Professor Tom Sutton from Baldwin-Wallace University talked with Jasen today about the New Hampshire primary, the upcoming primaries, and the candidates on the bubble.


Monday, 08 February 2016 08:47

AUDIO: ABC News’ John Quinones On Rethinking Race

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John Quinones grew up watching and admiring Peter Jennings, and just a few years later, he ended up working with him.

John, who will be speaking at the University of Akron on Tuesday night, called into the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss his life and career. The event is called Rethinking Race 2016, and John mentioned how progressive the media has been in hiring people of different races, genders, and backgrounds since he began his television career.

In addition to his life, John also shared his thoughts on the wave of illegal immigration (or lack thereof), the discrimination, and the media perception around it.

Saturday, 06 February 2016 08:37

AUDIO NBC Conference Disbanding: What's Next?

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The Northeastern Buckeye Conference announced this week that they will disband in 2 years and Louisville High School will be looking for a new home.

NBC Commissioner Jim Carmichael joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the move and what it means for the schools involved including Louisville.

 "The league bylaws say the league will be in place for two years, and then they will break apart," Carmichael said.

The other schools in the NBC are Alliance, Marlington, Carrollton, Canton South, Minerva, Salem, and West Branch.

Carmichael, who was not at the meeting when NBC officials made the vote to disband says he's not sure of the future of Louisville being in a new league. (Writer's Note) Calls to Louisville athletic administration were not returned as of Friday.

Carmichael said in talking to other league officials the main reason for the move was competitive balance across the sports, mainly football.

Thursday, 04 February 2016 22:05

AUDIO Buchtel Griffins Flying High

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The Buchtel Griffins are coming off a big win over Firestone earlier in the week, and will have another stiff challenge ahead of them Friday night when they take on East.

Steve White, the head coach of the Griffs joined the Sam Bourquin Show Thursday to talk about his squad, their standing in the City Series, and the young men who have done their job on the hardwood.

The Griffins beat the Falcons 80-74 on Tuesday evening.

"I was very proud of the kids," White said. "We shot 80 percent from the free throw line, and we did a good job with our half court press."

 Coach White says he likes the makeup of his team and their unselfishness on the court shows on game night.

"You never know what's going to happen, you never know who's going to step forward," he said.

Thursday, 04 February 2016 21:38

AUDIO Grant HughesTalking NBA

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It's been an interesting NBA Season thus far, and with the Golden State Warriors and reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry playing at a high level, it doesn't appear that they can be stopped.

Grant Hughes, NBA Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show to talk about Curry's 51-point outing on Wednesday night.

Hughes said the only way to slow Curry and the Warriors as a unit is to take them out of their game and slow down their transition game.

"You have to slow it down, muddy the game up a little bit, and be physical, Hughes said.


Hughes also commented on the Cavaliers' recent happenings, including their loss to the Hornets last night and their expectations as a team after the recent firing of David Blatt and the insertion of Tyronn Lue to the head coach position.


Thursday, 04 February 2016 21:15

AUDIO Jake Palotta Signs With Dartmouth

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On National Signing Day, many athletes signed their name on the dotted line to continue their academic and athletic careers.

One such athlete is Jackson High School senior quarterback Jake Palotta, who will play football at Dartmouth. He said he was thankful to spend four years at Jackson, and is ready for the rigors of the Ivy League.

"Dartmouth was the first school that offered me," he said. "My father and I visited all the Ivy League schools, I liked the coaching staff, the campus, I just felt the most comfortable there."


 Palotta, a three sport athlete, not only excels on the football field, but also on the basketball court and the baseball diamond.

 Jake says there's a chance he may play baseball for the Big Green, but he says he'll see what happens once he hits campus.

A proposal to move the Cleveland Browns training camp to Columbus is attracting some political controversy.

An article by's Brent Larkin unveiled a plan that would have Ohio taxpayers to help pay for the Browns to move their training camp closer to Ohio State.

