Wednesday, 22 May 2019 09:42

Ray Horner Podcast - 5/22/2019

:17 - Today marks 27 years since Johnny Carson last graced our presence on the Tonight Show. Ray and Tony looked back at his career both on the show and away from it.

4:07 - The school year at the University of Akron is coming to a close, as is the first year of Dr. John Green’s tenure as interim president. He joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to recap his first year at the helm.

15:58 - Walking and texting may not be a big issue in the Akron area, but in New York, it’s become a problem.

21:19 - Jeff Sloan is the head baseball coach at Firestone CLC, and he joined Ray to talk about their Thursday matchup (if they get the game in due to storms) against Brunswick.

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Tuesday, 21 May 2019 09:25

Ray Horner Podcast - 5/21/2019

:17 - Fans of Game of Thrones are still crowing over the series finale, which wasn’t up to many of their standards. That got the show talking about the best and worst series finales in TV history. The best, which include M*A*S*H, Cheers, and Tony’s favorite in Newhart, and the worst with Seinfeld and How I Met Your Mother.

8:57 - On the topic of TV shows, Ray began his Tuesday segment with the Indians’ Bob DiBiasio on his favorite shows. Bobby was also asked if he ever thought he would be the PR guy for his hometown team for over four decades.

16:23 - SACS Security and Consulting president and CEO Tim Dimoff joined the show to share his thoughts on what some deem today a “trigger-happy society."

21:03 - Continuing the discussion on violence, Summit County prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh stopped by the studio to talk about the increased bloodshed in our community. She is also holding free self defense classes for women.

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Friday, 17 May 2019 08:46

Ray Horner Podcast - 5/17/2019

:17 - Odell Beckham Jr. may be the most talented wide receiver in football, but does that give him the luxury of skipping out on voluntary mini camp? And what about the Kareem Hunt situation? Ray and Tony shared their thoughts.

6:50 - What’s the latest update on the GM plant in Lordstown? WFMJ-TV’s Lindsay McCoy, who also used to be in the WAKR newsroom, has the latest update.

14:11 - The Indians have their longest homestand of the season right now, and with that comes a slew of fun promotions such as jersey giveaways, fireworks nights, and dollar hot dogs. Curtis Danburg from the Tribe joined the show to talk about all those, as well as the economic impact the all-star game in July will have.

21:08 - Who’s excited for John Wick 3? Scott Wynn, our movie guy, is!

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Wednesday, 15 May 2019 09:40

Ray Horner Podcast - 5/16/2019

:17 - The NBA Draft is happening on June 20th, and the Cleveland Cavaliers will have the fifth pick. John Michael is the radio voice of the Cavs, and he believes the team will have the chance to snag a solid player at that spot. Michael also talked about the hiring of John Beilein from the college ranks.

13:12 - There has been talk about increasing the NFL season by two games, but many have questioned if there are just too many NBA and MLB games. Dr. Joe Congeni deals with sports medicine at Akron Children’s Hospital, and he mentioned how the body can really break down playing in 82 NBA games or 162 baseball contests.

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Wednesday, 15 May 2019 08:42

Ray Horner Podcast - 5/15/2019

:17 - A legend in the comedy world passed away yesterday, as Tim Conway lost his battle with dementia. A native Northeast Ohioan, Conway made audiences double over in laughter for nearly 60 years. Ray and Tony shared their thoughts on the death of Dorf.

5:47 - With more on Tim Conway, writer Rich Heldenfels joined the show to talk about his interactions with him over the years when he wrote for the Akron Beacon Journal.

11:32 - The Carol Burnett Show reminded the panel this morning on variety shows from years past and why they were important.

16:32 - In other news, the United States’ trade war with China continues. Dr. David Beer, professor of political science at Malone University, educated the listeners on tariffs, and he touched on the current political climate.

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Friday, 10 May 2019 09:04

Ray Horner Podcast - 5/10/2019

:17 - We began Friday’s program talking about classic game shows and some of our favorites. Outside the staples such as Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune, the panel mentioned some close to their heart, as well as others many have forgotten about.

6:35 - Speaking of game shows, Tony had the pleasure of speaking with a long-time kids and teen game show host Marc Summers, who is bringing his Double Dare Live through Akron on May 16th. Marc, who has hosted shows on the Food Network the last two decade, talked about the Double Dare nostalgia, and well as his battle with OCD.

19:46 - According to our movie guy, Scott Wynn, the girls are taking charge at the movie houses this weekend, from What Men Want to The Hustle.

23:06 - Since every day is a holiday these days, today is National Clean Your Room day.

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Children and preteens with cable television in the 1980s and ‘90s had their eyes glued to the fledgling kids network Nickelodeon. Those kids are now well into their thirties, but have the opportunity to feel young again when Double Dare Live visits the Akron Civic Theatre on May 16th.

