With John Kasich busy on a run for Washington D.C., an opening in Columbus, Ohio may be a possibility. Three Republicans may be in the running for governor in 2016, one of which is Green's own Mary Taylor.

The Lieutenant Governor joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to address the rumors swirling around a run for governor. Her response? She is "seriously considering" it.

In addition to the running possibility, Taylor shared her thoughts on the controversial Issue 3, for which she is against.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015 19:23

AUDIO Scott Petrak Talking Manziel, Browns

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The Cleveland Browns have had their struggles as of late. One particular Brown has been under fire as of late...again.
 
Scott Petrak from the Elyria Chronicle Telegram joined the Sam Bourquin Show Tuesday to talk about the latest incident involving Browns backup quarterback Johnny Manziel.
 
Petrak says his thought on the Manziel story is that discipline is still possible after the alleged incident involving his girlfriend. Speculation is out there that Manziel will either be traded or released in the near future.
 
"The Browns are going to follow the league's lead on this situation, and we'll see what happens after that," Petrak said.
 
 
The Browns will travel to St. Louis to take on the Rams this Sunday.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015 19:08

AUDIO Embick, UA Ready For Sparty

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The University of Akron men's soccer team is up to their winning ways once again, and they will look to continue on the good path as they prepare to face Michigan State on Wednesday.
 
Head Coach Jared Embick joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about his team heading into their showdown with Sparty.
 
Embick said the Spartans are a good test for his club, especially as the team is riding a six-game winning streak.
 
"We have a good balance between our attack and our defense," Embick said. "We're in a nice groove, we've just found the right combination that gives us a good flow on both sides of the ball."
 
The Zips, who are #5 in the country, will square off with the Spartans from Infocision Stadium-Cub Cadet Field at 7 p.m.

Secretary of State Jon Husted has never shied away from his criticism of Issue 3, which is the bill that, if passed, will legalize marijuana in Ohio.

Husted defended his use of calling the issue a monopoly on the Ray Horner Morning Show, and he feels that the entire proposal should be scrapped.

In addition to Issue 3, Husted was also asked about his thoughts on a possible gubernatorial run.

The Akron Public Schools are looking at implementing a new plan to ensure 100% compliance with the OHSAA regulations.

 

This proactive approach stems from a ruling during the 2014-15 school year when the OHSAA had determined the APS committed infractions as it relates to eligibility.


APS Athletic Director Joe Vassalotti joined the Sam Bourquin Show Monday to talk about the plan and how to better educate parents, student-athletes, and others about the eligibility rules.


"We want to be transparent and do things right here and follow the bylaws of the OHSAA as exactly they should be."


Vassalotti says that among other items, building athletic directors will be checking eligibility earlier, as well as making sure student-athletes grade point average is where it should be.


He says by being 100% compliant, student athletes get the concept of doing things the right way.

"We need to follow through to make sure all paperwork is turned in in a timely manner, and ultimately we want them out there competing with their teammates."

Friday, 16 October 2015 08:49

UAtoZ - October 10 Segments

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This week's 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is senior volleyball player Baylie Huth from Mogadore High School.

Baylie says she enjoys playing volleyball with her teammates and playing for coach Calley Lasure.

"This year I've seen a lot of improvements, I love my team and we get along very well," Huth said. She says her goals for the team this year is to keep improving and make it to the district tournament.

In addition to starring on the volleyball court, Baylie also plays softball for the Wildcats.

Baylie says she plans on attending either Kent State University or the University of Akron upon graduation.

She says the balacing act of maintaining her studies and sports can be tough, but she makes time for it. "You have to make sure you get your work done," she says.

The 1590 WAKR male Student Athlete of the Week is Brian Schultz. Brian is a Senior at Firestone High School and a member of the Falcons golf team.

Golf was a family affair for Brian, as he picked up the sport from his father and grandfather alike. His older brother also had a passion for the game. Brian said one of his best memories of playing golf for Firestone was being able to play his freshman year during his brother's senior Year. That sense of comradery between he and his teammates will be one of the biggest things he takes away from his time playing golf for Firestone.