Larkin tells that wording highlighting a facility for youth in the proposed state funding plan was worded that way for a reason.

"The way they worded this, they clearly wanted this to slip through unnoticed, Larkin tells WAKR's Jasen Sokol. "I blame the business leaders in Columbus for that, far more than I blame the Browns."

State Representative Mike Dovilla represents Berea. He says it's not just about his district.

"If we allow this to happen, and allow for one region of the state, to steal taxpayer money and send it to another for a private function like ought to be funded privately, if that's what they wish to do," Dovilla tells WAKR's Jasen Sokol, "It's Berea that's on the chopping block today, it could be your hometown tomorrow."

The team itself has weighed in on the controversy.

A Browns statement confirms the talks to relocate training camp to Columbus, but the team says it'll hold training camp in Berea this year.

The team says "Columbus is a good location" for the team's training camp for "multiple reasons", but says the reported Columbus project is being considered by leaders there as a "serious option"...and that they're in discussions with what the team calls "potential partners".

The Browns say they will "throughly evaluate all options" and will continue to hold open practices in Berea for fans.

The team also says it would "incur all the costs associating with moving and holding operations" at a site away from Berea.

(Cleveland Browns, statement) "When we first explored the potential opportunity to hold training camp out of town, we conveyed that we would make the decision based on what is best for our football operations and their preparation for the season. Our football group believes it would be a positive, as it is for nearly a dozen teams in the NFL. In relocating training camp, we would incur all the costs associated with moving and holding our operations at a remote site. Clearly, we need a facility from which to operate and are in discussions with potential partners. Columbus approached us regarding creating a site that would serve area youth for recreational purposes the 11-plus months a year that we are not using the space, but those are discussions and plans that Columbus leaders are working through, which we will review as a serious option. Columbus is a good location for us for multiple reasons, including to give more convenient opportunities to our fans across Ohio to experience their team in person. We will continue to thoroughly evaluate all options while remaining committed to hosting open practices for fans at our year-round facility in Berea. The 2016 Browns training camp will be held in Berea."

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

The first of those topics included this week’s Iowa Caucus and the corresponding results. Renacci says he “doesn’t rely on polls,” and hopes the voting public really checks the background and experience of the candidates.

Renacci also brought up the reconciliation bill, as well as the unsteady Chinese economy. The former Wadsworth mayor mentioned the country’s trade dealings and the global economy itself.

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 21:04

AUDIO: WAKR's Jasen Sokol To Speak At Pecha Kucha Akron

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20 slides, 20 seconds each. That's all the presenters at Pecha Kucha Night Akron will get to make their point.

1590 WAKR's Jasen Sokol will lead off the slate of presenters Friday night at the Akron Civic Theatre. The topics will include everything from science and law to art and risk taking. Jasen talked to organizers Annal Vyas and Heather Roszczyk about what to expect at the event.

To get your FREE tickets to Pecha Kucha Akron, click here.

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 18:20

AUDIO Area Athletes Continuing Success

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With National Signing Day, many football players will be continuing their careers in college and heading down the path that they set out for themselves with many family and friends supporting them along the way.

One of those players is Markus Hurd from STVM, who is committed to play his college football at the University of Dayton.

"Dayton is a great school, they won their league, and they have great academics, so you get the best of both worlds," he said.


Another athlete looking to make an impact on the football field is Louisville senior Phillip Thomas, who plans to walk on to the Ohio State football team as a long snapper for coach Urban Meyer.

Thomas says he enjoys football and the tradition of Ohio State football.

"I started snapping in 8th grade," Thomas said. "There's no specific weight or height to be a snapper, they just want you to be able to move athletically and make a tackle."


Archbishop Hoban's Jonah Morris is looking to make an impact at Indiana University in the Big 10 coming off his state title appearance with the Knights.

"I just wanted to make the move that's best for me and my family, and get to my ultimate goal, which is the NFL," he said.


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