The long-time host of Double Dare, Marc Summers, was interviewed by WAKR’s Tony Mazur, who happens to fall into the category of nostalgia-loving thirty-somethings. Marc talked about his itch to enter the game show hosting business in the 1970s, as well as his other programs (What Would You Do?, Unwrapped), and his bouts with OCD that once crippled his career.

Coming off the heels of a successful 2018 tour, Double Dare Live has toured throughout the United States in 2019, and will wrap up in Morristown, Pennsylvania on May 19th.

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Thursday, 09 May 2019 08:57

Ray Horner Podcast - 5/9/2019

:17 - Teen suicide is on the rise, and is the second-highest killer with teenagers behind accidents. Dr. Liz Menefee is with Child Guidance and Family Solutions, and she informed our listeners of the warning signs and the prevention of teen suicide.

7:44 - TV Guide released its funniest TV shows of all time, which includes Seinfeld, Cheers, Mary Tyler Moore Show, among others. The panel gave their favorite funny sitcoms and commented on others.

17:50 - Jeanne Poremski is our master gardener, and with the nicer weather, this is her time to shine. Jeanne talked about the plants flowering ahead of Mothers Day, and answered some questions on adding Roundup near vegetable gardens.

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Wednesday, 08 May 2019 08:58

Ray Horner Podcast - 5/8/2019

:17 - The results from election day were in, and in Akron, there were some slight changes happening inside city council. But as for the mayoral primary, current mayor Dan Horrigan will continue his path toward reelection come November, and he joined Ray to recap Tuesday night.

6:04 - Akron Public Schools superintendent David James dropped by the studio to discuss a few topics, one of which is it being National Teachers Week. Ray asked David about school safety, off the heels of another school shooting in Colorado, and the success of the I Promise school.

15:02 - Not only is it National Teachers Week, but it’s also National Nurses Week, as well. Lorie Rhine is the chief nursing officer at Summa Health System, and she called into the show to talk about the field of nursing and how its grown in the last couple of decades.

19:55 - Getting back to school safety and the latest school shooting, SACS Security and Consulting president Tim Dimoff discussed it more in depth.

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Wednesday, 08 May 2019 07:00

Akron Primary Election Results

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan easily fended off his Democratic primary challenge from Greg Harrison, winning with more than 78 percent of the vote.

He will face Republican Josh Sines, in the November election.

It's going to be a whole new ballgame on Akron City Council, after yesterday's primary election.

Long-time city council members Marilyn Keith, Veronica Sims, Bruce Kilby,  Bob Hoch, and Zack Milkovich are out.

Jeff Fusco, Linda Omobien, Rich Swirsky, Margo Sommerville, Russ Neal, Mike Freeman, Donnie Kammer and Tara Mosely-Samples won their primary challenges.

New to council heading into the general election in November on the Democrat side, are Ginger Baylor, who will be running for an at-large seat, Phil Lombardo, who beat Bruce Kilby in Ward 2, Brad McKitrick who beat Bob Hoch in Ward 6, Shammas Malick who beat Curtis T. Walker, Sr., in ward 8, and Sharon Connor, in Ward 10, who beat Zack Milkovich.

On the Republican side, Cynthia Blake, Henry Todd, and Monica McNatt will be vying for a council at large seat. Brenda Rongone Costarella, Todd Kleintop, Michael Downey, and Jackie Williams ran unopposed, and will face Democratic challengers in wards 1, 2, 3, and 6.

For more details from the Summit County Board of Elections, click here.

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Tuesday, 07 May 2019 09:11

Ray Horner Podcast - 5/7/2019

:17 - For no reason in particular, the morning show reminisced over one of television’s most iconic sitcoms, The Andy Griffith Show. Ray brought up some fun facts on the show’s classic characters.

5:20 - Today is election day for the primaries in Ohio. Secretary of State Frank LaRose called into the show to discuss what’s to come for the primaries and how the voter turnout may look by the time the polls close.

10:42 - Tuesdays during the baseball season means Tribe VP Bob DiBiasio arrives on the program to answer some questions. Those questions included the outfield woes, the struggles of Carlos Gonzalez, and the offseason trade of Yandy Diaz.

19:08 - President Trump has made improving trade with China a sticking point during his presidency, but now he’s drawing a line in the sand by threatening tariffs, which caused markets to decrease.

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Monday, 06 May 2019 10:57

Ray Horner Podcast - 5/6/2019

:17 - The weekend against the Mariners began well for the Indians with two late-inning wins, but a 10-0 drubbing on Sunday caused some to scratch their heads. Ray and Tony recapped the Indians’ offensive woes, specifically how Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez, and Jason Kipnis are all hitting under .215.

6:02 - Dr. Gary Riggs is our veterinarian who stops by weekly, and he talked to Ray about issues like teeth and gum disease, among others.

10:04 - If you are an Akron resident, did you receive a political robo call from either current mayor Dan Horrigan or former mayor Don Plusquellic? Many did and weren’t happy, and that includes Linda Omobien. The At Large council member talked about a tension between the former mayors, as well as the tensions inside the council chambers.

