Congressman Jim Renacci joins the Ray Horner Morning Show on WAKR each month to discuss a slew of topics.

One of those happens to be Law Enforcement Week, and a hot point during the week is the protective vests for police officers. Renacci believes the reauthorization of dollars to help fund the vests will be beneficial to smaller communities.

Rep. Renacci also touched on the opioid bill that is about to hit the House, as well as the Nexus pipeline through Summit County and the backing of Donald Trump with fellow Republicans.

Few communities have as rich a sports culture as Barberton. Now, there is an opening with some large shoes to fill.

On Wednesday, Ken Rector, the long-time head coach of the Magics, announced his retirement from coaching the basketball team. Ken called into the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss his decision and what he has going forward.

Ken says he put a lot of thought into his decision to step aside and, with his kids in college, he felt this was the right time to leave. He wanted to make sure the program is where he wanted it to be and ensure the Magics’ tradition continues.

Does Ken have another coaching job lined up? "I’ve never even looked at any other positions,” he says.

Ken grew up in Barberton, and getting the head coaching job some 20 years ago was “a dream.” However, he plans to continue teaching at Barberton.

At one time, Bing Crosby was as famous as a person can get. From records to radio, to film to television, Bing was and still is considered a national treasure. In fact, “White Christmas” is the biggest-selling single in history. Now, his legacy lives on, and his son is helping in any way he can.

Nathaniel Crosby, Bing’s seventh child, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about his dear father and his old man’s love of golf. Nathaniel shared some old stories about hitting the links with Bing, and if the apple fell far from the tree when it comes to singing and golf.

Nathaniel is definitely passionate about getting his father’s music rereleased. He feels Bing’s contributions to worlds of music and pop culture, and his impact should not be lost on current and future generations.

18 Holes with Bing is available now.

Social media has exploded in the last decade, and though most of those users own a Facebook account, others have found their niche on Instagram and Snapchat. But what exactly are these apps?

Mark Welfley from Welfley Technologies in Fairlawn joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about social media security. Welfley discussed the growth of Instagram and privacy issues that surround that medium. The new player in the social media marketplace is Snapchat, which has become so popular that over 2 billion photos are sent per day on that app.

But with new media, there comes issues with lack of privacy and pornography. Welfley stresses there isn’t a magic pill to wipe it all away, but he suggests parents should download these apps and search through them thoroughly before approving.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 08:39

AUDIO: Jerry Fiume Looks Ahead To Innerbelt Future

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The vision for the Innerbelt was to free up the traffic on the downtown expressways, and to add commercial real estate around the stretch of freeway. However, none of this came to plan, and in the near future, the road will be torn up.

What will be done with the Innerbelt? Jerry Fiume, a developer in Akron and part of NAI Cummins, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to give his thoughts on the future of the freeway. Fiume mentioned how it’s not often a city gets 30 acres of land freed up so easily, and shared his feelings on what should be done with the land. Some believe it should become a park, complete with biking trails, while others think the land should be developed into commercial real estate.

Green, Ohio is one of the few communities in the area to have term limits for their mayors. Because of that, the 100-day milestone is a big one in Green.

The new mayor, Gerard Neugebauer, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to recap his first 100 days in the big chair. One of the topics discussed was the roundabouts across town and how they have helped Green’s traffic patterns. Mayor Neugebauer thanked his staff for helping him through the first three-plus months in office.

It was not long ago when the beer options at local eateries and pubs were limited. The fortunes of quality beer drinkers everywhere should thank the Boston Beer Company, started by a man from Cincinnati, Ohio.

Jim Koch, the co-founder and chairman of Samuel Adams, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about him leading the craft beer revolution. He has a new book out, Quench Your Own Thirst: Business Lessons Learned Over a Beer or Two.

Jim discussed his journey from brewing his first beer in his kitchen to being one of the most popular beer companies in the world. Craft breweries were scarce when he began in 1984, but thanks to Sam Adams and select others, there are nearly 10,000 of them.

A big announcement was made in the local healthcare marketplace. Over the next decade, Summa Health will be investing $350 million into the community and its facilities.

Dr. Thomas Malone, president and CEO of Summa Health, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about the announcement, which came down on Tuesday. Some of what Summa will be working on is constructing a new patient tower at the main campus, increasing their outpatient capacity, adding private rooms for patients, and improving the services at the Barberton campus.

In addition to the physical changes, Dr. Malone believes this will be great for both the employees and the region. “We’re not only here to stay, but we need to lead the change in healthcare in this community."

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 07:05

AUDIO: Ken Babby Promotes RubberDucks Opener

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Canal Park will be the home of the 2016 Eastern League All-Star Game in July, with the Home Run Derby kicking off the festivities. Until then, the Akron RubberDucks are having a home run derby of their own.

Ken Babby, the owner of the RubberDucks, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talking about the team and the improved ballpark experience. Babby talked about the mashers in the middle of the Ducks’ lineup, which include top prospects Bradley Zimmer and Clint Frazier. Akron is off to a 5-0 start as they come home.

In addition to the team, the overall experience at Canal Park has stepped up its game, as well. Babby touched on the upcoming promotions, the new food offerings, and the festivities around the home opener, including the addition of “Rubberta,” the new female mascot.

Each month, Dan Horrigan, the mayor of Akron, joins the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss a variety of topics and takes your phone calls.

Among the topics were the city-owned golf courses, which include GolfTEC and Mud Run. The purpose of these courses were to have teenagers and inner city children hit the links, so keeping these owned by the city, the mayor believes, is a "quality of life" issue.

Other points of interest were Horrigan managing his first budget here in 2016, and the mayor taking calls from the listeners. Below is the interview in its entirety.

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