Thursday, 19 November 2015 08:34

AUDIO: Sherrod Brown Urges Against Demagoguing Refugees

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The question whether to take in the Syrian refugees or not is split directly down party lines with no sign of compromise.

Senator Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, sides with his party, believing a Republican embargo on the refugees is based on fear and not facts. The Ohio senator joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the vetting process with refugees and how the American people can be educated on the issue.

Sen. Brown also believes there's "demagoguery" on the part of the Right.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 10:34

AUDIO: Otto Orf Discusses Acquisition of East End Gym

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East End gym, formerly known as Goodyear Hall, is under new management.

Otto Orf, a member of the Rubber City Sports Group, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about what's ahead for the gym. East End gym will house plenty of activities in the near future, including basketball, volleyball, and indoor soccer.

Otto came to local prominence in the 1990s as the goalie the Cleveland Crunch. The Crunch took home three MISL titles, the only championships in Cleveland sports since 1964.

You may not know their names by heart, but you know their faces and voices. In the Oak Ridge Boys, you have the high-voiced guy, the bearded guy, and the low-voiced guy.

The low-voiced guy happens to be Richard Sterban, and he joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to promote their upcoming holiday show at the Canton Palace Theatre. The Oak Ridge Boys will be passing through Canton on November 21st.

Sterban talked to Ray about the long history of the Oak Ridge Boys and what the audience will expect at the show on the 21st. Spoiler: they're probably sing "Elvira."

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 10:04

AUDIO: Tim 'Ripper' Owens Talks Football, Tunes

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A local boy made good is back home, at least for tonight.

Tim "Ripper" Owens joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the show he is part of tonight with Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain. The show, which will be at the Akron Civic Theatre, will be a tribute to former Black Sabbath vocalist Ronnie James Dio.

Ripper, a 1985 graduate of Kenmore High School, talked to Ray about music from yesteryear and his Cleveland Browns.

Monday, 16 November 2015 10:07

AUDIO: Vernon Sykes Eyes a Senate Run

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A familiar name looks to replace another familiar name in state politics.

Vernon Sykes plans to run for the Ohio Senate in a seat currently held by former Akron mayor Tom Sawyer. Sykes joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss his reason to throw his proverbial hat in the ring.

Emilia Sykes, the daughter of Vernon, currently holds her father's old seat in the House.

One of the most polarizing figures in 20th and 21st century American politics is Dick Cheney. Whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, you probably have an opinion of some sort on him.

James Rosen, the author of the book, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to shed some light on the life of the former vice president. Rosen had the pleasure of sitting down with Cheney for 10 hours.

Cheney opened up to Rosen on topics like his life away from Washington, his thoughts as the events occurred on September 11th, and any mistakes he and President George W. Bush made during the Iraq War.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 08:46

AUDIO: Larry Moore On Veterans Day In Summit County

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It is November 11th, and this is the day we remember and salute those who have served in the armed forces.

Larry Moore, the director of the Veterans Service Commission of Summit County, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss how the VSC helps veterans young and old. Larry discussed how the commission will help veterans find employment in the workplace, and also touched on the mental health of these men and women.

Friday, 06 November 2015 09:29

AUDIO: Bill McGee Ready For City Series Return

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A long-time high school tradition is back, and so is a long-time coach.

Bill McGee, the head coach at Garfield from 1976-2001, will be on hand for the honorary coin toss. McGee spoke to Ray Horner about the return of the City Series and him being honored.

McGee led teams to 26 City Series contests. The game will be held at InfoCision Stadium.

Much has occurred both locally, nationally, and internationally since 1987, the last time citizens of Akron elected a new mayor. The Berlin Wall was still intact; there have been two generations of Bushes in the White House; LeBron James was just three years of age.

2015 has been a whirlwind year for Akron politics, from turmoil inside city council chambers to the resignations of long-time mayor Don Plusquellic and his successor Garry Moneypenny. But the stepping down of Plusquellic opened the door for a collection of others to throw their hat in the proverbial mayoral ring.

One of those names is the mayor-elect, Dan Horrigan.

"We had got a message out early and stayed consistent with it," said Horrigan during his interview on the Ray Horner Morning Show. "Mike Williams said it a long time ago 'sewers aren't sexy,' but it's those issues that are important, and we stayed with those. It's the financial stability of the city. It's operations and how we can be efficient. That's the approach I've taken in my entire public service career."

Through it all, Horrigan was pleased that his opponents ran campaigns largely free of mudslinging, saying this was a "welcome change" in Akron politics.

"I congratulate [Eddie Sipplen and Bill Melver]. They both ran vigorous campaigns, they concentrated on issues."

Though Akron traditionally has been a Democrat haven, Horrigan cleaned up at the polls, taking home 72 percent of the vote. Sipplen garnered 24 percent, while Melver came in at 3.7.

"I will lead this city forward. It's about having the respect of other people's opinion, and respecting the institutions that they come from."

So what is on the mayor-elect's plate for the near future?

"We're not going to wait till January to get started," says Horrigan. "I want to put together a financial and operational assessment team. These are people who have volunteered civic, community, and faith-based leaders to kinda take look at the city's finances from the outside, then give us a baseline on where to move forward."

Horrigan will take over as 62nd mayor of Akron beginning January 2016.

Monday, 02 November 2015 08:49

AUDIO: Amy Grant Talks Life, Career

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From Christian radio to the pop charts to country to Christmas, Amy Grant has seemed to have done it all in a career spanning three decades.

Amy joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about her long career, in addition to her life and marriage to Vince Gill. She'll be performing at the Canton Palace Theatre this Wednesday, November 4th.

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