14:30 - Ray was joined by a couple of former NFL players on this Monday morning. First, Akron native and former Cleveland Brown Frank Stams came in studio, and Bears and Steelers QB Mike Tomczak called into the show. Both Frank and Mike our out to help NFL alumni through their retirement plans, especially in a sport where many careers are finished by age 30.

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Friday, 03 May 2019 09:28

Ray Horner Podcast - 5/3/2019

:17 - As expected, magazine subscriptions are at all-time lows now. AARP magazine is number one, while Reader’s Digest comes in at #4. The panel also talked about ESPN: The Magazine pulling the plug this week, as well. 4:21 - Scott Callahan has been the head coach of the Hoban Knights girls basketball team for the last decade, but he has decided to step aside. Callahan talked to Ray about his decision 10:55 - Speaking of Scotts, our movie guy is named Scott Wynn, and he talked about what’s happening at the movie houses this weekend. Mainly movies not named Avengers: Endgame. 13:03 - Executive director of the ADM Board here in Akron, Jerry Craig, stopped by the studio to thank the frontline workers and first responders for those in this opioid epidemic. Jerry also talked about how the community has come together in these last five years to address this sad situation. 19:21 - Social security is on the minds of many, and News 5’s Jonathan Walsh is in Washington D.C. to get answers on spousal entitlements.

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Thursday, 02 May 2019 09:55

Ray Horner Podcast - 5/2/2019

:17 - Andrea Rabinovitz is a second generation Holocaust survivor, and she will be speaking at the Shaw JCC in Akron tonight to tell her mother’s story. Andrea, a Stow native, came by the studio to promote the event a talk more about her mother, who escaped Nazi Germany in 1939, while other family members died in concentration camps.

12:22 - Looking for a fairly inexpensive night out at a concert? Live Nation is offering $20 tickets for select concerts in the area this week only! Meagan Ditton from Live Nation stopped by to talk about some of those shows.

16:20 - It’s showering, which means it should bring May flowering. Our master gardener Jeanne Poremski informed our listeners on proper bulb maintenance.

22:03 - Senator Sherrod Brown called into the program to discuss government monitoring of social media and some more on social security.

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Wednesday, 01 May 2019 18:49

The Sam and Brad Show Podcast: 5-1-2019

The Sam and Brad show say down with Mayfield native and Arizona Cardinal Andy Isabella as well as Mary Kay Cabot from Cleveland.com!

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Wednesday, 01 May 2019 08:47

Ray Horner Podcast - 5/1/2019

:17 - We’ve been talking about it on the show a lot recently, but the rise of measles has drastically increased of late. Dr. Tim Brown from Cleveland Clinic-Akron General touched on it last week, and he updated our listeners today about vaccines and booster shots for those born in the late-1950s and throughout the ‘60s.

7:01 - So will Woodstock 50 go on or not? The panel talked about the 50th anniversary of the music festival, as well as music fests in general.

15:50 - Fast food restaurants have to adapt to the needs of the consumer, and that’s what some are doing with the plant-based “impossible” burgers. Burger King has an Impossible Whopper, and White Castle has the Impossible Slider. Ray and Tony discussed the future of fast food joints.

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Tuesday, 30 April 2019 08:28

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/30/2019

:17 - We’re up to over 700 cases of measles across 22 states. Due to “anti-vaxxers,” a disease that was thought to be eradicated by 2000 is back with a vengeance. The morning show panel talked about this outbreak, which continues to make news.

7:45 - Spring has indeed sprung, and so have the orange barrels throughout the Akron area. Justin Chesnic, who manages the public information desk at ODOT, joined the show to discuss the construction happening on I-76 in Norton, U.S. 224, and I-77 near Canton.

13:37 - Kris Drew is a massive Game of Thrones fan, yet Ray and Tony feel like they’re in the minority. Kris attempts to educate everyone on the show, which is in its final couple of episodes.

20:22 - Normally on Tuesdays, Ray has his “Hey Bobby!” segment with Bob DiBiasio from the Cleveland Indians. But Bobby is out of town, so the show improvised and came up with a "Hey Tony!” segment with producer Tony Mazur.

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April 29th kicks off Law Week with the Akron Bar Association. Their theme for the week is “Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society.” Members of the Akron Bar stopped by the WAKR studios and talked to Ray Horner about their expertise.

J. Dean Carro, attorney and president of the Akron Bar

Jeff Laybourne, criminal defense with Laybourne Law, LLC.

Farhad Sethna, immigration attorney

Nancy Holland, attorney focused on employment law

Deb Ruby, Ruby & Associates, focused on domestic law

Linda Ulinksi, Trust & Estate planning

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Monday, 29 April 2019 10:18

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/29/2019

:17 - Monday’s show began with Dean Carro, the president of the Akron Bar Association, as today kicks of Law Week. Carro stopped by the studio to talk about their theme this week, which is about Free Speech, Free Press, and Free Society.

