US Senator Sherrod Brown is a frequent guest on the Ray Horner Morning Show, and will answer a variety of questions. Today’s focus was on the continued outbreak of the opioid addictions across Ohio and the country.

Senator Brown believes the government is trying to head off the opioid addictions off at the pass, especially with more education in the field in recent years. Still, the senator thinks Ohio does not have enough treatment centers, and wishes to scale up treatment centers.

In addition to the topic at hand, Senator Brown shared his thoughts on the recent New Hampshire primaries and why the voters seem to be gravitating toward Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.

Also, the senator believes the Cleveland Indians, with the strength of their starting rotation, will be in the playoffs this season.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 06:37

AUDIO: WFMJ's Lindsay McCoy Reports From Kasich Camp

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Donald Trump may have cleaned up at the polls in New Hampshire, but John Kasich proved he is not going away. Kasich finished second in the polls at the New Hampshire primary, in a state he campaigned heavily in.

Lindsay McCoy, reporter at WFMJ in Youngstown and former member of the WAKR newsroom, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show early as Kasich's flight was landing. McCoy was covering the Ohio governor during his New Hampshire campaign, and she painted the picture of the mood of his camp this morning.

This was quite an impressive turnaround for Kasich, who was way back in the Republican pack, especially last week in Iowa. Kasich decided to focus his attention on New Hampshire with over 100 townhall meetings.

Monday, 08 February 2016 08:47

AUDIO: ABC News’ John Quinones On Rethinking Race

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John Quinones grew up watching and admiring Peter Jennings, and just a few years later, he ended up working with him.

John, who will be speaking at the University of Akron on Tuesday night, called into the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss his life and career. The event is called Rethinking Race 2016, and John mentioned how progressive the media has been in hiring people of different races, genders, and backgrounds since he began his television career.

In addition to his life, John also shared his thoughts on the wave of illegal immigration (or lack thereof), the discrimination, and the media perception around it.

Each month, Congressman Jim Renacci joins the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss a slew of topics. \

The first of those topics included this week’s Iowa Caucus and the corresponding results. Renacci says he “doesn’t rely on polls,” and hopes the voting public really checks the background and experience of the candidates.

Renacci also brought up the reconciliation bill, as well as the unsteady Chinese economy. The former Wadsworth mayor mentioned the country’s trade dealings and the global economy itself.

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 09:53

AUDIO: Rep Tim Ryan On Iowa Caucus, China Economy

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Two days have passed since the Iowa Caucus, and things have seemed to simmer down for now before New Hampshire.

Congressman Tim Ryan joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to break down his thoughts on the Iowa Caucus. Being a Democrat, Rep. Ryan shared his feelings on Hillary Clinton and the sudden momentum in favor of Bernie Sanders, and he also touched on Donald Trump's second-place finish to Ted Cruz.

In addition, Ryan also discussed the trade dealings with China and the future of it, due to the country's shaky economy.

What’s your favorite TV show? How much do you love it? Do you love it enough to create a themed restaurant in its honor?

Well, that is what Craig Deas did, and he talked about his journey on the Ray Horner Morning Show. Deas was the voice of the Lake County Captains from 2003-2015, and he decided to pack up his stuff and move to Mount Airy, North Carolina to opened an Andy Griffith Show themed restaurant.

The name of the establishment is called The Loaded Goat, named after a season three episode of the program.

It’s been over 20 years, and we are still talking about the O.J. Simpson trial. In fact, there is a new cable miniseries about the case, titled The People Vs. O.J. Simpson.

Eddie Sipplen, an attorney with an office in West Akron, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the defense of the former Buffalo Bills running back. The reason the Simpson trial is still in our minds, Sipplen believes, is the emotional aspect. Whether it was a racial emotion or just plain visual aspect, it sparked opinion and debate.

Ray and Eddie break down the Johnnie Cochran and Simpson’s defense team, which was assembled to create “reasonable doubt.” Sipplen also shared his thoughts on being an African-American during and after the infamous trial.

The Cleveland Cavaliers haven’t made any roster changes, but the addition of Tyronn Lue as head coach seems to have changed the team.

John Michael, the play-by-play voice on the Cavaliers Radio Network, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to gloss over all the goings on with the team. Specifically, Michael commented on the new rotation of players, with Anderson Varejao, Richard Jefferson, and others seeing the floor now, as opposed to the first half of the season.

The voice of the Cavs also talked about the recent firing of David Blatt, and the stigma that LeBron James is a “coach killer,” and whether that label is fair or not.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 08:54

AUDIO: Akron Politicians Weigh In On Bank Merger

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News broke late Monday night that FirstMerit Bank will soon merge with Huntington, though not for another six months. The headquarters for FirstMerit Corporation is located in downtown Akron, and, after the merger with Columbus’s Huntington, it will create the largest bank in the state of Ohio.

This came as a shock to many local residents and even politicians, where many jobs and branches will soon be affected. Summit County executive Russ Pry and Akron mayor Dan Horrigan called into the Ray Horner Morning Show to share their thoughts on FirstMerit’s history in Akron and their commitment to the community, as well as what Huntington has in store going forward.

In recent years, we’ve learned more about the dangers of concussions and what the term “concussion protocol” means, and a major motion picture put the topic front and center. But concussions have occurred much earlier than the professional and collegiate level, and an area athletic director is applying these concerns at the high school level, as well.

A.J. Hite, the athletic director at Manchester High School, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss what they are doing to prevent concussions and to educate students, faculty, and parents about head trauma. Recently, the Panthers had a wrestler go down with a brutal concussion, so Hite glossed over how the school and the athletic program are handling this through a five-step program.

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