Wednesday, 04 January 2017 08:37

AUDIO: Dambrot Becomes Zips Winningest Coach

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The winningest coach in Akron hoops made some time with 1590 WAKR.

Keith Dambrot took home win number 11 on the season on Tuesday night, which happened to be victory number 289 at Akron, and he joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about the journey. That journey includes recruiting and trying to compete in the parity-filled Mid-American Conference. Though he remains humble, Dambrot does feel honored to be included in the elite group of coaches and players who have made their way through the program over the years.

Dambrot joined the Zips as an assistant coach in 2001, and was named head coach in 2004. He began his head coaching career in 1984 with Tiffin, and most notably coached LeBron James at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.

Friday, 23 December 2016 09:28

AUDIO: Jim Rosenhaus Reviews Encarnacion Signing

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These ain’t your father’s Cleveland Indians anymore.

After making it to Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, the Indians have upped the ante and signed slugger Edwin Encarnacion to a three-year deal. Tribe broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus talked about this signing with the Ray Horner Morning Show, believing a deal like this “makes sense.”

"There’s a need to go for it, and this certainly gives them that extra boost to take that next step,” said Rosenhaus. The former Blue Jay slugger will most likely play DH, with Carlos Santana moving over to first base full-time. Rosenhaus also talked about his consistency, with Encarnacion having the second-most home runs in the last five seasons.

Will a signing of this magnitude help the attendance? Rosenhaus believes so, not just from the Encarnacion addition, but the long playoff run. He feels the organization senses the momentum will continue, and may see another bump in season ticket sales during the offseason.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 08:14

AUDIO: Wrapping Up 2016 With Local Mayors

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As the year winds down, Ray Horner catches up with the mayors across the region and how their cities and townships fared.

Ray caught up with the mayors of Stow, Tallmadge, Wadsworth, and Barberton, and later on Cuyahoga Falls and Akron, on how 2016 was and what is to come in 2017.

Sara Kline - Stow

David Kline - Tallmadge

Robin Laubaugh - Wadsworth

Bill Judge - Barberton

Don Walters - Cuyahoga Falls

Dan Horrigan - Akron

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 09:43

AUDIO: Chief Tucker Settles Into New Position

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After 28 years of toiling away in the Akron Fire Department, Clarence Tucker has become the main man.

Tucker, the new Fire Chief in the city of Akron, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about his new position. Chief Tucker talked about the responsibilities of a fire fighter in 2016, a job that has changed a lot since he entered the force in 1988.

Tucker is the 19th fire chief in the city of Akron, and he says being named chief was “a dream come true.” The new chief shared some fire safety tips, which include the opportunity to obtain free smoke alarms if one gets ahold of the Red Cross. He also touched on the devastating fire that occurred on Tallmadge Avenue a few weeks back and how that could have been prevented.

Thursday, 08 December 2016 10:35

AUDIO: Huntington Bank CEO On FirstMerit Merger

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After being around the area since 1845, FirstMerit Bank is no more. Huntington Bancshares announced it would acquire FirstMerit, with branches officially being converted to Huntington by early 2017. So what does this all mean?

Stephen Steinour, president and CEO of Huntington, spoke with Ray Horner before his appearance at the Akron Roundtable. Steinour assured the listeners and customers that while both Huntington and FirstMerit were “doing well,” he believes the merger will make the company even stronger. He says both banks had very similar history and cultures, and the plans are to continue that tradition.

The Huntington CEO insists the company will “make a profound and lasting difference” in Akron, as they will invest $2 million a year for the next decade into the community.

Thursday, 08 December 2016 09:05

AUDIO: Sen. Brown On John Glenn, Democrat Party

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Every so often, US Senator Sherrod Brown joins the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss a slew of topics, at both the local and national level.

Senator Brown discussed a potential showdown between the Democrats and President-Elect Trump on the protection of Medicare and social security. Speaking of the Democrats, what is next for the party? Brown maintains his faith in the party, which opted to keep Nancy Pelosi as minority leader over Ohio congressman Tim Ryan.

The senator from Ohio also shared his thoughts on the declining health of another former senator, John Glenn.

Wednesday, 07 December 2016 09:38

AUDIO: Paul Hoynes Breaks Down Tribe Winter Activity

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The money is flying around Major League Baseball, and some big-named players are changing zip codes. But will the Indians make any moves? Do they need to?

Paul Hoynes, the long-time Tribe beat writer for the Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about what the team is, or isn’t, doing at the MLB Winter Meetings. Hoynsie believes Cleveland’s top priorities are getting that middle-of-the-order bat and adding to the outfield depth.

Reports are the Indians have inquired about Toronto sluggers Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, but it’s more realistic that the Tribe could re-sign Mike Napoli.

According to Hoynes, the Indians are a peculiar position as far as the outfield goes. The team will measure the progress of Michael Brantley’s shoulder, and will most likely play the waiting game with Bradley Zimmer.

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.

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