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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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, 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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Tuesday, 15 January 2019 13:34

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/15/2019

:17 - Ohio has a new governor, though he’s a familiar face, in Mike DeWine. Dr. David Beer, professor of political science at Malone University, called into talk about November’s gubernatorial race, and looks ahead to the next four years in Columbus.

6:04 - Proper nutrition is a must if one wants to shed weight and calories in the new year. Kelly Reed from Cleveland Clinic-Akron General joined the show to touch on all things nutrition, especially on what to eat and certainly what not to eat.

15:05 - Still using your ex’s Netflix account? Is your kid using your Hulu password at college? If so, that’ll cost you a new subscription. Ray and Tony talked about the changing times in cable and streaming views and a little on what the future may look like.

23:07 - What’s happening up at the auto show in Detroit? Mike Caudill from Our Auto Expert has us covered. He even shared some intel about a company rumored to take over the Lordstown space.

30:46 - And finally, Fred Greetham from the Orange & Brown Report came on to talk about the introductory press conference on new head coach Freddie Kitchens.

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Monday, 14 January 2019 14:15

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/14/2019

:17 - Each month, Dr. Tim Brown from Cleveland Clinic-Akron General stops by to answer a gaggle of medical questions. This visit, Dr. Brown discusses sleep drugs, from melatonin to harder drugs like Ambien.

8:02 - We stay in the medical world, however, this has to do with animals. Dr. Gary Riggs joined the show in studio, and he talked about various topics, specifically why dogs will roll around on the carpet or on other dead animals, and the importance of scheduling optical and dental appointments.

18:25 - It’s no secret that President Donald Trump has been a controversial figure, but are his accomplishments not being discussed enough, like his relationship with China and trade? And how about the wall? The panel shared their thoughts.

33:38 - Time now for our Business of the Week! We head over to the Cuyahoga Falls offices of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, brought to you by HEARINC. and TLC Catering.

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Thursday, 10 January 2019 09:30

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/10/2019

:17 - With this being the first full work week of the new year, some may have issues getting back into the rhythm of sleep. Is the goal eight hours a night? And can one make up sleep with naps? Those questions were answered by Valerie Linzey, a certified nurse practitioner with Cleveland Clinic-Akron General.

7:22 - Staying on the topic of sleep, the panel discussed their own sleeping habits, which may differ from others due to the early schedule. Tony mentions a serious of videos in the ASMR genre, which include a straight edge razor shaving a scruffy face, which makes Jeanne cringe.

12:34 - The smoke turned white in Berea yesterday, as the Browns finally have their head coach. Freddie Kitchens takes over due to his relationship with Baker Mayfield, but he now has to assemble a staff. Who’s on the short list?

23:38 - This particular segment began about McDonald’s adding more bacon to their menu, and that segued into oddball items one puts on food from family traditions. A few callers chimed in with their own funky sandwiches, many of which included peanut butter as a main ingredient.

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Monday, 10 December 2018 10:46

Ray Horner Podcast - 12/10/2018

:17 - A familiar name and voice around the Akron area, and especially on 1590 WAKR, is Dr. Debbie Plate from Cleveland Clinic/Akron General. She stopped by the studio to chat about the flu and its symptoms.

11:04 - It’s really chilly outside, so let’s warm things up with some baseball talk? Ray and Tony discussed the rumors that the Indians may trade either Trevor Bauer or Corey Kluber, or both. Then they talked about the newest hall of famers in Harold Baines and Lee Smith, two players the panel believe shouldn’t have made the cut.

23:34 - As usual on Mondays, veterinarianDr. Gary Riggs drops by to answer questions on your pets. Among other topics, he talked about running with dogs in the cold, and what happens when your pets eat the household holiday plants.

34:18 - Our Business of the Week this year has been sponsored by Hear Inc. So why not the sponsor talk about his product this week? Jim Morris spoke about his company, Hear Inc., and how it’s helped revolutionize the way folks can hear.

