Monday, 03 June 2019 08:44

Ray Horner Podcast - 6/3/2019

:17 - We’re a month away from the MLB All-Star Game and festivities at Cleveland’s Progressive Field. The Home Run Derby is one of those festivities, and it seems to have lost its luster over time, as has the all-star game itself. Could this be traced back to interleague play?

7:25 - Last night, Rep. Tim Ryan hosted a town hall on CNN. Not a nationally known name like a Joe Biden and a Bernie Sanders, but could his background and ideas make waves in the Democrat Party?

17:25 - June is upon us, and our veterinarian Dr. Gary Riggs stopped by to prep your pets for the warmer weather. Dr. Riggs talked about grass chewing by dogs, allergies, and even skunks.

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Thursday, 30 May 2019 08:09

Ray Horner Podcast - 5/30/2019

:17 - A recent study looks pretty bleak for America, as Millennials are not having kids at the rate of previous generations, and it could affect the economy. The two Millennials in the studio, Tony and Steffany, are both childless and weighed in.

6:45 - Today is the final day of the year from Akron Public Schools students. From the I Promise school to all the new career academies, David James has been quite busy, but he spared a few minutes in studio with Ray to recap the school year that was.

19:22 - Robert Mueller spoke on Wednesday, and many on the political left wonder if that will lead congress to go forward with an impeachment proceeding for President Donald Trump. Dr. David Beer, professor of political science at Malone University, reviewed Mueller’s press conference and the possibility of impeachment, which he admits may help Trump in 2020.

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Friday, 26 April 2019 08:46

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/26/2019

:17 - The great Carol Burnett turns 86 today, and it got everything thinking about classic (and not-so-classic) variety shows from yesteryear.

3:58 - Our movie guy Scott Wynn stopped by to talk about the only film anyone cares about this week: Avengers: Endgame.

5:55 - There is a lot of hoopla that goes into the NFL Draft, but it can be a boon for an economy such as Nashville. Ray and Tony reminisced over draft days in the past, and even promoted the picks happening on Saturday at Lock 3.

12:16 - Our weekend host, Kris Drew, is a massive Ohio State fan, and he and Ray chatted about some of the Buckeyes that have been and will be picked in the NFL Draft.

19:30 - It’s a wet weekend, so golf may not be in the cards for many. Our golf pro Dan Dauk came on to talk about playing in cold and damp climate of Akron.

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Monday, 22 April 2019 09:37

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/22/2019

:17 - In Polish traditions, the day after Easter is known as Dyngus Day. And while it’s a relatively new holiday in America, it dates back hundreds of years in Poland. Tony is Polish and all about Dyngus Day, which is typically celebrated in certain Cleveland area neighborhoods.

5:17 - Perhaps the most polarizing topic with parents these days has been vaccinations, and because of this, measles has made an unfortunate comeback. Dr. Tim Brown from Cleveland Clinic-Akron General stopped by to talk about the measles outbreak and the information surrounding vaccines.

15:26 - Our veterinarian Dr. Gary Riggs talked about issues involving older dogs and ailing hind legs.

21:04 - We lost Glen Campbell two years ago, but he was born on this date in 1936, and Ray spoke of the Rhinestone Cowboy’s impact on the entertainment world in the 1960s and ‘70s.

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Monday, 25 March 2019 10:22

Ray Horner Podcast - 3/25/2019

:17 - Robert Mueller’s report on Russian collusion has been submitted, and it seems President Trump, in a way, has been exonerated. Dr. David Beer, professor of political science at Malone University, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the findings in the report, as well as the 2020 Democratic candidates for president.

9:00 - Ahead of their opening game on Thursday, the Indians will have an infield of household names: Eric Stamets, Brad Miller, and Max Moroff.

16:26 - Dr. Gary Riggs stopped by today, as he always does on Mondays, to talk about your pets. Specifically, it is spring break, and folks are taking pets with them on their travels.

29:34 - Time now for our Business of the Week! We trek on down to Green to Menches Bros. as we devour their mouth-watering burgers on the air.

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Thursday, 21 March 2019 08:31

Ray Horner Podcast - 3/21/2019

:17 - We began Thursday’s show hot on a gun debate. Basically, the debate boiled down to “why do we need military-style weaponry?” Ray and Jeanne asked that question, while Tony and Steffany took the other side.

20:50 - Speaking of age limits and bans, Cuyahoga Falls could be the next city to raise the age of buying tobacco products to 21. Mayor Don Walters called in to talk about the initiative coming from the Summit County Health Department to raise the ages, not just for cigarettes but for vaping.

25:54 - How much of a problem is vaping with young people? A sizable one, apparently, if high schoolers are partaking in this activity.

33:03 - Executive director of the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship, Don Padgett, came on for his weekly visit with Ray. The tournament will be held July 11-14th.

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019 10:29

Indians Radio Week, Day 2

Today is Indians Radio Week Day 2, and Ray Horner is rubbing elbows with everyone at the Cleveland Indians spring training facility in Goodyear, Arizona. On day two, Ray sat down with several members of the Tribe, both players and staff.

:30 - Manager Terry Francona spoke about managing without his father, dealing with the Michael Jordan baseball circus in Birmingham, and his favorite Pittsburgh Pirates players from back in the day.

6:54 - Team president Chris Antonetti touched on the crazy offseason, both on the Indians’ front and in Major League Baseball overall.

13:19 - General manager Mike Chernoff mentioned how analytics and the eye test go into judging personnel.

20:20 - Ryan Flaherty is trying to make the ball club, and he plans to prove himself by playing multiple positions.

25:19 - Second year player Shane Bieber is back with Ray to discuss his first spring training as a big leaguer and meshing with his fellow hurlers.

