Tony Mazur

Tony Mazur

A staple on morning radio and in nighttime comedy clubs, Jackie “The Joke Man" has a new book available for those who enjoyed his work in both scenes.

Jackie Martling joined 1590 WAKR to promote his new book, The Joke Man: Bow to Stern. For over fifteen years, Martling was a writer and performer on the popular Howard Stern Show, and in the book he writes about his experiences. He talked to Tony Mazur about being a part of the show, balancing out morning radio and doing comedy, and even told some classic jokes.

The Joke Man: Bow to Stern is available on Amazon and on his website, JackieTheJokeman.com. He also maintains a Twitter account and has a joke phone line, which has been in existence since 1979.

This week's 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Garrison Keeslar of Green High School.

Garrison is a shooting guard on the basketball team, and has had a passion for the game since he was quite young. He started shooting hoops back in second grade, and still plays with many of his second grade classmates at this current level.

"Both of my brothers and my parents played basketball, so I was always around it," says Garrison.

When he is not on the court, Garrison is also a member of the Key Club, student council, and The Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Math is his favorite subject in school, and he plans on continuing his studies and find a job in the future where he can lean on his strong skills.

Firestone swimmer Molly Chelovitz is the female 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week for December 8th-15th.

Molly is entering her senior season in the pool for the Falcons, and she looks to expand on what she has accomplished earlier in her high school career. As a freshman, she led the team in points, and was named MVP and team captain in her junior year.

The Falcons swim team is off to another good start, and a big reason for that is the amount of upperclassmen on the roster.

"The team bonding is already there,” says Molly. "We support each other fully, and we’ve really been pushing each other this year, and we’ve got really great things ahead of us."

Molly had a stint on the tennis team before giving that up to focus solely on swimming, which is her passion. A Firestone lifer, she has been swimming in the area since the tender age of four.

"I really like Firestone,” Molly says. “I think it’s a great diverse community, and I think that being a part of the swim team is like it’s own little community inside of Firestone, which is great to be a part of."

When she is not in the pool, Molly can be seen with friends or helping others in her community. She has been involved in Buddy Up Tennis, the Special Olympics

After high school, Molly is still undecided on where to go, but she has narrowed her choices down to Georgetown or the University of Michigan. She has toured the halls of Michigan and likes what she sees, and if accepted, she plans on swimming for the Wolverines and will major in either business or law.

Friday, 01 December 2017 09:36

AUDIO: Todd Bridges Stops Through Akron

Due to the personal troubles of its cast members, some believe there was a curse surrounding the show Diff’rent Strokes. But one of the remaining members of the popular program shrugs it off.

Todd Bridges, who played Willis on Diff'rent Strokes, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to promote his shows at the Funny Stop Comedy Club. Bridges talked about the family atmosphere of the show both on and off the air, with co-stars Gary Coleman, Dana Plato, and Conrad Bain. The three child stars had their share of personal issues, but Bridges overcame his and has been sober since 1991.

Bridges has a stage show that mixes stories about his life with drugs and child acting to commenting on points of human interest. Two shows Friday and Saturday at the Funny Stop, both at 7:15 and 9:30.

This week's 1590 WAKR Female Student of the Week is Anna Kimevski from Coventry High School for December 1st-8th.

Anna is a standout athlete for the Comets. She just came off a successful season in volleyball, and looks forward to showing off her skills on the softball field in the spring. However, softball is a year-round activity for Anna, and she is a standout pitcher for her teams.

Her passion for softball began at an early age, when Anna watched her brother play baseball and decided she wanted to do the same.

On Coventry, Anna says she enjoys the family atmosphere inside the school, with both the students and the faculty. The student body, according to Anna, is great and tight-knit, which she enjoys.

When she is not in the classroom or on the ball field, Anna excels in makeup application. She has done makeup for proms and homecomings, and some of her tutorials can be found on YouTube and Twitter.

After graduation, Anna will travel a few minutes down I-77 to Canton and study at Walsh University. She plans on majoring in communications, as well as continuing her athletic career there.

This week, our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Choady Jenkins, a senior bowler from North High School.

Jenkins said bowling has been a part of his family and his life from a very early age, and he has truly grown to appreciate it.

“I've been bowling since I was three our four,” he explained. “I bring the fun into bowling for North, and I get to know my teammates and make them my family.”

His high game with North is a 254 and his coach Fred Friberger says it's all about “one frame at a time.”

He is a three-sport athlete, competing in bowling, baseball, and football. In addition to those accomplishments, he also is on the honor roll and has a 3.8 GPA.

Jenkins says that time management is key to balancing three sports as well as maintaining his schoolwork.

He says that his one of his goals as a senior is to win a city championship in bowling and leave a good legacy for the younger bowlers at North High.

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

Thursday, 30 November 2017 07:22

AUDIO: Dr. John Green On DeWine/Husted Ticket

The 2018 gubernatorial race in the state of Ohio is beginning to shed some extra weight. Secretary of State Jon Husted, who threw his hat in the race, has decided to join forces with Mike DeWine in the attorney general’s quest for governor.

Dr. John Green, director of the Bliss Institute at the University of Akron, discussed the ticket of DeWine and Husted. Green believes this “would be a very attractive pair of candidates” in the race, which also features fellow Republicans in Mary Taylor and Jim Renacci. Green went back a quarter-century when a similar instance happened with DeWine joining George Voinovich’s path to Columbus, which was a success.

Green also talked about the other Republicans and their chances at the office. He believes Renacci, an ardent backer of President Trump, needs to get his name out there in larger border cities like Cleveland, Toledo, and Cincinnati.

This week's WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Alex Keith of Lake High school. Alex is a Senior football player for the Blue Streaks.

When asked what it was like to play football for the Blue Streaks, Alex said, "It's one of the greatest things I've been apart of in high school."

While Alex works hard on the field, he also puts in the time in the class room as well. Health Tech Prep is Alex's favorite course of study "It's just called my name out. Both of my parents are in the medical field."

Alex plans on continuing his studies in the medical field and taking courses in Bio Tech Prep in college.

Congratulations to Alex Kieth the WAKR Student Athlete of the Week

Long gone are the days of the model cars and Lionel train sets. Today’s kids, and even adults, want what’s hot in the world of electronics. But which product is right for the consumer?

Mark Welfley of Welfley Technologies in Fairlawn joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss hot items for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Welfley says the market on laptop and desktop computers has decreased significantly due to the explosion of smartphones and tablets.

Mark also talked about the jargon that one can hear about computers. What is RAM? Apple products or Dell? iPhone or Android?

Highland senior Ashley Mennenga is the female 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week for November 24-December 1.

Ashley is beginning her senior season as a star swimmer for the Hornets, though her time in the pool will be pushed back. An overuse injury to her right arm will keep her out of the water for a bit, but she plans to be back to her old form.

That form was ever present as an underclassman. Ashley is a two-time Suburban League MVP, first-team All-Gazette, four-time All-Ohio, USA Swimming Scholastic All-American, among other accolades.

"I’ve been swimming competitively since eight grade,” says Ashley, evidently a quick learner, though she took swim lessons many years before that. As for the her fellow Hornets, she says “I’ve been really fortunate to have great coaches and teammates."

When she’s not in the pool, Ashley is very active at Highland High School. She is a member of the National Honor Society, an office aid, and a mentor to sixth graders. She also volunteers at her church and helps those with special needs.

After high school, Ashley will attend the University of Cincinnati, with physical therapy being her preferred major. She plans on swimming for the Bearcats.

"I’ve been really fortunate to have great physical therapists who have been really great to get me going, so I wanted to make that difference in an athlete’s life.”

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