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018 11:13

Ray Horner Podcast - 11/13/2018

:17 - A name that is no stranger to Ohio, as well as 1590 WAKR, is Senator Sherrod Brown. Could he be the next presidential candidate for the Democrats? Dr. David Cohen from the University of Akron’s Bliss Institute shared his thoughts on the long-time senator.

8:08 - Another person who isn’t a stranger to these parts is Jim Trout from Acme Fresh Markets. In addition to his duties at Acme, Trout is the honorary chairman of the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign, and he stopped by the studio to talk about it.

15:12 - Dr. Tim Brown normally joins us once a month on Mondays (he’ll be on next Monday the 19th), but he called in to talk about a heart medication recall.

21:16 - Open enrollment for the 2019 marketplace has begun, and will continue through December 15th. Anne Armao from Summa Health joined us for some more information.

29:18 - The Browns took care of the Falcons on Sunday, 28-16. Fred Greetham from the Orange & Brown Report recapped the contest and looks ahead as the Browns cruise into the bye week.

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Monday, 12 November 2018 12:43

UA on Lockdown Briefly Saturday Morning

The University of Akron was locked down briefly after a gun accidentally went off in a dorm at the Exchange Street Residence Hall early Saturday morning.

According to UA Police, the call of a gunshot that was heard coming from a campus dorm was made about 12:30 a.m. Saturday. When police arrived, they found that a 19-year-old from Bedford was shot in the stomach after a gun that a 17-year-old was carrying and reportedly went off accidentally.

The victim, identified as Tommy Micah Lavette was transported to Akron General, there's been no update on his injuries. The 17-year-old suspect, whose name hasn't been released, was arrested, charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm, and taken to Summit County Juvenile Center.

The lockdown was lifted around 2:15 Saturday morning. Meanwhile, the investigation into the incident is reportedly still ongoing.

Below is the full press release from the University of Akron. 


The University of Akron (UA) cares deeply about our campus community, and we are steadfast in our commitment to the safety and security of our students, employees, visitors and guests.

The University of Akron Police Department’s preliminary investigation of an incident that occurred early this morning shows that two non-University of Akron individuals were let into the Exchange Street Resident Hall late Friday evening or early Saturday morning by as-yet unidentified person(s). During a visit to a room of an acquaintance in the residence hall, there was what appears to have been an accidental discharge of a handgun, resulting in a wound to the abdomen of the victim, 19-year old Tommy Micah Lavette of Bedford, Ohio. He was transported to Akron General Cleveland Clinic Hospital where he is being treated for his injury. No one else was injured. The suspect, a 17-year old male, also of Bedford, was taken into custody and transported to the Summit County Juvenile Center. He has been charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm. Both the police investigation and the University’s review of the incident are ongoing.

UA prohibits firearms in residence halls and requires resident students to have responsibility for the actions of any guests. This incident underscores the importance of this policy.

We understand that this situation was very concerning for many people and University representatives from the Division of Student Affairs and Residence Life and Housing have been on scene and providing support to other UA students. They also will be discussing campus safety and additional ways to improve our efforts with students in the days ahead.

We appreciate the cooperation of all parties as University officials and the University of Akron Police Department (UAPD) continue the investigation. As a community, we also encourage students to remain diligent advocates for safety.  If you have information that can assist investigators, please notify UAPD at 330-972-2911.  

Counselors will be available for students by calling 330-972-7082 or visiting Simmons Hall 306 on Monday. Students seeking immediate assistance should contact Residence Life staff who will connect them to the counselor on-call.

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Thursday, 01 November 2018 10:22

Ray Horner Podcast - 11/1/2018

:17 - Bill Considine has been the head of Akron Children’s Hospital for 40 years, and though he’ll keep an emeritus title, he is stepping down. He talked to Ray about his time as CEO and the legacy he’ll leave behind, keeping it in good hands for Grace Wakulchik (who’ll join us tomorrow).

12:02 - A week before the election, the topic of birthright citizenship has been a divisive one, especially with the caravan headed towards the US border. Immigration attorney Farhad Sethna calls in to talk about the executive branch’s role here and how the laws could or could not be changed.