30:34 - Outfielder Greg Allen talks about how and where he can contribute to the lineup.

33:41 - Newcomer Jake Bauers came from Tampa Bay in the Yandy Diaz trade, and he talked about his rookie season in St. Pete and what he’s learned for year two.

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Monday, 25 February 2019 11:06

Indians Radio Week, Day 1

Today is Indians Radio Week Day 1, and Ray Horner is rubbing elbows with everyone at the Cleveland Indians spring training facility in Goodyear, Arizona. On the first day, Ray sat down with several members of the Tribe, both players and staff. :29 - Relief pitcher Dan Otero talked about the bullpen and changing faces. 8:06 - Infield coach Mike Sarbaugh chatted about Francisco Lindor and the infield. 13:02 - Broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus stopped by the radio table to touch on how the first weekend looked in Arizona. 22:43 - Southpaw reliever Tyler Olson tries to improve on his disappointing 2018 season. 26:51 - VP Bob DiBiaso mentioned his relationship with Bob Feller and previewed the 2019 season ahead. 35:02 - Outfielder Tyler Naquin on bulking up and wanting a spot as an everyday player. 37:04 - Starting pitcher Shane Bieber recaps his 2018 rookie campaign and looks ahead to 2019. 40:11 - Closer Brad Hand, who came over in a trade from San Diego, is ready for his first spring training with the Indians.

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019 13:48

Ray Horner Podcast - 2/19/2019

:17 - The 2016 election doesn’t seem so long ago, and now we’re already looking at 2020. It was announced this morning that Bernie Sanders will join the seemingly countless supply of Democratic candidates, so Ray, Jeanne, and Tony chatted about the ever-changing progressive field.

15:52 - At the all-star break, the Cavaliers are a whopping 12-46 on the season. The voice of the Cavs, John Michael, joined the show to talk about the team overall, Coach Larry Drew, and the landscape of the NBA.

36:04 - Tuesday is tax day, at least for us on the Ray Horner Morning Show. Doug Klein stopped by to go over some small business tax tips.

45:45 - And finally, our Browns guy Fred Greetham gave us a taste of the offseason and what John Dorsey has on his plate.

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Monday, 18 February 2019 10:23

Ray Horner Podcast - 2/18/2019

:17 - Today is Presidents Day, and Ray and Tony brought up some factoids about presidents from years gone by, as well as their most and least favorites. Ray is a fan of Teddy Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, and Barack Obama, while Tony enjoyed Calvin Coolidge and had less-than-favorable things to say about Woodrow Wilson.

7:59 - It was announced Friday than Akron Public Schools superintendent David James has been appointed to the Board of Trustees at the University of Akron. James mentioned how proud he is to have a solid working partnership between Akron Public Schools and the university.

18:30 - Also announced Friday is the contract extension for soccer coach Jared Embick at Akron. Embick spoke to Ray about his time so far with the Zips, and how he helped make them one of the best soccer programs in the country.

24:02 - Dr. Gary Riggs usually talks about your pets, but what about your veterinarians? How does the care differ?

35:02 - And finally, it’s Monday, and it’s time for our Business of the Week! Ray talked with James Eckman from Inman Productions LLC about his photography studio.

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Thursday, 14 February 2019 09:00

Ray Horner Podcast - 2/14/2019

:17 - It’s been one year since the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Unfortunately, we’ve seen several school shootings since then, but this one in particular has stood out in recent memory. SACS Consulting & Investigative Services president and CEO Tim Dimoff was actually in Parkland recently, and he joined the show to discuss what has changed security-wise since then.

7:23 - Green mayor Gerard Neugebauer and fire chief Brian Lloyd stopped by the studio to touch on Green’s new community paramedic program for seniors.

14:12 - It sounds like an agreement to keep funding the government will happen, even if both parties are not excited about what is in the bill. Dr. David Beer talked about the extension of government and the money towards building more wall on the border.

23:03 - Pitchers and catchers have reported to camp, and Indians broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus reports to the Ray Horner Morning Show. Rosenhaus talked about the Francisco Lindor injury and who will replace him, especially with numerous free agents on the couch waiting for a call.

32:03 - In these cold winter months, what are some classic TV shows to binge-watch on a snowy weekend? The panel brought up theirs, which included Columbo, Golden Girls, Cannon, and Taxi.

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Monday, 11 February 2019 09:47

Ray Horner Podcast - 2/11/2019

:17 - It was announced late Friday that Francisco Lindor will be out close to two months, which would have him out through spring training and even a couple of weeks into the regular season. Ray and Tony mentioned how this will affect the Indians’ start.

8:28 - February is the month where we focus on heart health, and that’s what Cleveland Clinic-Akron General’s Dr. Tim Brown discussed with Ray this morning.

18:59 - As this podcast was uploading, it’s snowing outside. But that doesn’t mean we can’t talk RubberDucks baseball. Ducks’ GM Jim Pfander promoted the tickets being on sale, and even mentioned some of the promotions for the season. The RubberDucks also have a new orange jersey, which was first unveiled two weeks ago at the Corbin Bernsen hot stove dinner.

28:54 - Each Monday morning, Dr. Gary Riggs talks about anything animal related (he is, after all, a veterinarian), whether it’s about your pets or the wildlife. Today, Dr. Riggs touched on polar bears and tigers and how they are nearing extinction.

39:08 - Time now for our Business of the Week! We head down the street from our studios to the White Pond Paradise spa.

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Thursday, 31 January 2019 11:10

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/31/2019

:17 - Barberton mayor Bill Judge called into the program Thursday to discuss some of the layoffs coming to the city and how they tried consolidate services to make ends meet.

