether or not Bernie Sanders could run as an independent.

Fans from either team may not be pleased with their seatings in the lowly NIT, but all eyes in Ohio will be on the Schottenstein Center tonight. Well, at least sports fans’ eyes.

Paul Keels, the voice of the Ohio State Buckeyes, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to preview the NIT matchup between the Buckeyes and the Akron Zips. Paul spent some time researching the Zips, saying they have a chip on their shoulders after their last-second loss to Buffalo on Saturday. The perimeter defense for the Buckeyes will have to step up, as Akron is a dangerous team from three-point land.

Keels also mentioned the interest the Buckeyes may or may not have in this game. The last time Thad Matta’s team had missed out on the NCAA Tournament was in 2008, when the Buckeyes took home the NIT title.

Buckeyes and Zips will be heard tonight on 1590 WAKR, with tipoff happening at 7 o’clock.

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.

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