The Cleveland Indians are ready to start the 2016 season, and the organization and fans alike are excited about the Tribe's outlook.  President of Baseball Operations Chris Antonetti joined Jasen Sokol and Sam Bourquin in Booth 6 in Progressive Field for Opening Day at the ballpark.   When asked about…
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 17:49

AUDIO LeBron Foundation, Bridgestone Team Up

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The LeBron James Family Foundation is teaming up with a legendary local golf tournament. LeBron's non-profit is linking up with the World Golf Championship-Bridgestone Invitational. "LeBron's an Akron institution, and so is the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone,"says Bridgestone Invitational executive director Don Padgett, "so we felt it made a lot…
Thursday, 24 March 2016 16:56

UA Responds To Enrollment Numbers

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News reports that the University of Akron had the lowest enrollment totals of any school in the Mid American Conference are prompting reaction from UA officials. The university claims the numbers that were used in the Beacon Journal story, which highlighted an enrollment drop of 3.2 percent over last Spring…
Tuesday, 22 March 2016 17:12

Reaction To Brussels Attacks

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Members of Congress are among those reacting to the Tuesday terrorist attacks in Belgium. "My deepest sympathies go out to the people of Brussels," Congressman Jim Renacci tells WAKR's Jasen Sokol, "who again were the victims of a cowardly act of terror." Renacci says that the terrorist attacks in Brussels…
Tuesday, 22 March 2016 17:10

RNC Security And Akron/Canton Area

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There is talk of protests and potential riots at the Republican National Convention, and local security experts say the area should be prepared - even into the Akron/Canton area. Tim Dimoff's SACS Security is monitoring security concerns for private companies for the RNC. He says what happens in downtown Cleveland…
Tuesday, 15 March 2016 13:57

AUDIO: Bernie Sanders Talks To Jasen

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It's Election Day, and the presidential candidates are making their final push in what are expected to be close races in both parties. We invited all six candidates from the major parties to come on the show, and only Sen. Bernie Sanders accepted our invitation. He talked to Jasen about…
Judith Lynn Lee and Matt Browarek are battling for the Democratic nomination for Ohio House District 38, a seat currently held by Republican incumbent Marilyn Slaby. Both candidates talked to Jasen about their ideas and plans for if they're elected.
Thursday, 25 February 2016 15:43

Local Congress Members React To Guantanamo Bay

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President Obama's renewed call to close Guantanamo Bay could end up in Congress this year. And as you might expect, two area Congress members from two different parties have different opinions. Democratic Congressman Tim Ryan agrees that "Gitmo" should be closed. He says it hurts our relations with other countries...…
Thursday, 18 February 2016 17:52

Locals React To Akron Report: Call To Action

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A report commissioned by the Knight Foundation has a lot of Akronites talking. Some of its numbers were not at all what local officials and groups expected. The administration of Akron mayor Dan Horrigan considers it a wakeup call...and the mayor's chief of staff James Hardy compares it to the…
Thursday, 18 February 2016 17:48

Racer With Local Ties Busy In NASCAR Series

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Someone from Medina County will be racing for a legendary NASCAR team this year. Matt Tifft, originally from Hinckley, will race in 13 Xfinity Series races starting in Richmond in April, racing for Joe Gibbs Racing. Tifft says it all started, after he went to races with his father, with…
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