11:30 - Break out the orange golf balls and Whitey’s chili, it’s time for the 29th annual Chili Open! Jim Redmond from the Akron Rotary and George Murphy, president of Wayne Homes, stopped by to talk about Saturday’s event.

15:58 - There have been rumors about a new automaker looking to occupy the now-former GM plant in Lordstown, but who will come in and when? WFMJ (and former WAKR) news anchor Lindsay McCoy is plugged in to what is happening in the Mahoning Valley area, and she talked to Ray about what she has heard.

23:40 - Classical music and football rarely go hand in hand, but they will on Saturday night at the Canton Symphony! Assistant conductor Matthew Jaroszewicz stopped by the studio to preview their performance of the classic Harold Lloyd silent film The Freshman.

30:27 - The American Red Cross’ Acts of Courage is happening Thursday March 7th at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn on West Market Street. Mary Williams from the Red Cross came in studio to promote the event.

34:02 - Today, if he was still alive, would have been Jackie Robinson’s 100th birthday. Ray and Tony talked about Jackie’s life and legacy, and the impact his character and performance continues to have this day.

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Thursday, 31 January 2019 11:10

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/31/2019

:17 - Barberton mayor Bill Judge called into the program Thursday to discuss some of the layoffs coming to the city and how they tried consolidate services to make ends meet.

11:30 - Break out the orange golf balls and Whitey’s chili, it’s time for the 29th annual Chili Open! Jim Redmond from the Akron Rotary and George Murphy, president of Wayne Homes, stopped by to talk about Saturday’s event.

15:58 - There have been rumors about a new automaker looking to occupy the now-former GM plant in Lordstown, but who will come in and when? WFMJ (and former WAKR) news anchor Lindsay McCoy is plugged in to what is happening in the Mahoning Valley area, and she talked to Ray about what she has heard.

23:40 - Classical music and football rarely go hand in hand, but they will on Saturday night at the Canton Symphony! Assistant conductor Matthew Jaroszewicz stopped by the studio to preview their performance of the classic Harold Lloyd silent film The Freshman.

30:27 - The American Red Cross’ Acts of Courage is happening Thursday March 7th at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn on West Market Street. Mary Williams from the Red Cross came in studio to promote the event.

34:02 - Today, if he was still alive, would have been Jackie Robinson’s 100th birthday. Ray and Tony talked about Jackie’s life and legacy, and the impact his character and performance continues to have this day.

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Wednesday, 30 January 2019 10:27

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/30/2019

:17 - Late Tuesday morning, a rumor floated around the Akron area about Don Plusquellic throwing his hat in the ring for mayor. If you recall, Plusquellic was mayor of Akron from 1987 till May 2015. If the reports are true, would be be a real threat to current mayor Dan Horrigan?

10:19 - Today is the coldest day of the year (so far), with the high in negative digits. While schools and some offices in the area are closed, there is still some black ice on the roads, so Kevin Thomas from Akron AAA stopped by to give some travel tips for the icy conditions.

19:32 - Maroon 5 with Big Boi and Travis Scott will be entertaining folks at the Super Bowl Halftime Show. According to Ranker, Prince had the best halftime performance, which was Tony’s favorite. The panel went over some of their favorite performances and anything Super Bowl related.

30:02 - You know him from the silver and small screen. The star of such TV shows like LA Law and Psych and films Major League and 25 Hill, Corbin Bernsen, called into the show today. He’ll be appearing at the Akron RubberDucks Hot Stove Banquet this Friday.

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Tuesday, 29 January 2019 10:30

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/29/2019

:17 - Quite an eventful way to begin a Tuesday. First, Ward 2 councilman Bruce Kilby sounded off in the Akron Beacon Journal on the mayor’s lack of awareness with city services during last week’s major snowfall. That prompted a response from….

8:30 - Mayor Dan Horrigan, who happened to be listening to Kilby’s commentary in the car, and presented a counterpoint.

13:26 - The city services are preparing for this week’s deep freeze, but what about the schools? Akron Public Schools superintendent David James joined the program to discuss how the district goes about the process of delaying or canceling school. He did break some news: Akron Public Schools are closed tomorrow.

20:22 - Every Tuesday during the tax season, Doug Klein will attempt to answer your tax questions.

28:40 - You may have heard about the cyber attack that happened over the weekend. SACS Security & Consulting president and CEO Tim Dimoff made some sense in how to prevent such attacks in the future.

34:42 - The Orange & Brown Report’s Fred Greetham stopped by to talk about the Browns’ offseason.

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Thursday, 24 January 2019 10:14

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/24/2019

:17 - James Rollins is a best-selling author, and is out with a new book called The Crucible. Ray talked to James about his book, which deals with artificial intelligence and how human nature can respond to it. He also talked about his inspiration for writing his unique style of novels.

6:05 - ESPN dropped a damning piece about Jimmy Haslam’s tenue as owner of the Cleveland Browns. Ray and Tony broke down the piece, which covers Haslam’s first six years at the helm, and how it all turned around with John Dorsey and Baker Mayfield.

23:12 - Sharon Tate would have been 76 today, but it was 50 years ago that she was brutally murdered. Ray and Tony chatted about the Manson murders and the strange subplots that stemmed from it.

30:40 - Next week begins Catholic Schools Week. Ray had Diocese of Cleveland superintendent Dr. Frank O'Linn called into the show to preview the week ahead.

35:12 - Who was your favorite news anchor from yesteryear? Walter Cronkite? Peter Jennings? Dorothy Fuldheim? Ray asked the panel their favorites, and even opened up the phones for listeners.