23:07 - Remember to “fall back” this weekend, as we turn our clocks back and get an extra hour of sleep. For many, the time change doesn’t affect us, but others have a real problem adjusting. Dr. Rajesh Tampi from Akron General talks about seasonal depression and how to properly cope.

30:31 - This podcast was recorded on November 1st. If you live in Akron, there are not only still leaves on the trees, but many are still green! Our master gardener Jeanne Poremski gave us a little insight and even took some phone questions.

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Monday, 29 October 2018 10:42

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/29/2018

:17 - Over the weekend, a Cleveland sports team fired their head coach. Spoiler alert: it wasn’t the football team. The Cavaliers said goodbye to Tyronn Lue. So what’s the plan next for the Cavs? Is there a plan at all?

8:10 - Each month, Dr. Tim Brown from Akron General comes by the studio to take your questions on various medical issues. Today’s topic revolved around psoriasis and its warning signs and prevention.

17:39 - Today is National Cat Day! What luck, because our veterinarian Dr. Gary Riggs stopped by to talk all things feline.

29:04 - Dana Addis is the superintendent of Norton schools, and he called in to discuss a ballot issue leading up to the election. Addis made no bones about it with his plea: Norton schools are running out of money.

37:56 - Over the weekend in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, a shooting took place in a synagogue leaving several Jewish members dead. It’s been a difficult couple of days, and David Cook, CEO of the Jewish Community Board of Akron, touched on the sentiments inside the Jewish community.

43:40 - Now time for our Business of the Week, which is the law firm of Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs. This segment is brought to you by HEARINC. and TLC Catering.

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A Medina County Jail inmate is back in custody after he jumped from an ambulance and ran off into a wooded area. 

Reports are that Joshua Bragg, who was arrested earlier in July on cocaine charges, was being transported to Cleveland Clinic Akron General from Medina Cleveland Clinic where he was on medical furlough, according to the Medina Gazette. During the ride, reports say, Bragg unstrapped himself from the gurney and walked out of the ambulance, into a wooded area nearby. 

The Gazette is reporting that because Bragg was on medical furlough, there were no other sheriff's offfice officials, nor law enforcement on hand.'

The incident happened around 5:20 Sunday and Bragg was found and taken back into custody Monday morning without further incident. He's now facing felony fleeing charges. 

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A very unpredictable spring has led to a brutal allergy season for many. Patients are desperate for relief, and many want to know the balance between under and overmedication. Two specialists from Cleveland Clinic/Akron General joined the Ray Horner Morning Show in the thick of allergy season. First, Dr. Tim Brown discussed the priciness of treatments and how and where to find them. Dr. Bela Faltay, an allergy specialist, talked about inexpensive over-the-counter remedies and allergy shots.

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018 09:47

APD Looking for Daughter who Broke Mom's Arm

Akron Police looking for Courtney Marie Magrell, 21, of East North Street for allegedly beating up her mother, and breaking her arm.

Police were called to the home on Kingsley Avenue about 4 p.m. Tuesday, where the victim says she was dragged out of a UHaul truck by her daughter, and then repeatedly punched and kicked. The victim told police she put her arm up to block a kick to the face and that's when her arm broke.

Magrell is reported to have broken the victim's cellphone and then stole her ID before leaving the home.

The victim was taken to Akron General and treated for the broken arm.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call Akron Police.

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Dr. Brian Harte has been with the Cleveland Clinic since 2004, and now he’ll make his way down south to Akron.

Dr. Harte joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the announcement of him being named president of Akron General, effective September 26th. Dr. Harte says he looks forward to getting to know the residency at the hospital, and plans to dive head-first into the community.

"The partnership with Cleveland Clinic has been fantastic,” says Dr. Harte about Akron General.

As far as the world of medicine goes, Dr. Harte sees the near future will include more attention to wellness and outpatient care for chronic conditions. He believes clinics will have a much different feel to them than the last 5-10 years.

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Treating heroin addiction is difficult enough. But a condition such as depression makes treatment even more challenging. Dr. Dustin Blakeslee of Cleveland Clinic Akron General says a heroin treatment patient also suffering from depression usually can't be treated with the traditional course of medicines because they are rendered ineffective. Blakeslee talked to Jasen about the links between heroin abuse and depression and the challenges of treating someone suffering from both.

