Wednesday, 25 April 2018 17:11

Jordan Bastian Assesses Indians Club

MLB.com reporter for the Cleveland Indians Jordan Bastian asessed the Cleveland Indians during the Sam and Brad Show Wednesday.

He talked about the team's dreadful loss to the Cubs yesterday.

The Tribe and the Cubs will go at 7:10pm tonight in downtown Cleveland. 

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Longtime sportscaster and the radio voice of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Don Criqui spoke with Sam and Brad to talk Notre Dame offensive linemen Quenton Nelson and Mike McGlinchey for our Know Your Prospect segment.

He also talked a little Browns as well, offering his thoughts on what can get them turned around.

 

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The uncertainty on the future of the Akron Racers has been a topic of speculation for months. However, a recent settlement has provided a sliver of clarity for 2019.

Joey Arrietta joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to update the listeners on the goings on these last few months. Like the Cleveland Browns in 1996, the goal for Joey was to retain the Racers name, colors, and tradition, and that has been the case for the Racers, as well. The new incarnation of the Racers will not have any connection to the Cleveland Comets.

Looking back on what has been built since 1999, Joey is proud of the potential for a new team in 2019. She looks forward to speaking with local businesses and investors, especially with the lure of historic Firestone Stadium and the Racers foundation.

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It was announced some weeks back at Matthew Wilson, then-president at the University of Akron, was stepping down from his position, and the search continues to fill those big shoes.

In the meantime, Dr. John Green, director of the Bliss Institute and professor of political science, has been named as the interim president at the University of Akron. Dr. Green joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about his appointment to his new position and how he plans on keeping business going as a new president search goes on. One of the strong points of Dr. Green being the president has been his tenure at the college, which has been more than thirty years.

Dr. Green also praised the job Matthew Wilson did after the fallout of Scott Scarborough two years prior.

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CBS Broadcaster Jim Nantz joined the Sam and Brad Show Monday afternoon to talk about being named the 2018 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational Ambassador of Golf.

Nantz was truly humbled by the distinction, saying he truly enjoys coming to Akron's Firestone Country Club.

"Of all the awards I've received in my life, this one really stands out."  Nantz explained.

Nantz will recieve the Ambassador of Golf award  Wednesday August 1 at Firestone's South Course. 

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Former Ohio State Buckeye and NFL player Ray Ellis spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about the death of his former coach Earle Bruce.

Bruce passed away at the age of 87 and coached the Buckeyes from 1979-1987.

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This week's 1590 WAKR male Student Athlete of the Week is Zane Patterson from Woodridge High School.

Zane is a three-sport athlete for the Bulldogs, and with it being the spring sports season, he is currently on the baseball team. He is known for his skills on the pitcher's mound, but also plays first base when he is not pitching. However, Mother Nature has not been too kind to baseball teams in Northeast Ohio, and many teams have not been able to get on the field much.

Outside of baseball, Zane is also a member of the golf and bowling teams at Woodridge.

Patterson is all set as far as college goes, as he will be attending The Ohio State University to study economics. For the remainder of high school, he is a member of the National Honors Society and the Academic Challenge team.

Zane is a big Cleveland Indians fan, and his favorite player is Francisco Lindor.

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This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Kaitlyn Hill, a senior softball player from East Community Learning Center.

She's been a starting pitcher for the Dragons since freshman year, earning three varsity letters.

Her coach Sarah Kramer says Kaitlyn is a leader both on and off the field

“I rely on her to get messages out and just be a role model for the new players that have come out,” Kramer explains.

“She's a 3.9/4/0 student, and she leads by example both on and off the field.”

Kaitlyn is a member of the National Honor Society, a commanding officer in the ROTC, in addition to both participating in bowling and softball for East.

Hill says she enjoys being a part of the Dragons softball team and working with her coaches and teammates, especially some of the younger players.

“Half of these girls are first year players,” Hill explained. “You just have to be patient and work with them a lot, and keep reminding them to have positive attitudes.”

Among some of Hill's honors include being named Akron Beacon Journal Player of the Week and was also a team MVP during her career.

Upon graduation this spring, Hill plans on attending the University of Akron to study accounting.

We wish Kaitlyn the best in all of her future endeavors.

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EL Pitcher of the Week for your Akron Rubberducks Shane Beiber joined the Sam and Brad Show to talk about his hot start to the season.

 

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Tom Withers of the Associated Press joined Sam and Brad to talk about last night's win over the Pacers in Game #2 of their playoff series.

