It was not long ago when the beer options at local eateries and pubs were limited. The fortunes of quality beer drinkers everywhere should thank the Boston Beer Company, started by a man from Cincinnati, Ohio.

Jim Koch, the co-founder and chairman of Samuel Adams, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about him leading the craft beer revolution. He has a new book out, Quench Your Own Thirst: Business Lessons Learned Over a Beer or Two.

Jim discussed his journey from brewing his first beer in his kitchen to being one of the most popular beer companies in the world. Craft breweries were scarce when he began in 1984, but thanks to Sam Adams and select others, there are nearly 10,000 of them.

A big announcement was made in the local healthcare marketplace. Over the next decade, Summa Health will be investing $350 million into the community and its facilities.

Dr. Thomas Malone, president and CEO of Summa Health, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about the announcement, which came down on Tuesday. Some of what Summa will be working on is constructing a new patient tower at the main campus, increasing their outpatient capacity, adding private rooms for patients, and improving the services at the Barberton campus.

In addition to the physical changes, Dr. Malone believes this will be great for both the employees and the region. “We’re not only here to stay, but we need to lead the change in healthcare in this community."

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 07:05

AUDIO: Ken Babby Promotes RubberDucks Opener

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Canal Park will be the home of the 2016 Eastern League All-Star Game in July, with the Home Run Derby kicking off the festivities. Until then, the Akron RubberDucks are having a home run derby of their own.

Ken Babby, the owner of the RubberDucks, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talking about the team and the improved ballpark experience. Babby talked about the mashers in the middle of the Ducks’ lineup, which include top prospects Bradley Zimmer and Clint Frazier. Akron is off to a 5-0 start as they come home.

In addition to the team, the overall experience at Canal Park has stepped up its game, as well. Babby touched on the upcoming promotions, the new food offerings, and the festivities around the home opener, including the addition of “Rubberta,” the new female mascot.

Each month, Dan Horrigan, the mayor of Akron, joins the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss a variety of topics and takes your phone calls.

Among the topics were the city-owned golf courses, which include GolfTEC and Mud Run. The purpose of these courses were to have teenagers and inner city children hit the links, so keeping these owned by the city, the mayor believes, is a "quality of life" issue.

Other points of interest were Horrigan managing his first budget here in 2016, and the mayor taking calls from the listeners. Below is the interview in its entirety.

Each month, Congressman Jim Renacci joins the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss a slew of topics.

First, there has been plenty of talk about a brokered Republican National Convention this July up in Cleveland. Rep. Renacci believes, no matter what, this convention will be beneficial to the region. As for the Republican Party, Renacci stressed that a brokered convention has happened before, and the Republican Party should survive no matter what.

In addition to the convention, tax day is also around the corner. Rep. Renacci urges folks to watch their identity and protect it from being stolen when filing taxes.

The game of baseball is ever-changing, and not just on the field. Major League Baseball is experimenting with extending the netting behind home plate from dugout to dugout, hoping this may cut down on injuries to fans in the stands.

Jim Folk, VP of Ballpark Operations with the Cleveland Indians, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to give his perspective on the changes. Folk said the Indians have consulted with an engineering firm to extend the netting, with the goal to keep the paying customers safer.

The ballpark experience in present times have been more conducive to younger fans, who are more in tune with social media and food fare than the older fan.

The Cleveland International Film Festival is celebrating its 40th year, and they are doing it in style.

Patrick Shepherd, associate director of the CIFF, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the growth of the festival the last 15 years, in which over 100,000 movie goers will pass through the proverbial turnstiles. Shepherd talked about how the films are selected for the festival, which includes the ESPN 30 For 30 film called 'Believeland,' which chronicles the struggles of Cleveland's sports teams and their struggles.

The festivities kick off on March 30th and go through April 10th at Tower City Cinemas in downtown Cleveland.

Fry some pierogis, crack open and piwo, pick yourself up some pussy willows, and break out the Bobby Vinton records, as Dyngus Day is upon us!

Justin Gorski, a.k.a. DJ Kishka joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about this sort-of new annual tradition. Gorski has been the point person in spreading the word of Dyngus Day in the region, which originated centuries ago in Poland. Gorski visited Buffalo, New York, where the large Polish population has been celebrating Dyngus Day since the 1960s.

Dyngus Day is held the day after Easter every year, and is typically located in the Detroit-Shoreway, Tremont, and Hingetown neighborhoods in Cleveland.

Once again, the vacant area that was once home to Rolling Acres Mall is on the selling block. The retail space deteriorated in the 1990s, with the mall closing in 2008. What will the future hold?

Mayor Dan Horrigan called into the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the large property over on Romig Road. Talking about the area, Horrigan believes the Rolling Acres strip is “fairly well located, and [has a lot of] good amenities,” as he and the city try to find the best use for it long-term.

Horrigan stressed that the city does care about the Roming Road area, saying they want to take advantage of the quality of life opportunities.

Hal Naragon may not be a household name nationwide, even with baseball die-hards, but he is widely respected in the local community.

Naragon joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss his honor of being named to the Walk of Fame in his hometown of Barberton. He was a Magic back in the 1940s, and he talked about how happy he was to be given this honor.

Hal touched on his town, saying “Barberton has always been good to me.” He gave praise to Mayor Bill Judge: “Downtown Barberton is on the move, and it’s good to see again."

The former Indians and Twins catcher played 10 seasons in Major League Baseball. Because of that, Naragon shared his thoughts on the passing of baseball broadcasting legend Joe Garagiola. Though they played in separate leagues, Hal said Joe was "a very friendly person.”