Tuesday, 31 January 2023 10:03

Cleveland Heights Brothers Headed to the Super Bowl

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Cleveland Heights has reason to celebrate as the Kelce brothers, both born and raised in the neighborhood, are headed to the Super Bowl. They just happen to be playing for opposite teams.

Jason Kelce is a center for the Philadelphia Eagles, and his brother, Travis, is a tight end for the Chiefs. Football rivalries aside, the brothers remain close, even hosting a podcast together. The popular podcast called “New Heights,” has the brothers giving their insight on all things football, and discussing the latest trends in the NFL. 

They root for each other as well, but as Jason watched the Chiefs clinch the AFC title on Sunday he tweeted “I’m officially done being a Chief’s fan this season!!”

As for who the family will cheer for in the big game, the boy’s father Ed Kelce told News5 that since both his sons play offense, the plan will be to root for whatever offense is on the field at the time.

Tuesday, 31 January 2023 07:19

The Legacy of John Adams

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John Adams, known for drumming at Cleveland baseball games since 1973, passed away Monday. Senior VP of the Cleveland Guardians, Bobby DiBiasio, joined Ray to talk about the loss, the dedication to the super-fan in Heritage Park, and more. 

Tuesday, 31 January 2023 05:46

Akron Police Seek Armed Robber

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Akron police are asking for tips to help them identify the robber who hit the Family Dollar Store in the 900 block of South Arlington Street Saturday night.

 They say he ran away, and jumped into a dark-colored vehicle, after pulling a gun and threatening the store manager, who had spotted him stuffing electronic products into his pockets.
The suspect is described as a white male, about 25 – 30 years old and around 5 feet, 11 inches tall, with a thin build. He had a beard and wore a red, white, and pink tie-dyed, hooded sweatshirt.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490 or 330-375-2Tip. Citizens may also provide anonymous information to any of
the following: The Summit County Crimestoppers, call 330-434-COPS, or Text TIPSCO with your tips to 274637.
In addition, you can download the Akron PD app and submit information by texting Tips411or by accessing the link on www.AkronCops.org.
Monday, 30 January 2023 11:00

Emila Sykes Sworn into U.S. House

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Ohio Supreme Court justice Melody Stewart was on hand at Firestone Community Learning Center on Saturday, to officially swear in the Akron area's newest member of Congress, 13th District Representative, Emilia Sykes.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports the Sykes received a standing ovation at the ceremony and that as she addressed the crowd she emphasized that the congressional seat she occupies really belongs to the people of Ohio’s 13th district saying, “I am merely a temporary occupant.”

Many community leaders were on hand to speak at Saturday’s ceremony including Melissa Cropper, president of the Ohio Federation of Teachers and secretary-treasurer of the Ohio AFL-CIO. Cropper said of Sykes, “You voted in a champion, not only for Ohio's District 13, not only for all of us across the state of Ohio, but a champion for working people all across our great nation.”

Sykes is the first woman of color to represent the 13th district. And due to redistricting it is the first time in nearly 50 years that all of Akron is represented by one member of the U.S. House of Representatives. All of Summit County falls inside the boundaries of the 13th district, as well as the northern half or Stark County, and a small portion of Portage County.

Akron Public Schools have forged a new partnership with Akron-based global retailer, Signet Jewelers; home to brands including KAY, Zales, and Jared.

Marcie Ebright, who is the Director of Akron Public Schools College & Career Academies program, tells us  students will get hands-on training in subjects including Entrepreneurship and Marketing, H-VAC/R, IT Support, and more.

Listen now, to our Morning Show Host, Ray Horner's entire interview with Marcie:


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Monday, 30 January 2023 06:50

Tallmadge Mayor Not Running for Another Term

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Tallmadge Mayor, David Kline, has announced that he will not be running for office again. He talked with Ray about the difficult decision, what's next, and more. 

Friday, 27 January 2023 10:02

Goodyear Announces a Reduction in Workforce

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The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company announced today that it will be reducing its workforce to save costs. Goodyear says it will be reducing its global salaried staff by approximately 5% or about 500 positions. 

The international tire company, headquartered in Akron, said that their fourth quarter results fell short of their expectations and cited a challenging industry environment and inflation as factors that contributed to their financial struggle.

Goodyear previously announced that it will report its fourth quarter and full 2022 financial results on Wednesday, Feb. 8, followed by an investor conference call the following morning.  

Goodyear referred to the workforce reduction as a “rationalization and reorganization” that is expected to be completed during the first and second quarters. Goodyear currently employees over 72,000 people worldwide.

To read Goodyear’s full statement click here.

Friday, 27 January 2023 07:58

Akron Mayor's Race Heats Up

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Democratic Mayoral candidate, Marco Sommerville opened a new campaign headquarters this week, at 1 Merriman Ave, and also launched a website: SommervilleforMayor.com.

Soommerville, who is currently Deputy Mayor for Intergovernmental Affairs, also hired former City Councilman, John Valle, as his Campaign Director.


Deputy Mayor, Marco Sommerville

But Sommerville is not alone in his quest for the seat being vacated by current Mayor, Dan Horrigan, who is not running for re-election.

Other candidates include current City Council members Shammus Malik, and Tara Mosely, as well as local retail store manager, Joshua Schaffer, teacher and coach, Keith Mills, former WNIR radio host, Jim Isabella, and Summit County Council member, Jeff Wilhite.

To hear the interview WAKR Morning Show Host Ray Horner did earlier this week with Wilhite, click here.

Friday, 27 January 2023 07:20

Film School: Lawrence of Arabia

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Film Study Professor, Joe Fortunato, joins Ray every Friday for Film School. This week Ray and Joe discussed the 1962 War-Drama, Lawrence of Arabia. 

Akron City Council Member, Jeff Fusco, joined Ray. They talked about the Safe Pledge Program, encouraging bars and restaurants to keep their areas safe by following Covid-19 protocols. 

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