Game #3 will be Friday night in Indianapolis. You can hear it on 1590 WAKR.

 

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Color Analayst for the UCLA-IMG Sports Network Matt Stevens spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about Josh Rosen for our Know Your Prospect segment.

Stevens, a former Bruin quarterback, said that Rosen is "another Aaron Rodgers" and is the best QB in the draft.

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On Monday, Akron City Council announced the age for the sale of tobacco products have been raised from 18 to 21. Originally proposed by Tamiyka Rose, Akron becomes the tenth city in the state of Ohio to become a “Tobacco 21” town.

Akron mayor Dan Horrigan joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to share his thoughts. Though he understands any pushback the city could receive, the mayor feels this is a larger part of the evolution of the culture, and by curbing the use of tobacco, it will help promote a healthier society. Jeff Fusco is a part of city council, and he felt that the lack of availability of the products, based on research, would lessen the amount of teen smoking rates.

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 07:52

AUDIO: Experts Speak on Syria Strike

On Friday, President Trump announced the United States carried out a strike on Syria, coming off the heels of a chemical attack that occurred on its own citizens earlier in the week. So what is next? Was this a one-time message-sending strike, or could this lead to a full-scale war?

The Ray Horner Morning Show welcomed three international experts to speak on this subject.

Dr. John Green

Jeff McCausland

Dr. Steven Hook

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Veteran broadcaster Jay Crawford joined the Sam and Brad Show Monday to talk about his new venture doing the play-by-play for the Cleveland Browns' preseason games on News 5.

He also talked about the Cavs' loss in Game  #1 of the playoffs and how the lack of chemistry and synergy on the court is worrysome at times.

 

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Jensen Lewis, fomer Tribe pitcher and current host on Indians Live on Sports Time Ohio, spoke with Sam and Brad to talk Tribe on 1590 WAKR. 

The Indians will be taking on the Minnesota Twins in Puerto Rico starting Tuesday for a quick-two game series.

 

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There's a lot of questions about the Cavaliers after their 18-point loss to the Indiana Pacers in Game #1 of the NBA Playoffs

Fox Sports Ohio's TV play-by-play voice Fred McLeod offered his thoughts.

 

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Mackenzie Hance of Lake High School is this week's 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week.

Mackenzie is a member of the Blue Streaks girls basketball team who just wrapped up their regular season 5-10, and are getting ready to start tournament play Saturday against Louisville. Mackenzie who is a junior has lettered in basketball all three years of high school and was the leading scorer in 2016 and 2017.

Even as an Junior Mackenzie knows the importance of leadership. " Being a junior I just really want to be a leader for the younger girls on the team." Mackenzie is also a leader off the court as part of the mentor program at Lake where she volunteers her time to help younger students at the school.

Health Tech is Mackenzie's favorite subject in school but wants to learn more about the medical field before fully committing to studying it in college.

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Tyler Hays from Copley High School is the 1590 WAKR male Student Athlete of the Week for April 13th-20th.

While he may not look like baseball hall of famer Randy Johnson, his tall presence on the mound for the Copley Indians would remind one of the Big Unit.

Baseball has been in Tyler’s blood from a young age, and he added pitching to his repitour when he was ten. When he’s not on the mound, Tyler is in right field or a large target at first base.

Spring baseball in Ohio is not always cooperative due to inclement weather, but Tyler is not deterred. "I’m just always trying to stick to my routine no matter what,” he says. "If I’m supposed to start and my game gets canceled, I just push everything back a day to maintain my focus."

Tyler has lettered varsity in all four years at Copley. He has been named first-team All-Suburban League twice, looking to make it a third, and was named to the All-District team his junior year.

A resident of Copley from a young age, Tyler has enjoyed his time at both the school and the town.

"I love it, it’s been great to me all thirteen years I’ve been here,” says Tyler. "The school system, I love it here. If someone asked me if I could go anywhere else, I’d say nowhere. Copley is the place for me."

After graduation, Tyler will take the Ohio Turnpike out west to Bowling Green State University, where he will be a member of the Falcons’ baseball team next spring. He plans on majoring in criminal justice.

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Grace Hete is this week's 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week.

Grace is a junior at Revere Highs School, and is a member of the girls basketball team. Grace first tried her hand at basketball in the fourth she was encouraged to play by her father and friends due to her height. It wasn't long before grace was hooked on the game and the relationships that were built while playing it.