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Thursday, 17 January 2019 09:39

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/17/2019

:17 - Later in the podcast here, Senator Sherrod Brown joined the show. How much appeal does Sherrod have nationwide and especially with Millennials? Is America finally ready to elect a female president like Kamala Harris? The future of both the Democrats and Republicans may be quite interesting.

12:24 - As mentioned, Sherrod Brown called into the program. He is visiting some key areas that have been affected by anything from the partial government shutdown to the exodus of the auto industry.

18:30 - Ray and Tony talked at length about Bob Costas, who is now leaving NBC after nearly four decades. Costas, according to the panel, seemed to make even the smallest games big and the biggest games enormous, and they put Bob on the pantheon of classic American broadcasters.

25:08 - Our friends from the Western Reserve Playhouse stopped by to talk about and act out a scene Tartuffe, which is happening this weekend.

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019 09:44

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/16/2019

:17 - The topic of Netflix was brought up on yesterday’s podcast, and since then, it was announced they’re increasing their prices a couple of bucks. Will this help their revenue stream and continue with these critically-acclaimed original series? And what about those who have basic cable? What will that look like in a few short years?

15:35 - Last night at Brush High School, Tony had the pleasure of being a part of the Ball family. LaVar Ball was present in South Euclid-Lyndhurst to watch his son, LaMelo, and the entire SPIRE Academy squad take on Brush. Tony painted the picture of the atmosphere, with bordered on chaotic.

23:54 - Using nicotine to treat memory loss? Not as crazy as you’d think. Dr. Paul Newhouse, spokesperson and director from the Center for Cognitive Medicine at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center joined the show to talk about his studies.

29:32 - The OHSAA sent out a letter to parents for them to knock it off with harassing referees in high school sports, as it has caused a shortage of officials. Will this help at all?

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Friday, 11 January 2019 09:00

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/11/2019

:17 - Today’s Bride will be at the John S. Knight Center in Akron this weekend for a bridal show. Producer Tony is in the early stages of planning a wedding, and while he and his fiancee Leah are still looking for venues, it certainly won’t be a destination wedding.

8:20 - Former NFL player and local high school coach Jay Brophy came on the show to talk about a few football items. First, Ray and Jay talked about the hiring of Freddie Kitchens, then they mentioned the Rooney Rule and lack of minority coaches, and finally on this weekend’s games.

25:29 - Speaking of this weekend, Saturday is the annual TribeFest, held at the Cleveland Convention Center. Indians director of communications Curtis Danburg joined the program to preview the event.

30:42 - January 11th is the anniversary of the death of Paul Lynde, a favorite of Tony’s. As a tribute, they touched on the life and times of the hilarious star of Hollywood Squares.

35:19 - And finally, it’s Friday, so our movie guy Scott Wynn stopped by. Aquaman still tops the charts, and a new buddy comedy with Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston is out in theaters.

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Friday, 04 January 2019 09:08

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/4/2019

:17 - Friday's s show began talking about the purpose of live mascots at sporting events, which comes off the heels of the Texas Longhorns' steer prying loose and trying to gore UGA, the University of Georgia's Bulldog mascot. Maybe PETA is finally on the right side of something?

6:41 - It's day three of our local mayor roundup, and today, we went down to Green. Mayor Gerard Neugebauer stopped by to recap 2018 in Green, which culminated in their fight against and settlement with Nexus on the pipeline.

20:18 - Capital Financial's Richard Peterson called into the program to talk about Ohio raising the minimum wage up a few cents, and the affect it may have on small and larger businesses.

28:00 - Have you ever lost something like a wedding ring, jewelry, wallet, phone, etc., and you yourself have felt lost? Ray and the panel shared their experiences.

39:12 - With it being Friday, it's time to sit down with our movie guy Scott Wynn. Scott and Ray chatted about Escape Room, as well as the new Mary Poppins.

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Thursday, 03 January 2019 09:29

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/3/2019

:17 - January 2nd, 2019 was a brutal day if you were a celebrity born in 1942. “Mean Gene” Okerlund, Bob “Super Dave” Einstein, and Daryl “The Captain” Dragon all passed away on Wednesday, and all had huge careers in the 1970s and ‘80s. Ray and Tony chatted about their lives and brought up some fun facts.

6:32 - It’s day two of Ray’s meetings with the local mayors. Today, Barberton mayor Bill Judge called into the show to recap 2018 and look ahead to 2019, specifically how the Magic City can rebound after losing their largest employer.

16:36 - While it seems like people never eat at home anymore, the numbers for chain restaurants have gone way down in 2018. Eaters seem to be abandoning the chains and the sports bars and heading toward the ethnic-themed restaurants.

28:50 - During our Question of the Day, which was about former Cleveland Browns quarterbacks who threw the most touchdowns, Ray and Tony got into yet another discussion about who the team should hire as head coach.

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Thursday, 13 December 2018 09:45

Ray Horner Podcast - 12/13/2018

:17 - Victoria Lorenzen isn’t much different from a normal high school junior, except one major difference: she’s an airplane pilot. Her parents are both pilots, and Akron Public Schools and Firestone CLC has allowed her fulfill her dreams. She spoke of her passion in the studio with Ray.

9:21 - Everyone have their Christmas tree decorated? The panel talked about their trees, either their current ones or trees from their youth. Lots of tinsel, garland, and even bubble lights!

16:24 - Tim Dimoff is the president and CEO of SACS Security, and he talked about how firms like his would help find missing persons.

27:19 - Well, is Corey Kluber heading west or no? Will the Indians be active in free agency? Tribe broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus answered those questions to the best of his ability.

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 10:14

Ray Horner Podcast - 12/12/2018

:17 - Are the days of the movie house over? Or what about the movie star, the blockbuster films that aren’t of the action variety? The morning show panel dug into this topic early this morning.

