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.

Thursday, 29 October 2015 08:55

AUDIO: Big Chuck Previews Ghoulardifest

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A local television staple lives on as an annual gathering. While Ghoulardi hasn't been on TV in a half-century, his image lives on.

Big Chuck Schodowski joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to promote this weekend's annual Ghoulardifest. Big Chuck looked up to Ernie Anderson in their days at WJW in the early 1960s, and eventually took over the late-night slot on TV 8. Anderson eventually became a high profile announcer for ABC TV for three decades.

Ghoulardifest is going on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at La Villa Banquet Center in Cleveland.

Stow-Munroe Falls senior football stud Jayson Gobble is the WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week for October 23rd-October 30th.

The talented Gobble has run for 1,310 yards with outstanding yards per carry average of 8.34. He has rushed for 23 touchdowns and caught an additional 2 scores.

"Jayson has a natural talent in that he has great vision when he has the ball in his hands, he has great awareness of second level defenders that helps him see the holes" said Stow Head Football Coach Mark Nori.

"I've been a running back since I was in sixth grade, it just comes natural for me," said Gobble.

Jayson has a 88 yard run to his credit this year for the unbeaten Bulldogs, who are now ranked number seven in the state Division I.

"I like being part of this school's turnaround in football, we are certainly a football school now," said Gobble.

"Jayson is a leader and a captain that the team looks to on game day and ignites his teammates to play," said Nori.

Gobble currently holds a solid 4.0 GPA and plans on playing football in college, and is looking for a career in Engineering.

This week's 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is Alexis Meffert from Lake High School in Uniontown. She is a standout soccer player for the Bluestreaks, and will be a four-year letter winner.

Alexis recently broke the single season scoring record this year by scoring 30 goals, breaking the record of 26 goals. She has been playing soccer for almost ten years now, and will continue her soccer and academic career next year at Walsh University for the Cavaliers. Alexis, who is an excellent student, says she will study physical therapy or occupational therapy in college.

One of her favorite memories playing soccer at Lake was during her Sophomore year when she scored the game winning goal against GlenOak as Lake won the Federal League championship.

Alexis says she is very excited to take the next step in here career, and is looking forward to making even more memories with teammates and friends along the way.

Almost five years ago, then-Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot in the face during a gathering in Tucson. Since then, her recovery has been slow, yet miraculous and promising.

Gabby and her husband, Mark Kelly, will be at EJ Thomas Hall tonight to "spread their message of courage and hope." Mark joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss his relationship with his wife and her healing process.

Besides being the husband of a congresswoman, Mark is a retired astronaut and former US Navy Captain in the Gulf War, and he talked about his life as an astronaut.

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