8:37 - It was the weekend of “No Spoilers, Please,” from Game of Thrones to the Avengers: Endgame. Ray and Steffany talked about the hype around the film, which broke records in its first weekend.

11:39 - Dr. Gary Riggs, our veterinarian, dropped by to answer questions on your pets and talk about the nail health of your fur babies.

18:31 - And finally, our Business of the Week is Pam’s Posies in Fairlawn. Co-owner Greg Ress talked about the company, which he bought in 2007, and his history in the flower business. Segment brought to you by HEARINC. and TLC Catering.

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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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Wednesday, 24 April 2019 10:43

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/24/2019

:17 - The Joe Biden phenomenon, or lack thereof, seems to have died down, even though if he ran for president, he’d be the frontrunner as of April 2019. The panel talked about how Biden’s allure may have faded, either due to his touchy-feely displays of affection or him being "too safe" a candidate for the Left.

8:09 - The Indians’ offensive struggles continues, and just how much solid ground is the pitching staff standing on? Tribe broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus joined the show to discuss the state of the team.

13:39 - The Dru Joyce Classic is happening on Saturday, featuring teams from all over the planet coming to Akron. The man behind the tournament, Dru Joyce himself, joined the program to promote the festivities.

19:50 - One of the most common injuries with younger athletes are stress fractures. Akron Children’s Hospital’s Dr. Joe Congeni has seen his share of them over the decades, and he stopped by to break down the breakdowns.

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Tuesday, 23 April 2019 08:50

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/23/2019

:17 - This is the final week as president of Acme Fresh Markets for Jim Trout, as he heads to a soft retirement (he’ll still be involved in the company as vice president of special projects). He joined Ray in studio to talk about his career, where he went from bagging groceries to actually overseeing the local grocery chain.

11:26 - Bob DiBiasio jumped on the show for his usual Tuesday segment and answered questions the listeners have on the Tribe. Specifically, the slumping of all-star Jose Ramirez and an update on the health of Mike Clevinger.

18:27 - Cuyahoga Falls mayor Don Walters called into the show to discuss what is happening around all things Howe Avenue. First, he touched on the Howe Ave. construction project that begins next week, and he shared his thoughts on how he sees the future of the Chapel Hill Mall area.

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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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Friday, 19 April 2019 08:48

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/19/2019

:17 - The New York Yankees announced they will stop playing the Kate Smith version of “God Bless America” after news of her singing songs deemed racist by today’s standards were uncovered. Ray applauds the Yankees for taking this measure, while Tony feels this could lead to a slippery slope in “cancel culture."

10:05 - The un-redacted version of the Mueller Report was released yesterday, and while this cleared President Trump of Russian collusion, there is still talk of obstruction of justice. Dr. David Beer, professor of political science at Malone University,

19:00 - Movie theaters and box offices will be a tad light this holiday weekend, due to the new Avengers film getting released next week. Scott Wynn is our movie guy, and he mentioned what little is happening at the theaters.

21:40 - A favorite topic of the morning show is chain restaurants from yesteryear. Specifically, what the panel’s least favorite chain restaurant food is.

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Thursday, 18 April 2019 09:53

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/18/2019

:17 - At long last, the Cleveland Browns released their schedule for the 2019 season. Four primetime games, a home opener against Tennessee, and a seemingly favorable slate of games in the home stretch.

3:29 - During a conversation about “trips from hell,” Tony tells a tale about his nightmare adventure to Myrtle Beach in his teens.

10:13 - It’s Thursday, and it’s time for our master gardener, Jeanne Poremski, to join the program with her gardening tips. First, Jeanne warns the listeners about pest infestation occurring earlier this year, and she also assists Kris Drew with shade and shrubbery.

17:25 - Your Akron RubberDucks are home this weekend against the Bowie Baysox. GM Jim Pfander called in to promote the homestand, which also includes a series against the Binghamton RumblePonies next week.

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019 10:01

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/16/2019

:17 - Akron mayor Dan Horrigan stopped by the studio this morning to discuss a slew of topics at hand, specifically in the world of community safety and business. Horrigan addressed the gun violence issue that’s plaguing the city, as well as what Akron will do with the land near Chapel Hill.

16:29 - Actress Georgia Engel passed away over the weekend. She played Georgette, the wife of Ted Baxter, on the Mary Tyler Moore Show, so the panel looked back fondly at the popular ‘70s sitcom.

23:44 - The Indians are out in Seattle and beat the best team (record-wise so far) in the American League, the Mariners, 6-4. Bob DiBiasio, VP from the Tribe, called in to go over team coming off a bad weekend, and he answered some listener questions from the text line.

32:06 - Some great news about higher test scores have come out of Akron’s and LeBron James’s I Promise school. Keith Leichty from Akron Public Schools shared the positive news.

