Tuesday, 24 January 2017 10:14

AUDIO: Mayor Horrigan On City Budget, ACA

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A full year has gone by since Dan Horrigan took over as the mayor of Akron, and it is time to look at the budget into 2017.

Horrigan called into the Ray Horner Morning Show to touch on the two sections of the budget, and the subsequent cuts with it, totaling up to around $75 million over the last five years.

The mayor also discussed the Republicans’ repealing of the Affordable Care Act and the effect it can and will have locally. Other topics included the water and sewer supply and the future of Chapel Hill Mall.

Thursday, 19 January 2017 09:39

AUDIO: George Karl Reflects On Head Coaching Career

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His long NBA head coaching career began a few miles up the road in Richfield, Ohio. Now, he spent a few minutes speaking in his old stomping grounds.

George Karl, long-time head coach in the NBA, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss his new and controversial book, Furious George. Karl reflected on his coaching career, which included stops in Golden State, Seattle, Milwaukee, Denver, Sacramento, and of course Cleveland. He also talked about working his way up the coaching ranks, and touched on the Cavaliers’ championship run in 2016.

Karl is one of nine coaches who have won over 1,000 games in their coaching careers, finishing with 1,175. He wrapped up his career in 2016 with the Sacramento Kings.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 09:35

AUDIO: Kyle Kutuchief Talks Knight Cities Challenge

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On Tuesday, The Knight Foundation announced there will be 144 finalists in their third-annual Knights Cities Challenge. Of those 144 finalists, eight are located in Akron, out of 4,500 applicants.

Kyle Kutuchief, director from the Knight Foundation, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about the program in general and what all goes into the challenge. According to Kutuchief, the winners will be announced in April.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 09:43

Summa CEO Faces Tough Questions

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As soon as the calendar turned to 2017, controversy has surrounded the offices of Akron’s Summa Health System. From firings to walkouts to calls for resignation, plenty of questions are on the table.

Dr. Thomas Malone, President and CEO of Summa, faced those tough questions Wednesday on the Ray Horner Morning Show. Dr. Malone addressed the calls for his dismissal, which came a day after he sent an apology memo to his staff.

As for the contract dispute, Dr. Malone initially believed the matter would be resolved and contracts would have been extended, but he believes he needed to protect the hospital.

In other controversial news, though not as grandiose, Malone reacted to a 2015 photo of him smoking a cigar, which has gone viral. Summa instituted a nicotine-free policy for new hires some years back.

Thursday, 05 January 2017 08:23

AUDIO: Southwest Pulls Out At CAK

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In 2014, Southwest Airlines came on through Akron-Canton Airport with great fanfare, but it’s stay was a little more than a layover. Come June, Southwest will no longer be taking off at the airport.

Rick McQueen, president and CEO of the Akron-Canton Airport, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to speak of the loss of the airline. McQueen said Southwest had already been cutting back its services in 2016, and was both shocked but not surprised by the announcement.

As Southwest slowly cut down on their services at the airport, CAK will see a sizable bump with Spirit Airlines, another low-cost airline with flights headed to warm-weather destinations in Florida and South Carolina.

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.

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