Wednesday, 06 March 2019 09:55

Ray Horner Podcast - 3/6/2019

:17 - A new documentary is out about two now-adult men recalling their childhoods being manipulated by Michael Jackson. The morning show panel chatted about Finding Neverland, the downfall of Jackson, and why a parent would allow their children to be involved with an adult, albeit a world famous one.

11:59 - The University of Akron is holding a lecture on national security Thursday night with James Clapper and Michael Morell. Morell, a Cuyahoga Falls native, promoted the event on the air with Ray.

16:25 - The Copley Indians are playing some playoff hoops, and head coach Mark Dente called in to chat about his team.

20:01 - How often do you hug? Do you hug everyone or just family members? And if so, for how long? We discussed hugging in great detail this morning.

29:38 - Also happening on Thursday is the American Red Cross’s Acts of Courage event, where members of the community are rewarded for helping their peers.

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Thursday, 31 January 2019 18:42

The Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 1.31.19

On this Thursday edition of the Jasen Sokol Show, Jim McIntyre of the American Red Cross speaks with Jasen on the fatal fire in Kenmore and emergency assistance (00:18), State Representative Thomas West talks about legislation on infant mortality (10:02), and PGA Pro Joe Leenheer offers up some golf tips (17:00).

 

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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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Monday, 15 October 2018 10:42

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/15/2018

:17 - Ray and the morning gang kicked off Monday’s show with some pleasant news. Tony Mazur, the show’s producer, got engaged over the weekend!

10:00 - Green mayor Gerard Neugebauer stopped by the studio to provide an update on the Nexus pipeline. As of late last week, gas is now flowing through the pipe.

16:58 - We are now less than a month away before the midterms. Will the Republican Party maintain the governorship in Ohio with Mike DeWine, or will Richard Cordray swing the pendulum back to the Democrats? And how about the sizable lead Sherrod Brown has in the senate over Jim Renacci? Dr. David Beer from Malone University previews what may occur leading up to the election.

26:05 - It’s been a few days and the storm has settled a bit, but Hurricane/Tropical Storm Michael has devastated parts of the Florida Panhandle. Jim McIntyre from the American Red Cross provided an update.

33:05 - Time now for our Business of the Week! This week, we head over to Fairlawn and visit with Wells Trecaso Financial Group. Doug Wells and Ralph Trecaso talked about their business, which has been around since the early 1990s.

42:48 - The Cavs open their season on Wednesday, and the voice of the team, John Michael, previewed what to expect. Michael believes players like Jordan Clarkson and Rodney Hood will have significant expanded roles now that LeBron took his talents to Los Angeles.

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 10:17

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/10/2018

:28 - Nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were released on Tuesday, and naturally, there will always be a debate on who’ll go in, who gets snubbed, and the criteria and qualifications overall. Ray, Jeanne, and Tony chatted about the list of candidates, as well as those who are on the outside looking in.

9:23 - Hurricane Michael, as of this post, has been upgraded to a Category 4 and is set to blast the Florida Panhandle as early as this afternoon. As is the case with hurricanes and tropical storms, the American Red Cross is there to help, as Jim McIntyre stated with Ray.

16:03 - Continuing the coverage from Florida is WFLA’s John Conrad, who came on to set the scene. Also joining us is Ed Esposito, former news director at WAKR.

25:50 - Time now for the Academic Exam, sponsored by the Akron-Summit County Public Library. This week, we have Parker and Mason, two brothers from Green High School competing.

36:40 - Patrick Bravo is the president of the school board in Akron, and he joined Ray to talk about the foundation’s continued support of LeBron James’s I Promise school and what to do with the older school facilities.

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 11:47

NEO Red Cross Sending Relief to Carolinas

Update from the Red Cross Northeast Ohio Division: 

The American Red Cross is preparing to assist up to 100,000 people in North and South Carolina and Virginia as Hurricane Florence nears the east coast.

More than 1,600 people spent the night Tuesday in 36 Red Cross and community shelters in South Carolina and North Carolina.

More than 1,500 Red Cross disaster workers are on the ground, including 16 from Northeast Ohio. 14 of the Northeast Ohio workers are volunteers. Most are shelter workers.