"Playing over the years, I love the people I got to know and got to be friends with," says Grace. "That's why I've stuck with it."

Grace also works very hard in the classroom. She wants to continue to play basketball in college and wants to study dermatology. Being only a junior, she is still keeping her options open for college.

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Thursday, 12 April 2018 18:09

UA's Kest Stepping Away From The Sideline

After 12 seasons coaching at the University of Akron, 34 overall, head women's basketball coach Jodi Kest is retiring.

She joined Sam and Brad Thursday to talk about her career and latest ventures. 

We at 1590 WAKR wish Jodi the best in all of her future endeavors. 

 

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Paul Keels, the "Voice of the Buckeyes" discusses some of the notable Ohio State draft-eligible players for our Know Your Prospect segment,

 

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The Board of Directors had their meetings this morning and Tim Stried from the OHSAA spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about some of the divisional breakdowns and competitive balance in boys and girls basketball.

Also Tim discussed the proposal passed during the meeting to extend the baseball season in high school athletics by one week.

 

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Thursday, 12 April 2018 16:42

Sam Amico Talks Cavaliers, 2018 Playoffs

NBA writer Sam Amico from Amico Hoops.net spoke with Sam and Brad Thursday to talk about the Cavaliers as they get ready for the Indiana Pacers on Sunday.

He also offered his thoughts on who needs to step up for the Wine and Gold during the second season. 

 

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Fox Sports Ohio Golf Analyst  Jimmy Hanlin talked a little golf with Sam and Brad Thursday including the news of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational moving from the South Course to Memphis in 2019.

 He also discussed Masters winner Patrick Reed and what's next for him. 

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This week has shown some uncertain futures for two long-time staples in the Akron area.

Dan Horrigan, the mayor of Akron, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss a few local topics, one of them being the sale of the Akron Beacon Journal to GateHouse Media. Horrigan believes in a strong local newspaper to hold the politicians accountable, and has said the Beacon is part of the fabric of the city. Once the sale goes through, the mayor wants to sit with the new owners to discuss their approach to journalism and the business community.

Horrigan also touched on the Bridgestone Invitational, which will leave town after 2018. The mayor is disappointed that the Bridgestone will not return for 2019, especially with how it affects the local economy and the Northeast Ohio Golf Charities. He says the city will work on bringing a new tournament to town, with the hopes of the top golfers in the world coming back, as well.

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Wednesday, 11 April 2018 17:30

Know Your Prospect: Baker Mayfield

Radio Voice of the Oklahoma Sooners football program Toby Rowland spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about Baker Mayfield for our Know Your Prospect segment. 

 

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For this week's edition of the Coaches Spotlight, we headed over to Stow-Munroe Falls High School to catch up with head baseball coach Aaron DeBord.

 

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For the fourth-straight year since LeBron James has returned from South Beach, the Cleveland Cavaliers are embarking on another playoff run.

John Michael, the radio voice of the Cavs, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to preview the playoffs and the team’s opponent. Michael says the rotations and matchups will depend on their opponent, and regardless, Tyronn Lue will typically rotate nine players in the game. The final game of the season will mark the first time in LeBron’s career he will have played in all 82 contests, and Michael made a case for him being the MVP.

The Cavs’ voice also talked about other potential foes in the Eastern Conference, including young and hungry teams such as the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers.

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Monday, 09 April 2018 17:37

Know Your Prospect: Denzel Ward

For this week's edition of our Know Your Prospect interview, we went just north of 303 to speak with Jeff Fox, the head coach of the Nordonia Knights to talk shoutdown cornerback Denzel Ward.

The NFL Draft is less than three weeks away, and Ward is making a name for himself at some local combines and workouts.

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Tribe broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus joined the Sam and Brad Show Monday to talk about the Indians, the cold, and their early homestand.

 

Indians and Tigers play tonight at 6:10pm. 

 

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This week's 1590 WAKR Female Student of the Week is Kendal Miller from St. Vincent-St Mary High School.

Kendal is standout senior basketball player for Coach Carley Whitney and the Fighting Irish. St. V had another tremendous season, as they made it to the regional championship game in Division II, before falling to Gilmour Academy.

Kendal is already set to continue her academic and athletic career, which will ocurr at The University of Akron. She actually committed to the Zips during her junior year at St. Vincent-St Mary.

Miller really is a big fan of the tight-knit community at St. V. She says you can always count on the student body and teachers to be there when you need them the most, on or off the court. Kendal is also a really big fan of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. When she isn't playing ball or studying, Kendal enjoys catching up on her sleep.

