Thursday, 02 June 2016 09:51

Mayor Horrigan On Search For New UA President

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The parting of ways with Scott Scarborough was certainly not surprising, but it was not without its concerns. Those concerns are being heard throughout the Akron community, and the local leaders are listening.

Mayor Dan Horrigan joined the Ray Horner Morning Show on Thursday, two days after the announcement from the University of Akron. Horrigan talked about the search for the new president and the challenges it can bring, as well as what it means for the region.

In addition to the university, Horrigan also touched on the food truck popularity and the state softball tournament at Firestone Stadium.

Friday, 27 May 2016 10:12

Don Plusquellic Tells All In New Book

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It’s been a full year since Don Plusquellic stepped down as the mayor of Akron. After 28 years in office, he left a very large pair of shoes that continue to be difficult to fill.

Now, in 2016, a new book about the former mayor in in stores now, penned by Steve Love from the Akron Beacon Journal. Love and Plusquellic joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about the process of putting together this tell-all tome.

True to his nature, Plusquellic was quite candid about his life and political career, dating back to his football days at Kenmore High School. Plusquellic talked at length about his opposition over the years, his sports background, the loss of the Inventors Hall of Fame, the life of Ray Kapper, and bringing faith back to Akron.

The full one hour of the mayor and the author are posted in the Soundcloud link below. Love will be holding book signings around the region. The official book launch will be held at Quaker Station on June 22, starting at 6 PM.

Thursday, 26 May 2016 10:09

AUDIO: Hopkins Airport Gearing Up For RNC

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As the Republican National Convention approaches, Northeast Ohio seems to be mentally and physically preparing itself for the hordes of out-of-towners coming through the area. But how exactly are they getting there?

Fred Szabo, the director at Hopkins International Airport, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about CLE’s preparations before the convention. Szabo says the airport will add extra TSA staff before the convention, and they have expanded the checkpoints for visitors, ensuing the crowds will pass through quicker.

Hopkins Airport has been under construction for well over a year, and Szabo believes the renovations will wrap up a month before the convention. Szabo admits the process of renovating the terminal has been “painful,” but he feels folks will be pleased with the updated signage and facades around the airport.

Monday, 23 May 2016 09:57

AUDIO: Illuminating Company Prepared For RNC

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All eyes will be on Northeast Ohio in the coming months, from the Bridgestone Invitation to the Pro Football Hall of Fame game and induction ceremonies, to the NBA Finals. But it is the Republican National Convention that has been of most concern.

Who is going to provide the power for the influx of people? Will it be enough? John Skory, the regional president of FirstEnergy's Illuminating Company, answered these questions on the Ray Horner Morning Show. Skory brought up how the Illuminating Company has been doing numerous studies since Cleveland was named the home of this year's RNC, and they are prepared for any issues in case they come along.

The RNC will be coming through Cleveland from July 18-21st.

Believe it or not, boomerang throwing is popular in many other countries, not just Australia. Now, a local product looks to spread the word throughout Northeast Ohio.

Before he competes for season 8 of American Ninja Warrior next week in Philadelphia, Logan Broadbent took the time to call into the Ray Horner Morning Show. Logan, a GlenOak alum, talked to Ray about his athletic career and how and why he decided to pick up the boomerang.

In addition to being a member of the US Boomerang Team, Logan is a triathlete and a graduate of The Ohio State University.

Thursday, 19 May 2016 10:10

AUDIO: Terry Pluto On Believeland, Surging Cavs

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Could Believeland finally get its happy ending, or will a Cavaliers upset add to the misery? Time will tell.

Terry Pluto, best-selling author and columnist at the Plain Dealer, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to chat about the goings on in Cleveland sports, both past and present. First, Pluto felt the Believeland 30 for 30 was just “okay.” He did echo Rich Heldenfels’s thoughts on the lack of female members of the Northeast Ohio press in the documentary, and that he didn’t need another reminder of of the misery since he was present for them, but Pluto was fine with the film overall.

Onto the present, Pluto chatted about the state of the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals. Pluto thinks the team has responded well to Tyronn Lue, claiming that the midseason firing of David Blatt “took the excuse away” from the players that, if they were to lose, they’d blame the coach. Other points of interest were the fiery jumpshooting from the Cavs, including the deadline move of bringing Channing Frye on board, whom GM David Griffin has been pursuing since 2009.

A 10-3 vote in Akron city council approved the construction of a new cell phone tower on the west side of downtown. It was not the most popular decision among those in council, but it passed nonetheless.

Councilman Rich Swirsky was very vocal about the approval, and he voiced his displeasure on the Ray Horner Morning Show. Swirsky wasn't opposed to alternative sites for the cell tower, or even a different structure, but he feels it will become an "eyesore" over on West Market Street, across from the Akron Family Restaurant.

Swirsky also believes most in council were not in favor of the move, but voted for the measure so as to not get caught up in a legal battle down the road.

Stark State College has been looking for a campus in Akron city limits, and the plans were announced on Thursday by Dr. Para Jones. The campus will be located on E. Market Street, right off Route 8, adjacent to the soon-to-be expanded Summa Health complex.

Mayor Dan Horrigan is intrigued about what Stark State can bring to the area, and he discussed his excitement in studio on the Ray Horner Morning Show. Horrigan believes this will benefit the city greatly, especially with Millennial retention, which has been a focus in recent years. On the announcement, the mayor believed Thursday was “a very exciting day for the city."

The planned start date for the college is fall of 2018.

Horrigan also gave an update on the future of the Innerbelt, and what the vision is for the land long-term.

Congressman Jim Renacci joins the Ray Horner Morning Show on WAKR each month to discuss a slew of topics.

One of those happens to be Law Enforcement Week, and a hot point during the week is the protective vests for police officers. Renacci believes the reauthorization of dollars to help fund the vests will be beneficial to smaller communities.

Rep. Renacci also touched on the opioid bill that is about to hit the House, as well as the Nexus pipeline through Summit County and the backing of Donald Trump with fellow Republicans.

Few communities have as rich a sports culture as Barberton. Now, there is an opening with some large shoes to fill.

On Wednesday, Ken Rector, the long-time head coach of the Magics, announced his retirement from coaching the basketball team. Ken called into the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss his decision and what he has going forward.

Ken says he put a lot of thought into his decision to step aside and, with his kids in college, he felt this was the right time to leave. He wanted to make sure the program is where he wanted it to be and ensure the Magics’ tradition continues.

Does Ken have another coaching job lined up? "I’ve never even looked at any other positions,” he says.

Ken grew up in Barberton, and getting the head coaching job some 20 years ago was “a dream.” However, he plans to continue teaching at Barberton.