Wednesday, 17 August 2016 08:34

Tom Leopold Discusses Career In Acting, Comedy Writing

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He began his career as an actor, working with such greats as Steve Allen and Donald O'Connor. The second wave of his career brought him on the other side of the camera, writing for Seinfeld and Cheers.

So is Tom Leopold pleased with his life and career? Why wouldn't he be?

Tom joined the Ray Horner Morning Show, hosted by Tony Mazur, to discuss his five decade-long career, whether it was acting as Ted Knight’s son on The Ted Knight Show (not to be confused with his later sitcom, Too Close For Comfort) or writing Chevy Chase’s post-SNL comedy special. Both Tom and Tony are fans of old showbiz periphery, so Tom also talked about his crosswalk encounter with Groucho Marx and seeing George Jessel perform at the end of his life.

Aside from the acting and writing, Tom assists with the website ComedyWire, and has also hosted radio shows on his conversion to Catholicism.

The finishing touches are going into the new Firestone High School. Though not everything will be completed by the first day of school, according to the superintendent of Akron Public Schools, the bulk of the project will be all done.

David James, the APS superintendent, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to gloss over the Firestone/Litchfield project. James says this has been a process directly from listening to the community as far as input in the school. He believes this building will serve a larger purpose for the surrounding community, not just for the students.

The open house at the new facility will be on August 28th.

Tuesday, 02 August 2016 09:27

AUDIO: Rep. Renacci Reviews His Tax Plan

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Each month, Congressman Jim Renacci joins the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss a wide array of topics concerning citizens both locally and nationally.

The Ohio congressman called to discuss his new tax plan, one in which he has been pushing for years. Renacci believed there needed to be an overhaul in our tax system, so he took matters into his own hands. The goal for his tax plan is to watch out for the middle class and to ensure businesses keep hiring.

In addition to his tax plan, Rep. Renacci recapped July’s Republican National Convention and how he will spend the month of August meeting with his district’s mayors and citizens.

Monday, 01 August 2016 08:15

AUDIO: Local Politicians Remember Russ Pry

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The passing of county executive Russ Pry has shaken up a lot of people, both citizens and politicians alike. But his impact was felt across the entire region, and just not politically.

First, Mayor Dan Horrigan, a close friend of his for many years, spoke about dealing with Russ on a personal and professional level.

Marco Sommerville also dealt with Russ on different projects throughout the years, and he talked of the county executive’s efforts on keeping jobs in the Akron area.

There were plenty of local connections at the Republican National Convention, especially since it was held just a few minutes up I-77 in Cleveland. But who from the Akron area made the trip east on I-76 to Philadelphia for the DNC?

Isabel Framer from Copley did, and she joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about her experiences. Isabel is part of the DNC board of directors at-large, and she discussed being present for Hillary Clinton accepting the presidential nomination, as well as the unity between Clinton’s and Bernie Sanders’s camp.

The Copley superdelegate was one of the few local connections in Philadelphia, with a list that included Senator Sherrod Brown and Congressman Tim Ryan.

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.

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