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.

Each month, Congressman Jim Renacci calls into the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss a slew of topics that occur locally, nationally, and internationally.

First, Rep. Renacci addressed the lewd “locker room” comments made by Donald Trump in 2005, calling the words “appalling.” However, he believes it was important for Trump to apologize, and this now gives the candidates a chance to focus on the issues and the direction of the country.

In addition to the election, Renacci mentioned the shape of our roads and bridges and how they will be paid off. He feels a long-term plan should be put in place to pay for the roads, rather than just borrowing money and forcing future generations to pay off the debt.

Friday, 07 October 2016 09:22

AUDIO: Summit County Tourism Sees 12.4% Growth

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The spotlight on Northeast Ohio in 2016 has shined brightly, but the growth in the area began its uptick a few years before.

Gregg Mervis, president and CEO of the Akron/Summit Convention and Visitors Bureau, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about these numbers. Specifically, Mervis says the increase in tourism has increased 12.4 percent between 2013 and 2015. The double-digit growth number really surprised and humbled the optimistic Mervis.

Where are these visitors spending their money on in Summit County? First, you factor in the 70 new hotels, then look at the events and staple locations in the area, such as the Bridgestone Invitational and Stan Hywet.

"There is a growing vibe and an authentic spirit…within the community,” says Mervis.

The proposals on what to do with Akron Public Schools’ consolidation continues, and six options are on the table being carefully reviewed. The state of Ohio will only fund one high school, which should have a capacity of over 1,000, and that would mean two of the smaller schools will have to be merged.

APS superintendent David James and treasurer Ryan Pendleton joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to recap Monday night’s meeting with Akron city council. James says the engineers are actively searching for property to build this new school, but due to high costs, the facility will most likely be constructed on APS property, specifically Garfield.

Pendleton says he feels excited about giving the Garfield and Kenmore areas new technology-rich facilities.

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