37:43 - Our friends from the Western Reserve Playhouse dropped by to promote their new production, Emma, kicking off this weekend.

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Monday, 15 April 2019 10:23

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/15/2019

:17 - Tiger Woods took home his fifth green jacket from The Masters and his fifteenth major overall, three behind Jack Nicklas. Ray talked to our morning show golf pro Dan Dauk about Eldrick, who won his first major in nearly eleven years.

10:14 - Downtown Akron may be torn up, but Lock 3 will be in great shape for the summer season. Chris Griffith from Lock 3 stopped by to promote the events happening downtown from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

15:23 - Dr. Gary Riggs is our veterinarian who stops by each and every Monday, and he touched on birds and cats today, and even took a few phone calls.

26:39 - Today is the six-year anniversary of the bombing at the Boston Marathon, and it’s the first time the race has fallen on this date since. Dave Hunter covers the race, and he called into the show to set the mood.

33:52 - It’s Monday, which means it’s our Business of the Week! Ray heads down to Orville and chats with Dennis Shisler of Shisler’s Cheese House. Segment sponsored by HEARINC. and TLC Catering.

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Friday, 12 April 2019 08:40

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/12/2019

:17 - Trying to traverse through downtown Akron? Good luck and have fun. Main Street is shut down from Route 59 past Canal Park, and parts of Market, State, Exchange, and Bowery are a mess.

10:42 - Some bad news for the Cleveland Indians and pitcher Mike Clevinger. A possibility is he’ll need surgery and could be out well past the all-star break. Dr. Joe Congeni, sports medicine doctor at Akron Children’s Hospital, joined the show in studio to discuss the affects of an injury to a pitcher’s upper back.

18:24 - Once again, the panel had another discussion about the Millennial populace. This time, it had to do with dating and who picks up the check on a first date.

31:04 - WQMX’s Scott Wynn is our movie guy, and he stopped by to preview what’s new in theaters. Pet Sematary, Hellboy, and Shazam! are among the hot new flicks.

33:48 - The college scam with actress Lori Loughlin gets stranger and stranger. The panel asked why a celebrity, who isn’t hurting for money, would scheme colleges for her daughter who doesn’t even want to go to college.

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Thursday, 11 April 2019 08:52

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/11/2019

:17 - Former Akron mayor Don Plusquellic called into the show today to make a major announcement. He mentioned several weeks back that he was considering a run for mayor as an independent. His decision is…..not to run. “The Don” mentions his thought process, he stuck up for Mayor Dan Horrigan, and he blasted city council on multiple occasions.

22:22 - Senator Sherrod Brown called into the program. Some of the topics he and Ray touched on were Democrat tax plans in the senate, full legalization of gambling in Ohio, and the controversy over Medicare and rising drug costs.

28:40 - Hello, friends. The Masters is upon us. Some of those golfers will be a part of the Bridgestone Senior Players at Firestone Country Club, which is just three months away. Executive director Don Padgett talked about both the events in Augusta and in Akron.

34:15 - Spring has sprung, and it’s time for the return of our master gardener, Jeanne Poremski. The main topic discussed was the lawsuits and dangers over the Roundup weed killer.

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Wednesday, 10 April 2019 09:43

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/10/2019

:17 - Donald Trump broke the mold when it came to a non-traditional candidate becoming president, but will that be commonplace or just an anomaly? Which other non-political candidates can make a splash? The panel discussed.

10:23 - Capital Financial’s Richard Peterson called into the show to give a breakdown of the recent economy, higher oil prices, tax laws, and post-secondary education.

22:18 - Heading out of town this spring or summer? Maybe leaving the country? SACS security president Tim Dimoff shared some safety tips and what to watch for when vacationing in a foreign area.

28:51 - The Indians have had a stellar week against the Blue Jays and Tigers, but they’ve also received bad news on the back injury to Mike Clevinger. Broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus talked all things Tribe, both good and bad.

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Tuesday, 09 April 2019 09:52

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/9/2019

:17 - What are Millennials spending their money on? For many, it’s a rent payment instead of a mortgage. Ray pulls up some Millennial stats and defers to the Millennials in the room in Tony and Steffany.

20:12 - For the final time this fiscal year, BDO’s Doug Klein stopped by to discuss extensions and other tax-related tips, as we’re six days before April 15th.

27:50 - Each and every Tuesday during the baseball season, VP from the Tribe, Bob DiBiasio, calls in and answers Ray’s and listeners’ questions. Today’s questions involve Carlos Gonzalez’s health and statues outside the ballpark.

36:03 - April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, and Ray was joined by John Lehr of the Parkinson’s Foundation, as well as Christina Korines, who shared her personal story of the disease.

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Monday, 08 April 2019 10:00

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/8/2019

:17 - Ray Horner is back from his vacation, and a topic that’s near and dear to the show hosts’ hearts is the future of malls, specifically Chapel Hill Mall in the Akron/Tallmadge/Cuyahoga Falls area. The lights are on today, but what will the future look like?

