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.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016 15:11

Akron Mulls Firestone Building Future

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With the opening of county offices in the Firestone Triangle building, the city of Akron is looking at the future of the main Firestone building.

Akron deputy mayor for intergovernmental affairs Marco Sommerville says that there's one goal in mind for reuse of the Firestone building: jobs.

"Of course, our first priority there, if we could get some type of manufacturing there, some type of office use, those are probably our first choices" Sommerville tells WAKR's Jasen Sokol, "but we'll entertain anything."

Sommerville says given the condition of the Firestone building, it will probably be torn down for a new use at the site.

"It is probably an older building, it probably is not energy efficient," Sommerville says, "and it probably would serve a better purpose if it was torn down and the land was redeveloped.

But he says the city has a history of reusing existing property, like with Canal Place and the East End development at the former Goodyear headquarters, so that's not being ruled out either.

The county offices at the nearby Firestone Triangle building are there for the long term.

Summit County Executive Russ Pry has banned all official county government travel to North Carolina in response to the state's controversial "Bathroom Bill."

North Carolina House Bill 2 includes provisions that require people to use the public restroom that corresponds with their biological sex and that supercede non-discrimination laws passed by municipalities. Opponents of the bill, including Pry, contend the bill discriminates against the LGBT community.

Pry joined The Jasen Sokol Show to explain his decision:

Monday, 11 April 2016 18:19

AUDIO Cavs Heading Down Home Stretch

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to capture the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference, and with just a few games, left, the Wine and Gold needs to tighten some things up before the playoffs begin.

Joe Vardon, who covers the Cavaliers and LeBron James for joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the team heading down the home stretch, and some of their issues as they start the second season.

"This team is supposed to be deeper, should have gotten past some of these issues by now and they haven't," Vardon said. 

On the injury front, I swingman Iman Shumpert will be done for the week, having his knee drained and it's been tough to figure out what's wrong with backup guard Mo Williams' knee. Vardon expects Shump to be ready for the playoffs,and Williams' status is unknown for the time being.

The Cavaliers and the Atlanta Hawks will play tonight, tip off at 7 p.m. on 1590 WAKR. 

Monday, 11 April 2016 18:04

AUDIO OSU Spring Football Rolling Along

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The Ohio State football team is wrapping up spring practice, and with some holes to fill at certain positions due to graduation and early entry into the NFL, coach Urban Meyer has to see what the youngsters can do to prove themselves moving forward. 

Marcus Hartman from the Buckeye Sports Bulletin joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the spring season and what players are doing their best to separate themselves from the pack and become contributors for the Buckeyes this fall.

One of the more interesting battles has been at backup QB between Joe Burrow and Stephen Collier. Marcus says he'll be watching that matchup closely to see who will be #2 behind incumbent starter J.T Barrett.


The Buckeyes are also looking for depth along the offensive line as well, who are losing some multi-year starters, including Taylor Decker to the National Football League's draft later this month. Marcus talked about how the line play and finding the next starters and stars up front is crucial to OSU's success.

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.

Wednesday, 06 April 2016 18:04

AUDIO Emily Kay Breaks Down The Masters

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The Masters is going to start up tomorrow in Augusta, Georgia, and a field of talented golfers will be vying for the Green Jacket yet again at Augusta National.

Emily Kay, Golf writer for SB Nation joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show to talk about the field and what the chances are for Jordan Speith defending his title.

"There's 10 or 15 guys that you wouldn't be surprised if they won," Kay said. "He's not playing the best golf right now, and there's only been a few golfers that have won it in consecutive years."

There's a lot of young and solid golfers on tour and one of those is Rory McIlroy, who is pretty relaxed heading into Augusta.

"I think the pressure may be a little less on him for getting that career Grand Slam," Emily said. 

Wednesday, 06 April 2016 17:51

AUDIO Charge Coming Off Big Win

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The Canton Charge have taken Game 1 of their best-of-three series with the Maine Red Claws in a nailbiter 115-114, and they are looking to move ahead in the NBDL Playoffs.

Communications Manager Sean Wyatt from the Canton Charge joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the ball game and what lies ahead for the team after that hard-fought win.

He said that was great to see the crowd at the Civic Center come alive with the team in the second half, especially in the fourth quarter.

"It really came down to just getting stops, stopping their shooting from the perimeter, digging in defensively," Wyatt said. 

Quinn Cook and Nick Minnerath paced the Charge with their scoring and defense. They will play in Maine against the Red Claws tomorrow.


 Wyatt said the rosters can fluctuate with the NBA teams in the playoff chase as well. But the Charge are good with their core guys and hopefully they can get to a championship.


Wednesday, 06 April 2016 15:04

Mother's Day Senior Lunch

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Mother’s Day Senior Luncheon

Thursday, May 5, 2016


Todaro’s Party Centre

1820 Akron-Peninsula Road, Akron

*40 plus vendors with gifts & information for

*Entertainment:  Local vocolist Judy Brown

*Senior health information from Cleveland

Clinic/Akron General health professional

*Door prizes

$14.00 per person

Purchase at:

*WAKR Studios, 1795 W. Market Street in

*Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to

WAKR Senior lunch…check made out to WAKR

Senior lunch

*Purchase at the Barberton Senior Center

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