A new school year has begun at the University of Akron, and the atmosphere and the vibes are quite positive.

Matthew Wilson, the president of the university, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss all that is happening around the campus for 2017-2018. Wilson has met with the new freshman class, and says the student housing is currently at its peak. The new class, according to Wilson, is from all over the state, not just confined to the immediate area.

Wilson also mentioned some cosmetic changes around the campus. One of those facelifts is a $21 million renovation of the School of Law.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 07:49

AUDIO: John Michael Breaks Down Kyrie Irving Trade

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After six seasons, four all-star game appearances, three NBA Finals visits, and one championship, Kyrie Irving is now a member of the Boston Celtics.

John Michael, the play-by-play voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers, talked to the Ray Horner Morning Show about the Irving trade, with brought Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, and a future first round draft pick to town. Michael talked about the value the Cavs received from the pick, in that it addresses the need for another scoring point guard, a solid defender, and a pick for the future.

The voice of the Cavs also shared his thoughts on the falling out between Irving and LeBron James, how that relationship was beyond repair and needed a fix. Michael also addressed rumors on a potential buyout for Dwayne Wade with the Chicago Bulls, with many believing the aging shooting guard would head to Cleveland.

A talking point that Congressman Jim Renacci has discussed often is how Americans are tired of career politicians making decisions, both locally and nationally. That was evidenced last November when Donald Trump, a businessman-turned-politician, was elected president.

Congressman Jim Renacci joined the Ray Horner Morning Show in studio to talk about his own campaign for governor. Renacci, a long-time businessman much like Trump, has thrown his hat in the race for governor in 2018.

In addition to the goings on in Ohio, Rep. Renacci also discussed the incidents in Charlottesville, the Affordable Care Act, and national security when dealing with North Korea.

A talking point that Congressman Jim Renacci has discussed often is how Americans are tired of career politicians making decisions, both locally and nationally. That was evidenced last November when Donald Trump, a businessman-turned-politician, was elected president.

Congressman Jim Renacci joined the Ray Horner Morning Show in studio to talk about his own campaign for governor. Renacci, a long-time businessman much like Trump, has thrown his hat in the race for governor in 2018.

In addition to the goings on in Ohio, Rep. Renacci also discussed the incidents in Charlottesville, the Affordable Care Act, and national security when dealing with North Korea.

Thursday, 17 August 2017 09:51

AUDIO: Renacci On Healthcare, Career Politicians

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A talking point that Congressman Jim Renacci has discussed often is how Americans are tired of career politicians making decisions, both locally and nationally. That was evidenced last November when Donald Trump, a businessman-turned-politician, was elected president. Congressman Jim Renacci joined the Ray Horner Morning Show in studio to talk about his own campaign for governor. Renacci, a long-time businessman much like Trump, has thrown his hat in the race for governor in 2018. In addition to the goings on in Ohio, Rep. Renacci also discussed the incidents in Charlottesville, the Affordable Care Act, and national security when dealing with North Korea.

Wednesday, 09 August 2017 07:53

AUDIO: Mayor Horrigan Addresses Income Tax Hike

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On November 7th, a council-approved effort to raise city income tax will be on the ballot. If approved, the mayor and members of city council have been quite open about what that tax money will be going towards.

Dan Horrigan, the mayor of Akron, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show in studio to discuss the income tax measure. Horrigan says the money will go towards improving the roads, firehouses, and police cars, which are “core city services." If passed, the proposed tax hike will be a quarter-percent increase.

The mayor admits this is not a popular decision around town, and that he and council are sensitive to the needs of the civilians. But Horrigan stresses that improvements to police, fire, and roads are indeed “needs, not wants."

Thursday, 03 August 2017 08:39

AUDIO: John Feinstein on Ara Parseghian, Bridgestone

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The Fighting Irish lost a coach who helped Notre Dame return to prominence. That coach happened to have roots in Akron.

John Feinstein, author, commentator, and talk show host, was in the Akron area and joined the Ray Horner Morning Show in studio. Feinstein talked about the passing of Fighting Irish coach Ara Parseghian, who helped lead Notre Dame to two titles, and the impact he had on the program and college football in general.

Feinstein is in town for the Bridgestone Invitational, and he and Ray talked about the field and how the tournament is fairing without Tiger Woods.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 07:18

News 5’s Leon Bibb, Lee Jordan Bid Farewell

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This week, Northeast Ohio will say goodbye to two familiar faces and voices.

Leon Bibb has been a fixture in Cleveland news for 38 years. A native of the Glenville area, Bibb first joined WKYC-TV after a stint in Columbus. In 1995, he moved down the street to WEWS and has been there ever since. Bibb talked spoke to Tony Mazur about his life and career and the emotions going into his retirement.

In a business where moving from town to town, station to station is par for the course, Lee Jordan has been with News 5 for thirty years. Jordan talked about working on the groundbreaking Morning Exchange program, as well as covering fascinating stories about members of the community.

Both Bibb and Jordan plan to stay active after their final newscasts. Bibb says he's currently putting together a book, and Jordan plans to relax and truly enjoy the seasons in Northeast Ohio.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 08:16

AUDIO: A Handy Guide For Soap Box Derby Week

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Derby Downs is abuzz, and this week is all about the 2017 FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby.

Mark Gerberich was recently named president of the Soap Box Derby, and he spoke with the Ray Horner Morning Show about taking over that position, as well as what is on the docket for derby week.

Jeff Iula, a derby historian who wrote a book about his experiences, joined Ray’s show to discuss the fanfare surrounding the derby, both past and present.

At the end of 2016, Richard Lennon announced he would step down as bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cleveland due to health problems. This left a space inside the diocese, temporarily filled by Most Reverend Daniel Thomas of the Diocese of Toledo.

On Tuesday, it was announced that Bishop Nelson Perez will take over that position permanently, and he called into the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss his journey. Bishop Perez talked about his upbringing, his embrace of Northeast Ohio, and how much different being a bishop is in 2017 as opposed to what it was years and decades prior.

The Diocese of Cleveland covers eight counties, including Cuyahoga, Summit, Lake, Geauga, Lorain, Medina, Wayne, and Ashland.

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