12:29 - Akron will have a weekend spotlight during the sixth round of the NFL Draft this year, and the eyes of football nation will be on Lock 3 for a pick. Chief of staff James Hardy stopped by the studio to promote this event, along with some questions on the cyber attack and more on Chapel Hill.

23:21 - As always on a Monday morning, veterinarian Dr. Gary Riggs comes by to answer questions on your pets. If you’re interested, Dr. Riggs has offices in Norton and Barberton.

33:32 - Finally, we have our Business of the Week! Today, Alex Randles from Roadrunners Tires was honored. Segment sponsored by HEARINC. and TLC Catering.

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Friday, 05 April 2019 09:54

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/5/2019

In the ever-growing race for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, congressman Tim Ryan from Ohio has announced his bid. Fill-in host Tony Mazur and Jeanne Destro talked about the possibility of a Rust Belt candidate getting the nod in a very split field of Democrats.

April 5th is a sad day in the world of grunge music. In 2002, Alice in Chains frontman Layne Staley passed away (was found weeks later), and in 1994, Kurt Cobain died of a gunshot wound to the head. Tony talked about the 25th anniversary of Kurt’s death and the conspiracies surrounding it, and the impact Nirvana had on Generation X.

Our movie guy, Scott Wynn, stopped by to talk about another weekend of superhero movies.

Tony was a little tired this morning, as he came back from the Temptations and Four Tops show at the Akron Civic Theatre last night. He told a story about meeting a local one-time member of the Temptations.

We’re a week away from another Rubber City Beer Fest. Brian Bostaph from the beer fest, along with Ron Shea of R. Shea Brewery in the valley, dropped by to promote the sudsy event at Lock 3.

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Thursday, 04 April 2019 10:05

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/4/2019

Remember the scandals with the governor and lieutenant governor in Virginia? Not many do, and it was just two months ago! Fill-in host Tony Mazur and Jeanne Destro discussed how quick our news cycle goes.

Believe it or not, Cleveland sports did celebrate championships between 1964 and 2016, and that was the Cleveland Crunch. Goalie Otto Orf stopped by to promote their 25th anniversary event from when they won the title in 1994, which is happening on April 26th at Goodyear Hall.

Don Padgett called in to talk about the Bridgestone Senior Players tournament and all the events that surround it.

Tonight is the night of the Akron RubberDucks home opener. GM Jim Pfander joined the show to talk about the Ducks team and 30 years of baseball in Akron (and Canton).

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Wednesday, 03 April 2019 08:37

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/3/2019

:17 - Tony Mazur is back and filling in for Ray, who's spring breaking this week with his kids. He began today's podcast talking about the lights possibly going out at Chapel Hill Mall, and the sad future of the facility.

9:05 - Former vice president Joe Biden is in hot water for being a bit of a hugger. But his detractors aren't necessarily Republicans here; it's by his own party, albeit the more progressive wing of the Democrats. Tony and Jeanne discussed the state of politics and the #MeToo movement.

26:15 - The Akron RubberDucks unveiled their new extreme food menu, and it looks and tastes, as the kids say, "amazeballs." Tony brought up some impressive records by competitive eaters, and he says he wants to tackle the Main St. Saloon's 80 oz. steak challenge.

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Monday, 01 April 2019 10:09

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/1/2019

:17 - Tony Mazur is filling in for Ray Horner today and the rest of the week, and he’s in luck: it’s Indians home opener day! Tony chatted on the phone with Jim Rosenhaus, one of the radio voices of the Tribe, and they went over the weekend that was in Minnesota and look ahead to their matchup versus the White Sox.

9:16 - VP from the Tribe, Bob DiBiasio, called the hotline to reminisce over the opening of Jacobs Field, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this week.

20:33 - In other non-sports features, our veterinarian Dr. Gary Riggs stopped by to talk about proper pet food and nutrition.

33:23 - Ray may be out, but he still talked to Matt with the Grassmaster, as they are our Business of the Week!

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Thursday, 28 March 2019 08:54

Ray Horner Podcast - 3/28/2019

:17 - Today officially begins the nearly seven month journey that is the Major League Baseball season. The panel, made up of Ray, Tony, and weekend host Kris Drew, previewed the season for the Cleveland Indians, which has a large question mark with major players being injured.

11:23 - US senator Sherrod Brown called into the program, and not just because he is a massive Tribe fan. Senator Brown has been very vocal about Robert Mueller’s report, in that it should be released to the public in full.

16:18 - A cable company employee was fired from his job after he stole a pug from someone’s yard. This was similar to an incident that happened to Ray when he worked in Pennsylvania, where a group of kids stole his parents’ dog. This segued into some wonderful dog stories.

25:08 - How adventurous do you get with food offerings? Peanut butter and hot sauce on a hamburger? Hot dogs and yellow mustard on pizza?