12:08 - Canal Park is home to not only the Akron RubberDucks, but the best turf in the state of Ohio. Head groundskeeper Chris Walsh joined the show to discuss their process of maintaining such fine grass.

19:58 - Reverend Jeff Kaiser called in to talk about the Haven of Rest during the holiday season.

25:52 - As always on Wednesdays, Dr. Joe Congeni comes on the program to discuss sports medicine. The Cavaliers are without Tristan Thompson for an extended period, and Dr. Joe talked about what thoracic outlet syndrome is.

33:25 - Chris Eck is from FirstEnergy, and he stopped by our studios to talk about energy usage this time of year, with all the Christmas lights and displays happening.

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 10:22

Ray Horner Podcast - 11/28/2018

:17 - The Ohio State Buckeyes sit at six in the AP Top 25, which makes them on the outside looking in for the college football playoff. Ray thinks the Bucks have a case for the playoff, while Tony believes their loss to Purdue and narrow win over Maryland may have cost them

10:49 - We’re a year and a half from the 50th anniversary of the Kent State shootings, and the folks there want to preserve the memory. Dr. Mindy Farmer from Kent State talked about the Ohio History Connection award the school won in commemoration of the event.

15:31 - My, how things have changed in high school athletics. An offseason once meant an off season, but there are no off days in this world. Dr. Joe Congeni from Akron Children’s Hospital discussed the weight training schools are doing throughout the winter to prepare for sports like track, baseball, and even football.

21:07 - Could the Indians part ways with Trevor Bauer? How about Corey Kluber or Carlos Carrasco? While the window is still open, they may need to, as mentioned here by Ray and Tony.

28:05 - At 10 AM on Saturday, the Joe Siegferth Basketball Classic is happening over at Firestone CLC. Ron Linger, Akron Public Schools’ assistant athletic director, went over the bulk of the games.

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 10:30

Ray Horner Podcast - 11/27/2018

:17 - The counties of Summit and Stark will collide Thursday night at Tom Benson Stadium in Canton, as the Archbishop Hoban Knights take on the vaunted Massillon Tigers. Hoban head coach Tim Tyrrell previewed that matchup for the title.

5:50 - Speaking of championship weekend, Tim Stried from the OHSAA called in to go over the games and pass along information for folks heading to Canton, including why it’s being played on a Thursday.

18:16 - The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is called Giving Tuesday. Bishop Nelson Perez from the Diocese of Cleveland promoted We Give Catholic, a 24-hour crowdfunding program to help benefit 195 parishes, schools, and other areas.

22:23 - The biggest regional story of the week is the closing of the Lordstown General Motors plant. How will this affect the economy and jobs as a whole? Richard Peterson from Capital Financial explains.

32:58 - The Ohio State Buckeyes came off a convincing victory over Michigan last weekend, and are set to travel to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship. Paul Keels, the voice of the Buckeyes, went over their upcoming game against Northwestern, as well as the chances of them sneaking into the college football playoff.

41:16 - Another team that is surging is the Browns, with their 35-20 win over the Bengals on Sunday. Fred Greetham from the Orange & Brown Report discussed that contest, as well as the quarreling between camp Hue Jackson and camp Baker Mayfield.

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Monday, 26 November 2018 10:58

Ray Horner Podcast - 11/26/2018

:17 - Could you say the Bengals’ 35-20 loss to the Browns was “Hue-militating”? Ray and Tony kicked off Monday’s show talking about Baker Mayfield and the Browns taking it to former coach Hue Jackson.

9:57 - Who didn’t know the singers at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade lip-synced their performances? Apparently many didn’t, so Ray and Tony chatted about that and the parade in general, which seems to be lost on the younger generation.

17:40 - Dr. Gary Riggs is our veterinarian, and he stopped by to discuss anything from wolves to puppies and kittens at the holidays, seizures, and the use of squirt bottles as discipline.

30:56 - The world of driverless vehicles is rapidly becoming a reality. Will the negatives (job losses, salacious behavior inside the cars) outweigh the positives?

37:59 - Time now for our Business of the Week! Ray sat down with Cuyahoga Falls resident David Pelligra, owner of David Pelligra & Architects.

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Wednesday, 21 November 2018 10:31

Ray Horner Podcast - 11/21/2018

:17 - Is Black Friday shopping not what it used to be? Are you shopping for yourself or others? Are you looking forward to Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday? WEWS News 5 consumer reporter Jonathan Walsh has you covered, from the big box stores to online shopping to gift cards.

11:55 - Rick McQueen will be stepping down as president and CEO of the Akron-Canton Airport at the end of the year, but he’ll have a busy final month. He took a few minutes of his time to talk with Ray about egress in and out of the airport.

16:02 - If you are doing some shopping and are an Indians fan, the team has some new threads for the 2019 season. Bob DiBiasio from the Tribe talked about the slight change in their uniforms.

24:09 - Having a few too many adult beverages Thanksgiving Eve? Arrive Alive has you covered. Summit County prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh called in to promote Arrive Alive, which is a program that sends a cab and takes one home for free (up to $65) around Summit County beginning at 6 PM.

30:14 - In her final in-studio appearance until April, our master gardener Jeanne Poremski stopped by to chat about indoor plants, especially ones used as gifts like the Christmas cacti.

38:13 - Dr. Joe Congeni from Akron Children’s Hospital checks in to discuss some gruesome injuries in sports. Redskins QB Alex Smith went down with a brutal injury 33 years to the day Joe Theismann had a very similar break.

43:17 - And finally, our movie guy and WQMX morning man Scott Wynn talked with Tony about what’s at the theaters this weekend. The big movies that will top the box office are Creed II and the animated Ralph Breaks the Internet.

