For about a half-century, Cleveland, Ohio seemed to be the butt of many jokes both locally and nationally. Well, that may have been the case until 2016, the summer when the Cavaliers hoisted up the Larry O’Brien trophy, and the Republican National Convention was handled quite smoothly.

Jennifer Kramer, the Senior Communications Manager at Destination Cleveland, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the emotional and economical impact these events have had on the region. Jennifer said she does not have the hard data in as far as economic intake, but response seems to be quite positive, with many saying Cleveland should house more national events of this caliber.

Some tough questions lay ahead for Akron Public Schools in the near and distant future. APS brass understands the concerns from the community on the future of the local schools, but can the buildings function with such decreased enrollment?

Superintendent of Akron Public Schools, David James, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to recap his address at Kenmore High School from last night. Enrollment, or lack thereof, was at the forefront of the conversation, with talks of closing or merging schools being mentioned. A possibility brought up was having Kenmore merge with Innes CLC, among other brainstorms.

James was asked why not keep the status quo. The superintendent said some of these schools are only at half capacity, and by merging the students into a magnet school, it will help cut costs and save taxpayer money. James also said they will receive state funding from the state level soon.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 08:29

AUDIO: Matthew Wilson Takes over UA Presidency

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The University of Akron continues to go through a transition process, specifically after the resignation of former president Scott Scarborough back in May. But the effort to push through the poor publicity continues.

The dean of the University of Akron College of Law, Matthew Wilson, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about him being named interim president. Wilson will tackle the presidency until the trustees pick a permanent choice.

Wilson has been with the university since 2014. Prior to coming to Akron, he held a similar position with the University of Wyoming College of Law.

Thursday, 07 July 2016 08:29

AUDIO: Sen. Rob Portman Looks To Pass CARA

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The outbreak of heroin continues to spread, and it is happening in our own backyard. In the Akron area, there were 15 reported overdoses on heroin in a ten-hour span. Senator Rob Portman joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk CARA, the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act. Portman has been passionate about this issue, and has been looking to get it passed with a bipartisan effort. The Ohio senator wants to educate people, both addicts and non-users, about the dangers of opiates, as heroin overdoses have become the number-one accidental death in the state of Ohio, losing five or six people a day on average. Portman warns of the dangers of pill overdose, as four out of five heroin addicts were exposed to the opiates from prescription medication. In Ohio, according to Portman, there have been about as many heroin overdoses already in 2016 than there were in all of 2015.

The city of Ravenna is in the running for a new military training center. Well, that is if there is a running.

Frank Seman, the mayor of Ravenna, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss this possible expansion of the Missile Defense Agency. Mayor Seman says there is 22,000 acres at the arsenal, and there are studies done as to how much land would be required for the site.

Ravenna is competing with cities in Michigan and New York for this billion-dollar defense system, which could employ 400 people.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 10:02

Mayor Horrigan on the Bridgestone, Rolling Acres

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The celebration in Akron continues, from the LeBron James party at Lock 3 last week to the Bridgestone Invitational this week. As the mayor said, there is a lot of civic pride going around the area.

Dan Horrigan, the mayor of Akron, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss all the bells and whistles that go into the Bridgestone week. The mayor talked about the commitment by the volunteers, and how the area prepares itself for such an event.

Speaking of the area surrounding Akron, the city is in possession of what is left of Rolling Acres Mall. Horrigan says the city is researching how much it will cost to demolish the decrepit structure, and assures the listeners they have plenty of ideas for the site. “[We’ll see] what’s the best fit for the city, the best fit for the future,” says the mayor.

Thursday, 23 June 2016 09:38

Joe Tait Touches On 2016 Cavs, His Health

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He may not be following the Cleveland Cavaliers as close as he used to, but hall of fame broadcaster Joe Tait is happy for them. Even if he only caught just one game last season.

The long-time play-by-play man for the now-world champion Cavs joined the Ray Horner Morning Show, and he discussed the his viewing of Sunday’s historic Game 7, as well as the leadership growth in LeBron James over the years. Prior to 2016, Joe reflected on the Miracle of Richfield Cavaliers, who, in his opinion, was the best Cavs team he ever called.

In serious news, about a month ago, Joe contracted sepsis and has been in and out of the hospital. Joe says if he waited two more days to get treated, he may not be here. In addition to the blood poisoning, some cancer was discovered in his body. However, Joe says he is feeling a lot better.

Was it fair to call “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” a one-hit wonder? Maybe the song itself was, but Vicki Lawrence carved out a nice career for herself, through thick and thin.

Vicki has accomplished all of this while battling CIU, a disease she did not have previous knowledge of. She joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to raise awareness for CIU & You, a condition that affects 1.5 million people.

In addition to educating the listeners on CIU, Vicki chatted about her long career and how she became a member of the Carol Burnett Show ensemble. “Mama” even paid a visit, too.

It happened. It actually happened. After more than a half-century, a Cleveland sports team took home the title, and it was done in dramatic fashion.

The dramatics mostly came from Akron’s own LeBron James. His long-time coach Dru Joyce II joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk in depth about his former player, who took home his third championship trophy. Coach Joyce stresses that LeBron did not just fall into this talent; it took a painstaking work ethic and an other-worldly basketball IQ.

Joyce coached James in his junior and senior seasons at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.

Thursday, 16 June 2016 10:59

AUDIO: Drew Friedman Draws His Obsessions

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They say to write and draw what you love. Illustrator and cartoonist Drew Friedman has made a living out of that mantra.

After pouring over copies of MAD Magazine as a youth, Drew had the opportunity to join the MAD team some years later. He talked to Tony Mazur on the Ray Horner Morning Show about his obsession with sketching old Jewish comedians. Says Drew, his favorite things to draw are old comedians and Jewish people, so he combined the two and turned them into three critically-acclaimed books. His new book comes out in October 2016 called “More Heroes of the Comics.”

In addition to his artwork, Drew also discussed his love of Jerry Lewis, meeting Groucho Marx in 1975, the panned 1968 film “Skidoo,” and his distaste for George Jessel.