Additional Red Cross volunteers from Northeast Ohio are standing by, waiting to be assigned to the disaster relief operation.

Anyone interested in volunteering can visit redcross.org/neo, and click the volunteer tab.

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Northeast Ohio American Red Cross volunteers are heading to North Carolina ahead of what could be one of the most devastating storms to ever hit the Carolinas.

As of Tuesday morning, Hurricane Florence was a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of up to 130 miles per hour, with gusts registering up to 140 mph. 

The National Hurricane Center out of Miami has issued Hurricane and Storm Surge Watches Tuesday for the entire East Coast of the Unitest States, as Florence continues on a crash course with North Carolina. The storm is expected to make landfall, as a Category 4 Hurricane some time Thursday night into Friday morning. More than 1,000,000 residents of the East Coast have been told to evacuate. 

Meanwhile, relief efforts are ramping up. Jim McIntyre with the American Red Cross, Northeast Ohio Region, tells our WAKR Newsroom that a group of 9 volunteers are on their way, as of Tuesday afternoon, to North Carolina. "Most volunteers are told to be prepared to be deployed for up to two weeks," McIntyre said, "in order to help provide continuity for the residents who are displaced and may have to hunker down in a shelter." 

As with any storm or natural disaster, a lot of uncertainty as to the exact path Florence will take, but McIntyre says that's what the Red Cross prepares for: "What we're trying to is to be prepared for any eventuality; and our volunteers are trained to be flexible, to fulfill the mission they've signed up for, but also to know that they may be called to do something that they didn't sign up to do." 

Click here to find out more how you can help the American Red Cross. 

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UPDATED 4:50 a.m. The victims of Saturday's fire that left four dead and two injured were identified by their pastor. Rev. Zach Prosser of Celebration Church in Akron told Cleveland.com the adults are Omar Riley and Shirley Wallis, who had been together for 12 years. Their daughters, nine year old Aniyla and and eight year old Shanice, also perished in the blaze. Prosser identified the 12-year old victim as Wallis' daughter Shaniya, who was listed in critical condition at Akron Children's Hospital.

Another victim, Jennifer Grubbs, was also injured when she jumped out of the attic from the flames according to her fiancee. He was not in the home at the time of the fire. The flames first showed in the back of the house according to a neighbor's home security camera video, according to reports.

Previous coverage

An early morning Saturday blaze left four people dead, two injured. The Akron Fire Department reports the house fire at 266 East Tallmadge Avenue was "heavily involved" when they arrived about five minutes after the call at 1:33 a.m. Arriving firefighters were able to pull five of the six victims from the home. Among the dead are an eight and nine year old; News5 reports a 12-year old jumped from a second floor window to escape the flames and is in critical condition. An adult was also pulled from the home and was also injured.

Video from the scene is at the News5 link above

Names and other details of the victims were not released. There is no cause of the blaze at this time. 

No smoke detectors were found in the home, which reportedly was a rental property. The American Red Cross is reminding area residents smoke detectors are free throughout northeast Ohio, and the Akron Fire Department provides free installation in partnership with the Red Cross. Mayor Dan Horrigan said he was "deeply saddened" by the tragedy...and will see to it hat the victims' families and the survivors are supported in this time of great sorrow and need."

The children were enrolled in Akron Public Schools, one at Seiberling Elementary and another at Forest Hills Elementary. The 12-year old is a student at Hyre Middle School. APS spokesman Mark Williamson said ""Akron Public Schools and its community of families are profoundly saddened by this loss of two precious children and other members of their family. Three of our schools have felt this tragedy, deeply, and will be visited by our counselors this week for assistance. We offer our heartfelt prayers."

There was also reaction from LeBron James and the LeBron James Family Foundation; the children were members of his Wheels for Education program. James tweeted he was "unbelievably saddened to hear the news. My heart hurts...our family lost two bright, bright stars." 

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(Akron Fire Department) Firefighters responded to a two and a half story residential house fire. Upon arrival the first floor was heavily involved in smoke and flames. People were reported to be trapped inside so an immediate interior fire attack was taken for rescue. The call came in at 01:33 and by 01:38 the first Engine was on scene.

