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.

Wednesday, 02 November 2016 08:43

UA President Settles Into Official Role

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Matthew Wilson had his interim title dropped a couple weeks ago and became the permanent president of the University of Akron, and he has hit the ground running.

Wilson joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss what is on his plate, which includes the recent $3 million endowment from the Knight Foundation for polymer science and engineering. It is the largest singe endowment in school history.

The UA president acknowledges the challenges he has ahead, which includes a sizable loss in enrollment over the last few years. But Wilson is confident that the issues can be solved, especially with the school’s 150th anniversary around the corner.

Wilson took over as interim president when Scott Scarborough stepped down. He came to the university in 2014, and was enticed due to how much the community truly cares about the school.

The long-awaited demolition of Rolling Acres Mall is in progress, and the spot on Romig Road will soon be a vacant rubble lot. So what is next?

Dan Horrigan, the mayor of Akron, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the past, present, and future of the land. The factors for its downfall, according to the mayor, vary from suburban sprawl to online shopping. The area is roughly 55 acres in Southwest Akron, and the city is looking at the best use for the land and the best return for their investment.

Horrigan still believes in the importance of “brick and mortar” stores, and going forward, the city is looking to do what they can to keep their assets in town, rather than allowing it to spread out.

Thursday, 27 October 2016 09:37

AUDIO: Hal Naragon Reflects On 2016, 1954 Indians

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Fans and pundits have compared the scrappy, resilient 2016 Cleveland Indians to the last time they were in the Fall Classic, 1997. But what some may not realize was how powerful the 1954 Indians were, even though they were swept by the New York Giants.

Hal Naragon was a catcher for the Indians from 1951-1959, and was a member of the 1954 Tribe. He joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about what he sees in today’s Indians that reminded him of his own team. He was a witness to Willie Mays’s catch at the Polo Grounds, though he still maintains Larry Doby made a better grab in a regular season contest.

Naragon did eventually win a World Series ring, though it was in 1968 with the Detroit Tigers as a bullpen coach. The 88-year-old is a graduate of Barberton High School and still calls Barberton home.

Last week, there was a lot of talk as to whether or not Rick “The Wild Thing” Vaughn should throw out a ceremonial first pitch in the World Series. The Indians said no, but why not Roger Dorn?

Corbin Bernsen, who played Roger Dorn in 1989’s Major League, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about the movie-making process. He mentioned the writer of the film was an Indians fan and wanted to write a film about his team making it to the promised land, which pretty much happened six years later in 1

995. For many actors, it can be difficult to learn the mechanics of baseball on the fly. Corbin said he played a lot of baseball in his day, which helped him as the fictional Indians’ third baseman. He also talked about Charlie Sheen being quite the ballplayer, and could hum the ball in the 80’s.

Akron residents know Corbin well from his films 25 Hill and 3 Day Test, which were filmed in the region.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 09:29

AUDIO: Cavs’ Voice Previews 2016-2017 Season

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Sure, the World Series is one of the most major events in professional sports. But next door to Progressive Field, the Cleveland Cavaliers will be receiving some shiny jewelry.

John Michael, the play-by-play voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers, called into the Ray Horner Morning Show to preview the first of 82 Cavs games in the 2016-2017 season. Michael looked at the impact from the bench, which added some new faces in Chris “Birdman” Andersen and Mike Dunleavy. The Cavs’ voice also looked at the team’s championship rival, the Golden State Warriors, as well as LeBron James’s impact in his third year back in wine and gold.

Michael also talked about the ceremony itself, in which the Cavaliers will wear their championship rings and the banner will be raised to the rafters. Tipoff is set to start at 7:30 PM. 1590 WAKR is Akron’s home of the Cavs, and you can hear them live on nights when there is no World Series game played.

All eyes, at least in the sports world, will be on Cleveland, Ohio tomorrow night. Game One of the 2016 World Series just so happens to fall on the night of the Cavaliers receiving their championship rings.

Terry Pluto, long-time sportswriter for the Akron Beacon Journal and now with the Plain Dealer, stopped in studio on the Ray Horner Morning Show. Terry spoke at length about how the Indians got to this point, from the moment the team hired Terry Francona to the day before the 2016 World Series. Pluto went into detail about Francona’s involvement in shaping the team, from the power bats to the analytical number crunchers.

Pluto has a new book out, his thirtieth, called The Comeback: LeBron, The Cavs & Cleveland. It is available in stores and on Amazon.

Each year, hundreds flock to the southwestern part of Cleveland, Ohio to celebrate the life of Ernie Anderson. Before he was the long-time voice of ABC-TV throughout the 1970s and '80s, he was a cult figure and icon in Northeast Ohio known as Ghoulardi.

Ghoulardifest is put on by now-retired WJW-TV camera operator, Chuck Schodowski. Northeast Ohioans know him as Big Chuck, host of the campy late-night shows Hoolihan & Big Chuck and Big Chuck & Little John. Big Chuck talked to Tony Mazur on the Ray Horner Morning Show about Ghoulardifest, his friendship with comic actor Tim Conway, and what he is up to during his retirement.

Ghoulardifest is going on October 28th-30th and La Rosa Party Center in Cleveland, near Hopkins International Airport.

Thursday, 13 October 2016 08:57

AUDIO: Terry Pluto On Francona, ALCS

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The first ALCS in nine years for the Indians is set to kick off Friday, and this time, the Tribe has the home field advantage.

Terry Pluto, author and long-time columnist for the Akron Beacon Journal and now the Plain Dealer, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about this run from Terry Francona’s Indians. Pluto discussed Tito’s managerial style and how the players have come to embrace it. Though Francona may not show it publicly, Pluto believes beating his former team in the ALDS was huge.

Onto the ALCS, Pluto calls the Blue Jays a “strange” team, in that not many believed Toronto would get this far. The Plain Dealer writer said the strength of the Blue Jays was not necessarily their power hitting, but their pitching, which had a lower ERA than the Indians.

The rumors of potential mergers in the Akron Public School district have swirled for some time, and now the news has been confirmed. Most notably, Garfield and Kenmore High Schools will join as one in the near future. David James, superintendent of Akron Public Schools, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss this particular merger. James and city council president Marilyn Keith have previously discussed plans for a brand new CLC, and the tenants would be the schools with a diminished population. At the start of the 2016-2017 school year, Kenmore High School is at 33% capacity. According to James, the project will cost $58 million, and 59% of it will be paid for by the state. Team meetings on where to build the new CLC will begin in 2017, as the plan is to find a site equal distance between Kenmore and Garfield.

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