Best of luck to you, Kendal!

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Friday, 06 April 2018 14:23

Indians, Fans Ready For Opening Day

The Cleveland Indians are getting ready for their Opening Day game against the Kansas City Royals  at the corner of Carneige and Ontario

 Communications Coordinator Curtis Danburg spoke with Jasen Sokol, Sam Bourquin, and Brad Russell about the promotions schedule and his views on Opening Day.

Chef Todd Brazile stopped by as well to talk about the latest ballpark food coming to Progressive Field this season.

 

Former Indians pitcher Chad Ogea also joined the program talking about his memories of Opening Day and his thoughts on the current Indians ballclub.

 

U.S. Senator and lifelong Tribe fan Sherrod Brown also spoke with the gentlemen in Booth 6 to talk about his memories of Opening Day and his thoughts on this year's team.

 

Voice of the Tribe Tom Hamilton spoke with the fellas as well about some of his favorite Opening Day memories.

 

Tribe writer Zack Meisel spoke as well about the team's start and the return of Michael Brantley to the lineup.

 

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A staple in the world of is making his jump from classic rock radio to reality television. And he is taking his family with him.

Eddie Money called into the Ray Horner Morning Show, guest-hosted by Tony Mazur, to promote his new reality show, Real Money, which debuts April 8th on AXS-TV. Real Money follows the Money family around, which includes his wife, Laurie, five kids, and eight animals. Click this link to view a two-minute trailer for the new show.

In addition to the new show, Money also talked about his love of the Dodgers, whom he has followed since his days of living in Brooklyn. The 69-year-old singer also chatted about the comeback of vinyl records, his adoration for performing in Northeast Ohio, and a look back at his hit songs, which are still in heavy rotation on rock radio.

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Thursday, 05 April 2018 19:10

AUDIO: Bob Vila Shares Tips On Pest Control

Spring has arrived, and for some, so have the household pests. How does one get rid of them, or prevent them from showing up at all? The home improvement expert has the answers.

Bob Vila joined the Ray Horner Morning Show, which was hosted by Tony Mazur, to discuss pest control around the home. During this time of year, vermin such as termites begin to make their way into homes, and Bob shares some tips on how to get them out and keep them out.

For more information on termite and pest control, go to BobVila.com and PestWorld.org.

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Alex Cramer, a senior baseball player for Stow-Munroe Falls High School.

Alex said he got into the sport in the third grade and played a variety of sports growing up.

As a team captain for the Bulldogs, he leads more by example than vocally, although he says both are necessary at different times.

As a Stow baseball player, Alex knows the expectations and tradition of being a Bulldog.

“It’s such an honor,” Cramer said. “We have very high expectations and I’m very proud to be a part of that.”

In addition to playing baseball, Alex is a member of the National Honor Society and volunteers at the Akron Food Bank.

Upon graduation in the spring, Alex plans on attending the University of Akron to study mechanical engineering.

We at 1590 WAKR wish Alex the best in all of his future endeavors.

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This week for our 1590 WAKR Coaches Spotlight on the Sam and Brad Show, we head on out to Revere to speak with head softball coach Bob Mosher. 

  His team got out to a good start in Myrtle Beach going 4-1 in a recent tournament. 

For last week's spotlight on  former Barberton  basketball coach Ken Rector, click here. 

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Tuesday, 03 April 2018 21:19

FSO's Jimmy Hanlin Previews The Masters

Fox Sports Ohio golf analyst and host Jimmy Hanlin joined Sam Bourquin to preview the Masters in Augusta coming up later this week.

 

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Walsh University head basketball coach Jeff Young joined Sam Bourquin to talk about not only his team as they prepare for the 2018-19 season, but also the NCAA  Championship Game victory by the Villanova Wildcats over Michigan Monday night.

 

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Kent State men's basketball coach Rob Senderoff offered his thoughts on the NCAA Men's Championship in college basketball tonight between Villanova and Michigan as well as his thoughts on a new NCAA Basketball Tournament format. 

 

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Former University of Akron coach and current Duquesne basketball coach Keith Dambrot spoke with Sam Bourquin ahead of tonight's games.

Loyola Chicago will be taking on Michigan around 6:pm and Kansas will be squaring off against Villanova around 8:49pm

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Erika Johnson from Springfield High School is this week’s 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week.

