Normally, Akron mayor Dan Horrigan joins the Ray Horner Morning Show each Thursday at 7:10, but he had to adjust his schedule and call into the program on Friday.

Today, Horrigan talked more about the spread of the Delta variant throughout the Akron community. According to Horrigan, the local hospitals are not being overwhelmed right now, though most hospitalized are the unvaccinated. As for quality-of-life events at Hardesty Park or Lock 3, the mayor says the city continues to follow local health department and CDC protocol with masking and social distancing.

Switching gears, Horrigan shared his thoughts on the city taking over the managing operations at Firestone Stadium, after 22 years being run by Joey Arrietta and the Racers Foundation.

Friday, 27 August 2021 06:57

This Week in Tech with Jeanne Destro-8-27-21: Digital Kids Featured

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This week, as millions of kids nationwide start a new school year; we're talking to education expert and author, Richard Culatta, about his new book, "Digital For Good: Raising Kids to Thrive in an Online World."


This past Thursday, the South Summit Water Rescue Team took to the Portage Lakes for a live-action, mass casualty training event. 

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Roughly 100 members of the New Franklin Fire Department, Green Fire, Coventry Fire, Akron Fire, Twinsburg Fire, and other agencies were on hand for the "all hands on deck" rescue training. Eight civilian volunteers were there as well, playing "victims" of a two-vehicle crash on the lake. 

As a member of the media, I was able to witness the training firsthand, as first responders were deployed to a real-time call of an capsized water vechile with multiple casualties in the water. It was impressive to see the coordinated and highly organized response right from the beach, as teams were deployed on their department's vessels to the middle of the lake where the staged crash had occurred. 

New Franklin Fire Lieutenant Don Burroughs told me this is the first training event like this for the full team. 

This year there have been two drownings at the State Park, including most recently an 11-year-old boy from Tallmadge who was pulled from the water earlier this month. 

Thursday's event, while primarily for training purposes, also serves as a teachable moment for the community. Local officials are stressing the importance of boat, kayak, and other water safety for everyone who takes to the water. 

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has an updated list of boating and water safety here.  


Thursday, 26 August 2021 09:46

Bases & Balls with Jim Rosenhaus - 8/27/2021

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Time now for Bases & Balls, a weekly segment with WAKR's Ray Horner and Tribe broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus!

Today, Rosey and Ray chat about what the starting rotation may look like in 2022 if everyone is healthy, the impact of role players, and the closer position

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Thursday, 26 August 2021 07:59

Attorney Tony Tsarouhas on Property Liability Laws

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The family of a Michigan woman who was struck by an object flying off Cedar Point's Top Thrill Dragster is "fighting for her life." There is a lot of blame going around, whether the fingers are pointed at the amusement park or on the inspectors.

Tony Tsarouhas is an attorney in Northeast Ohio, and he joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about liability, especially in the case of Cedar Point, where signs are posted about park goers can ride at their own risk. Cedar Point claims they followed the proper protocols as far as the law is concerned with their bi-yearly thorough inspections. Tsarouhas discussed where blame can be placed legally in cases not only as with Cedar Point, but with property rights in general.

Wednesday, 25 August 2021 07:48

Hey Bobby! - 8/25/2021

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Time now for Hey Bobby!, a weekly Cleveland Indians segment with VP Bob DiBiasio and WAKR's Ray Horner.

Today, Bobby and Ray look at the team as it is now, the Indians' outreach with youth baseball, and when fans can purchase some Guardians gear.

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The Delta variant of COVID-19 is spreading like wildfire, and case rates are on par with where they were in the winter months. The difference between then and now is the availability of vaccines.

Dr. Thomas File is an infectious disease specialist at Summa Health, and he talked about the variant raging in communities throughout America. Dr. File looked at the strength of these vaccines and the need for that third booster shot this fall, as some breakthrough cases of infection are popping up with the vaccinated. He also shared his thoughts on when children under 12 can get these shots.

You're not alone if you have had hassles with your mobile phone service.

Follow along with my tale of woe, as I outline how I tried to resolve a problem with my mobile carrier, what it took to get it done, and what you can do if something like it ever happens to you.

Don't get mad...get empowered! Find out how.


On Monday, the FDA announced full approval of the Pfizer vaccine, which takes it out of emergency status. This brings about many questions, from the timeline of when Moderna and Johnson & Johnson will get their approvals, to if this approval will give reason for the vaccine-hesitant to get their jabs.

Donna Skoda is the commissioner of the Summit County Health Department, and she joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to address all of these questions. First, Skoda says it may not be a massive percentage of folks who will get vaccinated now that Pfizer has FDA approval, but it should help matters. As for boosters, the health department is still receiving protocols on rolling these next rounds of shots out, but it will be a similar tier system. Those who were vaccinated in January will get their third jabs in September, those from February will get their shots in October, and so on.

(Summit County Public Health) [Akron, OH] – In an effort to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates in Summit County, starting on August 27, 2021, Summit County Public Health (SCPH) will offer $100.00 Visa or MasterCard gift cards to any Ohio resident 12 and over receiving their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination while supplies last. The kick off for the $100.00 incentives will be on August 27, 2021 during a drive through clinic at 1867 W. Market St., Akron from 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm. We will offer all three vaccines during the event. SCPH will continue to offer $100.00 gift cards to individuals receiving their first dose at all public SCPH clinics while supplies last. This will be a onetime incentive for first doses only while supplies last, and we will be verifying first dose status in the State of Ohio’s vaccination registry.

SCPH encourages all residents and particularly those who are unvaccinated to continue to engage in safe and effective behaviors to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

 Stay home if you’re sick, even with mild symptoms

 Be mindful in your interactions with others. Limit your chances of exposure by maintaining social distancing of at least six feet from non-household members

 Wear a mask in public

 Consider necessary travel only

 Follow good hygiene standards:

 Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds  Use hand sanitizer frequently

 Avoid touching your face  Cover coughs and sneezes

If you have questions, call the COVID-19 Call Line (330) 926-5795. The call line is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. M-F.

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