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Friday, 27 May 2016 06:39

Stover Retires From Akron General

Dr. Tim Stover is out at Cleveland Clinic Akron General -- his "immediate retirement" announced yesterday after a day of group meetings. Stover said in a statement he was grateful for the opportunity. He was expected to remain the CEO through 2017 and was a key figure in steering the deal with Cleveland Clinic. The Clinic's regional chief of operations, Janice Murphy, will serve as acting president.

Stover signed a three-year contract in December 2014 that would have kept him at the helm through 2017. A spokesperson for Akron General told Crain's Cleveland Business via a text message the departure as "not a surprise." In a statement, Stover said "I am very grateful for having had the opportunity to work for such an exceptional organization as Akron General and wish to thank the employees, my leadership team, all Board members and the Akron community for such incredible support over the years to make Akron General what it is today."

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It's official - Akron General Health System is now fully owned by Cleveland Clinic.

The deal was announced earlier, but Cleveland Clinic says it now owns the Akron-based system after a review by the Federal Trade Commission and the Ohio Attorney General.

Akron General first became an affiliate of the Cleveland Clinic system. The Cleveland Clinic then exercised an option to fully purchase the Akron General System.

Akron General president/COO Alan Papa says that the Clinic looks forward to being in the Akron community...

"They're looking at Akron as its own market," Papa tells, "We have our own ambulatory programs, and our own physicians, and I think you'll see that they will treat us really like another arm of the Clinic."

Akron General has already pointed to some benefits of the merger, including a new emergency department which will be built in the next couple of years.

Akron General's board of trustees will still have an advisory role, and officials say the merger will allow expansion of services in Summit County.



Agreement includes Akron General Medical Center, Lodi Community Hospital, Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, Wellness Centers, the Justin T. Rogers Hospice Care Center, Partners Physician Group and Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates

Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, Cleveland: Today, Akron General Health System officially became fully part of Cleveland Clinic, following the review of the Ohio Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission.

As part of the agreement, the entire Akron General Health System – including Akron General Medical Center, Lodi Community Hospital, the Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, three Health & Wellness centers, the Justin T. Rogers Hospice Care Center, Partners Physician Group (PPG), and Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates – will join Cleveland Clinic.

"This is a momentous day for healthcare in Ohio," said Toby Cosgrove, M.D., President and CEO of Cleveland Clinic. "We are pleased to welcome Akron General into our health system and we look forward to developing and expanding services and enhancing access for patients throughout Northeast Ohio."

Now that Akron General is part of Cleveland Clinic, some of the immediate upcoming initiatives include integration planning, as well as:

Breaking ground for the new emergency department on Nov. 20, 2015. Construction will begin on the facility in the first quarter of 2016;

Opening a new outpatient facility in Portage County in the first quarter of 2016 and another in Lodi in 2016;

Replacement of Akron General's electronic medical record system to Epic, in order to enhance safety, quality, patient experience and reduce the overall cost of care. This will allow providers to have complete information for patients receiving care anywhere throughout the newly expanded system.

"This is an exciting time not only for our two health systems, but for the citizens in Summit and surrounding counties, who will benefit from improved access to high-quality, affordable healthcare services," noted Thomas L. "Tim" Stover, M.D., MBA, President and CEO, Akron General Health System. "Because both share the same goal of providing the absolute best patient experience, the joining of our systems was the next logical progression for Akron General. We are very excited about becoming Cleveland Clinic caregivers and look forward to expanding our services and improving our healthcare model so that we can provide even better care to our patients."

In order to maintain important local input, the Akron General Health System's board of trustees will remain in place as an advisory board going forward.

The affiliate relationship and continuous collaboration between Akron General and Cleveland Clinic has produced 17 work teams that have been collaborating on a number of initiatives resulting in clinical improvements, cost savings, and the sharing of best practices. Several mutually advantageous projects have commenced as well, and include:

The development of a new state-of-the-art emergency department at Akron General, which is expected to open in Fall 2017.