Ericka is four-year letter winner in softball for the Spartans. She was also recognized as first team all-PTC in the outfield, as well as an all-state honorable mention.

Erika loves playing for the Lady Spartans because the team is very close and great friends "Whether we are winning or losing, we are always having fun in the dug out,” she says.

Staying focused is one of the more challenging things when it comes to playing softball. Erika makes it a point to stay mentally prepared.

"Sometimes during a seven inning game, you can get tired and lose focus."

Focus is also important in the classroom, where Erika enjoys studying marketing. After high school, Malone University is her next stop, where she plans to study child psychology.

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Hayden Murphy from Barberton High School is the male 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week for March 30th-April 6th.

A senior at Barberton, Hayden is a member of the Magics baseball team. When this interview was recorded, the baseball team has yet to play for 2018 due to the time of year and the inclement weather, but Hayden looks to finish his career strong.

Through his senior guidance, Hayden looks to help lead the Magics to an improved record in 2018. To beat the wintertime blues, the coaches had the players in the weight room, sometimes as early as 5:30 in the morning.

Baseball has been passion and main sport for Hayden since he was four years old. Like many teenage athletes, they participate in other sports until they fall in love with one in particular, and baseball grabbed Hayden’s attention early on.

"I played soccer my freshman and sophomore year,” Hayden says. "But I ended up getting hurt and I thought I’d just play baseball after that."

As for college, Hayden is still undecided. However, he looks to stay local, taking a glance at smaller neighborhood schools such as Walsh and Malone. Biomedical engineering

Hayden is a Barberton lifer, spending his 17+ years in the Magic City.

"I think growing up in Barberton allows you to be different,” says Hayden. As for the school, he says "It’s amazing. I love it here."

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018 21:47

Coaches Spotlight Highlights Ken Rector

For the inagural edition of the Sam and Brad Show Coaches Spotlight, we take a look at former Barberton boys' basketball coach Ken Rector.

He will be inducted into the Greater Akron Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Rector coached for 20 years for his alma mater, Barberton High School.

 

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Stay tuned for next week's edition of the Coaches Spotlight Wednesdays on the Sam and Brad Show

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018 16:14

Pete Fierle Addresses HOF Project, Concerns

Chief of Staff and VP of Communications for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Pete Fierle spoke with Sam Bourquin Wednesday to talk about an article in the New York Times in regards to the Hall of Fame's progress with the expansion and the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village.

 

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018 17:09

AUDIO Odell Beckham Jr: Yay Nor Nay?

Sam and Brad spoke about the possibility of the Browns aquiring Giants wideout Odell Beckham, Jr. 

Former LSU teammate and current Browns receiver Jarvis Landry lobbied for Cleveland to land the NY star. 

Do you want him on the Browns squad?

Sam and Brad have a discussion about the controversial  Beckham. 

 

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After a shockingly brief appearance in the postseason, the 2018 Cleveland Indians are fired up and ready for the regular season to begin.

Bob DiBiasio, VP with the Indians, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to preview the opening day roster. One of the questions on the team has been Michael Brantley, and though he will start the year on the disabled list, Bobby D says the veteran outfielder has not experienced any setbacks. Other topics of discussion are the continued strength of the pitching staff and retaining Mike Napoli in the organization.

The Indians take on the Seattle Mariners Thursday night for the regular season opener. Progressive Field opens up eight days later on April 6th, when the Tribe takes on the Kansas City Royals.

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Sam and Brad spoke with Cleveland.com and Cleveland Plain Dealer sports columnist Bud Shaw to talk about our teams on a Monday afternoon.

 

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New Norton head football coach Kevin Pollock spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about his latest coaching venture on a Feel Good Friday.

 

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Former USC football player and FOX College football analyst Petros Papadakis joined the Sam and Brad Show to talk about Sam Darnold's potential as a pro, as well as Hue Jackson's handling and coaching of quarterbacks. 

 

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This week's 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Garrett Mellon from Archbishop Hoban High School.

Garrett is a member of the Knights' lacrosse team. Hoban's season is already underway, and they are looking forward to a very competitive year.

Garrett settled on lacrosse as his full-time sport just one year ago, after years of playing football and basketball. But it wasn't the first time he picked up a lacrosse stick, as he has been dabbling in the sport since he was six.

The family atmosphere at Hoban has been attractive to Garrett. He says the support is great across the board, whether it is in the classroom or on the athletic fields.

Garrett hopes to attend The Ohio State University and play lacrosse in the future.

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