While playing golf for Firestone, Brian has accumulated quite a list of accomplishments including: 4 years of Varsity Golf, 1st team his Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior years, and US Army Academic/Athletic Scholar award winner. He earned Rookie of the Year his Freshman year and the MVP award for his Sophomore and Junior seasons.

Brian also qualified for District Tournament his Sophomore and Junior years, which hasn't been done in 15 years at Firestone. On top of all of Brian's golf accomplishments, he also played Varsity Tennis his Sophomore and Junior years.

Not only is Brian excellent on the course he excels in the classroom as well. Brian is currently considering colleges including, Mount Union, Baldwin Wallace, and John Carroll.

We here at 1590 WAKR wish him the best in whichever he decides.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015 17:43

Akron Independent Candidate Bill Melver Lays Out Vision

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The two major party candidates for Akron mayor squared off in a debate this week.

There's another candidate who wasn't there - Bill Melver, who is running as an independent in November against Democrat Dan Horrigan and Republican Eddie Sipplen.

Melver says he wants to help stem Akron's population loss by more promotion of the things Akron has to offer.

"Those who are contemplating moving out of the city," Melver tells WAKR's Jasen Sokol, "they are passing up a great opportunity to make a quality of life living right here in Akron."

He says current leaders do a "lackadasical" or poor job highlighting the city's strengths.

Melver points to his years working at GE under former CEO Jack Welch, and says asking what Welch would do would be a guide for him.

The University of Akron has announced a new two-year partnership with the Akron Civic Theatre and Playhouse Square to present the Broadway in Akron series.

The university says the shows will be presented as scheduled. The Broadway in Akron series begins with "The Producers" on November 3rd.

UA VP of Finance Nathan Mortimer says Playhouse Square will bring some marketing muscle to the program.

There was uncertainty related to whether or not the shows would go on after the staff at E.J. Thomas Hall was laid off in July due to budget cuts at UA.

Mortimer reiterates that all E.J. Thomas shows will go on.

The pact with the Civic Theatre and Playhouse Square lasts for the next two years.

 

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(News Release - University of Akron) As the saying goes, "the show will go on," and go on it will at E.J. Thomas Hall through a new relationship between The University of Akron, Akron Civic Theatre and Playhouse Square to present Broadway in Akron.

"In consultation with the Akron Civic Theatre, we reached out to Playhouse Square to explore the best possible way to fulfill our commitment to season ticket holders and members of the Akron community to deliver Broadway," stated Nathan J. Mortimer, The University of Akron vice president for finance and administration and chief financial officer. "Our intent always was to present the shows as scheduled and we are excited that our relationship with Playhouse Square will enable us to do that. We are most grateful to both the Akron Civic and to Playhouse Square for working with us to seamlessly deliver the four scheduled shows at E.J. Thomas Hall. We are excited the same shows will be presented on the same dates and times and at E.J. Thomas Hall as previously announced and that all season ticket purchases are honored."

Broadway in Akron begins Nov. 3-4 with The Producers. The other shows are The Buddy Holly Story on Jan. 12-13, Flashdance the Musical on March 8-9 and 42nd Street on May 10-11.

"As a not-for-profit performing arts center, the entertainment on stage is at the core of our work and we feel it is important to help the Akron community experience the performances they have been anticipating in their home, E.J. Thomas Hall," said Playhouse Square Executive Producer Gina Vernaci.

The two-year agreement not only ensures the performances will go on as scheduled but also allows The University of Akron time to explore all options for presenting Broadway at E.J. Thomas Hall going forward.

"We all felt it was important to find a way to keep Broadway going in Akron," explained Akron Civic Theatre Executive Director Howard Parr. "People in the Akron area have proven over and over again they will support high-quality touring arts and entertainment programming at both venues. This new relationship helps make sure those programs will continue to be available in our community."

Tickets for individual shows go on sale September 28 and may be purchased online at ticketmaster.com, by calling 330-253-2488 or at the Akron Civic Theatre ticket office.

As announced previously, other non-Broadway performances scheduled for E.J. Thomas Hall will go on as planned. They include the Akron Symphony, Tuesday Musical Association, DANCECleveland, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, performances by musical students from The University of Akron and other University-related programs.

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