Cleveland Clinic cardiothoracic surgeon Joseph Lahorra, M.D., was the first Cleveland Clinic physician to begin practicing at Akron General as part of the affiliation in 2015. Dr. Lahorra sees patients as part of the comprehensive team at the Akron General Heart & Vascular Center.

Cleveland Clinic now provides ground and air transportation for critical care and trauma services for Akron General.

Patients in need of a kidney – and soon liver – transplantations are now able to see Cleveland Clinic physicians conveniently at Akron General and receive their pre-surgery and follow-up care after surgery in Akron.

Akron General was able to create two new infusion centers, one at the Akron General Health and Wellness Center – West, and the other at the Akron General Health & Wellness Center – North. These new infusion centers offer chemotherapy and other infusion services, such as rheumatology infusions. Another infusion center is set to open at the Akron General Health & Wellness Center – Green, by the end of 2015.

Akron General has seen a significant cost savings when it joined Cleveland Clinic's group purchasing organization, Excelerate. To date, Akron General has achieved an estimated $1.3M in savings with additional millions in savings expected.

Akron General is able to purchase new medical equipment that will link to a patient's electronic medical record, including monitors, ventilators, TV system, nurse call systems, and "smart" IV pumps. In addition, Akron General was able to add new nursery isolettes.

In addition to Cleveland Clinic's main campus, the Cleveland Clinic health system includes eight regional hospitals, more than 90 Northern Ohio outpatient locations – including 16 full-service family health centers – Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

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A program once available in Summit County two years ago is making a comeback at Akron General Health System to help victims of sexual assaults. Trained nurses with the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program will be available beginning Sunday to address the growing issue of sexual assaults in the area.
The PATH Center and Program was developed with the hospital's OBGYN and emergency departments.
The program's medical director, Dr. Jennifer Savitski, said the nurses go through 40 hours of base training, as well as clinical training to help sexual assault victims. 
"The nurses also have been trained on the neurobiology of trauma and how that may affect a patient's response to the sexual assault or domestic violence that they may have experienced," said Savitski.
Savitski explained the importance of gathering evidence in order to strengthen the ability to prosecute the person responsible for the crime. 
Dr. Tim Stover, Akron General president and CEO, said he didn't hesitate to support the program's launch at the hospital. Stover's daughter was a victim a domestic violence. 
"I remember, now, why I said 'yes' to this need, because it has to get done," said Stover. "That's all there is to it." 
Akron General has also designated space for program in the main hospital's Emergency Department, which is scheduled to be completed in 2017. The center will include office space, a separate waiting area and exam room, and a private shower for patients to use.
The Ohio Attorney General's Office handed out more than $51 million to over 300 crime victim support agencies, including nearly $229,000 for the new SANE program at Akron General.
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Thursday, 22 October 2015 06:16

VIDEO Free Mammograms Offer Hope, Life

When a woman or man is faced with the decision to get a mammogram, the last thing they want to think about is the cost.

It's a problem that Akron General Health System is well aware of and it's why the hospital continues to offer free mammograms to women and men who can't afford one -- through their Muffins For Mammograms program.

"I would have never been able to afford a mammogram. With no insurance, it's quite expensive." said Lisa Neidert.

Neidert received one of the more than 10,000 free mammograms given out since the beginning of Muffins for Mammograms which launched in 1992. The more than 20-year-old program has raised nearly $900,000.

"If they're uninsured, under-insured and they need the mammogram, call us," said Kathy Lukity, RN, at Akron General. " We'll talk to them about getting a physician , because we do like them to have a physician on board in case they need help with the results."

There's no age limit to qualify for the Muffins for Mammograms program, but there are several guidelines that a person should follow including having a written order from a primary care physician. Click here for more details.

"Muffins for Mammograms got me to where I could get treatment, said Neidert. "Without it, I could still be waiting and cancer growing inside of me."

Editor's Note: WAKR's sister station, 94.9 WQMX, held their 16th annual Bosom Buddies event Wednesday, benefiting the Muffins for Mammograms program. Below is a video presented at the program that highlighted the Muffins for Mammograms program at Akron General. 

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