34:33 - And finally, Don Padgett, executive director of the Bridgestone Senior Players, called in to talk about the goings on with the tournament months ahead of time.

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Wednesday, 27 March 2019 09:58

Ray Horner Podcast - 3/27/2019

:17 - Wednesday’s show opened with a discussion on colleges and the alleged discrimination with Asian-Americans in levels of higher learning. That segued into a conversation on actor Jussie Smollett, who was cleared of charges in Cook County on Tuesday.

10:46 - Ward 5 councilwoman Tara Samples stopped by the studio to promote her new book, “And They Said I Didn’t Matter.” She also went over the new developments occurring in her ward on the east end of Akron.

27:02 - The baseball season is almost here, and that means “QuAkron” will be once again abuzz at Canal Park. General Manager Jim Pfander talked about the promotions for the upcoming RubberDucks season, as well as the new food offerings at the ballpark.

36:29 - Taking the kids on vacation for spring break? Dr. Sarah Adams from Akron Children’s Hospital shared some nice tips for one’s health while on vacation.

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Tuesday, 26 March 2019 08:18

Ray Horner Podcast - 3/26/2019

:17 - Ray opens the show asking the panel about first date icebreakers. That argued into a humorous conversation on horrible first dates.

12:24 - Today is our first visit of the year with VP from the Cleveland Indians, Bob DiBiasio. Bobby D discusses the team ahead of their opener, and he even answered some listener questions, specifically why they are opening In Minneapolis.

23:02 - From BDO, our tax guy Doug Klein stopped by to answer questions on deadlines and extensions.

33:01 - Last weekend was the Hunting, Fishing & Outdoors Show at the MAPS Air Museum, and that got us talking about camping and what’s known as “glamping.”

42:16 - Kathryn Makra joined us from the Embrace Clinic and Care Center in Barberton to promote their casino night. The event is happening this Saturday evening at Todaro’s Party Center in the valley.

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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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Friday, 22 March 2019 09:35

Ray Horner Podcast - 3/22/2019

:17 - We have some fun on Fridays, and we began Friday’s program talking about the once-proposed sequel to Forrest Gump 2, which was shelved in the wake of September 11th.

7:24 - Our movie guy, Scott Wynn, dropped by to update us on what’s happening at the theaters. With Captain Marvel dying down, Jordan Peele’s Us looks to make waves at the box office.

11:46 - Ray and Tony chatted about the city of Columbus and how it has become quite the destination in the Midwest.

19:56 - To wrap up the podcast this Friday, Ray and Tony talked some Tribe as the regular season approaches.

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Wednesday, 20 March 2019 10:16

Ray Horner Podcast - 3/20/2019

:17 - As soon as we signed off yesterday morning, the Los Angeles Angels and Mike Trout agreed to a historic 12-year, $430 million to keep him in Anaheim. As with each one of these signings, what will this mean for the future of Francisco Lindor in a Tribe uniform?

10:37 - Like the Buchtel Griffins, the St. Vincent-St. Mary Fighting Irish boys basketball is also headed to Columbus for the state tournament. Head coach Dru Joyce brought his players in studio for an interview ahead of their matchup against Olentangy Liberty.

23:32 - Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez was one of the many free agents available for the taking, and the Indians took him. Ray and Tony briefly discussed the signing.

27:21 - Governor Mike DeWine announced a new budget for student wellness in the state of Ohio, which amounts to $550 million in 2020 and 2021 for schools. Akron Public Schools superintendent David James talked about how this affects his school district.

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Wednesday, 20 March 2019 05:53

Akron's Infant Mortality Rate Drops

Akron's infant mortality rate has decreased by nearly 9 percent since 2016, according to a data revealed at Mayor Dan Horrigan's third annual Health Equity Summit Tuesday.

The group Full Term First Birthday, created in 2017 at the direction of the mayor, has released details of their three-year strategic plan to improve those numbers even more, through focus on social influences on health and better coordinating the agendas of health agencies and community organizations.

See the full plan at AkronOhio.gov

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Monday, 18 March 2019 10:06

Ray Horner Podcast - 3/18/2019

:17 - For the first time since 1997, the Buchtel Griffins boys basketball team is heading to states. Head coach Matt Futch brought some of his players in studio to preview their Thursday matchup in Columbus.

13:16 - Tony the producer is back from his week in California, and he talked about his trip from the suburbs of San Diego to hiking in the Hollywood Hills. He even got to hang out at the famed Comedy Store and ran into Kevin Spacey.

18:46 - As always on Mondays, Dr. Gary Riggs stops by to answer questions on your pets. Specifically today, Ray and Dr. Riggs mentioned the coughing and runny nose from dogs this time of year.

30:18 - Could yoga be banned in certain religious circles due to its history? The panel discussed it.

37:46 - And finally, we have our Business of the Week, which is brought to you by HEARINC. and TLC Catering. Today, we honored Matt Minarik from Restora Health in Broadview Heights.

