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.

Friday, 22 January 2016 09:44

AUDIO: Will Waller Discusses Wheelchair Cavaliers

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A life-threatening and altering experience was turned upside down and into quite a positive.

Will Waller is a player-coach with the Cleveland Wheelchair Cavaliers, and he joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about the team. Waller and the Wheelchair Cavs travel the country and are very active in the community.

Waller, a Paralympic athlete, brought up the criteria to join the team, and he even touched on his unfortunate situation that led him into the chair.

Thursday, 21 January 2016 09:53

AUDIO: Petroleum Expert Explains Low Gas Prices

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Drivers across the country have been blown away by the extremely low gas prices of late, especially in Michigan.

Patrick DeHaan from GasBuddy.com joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss this phenomenon. Ultimately, DeHaan says the low prices are due to supply and demand, and during the winter months, demand for petrol is quite low.

Monday, 18 January 2016 09:59

AUDIO: Eddie Sipplen on MLK Day

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On this day in 1993, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was observed for the first time in all fifty states. Today, we celebrate the life of Dr. King and his message of equality and acceptance.

Last week, Eddie Sipplen was tapped to be a part of the MLK commission in the state of Ohio, and he joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to touch on what Dr. King’s life and words meant to him. When asked if the black community is better off now than it was 50 years ago, Sipplen said in some ways yes, some ways no. He believes it’s wonderful that blacks and whites can eat in a cafeteria together with no issue, but from an economic standpoint, the divide continues.

Once again, the topic of "dead malls" is at the forefront. More than a decade ago, it was Rolling Acres. This time around, Chapel Hill may be reaching dead mall status.

Dan Horrigan, the new mayor of Akron, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the future of Chapel Hill Mall and the surrounding area. Horrigan says he is putting the mall "at the forefront," and touched on security concerns in and around the space.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 09:58

AUDIO: Mike Hargrove On Analytics, TribeFest

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January is well underway, as is the snow and other wintertime headaches. But TribeFest is right around the corner, which means baseball will be back at some point, too.

Mike Hargrove, the famed managed of the 1990s Indians, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss his thoughts on analytics, the current young pitching staff, and to promote his appearance at TribeFest. Hargrove mentioned the Indians were using analytics as far back as the '90s, and brought up an example of Jim Thome's at-bats.

Grover will be joined by other ‘90s Tribe alum, such as Jaret Wright, Carlos Baerga, and Ellis Burks. TribeFest will be held January 30th at the Aloft Downtown Hotel.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 07:09

AUDIO: Coach Boarman Steps Down At STVM

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It's been a thrilling 26 years, but Dan Boarman has decided to hang it up.

Coach Boarman joined the Ray Horner Morning Show the day after his announcement to step down as head coach of the St. Vincent-St. Mary Fighting Irish. Boarman, who had a record of 206-96 during his head coaching career, told Ray he knew it was time. The coach was a 1970 graduate of St. Vincent High School.

Marcus Wattley, also a STVM alum, will take over the position.

Each month, Congressman Jim Renacci joins the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss a variety of topics, both statewide and nationwide. This time, the focus was on President Obama's recent executive order on gun control.

Renacci believes the order on gun sales was a “disappointment” and an attack on the Constitution. "What we have here is a president who sidesteps checks and balances,” says Renacci.

The Ohio congressman also touched on the popularity of Donald Trump and the need to work together on issues such as gun violence and the national debt.

The city of Green is one of the few communities in the area where the mayors have term limits, and a new administration is in place for 2016.

Gerard Neugebauer, the new mayor, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to gloss over what is on his plate for 2016. Specifically, Neugebauer discussed the housing and economic growth, traffic patterns in the downtown, and the controversial Nexus pipeline.

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