Monday, 05 December 2016 09:58

AUDIO: Rep. Renacci Weighs In On Trump Cabinet

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The transition from President Obama to President-Elect Trump is well underway. Just this morning, Dr. Ben Carson was named Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Congressman Jim Renacci shared his thoughts on the transition with the Ray Horner Morning Show. Renacci is pleased with said transition, feeling this is an opportunity to move government forward. He believes the Republican Party may be slowly coming together, but stresses the need for bipartisanship.

In addition to the cabinet, Rep. Renacci discussed the Cures Act and the Establishing Equity in the Hospital Readmission Program.

Friday, 02 December 2016 09:07

AUDIO: Dave Wallace Named MILB Manager Of The Year

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In 2016, the eyes of the sports world were on Northeast Ohio. From basketball to hockey, to baseball to mixed martial arts, the titles and accolades poured all over the region.

Here in Akron, the RubberDucks took home the Eastern League championship, and their manager, Dave Wallace, was named Minor League Manager of the Year. Wally called into the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about the Ducks’ journey towards their title, as well as the manager’s job at a level such as Double-A. He went into specifics about how to manage a team with players being called up to higher levels at different times and how the coaching staff can adjust.

Wallace has been the manager of the RubberDucks since their current incarnation in 2014, and has been with the Indians’ organization as both a player and coach since 2002.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 08:11

AUDIO: Downtown Akron To Get A Facelift

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In recent years, a focus on bringing the people back to the downtown area has helped transform Ohio towns such as Columbus and Cleveland. Could Akron be not far behind?

It has been announced that the heart of downtown Akron will be getting a new look in the next few years. Jeff Fusco, president of the planning committee in the city of Akron, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about the plans for new downtown development. According to Fusco, the focus has been on how to keep young professionals within city limits, which in turn will keep the businesses around, as well.

The plans are calling for 120 new apartments, which will also bring in construction jobs for said projects. Fusco calls this a “dynamic” project for the city.

Only a handful of states have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Could more follow suit? Could marijuana be legal in all fifty states in our lifetimes? Jesse Ventura hopes so.

A familiar face in both government and the wrestling ring, Ventura has released a new book, Jesse Ventura’s Marijuana Manifesto. In the book, the former Minnesota governor breaks down the history of marijuana and why it is still taboo today. He spoke with WAKR’s Tony Mazur on the propaganda put forth by William Randolph Hearst in the 1930s to protect the timber industry, as marijuana was not just used recreationally.
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 10:13

Green Weatherman Bids Farewell

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After this week, television in Northeast Ohio will never be the same. For over 50 years, a weatherman from Greensburg, Ohio is calling it a career.

Dick Goddard, the long-time meteorologist at WJW in Cleveland, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about his final weather report, which will occur on November 22. Aside from his career, Dick touched on his life, which all began in the town that is now called Green. The Kent State grad is also a big football fan, which he parlayed into becoming the statistician for the Cleveland Browns for 43 years.

What is next for Mr. Goddard? He will continue to help “the four-foots," as animal assistance is his “big passion in life."

Long gone are the days of asking for a yo-yo, a hoola-hoop, and some Lincoln Logs for the holidays. What is the newest smartphone on the market? What laptop should one get? Are PCs going obsolete?

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up within a week, Mark Welfley, owner of Welfley Technologies in Fairlawn, answered some of those tech questions on the Ray Horner Morning Show. Welfley’s tip for tech novices is to stick with the familiar brands, in that if one is an Apple fan, stay with Apple. He also mentioned the popularity of tablets and how they will eventually take the place of the standard laptop.

Welfley also talked what to look out for in terms of what the customer needs and what the product includes. On many occasions, the crossover between Apple products and Windows is quite different, so the buyer beware.

A week has passed since Donald Trump became president-elect of the United States, and the transition period has begun. The transition isn’t just the changing of the guard in the executive branch, but the GOP takeover in the Senate and House.

Senator Sherrod Brown joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to share his thoughts on the election. Being a Democrat, Brown has reservations for Trump’s cabinet, which includes right-wing media magnate Steve Bannon, but says he will help the transition in any way he can. However, he is not in favor of building walls or deporting immigrants and Muslims.

Senator Brown’s name, as well as Rep. Tim Ryan’s, has been floating around in terms of fresh leadership in the Democrat Party. Though he is flattered, Brown says his focus is not on a leadership position, but on Ohio, and wants to lead on issues such as trade and Medicaid.

It was a magical run for the Cleveland Indians, a team very few, if any, predicted to go to the World Series. It may not have finished the way many had hoped, especially after a 3-1 lead, but Tribe fans everywhere are proud of their baseball team.

Bob DiBiasio, Senior VP with the Tribe, made his way to Akron to recap the postseason that was, as well as how the team will look in 2017. “Bobby D” recapped the financial aspects of the Indians’ postseason run, which proved to be quite lucrative for the players. Due to these backloaded contracts, a plethora of players will be receiving raises going into next season.

So what’s next? DiBiasio says the team is looking to keep Rajai Davis and Mike Napoli at a reasonable price, as well as others in terms of additions and subtractions. He says the team appears “set” on paper, but a big question mark is the health of Michael Brantley, but the team feels good the Indians excelled without their MVP candidate.

As of this writing, spring training kicks off 94 days from now.

Friday, 11 November 2016 09:27

AUDIO: Local WWII Vet Shares Stories Of His Service

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The presidential election has sure divided many Americans, but Veterans Day is the opportunity to bring them all together.

George Janis arrived in studio for the Ray Horner Morning Show. George is a resident of Green, a graduate of Garfield High School, a long-time employee at Goodyear, a married man of 65 years, and most notably a veteran of World War II.

Mr. Janis, who is all of 90 years of age, is one of two World War II veterans being honored at the Sixth Annual Veterans Day ceremony in Green. He is also one of 41,000 living vets from the second World War, and he told the story of his service.

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 08:53

AUDIO: APS Superintendent Faces The Community

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In the continuing saga of the Akron Public Schools shakeup, members of the community have a long list of questions. Former mayor Don Plusquellic had one of those lists.

David James, the superintendent of APS, reiterated his thoughts on the consolidation on the Ray Horner Morning Show. James maintains his initial thoughts in that schools like Kenmore and Garfield cannot continue to operate if they’re less than half capacity.

The state of Ohio will foot the bill for 59% of the new CLC, and James says they will do their best to maintain the history and legacy of Kenmore and Garfield schools. In terms of the new site, the superintendent believes the issue is finding vacant land at a low price, if not free.