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 10:46

Ray Horner Podcast - 11/14/2018

:17 - Before prom, a number of students in Wisconsin took a photo where it looked like they gave the camera a Nazi salute. Ray, Jeanne, Steffany, and Tony shared their thoughts on this matter and how parents should approach a situation if one were to come in contact with an individual with radical beliefs.

15:30 - Moving onto some high school football here. Justin Todd is the head football coach at Wadsworth, and his undefeated Grizzlies are set to take on Massillon.

21:47 - Another terrific football program is at Archbishop Hoban. Tim Tyrrell’s Knights keep moving right along, and they will play Shaq Washington's Maple Heights Mustangs this Friday.

26:05 - Long-time coach Jim France from Manchester has his Panthers on a roll, and he previewed his upcoming matchup against Orville.

30:52 - The fires in California rage on, and the devastation is leaving countless people without homes or even towns. Jim McIntyre from the American Red Cross

38:08 - Russ Brode is a lieutenant in the Akron Fire Department, and he talked to Ray and the listeners about the differences between putting out wildfires and regular house and office fires.

45:23 - Finally, Dan Horrigan, the mayor of Akron, called into discuss the continued development in downtown, as well as the uprising of the area’s booming neighborhoods and what will go into the old Rolling Acres land.

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Wednesday, 07 November 2018 10:38

Ray Horner Podcast - 11/7/2018

:17 - It’s the morning after election day, and Ray Horner and 1590 WAKR have you covered! Before we went state and nationwide, Ray caught up with Akron mayor Dan Horrigan about moving the primary to May, which ended up passing.

5:38 - Dr. David Beer is a political scientist at Malone University, and he shared his views on the senate and house races, as well as the gubernatorial election in Ohio. Specifically, Dr. Beer points to just how red Republican Ohio is getting.

12:19 - After a few tries, a school levy has passed in Norton. Superintendent of Norton schools, Dana Addis, discussed the victory.

16:09 -Another local victory in Summit County was Issue 8. Julie Barnes from Summit County Children Services called in to discuss what this means for the residents in the area.

20:54 - With another look at the Ohio senate and gubernatorial races, Dr. David Cohen, professor of political science at the Bliss Institute, broke down what occurred.

31:06 - To cleanse the political palette, it’s time for the Academic Exam! Two students from Copley-Fairlawn High School stopped by to compete, and this friendly competition is brought to you by the Akron-Summit County Public Library.

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Tuesday, 06 November 2018 10:19

Ray Horner Podcast - 11/6/2018

:17 - It’s election day! We covered the most crucial and series topic of our time: is a hot dog a sandwich?

3:46 - We had the Browns covered for you, as well. Our Browns guy, Fred Greetham from the Orange & Brown Report, talked about Gregg Williams’s first game as interim head coach, and how the team looks as they take on the Atlanta Falcons before the bye week.

12:42 - In this sports-heavy show, Ray talked Tribe with broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus. The GM meetings are going on in Major League Baseball, and Rosey discussed the state of the Indians, including the reports of possible trades of core players.

31:52 - The East Dragons are 9-2 on the season, and they’re set to take on Canfield this week. Head coach Marques Hayes talked about his strong football team.

35:14 - We head to Mogodore to talk to head coach Matt Adorni. The Wildcats are 10-1 on the season and they are set to take on McDonald.

39:15 - Speaking of “futbol,” Ray heads north to Richfield as he chats with boys soccer coach Nick DePompei and his Minutemen.

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Monday, 05 November 2018 11:00

Ray Horner Podcast - 11/5/2018

:17 - After a whirlwind week, the Cleveland Browns were back on the field and surprised no one with a 37-21 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Ray and Tony broke down how they viewed the contest, which had a slightly better offensive scheme.

7:07 - Our veterinarian Dr. Gary Riggs stopped by, as he typically does on Mondays, to answer questions on your pets. Some of those questions revolved around flea medication, annual shots, and what happens if and when your pet gets into some candy.

20:27 - During our Question of the Day segment, the topic of what are the busiest airports during the holiday season was broached. The panel discussed some of their favorite airports to fly into, and some of the places to avoid if possible.

32:05 - Time now for our Business of the Week! Scheeser Buckley & Mayfield in Green is an engineering firm, and Jim Eckman, the president, talked about the company.

41:54 - Coming up on November 12th at the Funny Stop Comedy Club is the 7th annual Suicide Prevention Benefit. Shawn Boyd started this event back in 2011 following the suicide of a friend, and he’s been raising money and awareness ever since. Shawn is performing that night, as well as our own Tony Mazur.

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Friday, 02 November 2018 09:31

Ray Horner Podcast - 11/2/2018

:17 - Remember, if you aren’t fully digital at home, this is the weekend we “fall back” with the time change. The panel opened Friday’s show talking about sleep, or lack thereof, and how they’re able to cope with their schedules.

10:52 - Akron Children’s Hospital has had Bill Considine in charge for 40 years, but that all changed this week. Grace Wakulchik is the new president and CEO at the hospital, and she talked to Ray about being prepared for the transition.

15:25 - Tammy Pescatelli got her start in standup at Hilarities Comedy Club in Cuyahoga Falls. Well, Hilarities has now become the Funny Stop, but she hasn’t forgotten her roots. She’s performing there this weekend, and being a Northeast Ohioan, she shared her thoughts on the Cleveland Browns.

22:20 - The world of comic books makes its way to Goodyear Hall this weekend. Michael Savene from the Akron Comicon joined Ray to give comic book enthusiasts some great access to the creators and exhibits.

