Friday, 04 December 2015 07:05

AUDIO: Chuck Jones, Others Lend Support to UA

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The University of Akron has had some public relations difficulties of late, but a group of local business leaders are looking to help their image.

Chuck Jones, the CEO of FirstEnergy, stopped in the WAKR studios with UA president Scott Scarborough to discuss their efforts to come together to help the university and the community. Jones joins executives from FirstMerit, GOJO, Goodyear, and other area companies to address these issues and tackle the criticism and PR problems surrounding UA.

Thursday, 03 December 2015 09:21

AUDIO: John Michael On Cavs Stuggles, Injuries

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are off to a 13-5 start, which is impressive and not surprising, even though the Golden State Warriors can't seem to lose.

The Cavs sit atop the Eastern Conference, and because of the nagging injuries to key members, that stat looks extraordinary. The voice of the team, John Michael, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the struggles they've encountered and how they've played through injuries.

Since 1999, the Cleveland Browns haven't exactly played up to snuff by NFL standards. Since their return, the team averages a 5-11 record each year, and each loss brings more boisterous criticism.

Politicians and citizens fought tooth and nail to bring the Browns back, but was it all worth it? That's the question Kevin Kleps from Crain's Business asked. Kevin interviewed politicians and front office members about their efforts in bringing the team back, and he discussed his experiences on the Ray Horner Morning Show.

2016 will be a fresh start for the city of Akron, and the goal is to put the town back on the map.

Planning director Marco Sommerville, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the potential job growth in downtown Akron, as well as recruiting businesses to lay a foundation in the city limits.

Sommerville also touched on the demolition of homes in the city. His goal is to demolish 500 houses per year.

Friday, 27 November 2015 09:58

AUDIO: Dan Coughlin Has Himself Another

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You want stories? Dan Coughlin has a million of them. Maybe even more than that.

Coughlin, the long-time Cleveland sportswriter and sportscaster at WJW, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to promote his third book, Let's Have Another.

In this audio clip, Coughlin mentions his new book and his distrust of the Cleveland Browns. Danny believes Johnny Manziel is "empty calories," and that the Browns need a football guy in charge.

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.

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