Through the heavy heat and smoke (no visibility) 5 of the 6 victims were pulled from the house within the first few minutes of arrival. The cause of the fire is still under investigation but it was noted that smoke detectors could not be located throughout the house.

The fire caused four fatalilties. Two adults and two children, 8 and 9 year old. Two other victims were transported and are still ithe hospital. Unknown condition at the time of this press release. Names, relationships, and genders were not given while investigation is on going. One firefighter was transported for minor injuries and released.

(American Red Cross) We are deeply saddened by the loss of life resulting from a home fire in Akron early Saturday morning. Our hearts go out to the families affected by this tragedy.

The Red Cross partners with many Fire Departments in Northeast Ohio, including the Akron Fire Department, to provide and install smoke alarms, free of charge, to any resident who requests the alarms. We also provide valuable fire safety information, and help residents develop plans to escape from their homes should a fire occur. The initiative is call Operation Save-A-Life.

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan helped launch Operation Save-a-Life at a home in Akron earlier this year.

Akron residents can call 330-535-2030 to request a home fire safety inspection and free smoke alarms. In Cleveland, residents can call 216-361-5535. Youngstown residents may call 866-319-7160. Elsewhere
throughout Northeast Ohio, residents can log onto redcross.org/neo to request smoke alarms for their homes. 

We are grateful for our partnerships with so many fire departments, corporations and community groups for helping to provide this valuable, potentially life-saving service, and we urge all residents to check their homes for working smoke alarms, and to contact us at the numbers or website above if they need smoke alarms for their homes for working smoke alarms, and to contact us at the numbers above.

(City of Akron) Early this morning the Akron Fire Department responded to an advanced-stage fire in a three-story house on East Tallmadge Avenue.

The Fire Department acted quickly to extinguish the flames and rescue the individuals inside. Tragically, two adults and two children lost their lives in the fire. One adult and one child have survived and are being treated for their injuries.

"My family, the Akron Fire Department, and the entire Akron community, are profoundly saddened by this devastating incident. Any time our community experiences a loss such as this, it reminds us how precious life is," said Mayor Dan Horrigan. 'My deepest sympathies and prayers are with the family members of those who lost their lives, as we continue to pray for strength and healing for the survivors being treated. We will see to it that the victims' families and the survivors are supported in this time of great sorrow and need.

There is no higher duty we have as city leaders than to protect the health and safety of our residents and I thank the Akron Fire Department for their bravery in responding to this fire and for their attempts to rescue those trapped inside. I offer my full support and confidence as the professionals work to investigate the cause of this fire." 

(Akron Public Schools) "Akron Public Schools and its community of families are profoundly saddened by this loss of two precious children and other members of their family. Three of our schools have felt this tragedy, deeply, and will be visited by our counselors this week for assistance. We offer our heartfelt prayers."

 

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Monday, 04 July 2016 11:13

Red Cross Volunteers Hit West Virginia

Independence Day weekend may have been relaxing for you -- but for thousands in West Virginia, it was just another three days of cleaning up and trying to rebuild after the massive flooding two weeks ago.

The American Red Cross' communications director Mary Williams among the more than 600 volunteers who went to the Mountain State, including a contingent from here in Northeast Ohio. Along with Williams the regional CEO for the Red Cross, Mike Parks, also volunteered his holiday weekend.

Williams say there were many sights and stories that hit hard; in one case, a woman told her she and her children were stranded above the rising waters on the roof of their home. Her husband was able to get to her and rescue them; Williams say the woman told her she never loved her husband more than at that moment. In Richwood, the home of the annual Cherry River Festival and well-known for it's springtime Ramp Festival, the river literally ran through the middle of the quain town and left it looking "...like a movie western: empty storefronts with nothing but all of the dust from the dried mud left behind," Williams said.

The spirit not only of the West Virginians without homes or jobs is one of resilience and courage, Williams said, adding many of the volunteers this weekend came as far away as California.

The need now is for financial assistance -- you can give on-line to the Red Cross at RedCross.O-R-G, and choosing West Virginia flooding on the dropdown menu. You can also give by texting "WVfloods" to 9-0-999 or you can all 1-800-RED-CROSS to donate by phone.

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