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Friday, 08 March 2019 09:39

Ray Horner Podcast - 3/8/2019

:17 - Unlike most prominent Democrats, US Senator Sherrod Brown is not focused on a White House run. However, Ray and Tony feel he can still be a viable vice presidential candidate, but for which faction of the Democrat party?

12:15 - The documentary Leaving Neverland has been a big talking point this week after its release, and former child actor and friend of Michael Jackson’s, Corey Feldman, has spoken out. Ray and Tony talked about what’s known as “The Halo Effect,” where some parents either buy in or are bought off due to the celebrity contact.

19:41 - Captain Marvel will top the box office charts this weekend, according to our movie guy, Scott Wynn.

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Thursday, 07 March 2019 10:14

Ray Horner Podcast - 3/7/2019

:17 - It was announced last night that Alex Trebek is suffering from stage 4 pancreatic cancer, but plans on fighting through it. The panel discussed Trebek’s legacy a bit, as well as some of their favorite breakfast cereals to begin the show.

9:08 - It’s been a week since Ray was out in Goodyear, Arizona, so how about an update on the Tribe in spring training? Broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus joined the program.

19:36 - Malone University is adding cybersecurity as a major at their school. Dr. James Glasgow promoted the new major on the air.

23:15 - High school basketball playoffs keep moving right along. The Green Bulldogs are squaring off against Boardman tonight, and Green head coach Mark Kinsley previewed the contest and talked up his team.

28:26 - Can automated cars be racist? There's a little bit more to it than what's being reported...

32:22 - The weather is warming up in the forecast, which means it’s almost time to hit the links! And speaking of the links, Don Padgett III joined the show to promote the Bridgestone Champions Tour coming to Firestone Country Club on July 8-14.

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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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Tuesday, 05 March 2019 10:04

Ray Horner Podcast - 3/5/2019

:17 - Major League Baseball continues to tinker with speeding up the game. Ray recalls a recent survey that said fans cannot stand the constant foul balls being hit. Other topics discussed during this segment were the drastic infield shifts and continuous mound visits.

11:58 - It’s the time of year for high school basketball playoffs. The Buchtel Griffins are squaring off at Barberton High School tonight against Poland Seminary. Buchtel head coach Brian Neugebauer previewed his matchup versus the Bulldogs.

18:08 - St. Vincent-St. Mary is taking on Ellet, and Dru Joyce joined the program to talk about his Wednesday game against the Orangemen.

22:31 - Our tax guy, Doug Klein, stopped by to talk about handling your taxes in retirement.

31:49 - A day late, but we have Glenn Leppo from Leppo Rents, as they are our Business of the Week! Brought to you by HEARINC. and TLC Catering.

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Monday, 04 March 2019 09:57

Ray Horner Podcast - 3/4/2019

:17 - As of the uploading of this podcast, there is snow blanketing the streets of Akron. But in just over two months, Cedar Point will open their gates for another season. Tony Clark called in to talk about what’s happening at Cedar Point for this summer, which includes several new restaurants and themed areas for those who aren’t into the thrill rides.

6:55 - President Trump had quite a week, from his summit in Hanoi to the Michael Cohen hearings. Dr. David Beer, professor of political science at Malone University, discussed the week that was, as well as who Trump’s opponent will be in 2020.

16:04 - Tony just moved to a new apartment in Copley, and many Millennials are ditching homeownership in favor of rental properties. What kind of impact will this have down the road?

25:24 - Kris Drew is one of our weekend sports guys, and he dropped by the studio to chat about some high school basketball playoffs.

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Thursday, 28 February 2019 09:54

Indians Radio Week, Day 4

Today is Indians Radio Week Day 4, the final full day, and Ray Horner is rubbing elbows with everyone at the Cleveland Indians spring training facility in Goodyear, Arizona. On the final day, Ray sat down with several members of the Tribe, both players and staff.

Goodyear is a blossoming suburb of Phoenix, and the ballpark is just part of the burgeoning infrastructure. Bob DiBiasio, VP from the Tribe, stopped by the radio booth to discuss the economic impact the Indians have had on the town on their tenth anniversary of being there. Bobby D also chatted about winning the division again and our Indians Insanity promotion (Addie Joss vs. Joe Carter).

Curtis Danburg, senior director of communications, previewed the promotions and key matchups for the 2019 season.

One of the key starters in the rotation is Mike Clevinger, and he sat down with Ray.

Catcher Roberto Perez talked about re-earning the starting job now that Yan Gomes is in the National League.

Journeyman reliever Tyler Clippard is looking forward to bringing his experience to the three-time reigning AL Central champs.

Kevin Plawecki is another catcher in the mix for the Tribe, as he came to the team in the offseason from the Mets.

The Indians claimed A.J. Cole off waivers, and he’s looking to prove himself in the American League after a short stint in 2018 with the Yankees.

Max Moroff came to the team from the Pirates in the Erik Gonzalez trade.

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