25:50 - With Christmas around the corner and folks going shopping soon, our golf pro Dan Dauk talked about new clubs and equipment, especially for seniors hitting the links.

32:35 - Time to head to the front row with WQMX’s Scott Wynn. The big movie released this weekend is Bohemian Rhapsody, the new biopic on Freddie Mercury and Queen.

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Wednesday, 31 October 2018 10:11

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/31/2018

:17 - A local invention is looking to change the way seniors can get in and out of cars. It’s called Slide N Ride, and it will be available for purchase at Acme Fresh Markets. Slide N Ride got some help from students at Archbishop Hoban, and the inventor and students talked about their process in studio.

16:15 - Speaking of Hoban, the Knights continue to be one of the best football programs in the state, headed by coach Tim Tyrrell. He talked to Ray about his upcoming matchup against Mayfield.

22:56 - Julie Barnes from Summit County Children Services called into the show less than a week before the election to discuss Issue 8. For the first time in three decades, there is a levy renewal, and she discussed it.

27:04 - The 7-3 Manchester Panthers are set to take on Sandy Valley on Friday. Jim France talked to Ray about his program.

32:37 - Dr . Joe Congeni stopped by to talk about Kevin Love and his toe injury that may sideline him for over a month.

41:37 - Time now for the Academic Exam, brought to you by the Akron-Summit County Public Library. Today, Hannah and Cara from Barberton High School faced off.

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Thursday, 18 October 2018 10:45

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/18/2018

:16 - We’re just a few weeks away from the gubernatorial election in Ohio. Joining us this morning is Betty Sutton, who is on the ticket with Richard Cordray for governor.

8:03 - Stemming from a conversation about Italy, Ray and Tony talked about fun honeymoon for young married couples. As mentioned earlier this week, Tony got engaged over the weekend, and he and his fiancee Leah are open to possible honeymoon ideas.

15:22 - The Cleveland Indians have been eliminated from the playoffs for over a week and a half, but they still have some holes to be filled and questions to be answered. Do the Indians need to sell off a starting pitcher or two for a power bat, and if so, could Corey Kluber be a name?

30:09 - Our master gardener, Jeanne Poremski, joined us on the phone to get us ready before the first frost.

39:02 - Nick Bosa had surgery several weeks back, and rather than rehab his groin and get on the field for the Michigan game and beyond, he’s choosing to forego and enter the NFL Draft. Is this a good decision, and how is Buckeye Nation treating this?

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Tuesday, 16 October 2018 11:09

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/16/2018

:17 - One of the big talking points in Akron these last few weeks has been a proposed ordinance to fine and even jail residents who have incessant barking dogs. Well, city council shot down Russ Neal’s proposal, and he joined Ray to discuss what’s next.

10:17 - Time now for our Academic Exam, sponsored by the Akron-Summit County Public Library. Matt and Katelyn from East Community Learning Center squared off a day earlier than normal, as we’re live at Goodyear Hall tomorrow.

23:00 - The devastation continues in the gulf of Florida, as the panhandle looks to rebuild what was torn up from Michael. The tornado-like winds damaged the power structure and grids need to be rebuilt. Mark Durbin from FirstEnergy gave us some education on what needs to be done.

30:52 - The Browns came out flat in Sunday’s contest against the Los Angeles Chargers. What needs to be done to rectify both sides of the ball to get back to .500? Fred Greetham from the Orange & Brown Report gave his thoughts on the game and looked ahead to Sunday in Tampa.

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Friday, 12 October 2018 10:24

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/12/2018

:17 - Ray was off today, so producer Tony Mazur filled in the hosting shoes. Comedian Jim Florentine is at the Funny Stop Comedy Club this weekend. Being a sports and music fan, he called into the show to talk about the state of the NFL today (including the 2-2-1 Browns) and the nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

10:38 - Tony chats about famous serial killers, mainly because he thinks of odd things when he’s on very little sleep.

19:39 - It all started in 1996, a small Halloween festival in the backyard of Claude DeBord. It has since expanded every year from his yard to Hardesty Park, and now it’s grown to Derby Downs. DeBord went over the history of his festival and what to expect on October 13th from noon-9 PM.

25:16 - It’ll be chilly this weekend, so why not cozy up in a movie theater seat? WQMX morning man Scott Wynn talks about what’s in theaters this weekend, including A Star is Born and Venom.

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Thursday, 11 October 2018 10:11

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/11/2018

We were pleased to have Scarlett Lewis join us in studio. Tragically, her son, Jesse, was murdered the morning of December 12th, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. She told her story on the air with Ray, and will do so at Glover CLC tonight.

Each Thursday morning, we are joined by our master gardener, Jeanne Poremski, to answer your questions and get your lawn and garden in shape before the cold hits.

Also on Thursdays, Georjette Thomas from Pay It Forward For Pets stops by to get some pets adopted. Today we have Grady available!

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Each week, the Ray Horner Morning Show spotlights a local business that assures their dedication to the community. This week begins “Rocktober,” so put those headphones on and crank it to 11, as Ray talked to Rich Seibert from Beach Boyz Entertainment. Rich began his business over 35 years ago at his home in Doylestown, and the company has expanded to employing dozens of people working events such as weddings, bar mitzvahs, sweet sixteens, and countless others.

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Hurricane Florence continues to inflict devastation on the Carolinas, with both water levels and death tolls rising. What can residents in Northeast Ohio do and how can they be of assistance? The Ray Horner Morning Show caught up with some folks with local ties to give the listeners a look into what is happening first-hand in that region. Jim McIntyre - American Red Cross

Mark Durbin - FirstEnergy

Steve Bosso - Retired Twinsburg fire inspector

Jim Mantel - Retired radio personality living in North Carolina

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Monday, 17 September 2018 20:01

Business of the Week: Bober Markey Fedorovich

Each week, the Ray Horner Morning Show spotlights a local business that assures their dedication to the community.

For the inaugural edition, Ray sat down with Dale Ruther, partner with Bober Markey Fedorovich in Fairlawn. Ruther has been with BMF for over 35 years, and the company has been in business since 1959. Bober Markey Fedorovich is an independent CPA and business advisory firm that serves the Greater Akron area and beyond.

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17 years have passed since the terror attacks on American soil, which claimed over 3,000 lives. In the nearly two decades since September 11th, 2001, what additional precautions have been made to ensure our continued safety?

According to SACS Security president Tim Dimoff, a lot has gone into further security. Dimoff joined the Ray Horner Morning Show on the 9/11 anniversary to discuss how Homeland Security and other intelligence agencies have snuffed out potential attacks throughout the years and will continue to do so. He points to taking the fight overseas to the Middle East has really helped snuff out terrorist groups, especially due to the use of drones.

Though a controversial topic today, Dimoff also says increased immigration screening has helped prevent attacks, mainly from countries on the “watch” list.

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 08:42

AUDIO: CAK President on Airport Expansion

Akron-Canton Airport will get a new facelift. A $34 million facelift, to be precise.

Rick McQueen, the soon-to-be-outgoing president and CEO of the Akron-Canton Airport, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the changes happening at the facility. McQueen says the plans are to expand and update the airport for the modern-day traveler, complete with charging stations for cell phones and new restaurants and other amenities.

McQueen, who will be retiring at the end of 2018, believes the upgrades will help meet the needs of today for the regional airport, which opened its first terminal in 1955 and expanded seven years later. The project looks to be done in late 2019 or into early 2020.

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Last month, Brian Thomas, who has been with Akron AAA for nearly forty years, said farewell to the company he helped build. Now, his brother, Kevin, takes over the post.

Kevin Thomas joined the Ray Horner Morning Show about taking over as president of Akron AAA. He has been with the company for 35 years and worked various jobs inside the company, yet did not foresee he would take on the role of president.

As far as travel goes for the Labor Day weekend, Thomas says Friday is still this big launch day on the roads. He urges commuters to put down the electronic devices inside the vehicle and to focus on the roads. Thomas also shared many other travel tips for drivers both young and old, and he promoted the AAA app, which can be downloaded onto any smartphone.

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The first day of school has descended upon Akron Public Schools. A clean slate, a fresh start for many, whether they are a student, educator, administrator, or even a facility itself.

David James, the superintendent of Akron Public Schools, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show in studio to discuss the scholastic year ahead. James and Horner talked about the new academies that have popped up recently, as well as the I Promise School and Case CLC.

James also touched on the athletics and the arts in Akron Public Schools across the board, as well as the steady enrollment.

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A slew of changes are happening at the University of Akron. A total of 80 degree programs will be phased out due to declining enrollment and the changing college environment.

What will this mean for the students and faculty? Dr. John Green, interim president of the University of Akron, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to touch on the changes. One of the big questions surrounding the cuts are if jobs will be lost, but that is not the case. Green says the faculty members will only shift their job titles and will remain employed.

The majority of the cuts are master’s and bachelor’s programs. Students in the programs on the outs will be able to complete their degree.

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It is a new week, and a variety of topics have come across the desk of Akron mayor Dan Horrigan.

First, the discussion on the present and future of Akron-Fulton Airport, which took place on the Ray Horner Morning Show. Horrigan announced that not only will the airport stay, but it plans to expand with a partnership with Stark State College.

Another topic has been the moving up of the primaries to May from September, which was shot down by city council, but Horrigan presses on. The mayor also talked about the final Bridgestone Invitational and how the new tournament will affect the area in 2019.

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Bob Hope was one of America’s most celebrated and honored entertainers of the twentieth century, and his life spanned that entire century. A native of Cleveland, Ohio who ventured to the West Coast, Hope accomplished almost everything in the entertainment business, from vaudeville to radio, to film to television, as well as entertaining troops from World War II till the Persian Gulf War.

So why is Hope’s legacy forgotten among today’s youth? Bob Ethington from the Akron-Summit County Public Library’s pop culture division joined the Ray Horner Morning Show, guest-hosted by Tony Mazur, to talk about the life of “Ski Snoot.” Ethington believes Baby Boomers began resenting Hope for his war-hawkish commentary during the Vietnam War, as well as his refusal to fade into the sunset.

On the flip side, Ethington talked of Groucho Marx and the Marx Brothers and how they were embraced by the Boomers of the 1960s and ‘70s.

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The final Bridgestone Invitational is rapidly approaching, and while many are sad the WGC is moving to Memphis, everyone involved is very excited.

Don Padgett III, the Executive Director of the Bridgestone Invitational, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to answer questions, comments, and concerns surrounding next week’s tournament. The hope of many on the inside, as well as fans on the outside, was if Tiger Woods could qualify for the Bridgestone. With his finish at the British Open, he is ranked 50th on the PGA Tour and thus qualifying him to play at Firestone.

Padgett also talked about the charities and volunteers, the field of players, and looking ahead to next year’s tournament when the senior players will pass through Akron.

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The city of Akron has seen its share of ups lately, but one constant has been going downhill: the All-American Soap Box Derby, of course.

Mark Gerberich is in his second full year as president of the Soap Box Derby, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to go over the events this week through the 21st. Gerberich says they have racers from all over the globe, not just the United States. However, some come from a family of racers, dating back five generations, and they spend their vacations in Akron.

The Soap Box Derby is not just about cars and racing. The education side of it has its appeal expanded into China and Australia.

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